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Vesak 2009 – a multifaceted programme

‘VESAK 2009’, a joint initiative organised by the BMICH in collaboration with the Light of Asia Foundation, National Film Corporation, Old Anandian’s Photography Society and the ICTA will be held at the BMICH premises from May 9 to 12.
‘Chitrapata Dansala’, another new concept that is to be unveiled at this event will give the visitors to the event an opportunity to view outstanding films on Buddhist themes. There will also be Digital Pandols, e-Vesak cards, a vegetarian food festival and many other previously unexplored mediums to enlighten the visitors and cleanse their minds. See More

Who’s the next CJ?

Hulftsdorp Hill is buzzing with speculation as to who would succeed Chief Justice (CJ) Sarath Nanda Silva PC, due to retire on June 16.
It is learnt Chief Justice Silva will go into a quiet retirement without granting any interviews to either print or electronic media.
According to those close to the CJ he might spend his retirement in educating those interested in Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation.See More

Blake named to top S.Asian post

A veteran diplomat most recently tasked with the delicate job of Sri Lanka envoy was tapped Friday by President Barack Obama to serve as the assistant secretary of state for South Asian Affairs.
If approved by the Senate, Robert Blake will replace Richard Boucher in a job that deals with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
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Kattankudy sends 40 cooks to feed IDPs

Forty Muslim cooks from Kattankudy accompanied by two members of the Kattankudy Mosque Federation left Kattankudy for the Wanni yesterday morning in a bus, a pick up and a lorry full of cooking utensils to prepare meals for the people rescued by the security forces from the clutches of the LTTE in the North. See more








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World aid pours in

In response to the appeal for international aid to help the sudden influx of IDPs since last Monday, much assistance is now expected to pour in with France taking a lead role from among the international community with its Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner himself arriving next week with crucial assistance.

Early this week Kouchner caused consternation here with his remarks that the fleeing IDPs were drowning in the sea and it required a boat rescue mission. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who spoke with his French counterpart over the matter on Friday told The Nation yesterday, that he had cordial exchange with Kouchner and explained all such misconceptions. more



Int’l community’s ‘Save Praba’ cry, WPC terror & TNA’s blunders


The Armed Forces’ humanitarian operation to liberate the people of the north, has reached a climax, with the Tigers now being holed up in a five square kilometre area. According to military intelligence, about 10,000-15,000 civilians remain trapped in the tiny area along with the LTTE fighters, a number confirmed by former Tiger Spokesman Daya Master who surrendered to the Army last week. Daya Master has also told the Security Forces that LTTE Supremo Vellupullai Prabhakaran remains inside the ‘safe zone’ with the civilians.



this is my nation

Whither moderate Tamil sentiment?


It is election time in India and we see Tamil Nadu politics come to the fore: rival factions jostling with each other, trying to proclaim themselves as the saviours of the Tamil community across the Palk Straits in Sri Lanka especially in the end-game of the Eelam War.





Humanity for all

An injured escapee from Tiger captivity is being helped by civilians and soldiers when she was entering the government-controlled areas through a barbed wire fence demarcating safety for thousands of people held hostage by the LTTE in the north. Nearly 100,000 civilians who were trapped inside a narrow stretch of beach were rescued last week, in what is termed as the biggest humanitarian rescue mission in the history of the world