India Reiterates Commitment to “Substantially Addressing Aspirations of Tamil Community for Equality, Dignity, Justice and Self-Respect Within United Sri Lanka”
India was keen on engaging with the Sri Lankan government and all political parties to help with the ongoing reconciliation process in the island nation. [DBSJ]
No regret whatsoever ♫ No Worries Krishna
by K. Thirukumaran
There are many translations of the Tamil devotional song “Kurai Ondrumillai” written by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (10 December 1878 – 25 December 1972), the last Governor-General of India.
It is notable that one Tamil word “Kurai” applies to many nuances throughout the song, but no single English word seems to be finding the right fit.
The song is a solitary evidence as to why Rev. Xavier Thaninayagam referred to Tamil as the language of Bhakthi, “The devotion to the sacred and the holy.” [TW]
Reigniting Theatrical interest in Jaffna’s Younger Generations
By Thulasi Muttulingam
An eight day festival of drama and theater, specifically targeting children (but also catering to adults), just recently came to an end in Jaffna.
Timed to coincide with the Nallur Festival currently ongoing, when people are in a relaxed, entertainment seeking mood as they wend their way along the roads leading out of the temple after their evening prayers – the festival occurred in a by lane adjoining the temple precincts from August 12-20. [MJ]
First Open Heart Surgery performed in Jaffna
Oxonian Heart Foundation welcomes donations to save lives of patients with heart problems
By Siva Sivapragasam
Sixteen-year old orphaned girl Archana is all smiles today after the hole in her heart was closed by open heart surgery, the first of it’s kind done in Jaffna.
The first open heart surgical operation in more than 30 years has been performed in Jaffna on Archana at the private Northern Central Hospital with the support of the Oxonian Heart Foundation (OHF). The patient Archana orphaned when she lost both her parents in the Northern war. [MJ]
33 TNA Provincial Councillors from North and East Write to Navi Pillay Requesting UN Probe to Determine Whether Genocide of Tamils Has Occurred in Sri Lanka
33 Tamil National Alliance(TNA)Provincial councillors comprising 28 from the North and 5 from the East have written to outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms.Navanetham Pillay outlining three specific requests regarding the on going investigation into Sri Lanka by her office.The TNA councillors have jointly urged ms.Pillay and her in coming successor to take the three requests into consideration. The TNA provincial councillors want the UN probe to investigate incidents affecting the Tamil people in the Island from at least the year 1974 and determine whether Genocide has taken place and also wants the probe to be conducted from Tamil Nadu in India if the Sri Lankan Govt forbids entry of the UN investigators into Sri Lanka [DBSJ]
♥ Baby Krishna: Eternal bliss giver ♫
Presenting song to celebrate Birthday of Krishna Today August 17th:
Song rendered by R. Balasarawathi (b: Aug 28, 1928 ) ♫
Lyrics: A. Maruthakasi (Feb 13, 1920 – Nov 29, 1989) ♫
Attempt at Translation by K. Thirukumaran ♫
Baby Krishna lullaby ♫
Baby Krishna the Blue hued
Come by dear
Come you give me a kiss
Eternal bliss giver with plays
Dear son come by [TW]
Monsoon Journal – August 2014
Published from Toronto [TW]
OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka
The OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) will seek to develop regular dialogue and cooperation with other United Nations entities, including its specialized agencies, interested institutions and academics and non-governmental and community organizations.
Any state, individual or organisation may submit information in writing to the OISL. Submissions to the OISL may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In carrying out its work, the OISL will be guided at all times by the principles of independence, impartiality, objectivity, transparency, integrity and “do no harm”. [UN]
UN rights experts urge halt to Sri Lanka’s deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers
United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years.
“States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” according to press release issued by UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt. [UN]
UN Refugee Agency alarmed as Sri Lanka deports families seeking asylum
The United Nations refugee agency today expressed alarm that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka back to Pakistan were growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger.
“In all, 88 Pakistanis had been sent home since 1 August. Initially, those deportees had been men previously placed into detention, but now whole families were being deported,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva today. [UN]