New Year’s Eve and Watch Night Service

By Sab-Thambi December 31! We are at the end of Year 2015. The last day of the 365-day Western (Gregorian) calendar is generally referred to as New Year’s Eve. It is also known as Old Year’s Day. In some countries (Germany) it is also referred as Saint Sylvester’s day (Silvester) named after the burial day …

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New Year’s Eve and Watch Night Service

By Sab-Thambi December 31! We are at the end of Year 2015. The last day of the 365-day Western (Gregorian) calendar is generally referred to as New Year’s Eve. It is also known as Old Year’s Day. In some countries (Germany) it is also referred as Saint Sylvester’s day (Silvester) named after the burial day …

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வடக்கு – கிழக்கு மக்கள் அல்லலுடன் இருப்பதில் ஒரு சில புலம் பெயர்ந்த தமிழர்கள் ஆவலாய் உள்ளனர்

நிலமகள் சனசமூக நிலையம் சனவரி 8, 2015 தேர்தல் பற்றி நிலமகள் சனசமூக நிலையத்தின் கருத்து: சட்ட அமுலாக்கல் பற்றிய மாற்றங்கள் வடக்கு – கிழக்கு மக்களையெட்டுமாகில் அது அவர்களுக்கு நல்ல அன்றாட பிரதிபலன்களைக் கொண்டுவரும்!! சட்ட அமுலாக்கல் சிறிதளவேனும் மாற்று அரசு ஒன்றினூடாக முன்னேற்றம் அடையும் போது, இலங்கை பூராவும் பொது மக்கள் நன்மை அடைவார்கள். இந்த அமுலாக்கலில், ஒரு சிறிய அளவேனும் வடக்கு – கிழக்கு மக்களையெட்டுமாகில் அது அவர்களுக்கும் முன்னேற்றகரமாகவே அமையும்.

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Jaffna kids get creative for Thai Pongal.

Pictures and Text via U.S. Embassy Colombo, Sri Lanka: The American Corner in Jaffna welcomed a group of children from the Thiyagih Trust – a home for the underprivileged – for a fun day of making greeting cards to celebrate the New Year and Tamil Thai Pongal day. These youngsters showed their creative side and …

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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross

(This article was compiled from the message given by Mr. Thava Chelvam at the Good Friday service at the Tamil Christian Congregation of Western Australia 2014) A closer-to-heart hymnal “The old rugged cross” is sung during the Holy week in many churches across the world. The hymn was written more than a century ago (1912) …

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Ramakrishna Mission Northern Sri Lanka branch inaugural

Inauguration of the Ramakrishna Mission Jaffna Branch, will be held on Wednesday the 7th of September, 2011 at 8:30 AM at Urumpirai West, Manipai-Kopai Road, Jaffna. Swami in Charge, Swami Sarwarupananda has cordially extended an invitation for all to attend. The programme on the inaugural day includes Puja, Bhajan, Homa and Mangalaratti. The Ramakrishna movement …

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Campaigning on Chicago Streets to get Justice For Sri Lankan War Crimes

By Apoorvaa Joshi, Amnesty International USA Intern On Tuesday, March 15th, a few Amnesty volunteers and I took to the streets of Chicago to collect petition signatures calling for justice for war crimes in Sri Lanka. My fellow intern stopped a woman on the street to ask for her signature: Intern: “Would you have a …

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From Chennai to Perth

By Saba-Thambi April has been a good month for the Perth Tamil community playing host to three South Indian entertainers from Chennai. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia which inhabits approximately 1.9 million people. Due to the lower number of Tamil population in relation to the Eastern state counterparts, Sydney & Melbourne and …

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The charm of a Tamil village

Tradition bound Udappu by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Udappu” is situated between the Dutch Canal in the East, Indian Ocean in the West, Poonaipitty village in the North and Pinkatti village in the South. According to some reports, that there was a flood in this area earlier, and it was called “Udaippu” afterwards. Another report says that …

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Fundraising ballet held for Colombo Hindu Girls’ School

The students of the Fine Arts Society of the Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam known for their talents and commitment presented the unique story of “Kaaraikaal Ammaiyaar” as a ballet, at Kathiresan hall in Bambalapitty on July 26th 2008 at dusk. For Saiva Mangaiyar Vidyalayam, as a girls’ school, it is ideal to perform Kaaraikkaal Ammaiyaar’s story, …

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St. Henry’s College, Ilavalai celebrates its centenary

by Meno Thiruchelvam Ilavalai is a hamlet tucked away 16km from the Northern Capital towards north of the Jaffna Peninsula and 8km from the port town of Kankesanthurai. The local populace, basically a farming community, is rice cultivators, traditional growers of betel vines and grapevines bearing green and purple grapes, besides many species of plantains …

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Pictorial: St. Bridget’s Convent holds Walk 2007

The Bridgeteen Walk 2007: “Walk A Mile, Build A Smile” By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai St. Bridget’s Convent – Gently and Firmly – is the motto of the school. It was started on February 1st 1902.The school has celebrated its centenary on February 1 st 2002. It started with 14 students 105 years ago, and now schooling …

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Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 10th Annual Awards Gala

The Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 10th Annual Awards Gala Ceremony at the Hilton Suites Hotel in Toronto Markham on April 21, 2007. CTCC has fostered entrepreneurship in the Canadian Tamil community for the last 16 years. The Awards Gala is symbolic of how members of the Tamil community are contributing immensely to …

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Diaspora activists Salute Kethesh Loganathan

“The extremes of both sides are trapped in a pathology of a fanatical nationalism that will ensure only one thing – a spiral of death and destruction.” said Bob Rae, the former Premier of Ontario who flew down from Canada to give the keynote address at the Kethesh Loganathan memorial meeting held on Saturday, 31 …

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Former Rector Rev.Filician Perera felicitated

By Bandula Nonis St.Peter’s College held its 75th annual prize giving on February 15, 2007, with Rev.Filician Perera Editor, Catholic Messenger, as Chief Guest. He was the previous Rector of St.Peter’s College. Rev.Filician recalled his 13 year Rectorship with nostalgia at St. Peter’s and observed that coming to St.Peter’s was like coming home. He recalled …

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Sultan of Brunei bestows honour on Lankan scholar

Sri Lankan scholar Dr. Haji B.A. Hussainmiya, received high State honours from His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah during his recent 60th birthday celebrations held at Istana Darul Iman, the Brunei Sultan’s palace attended by royal dignitaries, diplomatic community, and state officials. The award is ‘Bintang’ – Star in Malay known …

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Durham University honours two exceptional Lankans

Durham University awarded honorary degrees to the vice- chancellor of one of the country’s leading universities and the executive director of one of the largest non-governmental organisations in Sri Lanka. At a ceremony at the University of Ruhuna on Friday February 16, Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, conferred honorary doctorates in civil …

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No indedendance for the people, says Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne

Starting a series of meetings in the UK Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne on the day of the 59th commemoration of Sri Lanka’s independence said that the people of the country do not have any independence. He called upon the Tamil Tigers to join hands with the working masses in the country and abroad to fight together …

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Sri Lanka observes Human Rights Day

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family, and each one of us is responsible for the misdeeds of all the others. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.” – Mahatma Gandhi The International Human Rights Day was observed on December 10th. This day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration …

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Sri Lanka made Tamil film to debut in Colombo

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Mann” (Earth) is the first film to be produced and released after a long period of time, in the history of Sri Lankan Tamil film industry. This is a 35mm film with Cinemascope mode. It has been scheduled to be released in mid November 2006 in Sri Lanka, possibly all around the …

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Commemorating day of the disappeared in Sri Lanka

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Give space for life, Not for violence” An annual commemorative service was held for the disappeared. It is being held annually on October 27th. It was held on Raddoluwa junction in Seeduwa on October 27 th 2006. It was organized by the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared. Friends and Relatives of …

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Kite festival at Mount Lavinia Beach

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai The annual National Festival of Kites was held on September 17th 2006, on Mount Lavinia Beach. About 180 participants took part in this year’s festival of kites. There were competitions held for children and adults as well. The categories were: Children Under 15 years- Three prizes were awarded Creativity Three prizes were …

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29th AGM of Ilankai Tamil Sangam USA

29th Annual General Meeting of Ilankai Tamil Sangam USA is to be held on October 14th, in Somerset, New Jersey. Following are among the Guest Speakers scheduled to attend: Brian Senewiratne, M.D., a Sinhalese, in Brisbane, Australia, has been campaigning for a just peace and democracy in Sri Lanka for the past three decades. With …

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Anti War, Peace Rally in Colombo

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai National Anti War Front organised a peace rally in Colombo on August 17th 2006.The peace rally started from Hyde Park in Colombo 2 and went onto Viharamahadevi open air theatre after an hour. The organisers say that, around 1,000 peace loving people and politicians participated along with religious dignitaries. After the peace …

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Ginthupity, Jeyanthi Nagar – Aadi Vel Festival

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai The annual “Aadi Vel” festival of Jeyanthi Nagar Sri Sivasubramaniya Swamy Temple in Ginthupity was held on August 10 2006. Brass statues of Sri Sivasubramaniya Swamy along with Sri Valli and Theivaanai were beautifully decorated with lotus, jasmine, vaada mallikai, ponnochchi, sevvanthi and nanthiyaavattai flowers .These three statues were taken on procession …

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Vox Pop: “Talk Peace”

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai People for Peace had a demonstration at Lipton Circus in Colombo on August 8th 2006. They urged the Government of Sri Lanka to enable the Muslims to return to their homes, and they will be provided safety and security. Also they urged the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to stop trying to …

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Silent protest against Muthur killings

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “The concerned citizens of Sri Lanka” staged a silent protest at Lipton Circus in Colombo on Friday. This was organized to protest against the killings of innocent civilians, and the violence used towards civilians in . This was non-partisan protest. The demonstrators highlighted both the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation …

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