Gala of letters under way at Galle Literary Festival

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai A mobile picture update ~ Galle Literary Fest in Pictures The most companionable of all festivals ~ Michael Morpurgo~ English Author, Poet, Playwright & Librettist 5th Galle Literary Festival starts despite a call to boycott BBC World Forum at Galle Literary Festival Cartoon at BBC World Forum Galle Literary Festival~26th of January …

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Promise to free interned Tamils passes with shuffles to smaller camps

by T. Earakan The end of the 180 day period promised by Sri Lankan President Rajapakse to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on May 23, 2009 for the release of 300,000 Tamils detained in internment camps in Sri Lanka was marked by Tamils and friends of Tamils from United States and Canada in Washington DC …

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In Pictures: Women and Media Collective-Sri Lanka marks 25th Anniversary

“Changing minds” by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman”~ Margaret Thatcher,-Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and British politician (b: 1925-) ~The history of women’s activism in Sri Lanka is yet to be told. Male bias and male domination have …

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In pictures: Battle of Lord Murugan and Soorapathman

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Kantha Shasti” is observed in the Tamil month of “Aippasi”, which falls either in October or November on the new moon. Hindus all around the world fast for six days for Lord Murugan. “Kantha Shasti Kavasam” a special hymn is sung at houses and temples during this period. It’s believed that Lord …

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Music for heart and soul in dew filled Lahore night

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Music is expression of harmony in sound; Love is the expression of harmony in life”-Stephen Gaskin Sain Zahoor Ahmad is a leading Sufi singer in Pakistan. He performed at Peeru’s Café in Lahore on October 10th 2009 in front of the 200 visiting female journalist delegates (South Asian Women in Media) from …

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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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In Pictures: Tamils of Dharavi protest Sri Lanka onslaught

Tamil residents of Dharavi – in Mumbai, demonstrated and shouted slogans against the Sri Lanka military onslaught and forced eviction of Tamils from their homes on April 25th. They burned posters of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during the protest. [in Dharavi, Mumbai April 25, 2009-Reuters pic] [Tamil residents of Dharavi, shout slogans during a …

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In Pictures: Tamil families return to village abandoned for more than two years

144 members of 44 internally displaced Tamil families, who had fled from Muthur east in Trincomalee district in 2006 due to military operations of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), were transported in six state sector buses on October 22nd from several welfare centres in Batticaloa district for resettlement in their village Cheanaiyoor, a once flourishing …

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Pictorial: Prayers for safe return to own villages

Tamil families displaced from Muthur east following military operation launched by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in April, 2006, and still being sheltered in welfare centers in Batticaloa district and Trincomalee district, are to hold a one-day prayer on August 16 Saturday, a Full Moon Day (Pooranai), in Amman Temples for their safe return to …

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In Pictures: Returning to Muthur East

Groups of Tamil families, fled from Muthur east in Trincomalee district to Batticaloa with the launching of military operation by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on their villages in 2006 are in the midst of being resettled in batches. They have been staying in temporary shelters located in Batticaloa and Sengkaladi. The Internally Displaced Persons …

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Nutrients awareness exhibition held in Kilinochchi

An exhibition aimed at eradicating malnutrition by creating awareness among people, was held in Kilinochchi on July 12. The exhibition was held by the Medical Officer of Health in Kilinochchi. Director of Kilinochchi Regional Health Services T. Sathyamoorthy lighted lamp to declare open the exhibition. The exhibits showed maximizing the availability of essential nutrients by …

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Pictorial: At Kilivetti camp, waiting to go home

Several Internally Displaced Persons at the Kilivetti welfare transit camp, in Trincomalee district – are being resettled in their villages. Non governmental humanitarian agencies say that the returnees need long-term support from aid agencies, since they left their villages with nothing, and basically have to re-start lives from scratch. Many are happy to leave – …

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In Pictures: Historic Naagathambiraan Temple Festival, Kilinochchi

Annual March Pongkal festival at the historic Naagathambiraan Temple in Puliyampokkanai near Kilinochchi was held Friday March 21st and continued throughout night to early hours Saturday morning, sources in Vanni said. Thousands from Vanni attended the event, but sources said, with travel ban through A9 from the north through Mukamaalai, and from the south via …

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Colourful Holi celebrations in Colombo

Holi, Celebrating everlasting love, life and joy in colours by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai [HumanityAshore.com] Holi-the Festival of Colours, is one of the major festivals in India. It signifies the end of winter and welcoming the spring. People smear each other with coloured powder and splash with water. The colours are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi …

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Pictures of 2007 from HumanityAshore.org

by K.Thirukumaran In publishing the annual best ‘Photos of 2007’ of The Christian Science Monitor, the revered International Newspaper says the editors reviewed their image archives for the following, among other factors: – Composition or content? – Art or urgency? – Does the image speak to the human heart? Above all the Monitor has another …

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In Pictures: Vanni Tsunami Memorial Events

Memorials were held throughout the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held North-East areas marking the 2004 tsunami on December 26, 2007. The following are pictures of a few of the events observing the enormous natural disaster, that was reported by Tamil news portal Puthinam.com yesterday: These pictures are from memorials held in Vanni-Katsilai Madu, …

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Photo Journal: Sri Lanka Journalists Protest Press Burning

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “We will fight for media freedom till we fall”, “We do not want another commission to investigate the attacks on journalists and media houses”, “Our journey will continue despite threats”. Journalists shouted slogans while showing anger and frustration. The protest was held on November 23rd 2007 in front of the Fort Railway …

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Photo Journal: Our Strength is Pen

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Our strength is pen”, We will continue to write, even our hands are chopped”, “We will not stop writing”. These were some of the slogans shouted during the protest last week in front of the Fort Railway Station. It was organized by the Movement Against Media Suppression (MAMS). Free Media Movement, Sri …

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In Pictures: Sri Lanka Journalists in Glittering Awards Ceremony

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai The much awaited annual awards ceremony for the journalists in Sri Lanka got under way glamorously last night. Journalism Awards for Excellence 2006 was held at the BMICH on August 7 th 2007. There have been more than 450 applicants for the awards this year. Journalism Awards for Excellence 2006 was organized …

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In Pictures: Colombo Hindu Temple Observes Transition of Saturn

Devotees worship Lord Saneeswaran By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai The leader of the nine planets is Sun. He has two wives-Sayadevi and Ushadevi respectively. Lord Saneeswaran, is also known as Sayaputhran, (son of Saya). It is said that “Saniyai pol kodupaarum illai; Saniyai pol kedupaarum illai” (there is nobody who will give at the same time obstruct …

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In Pictures: Colombo Hindu Temple Observes Transition of Saturn

Devotees worship Lord Saneeswaran By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai The leader of the nine planets is Sun. He has two wives-Sayadevi and Ushadevi respectively. Lord Saneeswaran, is also known as Sayaputhran, (son of Saya). It is said that “Saniyai pol kodupaarum illai; Saniyai pol kedupaarum illai” (there is nobody who will give at the same time obstruct …

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Pictorial: Kaavadi, Milk Pot carrying devotees fulfill vows in Colombo

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Festival of Paal Kudam (Milk Pots) and Kaavadi of the Arulmigu Sri Sivasubramaniya Swamy Temple in Ginthupitty was held on July 29 th 2007 in the morning. Six hundred devotees have fulfilled their vows by carrying Paal Kudam (Milk Pots) on their heads, and Kaavadi on their shoulders. The festival was spectacular. …

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In Pictures: Colourful ‘Vel’ Festival for Lord Murugan in Colombo

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai “Aadi”- The month of Festivals. The annual Aadi Vel festival of Arulmigu Sri Sivasubramaniya Swamy temple was held on July 30 th 2007. The temple is decorated with fresh banana trees with bunches of bananas, “Thoranam” (young coconut leaves are woven together) and sugar cane leaves. All the statues at the temple …

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Festivals Begin at Udappu Thiraupathathevi Temple

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Udappu is a traditional Tamil fishing hamlet, situated 150kms North of Colombo. The fishing folk of this pristine coastal village have a different custom compared to the other fisherfolk living in rest of the country. Devotees flock here during this time of the year, to attend the festivals of Thiraupathathevi Devasthanam. Rukmani …

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In Pictures: Symposium of Religious Leaders for Peace

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka has organized a Symposium of Religious Leaders for Peace along with National Conference on Religions for Peace and Sri Lankan Movement for Justice, Peace and Reconciliation. It was held at the BMICH (Bandaranaike International Memorial Conference Hall) o June 28th 2007. Religious dignitaries belonging to …

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In Pictures: Maldivian Art Exhibition in Colombo

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Beyond the Tourists’ Eye – Issues of Identity in Maldivian Art, and exhibition of paintings by contemporary artists from the Maldives are being held at National Art Gallery in Colombo. The exhibition is organized by the High commission of the Republic of Maldives in association with National Art Gallery of Maldives. This …

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Pictorial: Koiyaavaady welfare camp, Puttlam district

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai There are 136 families- 720 persons living in Koiyaavaady welfare camp in Puttlam district for more than 17 years. They were forced to leave their home town in the Northern Province in 1990 by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). The Muslim community says that they do not know the reason …

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