Nov 27-Dec 3:
Reputed Indian singer Kattassery Joseph Yesudas known to the world as KJ Yesudas celebrated his golden jubilee in singing for films on November 14th this year. It was on Nov 14th 1961 that Yesudas recorded his first film song for a Malayalee film at a Chennai studio.
Thereafter in fifty –years of singing for films Yesudas has sung over 50,000 songs in 17 Languages.He has won numerous awards and is regarded as a unifying voice of India. He turned seventy last year [Click here to read in full ~ on dbsjeyaraj.com]
By Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau -cnews.canoe.ca
OTTAWA – Sri Lanka needs to take accountability for serious allegations of war crimes committed during its 25-year civil war, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Thursday.
Baird’s comments to MPs at the Commons foreign affairs committee come after Prime Minister Stephen Harper publicly criticized Sri Lanka over its human rights record during the Commonwealth meeting in Australia in October. [TC]
by Darley Jose Kjosavik
The seminar room at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), Norwegian University of Life Sciences UMB), was full.
Professor Nadarajah Shanmugaratnam (Shan) was in for a surprise. He was invited to a seminar, but was blissfully unaware of the special gift he was to receive. It was a Festschrift in his honour. As he unwrapped and opened the box I handed to him, on behalf of the Department, the surprise and the bewilderment were all too obvious. [TC]
Testimony by Amnesty International before Canadian House of Commons Subcommittee on Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka
Good afternoon, everyone. It is November 17, 2011 today and this is the eighth meeting of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. We are currently studying the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. [TC]
Hello Freinds, The controversy over the issue of War crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces with the sanction of high officials does not seem to receding into the background with the passage of time. [DBSJEYARAJ.COM]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the Diaspora could contribute in a significant manner towards the development in the North. [TC]
By Professor N. Shanmugaratnam
‘A biography by its very nature’, writes Michael Colin Cooke, in setting the scene for the Bopage Story, ‘reveals a life not only of an individual but of the society and times of that individual.’ A person’s life story, however, can be told in different ways. A biography may be rich in minutiae and fail to go sufficiently beyond the more immediate social context of the subject. [TC]
by J.L. Devananda
The Tamil film “7aum Arivu” (the seventh sense)directed by AR Murugadoss is now running in cinemas and is a box office success.
The film is based on the story of Bodhidharmar who was supposedly a Tamil Buddhist born In Kanchipuram and a scion of the Pallava dynasty. While relating the tale of Bodhivarmar at the start the film goes on to portray the modern saga of a character purported to be a descendant of Bodhidharmar [TC]by Ranga Jayasuriya
Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week delivered a scathing attack on the government’s handling of the former IDPs at a discussion held in the South Asia Policy Research Institute in Colombo.
“You may be satisfied with it (reconciliation process), but I am not,” she said responding to Professor Rohan Gunaratna, who was the guest speaker. [TC]
“How can they say I am Biased when I Acquitted Fonseka on two of three charges Against him”: Judge Deepali Wijesundara
Deepali Wijesundara, President of the Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar that convicted former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka to three years imprisonment in the “white flag” case spoke to the Sunday Times on the threats she faced during the trial , after the judgment and other matters.
You have spoken of threats to your life due to the “white flag” case? Please elaborate? [TC]
Is US threatening action against Lanka at UN in Geneva if presidential pardon is not given to Sarath Fonseka?
By Shamindra Ferdinando
The UPFA alleges the US embassy is increasingly interfering in domestic political issues, thereby undermine the government.
The SLFP-led coalition believes that the US is trying to cause a rift in the government over the imprisonment of defeated presidential candidate, former Army Chief, Gen. Sarath Fonseka [TC]
by Namini Wijedasa
Sri Lanka is a noble nation with a rich heritage. We were always grand but we became positively marvellous after defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, one of the meanest terrorist organizations in the world.
Indeed, in our current disposition–with the Tigers gone and a strong, stable government in charge–we are splendid. Not unnaturally, many ministers and ruling party politicians regularly allude to this magnificence in their speeches. It makes them feel self-important, poor sods. They have little else to do under this regime. [TC]
Don’t the people have the right to speak of anything taking place illegally?” Gen. Sarath Fonseka(Post-verdict statement in the White Flag case)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa takes umbrage at the strangest things. He once vented outrage at a Sinhala song, titled, ‘The people of that country are running crazy’. Such songs, the President remarked at his sanctimonious-best, would encourage separatism. [TC]
By Jude Fernando
“Judges should behave within the judiciary as well as outside it in such a manner as to consolidate the confidence of the people. Judges have no private behaviour. It should be remembered that when oppressive, criminal, arbitrary, despotic actions are taken against the people by the executive or authorities, it is the judiciary that will be the guardian of the people.” - Chief Justice Hema Basnayake, July 3, 1964.
I fully support the enforcement of law and order to preserve communal harmony. Harmony is a precondition for peace in whatever form it comes, and disharmony would obstruct a political solution to the ethnic conflict. [TC]
On the day of the recent elections, Duminda Silva, ruling party politician, with his entourage of armed official and unofficial enforcers, rampaged through the streets of Kolonnawa, physically brutalising and intimidating the opposition.
Although the area had been heavily policed, the compliant and neutered arm of the law chose to remain limp, permitting Silva an unfettered run of the electorate. [TC]Statement by Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Sri LankaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed state officials to assess the situation in the areas hit by heavy rains and winds yesterday November 25 and provide urgent relief to the people affected by the disaster immediately.
The President has met with relevant authorities this morning at the Temple Trees to discuss the immediate measures need to be taken to provide relief to the people affected by the heavy rains and winds in southern coastal areas. [TC]