சனி, 24 டிசம்பர், 2011

Kevu'liyaamadu encroached by Sinhalese, Tamil farmer attacked

Kevu'liyaamadu encroached by Sinhalese, Tamil farmer attacked

[TamilNet, Friday, 23 December 2011, 10:39 GMT]
Sinhalese encroachers, who have occupied the grazing lands of in the border of Batticaloa and Ampaa'rai districts, have attacked and broke the hand of a 40-year-old Tamil farmer who took his cattle for grazing lands allocated for the purpose at Thevu'laala-ku'lam in Paddippazhai DS division in Batticaloa district on December 07. The injured farmer, Thiayagarajah Moothavan, who has been admitted at the Gonakelle hospital in Ampaa'rai general hospital, complained that a ten member gang attacked him when he was taking cattle to grazing land allocated for the Batticaloa dairy farmers. 480 Sinhalese families had encroached high lands and paddy lands owned by Tamil families in Suvaamimalai and Kevu'liyaamadu in Paddipazhai DS division. Meanwhile, Muslim farmers facing competition by the Sinhalese in Ampaa'rai district are also encroaching the lands of Tamils in Batticaloa.

Colombo has encouraged Sinhalese to encroach and do cultivation in the graze lands of Batticaloa bordering the Ampaa'rai district.

Since then encroachers chase away Tamil dairy farmers who bring cattle for grazing.

Encroachers also kill cattle by shooting. Tamil farmers complain that about 30 heads of cattle have been slain by the encroachers recently.

In the meantime, Muslim dairy farmers in Chammaathu'rai and Akkaraip-pattu in Ampaa'rai district also send their cattle for grazing in Batticaloa district instead of using the grazing lands allocated for them in Kagnchi-kudichchaa'ru, Poththuvil, Uhana and Paa'nama.

SLA steps up harassment on University students in Jaffna

SLA steps up harassment on University students in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 23 December 2011, 12:48 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army deployed hundreds of soldiers around the University of Jaffna Thursday evening harassing the students by checking everyone at the two main entries to the University throughout the evening and night. The latest move comes following the death threats issued to 8 named student activists and three lecturers of the Jaffna University. The students who were at the office of the Jaffna University Students Union (JUSU) were questioned by the SLA forcing them to leave the site. Checking was carried out at the entry to Balasingham male hostel, situated 300 meters away from the University and the SL military personnel were deployed on all the four sides of the University premises.

The SLA conducted checking at the nearby Parameswara junction, Thirunelveali junction and Kaladdi junction.

In the meantime, an EPDP member, who has been on a collision course with the paramilitary leadership, has been reportedly attacked in Jaffna on Thursday.

The EPDP member, Manuel Mangalanesan, is a member of Jaffna Municipal council, for second term.

வெள்ளி, 23 டிசம்பர், 2011

agitation for mullai periyaaru at karur: தென் மாவட்டங்களில் கடையடைப்பு ~ முல்லைப் பெரியாறு

தென் மாவட்டங்களில் கடையடைப்பு ~ முல்லைப் பெரியாறு

பதிவு செய்த நாள் : 22/12/2011

முல்லைப் பெரியாறு விவகாரத்தில் கேரள அரசின் நடவடிக்கையைக் கண்டித்து நாளை (23-12-2011) கரூர் மாவட்ட தமிழர் உரிமை மீட்புக்குழு சார்பில் கரூரில் முழு நாள் கடையடைப்புப் போராட்டம் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

மேலும் மதுரை உள்ளிட்ட தென் மாவட்டங்களில் இன்று (22/12/2011) முழு கடையடைப்பு நடைபெற்றது. இதில் பல்வேறு வணிகர் சங்கங்கள் உட்பட தமிழ் அமைப்புகள் பங்கேற்றன.
தமிழ்நாடு தொழில் வர்த்தக சங்கம், தமிழ்நாடு உணவுபொருள் வியாபாரிகள் சங்கம், மடீட்சியா தமிழ்நாடு வணிகர் சங்கங்களின் பேரமைப்பு, வணிகர் சங்க பேரவை, மதுரை நகைவியாபாரிகள் அமைப்பு, மதுரை பட்டு வியாபாரிகள் சங்கம், முல்லை பெரியாறு அறவழி போராட்டக்குழு, வெற்றிலை, பாக்கு, பீடி, சிகரெட் வர்த்தக சங்கம் உள்பட சங்கங்கள் இந்த போராட்டத்தில் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளன.

Rajapaksa exacerbates tension between Tamils, Sinhalese: US Republican

Rajapaksa exacerbates tension between Tamils, Sinhalese: US Republican

[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 December 2011, 12:04 GMT]
Instead of pursuing genuine reconciliation, which is essential for the country's long-term stability, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa continues to exacerbate tensions in his country, particularly those between Tamils and Sinhalese, New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm told Roll Call Newspaper online Wednesday. “A prime and alarming example of this is the attempts by Rajapaksa's regime to whitewash horrible actions by the government in the final stages of Sri Lanka's civil war, where 10,000 to 40,000 ethnic Tamils were slaughtered by government forces made up almost entirely of ethnic Sinhalese,” said the former FBI agent and U.S. Marine.

“[The US] Congress must not stand idly by as the Sri Lankan government continues to carry out policies that could stir up long-standing tensions and lead to another large-scale civil war,” he further said adding that only a handful of countries, including China and Pakistan, are backing Sri Lanka's calls for asylum from international intervention, which is deeply concerning considering each nation's own record on human rights abuses.

“Not only is an independent international investigation the right thing to do for the people of Sri Lanka, but it is the right policy for the U.S. as we continue to work to spread freedom and democracy throughout the globe,” the Republican who represents Staten Island told the paper.

“As a Representative serving in the greatest democracy in the world, I feel Congress must not stand idly by as the Sri Lankan government continues to carry out policies that could stir up long-standing tensions and lead to another large-scale civil war,” Michael Grimm further said.

“Failure by the United States and international community to act sends the message that leading democratic bodies are unwilling to consistently protect and promote fundamental human rights and the core tenets of democracy.”

On the LLRC, he said:

“The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, established by the government to investigate these final months, was given no mandate to bring anyone to trial or hold anyone accountable for their actions. Although the government has actively pursued accountability outside of the LLRC for members of the LTTE, it fails to hold itself to the same standard.

“In addition to its flaws in composition and mandate, the LLRC has moved at a suspiciously slow pace in conducting its investigation and putting together its report. The LLRC was granted two six-month extensions by President Rajapaksa prior to his receipt of the report on Nov. 20, and no timetable has been set for the report's publication. This could very well be because an inadequate report would spur more calls for international intervention, and a viable report would not serve the interest of the president and his family because they have so much to lose should the truth be brought to light.”

External Links:
RollCall: Grimm: Sri Lankan Government Risks Squandering Hard-Won Opportunity

No infrastructure to take care of floods displaced genocide victims of Vanni

No infrastructure to take care of floods displaced genocide victims of Vanni

[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 December 2011, 06:47 GMT]
11,000 people belonging to 2,556 families have been displaced from the low-lying lands of Ki'linochchi district this week following heavy rain and floods, according to District Secretariat officials in Ki'linochchi. Of these, only 1,443 persons of 349 families have been provided refuge by the SL administration. The remaining families have been struggling to find space with their relatives and friends elsewhere. Most of the ‘re-settled’ victims of genocide were living in temporary huts in the low-lying lands. But, the floods have taken away even their huts while destroying their agricultural produce, the livelihood for which the people had to borrow money from the SL banks. Despite the claims by the SL government that people have been resettled and their infrastructure restored, the district remains roofless to accommodate people affected by the floods, even after two years of the war.

Floods in Ki'linochchi
Floods in Ki'linochchi

The civil officials were recalling that the civil administration during the times of the war under the LTTE was better equipped to handle such crises.

“Even though we were displaced from time to time, the civil administration under the Tigers took care of the infra-structure. When people moved the infra-structure also moved and the social institutions were kept alive. But, now, it is only A9”, said a civil official describing the plight of the floods affected victims.

“The civil administration these days has become A9 centric. We even call the Sri Lankan Government Agents of Jaffna, Ki'ilnochchi and Vavuniyaa as ‘A9 GAs’, who have become part of the SL military-led administration.”

These GA's were earlier answerable also to the civil administration of the LTTE and had to adopt a people-centric approach.

Floods in Ki'linochchi
Floods in Ki'linochchi
Floods in Ki'linochchi
Floods in Ki'linochchi
Pannang-ka'ndi, Umaiyaa'l-puram, Naakeanthira-puram, Kumaarasaami-puram, Murasu-moaddai, Tharma-puram, Vannearik-ku'lam and a part of the Poonakari (Pooneryn) constitute the low-lying lands that get affected by the floods caused by spill water of Ira'naimadu-tank.

But, in the so-called development programme of SL presidential sibling Basil Rajapaksa, there is no plan to construct a canal to safeguard the people and paddy lands in the low-lying lands from the floods.

Only an external pressure could bring in a change in the system, which is controlled by the SL military-led administration, which is waging a war of structural genocide on Eezham Tamils, was the opinion of concerned civil officials in Vanni.

“According to the figures from July this year, at least 18,000 civilians in the district didn't have proper roof. No you can add another 10,000 to it,” an official to TamilNet.

On the road to Kanakapuram from Ki'inochchi town, 250 meters of road was re-constructed during the election times. Nothing more has taken place. The entire road is gone in the floods. The SLGA from Ki'linochchi had told the District Development Council recently that millions of rupees were spent on constructing this road.

253 floods affected families are sheltered at the nursery building at Sivapuram in Paranthan. The other places where flood affected families are given shelter are: 61 families at the church in Tharmapuram East , 14 families at the schools of Thampiraasapuram and Kumarasaami-puram, 12 families at Kallaa'ru and Thampiraasapuram schools and 9 families at Pu'liyampokka'nai and Naakenthira-puram.

The students who sit for GCE (O/L) exams are badly affected by the displacement.

Floods in Ki'linochchi
Floods in Ki'linochchi
Floods in Ki'linochchi

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வியாழன், 22 டிசம்பர், 2011

new information about the safety of Mullai Periyaaru dam : என்றும் இளமையானது முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணை

சென்னை : "முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணை என்றும் இளமையானது. இந்த அணை பற்றி, கேரள அரசு பரப்பி வரும் கருத்துக்கள் அடிப்படை ஆதாரமற்றவை' என, மூத்த சிவில் இன்ஜினியர் ராமநாதன் கூறினார்.
இந்திய இன்ஜினியர்கள் அமைப்பின் தமிழக மையம், "முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணையின் வரலாறு' எனும் தலைப்பில், விளக்கவுரை நிகழ்ச்சிக்கு ஏற்பாடு செய்திருந்தது. சென்னை, சேப்பாக்கத்தில் நேற்று நடந்த இந்நிகழ்ச்சியில், மூத்த சிவில் இன்ஜினியரும், இந்திய இன்ஜினியர்கள் அமைப்பின் உறுப்பினருமான ராமநாதன், முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணை உருவானதன் வரலாற்றை, வீடியோ படங்களுடன் விளக்கி பேசினார்.
அதன் பின், அவர் நிருபர்களிடம் கூறியதாவது: முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணை, எரிமலை சாம்பல், மணல், நீர்த்த சுண்ணாம்பு மற்றும் ஜல்லி ஆகியவற்றின் கலவையில் உருவாக்கப்பட்ட, "ரோமன் கான்கிரீட்' எனும் கட்டுமான பொருளால் கட்டப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஸ்பெயினில், கார்னல்வோ எனும் இடத்தில், 2,000 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன், ரோமன் கான்கிரீட்டை கொண்டு கட்டப்பட்ட அணை, இன்றும் பழுதடையாமல் உள்ளது.
"அணையில் வியர்வை போன்ற நீர் கசிவு இயல்பானது. இதனால், அணைக்கு பாதிப்பில்லை எனவும், இந்த அணை எவ்வித நில அதிர்வை தாங்கவல்லது' என்று,பென்னி குக்கே தெரிவித்துள்ளார். முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணை என்றும் இளமையானது. இந்த அணை பற்றி, கேரள அரசு பரப்பிவரும் கருத்துக்களை, தமிழக அரசு தொடர்ந்து எதிர்க்க வேண்டும். இவ்வாறு, ராமநாதன் கூறினார்.

Pension increased for aged thamizh scholars: அகவைமுதிர்ந்த தமிழறிஞர்களுக்குக் கூடுதல் நிதி உதவி

வயது முதிர்ந்த தமிழர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் நிதியுதவியா? செய்தி தவறாக  வந்திருந்தாலும் சரி பார்க்க வே ண்டிய பொறுப்பு இதழுக்கு உள்ளதே. தவறாகச் செய்தியை  வெளியிடலாமா? சொன்னால் கேட்க மாட்டீர்கள். எனினும் பதிகின்றேன். என் வலைப்பூவைப் படிப்பவர்களுக்காக.
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கூடுதல் நிதி உதவி

First Published : 22 Dec 2011 11:45:38 AM IST

சென்னை, டிச.22: வயது முதிர்ந்த தமிழர்கள் மற்றும் அவர்களின் மரபுரிமையர்களுக்கு தற்போது மாதந்தோறும் வழங்கப்படும் ரூ 1000 நிதி உதவித்தொகையை ரூ 2 ஆயிரமாக உயர்த்தி வழங்க முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளார்.இதுகுறித்து அரசு வெளியிட்ட செய்திக்குறிப்பு: மொழி  என்பது மனிதனை அடையாளப்படுத்தும் பண்பாட்டுக் கூறுகளில் ஒன்றாகும். மொழி தானும் வளர்ந்து, தன்னை பயன்படுத்தும் மனிதனையும் வளர்க்கும் தனியாற்றல் பெற்றது.  எண்ணத்தின் வடிவமாகவும், நாகரிகத்தின் சின்னமாகவும் திகழும் மொழி, மனிதகுலத்தின் கருத்துப் பரிமாற்றத்துக்கு பயன்படுவதோடு மட்டுமல்லாமல்  மனித சமுதாய இணைப்புக்கும் துணை செய்கின்றது.   நிலைத்த பழமையும் வளரும் புதுமையும் இரண்டறக் கலந்து வாழும் மொழி  தமிழ்மொழி.  அது நமது ஆட்சி மொழி.  தமிழ் மொழியின் வளர்ச்சியில் ஜெயலலிதா தலைமையிலான அரசு தனி ஈடுபாடு கொண்டு பல்வேறு நடவடிக்கைகளை எடுத்து வருகின்றது.  தமிழ் மொழியின் வளமை மற்றும் செழுமைக்கு முக்கிய காரணம், மொழியால் ஈடுபாடு கொண்டு, மொழிக்காக தன் வாழ்நாட்கள் முழுவதையும் அர்ப்பணித்த தமிழ் அறிஞர் பெருமக்களின் தன்னலமற்ற   தொண்டே ஆகும்.   அத்தகைய   தமிழ்  அறிஞர்களின்   நலன் பாதுகாக்கப்பட வேண்டும் என்பதில் ஜெயலலிதா தலைமையிலான அரசு உறுதியாக உள்ளது.   இதன் அடிப்படையில், தமிழ் வளர்ச்சிக்காகவும், தமிழ் இலக்கிய மேம்பாட்டிற்காகவும், அயராது படுபட்ட தமிழ் அறிஞர்களைப் போற்றும் வகையில், அகவை முதிர்ந்த தமிழ் அறிஞர்களுக்கு, திங்கள் தோறும் உதவித் தொகை வழங்கும் திட்டம், 1978 ஆம் ஆண்டு அன்றைய முதல்வர் எம்.ஜி.ஆர் அவர்களால் தொடங்கி வைக்கப்பட்டது. இத்திட்டத்தின் கீழ் தற்போது மாதந்தோறும் 1,000 ரூபாய் உதவித் தொகையாக அகவை முதிர்ந்த தமிழ் அறிஞர்களுக்கு வழங்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றது.  தமிழ் மொழி உயர்ந்து வாழ வேண்டும் மற்றும் மொழிக்காக தொண்டாற்றிய அறிஞர்கள் வாழ்வாங்கு வாழ வேண்டும் என்ற நோக்கம் கொண்ட ஜெயலலிதா வயது முதிர்ந்த தமிழறிஞர்களுக்கு உதவித் தொகை வழங்கும் திட்டத்தின் கீழ், வயது முதிர்ந்த தமிழறிஞர்கள் மற்றும் அவர்தம் மரபுரிமையர்களுக்கு தற்போது மாதந்தோறும் வழங்கப்பட்டு வரும் 1,000 ரூபாய் நிதி உதவியை 2,000 ரூபாயாக உயர்த்தி வழங்க உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளார்கள். இதற்காக அரசுக்கு ஆண்டொன்றுக்கு 35 லட்சம் ரூபாய் கூடுதல் செலவாகும்.இவ்வாறு அரசின் செய்திக்குறிப்பில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

On March 11, Japan

On March 11, Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. The magnitude-9.0 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that slammed into the small island nation, leaving a huge swath of devastation in its wake. 

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7 divisions flooded in Batticaloa district, more rains expected

7 divisions flooded in Batticaloa district, more rains expected

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 11:55 GMT]
Seven DS divisions, Vavu'na-theevu, Chengkaladi, Ma'nmunaip-pattu, Koa'raip-pattu, Koa'raip-pattu West, Kaaththaankudi and Ma'nmunaip-pattu North in Batticaloa district have been affected badly due to the ongoing torrential rain with gale, according to District Secretariat officials.

Several villages in these DS division are under water disrupting the normal life of the people.

The rainfall for the last 24 hours in the district was recordered 48.9 mm at 8 a.m. on December 18, according to Batticaloa Meteorological Department officer A.M.Salihudeen.   Sluice gates of all major tanks in the district have been opened to allow excess water as all tanks are in full capacity, according to Irrigation Department officials.   Meteorological Department in Batticaloa predicts more rain in the coming days.

Thousands displaced, stranded by floods in Vanni

Thousands displaced, stranded by floods in Vanni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 15:05 GMT]
More than twelve thousand people earlier uprooted during the war and later allowed to resettle but forced to reside in temporary huts as they were not provided with government assistance to construct news houses, are now seeking refuge in temporary transit camps due to flood caused by torrential rain with gale that is continuing since last week in Vanni region in the Northern Province. The civil authorities have come over a new challenge this year as they lack buildings in Vadamaraadchi East and the remaining areas of Vanni to even house the people temporarily.

In Jaffna alone about 11,487 persons of 3,547 families were affected by flood, according to Jaffna district secretariat sources. Of them 8,384 persons from 2,728 families are from Vadamaradchchi East DS division.

The number of affected persons by floods is on the increase. Accommodating displaced by flood has become big problem as all public buildings in the division had been badly destroyed and damaged in the war, civil sources said.

A section of the people in Vanni is sheltered in welfare centres.

All irrigation tanks in Vanni regions are affected due to inclement weather as they were not maintained properly for the last fifty years. Hence most of the irrigation tanks face imminent breach of bunds.

Several areas in Jaffna and Pomaive'li and in Vadamaraadchchi East are under water due to heavy rain.

Almost all the people affected by heavy rain and floods are sheltered in tent huts.

They fear that their belongings could be washed away by flash floods as heavy rain is continuing.

Meanwhile six Tamil Nadu fishermen rescued Tuesday by the Sri Lanka Navy near Nadun-theevu while they were caught up in the storm in mid sea were handed over to the Sri Lankan police the same day evening.

All the six fishermen from Naakappaddinam coastal village in Tamil Nadu are to be produced in court. The fishermen, who say their boat had capsized in storm in the mid sea are Veerapa Kalyanaraman, 26, Parasurman Sivakumar,27,Kunchupillai Manibarathi,21,Krishnan Perumal,28, Sellapapu Sellakumar,20, and Kuttiandy Arasakumar,21.

Some sources say more Tamil Nadu fishermen could have reached Mannaar coastal area due to bad weather

Intelligence agencies on man-hunt for genocide witnesses

Intelligence agencies on man-hunt for genocide witnesses

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 06:39 GMT]
Through fraud, finance and force, the intelligence agencies of Sri Lanka in collusion with their counterparts in ‘friendly’ countries are pursuing and silencing certain crucial witnesses to the genocide that happened in the stages of war leading to Mu’l’livaaykkaal. An upcoming documentary by a British channel is being used as a ruse to draw out such witnesses and target them. To such ends, a selected group of Tamils are operated by such agencies through threats or bribes to act as decoys to win the trust of witnesses and to trap them, reliable sources from India told TamilNet. A number of witnesses, who gave eyewitness accounts have already been arrested and handed over to Colombo through formal deportation from India.

Rights activists have informed the concerned human rights quarters and media, including the British channel, on the latest move by the SL military intelligence and its overseas abetters.

In a well crafted out scheme to prevent any further damage to SL government’s reputation, SL intelligence operatives are targeting genocide witnesses in Tamil Nadu who possess vital first-person accounts of atrocities committed in 2009.

It is also alleged that sections of Indian intelligence have a heavy hand in this.

Well trained operatives, posing as diaspora groups filming the next segment of the Channel 4 documentary, are deployed to approach these witnesses. Once the concerned witnesses have been convinced, their evidences are recorded and video-taped and handed over to the intelligence.

The witnesses then are arrested, and after interrogation, they are either deported to Colombo or detained and forced to identify other witnesses in the country.

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சின்னப் பொண்ணு – (ஒளிப்படத் தொகுப்பு)

தோழர் வினோ
பதிவு செய்த நாள் : 21/12/2011

What is the difference between sinhalese and malayalees? சிங்களர்களுக்கும், மலையாளிகளுக்கும் என்ன வித்தியாசம்? நாஞ்சில் சம்பத்

சிங்களர்களுக்கும், மலையாளிகளுக்கும் என்ன வித்தியாசம்? நாஞ்சில் சம்பத்

First Published : 21 Dec 2011 02:27:27 PM IST

Last Updated : 21 Dec 2011 03:58:36 PM IST

செங்கோட்டை, டிச.21: முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணை விவகாரத்தில் கேரள அரசின் நடவடிக்கையை கண்டித்து, செங்கோட்டையில் கேரளா செல்லும் பாதையில் முற்றுகையிட்ட நாஞ்சில் சம்பத் உள்பட 1357 பேர் கைது செய்ப்பட்டனர்.தமிழகத்தில் இருந்து கேரளா செல்லும் 13 வழிச் சாலைகளிலும் மதிமுக சார்பில் முற்றுகை போராட்டம் அறிவிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது. அதன்படி நெல்லை மாவட்டம் தமிழக கேரள எல்லையான செங்கோட்டையில் நடந்த முற்றுகை போராட்டத்தில் மதிமுக கொள்கைப் பரப்புச் செயலாளர் நாஞ்சில் சம்பத் கலந்துகொண்டார்.முன்னதாக அவர் பேசுகையில், தேவிகுளம், பீர்மேடு முன்பு தமிழகத்தில் இருந்ததை பிரதமர் நேரு கேரளாவிற்கு கொடுக்கும்படி சொன்னதால், அது பிரித்துக்கொடுக்கப்பட்டது. ஆனால் அங்கே லட்சணக்கணக்கில் தமிழர்கள் வாழ்கிறார்கள். ஆனால் கேரள அரசோ, 119 சிறைச்சாலைகளில் உள்ள கைதிகளை கொண்டு வந்து, அங்கு குடியேற்றியது. மலையாளிகளுக்கும், கேரளர்களுக்கும் என்ன வித்தியாசம்?இந்தியாவின் கட்டுமானத்தையே அசைக்க நினைத்த பாகிஸ்தானுக்கும் இந்தியாவுக்கும் சிந்து நதிநீர் பங்கீட்டில் எந்த பிரச்சனையும் இல்லை.சபரிமலை சாஸ்தாவை பிரபலப்படுத்தியவரே பிடிஆர் ராஜன் என்கிற தமிழர்தான். தமிழகத்தில் 30 லட்சம் கேரள மலையாளிகள் ஆரோக்கியமாகவும், பாதுகாப்பாகவும் இருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்கள் அன்றாடம் பயன்படுத்தும் அந்த தண்ணீர் அளவையாவது கொடுங்கள். நாங்கள் கேட்பது எங்கள் உரிமையைத்தான் என்றார்.
<மலையாளிகளுக்கும், கேரளர்களுக்கும் என்ன வித்தியாசம்? >சரியாகச் செய்தியைக் குறிப்பிடுக. சொன்னாலும் கேட்கப் போவதில்லை.  இருப்பினும் என் வலைப்பூவில் படிப்பவர்களுக்காகக் குறிக்கின்றேன். அன்புடன் இலக்குவனார் திருவள்ளுவன் / தமிழே விழி! தமிழா விழி! எழுத்தைக் காப்போம்! மொழியைக் காப்போம்! இனத்தைக் காப்போம்! /

Sahithya awart to su.venkatesan

சு.வெங்கடேசனுக்கு இந்த ஆண்டுக்கான 
சாகித்ய அகாதமி விருது

First Published : 21 Dec 2011 03:47:51 PM IST

Last Updated : 21 Dec 2011 09:44:04 PM IST

சென்னை, டிச.21: எழுத்தாளர் சு.வெங்கடேசன் எழுதிய காவல் கோட்டம் நூலுக்கு இந்த ஆண்டுக்கான சாகித்ய அகாதமி விருது கிடைத்துள்ளது.தமிழ் நாவல் எழுத்தாளரான சு.வெங்கடேசன் மார்க்சிஸ்ட் கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சியின் முழுநேர ஊழியராவார். மதுரையில் இவர் வசித்து வருகிறார். இவர் எழுதிய ஒரே நாவல் காவல்கோட்டம் என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.இரு வேறு உலகங்கள் சந்திக்கும் சித்திரம் உள்ள நாவல் இது. பெருந்திரளான எண்ணிக்கையும் ஆயுதபலமும் கொண்ட மேய்ச்சல் நில மக்களான தெலுங்கு நாயக்கரும், சிறிய எண்ணிக்கையில் உள்ள கள்ளர்களும் எப்படி ஒருவருடன் ஒருவர் மோதி சமரசம்செய்து கொண்டு வரலாற்றை உருவாக்குகிறார்கள் என்பதை காவல்கோட்டம் எடுத்துக்காட்டுகிறது.

ஊடங்கங்களின் தாக்கத்தால் புத்தகம் படிப்பதே குறைந்து போன காலகட்டத்தில் துணிச்சலுடன் மிக பெரும் நாவல் எழுதி சாகித்ய அகாதமி விருதுபெரும் தோழர் சு வெங்கடேசனுக்கு வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
12/21/2011 5:47:00 PM
எப்படி ஒரே ஒரு நாவல் எழுதியவருக்கு சாகித்திய அகதமி விருது? என்ன அளவு கோல்?
By Tamilian
12/21/2011 5:39:00 PM
சாகித்ய அகாடமி விருது பெற்ற தோழர் வெங்கடேசன் அவர்களுக்கு, பாராட்டுக்கள்.
By கம்பம் பி.டி.முருகன்
12/21/2011 4:45:00 PM
we should proud to get this award by Mr.Su.Venkatesan
By Kotteeswaran.K
12/21/2011 3:56:00 PM
உங்கள் கருத்தைப் பதிவு செய்யுங்கள் *

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5 வயது சிறுவனின் வீர விளையாட்டு : அசத்தல் காணொளி இணைப்பு

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இன்றைய உலகில் பல சாதனைகளுக்கு சொந்தக்காரர்களாக சிறுவர்களும் தமது பங்களிப்பினை மேற்கொண்டு வருகின்றனர்.

அந்தவகையில் மிகவும் கடினமான உடற்கலை வீர தீர விளையாட்டில் புகுந்து விளையாடுகின்றார் ஒரு சிறுவர்.

ரஷ்யாவை சேர்ந்த 5 வயதுடைய சிறுவனே இவ் சாசகத்தில் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளார்.

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TNPF slams LLRC report

TNPF slams LLRC report

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 20 December 2011, 05:00 GMT]
In a press briefing held in Jaffna following the public release of the LLRC report, the by the Tamil National People Front (TNPF) said it totally rejects the report and added that the report is a deliberate attempt to whitewash the egregious crimes committed against the Tamil people. "The report places the blame on the LTTE and other tamil groups. We can no longer remain patient. There is urgent need for the International Community to conduct an independent investigation. What happened is genocide. While the war ended two and a half years ago, structural genocide against Tamil people is continuing, and International community should not hesitate to raise its voices," Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, vice president of TNPF told the media.

"While Colombo regards any independent investigation into war crimes as a threat its sovereignty, we demand that all dastardly crimes and instruments of oppression carried out against the Tamil people from 1948, the year of independence, need to be presented as evidence before an independent panel, and perpetrators of the crimes should be brought to justice," Gajendrakumar said.

"We also condemn the continued engagement of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) with the Government of Sri Lanka while the Government has embarked on a planned agenda of oppression against Tamils. We demand that TNA should avoid making vague and slippery statements on the LLRC report, and make a public statement of categorically rejecting the contents of the LLRC report," TNPF said.

"TNPF applauds the memorandum issued by the 76 members of the Tamil Civil Society to the TNA, which reinforces our belief that Tamil people will always take a righteous stand on seeking justice on the basis of equality and exercising the Tamils right to self-determination. And we are concerned with the agenda followed by the TNA that is inimical to the political future of the Tamil people.

"Colombo is insisting that the release of the LLRC report has obviated the need for another investigation. If Colombo is convinced that the report contains the truth, why should it be scared of an independent investigation," Gajendrakumar asked.
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Building consensus with universal ideology

Building consensus with universal ideology

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 20 December 2011, 06:02 GMT]
The struggle of Eezham Tamils has to be waged with the strength of unity and consensus in ideology; both in the immediate task of dealing with a three-cornered international struggle in a multipolar world as well as in the long-term universal task of pursuing the Right of Self Determination for nearly a third of the world that is currently denied of it and in the world-wide struggles of the 99 per cent of the peoples in this planet seeking a more equitable world against the one per cent that constitutes today’s globalized Establishments, writes TamilNet Economic and Geopolitical Analyst in the Asia Pacific. The days of alignment with any power are gone in the multipolar world set-up, where the alignments are shifting every now and then though the underlying element among the Globalised Establishments is Cooperation via UN & its agencies, he further writes.

“It is foolishness to expect any power to deliver liberation to us though we can make the benefit out of 'cooperation, competition and conflict among the multipolar powers' (present as well as absent for the time being), provided we are a recognisable force.

“The only way to become a recognisable force is building of Tamil Unity or Tamil Consensus (particularly with people of Tamil Nadu) against the Genocide of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka.

“It affects all the Tamils in the World as well as many other peoples without State, for if it succeeds in Sri Lanka, the model will spread to other parts of the World.

“Our immediate task is building the consensus in ideology with a universal outlook, and building a leadership to spearhead the struggle, independent from the hijacking forces,” the Analyst observes.

* * *

The Economic and Geopolitical Analyst continues elucidating on the current global context and on the need to build a universal consensus in ideology:

Why did Eelam liberation movement face the disastrous setback in May 2009? Why are the oppressed peoples who constitute the 99% being deceived by the 1% of globalised Establishments? Why justice seems to be so far away? Can justice be achieved in isolation?

The lack of clear answers to these and similar questions has led to confusion, lack of confidence and inaction or ineffective action not only among Eezham Tamils but also among the spectrum of all oppressed Nations without State and the oppressed peoples in Nations with State.

Therefore to move forward, the answers to the above questions have to be found. The Feature article “Politics of the Way Ahead” discussed the context for finding answers to these questions.

The strategic battle line is between the Globalised Establishments on the one side with Nations without State and the oppressed peoples on the other side. The Globalised Establishments are united under the banner of the UN and have developed a high level of consensus for oppression and against National Liberation. In any war of aggression or oppression (as in the war against Eezham Tamils) there are 30-40 countries in a coalition against the victim who is isolated.

The consensus among the Globalised Establishments is focused very much through the UN as evident from the fact that a Veto has been used only rarely in the recent past, though opportunistic powers portrayed a threat of Veto by others to silence the victims.

During the Eelam War, the “Friendly Powers” of the West always used the threat of a possible Veto by China and/or Russia as an excuse for non-interference, non-condemnation of even war crimes or non-condemnation of “removal of witnesses from the war zone”.

They just organized a sham meeting in the Basement of the UN as if they wanted the GOSL to complete the operations without any obstructions. They did not even table a proposal because of the “fear of Veto” though the use of Veto by China & Russia recently in the case of Syria has prevented the West from neither openly supporting the “Rebels” against Syria nor proposing a resolution against Syria in the Security Council.

The Veto that was used 239 times by the permanent members of the UN Security Council from the inception of the UN till 1990 (5 to 6 times a year) has since been rarely used, about once a year on the average. This shows the extent of developing consensus among the Globalised Establishments through the UN. Ban ki Moon is managing the UN and its organizations in tune with this developing consensus, representing the 1%.

* * *

The Consensus of the Globalised Establishments is further reflected in the coalitions of 30 to 40 countries conducting the recent wars of aggression/oppression whether in Iraq, Afghanistan or Eelam.

The Coalitions of countries and even the conduct of wars change with specific cases. Unlike in the other wars, in the case of the war against Eezham Tamils, the Coalition had representatives from all multi polar Powers (West, India, China, Russia) and GOSL & India were allowed to commit all manner of war crimes and remove all possible witnesses.

It is to be noted that the unusual extent of War Crimes and absence of Witnesses are specific to the War against Eezham Tamils.

Consensus Building was developed not only among the enemy coalition of Establishments but also among the Establishment parties in the “two party democracies”.

Thus, in Sri Lanka, both UNP and UPFA have developed a consensus on how to deal with the Eelam National question. They both speak the same language with only cosmetic differences.

Still many including “Tamil Marxist intellectuals” accuse the LTTE for not having chosen between Ranil & Mahinda in the Presidential Elections of 2005 without even realizing that had the LTTE supported Ranil, Mahinda would have won by a landslide majority just as he did when Sampanthan supported Sarath Fonseka.

Such is the anti Tamil chauvinism among the vast majority of Sinhalese whether due to ignorance, prejudice or Mahavansa mindset.

The same is true in other “two Party democracies” on all substantive issues be it Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA or Canada.

Recently when the question of boat people/ Refugees came to the forefront, both the Establishment Parties in Australia took the same position. So is the history of the Establishment Parties in all the two party Democracies.

* * *

The approach of the oppressors is clear. Strategic Real Unity of all oppressive forces (1%) and tactical apparent separation to deceive, divide, isolate and rule the oppressed 99%.

In “two Party Democracies”, the two Parties have developed Consensus on essential issues which are seldom advertised but also cultivate Cosmetic Differences which are frequently advertised to deceive, divide, isolate and rule the oppressed. The differences are magnified during “Election Time” but ignored between elections enabling crossovers.

In the case of Globalised Establishments, the differences in interests are relatively more real but former Imperialists who retained control over the World Economy and Trade and the Agent Imperialists of various countries who enjoy devolved Political Imperialism in oppressing Nations without State within their borders have more interests in common.

Their common interests include opposition to National Liberation, which they conveniently label it as Terrorism.

It is to be noted that at present there are only 193 Nations with State admitted to the UN club (former Imperialists and Agent Imperialists) oppressing about 6000 Nations without State of which 230 including Eelam are well organized.

The Liberation of all Nations without State (referred to as the 4th World) or the completion of National Liberation is a must to rid of Imperialism (oppression of one Nation by another Nation) and to establish a New Equitable World Order (Socialist Society).

Naturally the former Imperialists and Agent Imperialists will not permit the progress of National Liberation as that undermines the Imperialist nature of the existing World Order. So long as even a single Nation is under oppression by another Nation, it cannot be said that Imperialism has been eliminated and that a New World Order could be established.

It is a pity that some Diaspora Tamils believe that former Imperialists or Agent Imperialists will deliver Liberation to us. It is more ridiculous that some who claim to be struggling for Socialism are opposed to National Liberation.

It is true that over time countries or UN members have increased (Now at 193) because that was conducive to the stability of the existing Imperialist World Order by opening more resources to be exploited.

None of the Establishments including South Africa has promoted National Liberation and even South Sudan (in spite of all the noises) has fallen in line.

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It is clear why Eelam Liberation was so ruthlessly destroyed by 30-40 Establishments – in fact more ruthlessly than even Taliban.

It was possible because we were isolated not only physically and materially but also even ideologically, and hence we lacked the solidarity by other Nations without State and by the oppressed peoples in general.

We had only support from the Eelam Tamil Diaspora whereas successful liberation movements like Vietnam and South Africa had worldwide international solidarity.

Examples of success without international Solidarity like Kosovo, South Sudan etc can be found but they were backed by powerful of the Globalised Establishments based on resource utilization or political consideration.

We lack resources to sell ourselves and our attempts to politically sell ourselves to the West and India have miserably failed as they took us for granted and ignored us.

In reality, politically selling ourselves could have been possible during the cold war Bi Polar World or even during the Uni Polar World of Globalised Capital. Those Eras are bygones now and in the present era of Globalised Establishments of developing Multi polar World with shifting alignments, politically selling ourselves is not possible, apart from it being undesirable.

The only option left to us is favourable International Solidarity on which the Diaspora should concentrate (without pretending to lead the Homeland Tamils) so that any struggle by the Homeland Tamils could bear fruit.

It is not a question of how long it will take but the only way to go, knowing that History moves not according to any timetable but according to the cause and effect frame.

It is quite likely that the Environmental Crisis and the World Economic Crisis will precipitate a New World Order much sooner than we anticipate. We need to align ourselves correctly to be on the right side.

Even those who argue that the Homeland Tamils need concessions to live so that we can struggle, should note that such concessions are possible or even our persuasions convincing, lobbying, applying pressure etc are possible, only if our solidarity base is strong.

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It is to be also noted that present day World depends on the mercy of consumers and from that point of view also the number in solidarity with us is of great significance.

International Solidarity is the only way whether in the long run or whether in the short run but requires dedication and hard work.

We should learn from the Enemy. See how Imperialism which was considered dead after the Second World War, understanding the new phase of conscious development of History, consolidated itself by transformation to Globalised Capital and then transformation to Globalised Establishments.

The Enemy realized the importance of Consensus Building first in his own ranks, then among allies and finally among friends and now they are able to isolate and defeat the forces of genuine National Liberation which is indeed a pre emptive move against a New World Order.

Therefore, our urgent task is Consensus Building and naturally the objective of consensus building will differ depending on the collective population concerned. The objectives, however, need to be acceptable, realistic, compatible and equitable to be successful.

Suggested objectives include action against genocide for Tamil solidarity, action for Right of Self Determination of Nations for Solidarity of Nations without State, actions for a New World Order for Solidarity with the oppressed peoples (say the 99% movement), actions for Harmony with the Environment for Solidarity with the Environmentalists like the Greens, actions for Harmony with the Evolution in the new phase of Conscious Development for Solidarity with the Spiritual minded.

All the objectives suggested above are compatible and mutually reinforcing one another. In a fast Globalising World, fight against oppression anywhere helps the oppressed everywhere.

So it makes sense for Diaspora Tamils to join the fight against the Establishments wherever they live.

If the Establishments are engaged with their local population, then they will have limited time and resources to encourage the others of the Globalised Establishments.

This unified approach will make our actions effective and also helps Consensus Building among the oppressed peoples.

* * *

The Consensus Building among the peoples (99%) is far more difficult than the Consensus Building among the Enemy of Globalised Establishments (1%), but that is the only way forward.

It is, however, to be considered that the Enemy is aware of the Historical phase of “conscious development of History after the end of Second World War” and practices that while preventing peoples from learning that by way of promoting ignorance, prejudices, divisions etc.

It is also to be noted that the 99% has to get over all the hurdles and road blocks by the 1% apart from getting over the traitors and more importantly the negative consciousness among those in the 99% aspiring to be part of the 1%.

Just as we should strive and work hard to build consensus among allies and friends, we should equally be on guard against traitors and those developing enemy (1%) aspirations.

The good news is that we do not have to develop Consensus Building among the 99% to the same level as that of 1% as nature has shown that when a critical point (dew point, critical mass, adulthood etc) is reached, it is Prairie Fire after that.

Conscious, effective hard work is required till the critical point is reached. Justice appears far away till the critical point is reached but becomes imminent when the critical point is reached.

All (of the 99%) cannot work on all the objectives. While feeling that we are part of the 99% to have clear perspective of the overall objectives, we should concentrate on objectives where we can contribute effectively.

International action against genocide of Eezham Tamils and for the recognition of the Right of Self Determination of Nations will certainly give hope to the Tamils struggling for survival in the Homeland more effectively than say sending money which will only help the Foreign Exchange of GOSL.

We certainly should remind that it is the responsibility of victors of the war (foreign and local) to pay reparations to the victims of war.

* * *

International Consensus Building (among the 99%) around actions against genocide is much easier and that is precisely the reason why our “friends in West and India” want us to avoid that term.

Some even among Eezham Tamils feel that the word should be reserved only for the Jews!

We should always look at the opposite of what the Enemy says.

Even in the recent Panel discussion of the Asia Society in New York (6th December 2011), The International Crisis Group (ICG) representative advised the Diaspora not to accuse the GOSL of Genocide as that would rule out the possibility of the “Current Reconciliation”.

No doubt the ICG as usual reflects the view of the “International Community” that surrender is the path of the oppressed people for Reconciliation.

There was no Panel member to represent the views of the Tamil Community though moderated by a Tamil but there was one to represent the Sinhala Community and two to represent the “International Community”.

Unfortunately the Diaspora present also did not want to even ask a question on the Right of Self Determination, probably following the footsteps of TNA.

This is clear enough for the oppressed Tamils of Eelam to concentrate on the Recognition of the Right of Self Determination and on the struggle against the genocide going on since 1948 stalemated by the LTTE between 1983 and 2009.

The struggle against genocide is one that should encompass the consensus of all Tamils in the World since if GOSL completes the genocide in Sri Lanka; other Tamils in the world will not be spared.

It is a danger confronting more than 100 million Tamils and the campaign should be carried among all of them and that is where World Tamil Unity or Consensus Building among World Tamils comes into play.

Equally it is far easier for international consensus building around Recognition of the Right of Self Determination of Nations – a collective Human Right of Nations than around separation or Eelam, though the Right of Self Determination enables the Homeland Tamils to go for Eelam as a separate country.

Further, the recognition of the Right of Self Determination is the common demand of all Nations without State and hence has the constituency of 1/3rd of the population of the world.

Thus it is possible for all members of the Diaspora to campaign for the recognition of the Right of Self Determination in the wider world achieving greater consensus or unity and once it is recognized can go for separation if necessary.

But the struggle has to be watchful of those who hijack the meaning of the phrase, Right of Self Determination.

* * *

It is time to demolish the monopoly of Consensus Building among the 1% by promoting the Consensus Building among the 99%.

The oppressed peoples in Nations with State, desire an Equitable World Order (Socialist Society) but they should realize that Equitable World Order is not possible so long as Imperialism exists.

Imperialism is one Nation oppressing another Nation and Imperialism can be eliminated only when the National Liberation is completed or as a minimum the remaining 1/3rd population of the World are in a position to exercise the Right of Self Determination.

This allows the Unity or Consensus to be built on the largest scale.

Achieving Consensus or Unity on Environment and Evolution is the next stage but imminent in view of the impending Economic and Environmental Crises.

Though many cry for Unity, they do not realize that Unity is meaningless without an objective and can never be achieved on emotional grounds.

Unity is really building consensus and it could be done only within the constituency to which the objective applies.

Thus we should campaign for unity or consensus against genocide among World Tamils, campaign for unity or consensus for the recognition of the Right of Self Determination among all Nations without State, campaign for equitability in dealing with the economic crisis among all oppressed peoples and campaign for harmony with the environment and evolution among all peoples.

No doubt the Highest Priority is for the campaign against genocide for survival and for the Right of Self determination for the political aspirations both of which are interdependent.

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US wants to see 'LLRC gaps' filled domestically by Colombo

US wants to see 'LLRC gaps' filled domestically by Colombo

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 20 December 2011, 12:11 GMT]
While Human Rights groups and Tamil parties in the island as well as the diaspora groups slammed the LLRC report by Rajapaksa-appointed Commission of Colombo, the US State Department said “the report has addressed a number of the crucial areas of concern to Sri Lankans” and saw the accountability issue as a domestic one without calling for international investigations. “We urge the Sri Lankan Government not only to fulfill all of the recommendations of the report as it stands, but also to address those issues that the report did not cover,” was the response by the US State Department as reported by New Delhi based Headlines Today on Tuesday.

Full transcript of the reaction by the US State Department as reported by Tejinder Singh, the Washington DC Correspondent of Headlines Today follows:

Q: Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission has cleared the country’s army of deliberately targeting civilians during the final days of its war against LTTE. Do you have any comments? And where are they heading?

Victoria: Well, we appreciate the important work of the Sri Lankan Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission has addressed a number of the crucial areas of concern to Sri Lankans. In particular, the report recognizes and makes substantive recommendations in the areas of reconciliation, devolution of authority, demilitarization, rule of law, media freedom, disappearances, human rights violations.

And while we’re still studying the full report, I do have to say that we have concerns that the report, nonetheless, does not fully address all the allegations of serious human rights violations that occurred in the final phase of the conflict. So this leaves questions about accountability and – for those allegations, and so we urge the Sri Lankan Government not only to fulfill all of the recommendations of the report as it stands, but also to address those issues that the report did not cover.

Q: Has there been any official communication between Washington and Colombo?

Victoria: There has. Assistant Secretary Blake has been in contact with various Sri Lankan counterparts, as has our ambassador there. I’d also say that we’ve seen the government’s preliminary action plan, but we don’t think it really provides the kind of detailed roadmap that we had hoped to see for fulfilling all of the Commission’s recommendations. So those are the things that we are, in our private conversation, urging them to continue to work on, implementation of the recommendations in the report, and addressing those gaps that the report left.

Q: Are you looking forward to, or – in your discussions, have you put any time period, any kind of – that – it cannot just go on for next 10 years or 20 years?

Victoria: No, of course. But we’re looking in the first instance to a report – a response from the Sri Lankan Government to these concerns that we’ve expressed and that a number of Sri Lankans have expressed, to hear what their proposed timetable, as I said, their proposed roadmap is for remediating these issues.

Q: Just to follow up, human rights groups in response to this report said that this is time for an independent, international probe into what happened in 2009. Is that the U.S. position? Does the U.S. think that there should be an international effort at this point? Or do you think the Sri Lankan effort is still – will suffice for the time being?

Victoria: Well, obviously, we’ve long said that it is better for Sri Lankans to take these issues themselves and address them fully. That remains our position, so now we want to see if the Sri Lankan Government will lead their country in the next step to ensure that there is full implementation of the recommendations that we have and filling in of the gaps. So let’s see what they are willing to do going forward.