Sri Lanka scrambles for aid – but Australia still seems preoccupied by boats Source:- theconversation When Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe conceded ten days ago that the Sri Lankan economy has “completely collapsed”, his words would have come as no surprise to the island’s 22 million people. With the country enduring its worst economic crisis since independence, authorities continue to scramble for aid from the international community. Families have been forced to skip meals and limit portion sizes. “If we don’t act now,” the United Nations has warned, “many families will be unable to meet their basic food needs.” In a move to curb dire food shortages, authorities have approved a four-day working week for public sector workers so they can “engage in agricultural activities in their backyards or elsewhere as a solution to the food shortage that is expected”. Tamil fishers in the north of the island are facing starvation because they lack paraffin to power ...

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Sri Lanka Crisis Light of Hope – By Dr harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com The indomitable world around us Nations helping with a mighty rush An island separated by ethnic clashes United, with no more bashes A great future awaits our masses *Tamil Nadu sends aid worth nearly Rs 400MN which includes a consignment with rice, milk powder, medicine, and more consignments of essentials Sri Lanka today received a consignment of humanitarian aid worth over 3 billion Sri Lankan rupees from India. *The 15,000 MT consignment includes rice, milk powder, and essential medicines, according to the Indian High Commission. The Indian High Commission said that Sri Lanka would receive more assistance in the future. Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) called on President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Palace in Colombo on 24th June. “Consider European countries as friends of Sri Lanka….” “Will assist at this difficult time….” These remarks were made ...

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Thai Pongal, a tribute to Sun God By Dr Subashini Pthmanathan Source:dailymirror.lk   Thai Pongal is regarded as one of the most important festivals among the Tamil Hindu Festivals. It is widely celebrated in India and all over the world by the Hindus. The Thai Pongal festival takes place on the first day of the Tamil month of Thai. Generally, the people celebrate the day as thanks giving day for the Sun God. The Son God provides energy, strength, and light for the paddy cultivation. Rice is considered the staple food in many parts of the world including Sri Lanka. Even Thai Pongal is said to be a Tamil Hindu festival, it is considered as a farmers’ Thanksgiving Day known as Ullavar Thirunal (Farmers Festival). Ullavar means farmers and Thirunal means an auspicious day. However, Thai Pongal day is known by different names in the Indian States. Some of them ...

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A Journey to Mannar and the ‘Dancing Islands’ – 1 – by Nimal Chandrasena  “Imagine being on one of those legendary islands of ‘Adams Bridge’ or ‘Rama Setu’ of the Ramayana fame! Many centuries ago, this 30 km stretch was a natural bridge connecting Sri Lanka to the southern tip of India; now, the ocean has reclaimed its own, leaving a only a chain of sprinkled islands. On 9 December 2011, I and a few friends were standing on the second island of the chain of limestone shoals between the Rameshwaran Island, off the south-eastern coast of India’s Tamil Nadu and Mannar Island, off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka. If the legends and folklore regarding Rama, Seetha, Ravana and Hanuman are to be believed, this ‘bridge’ is a critical part of the Sri Lanka’s past.  The Indian Ocean gently lapped my feet; and the warm sand ‘sucked’ at my ...

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