Thursday, October 21, 2021

Chennai-based NGO helps Sri Lankan Tamil returnees face challenges of resettlement

Kilinochchi, February 5 (The New Indian Express): A Chennai-based outfit, Organization for Elangai Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), is helping Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who have returned to their original homes in north Sri Lanka, to overcome the many difficulties they face in re-settling in their homeland. Though the returnees are in no doubt about the correctness of their decision to come...

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Bangladesh politico sued for walking on “human bridge”

Dhaka, February 2 (The Daily Star): Nur Hossain Patwary,  Chairman of the Haimchar Upazila Parishad in Chandpur, Bangladesh, has been sued for walking on a “human bridge” made up of the students of the Nilkamal Osmania High School in Haimchar on January 30. The event occurred during the school’s sports day in which Patwary, a local political leader, was the...

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Mahira, the first Pakistani actress to make it to the INR 1 billion Bollywood box office club

By Rahul Aijaz/Express Tribune  Several Pakistani stars have crossed over to Bollywood throughout the years, but only a chosen few have become superstars. Not that being in Bollywood’s 1Billion Club guarantees stardom, but it definitely helps build a reputation. Since Aamir Khan’s 2008 blockbuster Ghajni, a film’s success has been marked by how many crores it collects at the box office,...

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War survivors turn counsellors in Eastern Sri Lanka

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Batticaloa, January 26: When Thangamanikkam Saradadevi, Vellathambi Junaida and Jayadeepa Padmasri sat on a panel listening to hundreds of people in Batticaloa speak of their missing relatives, of land occupied by the military and of their waning patience, they could instantly relate to them. This was not merely because the three women were trained as counsellors...

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Pakistanis show how business and cultural exchange can be knitted together

By Frances Bulathsinghala Colombo, January 24 (Dawn): Muhammed Jahangir holds up bold, colored textiles with intricate traditional needlework. He explains them to the Sri Lankan customers at his trade stall — how the needlework is done and how painstaking it is. Entirely handmade in his all-women factory in south Punjab, some of these traditional forms of stitching date back to...

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Plea for Jallikattu type world-wide struggle to promote Sri Lankan Tamil cause

Colombo, January 23 (The New Indian Express):  Sri Lanka’s largest selling Tamil daily Virakesari has, in an editorial on Monday, called for a Jallikattu type non-partisan, peaceful, world-wide mass struggle in support of the Sri Lankan Tamil cause. Expressing amazement at the way Tamils in Tamil Nadu and abroad  spontaneously rose in defense of a cultural right shunning political parties...

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Mother Teresa went barefoot even in Beijing’s harsh winter

Colombo, January 21 (The New Indian Express): An epitome of simplicity and piety, Mother Teresa went about barefoot even in the biting cold of Beijing, recalled A.Natarajan, India’s Consul General in Jaffna, while speaking at a talk given by the Mother’s biographer, Navin Chawla, in Jaffna on Friday. Reminiscing on his encounter with Mother Teresa in December 1995 at Beijing,...

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