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Remembering U.G. Krishnamurti

U.G. Krishnamurti, lovingly called UG by his friends and admirers all over the world, is no more. The end came on March 22, 2007 at 2.30 pm in an apartment built for him by his friends Lucia, Anita and Giovanni in their villa in Vallecrosia, Italy. As per UG’s advice, with no rituals or funeral rites, the cremation was carried out the next day at 2.45 pm, in Vallecrosia, Italy. He was eighty-eight years old. UG is survived by his erstwhile family, comprising his two daughters, Usha and Bharati, and their respective families and his son, Kumar and his family. But his actual family is much larger than that, extending over the entire globe and consisting of numerous ‘friends’ to whom he has been closer than their own families and indeed their own selves.

Dayanidhi Maran resigns as his own DMK puts him on notice.

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

The powerful Maran family, who own a media empire with a clutch of TV channels and a daily, is bleeding with self-inflicted wounds after DMK patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi decided on Sunday to sacrifice his poster boy in Delhi, Dayanidhi Maran, to clearly redraw the line of authority in the grand old Dravidian Party. Dayanidhi's brother Kalandhi heads the SUN TV. A group which has a clutch of channels in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. The DMK has gone about the 'job' of axing him in a 'very democratic, orderly and transparent manner and thus projecting that the party has ‘inner democracy' unlike its local Dravidian rival, AIADMK of Jayalalithaa Jayaram.

Footloose in Burma with no freedom

By *Zin Linn

“It’s a shame to be a citizen of Burma in this Information Age”, pronounced a young Burmese journalist who is attending journalism training in Bangkok. “It’s time to expand enough space for freedom of expression. The task must be ours, the newer generation”, he remarked as his professional colleagues elsewhere observed World Press Day. Between 1948, the year Burma gained independence from Britain and 1962, the country enjoyed press freedom. The scene changed on March 2, 1962, when the military seized power. One of the early actions of the junta was nationalisation of all newspapers. It established a Press Scrutiny Board (PSB) to enforce strict censorship on all forms of printed matter – advertisements and obituaries including.

Buddhist Monk killed by suspected LTTE assassins

A Buddhist monk living in 'Sri Pabbattharamaya' Buddhist temple at Mahadivulwewa-Stage 1, Morawewa has been shot and killed by motorbike riding unidentified gunmen. Ven. Hadungamuwe Nandarathene Thero, chief priest of 'Sri Pabbattharamaya' Buddhist temple was the monk who was shot and killed yesterday around 9.15 in the morning within the temple premises. According to Defense website, "Eyewitnesses in the area said that three LTTE gunmen who came on two motor cycles had shot dead the Monk and added that the motive of the killing was not known."

Remembering U.G. Krishnamurti

U.G. Krishnamurti, lovingly called UG by his friends and admirers all over the world, is no more. The end came on March 22, 2007 at 2.30 pm in an apartment built for him by his friends Lucia, Anita and Giovanni in their villa in Vallecrosia, Italy. As per UG’s advice, with no rituals or funeral rites, the cremation was carried out the next day at 2.45 pm, in Vallecrosia, Italy. He was eighty-eight years old. UG is survived by his erstwhile family, comprising his two daughters, Usha and Bharati, and their respective families and his son, Kumar and his family. But his actual family is much larger than that, extending over the entire globe and consisting of numerous ‘friends’ to whom he has been closer than their own families and indeed their own selves.

Sheila’s Delhi Indiscretion

By Atul- Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Delhi’s chief minister Sheila Dixit is not generally known to shoot her mouth off. But discretion deserted her when she suggested that uncontrolled flow of people from neighbouring states like UP and Bihar had added to the woes of the capital of India, an ever expanding urban chaos of more than 15 million people known as much for the power of its spoilt army of ‘babus’ as the crassness of its average citizens. Her opponents were quick to pounce on her even as she made a hasty retreat with profound apologies.

Dayanadhi Maean

U.G. Krishnamurti

Buddhist monk killed

Karuna - Pillaiyan rivalry patched up

Karuna has agreed to come forward to patch up differences with the rival Commandant Pillaiyan and end the fratricidal warfare initiated by his loyal commanders Iniyabarathi, Veera, Ranjan, Thileepan and Jeeventiran. The patching up exercise was forced on Karuna and at last he decided to meet alone Pillaiyan and his delegation for a three hour face to face meeting in Colombo. "Asian Tribune," learnt that Karuna was interested in having N.S.Krisnar, his confidential advisor from London by his side, but the other delegation objected to his participation. At the meeting Pillaiyan’s loyalists Jeyam a senior commander and Marckan, commander in charge of the TMVP military wing in Trincomalee participated.


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