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Sir Edmund Hillary

Sixty Years of Independence: Struggle to Rid the British Legacy amidst Tea, Cricket and English Language

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

British rule ended in 1948. The Sri Lankan repertoire of coping with the legacy left by the “Nation of Shop Keepers” took its toll, since the day the bourgeoning empire builders were at out door-step. Shop keeping was not our forte. We prevailed in many a battle but we had a fight on our hands when the clash of the two civilizations occurred: Shop Keepers Vs Lotus Eaters. Fortunately that task was taken over by leaders like Anagarika Dhrmapala, Munidasa Cumaratunga and Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra, who battled the instant addiction to the British way of life Sri Lankans were subject to. Tea, cricket and the English language were stronger additives than acquiescence to the British military. Three men who contributed towards re-establishing the national psyche are described here.

No shelter in India for fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents - Defence Minister A. K. Antony

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

India’s Defence Minister A.K. Antony has assured that no fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents escaping from the onslaught of the Sri Lanka armed forces will be allowed to take shelter in the coastal areas of India. “There will be no compromise on the safety of the country“, he said addressing the DRDO Golden Jubilee celebrations in India, referring to India’s fear that Tamil Tigers would once again become a trouble in India harming Indian citizens. In the past a Tamil Tiger woman assassin, entered India and killed Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , and scores of other Indian citizens near Chennai by exploding herself. Earlier, there had been many more violent crimes perpetrated by the Tamil Tigers on the soil of India.

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger Arms Purchase Agent Sentenced to Prison in U.S.

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore, Maryland sentenced Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, age 37, a citizen of Sri Lanka, January 3 to 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to provide material support to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or popularly known as Tamil Tigers, and attempted exportation of arms and munitions, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. He will be deported from the United States after serving his sentence of incarceration. United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “We are using undercover operations targeting people who attempt to obtain military weapons in violation of American law and all other available legal tools to prevent terrorism."

A court in Sri Lanka freed the remaining three Tamil Nadu fishermen charged on poaching

Remaining three Indian fishermen who were arrested on charges of poaching in the Sri Lanka waters were released yesterday. The Magistrate’s Court of Mallakam on 11th January 2008, released the remaining three Indian fishermen and their boats, apprehended for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, following the requests by the Government of India and the State Government of Tamil Nadu. Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai in a statement revealed that the three fishermen were among the 31 Tamil Nadu fishermen who were apprehended by the Sri Lanka Navy on 2nd January 2008 for poaching in a high security zone between Point Pedro and Kankesanturai seas. Of those arrested, 28 fishermen with their boats were released almost immediately and the Sri Lanka Navy on 3rd January 2008 repatriated them with their boats in coordination with the Indian Coast Guard.

LTTE sponsored lectures cancelled as UK refused visa to the speaker

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

LTTE circles in London had to cancel a series of lectures they paid for in three places in London when the speaker they hired, retired Colonel R. Hariharan, was refused a visa to enter the United kingdom by New Delhi’s UK High Commission. “We have postponed the lectures; please leave your email address so that we could inform you the new date he is coming to London to deliver the lectures,” said a spokesman of the Tamil Information Centre when callers inquired about retired Colonel Hariharan lectures.

Colombo Hilton commences 2008 on a pleasant note

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo Hilton commenced 2008 felicitating the first 21 babies born on January 1, at the Castle Street Maternity Hospital, as part of their on-going festivities to mark the 21st Anniversary of the Hotel. The first baby, a girl, among the 21 babies was given birth by the mother, F Hanna of Malwana at 12.04 am on First January. Hampers were gifted to the mothers of these 21 babies presented on 2nd January at the bedside in the Hospital Wards and the gift baskets included essentials for new-born, including such items like baby lotions, cologne, soap, bibs, feeding bnottle, napkins etc.

Expel UNICEF representative for illegal meeting with Tigers -- Sri Lankan expats

Protesting against "the serious threat to the nation posed by Western diplomats, UN officials and foreign-funded NGOs who are incessantly interfering in the internal affairs of the Sri Lanka" 25 organisations in the Sri Lankan diaspora have urged the President to take action against those who are trying to subvert Sri Lankan sovereignty. Citing the example of Afghan -- a government sustained by Western powers -- expelling a UN and an EU employee for holding an illegal meeting with Taleban, the Sri Lankan organisations are insisting that Peter Duamelle, UNICEF Country Representative, should be expelled for meeting the Tamil Tiger ‘political head' Nadesan and other LTTE operatives in Killinochchi.violating his terms and conditions for working in Sri Lanka.

FBI warns not to donate for bogus LTTE charities

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

Calling the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam “are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world” America’s FBI warned not to donate money for bogus charities that act as front organizations of the group that divert money to buy arms for terrorism. The warning came while the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), banned in the USA as a LTTE front and White Pigeon, the alleged successor, to the TRO in Britain, have organized two “mega star events”- concerts, using South Indian cinema stars targeting few million pounds as income.

Sir Edmund Hillary First to Climb Mount Everest Heard Radio Ceylon (Commercial) Overseas Beam

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sir Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary will be remembered for his feat in climbing Mount Everest along with his Sherpa guide Tensing Norgay: first two human beings to reach Earth's highest point in the Himalayas, on 29 May 1953. Soon after climbing Everest he was reported to have listened to the overseas channel of Radio Ceylon broadcast, perhaps the only English broadcast reaching that altitude. Hillary was knighted for climbing Everest and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark called him the “best known New Zealander to ever live.” New Zealand’s five pound note carries the face of Sri Hillary.

Kala Pola organized to help Sri Lankan artists

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

‘Kala Pola’ organized by George Keyt Foundation and sponsored by the John Keells Group for the 15th consecutive year will be held on 20th January at the Viharamahadevi Park with more than 300 artists and sculptors participating. This would be the most sought after annual event by the artists and art lovers in Sri Lanka. At the Press Briefing to announce the details of the Kala Pola, Sumithra Gunasekera, Director, John Keels Holdings said that the John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation was strongly committed to supporting the arts and culture of the country and said that they were privileged to extend their patronage to Kala Pola, which would be one of the most celebrated events in Sri Lanka's cultural calendar that provided a platform for budding artists spread all over Sri Lanka.

United States does not tolerate use of Charities to Promote Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"Today's verdict is a milestone in our efforts against those who conceal their support for extremist causes behind the veil of humanitarianism. For years, these defendants used an allegedly charitable organization as a front for the collection of donations that they used to support violent jihadists. This prosecution serves notice that we will not tolerate the use of charities as a means of promoting terrorism," said Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.