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June 21, 2009

The Statesman – Relief-laden ship snubbed by Lanka anchored off Chennai

Chennai, 20 JUNE: Vanangaman, the ship with relief material for the internally displaced people in Sri Lankan is anchored off the shores of Chennai after it was turned away from Sri Lanka a few days back.

Tamilnadu chief minister, Mr M Karunanidhi has asked the Centre to intervene on the issue on humanitarian grounds so that the relief material can be off-loaded in Sri Lanka to be disbursed among the Tamils living in camps in Sri Lanka.

The ship left the shores of Britain in April. It was loaded with dry rations, medicines and other relief material donated by the Tamil diaspora across Europe.

Notable among those who contributed and supported the effort was the Slum Dog Millionaire songstress, Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam.

While the DMK chief wrote to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh yesterday, one of the DMK ministers, Mr Ponmudy was rushed to New Delhi to press the Centre for the same. Mr Ponmudy met the minister for external affairs, Mr S M Krishna today. Union minister, Mr A Raja, accompanied him during the meeting.

Meanwhile, the arrival of refugees into India from Sri Lanka continued on Friday too. Mr Sathyaseelan and his wife landed at Rameswaram stating that they have fled a camp for displaced people in Sri Lanka which was functioning in a deplorable manner.

Another development that has outraged the Eelam Tamil diaspora is a reported e-mail addressed to Tamil Canadians by a Sinhalese calling himself a consultant to those on the look-out for news of their relatives in Sri Lanka. Promising to find their relatives among the IDPs at a registration fee of 25 US$, the consultant, Mr L Jude Perera has stated that they were in touch with the government officers, law authorities, security personnel in Sri Lanka and can do the needful upon payment of money for making SMSs, telephone calls and lawyers fees and travel.

The e-mail reportedly asks: “Do you want to build a monument for your loved ones? If you want to organise a thanks giving mass for lost family friends/relatives or another person of any race or build a monument please let us have the details.”

The Tamil diaspora spread across the globe have been active on the internet where they are constantly are on the look out for news of the death of their relatives or friends in Sri Lanka.

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  1. June 26, 2009 8:36 pm

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