Invitation to My Book Launch in India

Dear friends,

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Happy new year to you !

I have translated 2011 Swarna Pusthaka Award Winner Writer Sunethra Rajakarunanayake's Novel in to Tamil. And I am happy to inform you that My translation novel entitled "Ammavin Ragasiyam" is published by Kalachuvadu Publishers in India.

book release function will be held on Sunday, 08th of January, 2012 at 5.45 pm at Book Point, Anna Saalai
(Opp Spencer Plaza), Chennai, India.

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I will be extremely glad if you would kindly make it convenient to
participate in this book release function.

I am enclosing the invitation and request you to kindly attend the function.

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Thanking you and with warm regards,
M.Rishan Shareef




Mix a gram of cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to cure cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay leaf and black pepper. This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the intake as the cold disappears.


Ginger tea is very good to cure cold. Preparation of tea: cut ginger into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste, and drink it hot.


Add a gram of turmeric powder to a teaspoon of honey for curing dry cough. Also chew a cardamom for a long time.


For blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take a table spoon of crushed carom seeds
and tie it in a cloth and inhale it.


Add a tea spoon of cumin seeds and a few small pieces of dry ginger to a glass of boiling water. Simmer it for a few minutes, and then let it cool. Drink it twice daily. This will cure cold as well as sore throat.


Boil ajwain in water and inhale the steam.


Rub ginger paste on the backache to get relief.


Have 1-2 pod garlic first thing in the morning with water


Mix 1 table spoon and 1 table spoon ginger (adrak) juice, 1 table spoon of crushed cumin seeds and have it twice daily.


For the cure of migraine or acute cold in the head; boil a tablespoon of pepper powder, and a pinch of turmeric in a cup of milk, and have it
daily for a few couple of days.


A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice and taken daily for 2 months reduces blood sugar.


For any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to stop the bleeding. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a
bandage after applying haldi/turmeric.


You must do a self-massage using mustard oil every morning. Just take a little oil between your palms and rub it all over your body. Then take a shower. This is especially beneficial during winter. You could also mix a little mustard powder with water to make a paste and apply this on your palms and soles of your feet.


If you have a regular migraine problem, include five almonds along with hot milk in your daily diet. You could also have a gram of black pepper along with honey or milk, twice or thrice a day. Make an almond paste by rubbing wet almonds against a stone. This can be applied to forehead.

Eat an apple with a little salt on an empty stomach everyday and see its wonderful effects. OR When headache is caused by cold winds, cinnamon works best in curing headache. Make a paste of cinnamon by mixing in water and apply it all over your forehead


Turmeric can be used in treating arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.


Turmeric lower cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease and stroke. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup
of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.


Turmeric can be used to relieve digestive problems like ulcers, dysentery. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.


Mix 1 teaspoon honey with 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder and have at night.


Take a warm slice of lemon and sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper on it.. The lemon should be eaten until the hiccups stop.


In 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander/dhania seeds and bring to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink this mixture two times in a day. OR Sunflower seeds are extremely beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol
deposits on the walls of arteries.


Radish juice should be taken twice a day, once in the morning and then later in the night. Initially drink about ? cup of radish juice and then gradually increase it to ? cup. OR Soak 3-4 figs in a glass of water Keep it overnight. Consume the figs on an empty stomach, the next day in the morning


Take 2 cardamoms/elachi and roast them on a dry pan (tava). Powder the cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it. Consume it frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting. OR In the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp limejuice, add ? tsp of ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting. OR Limejuice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled limejuice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea. OR In 1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.


Apply castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for several months. OR Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of times a day. Continue for two weeks. OR Rub cut raw potatoes on the affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks. OR Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.. OR Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a day. OR Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the warts. OR Apply Papaya juice OR Apply Pineapple juice.


In 8 oz of water, put ? tsp of baking soda and drink it. OR Drink plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body. OR Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.


Mango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and garlic, as a part of your daily meals. OR Fenugreek/methi leaves are considered valuable 

Police set fire to the village and chase away 54 families: Governor’s (Brigadier) order

Police set fire to a Muslim village and chase away 54 families: Governor's (Brigadier) order

Police set fire to Muslim village and chase away 54 families: Governor's (Brigadier) order (Lanka-e-News, Nov04, 2010, 11.10PM)

Last 31st Sunday, a group of policemen have arrived at dawn and set fire to a Muslim village Kandalkadu and a Muslim mosque in the Kinniya District and chased away 54 families who were resident there.

The victims say that the police has told them that this suffering was inflicted on the poor villagers by the Governor of the East Brigadier Mohan Jayawickrema.

These unfortunate Muslims are long time residents of Kandalkadu village, and they have registered deeds which they received in 1933 and 1945.There are over 130 families who were displaced due to the war resident in this village and had taken up residence in Kandalkadu. They have gone to their homes after the Trincomalee District Secretary had given written permission to them to stay.

Though these victims have shown their deeds and the letter given to them by the District Secretariat, the police have not heeded any of their pleas. The police had said they have no right to be in those places and questioned how they came into those jungles. After saying that they should obey what they say, the Police have set fire to the houses.

The mosque that was also set fire by the police had been built in 1972, the Kandalkadu residents say. These victims are refugees in the Kinniya Al adhan Vidyalaya.

The Governor, Brigadier Jayawickrema Mohan had arranged for a meeting with these Muslim victims yesterday, he has later postponed it.

A report had been asked from the Kinniya Grama niladhariya. The Grama nildhariya has reported that the victims are resident for a long time ; they have the janasaviya and samurdhi reliefs ; and they are registered even in the electoral registers.

When Lanka e news tried to contact the Governor over the phone regarding this issue, a person answering the call told,Jayawickrema has not come to office today.

When Ranjith Silva's office was contacted, an officer answering said, the District Secretary had gone to the Kinniya District Secretariat.

The pictures depict the raging fire engulfing the houses; a house that has been completely burnt down; a family which is rendered destitute after the fire waiting with their remaining implements and wares; and the police guarding the place burnt down preventing anybody from entering the area.

Let's Send an Appeal Letter on bahlf of Rizana Nafeek

Dear Friends pray and act. Do whatever you can do to save a life. You could post or fax the following letter to saudi Ambassador in Sri Lanka.
The Honourable Ambassador
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
39, Sir Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 07
Tele: +94 11 2682087 (011 2682087)
Fax: +94 11 2682088 (011 2682088)

Your Excellency,

Young Sri Lankan girl named Rizana Nafeek under death sentence

I am certain that this name is not unfamiliar to you by now. She is awaiting death penalty in Saudi Arabia at the moment.

She left Sri Lanka many years ago to work in Saudi Arabia even before she turned 18. The death of the infant under her care occurred within a month of her starting work at the particular household. And now, even after an appeal, she has been sentenced to death by the High Court in Dawi Dami. She has been in the prison for more than three years now.

Considering all these facts, her being a child at the time of the incident above all, I would like to plead for clemency for the life of Rizana Nafeek. I am told that the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia may pardon her. Hence I am desperately appealing you to pass on this message to His Majesty, the King.

I am certain that you would do your best to facilitate pardoning this girl.

Thanking you.

Yours sincerely,


Special Prayer for Rizana Nafeek

Muslims in Sri Lanka have been asked to conduct special prayers in mosques seeking Allah’s mercy to rescue Rizana Nafeek, who has been sentenced to death, from the hands of the executioner. We have requested the 1.5 million Muslims spread throughout the country to conduct special prayers to save Nafeek from the gallows,” Alavi Moulana, governor of the island’s western province, told Arab News from Colombo Saturday. “The only thing common among the Muslims all over the world is prayer and submission to the will of Allah the Almighty,” the governor said.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made an appeal to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for clemency to Nafeek. Moulana said he met with the president on Friday evening before the president’s departure to China and Rajapaksa had told him that the appeal had reached the Saudi Royal Court, according to information he received from the Sri Lankan mission in Riyadh.
 “Our president was courteous enough to appeal for clemency to the young Nafeek who was arrested on May 25, 2005 and since then has been languishing in jail,” Moulana said. Moulana, who will lead this year’s Haj delegation, said the 5,500 pilgrims from Colombo would make a special offering at the Mount Arafat during the performance of Haj rituals for the sake of this maid. He also said that the government of Sri Lanka respects the laws and regulations of the Saudi government.

“We know well the country’s judicial verdicts should be respected by all those who are governed by them,” he said, requesting the parents of the deceased infant should show mercy on this young girl who had come here to improve her family’s condition back home.

The governor also said there are over 500,000 Sri Lankan workers in the Kingdom, which has the largest concentration of its workers in the Middle East. “We have no serious labor problems among them,” he said. “Most of them are resolved following negotiations and those unsuccessful deals end up in repatriating the worker at the expense of the government.”

Basil Fernando, director of the Hong-Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission, which funded Nafeek’s appeal, said his organization is seriously concerned about the sentence. He urged the Sri Lankan mission in Riyadh to explore avenues that can reach the affected family to solicit a pardon from the father of the deceased infant.

He appreciated the mission’s efforts to hand the appeal letter from the Sri Lankan president to the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh without loss of time and for other diplomatic moves made toward this direction. However, he added that any move to hold direct talks with the victim’s father would be highly appreciable.

Courtesy Daily Arab News

SriLanka Rs 1000

SriLanka Rs.1000

Astonishing Fact Behind the 1000 Rupees Note
How many of us know that the elephant printed with a man wearing a
cap near it, appearing on the 1,000/- rupees notes, has an astonishing
story behind it?

Every one of us familiar with the Rupees 1000/- notes for its size,
colour and so on, will not know about the factual story of the elephant
and the man with the cap near it, printed on the 1000/- rupees notes
that are now in circulation in SriLanka.

Can anyone imagine that the elephant and the man wearing a cap near it
are from the eastern province, and the man is a Muslim? Yes, they are
from the eastern province. The man is Umar Lebbai Panicker from Eravur
in the Batticaloa district and the tusker in the note was caught in
1925 in the Eravur forest and reared by him.

It is said Umar Lebbai Panicker presented this tusker to Dalada
Maligawa and within a short period, it escaped from there, and went in
search of him to Eravur. He brought it back again and handed over to
the Dalada Maligawa.

His Excellency President late J.R. Jayawardene in order to honour the
long services of the tusker, had declared it as a national asset in
1984. This tusker named as Raja adored the Esala Perehera processions
in Kandy and thus became national fame and honoured nationally.

After this, the government in power then, decided to honour the person
who presented this elephant, to the Dalada Maligawa, by printing the picture of
him, with the tusker nearby, on the notes of rupees 1000/- and the
village Eravur was thus honoured by this action.

The tusker Raja that served in Dalada Maligawa and brought fame and
honour not only for itself, but also to the person who presented it, to the
Dalada Maligawa, and the village Eravur, finally died on July 15, 1988
after serving 50 years in the Maligawa.

"Panicker "is a name given to people who catch elephants in the
forest, rear them and sell to people involved in business,
transporting or carrying very heavy materials and things. Their
decedents are still identified as "Panicker Thaththi" or "Panicker
Kathara"in Eravur. There is a road in Eravur known as 'Panicker Veedy'
named after their name.

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