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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : May 27th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, May 28, 2009 7 BRIEFLY Business tales DESCRIBING your experiences -- good or bad -- with local businesses can help support 25 charities. Online business search directory truelocal.com.au is calling on readers to rate and review local businesses and is donating $2 to charity for every published review until June 8. Truelocal's rate and review section lets consumers share their views so others can make informed decisions when selecting a product or service. Click on the rate and review area on the homepage at truelocal.com.au Haberfield heritage ANOTHER step has been taken on the long road to having Haberfield listed on the State Heritage Register. Ashfield Council has asked the NSW Heritage Office to confirm whether it is prepared to go ahead with the listing, and given it conditional endorsement. Mayor Ted Cassidy, who had previously opposed the listing, said the conditions would ensure there was no more red tape for residents. Liberal councillor Nick Adams was the only dissenting voice. Forum for seniors NATIONAL Seniors Australia is holding a forum on Friday from 2pm to 4pm in Club Ashfield to discuss the impacts of the global financial crisis on Australia's over-50s. Feedback will guide the group's dealings with the Federal Government. Bookings: John Lockyer on 9251 6088. NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Tamil Kathir Ravichandra now lives in Cabarita. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP280611 SHIREEN KHALIL Beaten but hope remains We just hope for freedom' ' WHEN he closes his eyes, he vividly remembers fleeing the 1958 anti-Tamil riots in Sri Lanka as a seven-year-old, where hun- dreds of his people were killed and their properties destroyed. A member of the Eelam Tamil Association, Kathir Ravichandra is now in his 50s and he says the situation has nothing but worsened, with about 25,000 Tamils dying in recent months. Mr Ravichandra, who lives in Cabarita with his wife and two children, fled to Colombo with his parents before they were physically affected by the 1958 anti-Tamil riots. He described the situation as appalling. ''The feeling of being beaten up at any time for being a Tamil is a sense of humiliation,'' Mr Ravichandra said. Since migrating to Australia in 1982, he has held prominent pos- itions in Tamil associations where he met several foreign ministers, including former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, to discuss the Tamil situation in northern Sri Lanka. The civil war began 26 years ago when the militant organisation, Tamil Tigers, fought to create an independent Tamil state named Tamil Eelam. The Sri Lankan Government has now declared victory over the Tamil Tigers, but Mr Ravichandra said the Tamils' fight for justice and peace would continue. ''They say the war is over but the Sri Lankan Government is still saying they can't allow inter- national organisations to provide humanitarian assistance to close to 300,000 Tamils who are being detained in 'concentration camps','' Mr Ravichandra said. A few weeks ago, about 1000 Tamils from the Australian com- munity protested in Canberra out- side the US Embassy and the British High Commission, to per- suade both governments to physically intervene. ''The Tamils were there to ap- peal to them to intervene because the situation was becoming criti- cal,'' Mr Ravichandra said. The demonstrations continued over the weekend with thousands of Tamils protesting in the CBD, carrying red flags and banners, declaring the war is far from over. ''Tamil people live in hope in spite of their terrible losses over the past few months and we just hope for freedom or decent politi- cal settlement.'' your community news from burwood council LEST WE FORGET 2127682i iww wk48
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