UN honours three humanist poets – Tagore Neruda and Césaire

13 September 2011The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched a programme honouring Rabindrânâth Tagore, Pablo Neruda and Aimé Césaire, three poets who, each in his own way, carried high the standard of humanist values. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched a programme honouring Rabindrânâth Tagore, Pablo Neruda and Aimé Césaire, three poets who, each in his own way, carried high the standard of humanist values. Beyond their different geographic, social and political contexts, Tagore, a Bengali poet at the time that India was under British rule, Chile’s Neruda and Césaire – from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe – showed a commitment to speaking for the voiceless. “By challenging relations based on domination and submission – whether they concern colonialism, fascism or racism – their message attains a universal dimension,” UNESCO said at a forum opened by Director-General Irina Bokova at its headquarters in Paris. Launched in the wake of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures of 2010, the programme aims to promote translations, publications, and creations connected to the three writers, facilitating the dissemination and adaptation of their message. A tribute to Tagore was organized with Bangladesh’s and India’s permanent delegations to UNESCO as part of the 150th anniversary of his birth, with song, dance and poetry readings. A UNESCO work – Rabindrânâth Tagore, Pablo Neruda, Aimé Césaire for a reconciled universal – pays tribute to this universal oeuvre. Published in English, French and Spanish, the illustrated book examines the legacy of the three authors and their messages from a comparative perspective. read more

Nine hour water cut to affect parts of Colombo District

The disruption will affect Wellawatta, Dehiwala, Mount Lavinia, Ratmalana, Kalubowila, several parts of Nugegoda including Nedimala, Rajagiriya Royal Park, Lake Garden, Bandaranayakepura, Pelawatta and Mulleriyawa.The water supply in Colombo 05 will be at low pressure. A Nine hour water cut will affect parts of the Colombo District from tonight to tomorrow (Sunday), the National Water Supply and Drainage Board said.The nine hour water cut will be imposed from 9.00pm today to 6.00am tomorrow.