Life and Times of Tiger Supremo Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj If Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)leader Thiruvengadam Veluppillai Prabhakaran was alive now,he would be celebrating his 60th birth anniversary on November 26th.The tiger supremo who was killed in Mullaitheevu district on May 19th 2009 was for decades the determining force in Sri Lankan politics.Though Prabhakaran is no more, the Sri Lankan Tamil …

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Minister Maithripala Sirisena’s Attempt in 2013 to Obstruct Justice to Safeguard Son Daham who Attacked Asela Waidyalankara

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (Former Health minister Maithripala Sirisena is the man of the moment having quit the UPFA Govt and coming forward as the common opposition candidate challenging incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the Presidency with the slogan “Supirisidu Nayakathwayak, Maithree Palanayak”.This article was written by me at a time when Maithripala Sirisena was riding high …

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“Mahinda Gamana”: From the Mahagedara in Medamulana to the Janadhipathi Mandiraya in Colombo

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa, known to his country and the world at large as Mahinda Rajapaksa, celebrated his 69th birthday yesterday (18 November). Sri Lanka’s fifth Executive President has been at the helm of the nation for nine years since November 2005. Currently he is poised to create a record of sorts by …

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Officially Sanctioned Unofficial Execution of JVP Supremo Rohana Wijeweera 25 Years Ago

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Patabandi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera known to the world at large as Rohana Wijeweera was killed twenty –five years ago on November 13th 1989.The revolutionary leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or Peoples Liberation Front was 49 years old at the time of his death. The mastermind behind two bloody insurrections – in …

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How the LTTE Enforced a Boycott in 2005 to Prevent Ranil Becoming President

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” -Karl Marx Karl Marx expanded famously on Friedrich Hegel’s remark about “history”occurring twice and stated that history repeats firstly as tragedy and secondly …

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Gamini Fonseka and Lester James Peries: Cinematic relationship of an actor and director

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Ten years ago on 30 September the brightest light of Sri Lankan cinema went out. Gamini Fonseka, the monarch of Sinhala moviedom, passed away peacefully on that day. Gamini Fonseka was my favourite actor on the Sinhala silver screen and became an important part of my childhood. This week’s ‘Spotlight’ focuses on him …

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Will the TNA Reveal Truth About Killing of Kingsley Rasanayagam by LTTE Ten Years ago?

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The assortment of political parties known as the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) is regarded as the premier political configuration representing the Sri Lankan Tamils in Parliament, the Northern and Eastern provincial councils and various local authorities in the north and east.The TNA has in recent times ardently supported the ongoing probe on Sri Lanka …

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How Jayalalithaa Sparkled on Silver Screen in her Actress Avatar as Uncrowned Queen of Tamil Cinema.

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj The recent conviction and consequent imprisonment of Jayalalithaa Jayaram on charges of acquiring disproportionate wealth during her past term of office (1991-96) has resulted in the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister being under media spotlight for many days now. This week’s ‘Spotlight’ column too will be about Jayalalithaa but the focus will be …

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Phenomenal Influence of Films and Film Personalities on Politics in India’s Tamil Nadu State

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The South Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been ruled alternately by two “Dravidian”political parties since 1967.One is the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham(DMK)under the command of nonagenarian Muttuvel Karunanidhi. The other party currently in the saddle is the All- India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham(AIADMK)which is led by Jayalalithaa Jayaram who was removed from chief …

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Nonis Resignation Accepted but Sajin Denies Assaulting Chris While Kshenuka Says Nonis Abused her in Foul Language – President Rajapaksa Orders Inquiry.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj In what appears to be a remarkable turn of events , President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered a twin pronged inquiry into the incident in New York on September 24 involving Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dr. Chris Nonis, Galle district Parliamentarian and External Affairs ministry monitoring MP Mr. Sajin de …

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Jayalalithaa Jayaram: From Alluring Actress to Powerful Politician

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This Article is a condensed version of an article written on the occasion of Ms. Jayalalithaa Jayaram’s 60th birthday in 2008.It was reproduced here on the occasion of the Tamil Nadu Chief minister’s 66th birthday early this year on February 24th. Now it is posted here again without any changes at a time …

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The Assassination of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike 55 Years Ago

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The three –decade period of intense conflict from 1983 to 2009 has resulted in hundreds of political assassinations in Sri Lanka. Both Tamil and Sinhala armed groups have been responsible for these killings at different times and diverse locations. The killings of those who held or were holding high political office were so …

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Gamini Fonseka the Uncrowned Monarch of Sinhala Cinema:Tenth Death Anniversary Tribute.

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (It was Ten years ago on September 30th that Sembuge Gamini Shelton Fonseka known generally as Gamini Fonseka passed away at the age of 68.The uncrowned monarch of Sinhala cinema was one of my favourite actors since the age of eight when I first saw -“Ranmuthuduwa”-a film starring him at the Gamini …

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Rajini Rajasingham Thiranagama: Unforgettable Symbol of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tragedy

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj It was 25 years ago on September 21st 1989 that Dr. Rajini Thiranagama nee Rajasingham was killed in Jaffna. She was 35 years old at the time of her death.The 25th anniversary of her death is to be commemorated through a series of events next week in the northern capital. This is …

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Magical Influence of MHM Ashraff Over Muslim Masses Lingers on Even After 14 Years

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj This is a period of time in Sri Lanka which is referred to as “Ashraff season” in lighter vein by observers of the Sri Lankan Muslim political scene. The Country witnesses a series of meetings and events paying tribute to the late Muslim Congress leader MHM Ashraff during this period. From the date …

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Michelangelo Antonioni Masterpiece ‘L’Avventura’ at International Film Festival Colombo

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj In my earlier writings on the film scene in Sri Lanka before launching the ‘Spotlight’ column, there were two things I emphasised as being necessary for the upliftment of serious cinema in the island – one was the need to establish a fully-fledged Film Institute; the other was about holding an international …

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Comrade Bala Tampoe: Life and Times of a Legendary Trade Union Leader-1

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj When news reached me in Toronto that Philips Balendra Tampoe popularly known as Bala Tampoe had passed away in Colombo on September 1st 2014, I felt somewhat guilt ridden and remorse stricken. The reason for these feelings was that with Bala being no more there was no way in which I could …

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Why Narendra Modi Wants Sri Lanka to Build on the 13th Amendment

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Astute Observers consistently following the erratic course of Sri Lankan Tamil politics were in for a pleasant surprise last week. The premier political representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamil people configured electorally as the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)embarked on a passage to India to meet the recently elected Prime minister Narendra Modi and …

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Veteran Trade Union Leader Comrade Bala Tampoe Passes Away in Colombo at 92 Years of Age.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Veteran Trade Union leader Bala Tampoe has passed away in Colombo at the age of 92. Philips Balendra Tampoe born on May 23rd 1922 was a legend in his lifetime being general secretary since 1948 to date of the Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General workers union known popularly as the CMU. Having interacted …

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“Supersinger Winner Diwakar, “Balaey Pandia” Film and the TMS-Raju Song”Neeyay Unakku Endrum Nigaraanavan”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj ♫ “Neeyay Unakku Endrum Nigaraanavan”♫ The fourth season of Vijay TV Airtel Supersinger Competition has concluded with a fairy tale ending. The winner Diwakar is from a humble social background and without any formal training in singing. Diwakar was not only the choice of the Judges, but also of the people who endorsed …

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Five Years After the Capture of Ex-LTTE Chief Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias “KP” in Malaysia

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj It was five years ago on August 5th 2009 that Selvarasah Pathmanathan alias “KP” the chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was captured in Malaysia and brought to Colombo in a well-planned operation amounting to an “extraordinary rendition”. KP who had served for many years as the chief arms procurer …

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TULF Leader Amirthalingam Assassination in 1989: President Premadasa’s UNP Govt Shields LTTE From Blame.

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj An official delegation representing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) was engaged in negotiations with the Government of President Ranasinghe Premadasa in Colombo when Former Leader of the opposition Appapillai Amirthalingam and his colleague Vettivelu Yogeswaran were assassinated by a tiger hit squad on July 13th 1989.The assassination caused much embarrassment to …

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Sivaji Ganesan: Tamil cinema’s versatile actor par excellence

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The first Tamil film which impacted on me greatly during childhood was ‘Veera Pandiya Kattabomman’. It was a kind of bio-picture about a ‘Paalayakkaaran’ or Polygar (feudal chieftain) who defied the British during the last decade of the 18th Century and paid the supreme penalty. Kattabomman whose full name was Veera Pandiya …

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Assassination of Tamil Leader Appapillai Amirthalingam by the LTTE 25 Years Ago

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj July 13th 1989 was the date on which the well-known Sri Lankan Tamil leader Appapillai Amirthalingam was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE).The former leader of the Opposition was a national list MP of the Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF)at the time he was gunned down in Colombo. Amirthalingam was killed along …

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Lester James Peries and the Making of his Path-breaking Sinhala film “Rekava”

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj ‘Rekava’ or the line of destiny was the path-breaking film by Lester James Peries which altered the destiny of Sinhala cinema. (Though Rekava is spelled with both a ‘v’ as well as a ‘w’ in English, I am sticking to v because the original titles shown in the film spelled it with …

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Anatomy of an Anti-Tamil Pogrom: Thirty-first Anniversary of “Black July” 1983.

(This article was posted last year to denote the 30th anniversary of Black July 83 and is reproduced here again in view of the 31st anniversary without any change except a minor one in the heading) by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Shops, Banks, Offices and Restaurants in the Capital’s crowded City Centre and Main Streets being burnt …

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D.B.S. Jeyaraj’s Journey Home: Journalist in Exile Visits Sri Lanka for the First Time in 25 Years

Marianne David Interviews DBS Jeyaraj for DailyFT Pix by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai Introduction Forced into exile 25 years ago and compelled to stay away in order to stay alive, journalist D.B.S. Jeyaraj always dreamt of returning to Sri Lanka. That flame of hope flickered occasionally, as the war dragged on and then escalated despite intermittent ceasefires, …

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TNA Must Promote Accountability and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka by Exposing LTTE Human Rights Violations at the UN Probe.

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanetham Pillay known as Navi Pillay has presented a “fait accompli” as her parting gift to an unreceptive Sri Lanka! After weeks of speculation and expectation the UN Human rights chief has formally announced the setting up of an investigative panel to conduct a comprehensive …

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LTTE-TNA Nexus:Why the TNA was Formed and How the LTTE Gained Control of it.

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj The suggestion made in this column last week that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should promote truth, accountability and reconciliation by taking the lead in presenting evidence before the investigation to be conducted by the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s office has evoked much controversy Overseas activists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil …

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Former Sinhala Soldier Who Collaborated with LTTE During War Arrested in Malaysia Along with Two Tamils and One Muslim

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Malaysian Police in a sweeping counter terrorist operation launched simultaneously on Thursday July 3rd 2014 arrested four persons of Sri Lankan origin suspected of terrorist activity with alleged links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) and an Islamic extremist group. It is learnt reliably that one of those arrested is a …

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Fathima Thahir,the Family Owned Provision Store in Battaramulla and a Rock Flung in the Dark.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Fathima Thahir is a Muslim woman in her forties who manages a small provision store owned by her family in the Colombo suburb of Battaramulla. The store “Fathima Stores”was named after her by her father who founded it in 1949 long before Battaramulla experienced the current scale of urban development.”Fathima Stores” on 192 …

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Anatomy of Anti-Muslim Violence: How “Bodhu Bala Sena” Mobs Caused Mayhem in Aluthgama and Beruwela

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A curfew was clamped down in the Aluthgama and Beruwela Police divisions of Kalutara district in the Western Province of Sri Lanka following an outbreak of communal violence on Sunday June 15th 2014 that was triggered off by the “Ethno Religious Fascist” Organization the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS). “If they come in thousands….we …

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Former Finland President and Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari Likely to Jointly Lead UN Probe on Sri Lanka with Dame Sylvia Cartwright of New Zealand

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj A highly respected statesman of international stature with immense experience in helping resolve prickly issues in the sphere of international relations is strongly tipped to co- head the forthcoming UN Probe on Sri Lanka. Martti Ahtisaari It is learnt reliably that former Finland President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari has …

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Muslim Owned “No Limit” Large Clothing Store at Panadura in Western Sri Lanka Burnt Down in “Mysterious” Pre-dawn Fire

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The tense situation prevailing in the Kalutara district of Sri Lanka’s Western Province after the occurrence of anti-muslim vioence last week took a sharp turn for the worse in the early hours of the morning on Saturday June 21st when a large,well-known Muslim owned apparel store cum showroom in the Panadura town was …

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Commendable Court Order Curtails Anti-Muslim Activities of the Bodhu Bala Sena in Badulla.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Pre- emptive action by the Police and Courts in Badulla has prevented the Bodhu Bala Sena and Sihala Ravaya from instigating anti-Muslim violence in the salubrious capital of Uva province as in the case of Aluthgama in the Western province . BBS in Badulla in May 2014-pic via twitter.com/Camp4justice Plans by the ethno …

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Armed Anti-Muslim Gangs Continue to Roam Freely in the Aluthgama Area Restricting Access to Muslim Victims of Violence

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Although Prime Minister DM Jayaratne has informed Parliament that the situation in Aluthgama, Dharga Nagar, Beruwela and other areas have been normalised , the actual reality in the troubled region is different say informed sources who visited those places recently. pic via~bbc.com According to these sources armed gangs of thugs and hoodlums describing …

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Three Top Tourist Hotels in Sri Lanka Refuse to Let Tamil Journalism Workshop be Conducted on Premises Due to “Threats”.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Related events over the past few weeks have raised serious questions whether Sri Lankan journalists in general and Tamil media personnel in particular have the basic right of conducting or participating in a training workshop designed to improve or develop their professional skills. Inter-linked incidents in Polonnaruwa, Negombo and Colombo where three top …

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Former Gampaha MP S.D. Bandaranayake the Colourful Maverick Known as “Imbulgoda Veeraya” Passes Away at 97 Years of Age

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj SD Bandaranayake, one of Sri Lanka’s colourful Political personalities passed away on June 3rd 2014 at the ripe old age of 97. The funeral of the man who represented the Gampaha constituency for thirty years in Parliament will be conducted on Saturday June 7th at the Chandrajothi school grounds in Yakkala.The laird …

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Former New Zealand Governor- General Silvia Cartwright Appointed by Navi Pillay to “Lead”UN Team Probing Last Seven Years of War in Sri Lanka.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Former Governor-general and Campodian war crimes Tribunal judge Dame Silvia Cartwright has been appointed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms.Navanetham Pillay as one of two senior human rights experts to “lead” the UN team that would probe the war in Sri Lanka for the period 2002 to 2009. The team of …

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Navi Pillay Appoints Sandra Beidas who was Expelled by South Sudan for”Unethical”Human Rights Investigation as Chief Coordinator of UN Probe into Sri Lanka.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A senior UN woman official who was expelled by South Sudan for allegedly conducting an unethical probe into human rights violations in the country has now been appointed as the senior coordinator of the probe into Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It is reliably learnt that UN High …

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LTTE “Airforce” Deputy Chief Kushanthan of Tiger Trio Arrested in Malaysia is a “Prize Catch” for Sri Lanka

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj It was in April this year that this column exclusively reported for the “Daily Mirror” about how Subramaniam Kapilan alias Nanthagopan had been deported on March 6th 2014 to Sri Lanka from Malaysia with the assistance of law enforcement authorities in Iran and Malaysia.The 45 year old deputy leader of the Liberation Tigers …

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Anatomy of an Aborted Attempt to Revive The LTTE in Sri Lanka

By D. B. S. Jeyaraj How the Third Diaspora Backed Attempt Led by Theiveegan-Appan-Gobi Trio to Revive LTTE was Thwarted in Sri Lanka-PART THREE (CONTINUED FROM MAY 6th DAILY MIRROR) The arrest and detention of Jeyakumari Balendra resulted in a huge outcry strongly critical of the Government. The fact that Jeyakumari and her daughter were …

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Overseas Tiger Circles Excited After Former LTTE Political Chief Thamilselvan’s Wife and Children Arrive in France

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The arrival in France of Former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political commissar Supiah Paramu Thamilselvan’s family has caused much excitement among tiger and pro-tiger circles in the Global Tamil Diaspora. Thamilselvan’s wife Sasirekha along with daughter alaimagal and son Olivaenthan arrived in France on April 24th 2014. The family travelled from …

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Thwarting of Third Diaspora Backed Attempt to Revive LTTE in Sri Lanka -PART TWO

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj (CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK) Preliminary information gleaned by the Police in Pallai from 34 year old Kumarasingham Kulasankar alias Muhunthan and 28 year old Augustine Gnanaseelan alias Gnana revealed vague details of a plot to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)and commence operations in Sri Lanka. Interestingly enough the large …

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How the Third Diaspora Backed Attempt Led by Theiveegan-Appan-Gobi Trio to Revive LTTE was Thwarted in Sri Lanka-PART ONE

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Mazhai Nindraalum Thooral Nitkavillai”is a saying in Tamil meaning though the rain has ceased the drizzle is not over. In similar vein, the recent attempt by tiger elements to revive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)has been foiled by the security apparatus but mopping up efforts continue in the country. The deaths …

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Southern Nightingale S. Janaki and the Story of Her Popular ♫Singaara Velanae Deva♫ Song

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Sishtla Sreeramamurthy Janaki popularly known as S. Janaki celebrates her 76th birthday today. The well known Indian singer of film songs who is praised as the “nightingale of the South” was born on April 23rd 1938 during the British colonial period at Pallapatla in Repalle. The Repalle town is located in the …

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How the Army Killed Three Top Tigers-Theiveegan,Appan and Gobi- Who Tried to Revive the LTTE in Sri Lanka.

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The traditional April new year named “Jaya” or Victory dawned on a positive note this year for Sri Lanka. A massive security operation launched by the Sri Lankan armed forces had resulted in the deaths of three persons in the Jungles of Vedivaithakallu-Oothukkulam-Bogaswewa in the North. Paradoxical as it may appear the …

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The Unforgettably Popular Film Songs of Tamil Cinema Classic “Devadas” ♫

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The demise of renowned Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao has revived memories of his many films.Although most of his films are in Telugu, the great thespian has acted in several Tamil films too. “Devadas”, “Anarkali”, “Manithan Maaravillai”, “Manjal Mahimai”, “Engal Veetu Mahalakshmi”, “Kalyanapparisu” are but some of the films featuring Nageswara Rao who …

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♥ Remembering PB Sreenivas and His Enchanting Duets With S. Janaki ♫

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj The traditional April new year dawned on a sad note for me last year.I woke up to the news that well –known singer of film songs Prathivadi Bayankara Sreenivas (P.B.S) had passed away in India. He was one of my favourite filmsong singers.I grew up with the Tamil film songs of people …

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Tiger vs Tiger: Tenth Anniversary of Revolt Led By Eastern LTTE Leader “Col” Karuna

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Ten years have passed since the once dreaded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) experienced an internal politico-military revolt spearheaded by its erstwhile Eastern regional commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralidharan alias “Col” Karuna. The revolt lasting six weeks from March 3rd to April 11th 2004 was ruthlessly suppressed through military means by the mainstream LTTE …

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Eight Persons Including a Woman Arrested In Raid on Dehiwela Bakery released By TID Police; More Being Held Under PTA Will be Released Soon.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Eight Persons including a woman who were under detention for more than three weeks breathed the air of freedom on the eve of the traditional April new year. These eight persons taken into custody by the Police after a lightning raid on a bakery in Dehiwela some weeks ago. Twelve persons including the …

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424 Individuals Designated By Sri Lankan Govt May be Blacklisted and Have Their Assets and Economic Resources Frozen

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan Government has designated 424 individuals and sixteen organizations including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) under the United Nations Act No 45 of 1968 by Gazette Extraordinary No 1856/41dated March 21st 2014. Details of the listing of the LTTE and fifteen other entities suspected of being LTTE fronts by …

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Crackdown on LTTE Colombo Cell Reveals Plot to Assassinate President Rajapaksa or his Brother Gotabhaya

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Hectic events over the past few weeks in Sri Lanka have driven home three salient truths on the security front relating to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) organization. The first is that tiger or pro-tiger elements in the Tamil Diaspora will persist with efforts to resurrect the LTTE and disrupt life …

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LTTE Nediyavan Group Deputy Leader Nanthagopan Brought to Sri Lanka With Help From Iran And Malaysia

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan defence establishment has successfully accomplished the feat of renditioning a senior leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) functioning abroad with the aid and cooperation of Iranian and Malaysian authorities. The “Daily Mirror” learns reliably that the senior LTTE leader Nanthagopan was brought to Sri Lanka exactly one month …

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Nediyavan, Vinayagam, Rudra and Fr. Emmanuel Viewed by Govt as Four Formidable Foes From the Global Tamil Diaspora

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)organization and fifteen other entities suspected of being tiger fronts were proscribed by the Sri Lankan Government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week. The Sri Lankan ministry of External Affairs issued a terse press release announcing the proscription. It stated as follows – “An order, designating persons …

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Sri Lanka Govt Lists Person Who Died Two Years Ago Among The Names of Living Individuals Designated Through Gazette Notification

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Among the 422 individuals designated by the Sri Lankan Government through a gazette Extraordinary issued on March 21st 2014 is included the name of a person who died two years ago. The 86th name in the relevant Gazette notification is that of Karunanithi Thurairatnam a.k.a Thurai. The notification also states that Thurairatnam was …

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Sri Lanka Proscribes 15 Suspected LTTE Front Organizations Abroad as Foreign Terrorist Entities Under UN Resolution 1373

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Sri Lankan Government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has in a decisive move with far reaching implications proscribed as foreign terrorist entities several overseas organizations suspected of being fronts of the Liberaton Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE). The Government of Sri Lanka against which a US sponsored resolution was passed by the UN …

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Shooting Incident at Tharmapuram: Is There a Real LTTE Resurgence in the North?

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Two pistol shots rang out in the afternoon of Thursday March 13th 2014 at house No. 5 of the Indian Housing scheme in Musalampitty in the Puliyampokkanai area of Tharmapuram region in Kilinochchi district. A fifty year old Police officer named Ratnakumara attached to the Terrorism Investigation Division(TID)was injured. The man suspected …

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Is the TNA Genuinely Calling For An International Probe Into LTTE Conduct During the War?

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ The Tamil National Alliance(TNA)regarded as the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils issued a public statement last week after “careful consideration to the draft resolution on Sri Lanka proposed at the 25th sessions of the Human Rights Council by the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav …

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Human Rights Defenders Ruki Fernando and Rev.Fr. Praveen Mahesan Released From Custody by the Police Terrorism Investigation Divison.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Two Sri Lankan Human Rights defenders who were detained and arrested under provisions of the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) have been now released.Though held for 51 hours and interrogated without access to lawyers or relatives ,the respected human rights activists were released without any charges being filed against them. The two …

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Human Rights Defenders Ruki Fernando and Rev.Fr.Praveen Mahesan are Being Detained at the Terrorism Investigation Division Headquarters under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj LATEST UPDATE Deputy Inspector-General(DIG) of Police Chandra Wagista who is in charge of the Terrorism Investigation Division(TID)confirmed to lawyers watching the interests of detained Human Rights Defenders Ruki Fernando and Ref.Fr.Praveen Mahesan that both persons were being held at the TID headquarters in Colombo. DIG Wakista who informed the lawyers concerned of the …

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Vettivelu Yogeswaran the Darling of Tamil Youths who Became Jaffna MP

By D. B. S. Jeyaraj 80th Birth Anniversary on February 5th Last week saw this column paying tribute to the memory of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP Dr.Neelan Tiruchelvam on account of his 70th birth anniversary.This column focuses this week on another departed TULF Parliamentarian whose 80th birth anniversary was on February 5th. Former …

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Sixty-six Years of Independent Sri Lanka and the “Tamil State of Mind” .

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (Updated version of the “DBS Jeyaraj Column” article that appeared in the “Daily Mirror”of February 2nd 2013) Sri Lanka will Celebrate its Sixty-sixth Anniversary of Independence from the United Kingdom this Monday. The country then known as Ceylon obtained full freedom from the British on February 4th 1948.Completing 66 years is significant …

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Neelan Tiruchelvam the Foremost Intellectual of Contemporary Tamil Politics

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Seventieth Birth Anniversary on January 31st 2014 January 31st is the birthday of eminent Constitution lawyer, academic and politician Dr.Neelakandan Tiruchelvam. Neelan as he was popularly known would have completed the biblical life span of three score years and ten had he been among the living today. Born on January 31st 1944,Neelan Tiruchelvam, …

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TNA Targets Northern Province Chief Secretary R. Wijiyaludchumi Demanding her Immediate Removal.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) is now directing its anger towards Northern Province Council(NPC) Chief Secretary Ms.Wijiyaludchumi Ramesh instead of Northern Governor GA Chandrasiri as it did earlier. The TNA despite winning 30 of the 38 seats of the Northern Provincial council seats at elections held on September 21st 2013 has been unable to …

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Is LTTE Leader “Ezhilan”s Wife Anandhi Sasitharan a Voice of the Victims Or of the Perpetrators of Injustice?

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj Anandhi’s Husband Ezhilan Committed many Atrocities Against Tamil Civilians of Wanni Anandhi Sasitharan wife of senior Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Ezhilan began grabbing the attention of Northern voters when the Provincial council election campaign got underway.As the only woman candidate fielded by the Tamil national alliance(TNA) in …

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Anandhi Sasitharan the Vibrant Wife of Senior Tiger Leader Ezhilan

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Controversial Northern Provincial Councillor Anandhi Sasitharan is once again in the news. Sections of the media reported that the Defence ministry was pondering on the possibility of making the 42 year old wife of former senior tiger leader Ezhilan undergo a period of rehabilitation in order to “prevent her from propagating separatist sentiments”. …

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Mobs Led by Buddhist Monks Attack Two Christian Churches at Hikkaduwa in Southern Sri Lanka During Sunday Worship

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Saffron terror” in the form of an ethno religious fascist organization called “Hela Bodu Pawura”descended upon the coastal town of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka’s southern province on Sunday January 12th 2014! Mobs led by Buddhist priests launched attacks on two christian churches while Sunday worship was in progress demanding that the places …

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House Where Foursquare Church Conducts Services Set on Fire at Homagama in Sri Lanka

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj A house in the suburbs of Colombo city in Sri Lanka where Christian worship and prayers were being held was set on fire in the early hours of Sunday January 12th 2014 by “unknown” elements. This incident is separate to that of the twin attacks launched against two Christian churches in the Southern …

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Conspiracy in TNA to Oust C.V. Wigneswaran as Northern Chief Minister.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Even as newly elected Northern Province chief minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is embroiled in an imbroglio with the Northern Governor GA Chandrasiri over the question of exercising authority in the province,sections of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) are reportedly engaged in surreptitious moves to dislodge the former Supreme court Judge from his post and …

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Lasantha Wickrematunge Remained Unbowed and Unafraid to the Very End

Fifth Death Anniversary of the Assassinated “The Sunday Leader” Editor By D.B.S.Jeyaraj I vividly remember that long night in Toronto on January 7th/8th 2009 which was daytime in Colombo.The telephone rang while I was reading a magazine article on the wildlife in Sri Lanka. It was Dushi (Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai). She broke the news that Lasantha …

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Chief Minister Wigneswaran Must Get Northern Council Working by Dealing Directly With President Rajapaksa

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The new year started off on a positive note for Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran! The Northern province chief minister was invited by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a discussion on January 2nd.A direct meeting with the Executive President was something the former Supreme court Judge had been trying to secure for a …

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Remembering Joseph Pararajasingham the “Uncrowned King of Batticaloa”

by D.B.S Jeyaraj Joseph Pararajasingham who served as Batticaloa district MP for fifteen years was killed eight years ago on Christmas day.Had the Batticaloa parliamentarian been among the living ,he would have turned eighty in November 2014. Despite his many years of service to the people of the East and being described at one time …

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These Are But Five Of My Favourite Christmas Carols

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year Friends! It’s Christmas season again! An integral part of Christmas is the singing of Christmas carols in churches as well as at events celebrating Christmas. The Many Faces of Christmas – Shaped Wooden Puzzle from Sri Lanka ~ Photographed at an exhibit of over 900 …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe, the UNP Leadership and the TINA Factor

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Ranil Wickremesinghe, the “Eksath Jathika Pakshaya Nayakathuma” is portrayed as the single cause for the perceived decline suffered by the United National party(UNP). It is said that Ranil is a liability to the UNP and that the party can revive and renew itself only after he quits or is jettisoned. Sadly a substantial …

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Tussle in North Between Governor Chandrasiri and Chief Minister Wigneswaran Intensifies

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial council is presently entangled in an intricate imbroglio.The newly elected chief minister CV Wigneswaran of the Tamil National Alliance(TNA)is at loggerheads with G.A. Chandrasiri the Governor appointed for the Province by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.This titanic clash between the former Supreme court Judge and the retired Army Major-General has virtually …

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LTTE “Great Heroes Day” Is for Tigers Alone and Not For All Tamils

By D. B. S. JEYARAJ “Maaveerar Naal”or “Great Heroes Day” was observed annually on November 27th in a grand manner by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for many years in the past. The yearly event lost its lustre after the military debacle suffered by the tigers in May 2009.Despite the LTTE ceasing to …

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Gemini Ganesan ♥ Romance King of Tamil Films ♫

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This short article written as a tribute was published in “The Sunday Leader” of Colombo after the death of ♥ Gemini Ganesan ♥. It is being reproduced here without any changes due to requests by many readers who are fans of the Romance king of Tamil cinema who was born on November …

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M.N. Nambiar: Legendary “Villain” of Tamil Cinema

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj (Legendary “Villain”actor of Tamil cinema M.N.Nambiar passed away five years ago in Chennai on November 19th 2008. I wrote an article about him then which was published in the “Daily Mirror”of Colombo. I am reproducing a slightly edited version of that article on my blog now to commemorate his 5th death anniversary. …

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Sivaji Ganesan: Greatest Thespian of Post-Independence Tamil Cinema

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj October 1st was the 85th birthday of Sivaji Ganesan one of the brightest stars among the Tamil Film firmament. V.C. Ganesan known as Sivaji Ganesan was widely regarded as the greatest Thespian of Post –Independence Tamil Cinema. This doyen among Tamil actors was one of my favourites. An updated version of an article …

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Sri Lankan Tamil Cinema and the Search for a Distinct Identity

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj (This article was first published in the Indian newsmagazine “Frontline” of Feb 13-26 1999 Vol 16-No 04 as part of the Symposium on Sri Lanka’s Cultural Experience.It is reproduced here without any changes) TAMIL cinema in Sri Lanka, it may be argued, is yet to grow beyond its nascent stage. While thousands …

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“Brigadier” Thamizhselvan: Perpetually Smiling Political Commissar of the Liberation Tigers

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj (This Article appearing in the Indian news magazine “Frontline” of Nov. 24-Dec. 07, 2007-Volume 24 – Issue 23 -is reproduced without any changes to denote the 6th death anniversary of Suppiah Paramu Thamizhselvan the former political commissar of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) EARLY in the morning on November 2, Suppiah Paramu …

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Mass Expulsion of Muslims From North by the LTTE: 23rd Anniversary

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The month of October this year records the 23rd anniversary of a cruel, inhuman episode in the history of Tamil –Muslim relations in Sri Lanka. It was in October 1990 that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)organization forcibly expelled the Tamil speaking Muslim people from the Northern Province in an atrocious act amounting …

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“Nagaichuvai Mannan” Nagesh: The Comedy King of Tamil Cinema

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj “Naghaichchuvai Mannan” (King of Comedy) Nagesh who passed away in Chennai on Jan 31st 2009 would have become an Octogenarian this year had he been among the living.. He was born on September 27th 1933. Nagesh was the undisputed king of comedians in Tamil cinema from the early sixties to mid-seventies of …

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Sirima Bandaranaike: The Grand Old Lady of Sri Lankan Politics

by D.B.S.Jeyaraj Today October 10th is the thirteenth death anniversary of the world’s first woman prime minister Mrs.Sirima Bandaranaike. I am therefore reproducing on my blog an article written about her by me thirteen years ago. It was published in the Indian news-magazine “Frontline” of Aug 19th – Sep 01st 2000 (Vol 17-Issue 17) under …

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Wrangling in TNA over Provincial Ministry Posts in North

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which demonstrated that it is the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamils by winning 30 out of 38 seats in the Northern provincial council is undergoing a new experience currently. After years of functioning outside the realms of power as an opposition political group the …

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“Kaatriniley Varum Geetham” Sung By MS Subbulakshmi In “Meera”

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj This is the first of a series of short articles about some of the sublime songs shown on the silver screen from a bygone era that have enchanted me and continue to keep me enslaved. The objective of this series is to share my impressions of these songs and also provide some information …

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TNA Struggling to Finalise Selection of Four Provincial Ministers, Council Chairman and one bonus seat for North

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which swept the Northern provincial polls with a four-fifth majority is now struggling to cope with the task of determining who and who shoul be appointed provincial ministers and council chairman of the Northern provincial council. It is also undecided yet on allocating one bonus seat while the …

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Tamil National Alliance Sweeps Northern Provincial Poll with 30 out of 38 Seats with CV Wigneswaran Polling 132,255 Preference Votes.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has triumphed magnificiently at the historic first election to the Northern Province of Sri Lanka with its chief ministerial candidate retired Supreme court Judge CV Wigneswaran topping the number of preference votes with a whopping tally of over 130,000. Wigneswaran polled 132,255 votes in the Jaffna District, with …

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Gnanasakthi Sritharan: From EPRLF Comrade to UPFA Candidate

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ Northern Voters will be casting their votes on September 21st 2013 at the historic first election to the Northern Provincial Council. Although population figures indicate that women are more in number than men in the North, the lists of candidates fielded by the major political parties do not reflect this gender balance. …

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Attack Launched After Midnight on TNA Woman Candidate Ananthi Sasitharan’s Residence at Chulipuram.

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The residence of Ms. Ananthi Sasitharan who is contesting the forthcoming Northern provincial council elections on the Tamil National Alliance list under the house symbol was attacked shortly after midnight on Friday September 20th 2013. Be to Become: Tamil National Alliance’s Jaffna District candidate Ananthy Sasitharan’s paraphernalia-pic by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai~via flickr/PassionParade Ms. Ananthi …

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Why and How Ex- SC Judge CV Wigneswaran Praised LTTE Leader Prabhakaran as a Great Hero

By D.B.S. Jeyaraj The nomination of Retired Supreme Court Judge Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran as Chief Ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council Polls by the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) was widely hailed when announced in July. This writer while outlining the process by which the “unanimous” selection was made had this to say in his weekly …

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How President Rajapaksa Captivated the Hearts of Tamil Children at “Sencholai” Home run by “KP” at Kilinochchi

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj September 14th 2013 was a red letter day for the people of Kilinochchi as the “Yarl Devi” Train streamed into Kilinochchi after many years on that Saturday.Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself was on board the train as a special passenger during the 35 minute journey of the “Yarl Devi” from Omanthai.He had …

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Saumiamoorthy Thondaman: Pragmatic Plantation Tamil Patriarch Who Emancipated his Disempowered People.

By D.B.S. JEYARAJ The birth centenary of Saumiamoorthy (spelled sometimes as Saumyamoorthy or Saumiyamoorthy) Thondaman was on August 30th. Thondaman was the undisputed “Thalaiver” (leader) of Sri Lanka’s predominantly Indian Tamil plantation proletariat for several decades. The founder leader of Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC),Sri Lanka’s largest Trade Union in the estate sector, was born in …

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Foul Mouthed Mervyn Silva in Hot Water After Falling Foul of Ruling Rajapaksa Family

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Hewa Koparage Mervyn Silva . Sri Lanka’s minister of public relations and public affairs is reportedly in “deep shit” at present as relations between him and the ruling Rajapaksa family has soured. The self –styled descendant of “Dutu Gemunu”notorious for his foul mouth and violent actions is currently in a precarious position and …

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UN Human Rights Chief Navaneetham Pillay and the South African Tamil Heritage

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj Navi Pillai is a name which has become very familiar to most Sri Lankans in recent times.The past week has seen the Sri Lankan media flooded by references to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Emotions are on the rise and expectations are high as the week long visit to …

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Ananthy Sasitharan Meets Navi Pillay in Jaffna as Part of the Mannar Citizens Committee Delegation.

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ Ananthy Sasitharan the wife of “missing” Senior Tiger Leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Ezhilan met visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethan Pillay in person at Jaffna on Tuesday August 27th 2013 and spoke to her briefly for five minutes. During the course of this short meeting the 42 year old mother …

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Will LTTE Ezhilan’s Wife Ananthi Sasitharan Get to Meet UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay?

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ The current visit to Sri Lanka by UN Human Rights Commissioner Ms. Navanetham Pillay known as Navi Pillay has aroused much interest and anticipation in the country. There is hectic activity by many Human rights activists and Non–Governmental Organization personnel to meet Ms. Pillay directly and air their grievances. It appears that meeting …

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Police Identify All Five Members of Armed Gang That Invaded Bambalapitiya Home of Senior Journalist Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema.

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ The home of a senior Sri Lankan woman Journalist in Bambalapitiya was invaded at night by a gang of five armed men who attempted to abduct her after ransacking the house and robbing valuables.Prompt action by the Police resulted in one of the intruders being killed and two injured. Two other were arrested.Three …

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Internal Crisis in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress:Leader Rauff Hakeem vs Chairman Basheer Segu Dawood

by D.B.S. JEYARAJ This column shifts its focus away from the Tamil National alliance this week and turns the spotlight on the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress instead. The premier political party representing the Muslims of Sri Lanka is once again in the grip of an intra-party crisis with the time bomb of split cum defection …

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Bodhu Bala Sena Wants Signboards Saying “Silence Please-Mosque Ahead” along A-10 Highway at Parakahadeniya Removed

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The latest targets in the Bodhu Bala Sena’s anti – Muslim hate campaign are innocuous signboards installed by the Road Development Authority along the Kandy-Kurunegala Road at Parakahadeniya falling under the Mawathagama Police station’s jurisdiction! When Bodhu Bala Sena’s general secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero publicly demanded in Kurunegala that the “offensive” signboards saying”Silence …

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Curfew Re-imposed for 13 Hours as Clashes Erupt Between Buddhists and Muslims in Grandpass and Maligawatte

By D.B.S.JEYARAJ A Thirteen hour curfew was re-imposed from Sunday (11th) 6 pm to Monday(12th)7 am as clashes erupted between Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims in the Grandpass and Maligawatte areas of Colombo. The fragile peace that prevailed overnight during the previous curfew from Saturday 10pm to Sunday 7 am was shattered after it was lifted. …

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