30th January 2016

Musically yours, from Jaffna

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Meet Sri Lanka-based 21-year-old Thuvarakan, whose covers of Tamil songs are gaining popularity on social media  In all his music videos, T. Thuvarakan is a picture of concentration. Playing two keyboards simultaneously, his fingers deftly search for the right note, not missing them even on one occasion. A big fan of Tamil film music, the 21-year-old’s most recent videos are that of hit Kollywood songs, including ‘Thalli Pogathey’ (Achcham Enbadhu Madamaiyada ), ‘Thangamey’ ( Naanum Rowdy Dhaan ) and ‘Aaluma Doluma’ (Vedalam ). What’s so special, you might ask. Thuvarakan is doing all this in his nondescript room at Jaffna, Sri Lanka, where he was born and lived through three civil wars — in 1995, 2000 and 2006. And, he can play a dozen instruments, […]

Tamils seek power devolution in Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

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ALSO READ Sri Lanka opposition demands joint Indo-Lanka naval patrolsSri Lanka minister resigns over floating armoury scandalSirisena pledges new era of ‘consensual politics’ in Sri LankaSri Lanka’s rival party members part of new consensus CabinetSri Lankan parliament begins process to adopt new Constitution   Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party today demanded devolution of powers in the new Constitution to resolve ethnic issues. “The only solution to the national problem could be the devolution of power. We hope the new Constitution will address this issue,” Tamil National Alliance (TNA) front line parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran told reporters here today. The need for a new Constitution is felt by all in order to move forward as one country, Sumanthiran said, adding that the process will lay the ground for […]

Sri Lankan Tamil journalist’s kin oppose film release

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Opposing the release of a Tamil film based on the life of a slain Sri Lankan Tamil journalist Isaipriya, titled ‘ Porkalathil Oru Poo ’, her mother and sister have approached the Madras High Court seeking to restrain the director from releasing the film. Isaipriya’s mother Veda Ranjana and sister Dharani on Thursday moved a plea to implead them in the petition moved by the film’s director, K. Ganesan, challenging the order of Film Certification Appellate Tribunal refusing certification to the movie. In his original petition, the director submitted that he directed the film based on the telecast made by London-based TV Network Channel – 4, on the final war between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE. “I came to know about the Tamil […]

British war ship in Sri Lanka, boost for defence ties

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The British war ship HMS Defender is paying a routine visit to Colombo to take on stores and fuel before continuing with her duties in the Indian Ocean. This is the first time in four years that a RN warship has visited Sri Lanka, a country with which the United Kingdom shares a long military history, the British High Commission in Colombo said. The British High Commission said the Ship’s visit now is a welcome signal of the closer defence relations the two countries are developing. HMS Defender is a Type 45 Destroyer, built in the United Kingdom and is one of the world’s most advanced warships. She is equipped with the Principal Anti Air Missile weapon system, a medium-range gun, close-in weapon systems and […]

Sri Lanka’s missing thousands: one woman’s six-year fight to find her husband

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When journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda went missing, police told wife Sandhya ‘getting abducted was fashionable’ and he would soon return. More than 90 court appearances and a change in government later, she is still searching. Sandhya Eknaligoda has had a date at court in Homogoma, Sri Lanka, every month for the past six years. The 52-year-old counts the number of appearances at more than 90 and they are aimed at securing one thing – finding her husband. Sri Lanka accused of allowing continuing human rights abuses  Read more Journalist and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda disappeared without a trace on 24 January 2010 after a mysterious telephone call led him to an equally mysterious meeting. Since then not a word has been heard from Prageeth, who was 50 […]

Power Sharing Quest of Sri Lankan Tamils After Independence

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By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The premier political configuration representing the Tamils of Sri Lanka in the Northern and Eastern provinces is the Tamil National Alliance(TNA). According to newspaper reports the TNA seems to be disappointed over perceived delay in setting up an appropriate mechanism to draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. It is also worried about what it sees as a potential dilution of the Constitution making exercise. Views have been expressed to this effect by TNA spokesperson and Jaffna district Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran at a press conference held last week at the office of the leader of the opposition. The TNA’s concern over what it perceives as unnecessary delay and potential dilution of the Constitution –making exercise seems understandable when viewed against the backdrop of […]