Aug 21 – 27:

When a Tamil Catholic Priest went Missing in Jaffna Ten years Ago

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

FJBC

Exactly ten years ago on August 20th 2006 a member of the Catholic Clergy along with a member of the Catholic Laity went missing in the north.The clergyman was Fr.Thiruchelvam Nihal Jim Brown who was serving as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna.The Layman was Wenceslaus Vimaladhas a social worker.[DBSJ]

Aug 14 – 20:

“White –Vanning Culture” and the Lucrative Industry of Abducting Tamils for Ransom

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

August 11th 2016 was a day of well-deserved pride for the people of Sri Lanka. The Island nation’s parliament on that day passed legislation to set up an office of missing persons(OMP) in the country. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs minister Mangala Samaraweera hailed the passage of the OMP bill as “historic”. Addressing a press briefing soon after the Bill had been ratified, Minister Samaraweera said the new law would give relief to the loved ones of thousands from the north and south of the country who had disappeared. “This is the first step towards rectifying the mistakes during the past 68 years,” said Samaraweera [DBSJ]

Aug 7 – 13:

Shelton Ranaraja: Principled Politician was Conscience-Keeper of the Nation

By
D.B.S.Jeyaraj

My regard and admiration for Shelton Ranaraja is mainly due to the fact that the former MP for Senkadagala and deputy minister for Justice was a courageous politician with enlightened principles. It is indeed a rare politician who is prepared to stand up against the majority of his or her political party for what one believes to be right.Shelton Ranaraja was such a person. [DBSJ]

Jul 31 – Aug 6

Colombo to Kandy Protest March Launched By JR Jayewardene in 1957

By D.B.Jeyaraj

“The ultimate casualties were the B-C pact in particular and ethnic harmony in general. 59 Years after JR Jayewardene’s Colombo – Kandy march, Mahinda Rajapaksa is leading a march from Kandy to Colombo.”

JRJR MR NEW

The marathon protest march “Jana satana Pada Yathra” launched by loyalists of former President and current Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa is currently underway in Sri Lanka. The march organized by pro – Mahinda polititical stalwarts known as the Joint Opposition began in Kandy on July 28th 2016. The five day march is scheduled to conclude in Colombo on August 1st 2016. [DBSJ]

Jul 24 – 30

Jaffna Varsity Violence: What Really Happened and Why!

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

UJ

Violence reared its ugly head again in the Northern city of Jaffna on Saturday July 16th 2016 when student groups fought each other within the Jaffna varsity precincts in Thirunelvaeli known generally as Thinnaivaeli. It was basically a confrontation between two undergraduate factions of the University of Jaffna. There was also an ethnic dimension to the incident as one of the clashing factions was Sinhala and the other Tamil. The Government for very commendable reasons downplayed the ethnic factor and referred to the incident as factional strife while others for their own reasons played the communal card and described it as a racial conflict. However the truth as in most matters of this type lies somewhere in between. [DBSJ]

Jul 17 – 23:

“Lion of Uduppiddy” M. Sivasithamparam was a Towering Political Leader of the Sri Lankan Tamils

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

This bold act of defiance by Murugesu Sivasithamparam was perhaps the finest hour in the political career of the Tamil Political leader. Though elected from the rival All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) as MP for Uduppiddi in the 1960 elections, Sivasithamparam had shed party differences in 1961 and participated in the massive Satyagraha campaign launched by the FP. He was a member of the action committee that coordinated the campaign in Jaffna. When the “illegal” Tamil Postal Service was organised as part of civil disobedience, separate stamps and envelopes were printed. Sivasithamparam acted as one of the ‘postmen’ and delivered an ‘official’ letter informing the Jaffna police Supdt of the postal service. [DBSJ]

“Marikkar” Ramdas: The Brahmin who transformed Into a Muslim

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

“Marikkar” Ramdas has passed away!

Sadness spread among numerous fans of Sri Lankan origin scattered widely in different parts of the globe as news of the demise of the popular artiste reached them.

Komaligal

S. Ramdas, known as “Marikkar” Ramdas was a radio, stage and screen actor cum writer who was a household name in Tamil speaking homes of the island during the last quarter of the 20th century. He had been inactive as an artiste for more than a decade now but was not forgotten by the public which he entertained once. One could recognise genuine grief and a heartfelt sense of loss as people came to know that the man known to them as “Marikkar” Ramdas had passed away. [DBSJ]

Jul 10 – 16:

Inside Story About Indrajit Coomaraswamy Becoming Central Bank Governor

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

“All changed,changed utterly” – The memorable lines from Irish poet Yeats came true on the morning of July 2nd 2016 for Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy after he received a telephone call at 6. 30 am. The early caller was none other than Malik Samarawickrama the minister of Development Strategies and International Trade.Indrajit Coomaraswamy was functioning as a senior adviser to the ministry. However it was not a ministry related matter that the minister was calling about. It was a far more serious and important issue affecting the welfare of the nation. [DBSJ]

Jul 3 – 9:

Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy Appointed as Central Bank Governor by President Maithripala Sirisena Will Assume Duties on July 4th

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy as the Governor of Central Bank, President’s Media Division announced

Coomaraswamy, a former central banker and economic affairs director at the Commonwealth Secretariat, was picked after “consulting all parties relevant”, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Twitter. [DBSJ]

Jun 26 – Jul 2:

✿ “Roja Malarae Rajakumari” ♛ ♥ ~ Popular Song by PB Sreenivas – P.Susheela Duo ♫

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Favourite Film Songs -4

“Ruritanian Romance” is a genre consisting of stories, novels, dramas and films set in a fictional country. Anthony Hope’s novel “Prisoner of Zenda” based in the imaginary state of Ruritania was the pioneering novel that spawned this popular genre. Literature, theatre and films of this genre are generally about romances between Royalty and commoners occurring in a fictional country with the melodramatic backdrop of plots, intrigues, action and adventure.Many films have been made in many parts of the world that could be categorised as belonging to the “Ruritanian Romance “genre. [DBSJ]

Jun 19 – 25:

“Senthamizh Thaen Mozhiyaal”-Magnificient Singing by T.R.Mahalingam ♫♥

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Favourite Film Songs -3

“Senthamizh Thaen Mozhiyaal”is perhaps the most popular song sung on screen by the magnificient singer and actor of Tamil cinema – Thenkarai Ramakrishnan Mahalingam generally known as T.R.Mahalingam. He sings this number in the film “Maalayitta Mangai”produced in 1958 by poet and film lyricist “Kavignar” Kannadasan who also penned the words of this immortal song. The melody was composed by the “monarchs of light music” Viswanathan – Ramamoorthy. The song is picturised in the film on TR Mahalingam, actress Mainavathi and a troupe of dancing girls. Mainavathi is the sister in real life of actress Pandari Bai who also acts in the film. [DBSJ]