Feb 19 – 25

Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) is Real Target of Orchestrated Protests in Kaeppaapilavu and Vavuniya

By P.K.Balachandran

Factionalism within the multi-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been at the root of the on-going agitations in Kepapilavu and Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district and the just concluded stir on the issue of disappearances in Vavuniya, sources in the TNA told Express on Sunday.

The Vavuniya agitation was directed by the Eelam People Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Suresh Premachandran and Sivasakthi Anandan against the current leaders of the TNA, especially M.A.Sumanthiran and Charles Nirmalanathan of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), and Selvam Adaikalanathan of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO). [DBSJ]

Many Attempts By Diaspora Tigers To Foment Violence In Sri Lanka


The ongoing investigation conducted by the Police Terrorism Investigation Department(TID) into the assassination plot targeting Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna district MP Mathiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran has unearthed more details about the conspiracy hatched by “tigerish” elements in the Global Tamil Diaspora. [DBSJ]

Feb 12 – 18:

A succession battle engulfs the Indian state of Tamil Nadu

Two claimants fight for the mantle of the deceased chief minister


On the night of February 7th, however, OPS embraced the sort of melodrama he has so long eschewed. Sitting cross-legged before a flower-strewn memorial to Jayalalithaa, he spent 40 minutes in silent meditation, as television crews assembled and news alerts set smartphones bleeping.

Two claimants fight for the mantle of the deceased chief minister [The Economist]

Upali Wijewardene: Sri Lanka’s Beloved Home-Grown Tycoon



Upali Wijewardene known widely as Upali was arguably Sri Lanka’s first home-grown tycoon of the post – Independence years who captured the popular imagination of the people at large. The Island nation has produced several indigenous business magnates and industrialists of great repute but there was none quite like Upali Wijewardene. He interacted on a higher plane with transnational captains of industry and commerce on equal terms. Yet he retained the loyalty and affection of his employees and workers who simply adored him. More importantly the Sri Lankan masses despite being exposed to left -wing rhetoric for decades loved this high -profile capitalist.Upali was a beloved indigenous tycoon. [DBSJ]

Jan 29 – Feb 4

Overseas LTTE Backed Plot To Assassinate TNA MP Sumanthiran in Jaffna Revealed


MAS 01.28.17

The Tamil politician target was Maithiaparanam Abraham Sumanthiran the Tamil National alliance MP from Jaffna district. When told that the contract was to kill Sumanthiran, a horrified Nallavan refused vehemently. He said that he had been observing Sumanthiran’s politics in recent times and had been impressed by him. [DBSJ]

Jan 22 – 28:

Jallikkattu Ordinance Provides Temporary Relief to Tamil Nadu But Fight for a Permanent Solution Continue

Ragamalika Karthikeyan

The ordinance for the conduct of jallikattu is here, and the supporters of the bull taming sport have got a temporary relief. But even as the fight for a permanent solution continues, one question on everyone’s mind is whether this ordinance will withstand the scrutiny of the courts. [DBSJ]

Magical “MGR” Charisma of Kandy- Born Actor-Politico M.G.Ramachandran



January 17th 2017 was declared a holiday in the southern Tamil Nadu state of India. This was to acknowledge and celebrate the birth centenary of Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran or MG Ramachandran who served as chief miister of Tamil Nadu for 10 years from 1977 to 1987. It is the political party he founded in 1972 – All India Anna-Dravida Munnetra Kazhagham_-that is in power today in the state. Various events were held throughout Tamil Nadu to honour the memory of a larger than life personality known to millions of people by three letters of the English alphabet denoting the initials of his names – MGR! [DBSJ]

Jan 9 – 15:

11 Member Reconciliation Task Force (CTFRM) Wants Foreign Personnel Participation in Transitional Justice Mechanism

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTFRM), headed by attorney-at-law Manouri Muttetuwegama, has called for full participation of foreign judges and other personnel including defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators in transitional justice mechanism to address accountability issues. [DBSJ]

Jan 2 – 8:

Bhoomiyil Maanida Jenmam Adainthumor ♫ on Violin by Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan


Year 2016 in Review thru Selected #OnThisDay Quotes via The Economist ♫

Violin Instrumental by Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan
(2 March 1935 – 8 September 2008)

Song by Papanasam Sivan, Poet & Mystic
(26 September 1890 – 1 October 1973)

Lester’s “Rekava” Was First Sinhala Film To Compete At The Cannes Film Festival


Sinhala Cinema’s Line of Destiny Re-drawn By ‘Rekava’ 60 Years Ago – 2

“Rekava”(line of Destiny)directed by Lester James Peries premiered 60 years ago at the Regal theatre in Colombo on December 28th 1956. It was a path breaking venture in Sinhala cinema that notched many “firsts”. Among these was the singular honour of being the first Sinhala film to compete for the Palme d’Or best film award at the prestigious Cannes Film festival in France. [DBSJ]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Speaks Out On Progress of New Constitution Project



Ranil Wickremesinghe, 67, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka for a fourth term and leader of the United National Party (UNP), is the spearhead of a complex game-changing project where the stakes are extremely high. The project is to see through Parliament, and then through a referendum, a major constitutional change that will put an end to the system of an overbearing executive presidency and usher in a prime ministerial system — and, crucially, put in place an enduringdevolution of power solution to the Tamil question. Mr. Wickremesinghe leads a national government made possible by a highly unusual compact between the two main rival parties in the political system — the UNP, the party with by far the largest numbers in Parliament, and a minority of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs who are with the Prime Minister’s political opponent-and-ally, President Maithripala Sirisena. While the leaders of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have taken a positive view of the constitutional change under way, the political forces of Sinhala ultra-nationalism are trying to rally round the former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa.