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.


Dec 11 – 17

LTTE Political Adviser Balasingham Knew The world was Going to Clobber the Tigers



Ten years ago in the third week of November 2006 I received a telephone call from London.It was from Anton Stanislaus Balasingham the political adviser and strategist of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) Organization.I was surprised as we were not on speaking terms for nearly three years due to sharp political differences. I was however happy to talk to “Bala Annai”(Elder brother Bala)as many of us called him because I had heard earlier that he was terminally ill and that his days were numbered. [DBSJ]

Dec 4 – 10

Maithripala Appeals to Mahinda-led Opposition not to Sabotage new Constitution Making Process and Ethnic Reconciliation

By P.K.Balachandran

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday appealed to the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, not to thwart the constitution-making and ethnic reconciliation processes by indulging false propaganda because if the current chance to solve the national problem is missed due to narrow minded jockeying for power, the country will only return to conflict and bloodshed. [DBSJ]

Maestro W. D. Amaradeva Created a Distinctive Genre of Sinhala Music


(This article appears in the December 2016 issue of ‘Saamagaana – The First Melody,’ a magazine devoted to classical music published in Bengaluru, India. It is being published here to mark the 89th birthday of maestro Amaradeva on 5 December.) [DBSJ]

Nov 27 – Dec 3

“Great Heroes Day” (Maaveerar Naal) is a LTTE Event and not a Tamil National Day of Mourning


November 27th 1989 was the day on which the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE)first observed its annual “Maaveerar Naal” or Great Heroes Day (GHD). Twenty –seven years have passed since then and the 27th anniversary of the event is today Nov 27th 2016. [DBSJ]

Nov 20 – 26:

Mano Ganesan says People in North can Celebrate “Maaveerar Naal” (Heroes Day)Without Mentioning the name of the LTTE


Ajith Sriwardana and Indika Sri Aravinda

National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Minister Mano Ganesan said today that people in the North could celebrate Maaveerar Naal (Heroes Day) without mentioning the name of the LTTE, as it was a proscribed organisation. [DBSJ]

Nov 13 – 19:

“We will Fight Racism, Bigotry, Xenophobia and Sexism Without Compromise” declares Bernie Sanders



Millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, campaigned hard on her behalf, and believed she was the right choice on Election Day. But Donald J. Trump won the White House because his campaign rhetoric successfully tapped into a very real and justified anger, an anger that many traditional Democrats feel. [DBSJ]