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Rajinikanth cancels visit to Sri Lanka
Rajinikanth cancels visit to Sri Lanka

Rajinikanth on Saturday cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka+ , where he was scheduled to give away homes for displaced Tamils, after some pro- Tamil outfits urged him to withdraw+ from the programme. The "Enthiran" actor said he took the decision after founders of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Vaiko and Thol…

PTI - Mar 25 17:07 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, Arts&Culture, WarCrimes ]

Films on Lankan war in stormy seas
Films on Lankan war in stormy seas
Films on Lankan war in stormy seas

The civil war in Sri Lanka was a bitterly fought one between the minority Tamils and the majority Sinhalas. The Tamil-speaking population – which has its sympathisers in the people of Tamil Nadu, bound as the two are by a common language – was demanding a separate homeland in the northern parts of Sri Lanka. For 30 years, the two communities battled, ruining the…

Gulf Times - Mar 17 13:53 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Arts&Culture, WarCrimes ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Popular Tamil Eelam singer SG Shanthan passes away

    Popular Tamil Eelam singer SG Shanthan passes away

    Shanthalingam Gunaratnam (SG Shanthan), the most popular Eezham Tamil singer of songs in the Tamil Eelam liberation struggle so far, has passed away in Jaffna on Sunday at the age of 57 of kidney failure. The singer, known for his unique high-pitch singing of liberation songs, has recorded more than 250 Tamil Eelam songs and at least 350 devotional songs. One of his…

    TamilNet - Mar 02 11:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Arts&Culture ]

  • A Ramayana told through Ravana’s eyes captures the pain of Sri Lanka’s war-affected women

    A Ramayana told through Ravana’s eyes captures the pain of Sri Lanka’s war-affected women

    As a result, the current interpretation of Ravanesan gives space to the war cries of Ravana but also to the anti-war cries of his wife – in it, Mandodari relays the grief of women who have had their agency hijacked by men and yet have paid the steepest price for the war. It depicts not only the folly of Ravana, the tragic anti-hero too proud to back out of a war…

    Scroll - Feb 08 15:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Education, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • Book Review: Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers, Colombo, 2016.- Major General Kamal Gunaratne

    Book Review: Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers, Colombo, 2016.- Major General Kamal Gunaratne

    As readers well know, the word “prejudice” comes from to pre-judge; to judge or form an opinion without first independently examining the evidence. Going by what I had read about this book, I confess I was prejudiced but, having gone through it, my former opinion was confirmed. “Pre-judice” became “post-judice”, an instance of postjudice confirming…

    SAAG - Jan 19 16:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Arts&Culture, Vanni ]

  • Listen To Justin Trudeau Speak Tamil To Celebrate Canada’s Diversity

    Listen To Justin Trudeau Speak Tamil To Celebrate Canada’s Diversity

    On the same day President-elect Donald Trump criticized civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and the diverse district he represents, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was celebrating his country’s diversity across the border in Canada. Trudeau sent holiday greetings on Saturday to people of Tamil heritage around the world observing Thai Pongal, a Hindu harvest festival…

    Huffington Post - Jan 18 14:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Arts&Culture ]

  • Sri Lanka strips suit and tie from official dress code

    Sri Lanka strips suit and tie from official dress code

    Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday overturned a 26-year-old decree that required top bureaucrats to wear a suit and tie, saying they could now opt for "more comfortable" clothing instead. "We must adopt clothing that suits our weather and climate," Sirisena said. "That is why I say that officials no longer need to wear suits. From now on, it is not…

    AFP - Jan 09 18:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • Violence against women: Sri Lanka’s next human rights challenge

    Violence against women: Sri Lanka’s next human rights challenge

    After decades of civil conflict, Sri Lanka has made enormous advances for women in terms of health and education, but a rising rate of violence against women has demanded extra efforts from activists in the south Asian country. Multiple rights organizations have noted that violence against women worsened as a result of the civil war, which ended in May…

    Humanosphere - Oct 14 19:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

  • A single that is an ode to Sri Lankan Tamils

    A single that is an ode to Sri Lankan Tamils

    "When you go to a place like Jaffna, you automatically feel a Tamil connect there. And the experience just gets enriched when you meet a talented nadaswaram player like KP Kumaran. This encouraged me to compose a song for the love of Tamil. This song is an ode to the Tamil language and has special emphasis on the Sri Lankan Tamil community. This is my way of thanking…

    TNN - Aug 18 13:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, World, Arts&Culture ]

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  • Mangroves and incomes flourish as Sri Lanka's women promote conservation – in pictures

     Mangroves and incomes flourish as Sri Lanka\'s women promote conservation – in pictures

    A new project in Sri Lanka offers training and loans to women to start sustainable businesses as an alternative to cutting mangroves, and commits them to help replant degraded areas of the mangrove forests. A new project in Sri Lanka offers training and loans to women to start sustainable businesses as an alternative to cutting mangroves, and commits them to help…

    The Guardian - Jul 26 12:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • Duraiappah stadium a symbol of optimism, economic development: PM Modi

    Duraiappah stadium a symbol of optimism, economic development: PM Modi

    Asserting the Duraiappah stadium a symbol of optimism and economic development, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Saturday said India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka as it charts its own path to progress and prosperity for all citizens. “The Duraiappah stadium is not just bricks and motors it is a symbol of optimism and economic development. An arena of…

    ANI - Jun 20 08:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Jaffna, Arts&Culture ]

  • Absence of Tamil Cops is Main Reason for Rise in Crime in Jaffna

    Absence of Tamil Cops is Main Reason for Rise in Crime in Jaffna

    The alarming rise in crime in Jaffna peninsula since Eelam War IV ended in 2009, is attributed to a variety of factors, but one of the principal causes appears to be the absence of Tamil-speakers, especially ethnic Tamils, in the local police force, says M. A.Sumanthiran, Jaffna district MP and spokesman for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Describing the…

    NIE - May 31 18:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Arts&Culture, Economy ]

  • The English voice of Tamil writers

    The English voice of Tamil writers

    A powerful translatorial voice has fallen silent. Once in a long while, we encounter a writer who really changed the literary landscape he or she inhabited. While U.R. Ananthamurthy, Ismat Chughtai, Sarah Joseph, Nirmal Verma and Indira Goswami might be cited, I think we can safely say that one who makes such writers available to a population which cannot read them in…

    The Hindu - May 11 12:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • Film Review: In Paris-set 'Dheepan,' a timely refugee thriller

    Film Review: In Paris-set \'Dheepan,\' a timely refugee thriller

    French director Jacques Audiard is a curious combination of art-house auteur and genre filmmaker, a brazen showman and gritty naturalist. He makes tender and brutal movies that recast themselves as they twist their way toward unpredictable finales. To suit tales of transformation (his specialty), he switches genres mid-movie like a character changing wardrobe. In…

    AP - May 05 12:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • Cineplex pulls Tamil movie in GTA after pepper spray-like attacks

     Cineplex pulls Tamil movie in GTA after pepper spray-like attacks

    A Tamil film has been pulled by big-wig movie theatre corporation Cineplex following three GTA attacks involving a pepper spray-like substance. Theatres in Brampton, Scarborough and Mississauga were evacuated Friday night around 7:20 p.m. because of similar attacks during screening of the action movie Theri. A few people were treated by paramedics at the scene but…

    Toronto Sun - Apr 26 02:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Arts&Culture ]

  • Single mother, refugee, campaigner and controversialist: meet M.I.A

    Single mother, refugee, campaigner and controversialist: meet M.I.A

    A lot of M.I.A.’s frustration comes from the fact that she’s pretty much the only South Asian musician on the world stage. She has been accused of naivety in the past, but when she describes the refugee camps that she recently visited in Tamil Nadu, she is nuanced and knowledgeable. These problems are live for her. The Sri Lankan authorities no longer class her as…

    Standard - Apr 21 14:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Arts&Culture, UK ]

  • Why Dheepan's take on immigration isn't helpful

    Why Dheepan\'s take on immigration isn\'t helpful

    Jacques Audiard’s depiction of Sri Lankans faking family ties to escape war is powerful, but highly selective in both the challenges the outcasts meet and its toxic depiction of France’s multiracial suburbs. There’s a touching scene in Jacques Audiard’s film Dheepan in which Yalini tells her husband Dheepan that the reason he doesn’t find French jokes funny…

    The Guardian - Apr 21 08:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • Celebrating serene Lanka

    Celebrating serene Lanka

    Little girls dressed in Sri Lankan finery swayed to the persuading rhythms of traditional music. With each step and move, their musical anklets chimed and jingled in sweet unison as if to aurally emphasise the visual grace of their sparkling performance. The occasion couldn’t have asked for a more adorable sight to bring in the celebrations at the Al Jazi Gardens…

    Gulf News - Apr 21 08:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • IN SEARCH OF SRI LANKA’S SOUL

    IN SEARCH OF SRI LANKA’S SOUL

    Travelogues or travel books command huge respect from readers, especially by a generation for whom satellite TV or internet were unknown. For a generation to which this writer belongs, books, radio and cinema were the only means of information and entertainment. People who grew up in major cities in the country were lucky because they got opportunities to watch…

    Daily Pioneer - Apr 19 00:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • Sri Lanka's Best Kept Secret - Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

    Sri Lanka\'s Best Kept Secret - Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

    love my job, but there's no denying that carting around two phones, being constantly plugged in and available on every social media forum can leave us frazzled and in need of a break from reality. With recent research showing that we're checking our smartphones a staggering 221 times a day - sometimes more - I'd count myself within the bracket of being constantly 'on'…

    Huffington Post - Apr 06 03:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • ‘Encourage writers to promote Tamil language and literature’

    The encouragement provided to the writers will go a long way in the development of Tamil language and literature, said Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Judge of the Madras High Court. The importance of Tamil language and literature was being highlighted in conferences and seminars. However, nothing was said on such occasions on the steps for the future development of…

    The Hindu - Mar 27 14:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

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