Oct 11-17

Navarathri 2015: ♫ A Gala for The Guardian Goddess ♫

The Holy ‘Nine Night’ Festival celebrating the Goddesses of Bravery, Wealth and Wisdom fall this year, in 2015 – from October 13th for 9 days, followed by Vijayathasami on the 10th day. The 10th day is celebrated particularly to start learning – education and the arts. [TW]

Last public appearance of “Aachi” Manorama – Just at the beginning of this month, October 2015

She recites/renders a script by M. Karunanidhi & a dialogue in “Chennai” Tamil: [Via YouTube]

The Liberal Party of Canada best poised to ‘Heave Steve’

by Harrish Thirukumran

“Stephen Harper has nothing to offer but fear itself,” said Trudeau in a passionate denouncement of the Conservative leader’s unflinching political divisiveness on the niqab and terrorism debacles. Justin Trudeau even reached out to Conservative supporters dissatisfied with the ruling party, to demonstrate his conviction of a truly inclusive Canada. [HT]

Versatile Tamil Actress cum Singer “Aachi” Manorama Passes Away in Chennai

By B.Kolappan

Actor, comedian and singer Manorama, affectionately referred to as ‘Aachi’, whose performance matched and sometimes bettered the lead actors of her movies, died of multiple organ failure here on Saturday. She was 78 and is survived by her son and singer-actor Boopathy. [DBSJ]

Oct 4 – 10:

The Liberal Party of Canada best poised to ‘Heave Steve’

by Harrish Thirukumaran


14 days. That is the time remaining before Canadians – across this vastly diverse geographic landscape choose the political party best suited to govern Canada on October 19, 2015. They shall likely begin finalizing their choice for the crucial ballot question, as the 42nd federal campaign draws to a conclusion. According to one of the latest poll numbers from Nanos Research, nationally, the Liberals lead with 35.3%, Conservatives at 31.0%, NDP, 24.3%, and the Greens with 4.5%, within 3.0 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Initially a three-way race between the frontrunner New Democrats, Conservatives, and the Liberals, the latter two parties have locked into a final showdown between the latter two parties. For the overwhelming number of voters opposed to the prospect of a fourth mandate to Stephen Harper, and his Conservative Party, they should now be identifying themselves with the Liberal Party of Canada. [MJ]

“Canada can offer expertise to the UN proposed hybrid court on violation of human rights in Sri Lanka”

By Siva Sivapragasam

Speaking further, Mr. Anandasangaree added that countries like Canada should also monitor the progress of the hybrid court to ensure that the recommendations of the UNHRC are carried out in a timely manner to ensure justice to the war affected victims.

Mr. Anandasangaree has been in the forefront in attending throughout the Geneva sessions of the UNHRC on the violation of human rights during the war and offering valuable advice. Gary Anandasangaree is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and community activist who had advocated tirelessly for education and justice. He is seeking federal election for the Scarborough Rouge – Park riding as a Liberal candidate. [MJ]

Tragic Phenomenon of Forcible Recruitment of Tamil Civilians by the LTTE

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

The Human Rights Investigation report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released last month has revealed much information about the alleged activities of the Sri Lankan armed forces, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and state affiliated para – military outfits such as the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) and Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal (TMVP) during the final phase of South Asia’s longest war. While overseas members of the LTTE demonstrate in Geneva with tiger flags and portraits of LTTE supremo Veluppillai Prabhakaran , those who read the UN report are appalled and horrified by the acts of cruelty perpetrated by the LTTE on its own people. Among the many aspects focused upon by the UN investigation report on Sri Lanka – abbreviated as OISL report – is the tragic phenomenon of forcible recruitment of Tamil civilians by the LTTE. [DBSJ]

Se 27 – Oct 3

UN Report Exposes the Cruel Conduct of LTTE Towards Tamil Civilians in the Wanni

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

The long awaited UN report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released last week has predictably evoked much excitement and controversy. The UN investigation report on Sri Lanka abbreviated as OISL has provided much information about the alleged activities of the Sri Lankan armed forces, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and state affiliated para – military outfits such as the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) and Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal(TMVP).As emphasised by UN officials themselves the report is fundamentally a human rights investigation report and not a criminal investigation report. The onus is on the Sri Lankan government to follow it up by inquiring further into the allegations and findings in the UN report. [DBSJ]

New U.S. sponsored Resolution of a joint-mechanism presented on Sri Lanka

By Siva Sivapragasam

It appears that finality and general consensus have been reached at last on a U.N. resolution levelled against allegations against Sri Lanka on violation of human rights and war crimes during the last stages of the Vanni war with a U.S. sponsored resolution which calls for the participation of ‘Commonwealth and other foreign judges’ in a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism. [MJ]

Sep 20-26:

TNA welcomes Involvement of Foreign and Commonwealth Judges, Lawyers, Investigators and Defenders in Judicial Mechanism

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has in a statement welcomed the draft text of a resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by the co-sponsors led by the USA.

The TNA in particular welcomes the draft resolution’s call on Sri Lanka to involve foreign and Commonwealth judges, lawyers, investigators and defenders in a judicial mechanism to be set up in Sri Lanka that would be mandated to try international crimes. [DBSJ]

US Initiated “Consensus” Resolution on Sri Lanka Presented to UN Human Rights Council;Colombo Agrees to Commonwealth and Foreign Involvement in Judicial Mechanism

The draft of a consensus resolution on Sri Lanka initiated by the USA was presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday September 24th 2015. It is likely to be taken up for voting on September 30th after inclusion of changes proposed by member states . Significantly the resolution draft was finalised after intense discussions between Sri Lanka and members of the core group led by the USA. The final outcome has the concurrence of Sri Lanka and is not likely to be contested.

The US initiated resolution would therefore be a consensus resolution [DBSJ]

The US Welcomes Sri Lanka’s Proposals but Wants Involvement of International Investigators, Prosecutors and Judges in the Judicial Processes

The United States of America(USA) has welcomed the proposal by the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation, and Non Recurrence; an Office of Missing Persons; and an Office for Reparations.

The US has however stressed the need for these mechanisms to be independent, impartial, and transparent as well as led by individuals known for professionalism, integrity and impartiality. [DBSJ]

Sep 13 – 19:

UNHRC Report – Sri Lanka to set up domestic mechanism with foreign experts in technical and advisory capacities

By Siva Sivapragasam

Quickly acting on the UNHRC Report on the findings of alleged war crimes and human rights violations during the Vanni war, the Sri Lankan Government has promised to set-up a domestic mechanism by January next year. Foreign experts will assist the inquiry in an advisory capacity. [MJ]

UN Human Rights Council urges Sri Lanka war crimes court

In a long-delayed report, the UN Human Rights Council accused both sides of atrocities, especially during the final stages of the war in 2009.

Sri Lanka responded by pledging justice but did not back the UN’s call for the court, which would have foreign judges. [BBC]

ITAK/TNA Hierarchy Devises Three –Phase Strategy to Deal With “Indiscipline”of Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran

The hierarchy of the Sri Lankan Tamil political party Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi(ITAK) has devised a three – phased strategy to deal with the problem caused by the Northern Province Chief Minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran.

A three member delegation comprising Leader of the Opposition and Tamil National Alliance(TNA) leader R.Sampanthan , the ITAK President and Jaffna district MP “Maavai” Senathirajah ITAK secretary and Eastern Provincial council minister Thurairajasingham will meet chief minister Wigneswaran shortly and seek to iron out differences with him. The envisaged meeting is the first stage of the proposed three phased political strategy. [DBSJ]

Mangala Samaraweera Discloses Govt Proposals for Justice, Truth, Accountability and Reconciliation at the UN in Geneva



Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera disclosed in Geneva a series of proposals envisaged by the Sri Lankan Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to ensure, promote and facilitate Justice, Truth, Accountability, Human Rights Enforcement and Ethnic Reconciliation at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on on Monday September 14th 2015. [DBSJ]

From Sir Francis Molamure to Karu Jayasuriya: Long Line Of Speakers who Served in the Legislatures of Sri Lanka/Ceylon

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Karunarathne Jayasuriya popularly known as Karu Jayasuriya was elected unopposed on September 1st 2015 as the speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament.His name was proposed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and seconded by Nimal Siripala de Silva who functioned as leader of the opposition in the last days of the last Parliament. As is traditional the speaker elect was escorted to his seat by the proposer Wickremesinghe and seconder Siripala de Silva. Whatever the differences and divisions among the current crop of Parliamentarians, their unanimous choice of Karu as “Mr. Speaker” indicated the level of respect and regard with which Mr.Jayasuriya is held by MP’s on either side of the political divide. [DBSJ]

Sep 6 – 12


ர்வதேச விசாரணை, உள்ளகப் பொறிமுறை, எதிர்கட்சித் தலைவர் பதவி, அதிகாரப்பகிர்வு, தேசிய இனப்பிரச்சினை ஆகியவை தொடர்பாக தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பின் நாடாளுமன்ற உறுப்பினரும், பேச்சாளருமான எம்.ஏ.சுமந்திரன் விளக்கம் [ஆதவன் தொலைக்காட்சி]

In conversation with TNA Spokesperson, M. A. Sumanthiran on the international investigation, the domestic mechanism, the post of Leader of the Opposition, power sharing and the ethnic conflict [You Tube-In Tamil]

Gorgeous Actress Geetha Kumarasinghe Stars in New Role as Galle District MP


Elections are over and a new Parliament has been elected. The political excitement however is yet to subside. ‘Spotlight’ returns after a brief interval to focus on films, film personalities and film-related matters. The focus this time would be on an alluring beauty who made a successful name for herself on the cinema screen and then entered the political stage. I am of course referring to the gorgeous actress Geetha Kumarasinghe who was elected as a Member of Parliament from the Galle District on the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the recent poll. [DBSJ]

Aug 30 – Sep 5

SLFP Leader Maithripala Makes a Mockery of President Sirisena’s Good Governance Principles


Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena was elected President of Sri Lanka on January 8th 2015. The general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party(SLFP) had broken away from his party and contested the Presidential elections as the common opposition candidate. Maithripala Sirisena defeated his former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.The victory was hailed as a silent revolution. United National Party(UNP)leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed Prime minister of a Government that promised to usher in good governance(Yahapalanaya/Nallaatchi) [DBSJ]

US has Always Talked of Both Domestic and International Probes on Sri Lanka says TNA Leader Sampanthan

by P.K.Balachandran

R.Sampanthan, the top most leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has said that the party can take an official stand on the latest US policy on the mechanism to investigate charges of war crimes in Sri Lanka, only after reading the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). [DBSJ]

Aug 23-29:

“This victory is a victory for soft power. This victory is a victory for our future.”

by M.A. Sumanthiran

The Tamil National Alliance has achieved a resounding victory at the 2015 General Election, successfully overcoming the challenges and fierce opposition it faced.

pic: facebook.com/M.A.Sumanthiran

pic: facebook.com/M.A.Sumanthiran

For the second time this year, the Tamil People have shown a clear intention to strengthen the hand of the Tamil National Alliance. They have done so keeping intact the goal of their long term political struggle, and with hope that their lives will be restored. [DBSJ]

Aug 16 – 22

UNP wins Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections

By Siva Sivapragasam

The Tamil community voted with one voice to elect the TNA to Parliament which will probably have nearly fifteen seats (including national list members) in the legislature. The election campaign of the TNA to elect them to represent the Tamil community as one group has received the unanimous approval of the Tamils. [TW]

Even God Cannot Save Tamils if People Vote for Diaspora Backed TNPF – ACTC “Cycle”


The ACTC/TNPF is strongly backed and heavily influenced by LTTE and Pro-LTTE elements in the Global Tamil Diaspora.These tiger and pro-tiger elements are strongly opposed to the TNA and its current political approach of working towards an acceptable political settlement within a united but not necessarily unitary Sri Lanka. The overall objective of these elements is two – fold. Revive the LTTE in some form and engage in violence in Sri Lanka. Undermine the political process and disrupt all positive political engagement between Tamil representatives and the Governments in power in Colombo. [DBSJ]

எட்டுத் திக்குகளிலும் வென்றது மென்வலு

– க. திருக்குமாரன்


மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதியார் பாடல்
பாடியவர்: Bombay Jayashri [TW]

Aug 9 – 15:

நல்ல மனம் திறப்பது மென்வலு எனும் மதியாலே ♫

– க. திருக்குமாரன்

“மதியோடு முன்சென்றே எம் விதியை நாம் வரைவோம்
சதிகாரர் வலைக்குள் வீழ்ந்தே சிதிலமடையமாட்டோம்”

#மென்வலு #எம்வலு

பூட்டைத் திறப்பது கையாலே-நல்ல Mathi

மகாகவி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதியார் பாடல்
பாடியவர்: ராகுல்

யாழ் தேர்தல் மாவட்ட வாக்காளர்கள் ஆகஸ்ட் 17ஆம் திகதி “தமிழ்த் தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்பு” திரு. எம். ஏ. சுமந்திரன் – “வீடு”, “இலக்கம் 3″ என வாக்களிக்க வேண்டும்

#எம்_விதியை_நாம்_வரைவோம் [TW]

Tigers as Spiders! Ex – LTTE Cadres Contesting as Independent Group in Jaffna


6,151 Candidates from 21 registered political parties and 201 independent groups are contesting the Sri Lankan Parliamentary elections scheduled for August 17th 2015. Of these 3, 653 are from the 21 parties and 2,498 from independent groups. Predictably the spotlight in general has been on the major political parties both nationally and regionally in g. However a particular group of independents contesting in the north has also attracted much attention. This is because the group comprises former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). [DBSJ]