Apr 24-30:

Sad Story of the Banda-Chelva Pact: How the B-C Pact was Formulated, Signed and Abrogated

By D.B.S.Jeyaraj

SWRD SJV MS

The “Good Governance” Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has embarked upon a historic exercise to enact a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. The consensual approach being adopted will see Parliament convening as a Constitutional Assembly as and when required to engage in Constitution making. The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will preside over the Constitutional Assembly sessions.A steering committee headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe has been appointed. Sub-committees for various aspects are also being set up [DBSJ]

Apr 17-23:

Having Lunch in New York With the Transnational Tamil Eelam Prime Minister Rudrakumaran

by Sarah Stodder

When I step out of the rain and into the restaurant, Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is already waiting for me. Though I’m seven minutes early, I arrive to find the exiled Sri Lankan lawyer, known to his compatriots as Rudra, sitting at a corner table and peacefully watching the deluge outside.

We’re within walking distance of several Sri Lankan restaurants, but we meet at Rudra’s suggestion at Saravanaa Bhavan, a South Indian eatery on Lexington Avenue and 26th Street. This corner of Manhattan, affectionately called “Curry Hill,” is peppered with restaurants boasting the regional cuisines of India and its neighboring countries. Saravanaa Bhavan specializes in the cuisine of Tamils, an ethnic population with large numbers in India and in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, the teardrop-shaped island off India’s Coromandel Coast. [DBSJ]

Apr 10 -16:

“Stateswoman” Sirimavo Made History As World’s First Woman Prime Minister

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

A 44 year old Kandyan Sinhalese widow of aristocratic “Radala” lineage gained global fame for her country in 1960 when she became the world’s first woman prime minister. She was none other than Sirimavo Bandaranaike who was sworn in as Prime minister of Sri Lanka known then as Ceylon on July 21st 1960. It is said that the British press had to coin a new description “Stateswoman” instead of the usual statesman after she assumed office. The next woman prime minister was Indira Gandhi who became premier of India on January 24th 1966. Israel’s Golda Meir became the world’s third female Prime minister when she took her oaths on March 17th 1969. This article is to commemorate the birth centenary of Sirima Bandaranaike which is to be celebrated next week. [DBSJ]

Apr 3 – 9

TNA Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran Seeks Answers From UNP Cabinet Minister DM SWaminathan About How Arcelor Mittal Got Project to Build 65,000 Houses

Tamil National Alliance Jaffna District MP and Lawyer M. A. Sumanthiran has sought more information from the Minister of Prison reforms,Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu religious affairs minister D.M. Swaminathan on the proposed project of building 65,000 houses for the conflict affected people of the Northern and Eastern provinces. [DBSJ]

Mar 27 – Apr 2:

Sivan Temple Cows sold to Abattoirs

TK Mannar

This ancient temple is situated in Manthota in a large plot of land.
An important ritual, ‘Ko matha’ pooja’ (pooja for a cow) is performed daily in the mornings for over 40 years since the Kumba Abhishekam in 1976. There is a cattle shed about 20’ X 20’ in extent in front of the temple and the cattle is taken out for grazing every day. [TW]

TNA Leader Sampanthan to Raise Environmental issues Caused by Proposed Indian Coal Power Plant in Sampoor with Indian High Commission

By P.K.Balachandran

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief R.Sampanthan has said that he will discuss with the Indian High Commission the “substantial” environmental problems that will be created if India sets up a 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Sampur in Eastern Sri Lanka. [DBSJ]

Mar 20 – 26:

Criticism of Tigers In Book Written By Ex –LTTE Woman Leader Thamilini Causes Much Controversy

By P.K. Balachandran

The book “Oru Koorvaalin Nizhalil” (In The Shadow Of A Sharp Edged Sword) by S.Thamilini, former head of the Tamil Tigers’ Women’s Political Wing, has become controversial, with one section of Tamils saying that its criticism of the militant outfit will weaken the Tamil case at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and another saying that the book will help get at the truth, which is what the Tamils want to know. [DBSJ]

Mar 13 – 19

Mangaiyarkkarasi Amirthalingam Was a Dynamic Political Personality in Her Own Right

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

Mangaiyarkkarasi Amirthalingam known widely among Tamils at one time as “Mangai Akka”(elder sister Mangai) passed away at the age of 82 in Britain where she had been residing for the past 27 years. She was taken ill and admitted to the Royal borough of Kingston upon Thames Hospital in Surrey on Tuesday March 8th . Ms. Amirthalingam died in hospital 30 hours later on Wednesday March 9th. According to her younger son Dr. Baheerathan Amirthalingam, his mother succumbed to Acute pancreatitis which caused multi organ failure.Her funeral will take place in London on March 20th. [DBSJ]

Mar 6 – 12:

A Stroll through Ancient and Historic Munneswaram in marking Sivarathri, March 7, 2016

March 7 is Maha Sivarathri ~ An auspicious spiritual night of the cosmic dancer ~

Courtesy pic by: Leon Meerson-via WIkipedia

Courtesy pic by: Leon Meerson-via WIkipedia

This is an article I translated, about the ancient & historic Lord Siva Temple in Sri Lanka’s Western Province. The article was written by veteran Tamil journalist from the rare Western province situated Tamil village of Udappu, North of Chlaw: [TW]

Feb 22 – 28:

Kandy-born Actor-Politico “MGR” Reigned Supreme in Tamil Nadu Cinema and Politics

by D.B.S. Jeyaraj

MGR CAP cap

There was a time when the magical initials MGR were a household name in the Tamil-speaking homes of countries with a substantial population of Tamils, including India and Sri Lanka. The initials referred to swashbuckling actor M.G. Ramachandran, who starred as an action hero in over 100 Tamil films. MGR, as he was popularly known, had a huge following of fans in Sri Lanka during the time he sparkled on the silver screen. Among his fans in the island were a large number of Sinhalese and Muslims too. [DBSJ]