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Not averse to Rajinikanth visiting Sri Lanka when situation improves: VCK
Not averse to Rajinikanth visiting Sri Lanka when situation improves: VCK

Rajinikanth, however, can meet the Tamils any day in Sri Lanka but only after the situation of its various regions affected by the 2009 war improves there, he said. "People there too are ready to welcome him. We too are not going to oppose it," he told reporters here, adding, however, that the present situation was not conducive for the actor's visit. "When the…

PTI - Mar 29 17:15 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Tamil Nadu, History, Arts&Culture ]

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 ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba

    Desertification of Jaffna and Jojoba

    Fears have been expressed that, resulting from climate change, the Jaffna peninsula may become semi-desert in the not-too-distant future. It would be timely in this context for a team of agricultural scientists, industrialists and entrepreneurs to study this possibility and determine whether semi-desertification may, in fact, prove to be of great benefit to the…

    Island - Jun 12 14:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, SriLanka, Arts&Culture ]

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  • Contributions to Tamil from doyens of Chettinad recalled

    Contributions to Tamil from doyens of Chettinad recalled

    International conference on ‘Chettinad and its contribution to Tamil,’ organised by Karaikudi Kamban Kazhagam in Karaikudi recently. | Photo Credit: handout_e_mail A.V. Meyyappa Chettiar, a pioneer in popularising songs of Subramania Bharathi Avichi Meyyappa Chettiar, popularly known as A. V. Meyyappa Chettiar or AVM is known to many as Indian film producer,…

    Hindu - Apr 18 15:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, Arts&Culture ]

  • Rajini should have gone to Sri Lanka

    Rajini should have gone to Sri Lanka

    Actor Rajinikath should not have backtracked from going to Sri Lanka. He could have played the role of a statesman in creating a path for rapprochement. The fringe elements just tried their luck by blowing the horn, knowing that Rajini is sensitive to criticism; especially when it comes to promotions. Committing to visit Jaffna first and later backtracking makes the…

    Hindustan Times - Apr 04 14:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • 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 ]

  • Film breaks silence on ‘madness’ of Sri Lanka civil war

    Film breaks silence on ‘madness’ of Sri Lanka civil war

    Jude Ratnam is worried how his film might go down with his fellow Sri Lankan Tamils. And he has a point. Demons in Paradise, which is premiering at the Cannes film festival, tells of the bloodbath that drove some Tamils to take up arms in the three decade-long insurgency that tore the island apart. But the documentary also shatters a taboo by insisting that some…

    Hindustan Times - May 25 17:26 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, Arts&Culture, WarCrimes ]

  • Feasting on Tamil performing arts

    Feasting on Tamil performing arts

    People familiar with the Jakarta performing arts scene might find that local performance halls rarely feature performing arts from India, particularly those coming from its southern province of Tamil Nadu.The Tamil language comes from the Indian province of Tamil Nadu. It is widely spoken in many Asian countries like India, Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, where…

    JP - Apr 18 14:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Arts&Culture ]

  • 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 ]

  • On crossing the language barrier in Jaffna

    A month after moving to Colombo to report for 'The Hindu', the author writes about her first trip to the Tamil-majority north. The first thing that struck me about Rajachandran was the way he spoke: pausing between words and raising his voice when he emphasised a point.He watched my face to make sure I followed what he was saying. There was no difficulty…

    The Hindu - Feb 23 08:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, Arts&Culture ]

  • Desalination - OR A River For Jaffna?

    Desalination - OR A River For Jaffna?

    In 2010 the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a total loan facility of 130 million US dollars for the "Jaffna and Kilinochchi Water Supply and Sanitation Project". The local costs of 26 million dollars were to be met by the Government of Sri Lanka. The project involved providing safe drinking water for 300,000 people in Jaffna Town and surrounding areas and…

    Island - Jan 29 22:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, Arts&Culture ]

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  • Thousands protest at India bullfighting ban

    Thousands protest at India bullfighting ban

    Thousands of people in India's southern Tamil Nadu state are protesting against a ban on bullfighting. At least 4,000 people have been camping at Marina beach in the state's capital, Chennai (Madras), since Tuesday night. Traditional bull-taming contests, known as Jallikattu, have been popular for centuries in the state. Protesters say they represent its identity. …

    BBC - Jan 18 22:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, Arts&Culture ]

  • Stouffville's growing Tamil community celebrating Thai Pongal

    Stouffville\'s growing Tamil community celebrating Thai Pongal

    There are “over 2,000” Tamil Canadians living in Whitchurch-Stouffville. All of them are celebrating Thai Pongal, a Tamil holiday that celebrates the new year in the Tamil calendar and serves as a harvest festival. Considering the town’s population is approximately 46,600, Tamils would constitute a significant minority. In fact, last year the town agreed…

    Stouffville Sun-Tribune - Jan 18 14:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Arts&Culture ]

  • A palindrome song in Tamil

    A palindrome song in Tamil

    For lovers of Tamil film music and lyrics, this Saturday will be a big day. When the date reads: 7.1.17, Tamil cinema’s first palindrome song will be released. Written by lyricist Madhan Karky for the film Vinodhan , every line in this romantic number — which starts with the word ‘Megharagame’ — is a palindrome.The film, directed by Victor Jayaraj and…

    Hindu - Jan 06 17:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

  • How a Sri Lankan Refugee Became an Australian Army Major

    How a Sri Lankan Refugee Became an Australian Army Major

    He is proudly Australian and he is proudly Tamil. They are both equally valued. This is a message I think is relevant to all refugees and migrants. Lavan was born in Sri Lankan and raised a Tamil. His family has seen the ravages of war in the northern part of the country. Lavan writes and speaks his mother tongue, Tamil, proudly. He is fiercely proud of his culture,…

    TamilCulture - Oct 14 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Refugees, Arts&Culture, Australia ]

  • A.R. Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award

    A.R. Rahman honoured with Tamil Ratna Award

    Oscar-winning music maestro A.R. Rahman has been honoured by the America Tamil Sangam with its Tamil Ratna Award. Presenting the award after Rahman's concert at the United Nations General Assembly chamber on Monday, Sangam president Prakash Swamy said the double Oscar and double Grammy winner is "an embodiment of peace, humility and charity". Swamy said that…

    IE - Aug 17 11:24 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, Arts&Culture ]

  • As TN school children struggle to learn Tamil, a new app to the rescue

    As TN school children struggle to learn Tamil, a new app to the rescue

    With the number of students able to fluently grasp Tamil in primary classes dropping drastically, an app called “Chutti Tamil Arichubadi” is hoping to come to the rescue. Focusing on student needs, the app has options for learning the script, practicing writing and consulting a dictionary. Thus, the app provides flash-card like sequences of 247 letters along…

    News Minute - Jun 21 15:23 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Arts&Culture ]

  • Modi, Sirisena inaugurate renovated Duraiappah stadium in Jaffna

    Modi, Sirisena inaugurate renovated Duraiappah stadium in Jaffna

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated newly-renovated Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna on Saturday. While Sirisena was present at the stadium in Jaffna, Modi joined the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi. Modi said that Indian government with Sirisena jointly dedicate to the people of Sri Lanka the…

    IANS - Jun 20 08:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Jaffna, Arts&Culture ]

  • Exposition of Buddhist relics from Pakistan in Sri Lanka

    Exposition of Buddhist relics from Pakistan in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan Presi­dent Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickra­masinghe, along with members of the Buddhist clergy and other dignitaries, inaugurated the exposition of the Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha brought from Pakistan, at a ceremony on Saturday which marked the Buddhist festival of Vesak. Vesak celebrates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and…

    Dawn - May 23 13:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture, Pakistan ]

  • Sampling Sri Lanka in Toronto

    Sampling Sri Lanka in Toronto

    Though Toronto is thought to be the city with the largest number of Sri Lankan Tamil residents in the world, Sri Lankan food is relatively tough to find here - especially when you compare it to some of South Asia's other culinary imports. That's a shame, since it means most of Toronto is missing out on some unique dishes and flavour profiles. At first glance, the…

    NOW - May 07 15:11 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Arts&Culture ]

  • Tamil & Chinese-speaking pupils ahead of British children in reading and writing English

    Tamil & Chinese-speaking pupils ahead of British children in reading and writing English

    Children whose mother tongue is Tamil are also doing better than those whose first language is English. Figures from the Department for Education reveal children recorded as speaking the Asian languages outperform English-speaking children in all year six tests. A higher proportion of Chinese or Tamil speakers get grade five or above in end of primary school SATs.…

    Express - Apr 27 18:51 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Arts&Culture, UK ]

  • Lanka unveils South Asia's tallest Buddha statue

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unveiled South Asia's tallest standing Buddha statue in Matugama of Kalutara district. The 135-feet tall Buddha Statue, which is similar to the Avukana standing Buddha Statue, has been built on a hill top at Batamulla Kanda Buddhist Centre at Matugama with the personal funds of Provincial Councilor Jagath Withana, reports…

    ANI - Apr 24 14:58 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Arts&Culture ]

  • Jetwing Jaffna: Splendour of North

    Jetwing Jaffna: Splendour of North

    The heartland of Tamil culture, Jaffna is a wealth of insight to the arts, religion cuisine and warm hospitality of its people. Overlooking the lagoon, its walls holding strong after centuries, is the Jaffna Fort, the second largest in the island that offers a view over the fishing boats moored and nets cast over the gleaming water. The peninsula is also a place…

    Sunday Times - Apr 21 14:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, Arts&Culture, WarCrimes ]

  • For Its Star, ‘Dheepan’ Was the Role of His Lifetime

    For Its Star, ‘Dheepan’ Was the Role of His Lifetime

    In “Dheepan,” the latest film by the French director Jacques Audiard, a migrant from a war-torn land borrows a passport and makes his way to France, where he seeks asylum. It is also loosely the story of the film’s star, Antonythasan Jesuthasan, a writer and former leftist militant from Sri Lanka, who arrived in France in 1993 with a fake French passport,…

    New York Times - Apr 21 08:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Arts&Culture ]

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