Shamindra Ferdinando“Colonel Thamilini’s version of events that led to LTTE’s annihilation,” Island, 24 May 2016, at … with highlighting embellishments by the Editor, Thuppahi

The launch of ‘Thiyunu Asipathaka Sevana Yata’ (In the Shadow of a Sharp Sword), Sinhala translation of ‘Oru Koorvaalin Nizhalil’, life story of high ranking LTTE cadre, Subramaniam Sivakamy alias ‘Col’ Thamilini, took place at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) on May 13, 2016. Oru Koorvaalin Nizhalil’ was launched on March 19, 2016, in Kilinochchi, a one-time LTTE bastion.

aa= THAMILINIHer husband, Jeyakumaran Mahadevan, British national of Sri Lankan origin, earned the wrath of an influential section of Tamil politicians, as well as Tamil Diaspora, for releasing the book. They made a desperate bid to thwart the revelations, made by Thamilini, one of those senior personnel who had access to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and top battlefield commanders, throughout the eelam war IV. Continue reading

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May 25, 2016 · 8:26 am

Aussie Minister highlights Cost of Welcoming Refugees

Paige Taylor, in The Australian, May 2015, where the title reads “The Real Cost of Welcoming Refugees”

Yesterday Mangar Makur-Chuot sat in a Perth doctor’s surgery waiting for jabs ahead of his trip to the Rio Olympics. It’s a turn of events the dual-citizen sprinter could not have imagined during his childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. Come August, he will compete in Rio in the 200m for his father’s country, South Sudan, with special permission to wear the badge of the West Australian Athletics Association. Makur-Chuot experienced a change of fortune in 2005 when Australia selected him, his five siblings and his mother to be part of our annual humanitarian quota of refugees.

Syrian refugees0-Colin Murty Syrian refugees Bashar Kujah and his wife, Khawlah al-Ahdab, with their children in Australia. Picture: Colin Murty

This year Australia will select 13,750 such refugees (the intake will rise to 18,750 by 2018-19), some from camps across Africa. From the vast numbers of Syrians and Iraqis forced to flee their war-torn homelands, there will be a one-off additional intake of 12,000 people, costed at more than $700 million. Continue reading

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Ashley Halpe: Peerless Scholar & Affable Mentor … a True Don

A compilation by Ishara Jayawardane and Ruwini Jayawardana: “Tribute- Ashely Halpe: The Professor of all time: Unassuming but charismatic, perceptive yet discreet,”… Daily News, 20 May 2016

Professor Ashely Halpe has rendered a yeoman service to the field of English music, drama and literature. He was a giant who had strolled along the corridors of Peradeniya University, nurturing many youth and bringing out the best of what they have been gifted with innately. He was the youngest professor of English at the age of 31. His devotion to English Literature and theatre has been invaluable, and those he has touched remember him as one of the foremost authorities in his field of English, a peerless academic.

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The Bad Old Days via Satirical Cartoon — Aubrey Collette’s Touch

Wasantha Siriwardena, courtesy of Sunday Observer, 15 May 2016, where the title is  “Aubrey Collette: Drawing the best out of political caricature”

Born in 1920 as the youngest son of renowned photographer Jos Collette, Aubrey spent his childhood drawing. After completing his education at Royal College, he was appointed as an art master in the same school. Collette joined the ’43 Group, which was Sri Lanka’s (then Ceylon) prominent and internationally recognised Modern Art movement at that time. He exhibited his paintings alongside George Keyt, Justin Deraniyagala, Lionel Wendt, Geoffrey Beling, Harry Pieris, Richard Gabriel, L.T.P. Manjusri and George Classen. Collette was a fine painter like the rest but it was for his incisive satirical cartoons that he became famous.

AUBREY COLLETTEAubrey Collette durig Lake House days

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Deep Ethnic Fissures on the Rudiments of Constitutional Reform

PK Balachandran, courtesy of the Indian Express, 9 May 2016, where the title is Different Ethnicities in Sri Lanka Have conflicting views on Constitutional Reform”

The Public Representation Committee (PRC) set up by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to ascertain the views of the public on constitutional reform, encountered sharp differences on ethnic lines. Express learns from reliable sources that the Sinhalese, Lankan Tamils, Muslims and Plantation Tamils of Indian origin held different and conflicting views on the Nature of the State, Devolution of Power and the Unit of Devolution.

The PRC would be submitting its report with its recommendations to the PM any day after May 11. The report will then be sent to the Steering Committee of the “Constitutional Assembly” which is a committee of the entire membership of the Lankan parliament charged with the task of drafting a new constitution for the island nation. aaa-Demographic map 1 MAP courtesy of

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Thamilini’s Book in Sinhala: Pathways to Reflection and Reconciliation

Listen to playwright Dharmasiri Bandaranaike’s Exposition of the Virtues of the Book via BBC Sinhala Service …

How the paths that led to her revising her views can promote wider self-examination and reform  .. karunaava dakveema

Her transformation (parivarthanaya ) = a lesson to all

තමිලිනී ස්වයං චරිතාප්‍රදානය සිංහලෙන්

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දිවියන් මිය යෑම වාර්තා ගත මට්ටමකට ළඟා වී ඇති බව සමස්ත ලංකා වනජීවී නියාමනකරුවන්ගේ සංගමය පවසයි.

ඡායාරූප- Getty/ ඉෂාර කොඩිකාර

BBC Sinhala - සංදේශය's photo.

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Muslim & Tamil Mayors in Colombo in the light of Sadiq Khan’s Emergence in London & Lanka’s Ethnic Fissures

AA-- RANGA JRanga Jayasuriya, courtesy of the Daily Mirror, and DBS Jeyaraj, 9 May 2016, where the title is From Saravanamuttu to Muzammil 12 Out of 25 Mayors of Colombo Have Been Tamils or Muslims”

London has elected its first Muslim and non-White mayor, Sadiq Khan, a son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver, who will now be the first Muslim mayor in a Western Capital. World’s media was effusive, noting how politics in the UK’s metropolitan hub has over the time transcended race, religion and the skin colour; One report called the new Mayor ‘Citizen Khan’, (After the main protagonist in Orson Welles’ cinematic masterpiece, ‘Citizen Kane’). Some others were less charitable, a news portal, (Predictably enough) in the US flashed: The Muslim Mayor of Londonistan.

paki sara P. Saravanamuutu      MUZAMIL. AJMAJM Muzamil Continue reading

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