DSP - An uninspired cop's tale

Vijay Sethupathi films tend to be a 50:50 deal for me. He is either a part of some of the best Tamil films in recent history or run-of-the-mill, unoriginal template masala films. Unfortunately, DSP falls in the latter category.

Tamil families of the disappeared rally in Vavuniya to demand international probe into enforced disappearances

Tamil families of the disappeared in Vavuniya rallied earlier this week to reiterate longstanding calls for international justice. The relatives held placards that read “ To say that those who surrendered in the civil war have died is a pure [lie] deceiving both us and the international community” and “How can we expect justice in a country where the President himself is considered a murder?” Tamil families of the disappeared have been protesting across the North-East for years, calling for an international investigation into the enforced disappearances of their loved ones. The Sri Lankan...

Sri Lankan police interrogate Tamil journalist’s family

On Sunday, Sri Lankan police stormed the house of Tamil journalist and Batticaloa Press Club secretary, Selvakumar Nilanthan, and interrogated his family over his whereabouts after he had fled the country. As Nilanthan was not in his residence, his family was questioned on his whereabouts and were threatened that if he did not meet with them that they would need to attend in his place. The police asked the family which countries he had recently visited, the phone numbers he had dialled and where he was. Last month Colombo’s counter-terrorism unit had called him in for questioning. Reporters...

Canadian Tamils commemorate Maaveerar Naal

Tamils in Canada held a commemoration event in Toronto to mark Maaveerar Naal on Sunday. Flowers were laid by rows of photographs of fallen Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres and candles lit by makeshift gravestones. Acclaimed Kollywood music producer Santhosh Narayanan, and singer Dhee performed at the event.

‘Remembering terrorists is a sin’ – Racist former minister decries Maaveerar Naal

Presidential Adviser Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara slams the commemoration of war dead by #Tamils throughout the north and east, as one for 'Tiger Terrorists' "If your son was a terrorist, if he was a rapist, a killer, there's no prohibition to lighting a lamp inside a house" pic.twitter.com/YikDIMZ0Wl — LankaFiles (@lankafiles) November 29, 2022 Speaking Sri Lankan parliament, former minister and Sinhala nationalist Sarath Weerasekara railed against widespread commemorations of Maaveerar Naal and decried the Tamil opposition to the imposition of a Buddhist vihara in Mullaitivu. In his...

ITAK marks Maaveerar Naal

Senior members of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), the largest constituent party of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), marked Maaveerar Naal at the party's Jaffna headquarters on Sunday.

M.K. Stalin calls on central government to intervene following arrest of Tamil Nadu Fishermen 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin wrote to the Minister of external affairs, S. Jaishankar, to intervene in the arrest of 24 Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. In his letter, Minister Stalin urged Mr Jaishankar to request that the Sri Lankan navy refrain from arresting the fishermen. The fishermen in question were engaged in poaching off the shores near the Kovilan Lighthouse, Kareinagar, Jaffna on the evening of the 28th of November. At the time, the Sri Lankan Navy and Coast Guard were patrolling for Indian trawlers entering Sri Lankan waters as part of a joint operation. The navy...

Tamil youth beaten and denied medical treatment by Sri Lankan military and police

Sri Lanka's police and military brutally assaulted a Tamil youth in Manipay, Jaffna. He was not taken to the hospital and was detained at Manipai police station. Reports indicate that the assault came as two Tamil youths were stopped by Sri Lankan police whilst riding a motorcycle. When asked why the driver was not wearing a helmet, an argument ensued, which was followed by a Sri Lankan military officer attacking the youth. He was later joined by officers of Sri Lanka's Special Task Force. When the public gathered at the scene, the driver's injuries were not treated and he was instead...

Former President and Secretary of Jaffna Student University released after detention under PTA

Former Jaffna University Students’ Union President M. Thivakaran and Secretary S. Babilaraj have been acquitted after being detained under Sri Lanka’s draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Former President M. Thivakaran and Secretary S. Babilaraj were arrested following a military raid of Jaffna University campus and residence hall which uncovered photos of Velupillai Prabhakaran and posters detailing the Tamil genocide in the Student Union. The Sri Lankan army immediately arrested Thivakaran and Babilaraj and handed them to Koppay police under the PTA. A hospitality worker was also...

Tamil students in Nottingham observe Maaveerar Naal

On Sunday, the University of Nottingham’s Tamil Society held an event to commemorate Maveerar Naal and pay respects to the sacrifices of those who fought. Collaborating with members of the Young Revolutionaries in Solidarity, the youth wing of Tamil Solidarity, students discussed the history of Maveerar Naal and the significance of the karthigai poo. ‘As Tamil students from the University of Nottingham, we remember the efforts of our fallen heroes to restore our Tamil identity and dignity, to fight against the injustice we’ve faced for years,’ a representative of the Tamil society said. The...

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