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UTSC appoints Prof. Sidharthan Maunaguru as Inaugural Chair of Tamil Studies

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Prof. Sidharthan Maunaguru

The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) announced the appointment of Sidharthan Maunaguru as the inaugural Chair of Tamil Studies. Housed within the Program in Global Asia Studies in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Tamil Chair represents the culmination of a remarkable public fundraising initiative in UTSC’s history, demonstrating a dedication to inclusive excellence.

The appointment of Prof. Maunaguru, following a rigorous selection process, is a testament to his scholarly eminence and profound commitment to the Tamil diaspora. With a background as an Associate Professor in Anthropology, jointly appointed with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore, his research endeavors, including roles as a Newton International Fellow in the UK and a senior fellow at Collegium Helveticum, ETH in Switzerland, have delved into the unique challenges faced by the South Asian Tamil diaspora. His work has garnered acclaim for its originality and significance, poised to greatly enrich the academic community at UTSC and across Canada.

His 2019 book ‘Marrying for a Future: Transnational Sri Lankan Tamil Marriages in the Shadow of War’ explored how marriage emerged as an important means of building alliances between dispersed segments of Tamil communities dispersed across the globe.  Prof. Maunaguru, set to assume the role on May 1, 2024, embodies the spirit of advancement in Tamil Studies.



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“Operation ‘Yukthiya’ will persist despite pressure” – Minister of Public Security

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Minister of Public Security, Mr. Tiran Alles, attending a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (21) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.emphasized his unwavering commitment to continue operations aimed at suppressing drugs, tackling the underworld and preventing violence against women and children, regardless of any pressure encountered.

Furthermore, Minister Alles disclosed that operation ‘Yukthiya’, which commenced on December 17, has resulted in the seizure of narcotics valued at Rs. 7.8 billion and assets including vehicles and buildings confiscated by law enforcement amount to Rs. 725 million. . A total of 58,562 raids have been conducted, leading to the arrest of 58,234 individuals involved in illicit activities.

 

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SLNS Samudura leaves for Maldives to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI

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Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Samudura left for the Maldives from the port of Colombo on Tuesday (20)  to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI. The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ is scheduled to be held in Male from 22nd to 25th February.

The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ aims to enhance cooperation, strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capability, and develop interoperability among the Coast Guard personnel of India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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“Sri Lankan unity paves the way for rapid national development” – President

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Sri Lanka’s Chief Scout, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address at the 10th National Scout Jamboree held at the Koneswara Hindu Vidyalaya Stadium in Trincomalee this morning (21), underscored the potential of Sri Lankans to steer the nation towards rapid development and fortify its security for future generations through unified efforts.

The President highlighted that participation in the National Scout Jamboree transcends divisions of caste and religion. He articulated that unity among Sri Lankans, spanning from the North to the South and from Colombo to Trincomalee, is pivotal in accomplishing shared objectives.

President Wickremesinghe pledged his support for the expansion of the Scout Association, noting its role in nurturing responsible citizens essential for the country. Furthermore, he announced the plans to facilitate collaboration between the Scout Association and the Ministry of Technology, underscoring the importance of leveraging interactions across sectors for national development.

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