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Former Thinakaran Chief Editor Sri Kanthan dead

Rajah Sri Kanthan, a former Chief Editor of the "Thinakaran" Lake House Tamil daily passed away at a private hospital, Colombo, yesterday (20) while undergoing treatment. He was 58 years old.

Rajah Sri Kanthan, a long standing journalist of "Novesky" of Soviet Information Service occupied the seat of Chief Editor of the Lake House Tamil newspaper "Thinakaran" from 1997 to 2001. He served the Russian Embassy of Sri Lanka for a long time as an English/Tamil translator.

He entered the sphere of literature by publishing a compendium of short stories and translated to Tamil, a volume of short stories written in English by the renowned writer Alahu Supramaniam. It was titled "Neediyin Mahan" for which he won the award of Board of Literature.

During his lifetime he produced four works of literature while three more were pending publication at the time of his demise.

A native of Vadamaarachchci, Jaffna, Sri Kanthan became a writer since his school days in Kandarodei. He became a prolific translator after leaving the "Thinakaran". He leaves his wife and two daughters.

His body is now lying at his residence at 81/4, Vijaya Kumaratunga Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo. Funeral will take place at Kirulapone Cemetery on April 22, at 3.00 p.m.

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