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Thinakkural is a Tamil language newspaper that is managed by Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited. It publishes daily as well as weekly editions from the city of Colombo, which features content on news, entertainment, sports, technology and health. Additionally, the company publishes another daily newspaper from Jaffna called Yarl Thinakkural. Meanwhile, its publication Uthayasooriyan primarily caters to the Tamil speaking populace living in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. On Wednesdays, Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited provides an English language supplementary paper titled Junior Star. Besides these, the company publishes a magazine titled Azhagi twice a week and an educational supplementary paper titled Kalvikkural prior to the Grade Five Scholarship Examination, Ordinary Level Examination and Advanced Level Examination.

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Paid content

Passive Transparency

upon request, ownership data is easily available from the company/channel

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Media Companies / Groups

Veera Holdings (Pvt) Limited

Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited


Ownership Structure

Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited is owned by Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited (59.99 percent) and Veera Holdings (39.99 percent). Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited is owned directly through individual shares, or indirectly, through companies owned by the Wenceslaus family, Krishnamoorthy family, Gnanam family, Nadesan family, Selvanathan family and Soundararajan family. Veera Holdings is owned by the Ponnusamy family, Selladurai and Illargo family, Ravishankar family and Ganesharajah family.

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Only the shareholders have the right to vote.

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Selladurai Family

Several members of Selladurai family hold minority shares at Veera Holdings private limited which ows Asian Media Publications.

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Affiliated Interests Founder

Selliah Ponnusamy is the founder of Thinakkural and the majority shareholder with 76 percent of shares at Veera Holdings, which partly owns Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited. He is the Chairperson and CEO of the Northern Central Hospital Group.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Ponnusamy Keshavaraja serves as the Managing Director/CEO of Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited. He is the son of Selliah Ponnusamy and Veeralaxmy, two of the current Directors of the company. Since 2011, Ponnusamy Keshavaraja has served as a Director of the company.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

R.P.Haran – is the Editor-in-Chief of the daily Thinakkural newspaper

Other Important People

Sivakumar Nadesan, also known as Kumar Nadesan, is a shareholder at both Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited as well as a shareholder of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited, the company which owns Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited by possessing the largest shares of it.


Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited

No. 68, Ellie House Road, Colombo 15

Tel: +94 11 777 8754, + 94 11 7778 764


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There is no information openly available about Thinakkural or the establishment of Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Ltd. on any of Thinakkural's social media pages. Ownership details were obtained from the Department of Registrar of Companies. Readership data was obtained from the Kantar Lanka Market Research Bureau (LMRB) for the year 2017. While the Media Ownership Monitor research team reached out to Asian Media Publications (Pvt) Limited on 20 July 2018, the company responded to the aforementioned request on 25 August 2018.

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