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Soundararajan Family

Soundararajan Family

The Soundararajan family own both individual shares, as well as shares through other shareholding companies of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. Kalaiappapillai Soundararajan, Saravanan Soundararajan and Kumudeshwaran Gandhi Soundararajan own a lesser percentage of individual shares at Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. However, they own 16.69 percent of shares at Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited through K.M. Kaliappa Pillai & Company Limited and KMK Holdings Limited.

Kalaiappapillai Soundararajan is a Director at Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited, KMK Holdings Limited, Oriental Enterprise, Mercantile Corporation Limited, Rhino Roofing Limited and K.M. Kaliappa Pillai & Company Limited. Meanwhile, Saravanan Soundararajan serves as an Alternative Director for Kalaiappapillai Soundararajan at both Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited and Asia Media Publications (Pvt) Limited. Kumudeshwaran Gandhi Soundararajan serves as a Director at KMK Holdings Limited,  K.M. Kaliappa Pillai & Company Limited, Mercantile Corporation Limited and Mercantile Institute of Information.

Media Companies / Groups
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Oriental Enterprise

Investment Firm

K.M. Kaliappa Pillai & Company Limited


Mercantile Institute of Information

Family & Friends

Affiliated Interests Family Members Friends

Kalaiappapillai Soundararajan – Director at Express Newspapers Ceylon (Pvt) Limited, KMK Holdings Limited, Oriental Enterprise, Mercantile Corporation Limited, Rhino Roofing Products Limited and K.M. Kaliappa Pillai & Company Limited.

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The official websites of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited and the Virakesari newspaper do not provide any information regarding the owners of Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited. However, the response provided by the company was referenced along with secondary sourced and the annual returns available at the Department of Registrar of Companies. The most recent data was available for the year 2017. Information online regarding the family and key individuals were very scarce. Facebook profiles were utilised to collect data. While the Media Ownership Monitor research team reached out to Express Newspapers (Ceylon) (Pvt) Limited by formally requesting for the company’s information on 20 July 2018, the company responded to the aforementioned request on 20 August 2018.

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