Pooja Gauthami Umashankar

Pooja , mononymously known as Pooja, is an Indian-Sri Lankan actress, who has primarily appeared in Tamil films as well as Sinhala, Malayalam and amateur films. Following a series of successful commercial ventures, Bala’s Naan Kadavul saw Pooja’s performance as a blind beggar praised by the critics, securing major awards. She simultaneously worked in Sinhala cinema and was part of several successful films like Anjalika(2006), Asai Man Piyabanna (2007), Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe (2010) and Kusa Pabha (2012), thus establishing herself as one of the leading actresses of Sinhala cinema.


IAS officer C Umashankar

C Umashankar, 50, who was told by the Tamil Nadu government this week to stop “preaching and propagating activities”, says he not Christian — only a “disciple of Jesus” who is spreading the word of Christ in the same way as he once campaigned for open-source software Linux or Ubuntu.

Umashankar, the son of parents who married outside their castes, says he first “heard Jesus” in 2008 — but despite having conducted over 850 prayer meetings in Tamil Nadu since then, has never tried to convert anyone to Christianity.

After finishing education in Palayamkottai near Tirunelveli, the officer became a medical representative. In 1990, he entered the civil service.

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