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The United States' top intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) says that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the most dangerous and deadly extremist organization in the world. The official website of FBI in its tops story said that LTTE is far more dangerous terrorists outfit than al Queda, Hezbullah or even HAMAS. Read more...

..... Latest News, 24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, Archives since 1998 .... This Web Site is exclusively dedicated to counter the mis-information campaign of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists .......

Tamil Tiger Terror has come to door steps of Australia........... Ban LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in       Australia Under the Criminal Code Act 1995 ...... Ban LTTE Tamil Tiger       Terrorists in Australia Under the Criminal Code Act 1995 ......

Current Significant Issues

What is really happening in Sri Lanka today is that a blood thirsty racist group led by some misled Tamils called LTTE is terrorizing against the Government of Sri Lanka and its people irrespective of their ethnicity with an intention of carving out a separate state. There is no conflict as such between Sinhalese and Tamil communities in Sri Lanka. In fact, the majority of the Tamil community lives in peace and harmony among the Sinhalese population through out the country apart from the Northern part of Sri Lanka. The entire Sinhalese and the Muslims population who lived in the Northern area for centuries were either killed or chased away completely by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists. At the moment, not a single Sinhalese or Muslim is living in Jaffna, but, many thousands of Tamils are living in Colombo in peace with the other communities. Based on 2001 census, the Tamil population in Colombo district is 12.1% (see 2001 census). So, who is discriminated ? Tamils or Sinhalese? Do you need more evidence ?

 
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What is this 13th Amendment?

Click here to read more about it

IDP Welfare Camp - Manik Farm

 

For details, click here.

Photography : Sagara Lakmal De Mel of Media Ambassador 

Worlds' most ruthless megalomaniac Terrorist Leader Prabhakaran shot dead by the Sri Lanka heroic Security Forces

(for details click here). Video by Sri Lanka Army

Who supported LTTE to fight a sovereign State?: Appoint a Presidential Commission to probe LTTE terrorism.

This is a very important phase in combating LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorism.  See More details in SPUR

 Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake requests a Presidential Commission to investigate who helped LTTE.

Listen to "Ada Derana" news at 8:00pm on 23 May 2009. http://www.adaderana.lk/

 

An invitation to the Sri Lankan Diaspora & the Migrant Working Community to invest in Government Treasury Bills / Treasury Bonds

Government of Sri Lanka has opened an investment opportunity in Treasury Bills/Treasury Bonds to Sri Lankan diaspora and migrant workforce. 

We are proud to inform that the Bank of Ceylon, No 1 Bank in Sri Lanka, has been appointed  as a Lead Manager in this new investment drive by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL).  We invite all Sri Lankan diaspora and migrant workforce to open Treasury Bill / Bond Investment External Rupee Account – Deshabhimani (TIERA-D ) with Bank of Ceylon  to facilitate your investment in Government securities.

For details, visit Bank of Ceylon Website

 

Are we serious about a solution based on Indo-Lanka Accord ?

Read more about the 13th Amendment

 

 

13th Amendment ........

The ordinary Tamil people don’t care about 13 or 17 amendments. What the ordinary Tamils want is to get on with their day to day life, get on with their agri work in the field, chena, sea, or in the offices and live a peaceful life which they experienced before 1983. We never thought of discrimination, aspiration, grievances before 1983. It was the politicians who planted these poisonous seeds into our hearts and minds. Grievances are there not only for the Tamils but even to the poor Sinhalese people in the South. That’s common to any nationality.

 

 

 

See what LTTE did for the Tamil civilians trying to flee the "Human Shield" of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Caution: Images shown on this web site exposing LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist atrocities maybe disturbing for some users. Please proceed at your own discretion.

“Tamil Tigers”, also called “The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam” (LTTE) declare that they are fighting the government of Sri Lanka to “liberate” the Tamils. During the past three decades of their “liberation struggle” they forcibly abducted an estimated twenty thousand children as young as ten and converted them into human bombs or cannon fodder. Tamil parents who objected to the forcible conscription of their beloved children were tortured or killed in front of their families. Finally, after seven futile attempts at internationally facilitated peace talks and ceasefires, all of which were reneged by the LTTE, the democratically elected Sri Lankan government decided that the only way to liberate the Tamils from the clutches of the LTTE was to eradicate the oppressors. Sri Lanka learned the hard way that any “ceasefire” interval given to these abominable terrorists would be used by them to recuperate, regroup, rearm and attack without warning. Tigers, once the world’s most feared terrorists, are now confined to a few square kilometres of jungle where they have corralled innocent Tamil civilians to be used as human shields. If not for the Sri Lankan government’s concern for the safety of civilians, the LTTE would have been wiped out from the face of earth many moons ago. Tigers make sure that those who try to escape into government declared safe zones are mercilessly killed, mostly burnt alive and the corpses are displayed as a deterrent to others who would try to escape. These photos were taken by a brave Tamil who managed to escape to a safe zone only last week (Read full report).

http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_killing_Tamil_Civilians_fleeing_LTTE_Human_Shield_December_2008.asp

The monies that have been collected by TD for LTTE war ....

The monies that have been collected by Tamil Diaspora for LTTE war chest runs into billion of dollars during the past three decades. But, where are we now? What have Tamils achieved over the years? Tamils have earned nothing but humiliation and misery. There times I am ashamed to call myself a Tamil to avoid humiliation as Tamils are branded as a set of terrorists.

 

Indian intervention in Sri Lankan internal affairs

 

The Tamil Diaspora should at least realize now .....

The Tamil Diaspora should at least realize now that LTTE’s days are numbered and any funds collected for LTTE will benefit only Pirapaharan and his top LTTE hierarchy. Pirapaharan educated his son with your money. His wife is running around the world seeking a safe haven with your money. Pirapaharan built couple of luxurious bunkers with all the modern facility with your money. It is therefore still not too late to stop financing the dying LTTE; stop organizing protest marches, demos and rallies as the Sri Lankan government is not going to stop now until LTTE ho also brought misery to the Tamils is completely defeated.

 

I reminisce with joy and happiness the days before 1983 - I reminisce with joy and happiness the days before 1983 when LTTE killed 13 soldiers in Jaffna and provoked the Sinhalese in the South to retaliate. We were living with Sinhalese, Muslims, Burghers, Malays like brothers and sisters and that harmony was shattered. We all were one family of one mother Lanka. But unfortunately, LTTE brought us down to ghettos and taught us to hate Sinhalese people. What have we achieved over the last three decades? We have lost our cream of Tamil political leadership sparing only a few like Ananda Sangaree. LTTE killed our educated Tamil politicians; LTTE killed our intellectuals like Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam, Kethiswera Loganathan, Sam Thambimittu and many others including many Tamil politicians at parliamentary level to village council level. The many youth both men and women sacrificed their lives in this unwanted terrorist war launched by LTTE and ably supported by TD creating a big vacuum in the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. The Tamil minority, once the next biggest ethnic group to Sinhalese has dropped down to third place by Muslims overtaking in terms population. Who is responsible for this catastrophe? We the Tamil Diaspora and LTTE should bear the full responsibility.

 

Tamil Tiger Terror Machine Forcibly Holding Civilians in the Vanni as a Human Shield

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists are using 'civilians as shields', despite constant urges made by the Sri Lanka Government for the release of thousands stranded in its clutches".

Those who are expressing concern about the security of civilians in the Wanni have stopped short of calling for action against the LTTE, which is using people as a "Human Shield" in Kilinochchi and Mulaitivu. The Sri Lankan government has made arrangements to accommodate civilians to be evicted from the theatre of war, as it successfully did in the Eastern Province. If the LTTE lets go of civilians, the question of their security won’t arise. Therefore, it may be argued that anyone who laments about the plight of civilians without faulting the LTTE or pressuring it to release people in its clutches is, either wittingly or unwittingly, helping further the LTTE’s cause.

To: The Tamil Diaspora living in luxury and funding the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

So-called NGOs and INGOs ?

 

Welfare activities

Sponsor a Child (Organised by SPUR)

SPUR child sponsorship programme, called Ranaviru Daruvan, was aimed at helping the children of soldiers who had sacrificed their life or limbs in the war being waged against terrorists in Sri Lanka. In this programme 

also included children living in villages under the constant threat of terrorists and had already faced terrorist attacks many times (Click here for details) 

Click here for other SPUR Welfare Projects http://www.spur.asn.au/activites.htm

Madihe East- Tsunami Relief Housing Project - Handing Over Ceremony By Dharmavijaya Foundation - By Ramani D.Wickramaratne - (Full report in SPUR).

Sponsor a child of a war hero deceased or disabled while in action to protect Sri Lanka

A joint project with Sri Lanka Army Seva Vanitha Unit

http://www.virudarudiriya.com

 

Api Wenuwen Api

http://www.apiwenuwenapi.com/ is the official web site of the Api Wenuwen Api fund raising campaign. The Api Wenuwen Api Fund is a collaboration between the The Ministry of Defence and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to build 50,000 houses for the serving Tri-Service personnel. The gift of housing is one of the best and most tangible ways to demonstrate our gratitude and appreciation. This is the time for all Sri Lankans to support our brothers and sisters who are committed to bringing peace to our motherland Sri Lanka. All contributions from the campaign and fund raising events will be donated to Api Wenuwen Api Housing Project in Sri Lanka.

 

Thawalama Development Foundation

No. 5, Rajakeeya Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.

The Thawalama Development Foundation (TDF) was established on 1994 April 25th to support and assist in the implementation of Project Thawalama approved by the Ministry of Defense on 1994 January 14th. http://thawalama.org

Ranaviru Project of Manel Mal Movement (please download the PDF File)

Please send your donations to 'Manel Mal Movement' to boost the morale of our heroic soldiers. For more information, please access http://www.manelmal.org/

Ranaviru Fund in UK

Rana Viru Fund is established to provide support for the disabled soldiers in Sri Lanka with the support from Sri Lankans around the World. Donations to Rana Viru Fund can be made to our Bank Account and via PayPal..

A full project report will be furnished to all donors at the completion of each phase. If you have donated last time and have not received the Project Report for Phase 1, please write to us at ranavirufund@yahoo.co.uk and we'll send a copy. See details in www.ranavirufund.blogspot.com

Please help us to help those who paid a supreme price for us to live in a Terror Free Country !

Dhammika Siripala For Rana Viru Fund ranavirufund@yahoo.co.uk 

 
Disclaimer

A Backward Glance in Time

SPUR (New Zealand) SinhalaNet

Lanka Herald (Link removed as the URL is now being used by a commercial website)

Sri Lanka Embassy in Geneva
International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research Helabima

NMAT

Mawbima Lanka

 

Sri Lanka Army

Sri Lankan War Heroes

The Sri Lanka’s brave soldier known as ‘Hasalaka Weeraya’

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent attacks on passenger buses and trains
Helahanda Radio in USA Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) Media Centre for National Security Sinhale  
CASTIS Sinhalaonline Lak Handa (UK) Lanka Daily News

Frequently Asked Questions about LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (FAQs)

LTTE's ceasefire violations accumulated to date (details in SLMM Website)

LTTE Ceasefire Violations (Sri Lanka Army )

A senior Labour MP in UK has become embroiled in an investigation by anti-terrorism police after speaking at a rally in which suicide bombers were praised, The Sunday Telegraph (UK) has learnt  (click here to read more details).

UNESCO or a FIASCO ? (Click here to read more details)

The International Dimension of Terrorism

A collection of published literature on LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (click here)(Full report in Sri Lanka Army).(Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Chapter 01 : Overview Chapter 02 : Binding Legal Process by International Community Chapter 03 : Generic Issues Child Soldiers LTTE Front Organization Fund Raising Arms Trafficking Narcotics Smuggling Human Trafficking Money Laundering Maritime Terrorism Cyber Terrorism Chapter 04 : Links with Other Terrorist Groups Chapter 05 : Country Based Activities (click here to download your copy for lobbying)

International Conference in Countering Terrorism

18 - 20, October 2007 - Colombo, Sri Lanka (click here for details).

The International Dimension of Terrorism (A Publication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

 

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Child Soldiers

LTTE's Child Soldiers

Children as young as 4-years are being recruited as Child Soldiers by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

While many thousands of Tamil children being recruited as "Child Soldiers", see how Prabakaran prepares to celebrate his daughter's B'day?

(See LTTE Child Soldiers Web Page)

Living in Fear - Child Soldiers and the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka (A report by Human Rights Watch), http://hrw.org/reports/2004/srilanka1104/

An Urgent Appeal - Please save Tsunami Tamil Children being recruited by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists as "Child Soldiers"

Click here for details - (Please use the facts given in the above sub-webpage in lobbying media, politicians, NGOs etc). Tamil Tiger Terrorists have released only 23 out of many hundreds of children abducted as child soldier after Tsunami. They should release all child soldiers.

Child Soldiers of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

Child Soldiers of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists (download Power Point Presentation)

LTTE's links with other international terrorist groups

[1]  http://www.senter.no/PDF/LTTEalQaeda.pdf - Osama hand in glove with LTTE - The Times of India
[2]  http://www.svik.org/lttealqaeda.htm - The LTTE - Al Qaeda link
[3]  http://www.svik.org/thai.htm - LTTE and Thailand
4] http://www.slembassyusa.org/defense/2004/amb_black_statement_08sept04.html - Question: Mr. Ambassador, do you find any evidence about links between the LTTE and Al-Qaeda?
[5]  http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items02/241002-1.html
[6] http://www.southasianmedia.net/cnn.cfm?id=221465&category=Politics&Country=SRI%20LANKA

[7]  http://ydeva.info/telling.htm
[8]  http://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/2005/RAND_RGSD185.pdf
[9]  http://www.burmalibrary.org/reg.burma/archives/200111/msg00044.html
  [10]  http://www.state.gov/g/inl/rls/rm/2002/8743.htm   and http://www.ciponline.org/colombia/02031305.htm
[11]  http://www.lanka.net/lankaupdate/29_March_2000.html
[12] http://www.icclr.law.ubc.ca/Publications/Reports/TNOC_LINKS_STUDY_REPORT.pdf
[13]  http://southasia.net/article429.html

[14] http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/nepal/terroristoutfits/index.html
[15]  http://www.ocnus.net/cgi-bin/exec/view.cgi?archive=73&num=19118
[16]  http://cfrterrorism.org/groups/tamiltigers.html

[17] THE MAOIST THREAT

[18] Indian Maoists admit links with LTTE (Web India)

[19] Armed and dangerous: Taliban gear up (Asia Times: 22 December 2005)

[20] British Charity Commission report exposes TRO-terror links (Island: 08 Feb 2006)

(Read the Full List)

[21] Al-Qaeda, LTTE diverting charity funds - US expert

[22] LTTE's links with with Assam Terrorists in India ; India's N-E separatist group linked to Lankan Tigers

[23] Possible links between LTTE and al-Qaeda

[24] US Senate Foreign Relations Committee reveals Eritrea providing direct military assistance to LTTE (Island: 01 Sept 2007)

[25] Tamil Tiger Links with Islamist Terrorist Groups Tue, 2008-03-04 03:08 By Shanaka Jayasekara - Research Paper Published by the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, Herzliya, Israel (Asian Tribune). (Reproduced in SPUR).

[26] Indian weekly reveals LTTE- Lashkar links (Daily Mirror; 30 December 2008)

[27] Military links between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the militant based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) organization go back to the early 1990s (SPUR)

 

See more details  http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE's_Links_with_other_terrorist_groups.htm

 

Recent attacks on Public Transport System by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

 

For details please visit http://www.spur.asn.au/Choronology_of_LTTE_Tamil_Tiger_Attacks_on_Passanger_Buses_and_Trains.htm

  • 11 September 2008 - Minor blast on railway track - Sedawatte

  • 10 September 2008 - Minor explosion in Mt.Lavinia

  • 11 July 2008 - Four people including a mother and a son and two other females were killed and 25 others sustained injuries yesterday as LTTE cadres hiding in the Yala National Park opened fire at a Sri Lanka Transport Board bus plying from Moneragala to Kataragama. The incident took place between 50 and 51 Kilometre posts on the Buttala - Kataragama road around 10.30 a.m (read details).

  • 05 June 2008 - Huge Time Bomb Defused Before Five Minutes of its Explosion - RAGAMA: A MASSIVE BLOOD BATH, intended to caused by explosion of 2.5 kg time bomb near a crowded bus halt and a filling station at ALAPITIVALA road MAHABAGE, RAGAMA was prevented just five minutes before its explosion Thursday (5) evening at precisely at 8.25 p.m.. Had the arrival of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit got late to defuse by five minutes, it could have exploded causing a huge carnage on the busy town spot. The Bomb Disposal Team defused it at 8.25 p.m. before it was set to explode at 8.30 p.m.. (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

  • 05 June 2008 - Huge Time Bomb Defused Before Five Minutes of its Explosion - RAGAMA: A MASSIVE BLOOD BATH, intended to caused by explosion of 2.5 kg time bomb near a crowded bus halt and a filling station at ALAPITIVALA road MAHABAGE, RAGAMA was prevented just five minutes before its explosion Thursday (5) evening at precisely at 8.25 p.m.. Had the arrival of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit got late to defuse by five minutes, it could have exploded causing a huge carnage on the busy town spot. The Bomb Disposal Team defused it at 8.25 p.m. before it was set to explode at 8.30 p.m.. (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

  • 04 June 2008 - Another bomb has been exploded by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists in a location along the rail track between Wellawatta and Dehiwala railway stations this morning (04 June 2008). It is believed that the bomb had been triggered off targeting the Colombo bound highly crowed passenger train (read details and photos).

  • 30 May 2008 - Sri Lanka police personnel on duty at the main bus stand, Moratuwa have found a claymore mine inside a public transport bus around 9.30 pm, today (May 30). According to the police sources the bomb has been found inside a parcel placed under the rear seat of the bus that completed its trip from Colombo. The bomb has not been armed, but the detonator and few electrical batteries have been found with the bomb, the sources said. Air Force bomb disposal team defused the bomb, the sources added (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

  • 26 May 2008 - 7 civilians were killed including a pregnant mother and 73 more passengers suffered injuries when the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists exploded a bomb inside a highly crowded Colombo-Panadura train around 4.55 p.m on 26 May 2008 (see details and photos).

  • 24 May 2008 - Moratuwa - Vigilant civilians yesterday (May 24, 2008) foiled two cowardly attempts made by LTTE terrorist to massacre civilians in the Moratuwa area (read details).

  • 24 May 2008 - Ganemulla - Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) bomb disposal team defused a time bomb weighing 1.25 kg this evening found in a public transport bus at Kossinna in Ganemulla (May 24, 2008).

  • 25 April 2008 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Black Friday Massacre on 25 April 2008 killing 26 and injuring 64 civilians, including a Buddhist Monk on 25 April, 2008. Twenty four civilians returning home after a hard day’s work were killed and another 40 including schoolchildren were injured when a fully packed bus bound to Kahapola was exploded by LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists at 6.45 p.m. at the Piliyandala bus terminal, near Colombo, Sri Lanka.  This bomb attack clearly showed that the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists are not ready to abandon violence and destruction even though the Sri Lankan Government had repeatedly pledged its commitment to peace (Details and photos in SPUR Web page). 

  • 03 February 2008 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Suicide Bomb Attack at Colombo Fort Railway Station targeting civilians on 03 February 2008 A female suicide bomber blew herself up at Colombo's main train station. 12 killed; Over 100 wounded (03 February 2008).

  • 02 February 2008 - Dambulla Bus Bomb  - Another Massive Bomb Blast by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists at Dambulla, Sri Lanka on 2 February, 2008 - 20 killed; 50 Injured (read details);

  • 29 January 2008 - Madhu Bus Bomb Blast - Seventeen civilians, including 11 school children, were killed on Tuesday in an accidental explosion of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's claymore bomb on a school bus in Mannar district. This territory is held by the LTTE (29 January 2008)

  • 16 January 2008 - Massacre of school children by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists at Okkampitiya, Monaragala in Sri Lanka on 16 January 2008

  • 07 April 2007 - Easter Holidays Massacre in Sri Lanka - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacked a passenger bus to massacre five Sri Lanka Army Soldiers, killing 8 civilians and injuring 28 (Tamil pilgrims of Madhu Church Easter Festival) (Full details in SPUR Web Page)

  • 06 January 2007 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist suicide bomb blast one more bus: 15 killed & 40 injured in a crowded bus at Seenigama, Hikkaduwa, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka - 06 January 2007 (Read full details in SPUR);

  • 05 January 2007 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist kill 6 innocent civilians and injures another 63, by exploding a bomb in a public passenger bus at Nittambuwa, near Colombo in Sri Lanka on Friday, 05 January 2007 (Read full Details in SPUR Web Page)

  • 15 June 2006 - Kebitigollewe Massacre (15 June 2006), Read full details and phots in SPUR WebPage. Carnage at Kebithigollewa (Photos in Island). Download in PDF 1.88 MB

 
Last two Sinhala Employees in Jaffna ..... - In fact, two decades ago, the last of the Sinhala employees of the Cement Corporation and Lanka Cement numbering nearly 180 had to leave KKS within eight hours under threat by the LTTE terrorists. MKN may not know that these ruthless terrorists woke up the General Manager and Deputy General Manager at two in the morning, marched them and placed them against the wall of the Cement Corporation and shot them dead point blank. These two officers were keen and had helped the people of KKS whose livelihood depended on the cement industry. These two officers were Sinhala (Island 26, August 2008).

 

Reports Issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism

(1) The LTTE is South East Asia with Special Focus on Thailand.  Prepared by R-Senter, Norway - 24 November 2004 http:www.svik.org/PDF/ltteasia.pdf

(2) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - 14 January 2007 - The international Fight Against Terrorism- (report issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism).  http://www.svik.org/nat1.pdf

(3) Report by the Norwegians Against Terror (NAT) - The Norwegian Peace Facilitators in Sri Lanka - 13 January 2006 (Last Year's Report) - http://www.svik.org/PDF/norway.pdf

(4) Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) report - 15 August 2008

 

Read more about LTTE's suicide bombers http://www.spur.asn.au/chronology_of_suicide_bomb_attacks_by_Tamil_Tigers_in_sri_Lanka.htm

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent Atrocities ....

Caution : The images shown in this web page exposing the atrocities of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists may be found disturbing by some people. Proceed at your own caution.

 

Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

 

The Norwegian Peace Facilitators in Sri Lanka 

Report prepared by Norwegians against Terror (NAT)
Oslo, Friday 13th January 2006


Please download the PDF version of the report and use it for lobbying purposes. www.senter.no/norway.pdf  or www.svik.org/PDF/norway.pdf

 

Please read in full, the award winning article by Namini Wijedasa - Tigers kill democracy in Batticaloa - Blatant, relentless child recruitment

Tamil Tigers Extort Diaspora for ?Final War? Funds
Tamil Families and Businesses in Canada, UK Threatened  (Full report in Visit Human Rights Watch)    http://hrw.org/reports/2006/ltte0306/

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists continue to assassinate civilians, members of the rival political parties and security personnel under the banner of cease-fire agreement (CFA) 

Press Release by EU - Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union condemning the actions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)EU Declaration on LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists - 26 September 2005

  Liberate Tamils from the LTTE Tiger Terrorists   (more details)

LTTE Front Organisations identified by various sources (See Details in Lak Handa UK) Visit Lak Handa (UK) Home Page

British Foreign Secretary Davis Miliband's Grave concerns of human lives ....... The secret behind the ‘grave concerns of human lives’ of these superpowers are very clear. World politics and arms trade are closely linked. Arms manufacture and dealing is a highly profitable global business. It is estimated that yearly, over 1 trillion dollars are spent on military expenditures worldwide. The United States is the top supplier of weapons to the developing world, accounting for around 36% of worldwide weapons sales, followed by Britain and Germany. Western Arms Manufacturers needs battlefields to sell their Arms. An estimated 500,000 individuals die in small arms-conflicts every year, approximately one death per minute. Are these people concerned for the loss of innocent lives or their loss of business? The Washington Times Editorial http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/26/tigers-at-bay/ (Sunday, 26 April 2009) should be an eye-opener to those masters who still believe that there is something extraordinary under their blue-eyes and white skin.

 

 

Worldwide Protests against the current Norway Government and the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Atrocities (Read Norway and LTTE)

It is immoral that LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists want innocent Tamil children to fight the war for them. There is simply no excuse, no acceptable argument for arming innocent Tamil children http://www.spur.asn.au/childwar.htm

So-called Joint Mechanism or P-TOMS

 

Read Full details on the Supreme Court judgement on P-TOMS

P-TOMS funding ? another let down - By Neville Ladduwahetty

Joint Mechanism, a mechanism for unconditional empowerment - by Neville Ladduwahetty -

Joint Mechanism ? a prelude to Tiger Eelam - by Neville Ladduwahetty

Memorandum of Understanding for Establishment of a Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure Preamble

Anti-JM protests in Colombo - Norwegians protected Protests held in all major cities

Getting ready for the grand betrayal

Power Point Presentation on so-called Joint Mechanism (269 KB only). Please circulate

  http://www.spur.asn.au/Can_Donor_countries_promote_terrorism.ppt

 

 Power Point Presentation on so-called Joint Mechanism (269 KB only). Please circulate 

No More LTTE Terror! No More Tears! Let us help Tamil civilians liberated from the "Human Shield of Prabhakaran"

The leader of the World deadliest terrorist organization, LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists, Velupillai Prabhakaran wanted by the INTERPOL for CRIMES AGAINST LIFE AND HEALTH, ORGANIZED CRIME /TRANSNATIONAL CRIME, TERRORISM, TERRORISM CONSPIRACY

A Tamil child escaped from the "Human Shield of Prabhakaran" is now under the protection of a Sri Lanka Army. No more Terror !!! No more tears !!!

 

Sri Lanka Development Forum

Inaugural session held on Tuesday, 16 May 2005

Paper presented by Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera (read full)

Let's carry the important message given by Ven Rathana thero to all donor countries - Ven Rathana thero used the golden opportunity tactfully to directly address the representatives of all the donor countries and international lending agencies to expose the LTTE. Now, it is the responsibility of all patriots to carry the initial message given by Ven Rathana thero to all donor countries, by explaining in details the danger of this so-called secretive Joint Mechanism (SPUR Media Release)

The link between LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists and the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO)

Read Australia House of Representatives Hansard No 3, 2004 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004 - See Pages 141 - 142
Here below the URL :
http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/reps/dailys/dr071204.pdf
A very important statement by Hon Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Government of Australia. (See Question No 41 in page Nos 141-142 - Government of Australia, House of Representatives, Official Hansard, No 3, 2004 - Tuesday, 7 December 2004)

Over 7,000 NGOs in Sri Lanka; Now NGOs are running the country undermining Sri Lanka's sovereignty. A commission is required to investigate the hidden agenda's of this NGO Mafia, and expel them from Sri Lanka (see details)

The LTTE is South East Asia with Special Focus on Thailand.  Prepared by R-Senter, Norway - 24 November 2004 http:www.svik.org/PDF/ltteasia.pdf  

(Click here for details of the Press Conference held last night)

  http://www.svik.org/Videos/karuna.wmv

The forgotten victims of WAR and Peace in Sri Lanka

Navy plans to launch its own website http://www.navy.lk/ on December 10. This coincides with its 54 anniversary.

 

LTTE International Terrorism (Power Point Presentation)

Currently listed entities

(read details in Public Safety Canada).

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

Also known as
The Tamil Tigers, the Eellalan Force, the Ellalan Force, the Tiger Movement, the Sangilian Force, the Air Tigers, the Black Tigers (Karum Puligal), the Sea Tigers, the Tiger Organization Security Intelligence Service (TOSIS), the Women's Combat Force of Liberation Tigers (WCFLT)

Description
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a Sri Lankan-based organization which advocates the creation of an independent homeland in the north and northeastern part of Sri Lanka which it has called "Tamil Eelam". Its war against the government of Sri Lanka has been fought on three fronts: a political campaign, guerrilla warfare, and a terrorist campaign. The LTTE is committed to using a variety of terror tactics in order to achieve its objectives, including attacking political, economic, religious and cultural targets, as well as targeting civilians. The LTTE's campaign has included plans to create Tamil-only northern and eastern provinces, and to this end it has aggressively expelled non-Tamils from these regions. The LTTE also endeavours to eliminate moderate Tamils and other Tamil militant groups that compete with it for influence and power within the Sri Lankan Tamil community.

Date listed
April 8, 2006

Date reviewed *
November 9, 2006

World Tamil Movement

Description
The World Tamil Movement, created in 1986, is the leading front organization for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Canada. The various offices of the WTM in Canada transfer funds to bank accounts in Sri Lanka meant for the LTTE. The leadership of the WTM acts at the direction of leaders of the LTTE. WTM representatives canvas areas in Canada with large Tamil populations demanding large donations on behalf of the LTTE. Refusals to contribute often lead to threats and intimidation.

Date listed
June 16, 2008

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Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (World Heritage Centre) Suicide Killings - DataChronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka Suicide Killings - An Overview LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists bomb Central Bank in Colomo, Sri Lanka killing 58 civilians and injuring several hundreds Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidate Rajan Sathiyamoorthy was killed by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 30 March 2004.
Gonagala Massacre in Ampare - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacred 61 Sinhalese villagers including
17 Women and 7 children on 18 September 1999
6 Tamil civilians killed, 20 Tamil civilians injured in LTTE artillery attack at Jaffna on 29 May 2008 LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists hand grenade attack on civilians injuring 17, including two children (17 May 2008) LTTE Tamil Tiger suicide bomb attack near Sambuddhaloka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka targeting civilians ; 10 killed, over 95 wounded (16 May 2008) Please download your copy of the document in PDF format Massacre of civilians at Ampare (09 May 2008) See more details in SPUr on 09 May 2008  Tamil Terrorist Bomb Blast, Ampara - Death toll reaches 12 innocent civilians (SinhelaNet).  Mt Lavinia Bomb attack (23 February 2008)
Colombo Fort Railway Station Bomb on 03 February 2008 (see details and photos in SPUR). Deliberate Grenade Attack on Animals in Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo On 02 January 2008, LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists killed another two students, Pathum Divanka Chathura Dissanayake (14), and Malith Lasidu Bandara (16) LTTE_tamil Tigers Slave Island Bomb on 2008 January 02; LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacre another 10 innocent civilians in a remote village of Kalawalgala, Thanamalwila in Sri Lanka on 18 January 2008. Massacre of school children by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists at Okkampitiya, Monaragala in Sri Lanka on 16 January 2008 Massacre of civilians in Abhimanpura, Kebitigollewa, Sri Lanka (05 December 2007)
Suicide bomb attack on fellow Tamils in Colombo (28 November 2007) Bomb attack on civilians, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka (27 November 2007) Ratmalana Bomb on 28 May 2007 LTTE gunmen shot dead, Ven. Hadungamuwe Nandarathene Thero, a Buddhist monk at Mahadivulwewa-Stage 1, in the Morawewa General area, approximately 40 kilometers north east of Anuradhapura, on Sunday the 13th of May. New Year Eve Massacre in Sri Lanka - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Kill Five More Innocent Tamil Civilians on the Eve of Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Friday, 13 April 2007). LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacked a passenger bus to massacre five Sri Lanka Army Soldiers, killing 8 civilians and injuring 28 (Tamil pilgrims of Madhu Church Easter Festival).
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Easter Holidays Massacre in Sri Lanka - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacked a passenger bus to massacre five Sri Lanka Army Soldiers, killing 8 civilians and injuring 28 (Tamil pilgrims of Madhu Church Easter Festival) LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist suicide bomb blast one more bus: 15 killed & 40 injured in a crowded bus at Seenigama, Hikkaduwa, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka - 06 January 2007 LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist kill 6 innocent civilians and injures another 63, by exploding a bomb in a public passenger bus at Nittambuwa, near Colombo in Sri Lanka on Friday, 05 January 2007
 LTTE's Somadevi School massacre (7 Dec 2006)  Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, escapes assassination by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka Details on LTTE's Suicide Attack in Habarana (2006 Oct 15) TTE's Suicide Bomb Attack on Tsunami Devastated Town, Galle A home guard beheaded by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists - The tiger terrorists killed a home guard at Sirimangalapura in Serunuwara Police division in Trincomalee. The incident happened at the early morning on 24 July 2006
Major General Parami Kulatunga assassinated by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Kebitigollewe Massacre (15 June 2006), Read full details and phots in SPUR WebPage. Carnage at Kebithigollewa (Photos in Island). Download in PDF 1.88 MB  Terror Strike on Public Bus in Kebithigollewa Called to Memory Read full details on Suicide Bomb Attack on Lt General Sarath Fonseka - 25 April 2006. Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala Massacre on 23 April 2006 Welikanda Massacre on 29 May 2006   PDF Brochure
LTTE's attack on Sri Maha Bodhiya at Anuradhapura (14 May 1985). Policemen and security personnels look at the bodies of construction workers who were shot dead by Tigers in an execution-style massacre, 30 May 2006 in Welikanda. ( AFP) (Details in Island). (See more details in SPUR) This document contains some photographs of poor innocent children, women and men brutally massacred by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists.   Warning: The photographs may offend the sensibilities of some readers. (see more LTTE atrocities in SPUR Webpage) A list of atrocities committed by the LTTE on Tamils, whom the LTTE say have to be "liberated"(Read the atrocities from May 2002 to September 2003)
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LTTE's deadliest vehicle bomb attacks (June 2007) LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists continue to assassinate civilians, members of the rival political parties and security personnel under the banner of cease-fire agreement (CFA). (see details in SPUR) (Read the Media Release by SLUNA, 21 January 2006)

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Turning a Blind Eye to Terrorism (The Mackenzi Institute in Canada).

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Atrocities commited by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists to their own Tamil people
International and Regional Implications of the Sri Lankan Tamil Insurgency - ByRohan Gunaratne
The Svik organisation in NorwaySri Lanka 

Ethnic cleansing of Northern Muslims

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LTTE Tamil Tigers Attempt to Assassinate Hindu Leader, Minister T Maheshwaran (read details in SPUR).

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APRC Proposals ....... The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has already warned the government that it would face dire consequences, at the forthcoming budget, if it backs the APRC proposals for a Federal State. JHU and MEP representatives of the APRC have publicly denounced the Chairman for his efforts to undermine the mandate received at the last presidential election for a unitary state. The persistent attempt by the Chairman of the APRC to sell a set of proposals based on the very same report of the expert panel, rejected by the main political parties (SLFP.JVP, JHU, MEP etc) who were instrumental when bringing the present regime into power, could drag the ruling circles into a difficult situation unless remedial action is taken in time.

Open Warrant Issued to Arrest Prabhakaran 

High Court judge Sarath Ambepitiya issued an open warrant through the CID to arrest Prabhakaran and three others who were absconding. He said the LTTE leader was guilty on 51 counts and each count carried 20 years in jail making a total of 1020 years. But for practical purposes the Judge said he was imposing the sentence only on the first ten counts making a total of 200 years in jail.

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Since the restoration of democracy in the Eastern Province, the Sri Lankan Government has allocated Rs. 6.2 billion for its development.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Chief Minister of the Eastern Province (Commonly known as Pillayan, who joined the LTTE at the age of 14 as a child soldier and gave up the armed struggle and choose the way of democracy) at the opening ceremony of the Arugam Bay Bridge.

Public Security Minister Stockwell Day announces Monday in Toronto that the World Tamil Movement has been added to the government’s list of terrorist groups. (Adrian Wyld / CP)

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Sunday, 28 June 2009 07:46 AM 

 
13th Amendment ..... Segregating people according to communal lines under the name of "devolution" could only strengthen the hands of separatist movements still alive in Sri Lanka.

Rehabilitation of North liberated from the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Rehabilitation work on roads and other infrastructure in the North is now progressing rapidly under the ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’ Northern Development Program. Here workmen busy widening the Jaffna-Karainagar causeway under the rehabilitation program. Picture by Chaminda Hittatiya

Beware of those who play a different tune now - By S Akurugoda, Melbourne, Australia - In an interview with The Sunday Island last week, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said that an influential section of print and electronic media which worked overtime against the government as it battled the LTTE during the past three years, had now switched sides. According to the Defence Secretary, those who now fill pages with stories and pictures of battlefield victories did precious little when the LTTE remained strong. Even the state media hadn’t been fully focused on the war effort. It is pathetic to hear that the Defence Secretary of a country, who was waging a war against the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world, found it difficult to get an article published in support of the government’s battle against the terrorists. As the Defence Secretary quite correctly pointed out, these media personnel are playing a different tune now and nothing could be as ridiculous as what they say now if one bothered to check their background. The Defence Secretary further said that they propagated LTTE lies and almost succeeded in throwing a lifeline to the LTTE. "Just go through past issues of national newspapers, you’ll see their strategy". The most recent interview given to Asian Tribune by one editor of a foreign funded NGO journal who once filled the front pages of Tamilnet hailing the CFA, identifying Ranil as a smart leader, promoted traditional homeland concept and self determination theory and even called for foreign intervention is a case in point. This media person called Prabhakaran, in 1994, a national liberator like Nelson Mandela (SPUR : 26 June 2009).

SLNS Sayura assists damaged Fishing Boat and rescues seriously injured Fisherman at Mid-sea - Sri Lanka Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS Sayura, having rescued a seriously injured fisherman in the seas 133 nautical miles off Mullaithivu on the 25th of June 2009, had rushed to assist another fishing boat in danger of sinking in deep sea. The 46-feet long fishing vessel named “Odiliya 2”, bearing the Registration Number IMUL - A - 0239 CHW 46, had left Trincomalee Port for fishing with a six-member crew on board. It had sought the Navy’s assistance while stranded at a distance of 230 nautical miles with damages to its hull. SLNS Sayura on routine surveillance patrol was accordingly dispatched to render assistance. Meanwhile, another multi-day fishing vessel named “Ruth Baba 2” which had been in the vicinity had gone to help the damaged vessel “Odiliya 2”. Unfortunately, one of its five-member crew had suffered injuries on the middle and ring fingers of his right hand while providing assistance. SLNS Sayura, initiating timely action while on its way to rescue the sinking vessel, had taken the seriously injured fisherman on board and provided him with emergency medical treatment for crash injuries. Thereafter, it continued on its rescue mission and provided assistance to arrest the water ingress of “Odiliya 2”. As a further measure of emergency assistance, the Naval personnel on board Sayura had provided the distressed vessel with damage control equipment enabling it to remain afloat till brought ashore. The injured fisherman named Nilanka Sudesh Priyankara of Wennappuwa is in a stable condition and is being brought to Trincomalee (Sri Lanka Navy : 26 June 2009).

Troops Find Over 7000 Electric Detonators -  TROOPS conducting search and clear operations in MAHILANKULAM, PARANTHAN, OLUMADU, AMPALAWANPOKKANAI, VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL, KARYALAMULLIVAIKKAL, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU and UDAYARKATTU areas in NORTH recovered seven T-56 weapons, four T-56 magazines, six micro pistols, twelve pistol magazines, three Chinese pistols with magazines, thirty-eight rounds of 9mm pistol ammunition, forty-two rounds of micro pistol ammunition, eight explosive slabs, three thousand two hundred and thirty-one rounds of T-56 ammunition, fourteen anti personnel mines with fuses, sixty 81 mm mortar bombs, four 120 mm mortar bombs, sixty-two Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, one digital camera with battery, one hundred and fifteen 60 mm mortar bombs, twenty-four hand grenades, thirteen RPG chargers, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) link, two hundred and twenty-eight 82 mm mortar bombs, three 60 mm mortar fuses, five Out Board Motors (OBM), six hundred and forty-nine 81 mm mortar fuses, twenty-one claymore mines, three shotguns, three pistols, two 81 mm mortars, one Cannon camera, seven thousand two hundred and forty-four electric detonators, two firing devices, one radio set, two laptop computers, seven Bangalore torpedoes, twelve booby traps fitted to 82 mm mortar bombs, two MPMG weapons, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one .22 weapon, one mini Uzhi weapon with magazine, twelve I-com sets, fifty LTTE photographs, ten I-com set chargers, fifteen Yesu radio sets, one base station, one PRC 1077 radio set, six RPG weapons and sixty-eight 82 mm mortar chargers on Thursday (25). (Sri Lanka Army: 26 June 2009).

Senior Tiger Hiding in Kodikamam Area Shot Dead - HAVING being informed about the presence of a few suspected persons in KODIKAMAM area, JAFFNA 522 Brigade troops conducted a special search in the area on Wednesday (24) morning. As the troops passing IYATTALAI area around 8.00 a.m., troops observed one suspect hiding himself behind a bush and attempting to throw a hand grenade towards them. However, alert troops instantly opened fire at the suspect and killed him on the spot. Subsequent information revealed that the suspect killed by the troops was a senior Tiger cadre named SALAPPAN. Later, troops recovered one micro pistol, two hand grenades, one mobile phone and Rs. 6100/- in cash along with the dead body (Sri Lanka Army: 26 June 2009).

Police Unearths Haul of LTTE Arms - BATTICALOA: FOLLOWING information, a special Police team from COLOMBO with assistance of the VAKARAI Police could unearth a stock of weaponry buried at TRACTOR JUNCTION in VAKARAI on Wednesday (24) evening. Weapons and other items had been buried by Tigers before the area fell under the Army troops who liberated the EAST from LTTE. The recovery included one 120 mm mortar, thirty four T-56 weapons, seventy eight magazines, two Light Machine Guns (LMGs), four LMG drums, one Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG), one 12.7 mm gun mount, four antennas, eight MPMG links, eight LMG links, one hundred 1.5 V batteries, fifty pen torch batteries, one modified T-81 LMG, seven hundred and fifty rounds of T-56 ammunition, one 12 V battery, one antenna wire roll and nine motorola hand sets. The same day, BATTICALOA troops recovered one T-56 weapon and twelve 82 mm mortar bombs from MURUGAN KOVIL and KARUWALAPODDAI areas (Sri Lanka Army : 26 June 2009).

North to regain democracy; dates set for first poll after defeating terrorism - The government yesterday (June 25) announced the date for the Vavuniya Urban Council and Jaffna Municipal council elections. According to Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, the two lections will be held on August 8 as the period granted for the contesters to file their nominations ended at 12 noon yesterday. The Commissioner also extended the date to accept the applications from displaced voters and the postal voters in the Jaffna MC and Vavuniya UC limit from June 24 to June 30 . Dissanayake said this date will not be further extended under any circumstance. The UPFA, UNP, TULF, ITAK and two independent groups are vying for the Jaffna Municipal Council. The nomination lists filed by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and an independent group were rejected by the Jaffna Returning Officer. TULF Leader V. Anandasangaree will lead the TULF list of candidates. Six political parties and three independent groups are in the fray to win 11 seats in the Vavuniya Urban Council. The UPFA, UNP, ITAK, DTNA, SLMC and the Sri Lanka Progressive Front handed nominations to the Vavuniya Returning Officer G. Charles and the TNA's nomination list was rejected by the Vavuniya Returning Officer. All independent groups contesting the elections in Vavuniya and Jaffna received their symbols from the Returning Officer (sri Lanka Defence Minister).

On the hunt for Tamil Tigers' new leader - Sri Lanka's government spent much of the past quarter-century on the hunt for Velupillai Prabhakaran, the short, stocky leader of the Tamil Tigers whose death last month seemed to herald an end to the island country's on-again, off-again civil war. Yet weeks after his shattered corpse was shown on TV, Sri Lankan authorities remain on the prowl, searching for Prabhakaran's shadowy successor, a man of whom there are few photographs and who has been on Interpol's most wanted list. His name: Kumaran Pathmanathan (The Star ; 26 June 2009).

Catholics pay tribute to President and Armed Forces - Catholics will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Madhu on August 15 under state patronage and all arrangements have been made to hold the "Annual Madhu Feast" on a grand scale, the Ministry of Religious Affairs said. The Catholic community in the country have expressed their gratitude to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Government and the Armed Forces for liberating the nation from terrorism to enable the pilgrims to pay homage to the Church of Our Lady of Madhu after 33 years without fear. The Catholic community were held to tansom annually by the LTTE preventing them from paying homage to the sacred place. The LTTE continously infiltrated the Sacred Madhu Church and caused damaged to the church in the past. The priests were even forced into LTTE held areas last year with the venerated statue of Our Lady of Madhu. The Shrine at Madhu is held sacred and respected by all Sri Lankans irrespective of religion and ethnicity. Thousands of pilgrims used to visit the shrine, especially during the church feast in August, before terrorists took control of the area in 1999. Last year the LTTE dug drenches on the pathway close the Madhu Church to prevent troops from clearing the area. Pilgrims were continuously harassed by LTTE terrorists in the past (sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 26 June 2009).

Many want to emulate Lanka’s success story against terrorism - If some one wants to convince that the path they are following is the correct one to achieve the set goal ahead of them, he or she must prove that fact after achieving the set goal following the very same path he or she believes in. In the case of defeating LTTE terrorism Sri Lanka also proved the fact that it had followed the correct path in achieving the objective at a time the entire world, with few exceptions were objecting to path it had taken to defeat terrorism. Ultimately those who opposed the Sri Lankan Government’s effort to defeat the most ruthless terrorist organization or the terror movement, they thought were invincible, had to accept the bitter truth that the Sri Lankan Government had followed the correct path in achieving its objective of defeating terrorism. Many experts on terrorism who had closely followed the conflict in Sri Lanka are learning lessons from the glorious victory achieved by the Sri Lanka Security Forces since this is the first victory against a terrorist outfit after the victory achieved by the Malaysian Government against terrorism in the 1950’s (Daily News: 26 June 2009).

Vavuniya and Jaffna polls on August 8 - Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake yesterday announced that the Vavuniya Urban Council and Jaffna Municipal Council election will be held on August 8 as the period granted for the political parties and independent groups to file their nominations ended at 12 noon yesterday. The Commissioner also extended the date to accept the applications from displaced voters and the postal voters in the Jaffna MC and Vavuniya UC limit from June 24 to June 30 . Dissanayake said this date will not be further extended under any circumstance. The UPFA, UNP, TULF, ITAK and two independent groups are vying for the Jaffna Municipal Council. The nomination lists filed by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and an independent group were rejected by the Jaffna Returning Officer. TULF Leader V. Anandasangaree will lead the TULF list of candidates. Six political parties and three independent groups are in the fray to win 11 seats in the Vavuniya Urban Council. The UPFA, UNP, ITAK, DTNA, SLMC and the Sri Lanka Progressive Front handed nominations to the Vavuniya Returning Officer G. Charles and the TNA’s nomination list was rejected by the Vavuniya Returning Officer (Daily News: 26 June 2009).

WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS SINCE THE FALL OF TIGERS FOREIGN FUNDS HAVE FLOCKED SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT SECURITIES AND $100 MILION BONDS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED - By Walter Jayawardhana - The Wall Street Journal newspaper said since the Sri Lankan Army killed the top leadership of the Tamil Tigers i the stock market has soared and foreign funds have flocked to government securities and about $100 million in Sri Lankan government bonds were purchased , quoting Sri Lanka’s Central Bank sources. The report published in the world’s leading financial journal said the change happening “is clear from foreign-capital inflows in the wake of the Tamil Tigers defeat.” The Journal said the end to a long war end to a long war has come just in time for Sri Lanka's economy, according to the country's central bank chief, who is now taking steps to lift low foreign-exchange reserves and spur growth. Ajith Nivad Cabraal , the head of the Central Bank was quoted having told the newspaper ,"For 30 years, whenever investors spoke of Sri Lanka, the refrain was, 'If only it wasn't for the war,' Today, it's not the next word. A huge change has taken place."The change is clear from foreign-capital inflows in the wake of the Tamil Tigers defeat. Since the Sri Lankan army killed the top leadership of the Tamil Tigers early last week, the stock market has soared and foreign funds have flocked to government securities. About $100 million in Sri Lankan government bonds were purchased in the five-day period ended Wednesday, the central bank chief told the newspaper (SPUR: 26 June 2009).

INDIA PROMISES SRI LANKA TO HELP IN THE IDP RESETTLEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT WORK IN AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES - By Walter Jayawardhana - A high powered visiting Sri Lankan government delegation reiterated to India Colombo’s determination to resettle the internally displaced persons now living in the Welfare Centers run by the government within six months. The Sri Lanka government statements contradicted some Western press reports, which said that the displaced Tamils would not be resettled until another year . India promised substantial help to resettle the people and aid the development schemes that would strengthen the agricultural and fisheries sectors of the Tamils of the North, christened, Uthuru Wasanthaya . To help the Sri Lanka government to complete the resettlement of the IDP’s, in the 180 days programme India promised to double its current aid to de-mine the Tamil areas, as an essential step for resettlement. Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa , Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga belonged to the delegation and they met India’s National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, Defense Secretary Vijay Singh and Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna. India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Alok Prasad and Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in India, Romesh Jayasinghe were present at the talks. A statement issued by thePresidential Secretariat quoted Krishna as stating that India would assist in the resettlement and rehabilitation of the IDP, including de-mining , that would ease the safe and speedy return of the IDP’s to their homes. The Indian help also would include building temporary houses in the welfare villages. The Indian officials said they would provide fishing and agricultural gear to the Northern fishermen and farmers. Krishna has also stated that the Sri Lankan delegation had agreed on Indian suggestion to let the ship Captain Ali to off load the relief material the ship was carrying for the IDP’s in Sri Lanka . The ship was earlier ordered to sail out of the territorial waters of Sri Lanka and was anchored at an Indian harbour. The Sri Lanka Navy took the controversial ship out of the Sri Lankan waters. About 300,000 Tamil IDP’s are now hosted by the government in welfare camps and rehabilitation camps (in case of LTTE cadres) in Northern Jaffna and Vavuniya Districts. The Sri Lankan delegaton said the negotiations with India were highly successful and the meetings strengthened the bonds between the two South Asian nations (EOM).

3th Amendment: a Forced Treaty - Dr Susantha Goonatilake - The popular opposition to the so-called Indian Peace Accord which forced on us the wasteful 13th Amendment led to the “largest large-scale demonstration and uprising in Sri Lanka since Independence” as the sympathetic biographers of J.R. Jayewardene, namely K.M. de Silva and Howard Wriggins recorded.But elsewhere, Constitutions are made by discussion among citizens. For example, the US Constitution was made in Philadelphia where delegates could express their views freely. After the French Revolution, a National Constituent Assembly of representatives created the Constitution. In 1814, the Constitutional Assembly of Norway designed its broad outlines. After the Russian Revolution, a Constituent Assembly created a new Constitution. Nearer home, the Indian Constituent Assembly of people's representatives meeting first in 1946, drafted its Constitution and when the country became independent in 1947 the Constituent Assembly became India's first Parliament. The list goes on of representatives sitting together and deliberating on new Constitutions. In Sri Lanka, the Donoughmore Constitution was created after wide consultation from 1931-47 as was later the Soulbury Constitution. The 1972 Constitution was passed after consultation with members of Parliament acting as a Constituent Assembly. The constitutional changes brought under JR Jayewardene, although of a dubious nature, were still passed with a people's mandate in that his government had a 5/6th majority. A major change under his proportional representation changes was to ensure that virtually never again would adequate majorities emerge to change JR's Constitution which JR thought was now set in stone. There was, however, a little inconvenience (Daily Mirror : 25 June 2009).

Govt. committed to resettle IDPs in six months - Sri Lankan delegation assures India - The government reiterated its commitment to resettle in six months all IDPs now staying in relief centres, after their release from being held hostage by the LTTE. The was conveyed by the high-level Sri Lankan delegation comprising Senior Advisor to the President Basil Rajapaksa MP, the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga which met Indian foreign minister S M Krishna yesterday. Mr.Krishna told reporters later that India would assist in the resettlement and rehabilitation process of the displaced persons. New Delhi also stated its commitment to assist in de-mining activity to ensure the safe and speedy return of the IDPs. The Sri Lankan government's commitment to devolve considerable power to its provinces was also reaffirmed by the delegation, according to the minister. He said the delegation had agreed to India's suggestion to allow the ship "Captain Ali" to off-load the relief material meant for displaced persons in Northern Sri Lanka. These items will now be routed by the Government through the Red Cross (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 25 June 2009).

Child soldiers fight LTTE ghosts - Kumudha absent-mindedly fiddles with her left forefinger. Then, looking embarrassed, she hurriedly tucks it into the folds of her skirt. She often forgets that she has no forefinger. Only a stub. The finger was sliced off by a sniper's bullet while she was guarding an LTTE bunker in Konavil village in Kilinochchi in 2008. Heavy fighting had broken out as the Sri Lankan army pushed ahead in the north. This was just a couple of months after bullets pierced her right thigh and she was hospitalized. In 2004, in the midst of a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire, the LTTE was on a recruitment spree. Kumudha, barely 20 and all set to get married, was among the 100-odd young men and women and children hustled along a jungle trail from Amparai to Valaichenai in Batticaloa district in the eastern province. For nearly five years, she was forced to fight for the LTTE until she finally managed to flee in early 2009 from Visuvamadu. On March 16, 2009, Rani (name changed), 17 years, was dragged from her house in Puthukudiyiruppu, kicking and screaming. She hugged her mother tight, shouting at the LTTE cadres to leave her alone. Despite her pleas, Rani was carried away to Valaignarmadam, north of Mullivaikkal. For five days, the girl, along with others aged between 12 and 17, was trained in handling rifles and grenades (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 25 June 2009).

Under Northern Spring program: Prices down in Jaffna - Vadikkal Vasantham or the Uthuru Vasanthaya (Northern Spring), the rehabilitation program of the north was gradually bringing the prices down in Jaffna peninsula with farmers sending their produce of red onions, tobacco, banana and other goods to Colombo. Goods were also moving to Jaffna from the south. Also the fishermen in the north had just started their normal lives by gradually coming back to their occupation after the government lifted the restrictions on hours of going to sea starting from the third week of this month, Senior Presidential Advisor Chandra Fernando told Daily News yesterday. Private traders' lorries were now carrying goods to and from Colombo and Jaffna and in the near future more trade would develop between the south and the north, he said. The 180 day short term plan to resettle the displaced persons was being implemented at a rapid pace and the de-mining process was going on in the North including the Madhu area. An accelerated program especially in the Yodha Weva area in the Mannar district was also being implemented so that the people in the 'rice bowl' area could start paddy cultivation during next Maha season once the de-mining and repairs to irrigation canals were completed, he said.. Under the Uthuru Vasanthaya the Yoda Weva bund also had been raised by five feet so that more water could be retained in the reservoir and other minor irrigation schemes too would be rehabilitated to encourage farmers to grow more in the rice, he said (Daily News: 25 June 2009).

Developing education in North - Education was one of the worst affected sectors during the conflict years in the North and East. No teachers from the South ventured out to serve in the North due to the raging war. Besides, there was no educational structure worth talking about with educational authorities in those parts at the mercy of the LTTE. Hartal and disobedience campaigns against the State were almost daily occurrences and discipline which is the watch word in the education sphere was a dead letter. In addition, many school buildings were damaged in the fighting and those that were spared were used to house the displaced. More often classes were conducted outdoors in the most primitive conditions. There was also a severe shortage of text books and school equipment. Science laboratories were ill-equipped and schools as a whole were without their basic requirements. Besides, the booming guns and exploding bombs did not provide the ideal psychological backdrop for students to concentrate on studies. There was also the ever present danger of being conscripted for battle duties by the LTTE. Although the regular exams were held these were conducted in far from ideal conditions with the students not being conditioned to devote their minds to study. With the North more or less cut off from the general mainstream, there was a hardly any link with Colombo to enable the educational authorities here to attend to the needs and requirements of the students in the North. The raging war obviated any chance of serious academic activity with students like the rest of the population living in mortal fear (Daily News: 25 June 2009).

A haul of gold recovered from Tiger hideout - A senior LTTE cadre has helped the army recover 100 kgs of jewellery along with Rs 6,491,099 from one of their hideouts at Vellamullivaikkal on Tuesday (June 23). A senior military official told The Island that the recovery was made in the area controlled by the Task Force VIII (TF VIII) troops deployed in the Mullaitivu district. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told The Island that though the LTTE cadre had claimed that the jewellery had been deposited by civilians, a thorough investigation was required to identify the owners. According to him, several boxes containing jewellery had been buried. Others said that the recovery was made by a team of army officers from Colombo. Sources said that Tuesday’s recovery was the biggest made since the army finished off the LTTE in the third week of May. During the last stage of the battle, troops with the 53 Division had recovered Rs 12.3 million along with several LTTE bodies including that of Prabhakaran’s son, Charles Anthony. Sources said that some more cash was recovered by 53 Division troops subsequently (Island: 25 June 2009).

13th amendment is an outcome of a threat to invade Sri Lanka... - Following the total elimination of the LTTE terrorists there is much discussion going on in electronic-print media and public forums on 'the political solution to the so called "North & East problem". 13th amendment to the constitution is being projected as one of the solutions. Even the government ministers are parroting about 13th amendment without having an iota of idea about the grave consequences that will befall if this foreign imposed system of governance is introduced. It is an undeniable truth that the 13th amendment is an outcome of a threat to invade Sri Lanka by the then Indian leaders. And also it was a design of the politicians of India with imperialist mindset. Therefore, the 13th amendment to the constitution is rather impediment to have a sustainable peace in the country. Forming of system governance dictated by another country will be one of the most heinous betrayals for the members of the security forces who have made supreme scarifies to preserve the territorial integrity of the country. Therefore, we should under no circumstances undermine the sacrifices made by them by leaving no chance for dividing the country. In this well informative article by Mr.Nanda Godage, a distinguished and erudite scholar and a former ambassador of Sri Lanka has graphically illustrated the bad effects of this ill conceived forcefully imposed 'solution". He also suggests in his article a from of home grown governance system that should be suitable for our country. Please find below some excerpts from his article for your easy reference (Rebel of Kandy).

Lessons from Sri Lanka Defeating the enemy on the battlefield: - The LTTE is considered one of the deadliest terrorist groups, having invented the concept of the modern-day suicide bomber and carried out the murder of two sitting heads of State. In addition, the Tigers pioneered use of female suicide bombers, homemade minisubmarines, ultralight aircraft and “warehouse ships” pre-positioned on the high seas to resupply terrorist operations on shore. These homegrown terrorists held Sri Lanka hostage through brutal acts of terror for almost three decades, demanding a separate state for Tamils in the North and East while building a vast global terror network. Many more than 70,000 people were killed and at least 300,000 wounded. In U.S. terms, that would be the equivalent of 1.25 million dead Americans with 4.3 million wounded. The human suffering and economic dislocation is staggering yet is somehow ignored consistently by those abroad who profess to cherish democracy and the dignity of man. As the self-appointed global leader in the war on terrorism, the United States could learn some significant lessons from Sri Lanka’s victory. Here are our top nine: (Daily News: 25 June 2009).

UNLIKE ITS NAMESAKE IN LONDON THE TIMES OF INDIA WRITES ABOUT THE DEEPLY PSYCHOLOGICALLY SCARRED CHILD RECRUITS OF THE TAMIL TIGERS WHO ARE BEING REHABILITATED AT AMBEPUSSA - By Walter Jayawardhana)The Times of India newspaper featured many young Tamil youngsters , who were taken , to be child soldiers “screaming and kicking” against their will both during the time when the recruiters were untouched during a Norway brokered ceasefire treaty in Sri Lanka and during the final days of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during March 2009 when they won the sympathy of the European nations, led by the British , who put up an unprecedented diplomatic campaign to save the LTTE leader and his close associates, who were making a desperate attempt in vain to save their skins with last minute child recruitment. As the Times of India truly depicts the produced results of the recruitment, during both times, are cruel and pathetic: a generation of Tamil youth who were deeply injured psychologically. But in contrast, obviously in an attempt to whitewash Prabhakaran and his child recruiters in this most heinous war crime the Times published in London said the LTTE leader inspired “girls, boys (some as young as 12) and young men and women to die for the cause.” (May 26 2009) But the Times of India news feature confirms the volumes and volumes written by the United Nations Children’s Fund and other agencies that these inspired 12 year olds were none other than children kidnapped from schools, refugee camps, temples , playgrounds, and homes against their and their parent’s will (SPUR : 25 June 2009).

13-year-old girl units with her parents at V’niya welfare centre - A 13-year-old-girl, who needed medical treatment has been recently re-united with her parents at the Sivaparagasam welfare centre in the Vavuniya district. Earlier the child had been accommodated at a different welfare centre. Riyaz Hamza, Senior State Counsel on Wednesday (June 23) told the Supreme Court that the Competent Authority for the Northern Region had informed him about the handing over of the child to her parents. Meanwhile, the court has been told that the 68-year-old grandmother of the child, too, had been released to her relatives living in Vavuniya.Saliya Pieris, instructed by Gavri Shankeny Thavarasa appeared for the IDPs who had sought release from welfare camps to join relatives. Saliya Pieris, however, acknowledged the threat posed by mines buried in the northern villages. The case is to be mentioned on July 2. 2009. The Bench comprised, Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, Justice K. Sripavan and Justice Chandra Ekanayake (Island: 25 June 2009).

THE WORLD BANK APPROVES US $ 24 MILLION HEALTH LOAN TO SRI LANKA - By Walter Jayawardhana - The World Bank announced , June 24 , it has approved US $ 24 million IDA credit to help it provide health service delivery program with particular emphasis on the special health needs in the country’s war ravaged North and East due to the recent war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Out of the total Twelve million dollars will go to the Northern and Eastern Provinces to help the Sri Lankan government meet their special health needs arising from the conflict in the region. About 280,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently reside in temporary camps. "This reflects the bank's commitment to addressing consequences of the conflict whenever we can," said Naoko Ishii, World Bank country director for Sri Lanka. "An upcoming health needs assessment for the north and east will determine the specific activities the project will finance, but it could include mobile clinics at IDP camps, rehabilitation of disabled, treatment of traumatized persons, and other immediate priorities," Ishii said. The $24 million is additional financing to Health Sector Development Project, currently financed by an IDA grant of USD 60 million which was approved by the bank on June 15, 2004. (EOM).

Commemoration of Late Gen. Parami Kulatunga in Kandy - The third death anniversary of late General Parami Kulatunga, who was killed by a terrorists bomb attack on June 26, 2006 will be commemorated this year. His statue, which is situated in Parami Kulatunga Road, in Lewella Kandy, will be honoured on June 26 at 8.00 a.m. by his family members, colleagues and citizens of Sri Lanka (Island: 25 June 2009).

LTTE killer-suspect arrested - A suspect said to be a member of the LTTE taken into custody and questioned by the Colombo Crimes Division in connection with the killing of former SP Jaffna Charles Wijeratne and S. Kanakarajah, Principal, Mahajana Vidyalaya, Jaffna was remanded by the Additional Magistrate Darshika Wimalasiri until July 7 when they were produced at the Mt. Lavinia court on June 24. The suspect remanded was Waidyanathan Sivadaran of Udupiddi, Jaffna while evading arrest. Inquiries revealed that the accused committed the two alleged killings on LTTE orders and consequently he was produced in court (Daily Mirror: 25 June 2009).

LTTE has been defeated, but its overseas financial resources continue: GL - Export Development and International Trade Minister Professor G. L. Peiris told Britain’s Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the United Nations Lord Malloch Brown in London recently that although the LTTE has been defeated militarily on Sri Lanka’s soil, its substantial financial resources overseas continue to be used to the detriment of Sri Lanka, and the international community, in this situation, needs to be vigilant both with regard to the use of these funds by the LTTE and the persistent deployment of their propaganda machinery. Professor Peiris met Lord Brown at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Minister Peiris further said that the international community has a clear duty to extend the hand of friendship and goodwill to Sri Lanka as the country, having accomplished the difficult task of defeating terrorism, now responds to the equally daunting challenge of using the opportunity to accelerate economic development and bring prosperity to all sections of its people. A sympathetic understanding of all aspects of the current situation in the country, and the considerable progress achieved under difficult circumstances, is essential for this purpose, the Minister said. Lord Malloch Brown assured Minister Peiris of the friendship and goodwill of the British Government, and encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to continue addressing, with the support of the United Kingdom and other countries, the formidable tasks which lie ahead in respect of post-conflict reconstruction and resettlement. Professor Peiris thanked the British Minister for the continued assistance for internally displaced persons and for the allocation, in total, of £12.5 million since September 2008 (Daily Mirror : 25 June 2009).

Tamil Tiger Mobs Attack Sri Lankan Cricket fans after the ICC Twenty 20 Final - Several Sri Lankans were attacked by Tamil Tiger mobs in London soon after the ICC Twenty20 Final cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on 21st (Sunday) June 2009. These despicable incidents were happened near the main gate (Taverns Stand entrance) of the Lord’s Cricket ground despite the police presence. So far eight such incidents had been reported and 16 youths were injured. Two of them had serious injuries and were taken to the nearby hospital. They were later discharged after treatment. All these pre planned attacks took place while Police were present and so far no proper action has been taken to catch the culprits. However when Police officers were about the attacks, they have replied to the victims that they do not have enough manpower (police officers) to take effective action.. (Asian Tribune: 25 June 2009).

Popular elected governments should support ideology to combat terrorism - Washington Post - "There are nine lessons the United States and other countries could learn from Sri Lanka and the first one is that the widely held belief, "terrorism cannot be defeated militarily" should be debunked," a latest Washington editorial said. The Washington Times said, "Perhaps the most important lesson is the debunking of the widely held belief that terrorism cannot be quelled militarily. The Sri Lankan military demonstrated that professionalism, strategy, discipline and unswerving commitment can beat terrorism." The recent history of Sri Lanka has demonstrated that diplomatic negotiations are doomed to fail with an enemy with an absolutist agenda seeking to create change with ruthless use of terror, the Times said. The other lesson is that terrorists engage in hollow ceasefire arrangements to opportunistically buy time, the Times argued. The editorial insisted that Western elected governments should support all elected governments' ideology to combat terrorism. It also warned that some terrorist groups have power bases in Western nations and that without dealing with them quickly that terrorist activity will result at a local level in the West (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 24 June 2009).

MoD SUV receives donation for the scholarship fund - Six donors from one family have donated sum of 60,000.00 rupees for the scholarship fund established by the defence ministry's Seva Vanith Unit (SVU) to financially assist the education of the war heroes' children. A wheel chair and a pair of clutches for the use of disabled war heroes were also handed over to the Seva Vanitha Unit by the same donors. The cash donation and the equipments were received by the vise president of the Defence Ministry's SVU Mrs. Indu Rathnayake on behalf of the chairperson Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa in a charm function held at the Defence Ministry premises yesterday, 23 June. The donors, Wajira Gamage, Chandra Gamage, Jagath Gamage, Deepthi Gamage, Sharuni Gamage and Uditha Manamperi were present at the occasion (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 24 June 2009).

Troops of 572 Brigade uncover more LTTE military hardware - Mullaittivu -Troops of 572 Brigade conducting large scale search and clearing operations in liberated area have uncovered more military hardware yesterday, 23 June. According to the military report received, troops have conducted clearing operations in Visuamadu, Puliyampokkanai and Tharmapuram areas. Following items are among the recoveries (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 24 June 2009).

Uthuru Vasanthaya: Rs. 1,058m worth projects for displaced children’s education - Concurrent to the Uthuru Vasanthaya Northern Development Program launched by the Government to bring normality to the lives of people displaced from terrorism in the North, the Government has launched projects worth Rs. 1,058 million to provide higher education facilities to children of the displaced funded by the ADB and the World Bank. This follows a survey which gathered information about students who have missed their higher education due to the conflict in the North, the Education Ministry said. The Ministry said under this program, a Rs. 23 million project has been launched to restart higher education courses at the Jaffna and Vavuniya Universities while Rs. 90.33 million would be spent to put up a hostel for medical students at the Jaffna University. Construction work on an academic and administrative building costing Rs. 609.89 million has started at the Jaffna Institute of Higher Technological Education. Another Rs. 30 million has been set apart to improve the quality of existing courses and introduction of new courses at this Technological Institute while Rs. 14.45 million has been earmarked for improvement of its infrastructure facilities, the Ministry said. Steps have also been taken to set up a new Institute of Higher Technology at Vavuniya costing Rs. 65 million and another Rs. 60 million had been allocated for improvement of basic facilities at the new university at Vavuniya due to be completed in 2011. Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said programs costing Rs. 576 million launched to bring about a qualitative improvement in the country’s Higher Education field would be completed before next year (Daily News: 24 June 2009).

Why we should reject Devolution under the 13th Amendment- by Dr Sudath Gunasekara. President Mahanuwara Senior Citizens Movement - If we devolve political power to the provinces under the 13th Amendment that will definitely mark the first step in the division of this Island nation in to a number of rival ethnic states, eternally fighting for supremacy, at the end of which every one will perish. It will first lead to the establishment of at least two separate states; one for the Tamils in the North, East and the Central Hills (T=12% (6% in the N+E and 6% C/Hills) and the other, for all other people (88% = S 75%+T 6% and +M&Malay 7%) in the rest of the country, with possible room for further disintegration in future. In other words with this decision we will be paving the way for the establishment of the EELAM in Sri Lanka, what the LTTE failed to achieve after thirty years of war with the government that resulted in killing nearly 100,000 people and destroyed billions of Rupees worth of national assets and retarded the development of the country at least by another 100 years. Further such devolution will results not only in a betrayal of all the sacrifices made by thousands of our heroic warriors who sacrificed their lives in the name of the nation over the years but it will also turn the political map of this country upside down and make it irreversible for ever. As for the government definitely it will be political suicide. The end result would be, a cursed land of eternal killing and bleeding for territorial feuds, that will finally mark the extinction of the 2500 year old Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist civilization from the surface of this earth. In this backdrop the 13th amendment will never provide a solution to the present problem. It will create more problems than any one ever expected. Therefore the remedy will be worse than the malady. Therefore in my opinion any attempt to invoke the provisions of the 13th amendment will only end up as an Ambuda gesiima for Atiisaraya (LankaWeb: 24 June 2009).

NGOs helped LTTE bring explosives to Cbo. - Police investigations have revealed that several Non-Governmental Organizations had helped the LTTE transport explosives to Colombo. A special Police team is working on this suspicion and some members of the NGOs are likely to be arrested. Investigations carried out in connection with the attempted assassination of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa revealed the explosives had been transported in a false fuel tank of a vehicle and packed into a three wheeler in Colombo which was exploded at the Pittala Junction targeting Defence Secretary’s convoy. The main suspect in this incident is under interrogation under detention orders for more details on NGO involvement in the transport of explosives (Island: 24 June 2009).

TIGERS REMAIN TERRORISTS - US says LTTE transitional government not recognized, Tigers - listed again,State Department insists not blocking IMF loan - The United States says it does not recognize the provisional transnational government of Tamil Eelam announced by the LTTE head of international relations S. Pathmanathan and once again listed the Tigers as a terrorist outfit following its latest review. Speaking during a live web chat last night from the US State Department, senior U.S. State Department official Gregg Sullivan said that although the US welcomed reports that the LTTE has renounced violence and will now pursue its objectives through peaceful means there is a long way to go before the Tigers can be considered a reliable entity. “Towards the end of the conflict, their (LTTE) efforts to keep civilians in the war zone, block their departure from war-ravaged areas and their firing from civilian areas put civilians at risk. They're going to have to demonstrate clearly that the tactics they've used for the last 30 years really are in the past. Aside from the passage of time and a clear record of constructive engagement, I'm not sure I have any other advice for how the LTTE shows a different face to the world. But, the case of Libya illustrates how a nation or organization can change its terrorist path and chart a new course. All I can say is we'll be watching for clear signs of such a change,” he said in response to a question posed by Daily Mirror.The U.S has designated the LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997 and that designation remains in effect because of their consistent use of methods that both deliberately and indirectly target civilians (Daily Mirror: 24 June 2009).

Wellaweli area leader killed in explosion - Police said that Nallathambi Yogendran alias Sinnathambi believed to be the former LTTE area leader for Wellawali, Batticaloa had been killed in an accidental explosion in the Wellaweli jungles. Police said that Sub Inspector Keerthi Jayaratne, Officer-in-Charge of Wellawali police had been wounded in the blast. Security sources said that the police had taken the LTTE cadre to the jungle after he promised to hand over some arms and ammunition hidden in the jungle (Island: 24 June 2009).

Gotabhaya wants ‘Leader’ trial to proceed - When the case in which Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa instituted legal action against the Editor and the Publisher of the Leader newspaper, in connection with a story published in the respondent’s newspaper, was called before Mt. Lavinia, District Judge Mohamed Mackey yesterday, Court was informed of the complainant’s intention to proceed for trial. In this case the Editor of the Leader newspaper Fredrica Janz and its Publisher Lal Wickrematunge, have been cited as respondents by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in connection with a story published in the respondent newspaper alleging the State had incurred a loss of US$ 10.078 million in purchasing Mig aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force. The complainant is clamming Rs.10 million as damages. Attorney-at-Law Lankatilleke appearing for the respondents, expressed regret over the story before informing Court that he will not be appearing for the respondents. The Judge taking into consideration Defence Counsel’s decision, directed that Court be informed on August 16 of the identity of the new Attorney-at-Law appearing for the respondents (Island: 24 June 2009).

SUNDAY LEADER THE DARLING OF THE WEST IS FACING CRISIS AFTER CRISIS IN ITS LEGAL BATTLE IN COURTS WITH DEFENSE SECRETARY GOTABHAYA RAJAPAPAKSA - By Walter Jayawardhana - The Sunday Leader newspaper , which has been facing a legal battle with the country’s Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa , accused of defaming him , faced a serious crisis when the lawyers appearing for the newspaper withdrew from the case declaring that they did not doubt the defence secretary’s honesty and integrity. There had been two cases filed against the pro-opposition United National Party newspaper by the Defence Secretary. In the second case the court issued an injunction against the Sunday Leader preventing them from publishing anymore defamatory material against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. On May 14 the newspaper promised before the court that they would not publish such material. But the Defence Secretary’s Attorneys informed the courts that the newspaper carried defamatory article against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa comparing him with Velupillai Prabhakaran. The newspaper said, both had violated human rights. The Counsel for the Defense Secretary argued that the article violated the court injunction and committed contempt of court. The court, pushing the newspaper into a legal quagmire issued summons to the newspaper why they should not be punished for the contempt of court. Complicating the cases some more the Attorneys appearing for the first case for the newspaper withdrew from appearing from the case in which the Defense Secretary has accused the newspaper of defaming him in four articles written about the purchase of MiG fighter jets for the Sri Lanka Air Force. The Attorneys appearing for the newspaper said they could not any longer appear for the defendants as they did not doubt the integrity and honesty of the Defence Secretary and he had done a great service to the country. Attorney Ali Sabry , who appeared for the Defence Secretary said they did not want a mere “apology” from the newspaper but they were determined to prove no fraud had been committed during the purchase of these aircraft, as charged by the newspaper, providing all relevant documents pertaining to the transaction. The court offered a new date, to facilitate the accused newspaper to hire new lawyers.

Humanitarian operation carried out in accordance with international norms - DSC - The entire humanitarian and Military operation was conducted in accordance with international norms and standards governing the conduct of internal armed conflicts, Deputy Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda said in his right of reply at the 11th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. “I say with responsibility that, as done in the past, the spokesperson for International Educational Development (IED) continued to utter complete falsehood at this Council this morning too, regarding the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka,” he said. “Her presentation only supports lobbying by the remnants of the internationally infamous and ruthless terrorist organization - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which was recently completely eliminated within Sri Lanka through political leadership which acted in the best interests of Sri Lanka, a professional and effective military leadership, and by well organized and disciplined military operations undertaken by the dedicated and capable Sri Lankan Security Forces. The IED spokesperson’s utterances were supplemented by another set of falsehood presented by the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination And Racism (IMADR),” Kodagoda said. The LTTE’s direct lobbying as well as lobbying by hired and paid agents of the LTTE is of course not uncommon at this Council, he said (Daily News: 24 June 2009).

Police recover more hidden arms - Police Intelligence Unit uncovered a cache of arms, suicide kits and 46kg of C4 explosives yesterday hidden inside a jungle in Veppankulam area, Vauniya. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said acting on information from three LTTE suspects arrested, Western Province Intelligence Unit and Vavuniya police have recovered the arms and explosives. Police unearthed 46kg of C4 explosives, a claymore mine weighing 14.5kg, two claymore mines weighing 2.7kg, three claymore stands, 45 electronic detonator cord, wire roll, a gas cylinder, a plastic barrel and two hand grenades. In the same areas, the Vavuniya police has recovered a suicide kit weighing 10kg, three suicide kits each weighing 3kg, three detonator cords, 33 electric detonators, a remote antenna and two timers. Meanwhile, the Terrorist Investigation Division unearthed a stock of arms from the LTTE Baskaran camp in Kuchchaweli, Trincomalee on Monday. SSP Gunasekera said the TID jointly conducting a search operation with the Trincomalee police in the Kumburupitiya area has found 120 of 182mm mortar bombs, three claymore mines, 18,000 T56 ammunition and 5,500 MPMG ammunition (Daily News: 24 June 2009).

Urgent treatment for misleading information - The following letter was sent to the British Medical Journal in response to an article by a Dr. Shiamala Suntharalingam, which provided much misleading information as to the situation in the North (Daily News: 24 June 2009).

TELO contesting under upfa banner - Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma yesterday said the UPFA is for the first time contesting the Vavuniya Urban Council and Jaffna Municipal Council elections under the betel leaf symbol and many political parties such as TELO will contest the election under the UPFA banner. Addressing the media at the Mahaweli Centre, the Minister said the People in the Northern Province specially in Jaffna have unprecedented faith in the Government which created an environment for them to live in peace and harmony. He said the Government is fully confident of its victory at the upcoming Uva Provincial Council and Jaffna and Vavuniya elections. ”We sought the support of the people at the North Central, Sabaragamuwa,North Western and Western and Central Provincial Elections to continue the Government’s endevour to wipe out terrorism” , he said. “We kept our promise and wiped out terrorism from the country and the challenge to develop the country lies ahead of us. We seek public support at the forthcoming election to bring prosperity to the country,” he said. Minister Alahapperuma stressed that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has no intention to remain in power beyond his mandatory period under any circumstance. He said the President is always committed to uphold democratic norms and values in the country. Scoffing at Opposition’s allegation that the Government is trying to remain in power after its mandatory period, the Minister said the Opposition has distanced from the masses at grassroots level (Daily News: 24 June 2009).

Solar powered phone booths for IDPs - The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) has planned to set up solar powered coin operated telephone booths in welfare centres in the North for the benefit of displaced civilians to formulate their daily needs. This is part of its program drawn up with the collaboration of a Telecommunications provider to develop telecommunication facilities in rural areas without electricity. Under the first stage of this program, Tritel will instal 2,000 solar powered coin operated CDMA telephone booths throughout the country said the TRC in a communique issued yesterday. Tritel will invest Rs. 500 million under the first stage of this program, reported the Daily News today. TRC said this is an environment friendly program which will provide telecom facilities to the less privileged sector at a reasonable cost. The first model telephone booth under this program was opened on an experimental basis at Elvitigala Mawatha Colombo opposite the TRC premises recently (Sri Lanka Guardian: 23 June 2009).

London's Pro Tamil Tiger demonstration and the numbers game - By Janaka Alahapperuma from London - The London Metropolitan Police had to force the organizers to proceed and keep up with the schedule in the latest march, organized by British Tamil Forum (BTF) with the help of Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) on Saturday 20th June in London. The organizers asked permission from the Met Police for 100, 000 participants, but disappointed by the poor attendance, they tried to delay the march in the hope of more people attending. A Scotland Yard informant told me that organizers expected Tamils even from Europe to attend, and carried out huge propaganda and media campaign to attract Diaspora Tamils. "They expected a huge crowd today. It looks like they are loosing the grip, and the support they got before the elimination of Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. They must be very disappointed", he further said. However British media reported the event as "Thousands march in support of Tamils, where more than 10,000 (Ten thousand) pro-Tamil protesters have been marching around Parliament as campaigners compared the plight in Sri Lanka to Nazi Germany" (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 23 June 2009).

Tamil MP arrested in Sri Lanka for 'LTTE links' Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a pro-LTTE Tamil parliamentarian for alleged links to the Tamil Tigers and violation of the country's Emergency Regulations, a media report said on Tuesday. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) conducting investigations into LTTE activities yesterday produced Sathasivam Kanagaratnam, the lawmaker of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), before the Colombo Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Nisantha Hapuarachchi. The CID said the MP is alleged to have violated the Emergency Regulations and assisted the LTTE, the state-run Daily News reported. The authorities are looking into his links with the LTTE, the report said. Mr.Kanagaratnam, who has represented the Wanni district in the Parliament since April 2004, was arrested by the CID recently while moving with the trapped civilians from the uncleared areas. He was trapped in Mullaitivu for almost nine months. "The CID has commenced an investigation against the MP who is alleged to have been involved with LTTE terrorist activities under the detention orders issued on May 21 by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa," the paper said (Hindu : 23 June 2009).

Maligawatta Sri Sudarmara Vihara makes donation for war heroes - The Maligawatta Sri Sudarmara Vihara donated 19 artificial limbs worth of Rs. 190,000.00 in aid of disabled war heroes at the Ragama Ranaviru Sevana on 20th June, 2009. In addition five sets of bathroom fittings were also donated, said Ven. Godauda Ariyadamma Thero, Chief Incumbent of Sri Sudarmara Vihara. The donation was made possible by the Maligawatta Sudarmarama Vihara philanthropist organization (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 23 June 2009).

85 year-old mother makes donation for Api Wenuwen Api fund - Mrs. D.B Sarlina Hami, 85, a retired school teacher made a cash donation worth of Rs. 100,000.00 for the welfare of war heroes yesterday (June 22). She made the donation in tribute of the valiant security forces personnel for defeating the LTTE terrorists and ending the three decade long conflict. According her close relatives, Mrs. Saralina Hami had donated the cash money from her savings. Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa received the donation officially at the Ministry of Defence premises. President of the Rana Viru Seva Authority, Major General Palitha Fernando, officials of the Rana Viru Seva Authority and Mr. Priyantha Perera son of Mrs. Saralina Hami were also present at the occasion (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 23 June 2009).

TAMIL DIASPORA SHOULD LAY DOWN THE IDEOLOGY “EELAM” - By Dr Raju Selva - I am a Tamil living outside Sri Lanka hence by mere definition unfortunately I belong to Tamil Diaspora which I am ashamed of myself of being one of them and I am making this appeal again to the misled pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora to lay down the ideology “Eelam”. I have been very critical of the Tamil Diaspora (TD) for chasing an illusion and written articles to many websites criticizing the role played by the TD supporting LTTE terrorist outfit. Some of the letters I have written titled, “LTTE has brought nothing but misery to the Tamils”, “Tamil Diaspora your Money is in vain in supporting LTTE”; LTTE fund raisers vanish with millions of dollars”; “The Tamil Diaspora should stop financing demised LTTE and help our Tamil brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka”.  Etc,  In all these letters, I have pleaded to the Tamil Diaspora that they are chasing a mirage and to stop financing LTTE. We are here talking about not a couple of hundred dollars but hundreds of millions of dollars which you have contributed every year for a mythical Eelam or a “promised homeland for Tamils” by Prabhakaran. Your hard earned money contributed over the last 25 years brought nothing but misery to us Tamils and all those funds will vanish into thin air very soon. You would have observed the melancholy and weary faces of the innocent Tamil civilians who were escaping from the clutches of LTTE with soiled clothes and few belongings. When they stepped into the Government controlled area, they were starving, suffering from malnutrition both old, young, kids and infants and with various illnesses. The images of these poor people epitomize thousands of words as to how  LTTE has been treating the civilians under their control though the funds were raised by LTTE fronts like TRO on the pretext of helping the poor Tamils albeit the dead Prabhkaran and his family were living in luxury with swimming pools, spas etc. But despite all these, I am sad to find even the educated Tamils Diaspora still can’t get over the fact that LTTE is dead in Sri Lanka, its leader Prabhakaran and family are dead and LTTE all top rank carders  are dead (SPUR : 23 June 2009).

The solution –(Part III) - The two paradigms - By Nalin de Silva - (June 24, Colombo, Sri Lnaka Guardian) I shall not deviate too much from my main theme to respond to Mr. K. Sivakumaran, who appears to think that I am anti-Tamil or do not have a "soft corner" for the Tamils in Sri Lanka. I have more than a "soft corner" for the Tamils as well as all the other ethnic communities in Sri Lanka and I respect them as citizens of the country. However, I do not keep silent when people misrepresent "facts" especially in the interests of the British and the other westerners who are out to dominate not only the Sinhalas but the Tamils, Muslims and others as well. At present the Brits are supporting the Tamils simply because they think that can use the latter to weaken if not destroy the Sinhala Buddhist culture, but if they succeed then they (Brits) will train their guns on the Tamils. I have "facts" which are neither sacred nor independent of theories, concepts etc., as in the case of the "facts" of others as well, to show that Tamils in Sri Lanka do not have a continuous history going back to a date not before the thirteenth century but before the seventeenth century (Sri Lanka Guardian : 23 June 2009).

Is Devolution an Option for Domination? - Prof. Hudson McLean - This question has but a single simple answer……..NO! - Devolution will create Domination in the most cruelest and wicked format. Devolution will create the Ghetto syndrome. Lets face the facts. Sinhala, whether one likes it or not, is the majority in Sri Lanka. Just like in Great Britain, the English are in majority compared to Scots, Irish and the Welsh, and there has been no cry for separate independent States due to discrimination, if any, caused by the English majority. Discrimination is an inherant part of humanity! Globally. In Black, White, Yellow, Brown. In Christianity, Hindu, Buddhist, Islam, Judaism. No matter what or where, factional unrest is created due to human quality of Racism & Prejudice causing Discrimination. The illusion of the so called Sinhala discrimination against the Tamils in Sri Lanka was initiated by the Colonial Britain in their quest to “Divide & Rule”. The Tamils in the South are actually well fed and rule the commerce and business world, without any complain from the Sinhala majority. Now that the LTTE Terrorists have been wiped out, before any resurgence of any remnant splits and leftovers, the Defence must be further strengthened by the permanant presence of the military throughout the country. Zero Tolerence! The Operative Word, against any whiff of any act which might create the slightest civil disturbance (LankaWeb: 23 June 2009).

THE WASHINGTON TIMES SAYS US AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WEST COULD LEARN MANY LESSONS FROM SRI LANKA IN DEFEATING TERRORISM - By Walter Jayawardhana - In an editorial the Washington Times newspaper said, there are nine lessons the United States and other countries  could learn from Sri Lanka and the first one is that the widely held belief , terrorism cannot be defeated militariy should be debunked The Washington Times said, “Perhaps the most important lesson is the debunking of the widely held belief that terrorism cannot be quelled militarily. The Sri Lankan military demonstrated that professionalism, strategy, discipline and unswerving commitment can beat terrorism. “ The recent history of Sri Lanka has demonstrated, the Times said ,diplomatic negotiations are doomed to fail with an enemy with an absolutist agenda seeking to create change with ruthless use of terror. The other lesson is that terrorists engage in hollow ceasefire arrangements to opportunistically buy time, the Times argued. The editorial also said, the United States and Commonwealth countries should not become frontline states in reigniting the bloody terrorism of the LTTE. Such apathy by third countries cripple the whole international structure of antiterrorism, the editorial said. The editorial also said terrorist organizations often make bad decisions and the killing of Rajiv Gandhi was such a bad decision that created the backlash of India that gave grave troubles for the terrorist outfit (SPUR : 23 June 2009).

DECs go North-East - The Government will set up four Dedicated Economic Centers (DECs) in Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Medawachchiya and Jaffna within this year to provide essential commodities to the people in the North and the East at concessionary rates. Addressing a media-briefing in Colombo yesterday, Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that four DECs would facilitate to uplift the living standards of Northern and Eastern farmers by resolving their marketing problems. ”We have planned to open four DECs shortly under the Uthuru Vasanthaya to provide reliefs to both consumers as well as farmers,” the Minister said. It has also become inevitable to ensure economic development in these regions by launching such projects,” the Minister said. Meanwhile, steps have already been taken by the Government to set up 30 Mini Coop-cities, nine Lak Sathosa branches, five showrooms of Sri Lanka State Trade (General) Cooperation, five Osu Sala branches and five bakeries under the Uthuru Vasanthaya program. ”We expect to open all these institutions before the end of this month,” the Minister further said. There is a large stock of various agricultural products cultivated in the North and the East. This produce cannot be sold due to the lack of an effective marketing system. Minister Gunawardena said that the Government has realized these marketing problems faced by the farmers. It has made arrangements to overcome these marketing problems and provide fare price to the agricultural products of farmers in the future, the Minister said. Therefore, the establishment of these DECs would vastly benefit to the farmers in the North and East. It would also help to bring down the wholesale and retails prices of goods in the market (Daily News: 23 June 2009).

Jaffna, Mannar to get power -  The Government has initiated an ambitious project to increase electricity facilities under the Northern Development Project in the Jaffna and Mannar Districts with a USD 30 million Fund Supply Credit. Ceylon Electricity Board Chairman E. A. S. K. Edirisinghe told The Island yesterday the project under the Chairmanship of Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP commenced last week in Jaffna. He said: "Under this project we are planning to improve the consumption ratio to 85 per cent from the present 65 per cent in the Jaffna District and in Mannar District to 100 per cent from the present 37 per cent within 180 days". However, these facilities would be provided only where 100 per cent of the people are in occupation, he said (Island: 23 June 2009).

TNA MP with Tiger links detained - The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) conducting investigations into LTTE activities, yesterday produced Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District MP Sathasivam Kanagaratnam before the Colombo Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Nisantha Hapuarachchi and said the MP is alleged to have violated the Emergency Regulations and assisted the LTTE. Kanagaratnam was arrested by the CID while he was with the people who came from the uncleared areas. He was trapped in Mullaitivu for several months. The CID has commenced an investigation against the MP who is alleged to have been involved with LTTE terrorist activities under the detention orders issued on May 21 by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Investigations revealed that Kanagaratnam is alleged to have violated the Emergency Regulations and committed several offences. On an application by the CID, Judge Hapuarachchi ordered the CID to detain the suspect and conduct investigations and submit a comprehensive report to Court on the next date, July 26 (Daily News: 23 June 2009).

Youths in welfare camps to be engaged in agriculture - The government has decided to provide 1000 acres of fertile agricultural lands and inputs for agriculture purposes to youths in the IDP Relief Villages in Vavuniya to enable them to be motivated towards engaging in agriculture, Presidential Secretariat sources said yesterday. "This would prevent them from just idling" sources further said. This decision was arrived at by the Minister of Agrarian Services Hemakumara Nanayakara following his visit to IDP Relief Villages in Vavuniya including Kadirgamapuram earlier this month. The Minister found hundreds of youths idling aimlessly at welfare villages and said "as a responsible Government we should take care of them" and quoting an idiom he said that idle minds are the devils’ workshops". Following discussions with the Senior Presidential advisor MP Basil Rajapaksa the Minister had instructed the Commissioner of Agrarian Services Ravindra Hewawitharna to identify without delay 1,000 acres of fertile land adjoining Kadirgamapuram Relief Village. Commissioner of Agrarian Services Hewawithana was in Kandy to participate in the ‘Food week" which had been declared by the Government under the ‘Api Wawamu Rata Nagamu’ programme (Island: 23 June 2009).

Post-LTTE Indian Ocean geo-politics - By Janaka Perera - The Congress Party victory at the Indian Parliamentary Elections no doubt dashed the last fervent hopes of the LTTE leadership praying for a change in Delhi’s Sri Lanka policy that would help the terrorist outfit to survive in the event of a Bharathiya Janatha Party victory. There is however one worrying aspect of the Congress Government’s secular policy that may not be favourable to Sri Lanka. She need not have been that concerned about it if the BJP won the elections since Hindu religious sentiment forms that party’s political base. The issue here is the proposed Sethu Samudram Canal Project (SSCP) work on which has been presently stalled as the Indian Supreme Court has reserved its order on the project. An expert Committee has been reportedly appointed to study its environmental impact. If the project is implemented the possibility of it becoming a disaster for Sri Lanka cannot be ruled out. While destroying the marine eco system, the SSCP would hamper to a great extent the revenue which Sri Lanka earns through maritime activities. The late Lakshman Kadirgamar as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister expressed his country’s concerns about the resulting environmental hazards and hazards to fishermen in the Mannar area and Palk Straits itself (Asian Tribune: 23 June 2009).

Traitors will be brought to book - FM - Members of the Sri Lankan expatriate community who are engaged in activities detrimental to the sovereignty and dignity of the country would be severely dealt with, said Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. He said the Foreign Ministry will implement a novel program to bring these unfaithful elements to book under the directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Foreign Minister was speaking at a felicitation to Security Forces personnel in Hanwella. This ceremony was organized by the Pehesara Youth Society at the Sri Wijitharama Viharaya, Hanwella. "Our foreign missions have informed the Foreign Ministry that a large number of Sri Lankans are involved in disseminating various baseless and misleading news about Sri Lanka through various television and radio channels and websites. The Minister said these treacherous elements are involved in a malicious media campaign against their Motherland where they were born and bred and received free education. The Government is in the process of devising a plan with the assistance of Interpol to ensure their early extradition from the countries where they are now living. The Minister said stern legal action will be taken against elements who act against the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity (Daily News: 23 June 2009).

LTTE’s Eelam without borders - S Murari, Chennai - With the Sri Lankan armed forces having wiped out the LTTE and brought the war for an independent Eelam to an end, the rebel group’s international relations head Selvaraja Pathmanathan has announced a plan to set up a Provisional Trans-national Government of Tamil Eelam with the support of 800,000 Lankan Tamils living all over the world. Sri Lanka has laughed it off and one analyst has called it a desperate attempt by the LTTE to rise from its ashes. Though Prabhakaran is dead and along with him the entire leadership, there are an estimated 2,000 rudderless LTTE cadres with arms, according to intelligence reports, and they can pose a challenge in future if they have a political platform to fight on. So however fanciful the virtual Eelam concept may look, it deserves a closer examination. Mr Pathmanathan has refused to call it a government in exile for such a regime will require a host country. But the aim is to mobilize international support so that this transnational setup can metamorphose into a government in exile in time (Asian Tribune: 23 June 2009).

UNP hands over nominations for Jaffna MC -The United National Party yesterday, (22) handed over its nominations for the Jaffna Municipal Council elections to the Assistant Elections Commissioner at the Jaffna District Secretariat, a party press release said. UNP Assistant General Secretary and parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena who flew to Jaffna yesterday morning handed over the nominations. The party has nominated 28 Tamils and one Muslim candidate. Four were women while 12 were youth candidates (Island: 23 June 2009).

A homeland for Tamils: Why not Tamil Nadu? - By Raj Gonsalkorale - Sri Lanka nearly added another coveted trophy to their growing collection of trophies. However on the day, Pakistan proved to be the winning side. Captain Kumar Sangakkara and his team have proven once again that Sri Lanka is equal to any other international cricket team. They ended up along with Pakistan, as the two best teams in this form of cricket. Although victory eluded Sri Lanka on this occasion, they and all other Sri Lankans warmly applauded Pakistan for their superb performance and for winning this international championship. Sri Lanka has demonstrated not just their cricketing abilities, but also their strength of character to beat the psychological impact of the drama they endured in Lahore. By a quirk of fate, they faced Pakistan in the final. A fitting tribute to the warmth and friendship Sri Lanka enjoys with Pakistan. Those who cheered for the Sri Lankan team were not just the Sinhalese. Eelam proponents also cheered the Sri Lankan cricket team. Other Tamils and Muslims also cheered the team. The country was unified when Sri Lanka played, and it is perhaps the only occasion when such a wonderful feeling of oneness pervaded the country, beyond the cricket field, and into many a living room with a TV set, or when everyone rushed to buy newspapers or when listeners glued their ears to radios (Asian Tribune: 23 June 2009).

JVP demands Govt reveal its stand on 13th Amendment -  The JVP yesterday demanded that the Government reveal its stance on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, at a press conference in Colombo. The party insisted it wanted President Mahinda Rajapaksa to reveal the Government’s stand since several key ministers were issuing contradictory statements on the issue. Commenting on the 13th Amendment which deals with the devolution of power, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that coalition partners in the Government who cannot secure a single seat on their own were calling for the implementation of the 13th Amendment. He referred to All Party Representative Committee Chairman Professor Tissa Vitharana, who is from the LSSP and Constitutional Affairs Minister, D. E. W. Gunasekera, a Communist who were fully supportive of the 13th Amendment. Referring to Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene’s query as to what was wrong in adopting a resolution that was passed in Parliament with a two-thirds majority, Tilvin Silva recalled that it was passed during the tenure of late President J. R. Jayewardene who was armed with the resignation letters of all his MPs. "Only Minister Gamini Jayasuriya opposed the move and walked out of Parliament," Silva said (Island: 23 June 2009).

Access road to Madhu shrine before feast - Senior Presidential Advisor and Basil Rajapaksa MP instructed officials to complete the development of the access road to the Madhu shrine before the annual Madhu festival. Funds for the project was allocated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was Prime Minister. The total cost of the project is Rs. 95 million. Parliamentarian Rajapaksa made this order when the Presidential Task Force on Northern Development chaired by him reviewed the progress of the development activities in the Mannar district on Saturday. He also instructed the officials to resume the mobile phone connections within two hours, which was barred by the Government due to the terrorist atrocities, after officials pointed out that the lack of communication facilities might impede development activities in the district. The officials focused on the condition of fisheries, health, education and irrigation sectors in the district. They also discussed how infrastructure facilities could be developed in the district. Senior Presidential Advisor Rajapaksa instructed officials to carry out a complete survey on the soil of the Mannar district and identify crops that can yield better harvest. He stressed the need of growing crops in all cultivable lands in the district and directed the officials to explore the possibility to promote red onion cultivation in the district (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 22 June 2009).

'Asian Cotton Mills' makes donation for Welfare of war heroes - The Asian Cotton Mills made a cash donation with the Ministry of Defence Seva Vanitha Unit for the welfare of war heroes today (June 22). General Manager, Asian Cotton Mills Mr. Rohan Iriyagolla handed over the cash cheque to the Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) Chairperson Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa at the MOD premises (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 23 June 2009).

'Regency Teas' makes donation for Api Wenuwen Api fund - A cash donation for the Api Wenuwen Api fund was made by the Regency Teas Pvt Ltd in tribute of the security forces for rescuing over thousands of civilians held at hostage by LTTE and liberating the nation from the scourge of terrorism. Mr W.D.A.S Neelanga representing 'Regency Teas' handed over the cash cheque worth of Rs. 250,000.00 to Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa today(June 22) at the Ministry of Defence premises. Mr. Hiran Karunarathne from the 'Regency Teas (Pvt) Ltd was also present at the occasion (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 22 June 2009).

The End Battle The cowardly death of the LTTE chief : There’s one thing you men will be able to say when you get back home. Thirty years from now, when you’re sitting by your fireside, with your grandson on your knee and he asks “What did you do in the great World War Two?” you won’t have to shift him to the other knee, cough and say, “Well, I shovelled sh*t in Louisiana” - General Patton. A death of a criminal, who led a murderous group that caused immense sufferings on innocent, is indeed a great relief for those who have to live under constant threat of that group. When, this criminal is one who is responsible for the deaths of over 75,000 people and one who threw a nation to the verge of destruction, the news not only brings relief to the nation, but also the individuals who brought that relief become national heroes. Their effort becomes a legend that would be told from generation to generation. The death of V. Prabhakaran, the megalomaniac killer who haunted Sri Lankan citizens for 30 years is certainly a story that would never be forgotten. Defence.lk team presents the true story of the valiant effort that ultimately brought an end to the most implacable curse caste on Sri Lankan citizens (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 22 June 2009).

Lessons from Sri Lanka- The Washington Times - By: Peter Leitner and Rajika Jayatilake - Defeating the enemy on the battlefield Sri Lanka recently emerged victorious from one of the world's longest-running conflicts, once termed an "unwinnable" war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers. The LTTE is considered one of the deadliest terrorist groups, having invented the concept of the modern-day suicide bomber and carried out the murder of two sitting heads of states. In addition, the Tamil Tigers pioneered use of female suicide bombers, homemade minisubmarines, ultralight aircraft and "warehouse ships" pre-positioned on the high seas to resupply terrorist operations on shore. These homegrown terrorists held Sri Lanka hostage through brutal acts of terror for almost three decades, demanding a separate state for ethnic Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka while building a vast global terror network. Many more than 70,000 people were killed and at least 300,000 wounded. In U.S. terms, that would be the equivalent of 1.25 million dead Americans with 4.3 million wounded. The human suffering and economic dislocation is staggering yet is somehow ignored consistently by those abroad who profess to cherish democracy and the dignity of man. As the self-appointed global leader in the war on terrorism, the United States could learn some significant lessons from Sri Lanka's victory. Here are our top nine: (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 22 June 2009).

Police powers under the 13th Amendment: A rare example - by C. Wijeyawickrema - Leo Perera’s summary essay ‘The 13th Amendment to the Constitution –– Devolution of Public Order and exercise of Police powers –– Indo-Lanka Accord has no such requirement’ (The Island News paper, 6/10/2009) explaining (1) the conflict between 13-A and 17-A, and (2) the failed past attempts during the colonial times (1892-1905) to implement police powers by Government Agents at the Province-level, is a significant contribution especially due to three new developments we see today. These developments indicate that Tamil separatism is buried and not dead. The lucrative, many-faceted international network created by Prabakaran is rapidly raising its head again ironically, blaming the dead man for his undemocratic (inhuman?) acts! (Island: 22 June 2009).

Ranaviru family outreach meetings conclude successfully in Matara: Victory over terrorism due to war heroes - Defence Secretary - The 17th and the final session of the round of Ranaviru family outreach meetings organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority (RSA) was held at the 2nd Gemunu Watch regimental headquarters in Matara on Friday. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and several senior government officials met members of over 350 Ranaviru families at this session. The round of meetings commenced in March 2009 in Anuradhapura for Ranaviru families of Anuradhapura and Vavuniya districts. The program’s aim is provide an opportunity for members of Ranaviru families, particularly of those who laid down their lives from the Mavil Aru Operation to the end battle, to meet the Defence Secretary. RSA Chairman Major General (retired) Palitha Fernando, delivering the opening address, said that the Defence Secretary has met around 4,000 Ranaviru families during the 17 meetings. “This program was launched on an idea of the Defence Secretary. Three months ago, he informed me that he wanted to meet family members of war heroes who had laid down their lives since the Mavil Aru operations personally,” the RSA Chairman said. The RSA Chairman explained the Ranaviru welfare project undertaken by the Authority. “We have organised the Ranaviru families scattered across the island in to Ranaviru Sansada, at divisional secretariat level , so that they would be more empowered to project their problems to the authorities. We have also appointed an officer of the Ranaviru Seva Authority at each governor’s office to look after the welfare of the Ranaviru families at provincial level,” he said (Daily News: 22 June 2009).

New Forum to discuss IDP protection issues - The government has decided to create a forum of senior public officers from key focal points in the UN system and representatives of the international and local non-governmental organizations engaged in providing protection services to internally displaced Sri Lankans. According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights the forums will be created in Colombo and Vavuniya where protection issues can be discussed and consensual decisions taken. A statement quoted the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe as saying if decisions were taken in a spirit of collaboration and partnership, there would be no necessity for these issues to be canvassed through the media. He noted that when protection agencies seek to highlight these issues in the media in the first instance, the outcome will be a contest of words and not a partnership that works on behalf of internally displaced persons (Daily Mirror: 22 June 2009).

Uthuru Vasanthaya program: Great response from Northern people  - Nation Building Minister Susantha Punchinilame yesterday said the people of the North are responding positively to develop their provinces under the 180-day accelerated development program planned for the North under the Uthuru Vasanthaya while the process of demining and clearance of unexpected objects have reached near-completion in the province. Punchinilame said the public of the Mannar, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullativu districts have placed their faith in Uthuru Vasanthaya (The Northern Spring) development program after discussing it with Senior Advisor to the President and the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for the development of the North Basil Rajapaksa, MP. Basil Rajapaksa, MP had visited districts in the North and met officers and people from the region to discuss the program because implementation of the programs are to be carried out by the officers from the respective regions in keeping with their needs and aspirations. Basil Rajapksa declared at a public meeting held in Jaffna on Saturday that restrictions on fishing have been lifted in the peninsula on the directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and that people in Jaffna are now free to engage in fishing activities 24 hours a day. The Minister said, projects worth Rs. 1010 million are already underway in the district to develop highways and roads with the assistance from the Asian Development Bank. Public service bus operators have begun their operations on highways. Bridges are being reconstructed, he said (Daily News: 22 June 2009).

Armies will study our successful war: Gen. Fonseka - Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka said that countries fighting terrorism would have no option but to study the Sri Lankan army’s successful war against the LTTE. Addressing the army on the Vellamullivaikkal beach last Friday, the first serving four star General said that the armies used to study Malaysia’s successful war against terrorism. But that was a fight with people armed with 303 rifles, he said, adding that the SLA’s success had been against a fully armed terrorist group, with a conventional fighting capability (Island: 22 June 2009).

Govt moots IDP forum - The Government is to create a new forum to discuss IDP protection issues. The forum includes key stakeholders such as senior public officers, key focal points in the UN system and representatives of the international and local Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in providing protection to IDPs. Speaking to relevant parties at a recent meeting, Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that it was his intention to create forums in Colombo and Vavuniya where protection issues can be discussed and consensual decisions taken. During the meeting the Minister pointed out that if issues could be resolved by way of collaboration and partnership, there would be no necessity to canvass them through the media. ”When protection agencies seek to highlight these issues in the media in the first instance, the outcome will be a contest of words and a not a partnership that works on behalf of Internally Displaced Persons,” he added. He also added that regular coordination meetings would be held at which progress could be monitored jointly by the Government and its partners. Attorney-General Mohan Pieris, joining the discussions commented that the Government was very serious in its intentions to deliver on promises made internationally. The AG also identified the initiative as an excellent opportunity for relevant parties to engage in free dialogue with the Government (Daily News: 22 June 20009).

Muslim militancy ended after defeat of LTTE: Hizbullah -  Eastern Provincial Council Health Minister M.L.A.M. Hizbullah noted yesterday that there were Muslim youths that had taken up arms in the Eastern Province. The Minister said that these youths armed themselves in order to protect themselves and their villages from the LTTE. Speaking to Daily Mirror, Mr. Hizbullah said that the government had now launched a programme to disarm them since the LTTE had been eliminated. “There is no necessity for these youths to carry arms now. Therefore, we welcome the government’s move. In fact, I have requested them to hand over their weapons to the security forces through the Mosque Federations,” he said. However, he ruled out that there was an armed uprising such as a Jihad or anything similar as alleged by some elements. “These youth helped the security forces during the war against terrorism. At that time, they too had taken up arms,” he said (Daily Mirror: 22 June 2009).

The child in the soldier died long ago - Fifteen-year-old Amuthavasagam Lourthamma is one of the 94 inmates at the state-run rehabilitation centre for LTTE child.soldiers who have either surrendered or been captured, which is located at Ambepussa, about 70 km on the Colombo-Kandy road, There are 44 girls on the rolls here, and what is special about Lourthamma is that her brother, older by just a year, is also there for rehab. Abhiraj was grabbed by the Tigers when his sister fled the training camp after just two days. "That gun was too heavy for me. It hurt my shoulder when I fired," said the girl, recalling that ‘short-service commission’ in the LTTE child brigade at the peak of war in March 2009. "I was in Class 9, and my father was a fisherman who took up odds jobs to make a living since the Navy had banned fishing. We lived at Konavil in Killinochchi district. The LTTE took me from home even as my mother was pleading I should be let off because I was puny and very young," Lourthamma said. After two days of tough training with guns and ground exercises, the girl was ready for the frontline on the third day (Daily Mirror: 22 June 2009).

Prabhakaran death inside work’, Needle of Suspicion point to Pottu Amman - New evidence is surfacing to show that the death of Prabhakaran, the LTTE supremo was a ‘retribution killing and that it was an ‘insider’ job. It negates the view held thus far that Prabhakran was killed by an army bullet. But it is still not clear who killed him and why though the needle of suspicion points to Pottu Amman. Surprisingly, Amman’s whereabouts are known. The Army claims that he too could have been ‘eliminated’. There are no ready takers for the view. Moreover, Pottu Amman’s body is not yet traced. Piecing together circumstantial evidence, sources privy to the operation that culminated with the ‘identification’ of Prabharan said the LTTE chief did not die of firing from the front. ‘He was killed by someone who had shot behind the nape of his head and blew it.’ Only a person who was very close to him, in whom Prabhakaran had absolute confidence, and whose movements did not raise suspicions could have done the job. Our assessment is that it was an inside job’, the sources said. This view appears to gain currency by the day since Prabhakaran was always surrounded by more than 300 elite Tiger commandos. All of them, without an exception, were handpicked by him for the job. Their loyalty to him was beyond doubt just as he had full faith in their allegiance (Asian Tribune; 22 June 2009).

Navy steps up patrol in Palk Strait - The Navy has stepped up patrol in the Palk Straits to thwart fishermen taking advantage of the easing of fishing restrictions to engage in smuggling and other illegal activities. Authoritative defence sources told The Island that the naval presence had been increased in view of the lifting of fishing restrictions on June 19. They said that though the LTTE had been destroyed and was no longer capable of posing a military challenge, certain controls would be necessary to prevent unscrupulous elements from resuming cross-border smuggling operations. A senior official emphasised that fishing movements to and from northern, eastern and north-western seas would be strictly monitored. Responding to our queries, he said that recent reports had created an impression that all controls had been done away with following the armed forces’ triumph over the LTTE. The Navy said that fishermen could now operate in the seas extending from north of Kokilai up to Nachchikuda. They also could engage in both day and night fishing, it said adding that special entry and exit points had been established to control the movement of fishing craft (Island: 22 June 2009).

Tamil group rights and population geography - by C Wijewickrama - Mark Twain Group rights versus individual rights Tamil IDPs who began growing vegetables in front of their tents in the liberated areas do not talk about group rights. These are topics for the Washington Post (Ref. essay by Neville Ladduwahetty, The Island]June 3, 2009) and of course for the APRC, the Colombo Tamil moderates, and those cabinet ministers who will be unemployed when ex]servicemen contest against them at the next general election. The average Tamil suffered enough for a generation and half going after their group rights. The group leader did not swallow his cyanide pill because he did not have one hanging on his neck. He even kept his parents as prisoners but not as part of the human shield (SPUR: 21 June 2009).

Vilification of Sri Lanka continues unabated - By Dr. Chandrani Gunaratna - What seems like an almost simultaneous attack, articles criticizing Sri Lankan government's handling of refugee crisis appeared Friday (June 19) in several western newspapers. Nirmala Carvalho in AsiaNews under the heading "The tragedy of refugees in Sri Lanka, hidden from the eyes of the world", citing an aid worker, only identified by a pseudonym, 'Prasanna', writes that "there is still no data on the precise number of the refugees," and the "The only interest of the Colombo government - says Prasanna - is to find more Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam members who are living in the camp and kill them." Had the author had even a slightest sense of journalistic integrity, she would have checked the facts and verified her information. OCHA Situation Report No. 22 of 18th June on Sri Lanka : Vanni Emergency gives the precise number of IDPs in the camps up to June 16th and the number still in hospitals. OCHA report also says that access to camps in Vavuniya has improved, though some delays are still experienced (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Search operations yield more LTTE weapons - Sri Lanka armed forces and police personnel are now jointly engaged in a massive search for hidden LTTE weapons in all parts of the country. With the total elimination of the LTTE terror, the search for the lethal material brought to the country by the terrorists has become the main task for the security forces. At present, troops deployed in the former LTTE dominated areas in Wanni are engaged in a systemic search for the underground armories, mines, booby traps in order to make the areas safer for the resettlement activities. Troops during yesterday's (June 20) searches found large stocks of arms, ammo and explosives from Pulliyanpokkanai, Ampalavanpokkanai, and Puthukkudiyiruppu areas. Among the items found were, two RPG launchers with 45 bombs, five T-56 riffles with 4000 ammo, one MPMG gun with 2100 ammo, 89 mortar bombs of 81mm, 60mm and 82mm calibers, six shotguns, 126 kg of high explosives, 610 kg of iron balls used for bombs, four claymore mines, 10 anti personnel mines (AP), 12 hand grenades, 22 bombs, 15 detonators , 11 ammo used for armour tanks , over 8000 dog tags, loads of chargers, maps , and few artillery bombs (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 21 June 2009).

More LTTE weapons continue to surface - Wanni and East The massive search for hidden LTTE weapons undertaken by the armed forces and Police continue to yield large stocks of arms and ammo on daily basis, reveal defence sources. According to the sources, troops engaged in clearing operations in Irnamadu, Alankulam and Akkarayankulam, former LTTE strongholds uncovered four rifles (T-56 and T-81), 117 anti personnel (AP) mines and four rocket propeller grenades. Separately, in Vavuniya troops acting on information found 15 claymore mines, 31 electrical detonators, one suicide jacket and a stock of T- 56 ammunition from Asikulam and Mahabiulgaskada areas. In the Eastern province, Sri Lanka Air Force personnel uncovered 240 kg of C-4 high explosives, two suicide jackets, six hand grenades, 15 kg of TNT explosives, and 1500 ammo used for multi purpose machine guns (MPMG) during a search operation conducted in the Kadawana area, in Trincomalee. Meanwhile, troops found a 120mm heavy mortar weapon from Angodavillu in Batticaloa last afternoon. Search operation is being continued (sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

SVU donates a new house to a war hero's parents - Yesterday (June 19) Secretary Defense Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa handed over a new house built in Ensalwatta-Deniyaya to the parents of L/cpl D D R Pushpa Kumara who sacrificed his life for the country on 23 November 2008 in Killinochchi area. The Sava Vinitha Unit of the Ministry of Defense had financially aided to build this house and the construction work was done by the Engineering Section of Sri Lanka Army. The chairperson of seva Vanitha Unit of the Defense Ministry Mrs Ioma Rajapaksa, the vise president Mrs Indu Rathnayaka and some other officers were also present at the occasion (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Deposits by displaced in banks reach Rs. 1 bn - Deposits made by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the IDP centre banks have now reached the Rs. one billion mark. These deposits were made by way of currency and jewellery mainly to the two State banks and two private banks, which have been set up in six IDP camps. The IDP's banked Rs. 390 m in two days after the banks were opened and deposits are still being made. Former President of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and industry, Nawaz Rajabdeen said that the IDP's banking with banks is a clear indication of the faith they have in the administration. "There were LTTE banks that were operated and the fact that Rs. one billion was not deposited with them also proves that the public did not have faith in them," he said. "These people would also have been forced to deposit their money but have withstood the pressure and kept their money without entering the LTTE banking system," he said. One of the leading Tamil businessman said that this Rs. one billion went through the checkpoints of the Sri Lankan Army and the fact that it was not confiscated or held up shows the honesty of the Sri Lankan forces. "The soldiers could have easily taken this money but it was not so and the Sri Lankan Forces may be considered the only force to have been so honest in the world," he said. Bank of Ceylon, Deputy General Manager, Product Development and Branches, Sam Samarasinghe said that they have now collected Rs. 523 million. "Due to the high demand for banking facilities the bank has set up six branches in the IDP camps," he said. He also said that there was one businessman who deposited Rs. 40 million in cash, which shows the saving power of the Northerners who are now in the IDP camps (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

President will offer viable political solution: TNA MP pledges support to Govt - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vavuniya district Parliamentarian Sivanathan Kishore castigated the LTTE saying that the outfit’s rhetoric of heroism and valour over the past several decades had achieved nothing other than leading them to their present plight. Wanni District TNA MP Sivanathan Kishore who abstained from voting during the vote on the extension of the Emergency in Parliament recently told the Sunday Observer that he and certain other TNA parliamentarians would be meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa shortly to pledge their support and cooperation to the Government’s rehabilitation and resettlement programs for over 250,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The bulk of the people now languishing as the IDPs belonged to his Wanni constituency and it was nothing but fair on his part to support the Government’s humanitarian welfare measures now being extended to them and other plans for their rehabilitation and resettlement, he said. Asked to comment on Kumaran Pathmanathan’s proclamation in the pro-LTTE TamilNet website of a ‘provisional transnational government’, he said it was absurd and shameful for them to make such announcements after causing destruction of life and property for so long and ultimately leading the Tamil people to their present plight (Sunday Observer : 21 June 2009).

‘I am supporting the President’, says Kishore - While his colleagues are still contemplating whether to meet with Mahinda Rajapaksa, Vanni District TNA MP Sivanathan Kishore said he has firmly decided to support the President and the 180-day program of senior Presidential Advisor to develop the Northern Province. Speaking amidst his work at an IDP camp in Vavuniya, he said that as an MP who had been voted in by the people of the Vanni he had the responsibility to look into their welfare and assist them to get back on their feet as soon as possible. "I strongly believed that it would be a meaningless exercise if I myself were to do as my fellow TNA MPs do and boycott the ceremonies connected to the development work carried out by senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, MP, for the welfare of the Tamil people", Kishore said (Sunday Island): 21 June 2009).

TNA MPs to decide on meeting with President -  With the decimation of the LTTE, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians have had a change of heart and is mulling over whether they should meet with President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ascertain his stand on the IDPs and the future of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka, Tamil political sources said. General Secretary of the ITAK and TNA, Mavai Senathrajah, MP, was contacted in Jaffna yesterday said that having considered the prevailing political situation in the country, they are to decide whether to meet with the President. The MP said that following the Ministry of Defence granting clearance for the TNA members to engage in election activities connected to handing over of nominations to Jaffna MC and Vavuniya UC, he had flown in with fellow MP Gajendran Ponnambalam on Friday. He said that TNA leader R. Sambanthan’s return to the country is being awaited to take up this proposal. "We have to consult all sections or stakeholders to the Tamil cause including the majority of Tamil diaspora, leaders and members of civic society" (Sunday Island: 21 June 2009).

Local Govt polls in Jaffna and Vavuniya: Nominations being finalised - While the UPFA, UNP and other national political parties were finalising their nomination lists for the Jaffna and Vavuniya Local Government polls, three independent groups had already paid their deposits at the Jaffna and Vavuniya Secretariats for the forthcoming LG polls. The final date of accepting nominations will be Thursday, June 25. EPDP leader and Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare, Douglas Devananda told the Sunday Observer that a final decision of the EPDP and its alliance list will be taken next week. The EPDP list was ready and a few matters such as the candidate’s symbol has to be decided on, he said. TULF President and Secretary of the newly set up Democratic Tamil National Alliance (DTNA) V. Anandasangaree said that his party was ready to contest alone both LG bodies in Jaffna and Vavuniya. “As agreed earlier, if the EPRLF (Naba) and PLOTE agree to contest under the common symbol of the rising sun, opportunities are available to work together,” Sangaree said. UNP Secretary Tissa Attanayaka said that his party will contest the Jaffna Municipal Council and Vavuniya Urban Council. Nomination papers which were being finalised, will be handed over to the District Secretaries next week. Local Government elections in Jaffna and Vavuniya will be held after 12 years. In 1995, after the liberation of the Jaffna peninsula local government elections were held in the district. The TULF won the Jaffna Municipal Council with Sarojini Yogeswaran becoming the Mayor. A few months after the election she was gunned down by the LTTE. Her successor K. Sivapalan also died in a bomb explosion carried out by the LTTE. Certain Senior Army and police officials also died in the explosion (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

Sizeable reserve to meet any eventuality Army re-deploys after the end of war -  With the end of three decades long Eelam war against the LTTE, the army has now re-deployed in the Northern and Eastern Provinces under five Security Forces Headquarters with a sizeable force in reserve to meet any eventuality. Of the five SF commands, two at Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu have been set up recently as part of post-LTTE re-deployment plan. In keeping with Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka’s strategy, 51 and 52 Divisions along with Task Force 7 (TF 7) are deployed in the northern peninsula under SF Headquarters, Jaffna. Major General Mendaka Samarasinghe, who is in charge of the peninsula would also have the 55 Division commanded by Brigadier Prasanna Silva stationed at Chalai, on the Mullaitivu coast, on reserve status. The TF 7 has been assigned to the strategic Elephant Pass area, one of the major battlegrounds of the Eelam war. The army said that the forces now assigned to the Jaffna peninsula were small when compared with the strength available to any previous SF Commander, Jaffna, before the collapse of the LTTE. The army had two fighting divisions, namely 55 and 53 deployed along the 12 km long Jaffna frontline to thwart LTTE assault across it. In fact, some of the best fighting formations had always been assigned to Jaffna before General Fonseka raised three Divisions and five Task Forces to liberate the Vanni region (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

Following lifting of restrictions: Fish production to increase in the North - The Government said that fish production in the North was expected to increase with the lifting of fishing restrictions in the North. Senior Advisor to the President and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Resettlement Development and Security in the Northern Province Basil Rajapaksa made known the Government’s decision on lifting fishing restrictions in the North. Following the decision by the Government to lift fishing restrictions in the North fishing societies all over the country are happy that after 30 years, they are now able to engage in their chosen vocation 24 hours of the day. As an incentive to increase production and marketing, the Government would transport the fish production in the North via the A-9 highway. The prohibition enforced on outboard motors of vessels too had been lifted by the Government, Senior Advisor to the President and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province, Basil Rajapaksa told a meeting with the fishing community at the Karainagar Naval Camp on Friday. There are over 18,000 fishermen engaged in the fisheries industry in the North (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

IDPs move to new centres - Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) sheltered in welfare camps and relief villages in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya are moving over to new welfare centres put up in close proximity. “We are gradually reorganising the present set up and in the new camps the number of people will be limited to 1,000, making it easier to provide more attention to individuals,” the Competent Authority for coordinating and organising welfare and relief work for displaced Northern civilians, Major General G. A. Chandrasiri said. Some of the IDPs have been relocated in newly set up camps in Weerapuram and Sumathipuram in Vavuniya and some are settling down in the newly established Zone 6 close to the Manic Farm in Cheddikulam. “Each family will be given separate shelter. We will be able to finalise this in less than two months and the facilities provided so far will continue as usual,” the Competent Authority said. According to the Competent Authority the new centres are in the close proximity to Malwathu Oya providing a sufficient water supply for their day-to-day activities. In addition, several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are providing drinking water facilities, the official said (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

A post-mortem: Victory march and glancing way forward - Sri Lanka’s separatist-terrorism has now come to a definite end with the elimination of LTTE leader Velupillai Piribaharan and his terror cohorts. This is an unprecedented victory which has created an indelible mark in the history of our nation. The next chapter of `Mahavamsa’; the Great Chronicle of our nation will speak in volumes the gallantry and bravado of our war heroes. Their dedication, sacrifices, and perseverance never wasted in vain. In brief soldiers’ task is now over. What next? It is the question that is being raised at every quarter at this juncture. The objective of this brief article is to look back the way that our nation strove up to this historical triumph and to analyze the uphill task that lies ahead of our nation. The history of the separatist-terrorism spearheaded by the LTTE is more than three decades old. The LTTE turned on its killing machine by assassinating Mr. Alfred Duraiyappah, the Mayor of Jaffna in 1975. From that day up to 18th of May 2009, LTTE’s killing machine worked unabatedly taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of young-old, rich-poor, educated-uneducated, clergy and lay people in this country belonging to all ethnic groups such as Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese. All successive governments led by both UNP and SLFP attempted umpteen times to deal with LTTE terrorism but all those attempts ended opening a new window for LTTE to regroup, thus paving way for its growth and recognition both locally and internationally (Sunday Observer : 21 June 2009).

IDP relief from Red Cross - The City branch of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has arranged a consignment of relief items consisting of bottled water and baby items including sanitary kits, towels, napkins to IDPs in Vavuniya. Over 10,700 bottles of water donated by Suntel Telephone Company were handed over to the President of SLRCS Jagath Abeysinghe by a team of representatives of Suntel headed by Prabakar Theagaraja, Head of Procurement at National headquarters of SLRCS in Colombo recently. National Secretary of SLRCS Nimal Kumar thanked the City Branch and Suntel for expressing solidarity for a humanitarian cause. `SLRCS with Red Cross is immensely supporting and addressing relief needs of IDPs. This donation by Suntel is a timely intervention to address the water requirement of those people, he added. Chairman of the City Branch, Ranjith Wijesooriya, Chairman of Red Cross Task Force Tissa Abeywickrama, Head of Delegation of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Paul Emes were among others who were present at the handing over ceremony (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

Madhu feast to be celebrated on grand scale in August - The Mannar diocese will celebrate the Madhu feast on a grand scale in August, Bishop of Mannar, Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph said. Bishop Rayappu Joseph told the Sunday Observer that a top level meeting was held on Friday at his office in Mannar with two Deputy Ministers representing the Government.According to Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph, three feasts are held in July, August and October annually and the July feast will not be held due to the current situation in the Wanni. “However, it has been decided to hold the Madhu feast in August. The feast will commence on August 15 and over five-hundred-thousand Catholic devotees from all parts of the country are expected to gather at the shrine. “Security, shelter, food and health facilities were discussed extensively at the meeting on Friday. The Security Forces took control of the Madhu area last year and the main shrine has also been refurbished by the Army. “However, more things need to be done to ensure the safety of the pilgrims. We hope that all arrangements will be in place before the feast in August”, the Bishop said. Deputy Ministers Dayasiri Tissera, Sarath Gunaratne, Galle Bishop Harold Anthony and several other prominent Catholic clergymen along with Government Agent of Mannar Nicholos Pillai participated in the meeting with the Mannar Bishop on Friday. The August feast will be the mega spiritual event to be held in Madhu since the defeat of LTTE terrorism (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

Ranaviru family outreach meetings conclude successfully in Matara - The 17th and the final session of the round of Ranaviru family outreach meetings organised by the Ranaviru Seva Authority (RSA) was held at the 2nd Gemunu Watch regimental headquarters in Matara on Friday. Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and a team of several other senior government officials met members of over 350 Ranaviru families at this session. The round of meetings commenced in March 2009 in Anuradhapura for the Ranaviru families of Anuradhapura and Vavuniya districts. The aim of the program was to provide an opportunity for the members of the Ranaviru families, particularly of those who laid down their lives from the Mavil Aru operation to the end battle, to meet Secretary Defence. delivering the opening address said that Secretary Defence has met members of around 4000 Ranaviru families during the 17 meetings held (Sunday Observer: 21 June 2009).

Rail track from Thandikulama to Omanthe has already commenced to serve people in North liberated from LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists.

Student accused of supporting Tamil Tigers loses extradition appeal - A University of Waterloo student has lost his appeal to avoid extradition to the United States on charges he supported the Tamil Tigers, which have been declared a terrorist group. The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Ramanan Mylvaganam, who is in his early 30s and from Malton, Ont., very likely knew he was assisting the group. In the decision released Friday, three judges said it could be "reasonably inferred" that Mylvaganam "knew he was assisting the LTTE for the prohibited purposes." The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, declared a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997 and by Canada in 2006, had been fighting for an independent homeland in Sri Lanka until the resistance was crushed last month. Mylvaganam was a computer engineering student at the time of his arrest in 2006. Three other suspects with ties to the university and the Tamil Students Association were among 12 men charged. The arrests followed a joint investigation by the FBI and the RCMP into an alleged plot to buy weapons, launder money through front charities and smuggle equipment to the rebel group (CBC News: 20 June 2009).

More Weapons & Explosives Found - NORTH & EAST: TROOPS continued their daily search and clear operations in the general areas of ASIKULAM, MAHAULGASKADA, IRANAMADU, ALANKULAM and AKKARAYANKULAM throughout Friday (19). During those search operations they recovered two T-56 weapons, two T-81 weapons, seventeen claymore mines, thirty-one electronic detonators, one suicide belt, ninety-seven rounds of T-56 ammunition, 1kg of TNT explosives, one parcel containing explosives, one hundred and seventeen anti personnel mines and four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG). In the meantime, Army troops engaged in a search operation in ANGODAVILLUWA, BATTICALOA recovered one 120 mm mortar hidden by the LTTE terrorists in the area on Friday (19). Meanwhile, Air Force troops engaged in a search operation in KADAWANA, TRINCOMALEE recovered sixteen C-4 explosive chargers weighing about 15kg, two suicide jackets weighing about 2.5kg each, 15m detonator code, six hand grenades, 15kg of TNT explosives and one thousand and five hundred rounds of Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) ammunition on the same day (19) (Sri Lanka Army: 20 June 2009).

Ranaviru family outreach meetings conclude successfully - Matara - The 17th and the final session of the round of Ranaviru family outreach meetings organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority (RSA) held at the 2nd Gemunu Watch regimental headquarters in Matara on Friday (Jun 19). Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa and a team of several other senior government officials met with members of over 350 Ranaviru families at this session. The round of meetings was commenced in March 2009 in Anuradhapura for the Ranaviru families of Anuradhapura and Vavuniya districts. The aim of the program was to provide opportunity for the members of the Ranaviru families, particularly of those who laid down their lives from the Mavil Aru operation to the end battle, to meet Secretary Defence. Major General (retired) Palitha Fernando, Chairman of the RSA delivering the opening address said that Secretary Defence has met members of around 4000 Ranaviru families during the 17 meetings held. "This programme was launched on an idea of the Secretary Defence. Three months ago he informed me that he want to meet family members of those war heroes who had laid down their lives since the Mavil Aru operations personally", the RSA chairman said. Speaking further, the RSA chairman went on to explain the Ranaviru welfare project currently undertaken by the Authority (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Commander’s Mother Unit Salutes its Colonel of the Regiment - MULLAITTIVU: DEDICATION of soldiers, contribution of their families and support of Media towards the Sri Lanka Army during the Wanni humanitarian operation was once again brought to memory and commended by Commander of the Army General Sarath Fonseka during a military ceremony in Mullaittivu Friday (19) morning. The special military ceremony was held in Mullaittivu at the first Battalion Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (1 SLSR), to which the Commander himself belongs. It was also meant to appreciate Army Commander’s service to the country and also to recognize his competent and laudable leadership which led the Army towards its victory in the end.Troops of the 1 SLSR accorded a Guard of Honour to their Commander who is also the Colonel of the SLSR Regiment. After addressing all ranks representing 53 and 55 Divisions and Task Force-8 on Vellamullivaikkal beach where Farah-III ship is presently lying, Gen. Sarath Fonseka visited the 59 Division Headquarters in Mullaittivu where he was accorded another Guard of Honour on arrival. Afterwards Gen. Sarath Fonseka spoke to all Officers and Other Ranks present on the occasion, shared a couple of views with them and appreciated their dedication, shown for the country’s liberation (Sri Lanka Army).

Croydon man who bought supplies for LTTE jailed - A man who bought equipment for a banned terrorist organisation that could have been used to make a bomb has been jailed for two years. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, aka AC Shanthan, purchased electronic and computer equipment for members of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), known as the Tamil Tigers. The 52-year-old from Norbury was found guilty of charges relating to conspiracy to receive and receiving property that could be used for terrorism, at Kingston Crown Court on April 17. A judge at the Old Bailey jailed him for two years for the conspiracy count and one year for receiving property; the sentences will run concurrently. Deputy Assistant Commissioner John McDowall, head of the Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism command and senior national co-ordinator counter terrorism, said: "Shanthan bought component parts which have been used in the past by the LTTE to make improvised explosive devices. "He purchased electrical equipment including circuit boards, GPS and antenna equipment and sent it to Sri Lanka for terrorists to use. "He spent more than £13,000 in just 14 months on military publications, manuals and guides to be used as reference for military attack planning, yet denied he was involved in any terrorist activity (Sri Lanka Time: 20 June 2009).

Attempt to assassinate President: Three arrested - Three LTTE suspects who were gathering information to assassinate the President were arrested by the Western Province Intelligence Unit. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said an LTTE suspect was arrested on June 15 at the Ayurveda junction, Borella by the police WP Intelligence Unit. The suspect was identified as Sivaraja Subakrishnan, a resident of Trincomalee. The suspect revealed information of another LTTE suspect involved in the action. “Acting on information another suspect was arrested on June 16 night from the same place where the first suspect was arrested,” he added. The suspects was identified as Thavarajasingham Subash, a resident of Batticaloa. He said obtaining information from Subakrishnan and Subash, the third suspect was arrested on Wednesday near Vigneshwaran Vidyalayam in Kurumankerni, Valachchenai. “The LTTE suspects were gathering information, planning, assisting and abetting a suicide mission to assassinate the President,” SSP Gunasekera said. The three LTTE suspects were detained by the Borella Police under a Detention Order (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

Free fishing in Jaffna Facilities, funds to be provided through Uthuru Vasanthaya : Limit on outboard engines relaxed : All restrictions on fishing imposed on Jaffna fishermen will be lifted from today on the specific directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP officially announced this in Karainagar, Jaffna yesterday. Accordingly, Jaffna fishermen will be able to engage in fishing in the sea around the peninsula round the clock without any hindrance. They will also be able to send their harvest to the markets in Colombo through the A9 road which is now open, Rajapaksa MP said addressing fishermen in the peninsula at the Karainagar Thyagarajah Maha Vidyalaya premises. The meting was held to ascertain problems of Jaffna fishermen and find quick solutions to them under the Uthuru Vasanthaya program. Rajapaksa MP said fishermen in the peninsula were earlier allowed fishing during four days per week upto a distance of two kilometres from the coast. “But from today they can engage in their vocation by venturing in to the deep seas round the clock all seven days of the week.” He said the limit on outboard engines had also been relaxed and fishermen could now use outboard engines upto a 15 horse power capacity. The Fisheries Ministry would facilitate Jaffna fishermen by building rest rooms and other facilities and funds needed would be provided through the Uthuru Vasanthaya program. Fishermen’s Co-operatives would be provided with credit facilities to build the required cold rooms. Until then two containers with cold room facilities have been stationed in the Jaffna peninsula, Rajapaksa said. He added that Rs. 303 million would be allocated for the provisions of fishing gear to Jaffna fishermen. Out of this Rs. 225 million would be allocated from ‘Gama Neguma’ and the balance Rs. 78 million would come from the fisheries Ministry funds (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

Attempted assassination of Defence Secretary: Bomb brought in CARE vehicle - Investigations have revealed that the bomb that was exploded at the Pittala Junction in Kollupitiya targeting Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been brought to Colombo from Kilinochchi in a vehicle belonging to CARE International, an INGO, the Kotahena Police informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate Court yesterday. The vehicle and all suspects involved in transporting the bomb have been taken into custody. The police also produced before Chief Magistrate Nishantha Hapuarachchi a copy of the detention signed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Defence Minister order in respect of Chandrabose Selvachandran alias Michael alias Selvarasa. Kotahena Police also informed the Court that the Police have detained suspects Sivalingam Arunan, Patmanathan Iiyer Sriskandaraja Sharma and Arunasalam Arumugam Perumal at the Foreshore Police Station for further investigations in connection with this assassination attempt. While Dharmalingam Dharmadaran and Rasiah Kannan, employees of CARE International have transported the bomb from Kilinochchi to Colombo, Sivalingam Arunan had been looking for a safe place to keep it. When a safe house was found through one of his friends at Rudra Mawatha, Wellawatte the bomb had been transported in a CARE International van and buried there. Later, it was transported to Modera and fixed to the three-wheeler of the suicide cadre Lateef Mohamed Faris (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

Maldivian leader praises President for eradicating terrorism - Maldivian President Mohamed Hasheed who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday, expressed his thanks and appreciation for defeating terrorism that was becoming a threat not only to Sri Lanka but to the Maldives and South Asia as a whole. President Rasheed met President Rajapaksa at the President’s House in Anuradhapura yesterday when he expressed these views, a Presidential Media Unit press release said. The Maldivian President said he was happy that President Rajapaksa was able to defeat the terrorist group that had disrupted peace in the country for three decades. President Rajapaksa thanking the Maldivian leader said the terrorists had killed thousands of innocent civilians and destroyed public and private property and it was the intent of his Government to speedily rehabilitate the war affected regions and bring back peace and development to the country (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

CID tell Court LTTE women’s wing leader being interrogated - The CID on Wednesday told the Colombo Chief Magistrate Nishantha Hapuarachchi that the LTTE’s women’s wing leader Subramanian Sivagami alias Kamalini was in their custody and being questioned on her involvement in LTTE’s past activities. The CID told the Magistrate that she was arrested on May 20 this year at Kanagapuram Road in Uadayanagar in Kilinochchi, and had been detained on the orders of the Defence Secretary for questioning about aiding and abetting LTTE terrorists. Kamalini, who has studied up to GCE A Level Examination at the Kilinochchi Central College, joined the LTTE on July 27, 1991 and later received arms training. She was attached to the Women’s wing of the group, the CID said. The suspect later studied political science under LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham and had acted as the leader of the Women’s Wing at Kilinoichchi, Kilali and Waligamam. She had also participated in the attack on the Pooneryn Army Camp and had edited a Tamil magazine known as ‘Freedom Birds’. She had been in charge of its circulation. After the LTTE Women’s Wing leader Fasmi was killed by the Army in a confrontation in June 2000, Kamalini was appointed as the head of the Women’s Wing, the CID told Court. The Court heard that she maintained her office near the LTTE Peace Secretariat at Kilinochchi and the organization had given her a double cab. She was also a member of the LTTE peace delegation that travelled with the Sri Lanka delegation in 2003 and 2005 to Switzerland and Norway. During her stay in those countries she had met heads of several Tamil organizations and delivered lectures to them about the activities and aspirations of the LTTE (Island: 20 June 2009).

The Trial of Gordon Brown, others and Ban Ki-moon - by Lucien Rajakarunanayake - In the Court of International Opinion The Public of the Countries that do not comprise what is commonly known as the International Community, which latter group represents a minority of the Peoples of the World - Petitioners Vs James Gordon Brown MP, British politician, Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party David Wright Miliband MP, British politician, and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Alistair Maclean Darling MP, British politician, and Chancellor of the Exchequer And others, all of the United Kingdom - Respondents Together with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. Know ye, that you are hereby charged in this Court of International Opinion of deceit, lack of transparency, contemptible disregard for international opinion, and gross violation of all norms of decency in the conduct of international affairs, in the matter of conducting an inquiry into the causes that led to the United Kingdom’s participation in, the conduct of, and the eventual outcome of the invasion of the sovereign State of Iraq, (Island: 20 June 2009).

Completion of de-mining process, strengthening of Army must for civilian resettlement - The completion of the de-mining process and the strengthening of the Army to hold the entire North and East to avoid any type of terror raising its ugly head are pre-requisites for the resettlement of displaced civilians in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka said yesterday. Army Commander Fonseka also paid tribute to troops of the 53, 55, 59 Divisions and Task Force 8 who contributed to the victory achieved by the Army against the LTTE, on the date of completing one month to that great victory. The Commander said the strength of the Army has to be increased to hold the entire area captured by the Army during the past three years. “The number required is very much higher than that at the time of offensive operations against the LTTE,” the Commander said. General Fonseka made these observations addressing the media personnel at the 59 Division headquarters in Mullaitivu during his visit to Mullaitivu for the first time after it was captured by the troops. The Army Commander said the Army had a strength of 116,000 at the time they started offensive operations against the LTTE and it has been increased up to 200,000 with 84,000 youth being recruited to the Army during the past two and half years. The Army Commander said that according to his assessment the strength of the Army has to be increased to at least to 300,000 to cater to all requirements in the post conflict scenario to hold the entire areas liberated from the LTTE, and for the Army to have a proper deployment plan with a decent leave period for soldiers. However, he said no final decision has been reached regarding the increase of the strength of the Army further (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

Attempt to assassinate President: Three arrested - three LTTE suspects who were gathering information to assassinate the President were arrested by the Western Province Intelligence Unit. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said an LTTE suspect was arrested on June 15 at the Ayurveda junction, Borella by the police WP Intelligence Unit. The suspect was identified as Sivaraja Subakrishnan, a resident of Trincomalee. The suspect revealed information of another LTTE suspect involved in the action. “Acting on information another suspect was arrested on June 16 night from the same place where the first suspect was arrested,” he added. The suspects was identified as Thavarajasingham Subash, a resident of BatticaloaHe said obtaining information from Subakrishnan and Subash, the third suspect was arrested on Wednesday near Vigneshwaran Vidyalayam in Kurumankerni, Valachchenai. “The LTTE suspects were gathering information, planning, assisting and abetting a suicide mission to assassinate the President,” SSP Gunasekera said. The three LTTE suspects were detained by the Borella Police under a Detention Order (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

ITAK given clearance to visit Jaffna - The Defence Ministry yesterday gave written clearance to the Ilangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), popularly known as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), permission to travel to Jaffna and Vavuniya either by road or air and to engage in election related activities. The written permission was received by the party yesterday afternoon with a copy to the Elections Commissioner. The TNA was refused permission to travel to Jaffna and Vavuniya for electioneering where the acceptance of nominations began on Wednesday. On Monday the party expressed its concern to the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake about the Defence Ministry’s refusal and requested him to intervene. He brought the TNA’s request to the notice of the Defence Ministry (Island: 20June 2009).

What is this so-called international community? - Some people talk of a so-called international community as if little children talk of a ‘goni billa’, the imaginary wicked man who carried away those who refused to obey their parents. Such stupid fairy tales are responsible for most of the children who become delinquents in later life. Do Russia and China belong to the "international community"? Certainly not. What they mean is a community of imperialist powers led by the USA and UK with lackeys like France, Germany, and company whose cooly is Norway. The UNO is only a footstool of the USA with Ban Ki Moon their paid slave who visits countries like Sri Lanka receiving ministerial status at the airport and elsewhere! The so-called international community is a Mafia of arms exporters and as all know arms manufacture in the international community is a Mafia of arms exporters and as all know arms manufacture is the only American industry that did not feel the credit crunch. Arms, like drugs, have an expiry date, and unless the so-called international community finds markets and as far away as possible from America, Britain and Europe, the US economy is doomed! (Island: 20 June 2009).

IDP’s: Give Govt. a chance - The war was declared over on or around 17th May 2009 just a month ago, and I was therefore surprised to read that a Canadian-funded NGO has instituted legal action against the government on behalf of a few IDP’s to reunite them with their families. This is scurrilous behaviour on the part of employees of this INGO. As Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe pointed out, IDP camps have been infiltrated by LTTEers. Who knows how many of them are LTTE members and sympathisers. I would personally feel safer if the government carries on with the cumbersome process of screening all IDPs, identifying them, carrying out background checks, and all the numerous tasks that need to be carried out to ensure the future security of this country. All those people chose to follow Prabhakaran and his cadres wherever they went. Had they seriously wanted to get out of his clutches, they could have over-powered Prabhakaran and given him up. They could have easily formed a Resistance Group. There were weapons galore and it is also a well known fact that weapons-training was given to civilians. It was only when they were cornered by the security forces and knew they were basically defeated that they trickled into government controlled areas. I would not trust any of them beyond my nose! (Island; 20 June 2009).

Why not international probe on UK in Iraq? - How often in recent weeks have you heard demands for transparency being made from Sri Lanka by the West - transparency is the key word being used in the current game of Sri Lanka bashing that is going on, whether it comes from the ranks of British Cabinet Ministers or officers of the United Nations. But in the recent announcement by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown of an inquiry into what caused the UK to invade Iraq, its conduct of the war against the people of Iraq and its consequences, there is pretty little to show that Brown and his losing string of Labour hacks have any regard in transparency. For all the international involvement of the UK in the war in Iraq, Gordon Brown only offers an internal probe; and that too in private. The British public that lost more than 140 troops, and the Iraqis who lost more than 1.5 million people, will be kept largely in the dark about UK in Iraq as would the world community, quite unlike the demands being heaped on Sri Lanka (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

Army Chief pays glowing tribute to troops - Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka paid a glowing tribute to troops who contributed to the victory against the LTTE after visiting Vellamullivaikkal and Mullaitivu as the nation celebrates the completion of one month to the victory against the LTTE. The Army Commander addressed the troops of the 53, 55, 59 Divisions and the Task Force 8 troops during his visit to Vellamullivaikkal and Mullaitvu. The Army Commander reached the shores of Vellamullivaikkal where the LTTE faced its last debacle on May 18 and addressed the troops of the 53 Division commanded by Major General Kamal Gunaratne, 55 Division commanded by Brigadier Prasanna Silva,59 Division commanded by Brigadier Chagi Gallage and Task Force 8 commanded by Colonel G.V. Ravipriya during his visit to Mullaitivu yesterday. He also inspected the submarine recovered by Task Force 8 troops closer to the wreckage of the Fara III ship in the Mullaitivu shores during his visit and posed for a group photograph with the troops who contributed to the victory against the LTTE. The Army Commander also visited the 1 Sinha Regiment headquarters in the centre of Mullaitivu town which was his mother battalion in his Army career. He said it was the Sri Lanka Army which made a 95 percent contribution to achieve this victory after sacrificing the lives of 5,200 Army men whilst suffering 27,000 casualties. The Army Commander said 6,000 of the army men became disabled in the battle against the LTTE. He said the Security Forces were also able to kill more than 22,000 terrorists and arrested more than 10,000 Tiger cadres and recruits (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

May 18: National Victory Day - Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka said yesterday that the ‘National Victory Day’ which falls on May 18 to mark the liberation of the country from the clutches of LTTE terrorism will be celebrated in much grandeur than the Independence Day celebrations on February 4. He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa is of the opinion that the celebrations of the National Victory Day should be given much prominence than the Independence Day celebrations as it gives a special prominence to the nation in the present day context. “May 18 will be considered as the National Victory Day in which the Security Forces were able to liberate the entire land from LTTE terrorism unifying the entire country under one flag,” the Army Commander said. The Army Commander said the great achievement by Sri Lanka against the most ruthless terror outfit in the world would be added to the history of the military books since the victory against the LTTE was the first one against any terror group after the Malaysian Government’s victory against a terror group in the 1950s. He said the Army will establish a museum to mark this glorious victory with the weapons and equipment captured from the LTTE to depict the military victories against the LTTE (Daily News: 20 June 2009).

Northern rail track to be extended to Omanthai - Work on the Northern railway track will be extended upto Omanthai within the next three months under the restoration project. Sri Lanka Railways Commercial Superintendent Wijaya Samarasinghe told the Daily News that work on the rail track from Thandikulam to Omanthai has already commenced and it is due to be completed before the first week of September. People in the Galle district under the patronage of Social Welfare and Social Services Deputy Minister Lionel Premasiri have provided aid and manpower to construct the Omanthai railway station, Samarasinghe said. He said operations of the Yal Devi train will be extended upto the Omanthai railway station shortly, after the restoration of the rail track, railway station and the signal system is completed. "We expect to complete the balance 160 km rail track of the Northern Line by 2010 under the Uthuru Mithuru program launched by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to enable the people to travel to the North by train," he said. It is estimated that around Rs. 14 billion is needed to restore the entire rail track. The Government will construct the first section from Vavuniya with its own funds. It will seek foreign and local funds to construct the balance 160 km track. The Transport Ministry has issued the ticket - Hadavathata ticket ekak each costing Rs. 1,000 to be collected for the project. The ticket will initially be made available at 173 main railway stations and 161 sub stations islandwide. Samarasinghe said people buying the ticket to support the Uturu Mithuru project will be valid for a single journey from Colombo to Jaffna once the restoration of the railway track is completed. He said Sri Lanka Railways officials and employees have decided to donate their one day salary to the Uthuru Mithuru project. The Railway Department invites public contribution to complete the project (Daily News: 19 June 2009).

Skies where guns are silent! - By: Nilakshi Gunathilake - "Our Force is small, Sir, but our achievements are great!". Immense pride was evident when Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke addressed the Conclusion Ceremony of Sri Lanka Air Force, held at Katunayake Air Force Base on 11th of June, 2009. Over two hundred officers and one thousand other rankers took part in the ceremony that signified the official conclusion of Combat Air Operations of the Sri Lanka Air Force after Ealam War IV. In his brief address of the gathering, Air Chief Marshal Goonetileke pointed out the dedicated men and women of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to Mr.Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Public Security and Law and Order, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He said that those gathered in front is a cross section of a small force, small in numbers, but the tasks they accomplished during the war were gigantic. Apart from the commitment of the members of Armed Forces, he stressed that there were many reasons for the victory over terrorism and praised the unwavering political leadership of the country. He further appreciated the support of the Defence Secretary and said that this support was a great source of strength to the Armed Forces during the war against terror (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 19 June 2009).

Israel humanitarian shipment to IDPs reaches SL - Israel government has strengthened the Sri Lankan government's efforts taken to uplift the living condition of the Internally Displaced People (IDP) in welfare centers established in the North. The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has dispatched a shipment of humanitarian aid for the use of the IDPs sheltered in various welfare centers in the North. A shipment of medical equipment and drugs, contributed by the MFA and the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, will be delivered today (June 19) to the Sri Lankan health authorities, sources added. The humanitarian shipment, which was collected and organized by MASHAV, the Israel Center for International Cooperation, will be presented by MFA deputy Director General for Asia and the Pacific, Ruth Kahanoff, who is currently visiting Colombo, a press release issued by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. It also said the MFA has thus responded to the request of the Sri Lankan president, who requested the assistance of the international community (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 19 June 2009).

Never the machines, but the men behind them .... - By Nilakshi Gunatillake - As the world is abuzz with the resounding triumphs of current military maneuvers against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and allegations against the Sri Lankan Government and its Armed Forces for 'violations of human rights,' Nilakshi Gunatillake speaks to officers of the Armed Forces and all underscore that Professionalism as the key to the colossal wins.... Books on modern day warfare can be re-written with the strategic maneuvers of the Sri Lankan Military. It has re-iterated to the point of zero dissent, that wars can be fought and won, within the international legal frameworks that 'regulate' armed conflict. Admittedly, war is a costly business; it's a business of flesh, blood, tears, heartbreak and of course, collateral damage. No Nation is partial to war nor condones it; no Nation can effortlessly afford it. Nobody would tread that path if cushioned tunnels are apparent, with light at the end. However, when all roads have been explored so far, all 'non-violent' overtures made have boomeranged and all 'peace pauses' have been exploited for everything else but peace, a nation can do nothing but fight. When the whole spectrum of finding common ground is perceived as exhausted, a Nation is left with the last component of the spectrum - fight. So did Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 19 June 2009).

India’s High Commissioner Meets IDPs & Expresses Satisfaction on Infrastructure - INDIA’s High Commissioner for Sri Lanka Mr. Alok Prasad along with a few other embassy officials was in Vavuniya early this week with a view to getting first-hand experience of ground realities in Relief Villages (Centers for Internal Displaced Persons). Competent Authority for the Northern Province Major General G.A. Chandrasiri warmly received the diplomatic delegation at Manik Farm Relief Village where he presented a comprehensive picture of the services and arrangements in place at those centers before commencement of their itinerary. He also referred to infrastructure and arrangements in other IDP centers elsewhere in Jaffna, Mannar, Pulmoddai and Vavuniya suburbs and also how the Zone IV IDP center is run as a model Relief Village. Major General G.A. Chandrasiri during his brief also touched the question of modalities and strategies, adopted by Army troops in their rescue operations that made some 300,000 trapped civilians to enter government-held areas. Mr. Alok Prasad afterwards visited Sri Lanka Air Force Headquarters in Vavuniya in order to receive a brief account regarding operability of the India-gifted radar system, which in the past enormously helped Air Force to counter LTTE threats (Sri Lanka Army: 19 June 2009).

UNICEF Offers Their Rehabilitation Support for LTTE Child Soldiers - UNITED Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) has extended its support for government’s rehabilitation programme for teenage Tiger cadres who entered then government- controlled areas during the recently-concluded LTTE war for separation. Two UNICEF representatives, Ms. Natalie Grove, Emergency Child Protection specialist and Mr. Andrew Brooks, Section Head met Major General Jagath Jayasuriya, Commander, Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni on Wednesday (17) and pledged their support for intended rehabilitation programmes, and provision of more facilities to those underage LTTE cadres, many of whom have been forcibly abducted and conscripted to the LTTE and the entire training programme, being implemented by the government. More than one hundred LTTE child soldiers, some of who had confessed their involvement and others who surrendered from Wanni, in the company of their adults are presently in Vavuniya, as the government’s programme for rehabilitation has already got underway with the help of child specialists, psychiatrists, educationalists and other respective experts (Sri Lanka Army : 19 June 2009).

LTTE Claymores Designed for Vehicles Found - WANNI : TROOPS on search and clear operations in VISUAMADU, AMPAKAMAM, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU and MALTHOTTAM areas recovered ten T-56 weapons, three T-81 weapons, one Light Machine Gun (LMG), two 0.22 weapons, fifty-one hand grenades, eighteen Arul bombs, thirteen 60 mm mortars, twenty-three Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), seven hundred and fifty-two rounds of T-56 ammunition, sixty-six 81 mm mortar bombs, four Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) links, three 152 mm artillery shells, one thousand and fifty MPMG ammunition, one magnetic claymore mine, sixty-two claymore mines, one hundred and twelve claymores, designed to fix in vehicles, six anti personnel mines, one suicide bomb that can be fixed to a motor cycle, one 120 mm mortar bomb, five pressure mines, twelve Bangalore torpedoes, two Recoiling (RCL) bombs, 178 kg of C-4 explosives, forty-four suicide jackets, two suicide braziers, eleven suicide kit plates, twenty explosives chargers, two booby traps, three boxes of .22 ammunition, seventy-six rounds of 23 mm ammunition, one thousand six hundred and eighty-six detonators, eight hundred and sixty 60 mm mortar cartridges, three T-56 magazines, five LMG drums, ten boxes of T-56 ammunition, sixteen boxes of 12.7 mm ammunition, three boxes of MPMG ammunition, 10m long detonator code, one aiming picket, eleven remote controllers, two shotguns, two firing devices, one switch, eight booby traps, fixed to claymore mines, six hundred booby traps, fixed to 122 mm artillery shells, twenty rounds of 122 mm artillery shells and twenty-two cartridges of 122 mm artillery (Sri Lanka Army: 19 June 2009).

Navy undertakes Road rehabilitation project - As a part of the Government’s Northern Province rehabilitation Project, the Sri Lanka Navy has under taken the project to reconstruct the Kondachchikuda - Mahavilachchiya road. The project is being carried out under the directives of the Commander of the Navy Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda. Work on the project officially began yesterday (17TH June 2009) under the guidance of the Commander Northwestern Naval Area Commodore AARA Dias. The Kondachchikuda-Mahavilachchiya road had been abandoned due to terrorist activities for more than two decades and was over grown with trees and bushes. During the initial clearing process Naval personnel discovered many Anti Tank and Anti Personnel Mines which had been carefully buried by the LTTE terrorists. The recovered mines were later defused by the Naval Bomb Disposal Team. Already more than 35km of road has been cleared and widened using heavy machinery and Naval Authorities expect to complete the remaining distance within a short period of time. The local residents who are mostly farmers are optimistic about their future and thank the Government and the Sri Lanka Navy for saving the nation from the clutches of terror. They also appreciate the Navy’s untiring effort and dedication shown in the development process of their area. Once the project is completed the local populace can resume cultivating their abandoned farmland. Already a number of families who were forced to flee their villages have returned and more are expected to follow. Sri Lanka Navy is not only involved in securing the territorial waters and land areas but also in the reconstruction process of basic infrastructure in the newly liberated areas (Sri Lanka Navy).

More govt jobs in N and E - The Agriculture and Agrarian Development Ministry will shortly recruit 500 Agricultural Research Assistants to serve in the North and East. According to Commissioner General of Agrarian Development Department Ravindra Hewavitharana, agricultural activities were hampered in the North and East during the past two decades because of the war. The Research Assistants would be recruited from areas where they are expected to serve. Applications would be called from those who have passed the GCE O/Level with four credits and preference would be given to those who are fluent in a second language and have got through the Advance Level examination. Even youth at the welfare centres have been notified of these vacancies and gazette notifications and newspaper advertisements would be placed. Applications should be forwarded to the Commissioner General of Agrarian Development Department before July 10 (Island: 19 June 2009).

Stuffed Tigers, conmen, ectopic pregnancy etc - Close on the heels of the miscarriage of Eelam in Sri Lanka, there has come the news of an ectopic pregnancy overseas. The LTTE rump has declared the formation of a 'government in exile' as a prelude to Eelam. Much hullabaloo is being made in some quarters about this pronouncement but it is nothing but a big ruse to prevent funds to the LTTE war-chest from drying up. Anyway, who is the lucky head of the 'government in exile'? Anton Balasingham addressing the media in Kilinochchi in 2002 had the temerity to call Prabhakaran both the President and Prime Minister in the areas under LTTE control at that time. The reaction of Prabhakaran to that comment was an approving grin from ear to ear. It was because the LTTE already had 'a president and prime minister' that it prevented people under its jackboot from exercising their franchise at the 2005 presidential election. Prabhakaran knew allowing that election to be held in his territory would be tantamount to an indirect acceptance of the government's writ. Last month the President and Prime Minister of Eelam lay dead in a mangrove swamp, having destroyed thousands of precious lives and his Eelam project (Island: 19 June 2009).

Tamil group rights and population geography - By C Wijeyawickrema - "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure" Mark Twain Group rights versus individual rights Tamil IDPs who began growing vegetables in front of their tents in the liberated areas do not talk about group rights. These are topics for the Washington Post (Ref. essay by Neville Ladduwahetty, The Island-June 3, 2009) and of course for the APRC, the Colombo Tamil moderates, and those cabinet ministers who will be unemployed when ex-servicemen contest against them at the next general election. The average Tamil suffered enough for a generation and half going after their group rights. The group leader did not swallow his cyanide pill because he did not have one hanging on his neck. He even kept his parents as prisoners but not as part of the human shield (SPUR: 19 June 2009).

President says : NCP people didn’t flee - The people in the North Central Province didn’t flee in fear of LTTE terrorists leaving their villages and property. Buddhist priests protected the shrines from LTTE attacks. If not for them we would have to start our war against the LTTE from another location such as Kurunegala, Matale or Negombo, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.The President was addressing priests and religious dignitaries in the Anuradhapura district and the people of Rajarata gathered at the auditorium of the Sri Maha Bodhi temple where the felicitations and tribute awarding to the President, Chief of Defence staff, the Commanders of Army, Navy and Air Force, the Inspector General and the Director General of the Civil Security Force by Maha Sangha of the Maha Vihara sect and the people in NCP in admiration and the appreciation of yeoman service rendered in eradicating the LTTE from the country. Atamasthanadhipathi Venerable Dr. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayake Thera bestowed the Sannas Pathraya on President Rajapaksa conferring the honorary title Sri Weerawickrama Lankethiswara as unanimously decided by the Maha Vihara Sangha Sabha. The Hindu, Islam, Catholic and Christian clergy simultaneously offered their religious observances on behalf of their devotees to the President at the ceremony. The President addressing the religious gathering said that in respect and gratitude of the people in Rajarata he would initiate a massive development plan to empower the livelihood of them while upgrading the infrastructural facilities and conserving the religious monuments and shrine to convert the North Central Province to a ‘Rajarata’ in reality, restoring the past glory and splendour that prevailed during the time of great kings (Daily News: 19 June 2009).

Sri Lanka ensures: Transparent policy on human rights issues - In an interview with the Daily News Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe speaks about Sri Lanka’s recent diplomatic triumphs. Its international human rights obligations and the way forward. Excerpts of the interview: (Daily News: 19 June 2009).

PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSA TELLS IN ANURADHAPURA THAT THE GREAT JOY OF UNIFICATION WAS SHOWN WHEN ALL RACES WAVED LION FLAG PROUDLY - By Walter Jayawardhana - President Rajapaksa said in Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, Anuradhapura, that the joy of unification of this country was reflected exactly a month ago when all citizens despite political , racial or religious differences held the lion flag in their hands proudly to celebrate the jubilation of defeating the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Rajapaksa said, “The generation to generation historical desire of the nation to be under one government of unification was aptly shown despite differences when all held the national flag in their hands.” The President said it was on May 18 at 1.36 p.m. when he was conveyed with the auspicious message of the Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka that the country had been once again unified and the whole nation jumped for joy at the news. He said he believed it was the incumbents of Atamasthana (the eight most holy places of the ancient city) together with the people of the North Central Province who rejoiced the news most. The President was addressing a distinguished gathering of citizens at a ceremony at the historic Jayasri Mahabodhi Dhamma Hall in Anuradhapura following he and the all service chiefs paid their obeisance to the historic Jayasri Maha Bodhi Tree and received honorary titles from the Maha Sangha and other religious dignitaries. He said Mahinda Chinthanaya, the mandate given by the people at the last Presidential election gave priority to agricultural development and it was the North Central fraternity that benefited most from such development. He said it was the valiant soldier which was ready to give life or limb eyes or ears who liberated the land for the people. The precious land of mother Lanka won under such great sacrifices should be protected at all costs, with dedication, the President reminded the nation. President Rajapaksa said the precious things the country had been deprived of during the past three decades due to LTTE terrorism should be restored back to the country now. A state owned television station said “the Rajarata fraternity” organized the ceremony to honour the President for liberating the country from terrorism . The gathering observed one minute silence to honour the fallen soldiers. The Venerable Nugatenne Pagnananda Thera presented the President with a scroll with the honourary name “Sri Weera Wickrama Lanka Dheeshwara”- a title conferred by Anuradhapura Maha Vihara Sangha Council. North Central Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayaka also presented the President with a memento- a replica of an ancient sword. Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa, Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka and Navy Commander Admiral Vasantha Karannagoda were also honoured. Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera accepted the memento on behalf of Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunatilake. The Rajarata masses also feted IGP Jayantha Wickramaratne and Director General of the Civil Defence Force Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekra (EOM).

New Government of Tamil Tigers? I was surprised to see the above headline on the BBC news website and Telegraph and few other foreign papers. Surprisingly enough, no such news item appeared in the Sri Lankan media. I don’t think we can now relax and just concentrate on other matters because the war has been won. Yes war against the local LTTE maybe over, but the LTTE international organisation remains intact. As long as this large and well established terrorist network is not dealt with, our country remains in danger. The LTTE international network is still strong and wealthy. They have contacts and people in top global agencies and foreign governments who share the same objective. Moving towards non-violence and appearing to be democratic will strengthen their cause. That is the main objective of forming this so called trans-national government. While the government in exile is a conventional phenomenon that needs a host country, the trans-national government is a novel experiment that has no precedence. My feeling is, this new path will further increase their funding, international coverage and recognition as there are plenty of pro-LTTE countries which couldn’t directly support them as a terrorist organization but will be happy to get behind them in this new path to a homeland (Island: 19 June 2009).

Australia’s "Concentration Camps" - by Tissa Devendra - May I draw the attention of those Western human rightists and their local ‘running dogs’ who castigate Sri Lanka about our IDP camps to the following extract about Australia from the International Herald Tribune of 10 June 2009. "...refugees, including children,.....were placed in isolated detention camps surrounded by razor wire while they waited months or years for their cases to be heard." I wonder whether these Australian ‘facilities’ had primary schools and the opportunity to sit for public exams that we have extended to our "refugees from Eelam". Is further comment needed ? (Island: 19 June 2009).

Around 35 lorries belonging to private traders transporting essential items to the North through the A9 Road left Medawachchiya on Wednesday, 17 June morning

UK should help Sri Lanka - Lord Naseby - Lord Naseby in a letter, congratulated President Mahinda Rajapaksa for defeating LTTE terrorism that had held Sri Lanka to ransom for 26 years. Writing to the president shortly after the historic victory of the Sri Lankan armed forces against terrorism, the leading conservative member of the British House of Lords and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has also stated that the UK should provide meaningful help to Sri Lanka for resettlement of the displaced. Lord Naseby is at present the chairmen of the all-party British- Sri Lanka group. Here is the text of Lord Naseby's letter to President Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 18 June 2009).

Sri Lanka May Become ‘Hong Kong of India’ After War - Sri Lanka’s economy can bounce back from its weakest growth in six years and become the “Hong Kong of India” as the end of almost three decades of civil war boosts business opportunities, HSBC Private Bank said. Decades of fighting on the Indian Ocean island shackled its $32 billion economy, which according to figures released yesterday expanded 1.5 percent last quarter from a year earlier as the global recession intensified the slowdown. Ports, retailers, apparel and tea exporters could lead a recovery after the Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated last month. “The rebound will be spectacular,” said Arjuna Mahendran, the Singapore-based chief investment strategist for Asia at HSBC Private Bank, which oversees $494 billion in assets. “To start with, Sri Lanka’s location gives its port a natural advantage.” Sri Lanka could benefit from its proximity to India, just as Hong Kong profits from being a trade hub to China. Sri Lanka lies 31 kilometers (19 miles) south east of India, the world’s second-fastest-growing major economy. Seventy percent of the volume handled by the Colombo port is trans-shipment of goods imported by India and this could be increased because Indian ports don’t have adequate depth, Mahendran said. Sri Lanka has embarked upon a plan to quadruple capacity at the Colombo port in three years (Bloomberg : 18 June 2009).

Thailand arrests 3 men connected to LTTE and al Qaeda - Three Rohingya men of Thailand have been arrested and found to have been involved in arms trade with the Tamil Eelam rebels in Sri Lanka and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, The Bangkok Post reported yesterday. ull text of the BP story: Security authorities have arrested three Rohingya allegedly involved in passport forgery and human and weapons trafficking, and said to be linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka and insurgents in the far South. They were also suspected of being connected with al-Qaeda terrorists. The arrest of Mohammad Ali Hussein, Mohammad Mudbahem and Chubri Awae followed a joint operation between the Department of Special Investigation, armed forces and immigration police. Mr Mohammad Ali was arrested on Monday at his Thai wife’s house in Chaiyaphum’s Kaset Sombun district after he sneaked into Thailand early this month. His former aide, Mr Mohammad Mudbahem, was nabbed in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district on the same day. The date and place where Mr Chubri was caught remained unclear. Mr Mohammad Ali was alleged to be the leader of a transnational gang trafficking illegal migrant workers to a third country through Thailand and forging and supplying fake passports, DSI chief Pol Col Thawee Sodsong said (Island: 18 June 2009).

KP extradition documents ready - FM - International LTTE arms procurer K. Pathmanadan was a fugitive wanted in the 'red list' of the international police and as soon as he was arrested by the police in any country. Sri Lanka would institute extradition orders to get him down to Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said at a press conference at his ministry yesterday (17). We had already prepared the necessary documents for his extradition and have informed other countries about Pathmanadan so that he could be arrested by the Interpol or the national Police forces of the countries where he is believed to be absconding and living in his world of hallucination of a separate state, he noted (Daily News: 18 June 2009).

LONDON TIMES SAYS LTTE UNDER PATHMANATHAN ALIAS KP WILL NOT RENOUNCE VIOLENCE   (By Walter Jayawardhana)The Times of London newspaper reacting to the new announcement that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would reorganize itself as a provisional transnational government of Tamil Eeelam said it has not eschewed violence as a means of obtaining power.Until it was crushed as a military group by the Sri Lankan Army the outfit was known as the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world. It is yet to be known ,if violence is applied, how it would be applied in the international arena in the coming years. Referring to the new leader of the terrorist outfit who has appointed himself to be in the shoes of the late Velupillai Prabhakaran , who was killed by the Sri Lanka Army with his other top military aids, the Times said, “Mr. Pathmanathan gave no indication that the group would renounce violence…” The Tamil Tiger’s former head of International Relations, Selvarasa Pathmanathan , better known as the outfit’s chief procurement officer for arms and ammunition , KP and was wanted by the Interpol or International Police for gun and drug running. He was also wanted for the assassination of the former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, together with Velupillai Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman (SPUR : 18 June 2009).

CID allowed to detain TRO head - The Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday granted the CID permission to detain the Chairman of LTTE front organisation known as Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) Velupillai Sivanadgar and another person identified as Eliyathamby Threshakumaran. CID said the suspect would be indicted in Court on the counts of providing funds for terrorist activities and aiding and abetting terrorism. The Magistrate also ordered the issue of notice to seven other suspects to appear in Court on July 28. They were Murugesu Sri Shanmugaraja, Kanakalingam Premaramsi, Kathigesu Kaneshalingam, Eliyathamby Nadarajah, Krishna Kuttu Sukunaran, Balasubramaniam Sri Skandarajah, and Howaliyan Prabhakaran. The CID told Court the investigations had revealed that though notices were sent to these suspects to appear in Court they were away and requested Court to issue notices again. The CID said the main suspect Sivanadgar, a resident of Velvetithuarai had been arrested in Vavuniya and the other a resident of Batticaloa at the Katunayake airport when he was returning from Quatar. They had been served notice to appear before Court and since they had failed to do so they were arrested (Island: 18 June 2009).

Tamil Tensions Still Felt Down under - (Inner West Courier in Australia) 

Goods flow through A9 Forty lorries permitted to travel a day - Army escort for convoys - Essentials include rice, sugar, dhal, oil - Around 35 lorries belonging to private traders transporting essential items to the North through the A9 Road left Medawachchiya yesterday morning. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said 35 lorries of private traders have left from Medawachchiya check point carrying essential items to the North on the A9 Road after a lapse of several years. “These lorries were carrying essential items such as rice, sugar, dhal, oil etc for the Northerners”, he added. He asserted that every three days around 40 lorries will be allowed to transport essential items to the North via the A9 Road. “Though many private traders have submitted applications to obtain permission to transport goods to the North via the A9 Road, only 40 lorries will be permitted to travel a day”, he added. The convoy will be escorted by the Army until it reaches the North. “The lorries carrying essential items will be allowed after a thorough search at the Medawachchiya check point”, he remarked. The traders can bring agricultural harvest of the North on their return journey to the South, the Brigadier said (Daily News: 18 June 2009).

Naval Int Team unearths a large Haul of 82 mm Mortar Bombs in Illangathurei - A Naval intelligence team conducting a search operation unearthed a large haul of 82 mm mortar bombs buried in Illangathurei, Mohottivarum (Punaiadi, Thoppur) yesterday (18th June 2009) around 1630 hrs. There were 513 of 82 mm mortar bombs, 270 of 82 mm mortar cartridges, 22 expelling charges, 24 RPG bombs, 150 pouches and 03 LTTE man packs carefully packed and buried in 03 five-hundred-litre plastic cans. The items are suspected to have been hidden by the LTTE terrorists prior to their fleeing during the recently concluded humanitarian operations conducted by the Security Forces to liberate the East (Sri Lanka Navy: 18 June 2009).

Lak Sathosa hits record sales at Menik Farm - The Lak Sathosa outlets set up in the Menik Farm Welfare Village in Vavuniya have hit record trade volumes running to the tune of Rs. 1.2 million on a daily basis, Trade and Consumer Services Minister Bandula Gunawardane said yesterday. The Minister said that the maximum daily trade volume recorded in an outlet in the south was only Rs. 600,000-700,000. After an observation tour in the welfare village, Mr. Gunawardane told Daily Mirror yesterday that the purchasing power of these displaced civilians was much higher than that of most people in the south. “When these people lived in the LTTE-held areas in the past, they had hoarded their earned money without investing them in anything. That is why, they were able to deposit Rs. 300 million in the branches of the state banks put up in the welfare villages,” he said. Unlike consumers in the south, the Minister said, these displaced civilians had mostly bought cool drinks, biscuit items, chocolates and water bottles from the Lak Sathosa outlets instead of essential commodities such as rice, sugar and dhal. “We have now set up the trade outlets of the State Trading Co-rporations. The IDPs can now buy plastic items, bed linen, footwears and other fancy goods from them at prices prevailing in Colombo,” he said. The government has also decided to open up branches of Osu Salas as well in the areas so that people can buy their drugs at nominals prices (Daily Mirror: 18 June 2009).

Has Ban Ki-Moon put his ‘foot in the mouth’ again? - by Bandu de Silva - That is really the impression one gets after reading his comments on the Iranian presidential elections held last Friday. What was the necessity for him to ‘put his foot in the mouth’ over the results of the Iranian presidential election which was concluded on June 12, by asking the Iranian leaders "to respect the will of the people"? Has any UN Secretary General done so before in any presidential election, including that in the U.S. where electoral lists were doctored to remove many voters from lists? What is his involvement in the Iranian presidential election as the Secretary General of the United Nations, when even President Obama has said that it was a matter for the Iranian people to choose the leadership? Obama said further that America does not want to be the issue in Iran. In later statements he has distanced himself even more over the issue saying one could not expect it any better whether it was Ahmadinejad or Moussavi who sat in the President’s office. That is a more realistic approach. Then why is Ban ki-Moon, trying to pull someone else’s coal from the fire by saying that he is watching the situation (Island: 18 June 2009).

TRO Chairman arrested and detained - The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) informed the Colombo Magistrate's Courts yesterday that they were further detaining the Chairman and another member of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) under detention orders for questioning in their alleged involvement in raising funds for the LTTE terrorist organization.. The TRO, a non Governmental Organization is charged with raising funds for the LTTE in the guise of collecting monies to help welfare activities of the displaced civilians in the North. The CID arrested the Chairman of the TRO, Velupillai Shivanadgar a resident of Velvetithurai in Vavuniya and another member of the organization, Eliyathambi Threshakumaran, a resident of Batticaloa at Katunayake Air Port. Earlier Notices issued by Courts requesting the two arrested and five others to appear in Courts had been pending as they had not presented themselves as requested and had gone into hiding. When the case alleging the involvement of the accused in raising funds for a terrorist organization which was working against the interests of an elected Government was taken before Additional Magistrate Praharsha Ranasinghe, the CID sought permission to add Balasubramanium Sri Skandaraja and Homolius Prabhakaran as accused in the case. The Additional Magistrate on the occasion gave approval to add the above named two as accused after considering relevant details in the case filed by Nevil Fernando of the Central Bank. When the case was taken before Courts only one suspect Sinnaiya Shanthalingam who is on bail appeared before Courts out of ten listed suspects. The CID on the occasion informed Courts that the first accused TRO Chairman V.Shivanadgar had been arrested in Vavuniya and Threshakumar was arrested at Katunayake Air Port on his return to the country from Qatar. The CID also informed that the other accused namely Murugesu Shanmugaraj, Kanagalingam Premarasi, K.Kaneshalingam, Eliyathambi Nadaraja, K.Sukumaran, B, Skandaraja, and H.Prabhakaran had not heeded the call to appear in Courts (Daily News: 18 June 2009).

Vanni district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Sivanathan Kishore (Tamil) pledged his support for the program initiated by the Sri Lanka Government to rebuild the war torn North

Senior Presidential Advisor MP Basil Rajapaksa, Minister Rishard Bathiudeen and MP Sivanathan Kishore at the event.

17th Ranaviru Welfare programme at Gampaha a success - Sri Lanka Ranaviru Seva Authority today (June 16) held the 17th session of the Ranviru Welfare meeting covering the Ranaviru families of the Gampaha district. The program was held under the patronage of Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the regimental headquarters of the Commando Regiment at Ganemulla. The round of Ranaviru welfare meetings organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority acts as an interface between needy Ranaviru families and various government authorities including the Ministry of Defence. During these meetings, the members of Ranaviru families are given opportunity to forward their grievances to the highest officials of government institutions. The divisional secretary, the land registrar, heads of the water and electricity boards, officials of pension department, MOD Seva Vanitha Unit , Ranaviru Seva Authority, etc attend the meetings (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 17 June 2009).

More warlike materials recovered by Naval troops - Upparu Naval troops conducted a search operation based on an information received and recovered few warlike materials buried in the Upparu Jungle, yesterday (16 June) around 1600 hrs. Those items suspected to have been abandoned by the fleeing LTTE terrorists during the humanitarian operations launched by the Security Forces to liberate the East, recently. The recovered items as follows; (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 17 June 2009).

Mother of war hero gifted with a wheel chair: Ranaviru Welfare program gains immense praise - She could not believe her eyes. Tears poured down her cheeks as Mrs. R.P Rosalin mother of late Captain (SLA) G.G Nirmal Asanka was gifted with a wheel chair by Secretary Defence during the 17th secession of the Ranaviru Welfare program held at the Gampaha District yesterday(June 16). All she wanted was to see the man who had inspired a nation to an impeccable feat: The one who valued the man not the machine at hand. Mrs. R.P Rosalin, who could hardly walk was accompanied by her two elderly children to the event at the Commando Regiment Headquarters at Ganemulla. "Our mother only wanted to meet the outspoken Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and pay her gratitude for turning the tides against all odds, making the 'impossible', possible", said Mr. G.G Ranasinghe elderly son of Mrs. Rosalin. "This is a miracle and we know that our bother's sacrifice was not-in-vain. We also like to pay out gratitude for H.E the President and the tri-services commanders and Police for the display of sheer leadership and dedication to end the LTTE terrorism, he further said. Late Captain (SLA) G.G Nirmal Asanka laid his life in the line of duty at the Muhamalai forward defences on 11th October, 2006 (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 17 June 2009).

Viru Jaya Celebrations in Switzerland - 'Viru Jaya' a programme organized by the Sri Lankan Diaspora in Switzerland to commemorate Valiant Armed Forces Personnel who sacrificed their lives, defeating the ruthless LTTE was held Fribourg, Switzerland on the 13th of June 2009. Viru jaya commemoration was chaired under the patronage of Mr.T.B.Maduwegedara His Excellency the Ambassador for Germany and Switzerland. The Sri Lankan community living in Switzerland together with all Democratic parties paid tribute to the fallen war heroes. The event began singing of the National Anthem followed by religious ceremonies. A two minute silence was observed in honour of the war heroes who had sacrificed their lives over the past three decades in the fight against terrorism and the invitees lit candles at the monument specially designed in commemoration of the fallen heroes (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 17 June 2009).

Thank Government for ending war: TNA MP pledges support to Govt.- Vanni district TNA MP Sivanathan Kishore who abstained from voting against the extension of emergency in Parliament last week defying the TNA decision, yesterday pledged his support for the program initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government to rebuild the war torn North. The MP also thanked the Government for ending the war after completely eliminating terrorism from the country. The requirement of the day is to restore and uplift the living standard of the people as terrorism has already been eliminated, the MP added while pledging his support for any of the good initiatives taken by the Government to achieve that objective. The TNA MP said he could not invite or advise his fellow MPs of the TNA. He was of the opinion that those MPs should understand what they should do now. The MP made these comments to the media after participating at the progressive review meeting of the 180 days 'Uthuru Vasanthaya' program at Vavuniya GA's office. Sivanathan Kishore abstained from voting against the extension of emergency vote in the Parliament last week whilst all the other TNA MPs voted against emergency. "As an MP elected to the Parliament, as a representative of the Tamil people I am now ready to serve the Tamil people as an independent MP", Kishore added. The MP also commended the program implemented by the Government to provide facilities for the displaced people after visiting Menik Farm relief village (Daily News: 17 June 2009).

A Letter to Jason Kenney, MP, House of Commons, Ottawa - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada  - Dear Minister Kenney: Re: 3-Way Battle for the blood-soaked Tamil Canadian votes I have just come across your Department’s Operation Bulletin 119-June 3, 2009 – Sri Lanka Initiative-Applications for Family Class Members and Dependents of in-Canada Permanent Residence Applicants Affected by the Current Humanitarian Situation. This is amazing stuff. With the next federal election looming over us, your Conservatives will have a tough time to claw some of the Tamil votes with this initiative if indeed that was your motive,  as the Liberal’s Bob Rae, Jim Karygiannis, John Cannis, Judy Sgro, Maria Minna, John McKay, Derek Lee, and Dan McTeague  will follow a tom-tom beating Tamil Town Crier announcing to the GTA Tamils: “we fought for you guys to get your people into the country, so you better vote for us. We will do more if we get into power like lifting the ban on the LTTE and letting the WTM work the streets again with extortions, and let you all have your Government of Eelam in Exile in Toronto.”  But what they will not tell the Tamil Diaspora is, “This was a selfish move on our part to bloat our Tamil voter bank to win the next federal government elections from the Conservatives. To be honest we don’t care two flippin hamburgers about you Tamils.” Think about that Minister. This is no fiction. This could be the reality that we Conservatives will have to face during the next hustings.Bob Rae trying to enter Sri Lanka on June 10 was suspicious. In my letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of June l1, which you received a copy I said, “But I can tell you one thing, I can bet my last dollar, his exercise to go to Sri Lanka was to crawl himself to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the north, interview a few Tamil refugees, come back and complaint, how horrible the IDP camps were, that  there is no food to eat, no air to breathe, no medicine for the sick, and our Government should do everything to process the applications of thousands of relatives of Tamil Canadians for family reunification. Having spent a couple of thousand dollars for the plane ticket, do you know what? Bob Rae would have locked every Tamil vote for the Liberals in the 13 ridings of the GTA for the next elections.” (SPUR: 17 June 2009).

Top cop tells LTTE detainees… Don’t spurn President’s peace offer, you won’t get a second chance - A senior police official in charge of the Northern Province has told LTTE cadres, held in detention, in the Vavuniya region, that they wouldn’t get another opportunity to work out a political package with the Sri Lankan State. Addressing over 2,000 detainees, both men and women, at Neriyakulam Technical College, Senior DIG Nimal Lewke, said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would be their only hope. The former Commandant of the elite STF said that the South wouldn’t oppose the President’s strategy. The President had the courage and the political will to resolve the national question due to the unprecedented backing he received for his style of governance, he said. Had anyone of them suspected the government’s sincerity, the appointment of former LTTE strong man, in charge of the Ampara-Batticaloa region Karuna, as a minister in the SLFP-led ruling coalition, should be enough to reassure LTTE cadres now in custody, he said. He estimated the number of LTTE cadres held in seven centres in and around Vavuniya at 8,729. Among them are about 1,700 women (Island: 17 June 2009).

Nominations for Jaffna MC, Vavuniya TC - Nominations have been called for electing members to the Jaffna Municipal Council and Vavuniya Town Council by respective retaining officers in the two districts. Accordingly, nominations will be received by retaining officers with effect from June 18 up to 12 noon on June 25 at their respective offices. Under terms and conditions of nominations 23 members are to be elected for Jaffna Administrative District while 11 members will be elected for Vavuniya Administrative District, elections officials said. Youth candidates are encouraged in this Local Government election and the leaders of Independent Groups will have to deposit Rs. 7,250 for Jaffna while Rs. 3,750 for Vavuniya (Daily News: 17 June 2009).

Two LTTE Pharmaceutical stores raided - A special Police team raided two LTTE Pharmaceutical stores and arrested a man who was in charge of both. The stores were in Wellawatte and Vavuniya. Police said medicines worth Rs 5.4 million were found in Wellawatte and and Rs 2.4 million in Vavuniya for use on injured LTTE cadres. The arrested store keeper was responsible for the distribution of medicines to the Wanni. In addition to the medicines police found bandages, plasters, syringes and a host of other items for use on injured LTTE cadres. It was revealed that some NGOs were involved in bringing in the stocks to the pharmaceuticals. The suspect was being questioned as to how the medicines were distributed to the Wanni and also the others involved in the process. Investigators refused to divulge the locations in Wellawatte and Vavuniya where the stores were nor any other details since it could hamper investigations (Island: 17 June 2009).

Police nab LTTE medical supplier - Drugs, medical items worth Rs. 2.5 m seized from Wellawatte house - Suspect had links with LTTE medical wing Head - The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) arrested a director of a leading pharmaceutical company in Wellawatte for having connections with the LTTE and seized a stock of medical items valued at around Rs.2.5 million which were prepared to be sent to the LTTE. Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekera said the stock of drugs and medical items meant for the LTTE were recovered by the TID hidden inside a house in Perera Avenue, Wellawatte on Monday night. “The TID also nabbed a suspect along with the medical items,” SSP Gunasekera added. He said more than 32 medical items and drugs valued around Rs.2.5 million were seized by the TID. “These medical items were meant to be sent to the LTTE during the last leg of fighting in the Vanni,” he added. He noted that the suspect had kept close links with the LTTE including LTTE medical wing Chief Selvanayagam Kugarajan alias Manoj. “It was revealed that the suspect kept a close relationship with the chief of the LTTE medical wing and had provided millions of rupees worth medical supplies to LTTE cadres on many occasions,” the SSP said. The TID nabbed the suspect following information and evidence of his involvement in supplying medical items to the LTTE. It is believed that the suspect was preparing to send the medical items to the Vanni during the last phase of battle. He failed to do so due to intensified security in the area. The LTTE ran short of medicine to treat their wounded cadres in the Vanni jungle before they were defeated by the Security Forces. Therefore, the LTTE cadres were grabbing the medical items dispatched by the government and international organizations to the trapped civilians (Daily News: 17 June 2009).

The solution II - by Nalin de Silva - The British who created the Tamil ethnic group did not have a clear idea as to what a nation was. That is why they called both the Sinhalas and Tamils as nations whether majority or minority. The infamous Leghorn Minute refers to two nations the Tamils who came from present Tamil Nadu and the Sinhala nation that had origins in Siam, or Thailand. The Minute is wrong on both counts but the Tamil racists even today hang on to the two nation concept perhaps knowing very well that the Leghorn Minute is wrong both conceptually and factually or concepto factually. (The term concepto factually has been used in order to reveal that facts are not sacred and that they depend on concepts and theories). Though there had been a Sinhala nation from the days of Pandukabhaya there had not been even a Tamil ethnic group either in India or Sri Lanka before the British occupied these regions. There had been only Tamil speaking groups before the British introduced ethnicity into the conceptual framework and in Sri Lanka if one wants to make use of the term Tamil speaking people to include the Muslims with reference to so called devolution of power then it is clear that the term Tamil ethnic group cannot be used to devolve power (Island: 17 June 2009).

Dr. Brian Seneviratne: A Humanright (LTTE) Activist - By K. Navam, Australia - Dr. Brian Seneviratne, an ethnic Sri Lankan Sinhalese expatriate and a consultant physician living in Brisbane, Australia. He is, of course, a proud cousin of the former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga. He has been a so-called self-proclaimed human right activist and was a friend of Mr. Kandasamy, a human right activist who was cold bloodily killed by LTTE during its terror against the voices of human rights in Jaffna. Dr. Brian Seneviratne was furious and became anti-LTTE proponent soon after Mr. Kandasamy was gunned down. Not to mention that Dr. Seneviratne was in tears and I consoled him then. On 15 June 2009, I attended a meeting organised by Dr. Brian Seneviratne at the Baptist Church, Taringa, Queensland, Dr. Brian Seneviratne Australia. It was about 7:30 PM and a handful of people have attended it. He was visibly worried about the number of people attended the event. He could have preferred for at least 50 people to listen his preaching. During the past few years, he often gives speeches, and considered to be the number one proponent of the LTTE in the name of Tamil safe haven within Sri Lanka. He was on funded tours all over the world supporting the LTTE and justifying their terrorism and atrocities. Poor Dr. Brian did not know that he was being used by the LTTE as a Singhala face for justifying their terrorism under the pretext of the Tamil freedom (Asian Tribune: 17 June 2009).

LTTE child soldiers allowed to exchange letters with parents - Hundreds of surrendered LTTE child soldiers, who are being kept in various welfare camps in Vavuniya, have been allowed to exchange letters and telephone calls with their parents, a top commander said.  "We have started allowing them to exchange letters with their parents, though they are yet not permitted to interact with them directly," Competent Authority for the IDPs Major General GA Chandrasiri said. Talking to an Indian convoy led by High Commissioner Alok Prasad, Chandrasiri said the former child soldiers could also talk to their family members over phone. "We are also in the process of commencing vocational programmes for them and providing overseas jobs to the trained ones," he told the convoy on his way to inspect an Indian hospital for IDPs in Vavuniya. "Many child soldiers have been identified from various welfare centres in Vavuniya," National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) Chairman Jagath Wellawaththa said. The children have forcibly been recruited by the LTTE for military activities against the government forces during the war period, Wellawaththa said. He said a batch of LTTE child soldiers, including girls, were found from various welfare centres in Vavuniya and they will be sent to the selected rehabilitation centers as soon as they are produced in courts (DNA: 17 June 2009).

GENERAL KAYANI OF PAKISTAN ARMY HOSTS A DINNER TO SHARE THE JUBILATION OF SRI LANKA FRIENDS IN DEFEATING LTTE - By Walter Jayawardhana - Genral Ashfaq Parvez Kayani , Chief of Army Staff in Pakistan and Begum Ashfaq Parvez Kayani hosted a dinner “to share the jubilation with” their “Sri Lankan friends on their historic victory against LTTE.”at the Army House, the official residence of the Commander in Islamabad. Pakistan’s Sri Lanka High Commissioner former Air Chief Vice Marshall Jayalath Weerakkody and his wife were the chief guests at this state dinner. General Kayani said he, the government, the armed forces of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan were glad to be able to share the jubilation of Sri Lanka to crush terrorism in the island nation. He said Sri Lanka had been Pakistan’s very close friend for the last so many years and Pakistan was particularly proud about Sri Lanka’s immense victory. While conveying his good wishes to Sri Lanka’s armed forces General Kayani said he is confident the strong cooperation existing at present could be even made stronger in the future. Replying Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner Jayalath Weerakkody said Sri Lanka and Pakistan political and defence wise enjoy the best of mutual relations. Even back in 1996, when Sri Lanka faced tremendous difficulties militarily in quelling the strong militaristic terrorism , aimed both at the armed forces and police as well as unarmed civilians Pakistan helped the island nation without imposing any conditions. The credit, said Weerakkody , should go to the government, the armed forces and the people of Pakistan. He said, the help rendered was more precious as it was rendered in the midst of some international opposition. He said, he was confident the military relationship would improve in the future. The High Commissioner said during 20 years Sri Lanka became the highest recipient of Pakistani help training about 5300 armed forces personnel and receiving military hardware. (EOM).

University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Report - 'Separate the Chaff from the Wheat' - Dr.P.A.Samaraweera - The defeat of the LTTE which is a cause for universal celebration, as it uprooted the number one terrorist organisation and opened up a new era in Sri Lankan history, has been marred by certain countries, Tamil diaspora, Human Rights Activists & Organisations, various interested Institutions and so on. The latest to join the line is the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna). The UTHR (Jaffna) Report claims that Prabhakaran was tortured before being killed in the presence of a Tamil government politician and a General. In fact, the Tamil diaspora is disputing the fact t hat he got killed. According to them, he will make his first appearance again on his birthday anniversary and make his usual 'war hero day' speech. Again in contrast to this, the current claimant to the LTTE leadership K. Padmanathan, after whom the Interpol is, says he has attained 'martyrdom'. Based on the Report, if Prabhakaran was captured alive, the question asked from the UTHR (Jaffna) is how is that he did not swallow the cyanide capsule which was the ritual imposed on thousands of youngsters conscripted to the LTTE as fighters. They were made to wear it around their neck saying that it is better to take their own life than be captured by Sri Lankan soldiers. In all of Prabhakaran's photographs published he displays the cyanide capsule but after he was killed and the body was found the army did not find any on his neck. This is proof that he made thousands die for his cause while he wanted to escape death and live for another day (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 16 June 2009).

Open letter to Murray McCully, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs - Roshan Mendis NEW ZEALAND Dear Mr McCully, - I am deeply concerned that the National-led government has failed to designate the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist entity, despite pre-election pledges by National to move swiftly to bring New Zealand into line with our like minded allies on this issue. I refer to your newsletter of 8 August, 2008, in which you categorically assert, “‘That the Tamil Tigers are fully fledged terrorists is beyond dispute.” In the aftermath of the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka, the Tigers are pinning all their hopes for revival on the concerted efforts of the diaspora. Unable to directly raise funds or operate effectively in Australia, Canada, the US or the EU, New Zealand is increasingly becoming the country of choice for the Tigers to regroup and reorganize. LTTE cells operating in Auckland and Wellington have assumed responsibility for fundraising and procurement efforts throughout Australasia, previously co-ordinated from Melbourne. Emboldened by the Government’s inaction, certain front organizations have even used taxpayer-funded community grants to print Tamil Tiger posters and flags for so-called ‘cultural’ functions. It seems incredible that the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) continues to function openly in this country (with a registered address of 371 Dominion Road, Mt. Eden, Auckland) despite being unequivocally exposed as a front for the Tamil Tigers. Just this week, four Tamil defendants on trial in New York pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the LTTE by laundering millions of dollars through the TRO (LankaWeb: 16 June 2009).

Is Adele Balasingham a war criminal? Many wonder why there is no action by the International Community to try Ms. Adele Ann Wilby also known as Adele Ann Balasingham, Adele Anne or Ms "Stanislaus" for war crimes. "Stanislau" is the first name of her husband Anton Balasingham a former employee of a foreign western Embassy based in Colombo. An Australian by birth hailing from the suburb of Warragul, in the Australian city of East Melbourne, she liked to be known as "Aunty" to the hundreds of unsuspecting females especially young girls in the Jaffna peninsula . Adel Ann in the first edition of her book titled "Women Fighters of Liberation Tigers ", cover designed by "Daya" and printed by Thasan Printers, Mahendra Veethy, Jaffna dated 1st January 1993, she dedicates "to the women fighters of "Liberation Tigers" . She has been reported as being the pioneer of recruiting young Tamil women including children as women fighters for the Tamil Tiger terrorist outfit known as the " Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam". According to the media, she is a trained nurse by profession and now lives in a fashionable quarter in London in a house estimated to be worth œ500,000. According to recent media reports she was under "surveillance" for coordinating the "demonstrations" held by pro "Tiger", London , UK in support of the Tamil Tigers" during its last days prior to being eliminated by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 16 June 2009).

Surrendered Tiger rebel confesses killing of youth by LTTE - A top surrendered LTTE rebel has confessed that he saw the Tigers killing a few Tamil youths for molesting a girl in Sri Lanka on one occasion, the army claimed on Tuesday. LTTE's former Media Coordinator Daya Master, who has been undergoing interrogation after surrendering to Sri Lankan army, has confessed that the crime took place in mid-2007. "Daya Master's statement to the police affirmed that Tiger rebels after taking law and order into their hands have carried out such crimes," the army said in a statement here. Daya Master, who surrendered to the army at Putumathalan in the Wanni region in April this year, has been in police custody along with slain LTTE leader Thamilselvan's interpretor George Master (Times of India: 16 June 2009).

Three Thai men arrested over LTTE links - Three Rohingya men have been arrested and found to have been involved in arms trade with the Tamil Elam rebels in Sri Lanka and the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States…. More. The three are identified as Mahammad Ali Hussien, Babuji or Mahammad Madbahem, and Chubri Awae. They were arrested in a coordinated operation of the Armed Forces Security Centre, National Intelligence Agency, Royal Thai Police, and Department of Special Investigation. Pol Col Tawee Sodsong, the DSI director-general said his office has evidence to prove that these Rohingya men had links with a group of influential persons in South Thailand. Mahammad Ali Hussien was the leader of a transnational criminal gang involving in trade of counterfeit official travel documents and arms trade with the Tamil Elam rebels in Sri Lanka. The man also provided counterfeit documents for members of the Al-qaeda group to conduct the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, he said. Mahammad Ali Hussien fled into Malaysia where he was arrested and jailed two years on charges of being detrimental to security. After release, he came to Thailand and established contacts with war weapon and drug traders as well as insurgents in the South, Pol Col Tawee said (Daily Mirror: 16 June 2009).

Daya Master Witnessed How Tigers Punished Tamil Youths - : LTTE’s FORMER Media Coordinator, DAYA MASTER alias VELAYUDAN DAYANIDHI who has been under Police interrogations after his surrender along with THAMIL SELVAM’s interpreter, GEORGE MASTER, has admitted that security guards to THAMIL SELVAM openly fired in front of him and killed a few Tamil youths for molesting a small girl. The crime, according to the confession, has taken place in the mid of year 2007, despite a spate of national and international criticisms that were leveled against the terrorist outfit over many sexual abuses, committed on the minors in former LTTE controlled areas. DAYA MASTER’s statement to the Police affirmed that Tiger terrorists after taking law and order unto their hands have carried out those types of dastardly crimes, as and when the LTTE wanted. State Intelligence Services were of the view that many such sexual abuses, carried out secretly with the connivance of Tiger leadership, did not find any exposures to the outside world, since parents and adults of those victims were living under the jackboot of the dictatorial terrorist leader at that point of time (Sri Lanka Army: 16 June 2009).

Classes for A/L students in IDP camps - Chaminda Perera - The Government yesterday initiated a special educational program for the students of displaced families who are sitting for the G.C.E. Advanced Level examination this year under the directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Resettlement and Relief Services Minister Rishard Bathiudeen gave away reading material, uniforms and stationery to 700 A\L students in the welfare camps in Vavuniya under this program. A contingent of A/L teachers has been assigned to teach these students and conduct classes to fully cover the syllabus by the Education Ministry. In addition the services of teachers in national schools will also be acquired to update their knowledge and make them ready for the Advanced Level examination. Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva yesterday opened a State Pharmaceuticals Corporation outlet in the Ananda Coomaraswamy welfare centre in Settikulam . A new hospital was also opened in the Welfare Centre Zone III yesterday. A ward complex was also opened at the Settikulam Base Hospital by the Health Minister yesterday. Trade, Cooperative Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Indegenous Medicine Minister Tissa Karalliyadda were present (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 16 June 2009).

Australian Defence Attache Meets Army Commander - DEFENCE Attache for Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka Captain Jonathan D. Mead called on Commander of the Army General Sarath Fonseka in his office at Army Headquarters Tuesday (16) afternoon. During this meeting, Captain Mead received a brief on most recent security developments and victory over terrorism from the Commander. Both of them also discussed matters of security interest and other areas of concern (sri Lanka Army : 16 June 2009).

President outlines two challenges : Rehabilitation livelihood renewal Sri Lanka - Myanmar sign MoU on tourism promotion : President Mahinda Rajapaksa currently on a State visit to Myanmar said that his latest challenge is to rehabilitate the war torn region and bring normalcy to the lives of the people. The 30 year old cruel war against terrorism cost 100,000 lives, he said. Expressing satisfaction at being able to successfully conclude the humanitarian operation against terrorism, the President said his visit to Myanmar is the first one after the victory (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 16 June 2009).

Two LTTE Thermo Baric Weapons & 150 T-56s Uncovered -  TROOPS continued their daily search and clear operations in the general areas of VISUAMADU, OLUMADU, AMPAKAMAM, VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL, SARVARTHODDAM, AMPALAWANPOKKANAI, PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU south, CHINNADAMPNKULAM and ERATHANKOTHTHAKULAM throughout Monday (15). A search in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU south found two thermo baric weapons that had been brought to WANNI area by Tiger terrorists, irrespective of the fact that this weapon has been banned for use in consistent with GENEVA conventions. Other findings during the day included; One hundred and fifty T-56 weapons, three thousand three hundred and sixty rounds of T-56 ammunition, three hundred 81 mm mortar bombs, forty-three hand grenades, seventeen Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), twenty-two anti personnel mines, thirteen luminous jackets, one self loading rifle (SLR), two Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), made using 81 mm mortars, nineteen Arul bombs, one thousand and one hundred rounds of Multi Purpose Machine Gun (MPMG) ammunition, one hundred anti personnel fuses, fourteen claymore mines weighing about 1 kg each, thirty 60 mm mortar bombs, nine 82 mm mortar bombs, two Bangalore torpedoes, seventeen booby trap fuses, one 120 mm mortar bomb, two 130 mm artillery rounds, one thousand four hundred and twenty-one rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition, seventy-nine 122 mm artillery rounds, one 40 mm grenade cartridge, one 81 mm mortar barrel, nine MPMG links, one 60 mm mortar barrel, one 60 mm bipod, two pouches, two 8 HP Outboard Motors (OBM), one 9.9 HP OBM, forty-three electric detonators, four 81 mm Para bombs, five hundred 81 mm mortar cartridges and one helmet (sri Lanka Army : 16 June 2009).

What's wrong with Sinhalese helping Tamils? - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) seems to have lost its bearings since the decimation of the LTTE. Rudderless and adrift in the choppy seas of politics, it is now trying to align itself with New Delhi. Aware that nothing pleases India more than supplication, it is begging for India's involvement in Sri Lanka's rehabilitation and reconstruction programmes in a bigger way. Interestingly, the LTTE proxies have not turned to Tamil Nadu this time around for help, maybe because they are now convinced that there is no popular support for their cause in that state as evident from the rejection of Jayalalitha's offer to create Eelam at the last election. TNA MP R. Sampanthan is reported to have protested against the rehabilitation and resettlement programme being handled by the Sinhalese. At a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna, National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon in New Delhi on Sunday, Sampanthan said it was unacceptable for those programmes to be left exclusively in the hands of the majority Sinhala community (Island: 16 June 2009).

Who really wanted Tamil Eelam and why? - By Shenali Waduge - More and more we are made to wonder the connotations behind the quest for a Tamil Eelam. Was it an ideology that was not meant to go beyond conceptual phase, was it a past time for those who had everything in life and wanted a little excitement, was it a seed planted to create regional and sub-regional discord and friction and create the necessity for western interference, was it meant to allow large numbers of Tamils to reside overseas and uplift their living standards and most of all was it really because the Sinhalese were discriminating the Tamils or was it an experiment gone wrong and out of hand? In reality there is much more to the quest for Tamil Eelaam than meets the eye which requires closer analysis and thought. We cannot deny that there prevailed separatist thought on the lines of a separate state for Tamils! This first emerged in Tamil Nadu. This was natural for 65million of the world’s 80 million Tamils resided there. It came in the form of a We Tamil Movement in the late 1960s which was crushed by the Indian Government. India ensured it didn’t expand or gain any untoward propaganda. Another reason why it did not get the kick start it desired was probably because the people of Tamil Nadu would not have heralded around this idea (Asian Tribune: 16 June 2009).

Reviving education in the North - It would be an understatement to say that the three decade long ethnic conflict caused disruption to the eduction sector in the North. Not only was there no conducive climate for schools to function normally but the dislocation of civilian life was such that continuity could not be maintained in the schooling life of a child. Now that the chief cause for this disruption has been eliminated, no time should be lost in providing the opportunity to restore school life of the children of the North. It is in this context that the steps taken by the education authorities to create the grounding for the IDP children get back to their books should be commended. This shows the Government is keen to rebuild all sectors in the North concurrently which would facilitate the return to normality all that more speedily. According to a front page story in our weekend paper the Sunday Observer, revision classes have been organized on a mass scale for internally displaced students in Vavuniya who are expected to sit the GCE Advanced Level examination in August this year. Already 50 special makeshift centres have been earmarked to conduct these classes.’ (Daily News: 16 June 2009).

Northern spring: North to get 70 dairy villages Seventy dairy villages will be set-up in the North under the Vadakkin Vasantham program - Ten dairy villages will be set-up in Jaffna while 15 will be set up in Mannar 15 in Vavuniya, 15 in Kilinochchi and 15 in Mullaitivu. Livestock Resources Development Minister C. B. Ratnayake said several 180 day short period projects have been implemented under the Vadakkin Vasantham (Northern Spring) concept. A special task force has been established under the patronage of Livestock Resources Development, Ministry Secretary Sunimal Senaratne. The Minister said the provision of sheds for stray cattle under the initial program has been completed while steps have also been taken to reconstruct milk collecting centres to restore collection of milk, destroyed during the war. Arrangements have also been made to provide training in animal husbandry for farmers in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar, while poultry farming for 5,000 families and goat farming for 200 families have also been co-ordinated. Steps have also been taken to construct and re-establish veterinary offices and re-establish dairy farms societies and self-administered dairy farm societies in the Northern region. Arrangements have been made to rehabilitate deserted youth who were engaged in the battle-field, and give them training in animal husbandry. This program will also be implemented in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, once the IDPs are resettled. Under medium period project, 19 new Veterinary Offices with quarters, three livestock research centres, strengthening of the training centre at Vavuniya, six milk collecting and refrigerating centres with huge capacity and 20 with less capacity will be established. Under the establishment of livestock breeding farms, 50 buffaloes and cattle breeding farms, 20 goat breeding farms too will be established. Ten vehicles will also be provided to Veterinary Offices (Daily News: 16 June 2009).

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Govt. plans survey in the North to solve land problems - The government has undertaken a comprehensive and speedy survey of lands in the North to resettle people and sort out problems relating to ownership, Government sources said yesterday. Minister of Lands and Land Development Jeevan Kumaratunga told The Island that on the advice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa priority will be given to the distribution of agricultural land, among farmers and the promotion of organic farming. The President believed that this would increase economic benefits for the Jaffna farmers by way of lucrative prices for their organic produce, which is easily marketable to health conscious consumers worldwide, the Minister said.. Kumaratunga said that such a survey had not been carried out for several decades and with the demographic features changed the old maps needed redrawing. A draft of the proposal to survey the lands in the North, with certain other amendments to the Lands Act, had been cleared by the Cabinet of Ministers, AGs and Legal Draftsman’s Department and would be presented before the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils and thereafter to Parliament shortly, he said (Island: 16 June 2009).

More buses for North - The Sri Lanka Transport Board will operate 125 additional buses in the North from Thawakuli, Kankasanthurai, Vavuniya and Mannar, Transport Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said. He told The Island that 2,500 buses had been imported from India and were distributed among other provinces. The SLTB would operate additional buses on the A 9 and A 32. He said he would request private bus operators to operate on those routes. The two SLTB depots destroyed due to war would be reconstructed and a new depot would be set up in Silawathurai shortly. He said the SLTB would commence passenger transport on the A9 when the security forces gave the clearance. Alahaperuma said that due to inadequate operation of buses in the night passengers were inconvenienced and the National Transport Commission (NTC) had taken action to operate buses in the night on 26 routes. At present only SLTB buses were being operated at night. NTC expected assistance from the private bus operators. He said that the NTC had deployed its checkers to supervise whether the services provided by the new bus operation were satisfactory. New services on other routes would be introduced soon (Island: 16 June 2009).

Security situation calm in the North and East–GAs - The security situation remained claim across Jaffna District. The SLA continues to conduct cordon and search operations and random checks states a press release issued by Government Agents of the North and East. Jaffna experiences unannounced power cuts during the day and regular power cuts in the evenings. Mobile telephone coverage remains unreliable. The daily curfew remains in place from 21:00 to 04:30 hrs, the release further said. The press release further said as follows: (Island: 16 June 2009).

TN police remain on alert for LTTE - COIMBATORE: Tamil Nadu police have stepped up patrolling and tightened security along the state's coast to prevent possible infiltration of LTTE remnants from Sri Lanka. "Twelve coastal police stations have been put on high alert," DGP K. P. Jain said on Sunday. He said the government has imported a hi-tech surveillance boat from Greece at a cost of Rs 2.1 crore to bolster coastal patrolling. "The boat has arrived in Chennai and will be pressed into search operations soon," he said. Meanwhile, the country's counter-terrorism force, the NSG, is gearing up to set up its full-fledged commando unit in Chennai. The NSG commandos would arrive in Chennai next week and would temporarily function at the Police Training College at Ashok Nagar in Chennai, Jain said. "The government had identified land for a building for the NSG hub and the commando unit would become fully operational by the end of this year (Daily Mirror: 16 June 2009).

The diaspora created the Tigers, not vice-versa - While agreeing with much of what John Thompson (‘What Next for the Tamil Tigers?’, 8 June) says, I should point out that he is wrong on two counts: (1) He refers to the Tigers as a ‘guerrilla army’. In fact the LTTE has been fighting as a conventional army for at least a decade. It has used units as guerrillas for some operations, and has waged urban guerrilla war against the civilian population of the south. However, that does not make it a guerrilla army - the Sri Lanka army has used guerrilla tactics as well, after all. I think this fallacy is quite common outside Sri Lanka, which accounts for much of the condemnation of the Sri Lanka government. Foreigners think of the Army pounding a bunch of ragged guerrillas and their associated civilian population. They don’t realise that the LTTE was a highly sophisticated military machine, with modern equipment, often better than that on the government side. The fighting was sustained and bloody and it is to the credit of the soldiers of the Army that they prevailed (Island: 16 June 2009).

A Railway to the North - It is welcome that the government has commenced work on the reconstruction of the railway to the North. This track has to be laid de–nova since most of the track if not all of it does not exist. When the thought of the reconstruction of the railway was mooted after the end of the war it was reported that the JVP offered its services. The JVP’s hand in reconstruction of railways was exemplified by their rapid performance in the southern coastline rail rack at Peraliya following the Tsunami devastation. It was supposed to have been done in double quick time with minimal expense to the state. Having said this, this time around the govt. did not accept the JVP offer saying that the JVP could be troublesome. Instead it was rumoured that the govt. was to hand it to an Indian private company and now it appears the ‘Uthuru Mithuru’ conglomerate has pitched in and commenced reconstruction. Fair enough. The govt. has its own agenda and has its choice of who should do it. If the JVP’s offer was in good faith, and which one believes, with an altruistic motive did the government fear that the JVP will steal the show and thereby gain political advantage. This may be yes or may be no but it was a good opportunity to cement relationship between political parties (Island: 16 June 2009).

LTTE mulls govt in exile - The LTTE, which has been decimated in Sri Lanka, is planning a government of Tamil Eelam in exile with the support of Tamil diaspora spread across the globe. In a statement posted in the pro-LTTEl website Puthinam.com on Monday, LTTE’s international relations chief Selvaraja Pathmanathan who represents the remnants, said a committee of experts under lawyer Viswanathan Rudrakumar has been set up to consider formation of what he calls Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil EelamIt would also hold talks with other groups holding similar views on Tamil nationalism, homeland and right to self-determination for the Tamil people of Sri Lanka on working out a common plan of action. Mr Pathmanatha said such a government is necessary to articulate the aspirations of the Tamil people, as reflected in the 1976 Vaddukottai resolution, the 1985 Thimpu declaration and the LTTE’s 2003 Interim Self-Governing Authority Proposal, in the world fora as the Tamil people cannot fight for these rights in their homeland “now under occupation by the Sri Lankan armed forces” (Asian Tribune: 16 June 2009).

LTTE suicide cadres still in Colombo -  At least 26 LTTE suicide cadres who entered the Colombo City prior to the death of the LTTE leadership are still at large, while four of them were taken into custody by the special police teams. A senior police officer revealed that according to intelligence reports these cadres have entered the city few weeks before the LTTE was entirely eliminated in the North with the death of its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. According to latest intelligence reports the cadres currently wander around the city like regular civilians infiltrated into the public since they have failed to fulfill their given tasks. It was also reported that these cadres have become discouraged as there is no leader left to guide them or pass orders anymore. Special units of military and police intelligence wings in collaboration have deployed several teams to find these absconding cadres and track them down as soon as possible, the officer said. The intelligence wing official fear that the remaining LTTE international leadership like Kumaran Pathmanadan alias KP and other vital characters may have serious influence over these abandoned cadres. The intelligence wing have also educated the immigration and emigration officialls at the Bandaranaike International Airport about these cadres who might leave the country under false identification at any time (Daily Mirror: 16 June 2009).

LANKA SEEKS FOREIGN HELP TO CAPTURE KP - Having wiped out the LTTE leadership from northern Sri Lanka, the government is now seeking international help to nab its fugitive leader K. Padmanathan, believed to be active in carrying out the Tigers' operations overseas. The Sri Lankan government has forwarded details to other countries seeking the arrest of Padmanathan, Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama said. “In terms of world opinion and also in relation to how we could counter LTTE terror network forces, there are still some elements at large,” Mr. Bogollagama said. “That is why we have gone very much public in terms of seeking the arrest of K. Padmanathan. That is important. That is one such person,” he told a TV channel. Mr. Bogollagama said the government might have countered terrorism comprehensively by defeating the LTTE, “but a lot more has to be done”. The Tamilnet reported on January 30 this year that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran had appointed Pathmanathan, “a high profile representative of the movement,” as its international face. “Pathmanathan will be representing the movement in any further peace initiatives and will be the primary point of contact for engaging with the international community,” a letter sent to various international actors by the LTTE's department of international relations, said (Daily Mirror: 16 June 2009).

KP: Another Osama in the making -  By Dimuth Gunawardena - Michael Moore in his bitingly satirical book ‘Dude Where’s My Country?’ refers to Osama bin Laden and asks “Who’s his travel agent? Well, the same can be asked about Kumaran Tharmalingam alias Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP who was appointed head of ‘LTTE International’ by Velupillai Prabakaran in January 2009. Michael Moore asks the question a bit late in the day and considering what has happened because it was not asked and answered at the proper time, I believe there is little time to dilly-dally with regard to this man. So I ask, “Who’s KP’s travel agent?”Since he is on Interpol’s most wanted list and still on the run with no sign of getting caught he obviously has the right contacts in high places. I offer that the USA’s Bruce Fein (who will tell any diabolical lie without batting an eyelid if paid by the hour) and UN’s Vijay Nambiar (who ducked into an airport toilet at Katunayake, Sri Lanka to answer KP’s call to rescue his beleaguered boss) could very well be two (of the several?) travel agents used by the man (Asian Tribune: 16 June 2009).

 

Self-appointed so-called Human Rights Champions in Europe !!!

Sri Lankan accountant charged over spying for LTTE - Sri Lanka Courts remanded an accountant of the Anuradhapura Hospital, K.Rajarathnam, this morning over charges of spy activities inside the Air Force camp in Anuradhapura. The Anuradhapura police informed the Courts that the suspect had entered the Air Force camp premises undercover and had engaged in spy activities for LTTE during the conflict period. The suspect was arrested last April by the air men and handed over to the Anuradhapura police. The investigations have revealed that the suspect gained access to enter the camps in ambulances of the Anuradhapura Hospital (Colombo Page: 15 June 2009).

Assessing the analysis of the University Teachers for Human Rights - - The University Teachers for Human Rights has issued yet another report on the situation in Sri Lanka which, as with its previous reports, merits serious attention. I have always admired their commitment and efforts at objectivity and, even when I disagree with what they say, I have noted their sincerity. It should also be noted that they are amongst the few such organisations to admit it when they have been mistaken, as with their accounts of what happened to the ACF workers in Muttur. Their assertion that inquiries into that event and similar ones should be expedited cannot be challenged. Though I have pointed out that delays have arisen because of the prejudging that has taken place elsewhere, as well as the bad faith of some of the assistants to the International Eminent Persons, I too hope very much that the Commission of Inquiry will produce a report soon on the cases they have dealt with, and that action is taken as appropriate (SCOPP : 15 June 2009).

Sri Lankan Mission overseas asked to counter KP’s propaganda - Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister,Rohitha Bogollagama has instructed all Sri Lankan Missions located overseas to effectively counter the propaganda by LTTE’s fugitive international relations leader,K.Pathmanathan alias KP who has sent a letter to many countries stating that he is the LTTE’s representative of Tamils at future peace moves. Bogollagama himself spearheads the move to counter adverse LTTE propaganda spread by Pathmanathan during his official overseas visits, foreign ministry sources claimed. Pathmanathan, now in hiding, reportedly in a South East Asian country, has sent this letter via email to several western nations, reports said. In that message, Pathmanathan had claimed that LTTE Velupillai Prabhakaran had appointed him as the Head of the International Relations of the outfit in January this year.Despite such a claim, Pathmanathan was only known to be the chief arms procurer and the fund collector of the terrorist organisation, reports said. The Colombo government has already sought the assistance of Interpol to track down Pathmanathan and all details of the suspect had been forwarded to Interpol by Colombo on the activities of Pathmanathan (Asian Tribune 15 June 2009).

Troops uncover an LTTE submersible vehicle - Vellamullaivaikkal - Troops of the Task Force -8, while conducting search and clearing operations at the Vellamullaivaikkal coast, Mullaittivu have uncovered an LTTE submersible vehicle on Sunday (June 14). The 24ft long, 4ft height vehicle as found several meters off the Vellamullaivaikkal coast, military sources said. Troops are conducting further search operations (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 15 June 2009).

FIRST EVER LTTE OPERATIONAL SUBMARINE TAKEN OUT FROM VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL SEA - THE FIRST ever fully-geared LTTE submarine that had been submerged in the sea water a few metres off the coast of VELLAMULLIVAIKKAL was found by the Task Forces 8 troops Sunday (14) afternoon following a piece of information given by a terrorist in custody. The complete submarine with one seat is about 24 ft in length and 4 ft in height. It had reportedly been used by the LTTE, most probably their senior cadres, for clandestine sea movements before the LTTE was wiped out from the soil. It is further believed that the submarine found closer to the former location of the FARAH-3 ship had been made ready for LTTE leadership to escape via sea. However speedy advance of the troops had not permitted the terrorists to put the plan into action (Sri Lanka Army ; 15 June 2009).

Indian Medical Team begin services in Manik Farm Zone-1 - The Indian Medical Team, based till recently in Pulmoddai, had relocated its Emergency Medical Unit and Field Hospital to Zone-1 of the IDP settlement in the Manik Farm area and has started services, a press release issued by the Indian embassy stated. The team, comprising eight doctors and 54 nursing, para-medical and technical staff, have already treated over 2000 patients in Zone-1, which houses over 45,000 IDPs. It adds, "Most of the services of the hospital, including a self-contained dispensary, laboratory, ultrasound and radio-diagnostic facilities, are fully functional. The hospital has already carried out nearly 70 minor surgical procedures and over 500 laboratory investigations." "The hospital, which is equipped with a fully functional operation theatre, has also started admitting day-care patients." It stated, "India looks forward to continuing to support the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in the critical field of healthcare and related services for the Internally Displaced People currently living in the Manik Farm area." (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 15 June 2009).

A series of drama performances for Ranaviru entertainment - "Tarzan the Baba" an entertaining drama was performed at the Elphinstone Theatre, yesterday (June 14) around 3 p.m, being the first in the series of performances for the entertainment of members of the Triforces. A programme to entertain the soldiers is being conducted currently on a concept by the Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The drama " Tarzan the Baba" is a creation by the popular artiste Tennyson Cooray. A large number of soldiers , sailors and airmen attended the performance held free of charge (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 15 June 2009).

UNHCR notes Govt's good practices in IDP returns - The Government has applied good practices in IDP return such as certified mine clearance prior to return, go & see visits, provided transport for returnees and their belongings, and coordinated a return assistance package including food, shelter assistance and essential non-food items for the resettled Tamil civilians, states the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). UNCHR is actively supporting the Government with the organized return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in its programme of resettlement of the IDPs, and has assisted in the resettling of over 2,200 IDPs earlier this week. UNHCR accompanied yesterday's returns to ensure that the process was carried out in safety and dignity. The agency together with partners also plan on distributing non-food items and providing shelter support in the return villages, once shelter assessments are complete (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Men who killed top Tiger speak - With the war against the LTTE spearheaded by the army coming to an end, the armed forces had discussed some of the operations undertaken by them, ranging from raids conducted by LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols) deep inside enemy-held territory, to bloody ground assaults in the Vanni theatre. In brief interviews with The Island, Commanding Officers of SLAF Jet Squadrons, Group Captain Sajeewa Hendawitharane (MiGs/No 12), Wing Commander Sampath Wickremeratne (F7s /No 5) and Wing Commander Shehan Fernando (Kfirs/No 10) said that they collectively caused irreparable damage to the enemy. The killing of LTTE frontliner S. P. Thamilselvam in November, 2007, close on the heels of an LTTE attack on the Anuradhapura air base had been one of the highpoints in their campaign. Hendawitharane, who led the attack on Thamilselvan in Kilinochchi, said that the rising sun gave him in the much needed ‘cover’ to zero-in on the hideout. "I flew a MiG 27 with Shehan at the controls of an Israeli-built Kfir. We took off at 5.55 a.m. and carried out the bombing 25 minutes later taking advantage of the sun which gave perfect cover for our mission," he said. Responding to our queries, he said that they had flown on a westerly direction from Iranamadu, east of A 9 and targeted the hideout with a heavy load of bombs (Island: 15  June 2009).

Men who killed Thamilselvam speak - With the war against the LTTE spearheaded by the army coming to an end, the armed forces had discussed some of the operations undertaken by them, ranging from raids conducted by LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols) deep inside enemy-held territory, to bloody ground assaults in the Vanni theatre. In brief interviews with The Island, Commanding Officers of SLAF Jet Squadrons, Group Captain Sajeewa Hendawitharane (MiGs/No 12), Wing Commander Sampath Wickremeratne (F7s /No 5) and Wing Commander Shehan Fernando (Kfirs/No 10) said that they collectively caused irreparable damage to the enemy. The killing of LTTE frontliner S. P. Thamilselvam in November, 2007, close on the heels of an LTTE attack on the Anuradhapura air base had been one of the highpoints in their campaign. Hendawitharane, who led the attack on Thamilselvan in Kilinochchi, said that the rising sun gave him in the much needed ‘cover’ to zero-in on the hideout. "I flew a MiG 27 with Shehan at the controls of an Israeli-built Kfir. We took off at 5.55 a.m. and carried out the bombing 25 minutes later taking advantage of the sun which gave perfect cover for our mission," he said. Responding to our queries, he said that they flew on a westerly direction from Iranamadu, east of A 9 and targeted the hideout with a heavy load of bombs (Island: 15 June 2009).

13th Amendment ...... Since India was a large country, devolution of power was essential for her but it was not so for a small country like Sri Lanka, the outgoing Chief Justice said adding that devolution of police and land powers was not at all suitable for Sri Lanka.

P’karan waited for Indian election results -: Velupillai Prabhakaran was waiting for the results of Indian elections to plan his next strategy in the 30-year-old war in Sri Lanka and was apparently hoping that either the NDA or the Third Front would come to power in New Delhi, but the army there had different plans. It has now emerged that the 54-year-old slain guerrilla leader was waiting till May 16, the day results of Lok Sabha elections were known, to decide on his and the outfit’s future, but it was too late as the Sri Lankan Army had by then cut off all the escape routes. "Till May 16, he (Prabhakaran) was hoping that someone will interfere and stop the army from entering the final ‘No Fire Zone’ where he was held up," Sri Lankan Army sources said. On May 16th afternoon, LTTE announced that it would allow all civilians trapped in the area held by them to leave to safety, apparently after knowing that the Congress, which it believed was hostile to him and the outfit, was set to return to power. Sources in the Tamil polity in Sri Lanka said the LTTE was hoping that there would be a popular upsurge for it in Tamil Nadu, where the general elections were fought on the Eelam plank, and that the Third Front or the NDA could come to power (Island: 15 June 2009).

ICRC continues to facilitate LTTE cadres’ surrender - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that it continued to facilitate the remaining LTTE cadres to surrender to Sri Lanka's law enforcement authorities. The ICRC continued to work as a neutral intermediary between the remaining LTTE cadres and the Sri Lankan government, relaying information on individuals wishing to surrender, the ICRC said in a news release on Friday. "If contacted by such a person, it would pass on the information to the police or the security forces, after noting personal data to ensure an individual follow-up of the person surrendering," it said (Island: 15 June 2009).

President outlines two challenges: Rehabilitation livelihood renewal Sri Lanka-Myanmar sign MoU on tourism promotion : President Mahinda Rajapaksa currently on a State visit to Myanmar said that his latest challenge is to rehabilitate the war torn region and bring normalcy to the lives of the people. The 30 year old cruel war against terrorism cost 100,000 lives, he said. Expressing satisfaction at being able to successfully conclude the humanitarian operation against terrorism, the President said his visit to Myanmar is the first one after the victory (Daily News: 15 June 2009).

Rae … Bob who? - Anton Perera Calgary, Alberta Canada - I am really bewildered by the Canadian Foreign Affairs press release on the Canadian Government being upset that the Opposition Member of Parliament Bob Rae was deported by Sri Lanka for security reasons. Why can’,t Canada accept the fact that Bob Rae was coming to Sri Lanka to mess around with Sri Lanka’s domestic issues? Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation and is not interested in idiots coming to disturb the peace it has achieved painstakingly after long sufferings at the hands of the LTTE. Let Sri Lanka solve its problems on her own. She showed that she can do it without the support of the west… pardon me… rather, amidst the many road blocks created by the west against eliminating the world’s most ruthless terrorist outfit ever to exist. What was Bob Rae’s intention in coming to Sri Lanka at this time? What did the Canadian Government do in March 2009 (not long ago) to a British MP? The British MP George Galloway was barred from entering Canada for security reasons. Here is an excerpt from Toronto Star dated 20 March 2009: "British MP George Galloway, seen during a 2006 visit to Toronto, has been denied entry to Canada by the Canadian Border Services Agency. Galloway has been an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq and has been criticised for alleged support of Hamas and Saddam Hussein (The Island: 15 June 2009).

LTTE’s threat of an offshore War - When Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake told Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Tuesday 9th June, 2009, "there are flames of terrorism lingering under the ashes. We see some elements trying to fan them. It may grow into fire, and then to a forest fire" he couldn’t have hit the nail on the head with greater accuracy. The last paragraph of the editorial in the ‘London Financial Times’ dated 14th May 2009 titled "Bloody Sri Lanka" states that Mr Rajapaksa has only defeated the resourceful LTTE’s conventional capability. Until the American war in Iraq was launched, the Tigers were the world’s most prolific suicide bombers. They will regroup – and expand offshore – with a vengeance that will match the government’s vengefulness (Island: 15 June 2009).

First fully operational LTTE submersible found - The first fully operational LTTE submersible craft that had been submerged in the sea off the coast of Vellamullivaikkal was found by the army Task Force 8 troops yesterday afternoon following information provided by a LTTE cadre in custody, the army said. The complete submarine with one seat is about 24 feet in length and 4 feet in height. It had been used by the LTTE, most probably their senior cadres, for clandestine sea movements before the LTTE was completely defeated. It is further believed that the submarine found closer to the former location of the Farah-3 ship had been kept ready for the LTTE leadership to escape via sea. However, the speedy advance of the troops had prevented the LTTE from putting this plan into action, the army said (Daily Mirror: 15 June 2009).

LTTE weapons haul found - Troops recovered nine pistols, one light pistol, one 40 mm grenade launcher, one T-81 weapon, four T-56 weapons, three shot guns, three .22 rifles, one modified weapon, one repeater shot gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) launcher, seventy RPG rounds and ten chargers in the general areas of Walayanmadu, Ramanadanpuram and Visuamadu during search and clear operations on Saturday. Meanwhile, a special Police team from Seruvila Police on a tip-off, conducted a search operation in Thonithottanmadu area, Seruvila and uncovered one hundred and twenty T-56 weapons, twelve Light Machine Guns (LMG), one repeater shot gun, twelve Multi Purpose Machine Guns (MPMG) and one 303 rifles on Saturday. Further investigations are being carried out by the Seruvila Police (Daily News: 15 June 2009).

Fishing restrictions in East eased - Under the advice of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa the Government has eased the restrictions imposed on fishing time yesterday. As a result of the humanitarian mission to free the country from the LTTE clutches, the Government has decided to allow fishermen to fish during the whole day in the Eastern sea except the Trincomalee harbour area. The Government's decision was conveyed to the fishermen in the East by Senior Advisor to the President, Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa yesterday. However, fishermen who use 'Teppan' are allowed to fish between 4 a.m. and 6 p.m. Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa said so when he met fishermen of the Muthur and Trincomalee areas. Additionally, the 24 hour ban imposed on fishing in the Trincomalee harbour area has also been revised by the Government. Accordingly, fishermen are allowed to fish in the harbour area from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, boats which are used in the harbour area have to obtain the approval of the Navy. Accordingly, the boats are singed and modified with using aluminum boards so as to be identified by the Navy radar. After receiving Navy approval, the Government will take measures to settle the expenses through the Provincial Councils, Basil Rajapaksa, MP added. "Discussions are under way to discontinue the current limitation of using certain out-boat engines. The Government in the future would probably allow the use of 25 HP outboard engines. We are able to take all these measures since our brave Security Forces were able to eradicate LTTE terrorism" he added (Daily News: 15 June 2009).

Developing Northern agriculture - That normality should be restored in the liberated North without undue delay goes without saying. A speedy return to normal activity would not only allow the people of the North to resume their day to day affairs all that much quicker but would also leave no room for a vacuum to be created that would give rise to unrest. The return to normality no doubt would mean not only the rebuilding of broken lives of the Northern population who had lived under the jackboot of terrorism for over three decades. It would mean returning them to their familiar environments and livelihoods that had been shattered. Anyone even with a nodding acquaintance of the Northern way of life would readily identify agriculture as offering the highest potential that alas had been dormant all these years in the North for obvious reasons. It is therefore now left to the Government to give rein to this potential through the resourcefulness of the Jaffna farmer in its Northern Reawakening program (Daily News: 15 June 2009).

Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, Leader of the LTTE Tamil Tigers in London, jailed for 2-years.

Is 13th Amendment to the Constitution practicable? - By S. Akurugoda - At his last official press briefing at the Ministry of Justice last week, outgoing Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva described that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as ill-conceived and hurriedly pieced together by picking bits and pieces of the Indian Constitution in keeping with the Indo-Lanka Accord and hence was not practicable. Since India was a large country, devolution of power was essential for her but it was not so for a small country like Sri Lanka, the Chief Justice said adding that devolution of police and land powers was not at all suitable for Sri Lanka. Expression of personal judgment on the 13th Amendment, in his capacity as Chief Justice, is timely. Although the statement is not a court ruling, the statement is an eye opener to those politicians (including government ministers) who blindly parroting the words "the implementation of the 13th Amendment" without knowing what is in it. Today we have even cabinet ministers claiming it is Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa who made both Sinhala and Tamil official languages and trying to find fault with Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, the founder leader of his own political party, for making Sinhala the official language. The particular minister is either not aware that it is the 13th amendment which made Tamil an official language overnight or he is trying to mislead people (Sunday Island: 14 June 2009).

13th Amendment - plus or minus? - By Gomin Dayasri - (June 14, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The great federal debate began long before Prabhakaran was born. But it was Prabhakaran who committed the Sri Lanka government to accept it as a matter that requires examination as the solution to the problem in the Oslo Declaration We did so in a state of feebleness before the Norwegians just as when we signed the 13th Amendment before the Indians. The UNP is more servile and subjugated to international opinion than any other political party except the Communist Party. Both the UNP and the Communist Party are reined by foreign elements. It is not surprising two parties with so divergent views agreed on a federal concept as the final solution. It is equally not surprising at elections both the parties are not acceptable to the people. The people vote for a national agenda-not an agenda dictated by a foreign hand. Oslo Declaration was greeted by the UNP as a major triumph in their negotiating process while the critics argued against it as a stepping stone to a separate state (Sri Lanka Guardian : 13 June 2009).

Muddled thinking of Prof. Witharana - by Ben Silva UK - I consider our present day Tamils as our brothers and sisters. They are valuable Sri Lankan citizens and I treat them with respect , dignity and affection. We all belong to the human family and this is what should be stressed and not tribalism. Tamils should give up their tribalism and treat all Sri Lankans as memers of the same family. I have to acknowledge the valuable contribution to Sri Lanka made by Late Mr Kadirgamar and late Mr Fernandopulley and many Tamil Professionals and law abiding citizens. We ought to erect statues in memory of Mr Kadirgamar and Mr Fernandopulley to remind future generations of examples of good humans. Rather sadly, we also faced destruction by Prabakaran and there may be many Prabakarans about in Sri Lanka and in India. We also have to bear in mind that it is the Cholas that destroyed our irrigation system and our civilisation. We have to bear in mind, the Chola mind set and the threats to Sri Lanka by Indian Tamil politicians including Karunanidi and Jayalalitha. We could face grave danger if we ignore their threats. Unless we are prepared to defend ourselves from Prabakarans of this world, we would be in trouble. This is where self reliance in defence and development in Home guards become essential. It is absolutely essential to have strong central control with Tamils and other ethnic groups in the Government. Elimination of poverty and inclusion of all groups is essential, rather than devolve power on ethnic basis. If power is devolved on ethnic basis, without a shadow of doubt, politicians will play the race card, to win votes and we will have endless problems (LankaWeb: 14 June 2009).

Ranaviru Commemoration Day Wellington, New Zealand - Ranaviru Commemoration Day was held at Newlands Community Centre Hall , Wellington, New Zealand on 7 June 2009. A candle light vigil was performed by those who attended the ceremony to pay homage to brave servicemen who laid down their lives whilst protecting the sovereignty and the integrity of Sri Lanka. Venerable Jinalankara conducted Buddhist rites to pay homage to the brave soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the war and to bless those who were disabled and displaced. Rev Farther John McCaul offered prayers on behalf of the Christian Community. After the religious ceremony USLA unveiled its plans for future co-operation with Sri Lanka. USLA plans to continue supporting the Ranaviru Foundation since over 20,000 soldiers have been disabled by the war. The immediate object is to purchase artificial limbs to soldiers who have rendered immobile. For this purpose USLA has opened a special bank account to facilitate contribution by members of the community. Automatic Payment Forms were distributed among those attended the ceremony. Already a sum of $5000 has been contributed by a few anonymous donors. USLA committee also has agreed to contribute dollar for dollar what the community provides, up to a maximum of $5000 (SinhalaNet : 14 June 2009).

Beware of Dirty Sethu - Sethurupan is an LTTE cowboy at large and a known friend of the failed Norwegian interests promoter in Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim. It is hoped in due course, the Government of Sri Lanka will set up a commission to study the roles of various overseas people who have in some way or other helped to promote terrorism in Sri Lanka. And also why terrorism took roots in the country. Sethurupan has been managing some pro-LTTE websites, the most notorious of them was Nitharsanam. He appears to have had the support of some Norwegian officials in this respect and even a lot more. Sethurupan has also attempted to hack other websites and has from time to time published false information. He was particularly hard on the media that was against terrorism of any kind and was a virulent supporter of Velupillai Prabhkaran. He became quite a specialist in web-cloning, attempts to have websites that were already in existence but with slight changes that would not be noticeable except to the discerning eyes (Sri Lanak watch ; 14 June 2009).

Prices of essential commodities to drop sharply in North: Private lorries to ply on A-9 highway - The Kandy-Jaffna A-9 highway will be opened for the first time in several years. Private traders will be permitted to operate their lorries and other convoys to the Northern peninsula from Thursday, a well-informed Government source said. Up to now only State-owned vehicles were operating services on the A-9 highway transporting food, medicines and other essential items to the North. With this new arrangement, the prices of essential commodities are likely to come down sharply in the North. There are about 300 private lorries registered with Government authorities to operate services to the North. These lorries will be checked by the security authorities before setting out and a certificate will also be issued. Transport will be permitted between 6 am and 6 pm and the crew of the lorries will be cautioned that in case the vehicle breaks down they must keep away from areas bordering the roadsides which may be mined, the sources said. Public transport conveyances and other private vehicles will be permitted to use the highway in due course after ensuring their complete safety from landmines and other security hazards, the sources also told the Sunday Observer (Sunday Observer: 14 June 2009).

LONDON - THE TERRORIST CAPITAL IN THE WORLD - Ananda De Costa The Tamil Tiger leader in London was sentenced to jail, just for two years. David Hicks a man who did not commit even one sixteenth of the crime compared to this terrorist was in Guantánamo bay concentration camp (or the land without law) for six years without trial. This is the difference between two countries, one called the Land of Democracy and the other called the Land of United Terrorism. The following is an extract from a recent report from The Hindu, on assassination attempt on the Sri Lankan President (LankaWeb: 14 June 2009).

One-time media critics of war against LTTE, ‘playing a different tune now’-Gota - Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that an influential section of print and electronic media which worked overtime against the ruling SLFP-led coalition as it battled the LTTE during the past three years, had now switched sides. "They are playing a different tune now," he said, accusing them of being a critical element of the overall strategy directed against the state. Nothing could be as ridiculous as what they say now if one bothered to check their background, he said. In an interview with The Sunday Island, the veteran soldier said that they had no option now but to play ball with the government following the defeat of the LTTE. They wouldn’t have quit what he called the LTTE’s macabre cause, had LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his chief lieutenants survived the armed forces onslaught, he said. Responding to our queries, he said that they propagated LTTE lies. "Just go through past issues of national newspapers, you’ll see their strategy," he said. He said that anti-government propagandists emphasised that the LTTE couldn’t be militarily defeated, the army couldn’t hold liberated areas, the government couldn’t withstand LTTE retaliation and the international community wouldn’t allow Sri Lanka to defeat the LTTE militarily (Sunday Island: 14 June 2009).

Prof. Swaminathan to help revive agriculture in North - The internationally renowned agricultural expert Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, who is also known as the ‘Father of the Indian Green Revolution’ has pledged his fullest co-operation to revamp agricultural activities in the war-torn Northern Province in keeping with the new technologies introduced in several developing countries. Prof. Swaminathan who was on a visit to Sri Lanka last week met Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda at the Taj Samudra on Thursday. Minister Devananda outlined the current socio-economic conditions in the North to Prof. Swaminathan. The agro expert was also briefed on the damage caused by the LTTE to the agricultural sector in the North. Responding to Minister Devananda, Prof. Swaminathan pledged to support the revival of the agro sector in the North with the new techniques that have been introduced to improve agricultural products in several countries. Social Services and Social Welfare Ministry Secretary Mrs. I. Jegarajasingam also participated in the meeting between Minister Devananda and Prof. Swaminathan (Sunday Observer: 14 June 2009).

SLAF salutes heroes - Surely the airmen did wonders in the sky! The complex skills and the finesse with which they did carry out their missions cannot be achieved overnight. It takes considerable time and great dedication to create such human feats. No doubt the importance of suitable aircraft cannot be underestimated. No wonder our Air Force has become the guardian deity of our sky. “Their presence in the battlefront was vital. I know the kind of anxiety building up in a soldier’s mind if, by chance, the Air Force fighters get late even half a second. That was the commitment on the part of the Sri Lanka Air Force and they fulfilled it lavishly,” Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said addressing an important gathering where a cross-section of the entire Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) was present. This was the special event the SLAF held to salute their war heroes at the Katunayake SLAF base recently (Sunday Observer: 14 June 2009).

One more LTTE’s ZPU Model Anti Aircraft gun found: More and more startling stockpiles of LTTE sophisticated weapons, explosive devices, arms and ammunition, left hidden or buried in VELLAYANMADAM, south of PUTHUMATTALAN continue to emerge, as 9 Sri Lanka Artillery soldiers examine former LTTE hideouts, further deep in this area as the clearing was intensifying. Military hardware including one more Anti Aircraft Gun (AAG), popularly known as ‘pedal gun’, T-56 mark 1 weapon, T-56 mark 2 weapon, G3-A3 weapon, several parts of 12.7 mm weapons, a few Global Positioning Systems (GPS), one 9 mm Brown pistol and a stock of different ammunition rounds were among the latest weapons and devices that were uncovered by the troops, now in full control of the entire area. The Anti Aircraft Gun (AAG) belonging to the ZPU model had either 20 mm single barrel or 23 mm double barrels with different variants. Terrorists had been in possession of several those AAGs and the troops were able to capture or uncover those weapons, believed to have been either smuggled or manufactured in LTTE factories in WANNI jungles during their heyday (Sunday Island: 14 June 2009).

13th Amendment to the Constitution, forced on us by India, is certainly imported and not of our own. Further, the Amendment is not acceptable to all sections of the people.

International community changes tune - As the hues and cries by certain international media and international human rights organisations are fading away as they themselves were not aware on what basis they have made those allegations against the Sri Lankan Security Forces and the Government, the focus of the international community is now drawn towards the Internally Displaced People now housed in State run welfare centres in Vavuniya, Mannar and Jaffna districts. That was because many international media, mainly in the Western bloc could not find any base for their false media reports which highlighted that more than 20,000 civilians had been killed during the last stages of the battle to rescue the last batch of civilians under LTTE detention. Except for their assumptions and estimates, to prove their argument they did not receive any backing except from the LTTE proxies operating internationally to get the UN to probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka. So many people who had been adversely critical of the Sri Lankan Government and the Security Forces based on these false media reports, have had to change their tune when speaking about Sri Lanka (Sunday Observer: 14 June 2009).

Getting on with nation-building - The hope in all fervent hearts in this country is that a nation-building process would be pursued in a spirit of earnestness from now on. Hopefully, the mesmerically heady celebrations among some which greeted the end of the war would now be brought to an end in view of the need to forge ahead with the task of making Sri Lanka whole and prosperous. The crushing of the LTTE terror machine, understandably, brought relief to most Sri Lankans but now the ‘season’ for constructive nation-building has arrived and we hope Sri Lankans would work as one to bring collective unity to their motherland. First, we need to realize that nation-building does not only refer to a process of physically re-building this country. Nation-building certainly involves repairing, reconstructing and resuscitating damaged physical and material resources but it also means, very significantly, the rebuilding and rehabilitation of lives. It also means bringing the communities of the land together and giving everyone the sense that they are at home in Sri Lanka and that they enjoy equal rights. In other words, nation-building is all about building a united and contented citizenry. The task goes well beyond repairing, reconstructing and expanding physical infrastructure; very important though these tasks may be (Sunday Island: 14 June 2009).

At special headquarters parade: Army Commander salutes his men for their roles "The ability to evaluate the situation objectively has always been a sign of true leadership" - General Frido and Senger Etterlin. Ground Commanders and hundreds of troops in the Army who sweated day and night for victory over terrorism, mostly during the last leg of the Wanni battles were hailed and their national contribution appreciated during a mammoth saluting parade that got under way at Army Headquarters recently. The military ceremony saw Commander of the Army, General Sarath Fonseka, appreciative of their roles, presented silver parchment scrolls to twelve War Heroes who were at the forefront of the battles against separatist terrorists. Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, Major General M.C. Mendaka P. Samarasinghe, Major General N.A. Jagath C. Dias, Major General Nandana Udawatta, Major General G.D.H. Kamal Gunarathna, Brigadier Prasanna P. De Silva, Brigadier Sathyapriya D.T. Liyanage, Brigadier L.H. Shavindra C. Silva, Brigadier C.P. Gallage, Brigadier P.M. Rohana Bandara, Colonel Nihantha D. Wanniarachchi and Colonel G.V. Ravipriya were the recipients of the conferment, awarded by General Sarath Fonseka on the occasion (Sunday Observer: 14 June 2009).

13th Amendment ...... As the outgoing Chief justice quite rightly identified, the Amendment is ill-conceived and hurriedly pieced together by picking bits and pieces of the Indian Constitution in keeping with the Indo-Lanka Accord and hence was not practicable.

Indian expert vows to revive war-ravaged north with green revolution - A spring of flowers, fruits and vegetables will follow the shower of shells, bullets and blood. This is the imagery of Sri Lanka's new north drawn up by Indian agricultural scientist and Parliamentarian M. S. Swaminathan. Vadakku vasantham which in Tamil means northern spring is the political codename for the government's plan to revive economies of the war-ravaged districts of Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Vavuniya. The 85-year-old legend of India's green revolution, with experiences of post-war reconstruction in Vietnam and Cambodia, visited Colombo last week. At Temple Trees, Swaminathan told President Mahinda Rajapaksa, "renewal of agriculture will be necessary to protect long-term livelihoods of people in the north." More than 80 percent of the population in northern Sri Lanka lived off agriculture, farming and fishery in the LTTE era. According to the President's office, Rajapaksa has sought Swaminathan's advice on the matter. Swaminathan Primitive agriculture and irrigation facilities were available in the northern districts during the rule of the Tamil militants but war has razed the ground. Paddy, red onions, chillies and various legumes were being grown in several parts of the north. Gazing at the sun-washed Indian Ocean from his hotel room window, Swaminathan later told a small group of journalists, "armies move on bellies". The rebels used the scorch earth policy and burnt all crops before they retreated from towns and villages towards the Bay of Bengal (Sunday Times: 14 June 2009).

Powerful new post likely for Gen. Fonseka - Defence Draft legislation to confer wide powers to the office of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), the co-ordinating head of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police, was introduced in Parliament this week. Gen. Fonseka The move, defence sources said, is a prelude to General Sarath Fonseka, now Commander of the Army, assuming the post of CDS. Currently it is held by Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera, who is tipped to go on a diplomatic appointment. The present office of CDS, who heads the Joint Operations Headquarters (JOH), has been created under the ongoing Emergency Regulations. In terms of the bill titled Chief of Defence Staff Act, the post of CDS will be held by a serving armed forces commander holding the rank of General, Admiral or Air Chief Marshal for two years. Among the powers to be vested in the CDS are: (Sunday Times: 14 June 2009).

All set for LG nominations in Jaffna, Vavuniya - District Secretaries have made arrangements to accept nominations for the local government elections in the Jaffna and Vavuniya districts. Nominations will be accepted from June 18-25. Assistant Elections Commissioner, Jaffna K. Kuhathasan said that the PLOTE, TULF, UNP, United Democratic Tamil Alliance and an Independent Group have already informed of their authorised agents. UPFA General Secretary and Education Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the UPFA would contest all LG bodies in the Jaffna and Vavuniya districts (Sunday Observer: 14 June 2009).

Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights 12 June 2009 The need for NGO Accountability - Response of Prof Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, in responding to an intervention by United Nations Watch in the General Debate on the Universal Periodic Review Process. Mr President, the intervention of United Nations Watch raises some issues which this Council would do well to address. In a rather sad effort at sarcasm, it was endeavouring to denigrate the UPR process, and suggested that countries it loathes are incapable of making judgments except on the grounds of self interest. Mr President, the structure of the United Nations recognizes that countries do work in terms of self interest, but we endeavour to seek ways of promoting our common ideals. We all understand where different countries are coming from, and if we see some of our friends not being as principled as we would like, and employing what we see as double standards, there may be good reasons for this that have to do with political compulsions. Unfortunately, Mr President, we do not know where some NGOs come from, where they get their funds, and what their particular predilections are. It is therefore sad that they should be allowed to denigrate countries and the work of this Council, without the accountability and transparency that can alone justify such interventions. I would urge Mr President that you look into this matter carefully, and take suitable action to ensure that the work of this Council can move forward with dignity (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 13 June 2009).

16th Session of Ranaviru welfare meeting held in Nuwaraeliya - Sri Lanka Ranaviru Seva Authority yesterday (June 12) held the 16th session of the Ranviru Welfare meeting covering the Ranaviru families of the Nuwaraeliya district. The program was held under the patronage Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the regimental headquarters of the 3rd Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Nuwaraeliya. The round of Ranaviru welfare meetings organized by the Ranaviru Seva Authority acts as an interface between needy Ranaviru families and various government authorities including the Ministry of Defence. During these meetings, the members of Ranaviru families are given opportunity to forward their grievances to the highest officials of government institutions. The divisional secretary, the land registrar, heads of the water and electricity boards, officials of pension department, MOD Seva Vanitha Unit , Ranaviru Seva Authority, etc attend the meetings. Staff Officer to the Ranaviru Seva Authority, Major General (retired) Palitha Fernando speaking at the occasion said that the meetings give the highest priority at solving the problems faced by the Ranaviru families who had lost their members since the Mavil Aru operation. He added that the authority focuses more on addressing psycho- social issues, housing and land requirements, educational and skill development of children (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry: 14 June 2009).

Sri Lanka delegation to Oslo talks consisted of ....

Sri Lanka delegation to Oslo talks consisted of G.L.Peiris, Milinda Molegoda, Rauff Hakeem and Bernard Goonetilleke. LTTE was represented by Anton Balasingham, Adele Balasingham, Jay Maheswaran and R.Rudrakumaran.

A. C. SHANTHAN, THE LEADER OF THE TAMIL TIGERS IN LONDON IS JAILED FOR TWO YEARS BY THE OLD BAILEY - By Walter Jayawardhana - Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar alias A.C.Shanthan (51), the man described as the leader of London’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and a close associate of the late Velupillai Prabhakaran was jailed for two years by a judge of the Old Bailey on Friday.. The man who bought equipment which Tamil Tigers could have used to make a bomb has been jailed for two years, June 12. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar - aka AC Shanthan - purchased electronic and computer equipment for members of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), a banned terrorist organisation. He was found guilty of conspiracy to receive property intending that it be used or having reasonable cause to suspect it may be used for the purposes of terrorism by a jury at Kingston Crown Court on 17 April 2009. The 52-year-old was also found guilty of a further charge of receiving property intending that it be used or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for the purposes of terrorism. A judge at the Old Bailey jailed him for two years for the conspiracy count and one year for receiving property; the sentences will run concurrently. Deputy Assistant Commissioner John McDowall, head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command and Senior National Coordinator Counter Terrorism, said: "Shanthan bought component parts which have been used in the past by the LTTE to make improvised explosive devices. "He purchased electrical equipment including circuit boards, GPS and antenna equipment and sent it to Sri Lanka for terrorists to use. "He spent more than £13,000 in just 14 months on military publications, manuals and guides to be used as reference for military attack planning, yet denied he was involved in any terrorist activity."This has been a complex investigation, which has involved a large volume of evidence gathered both in this country and abroad." Shanthan, of Upwood Rd, Norbury, London, was arrested by officers from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command on 21 June 2007. He was arrested again on 6 May 2008. Searches of his property revealed receipts for items including Toughnote laptop computers, head torches, printed circuit boards and equipment. Lithium coin cell batteries, transceivers, radio equipment, navigation systems and high power magnets intended for Tamil guerrillas in Sri Lanka. Membership of the LTTE in the UK, including taking part in activities supporting the group, fundraising and procuring equipment for it, was made illegal in 2001. ARUNACHALAM CHRISHANTHAKUMAR was found guilty of: COUNT 1: CONSPIRACY TO RECEIVE PROPERTY INTENDING THAT IT BE USED OR HAVING REASONABLE CAUSE TO SUSPECT THAT IT MAY BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF TERRORISM contrary to Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977. PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: Between the 1st day of January 2003 and 31st day of December 2006, ARUNACHALAM CHRISHANTHAKUMAR and a person or persons unknown conspired together to receive electronic components and equipment and computers intending that they be used or having reasonable cause to suspect that they may be used for the purposes of terorrism. COUNT 3: RECEIVING PROPERTY INTENDING THAT IT BE USED OR HAVING REASONABLE CAUSE TO SUSPECT THAT IT MAY BE USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF TERRORISM contrary to Section 15(2) and Section 22 of the Terrorism Act 2000. PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE: ARUNACHALAM CHRISHANTHAKUMAR between the 1st day of November 2004 and the 31st day of January 2006 received property, namely a quantity of literature and manuals with titles including Underwater Warfare Systems, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Infantry Weapons, Naval Weapon Systems and Mines and Mine Clearance, intending that they be used or having reasonable cause to suspect that they may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

British court jails Tamil leader - A BRITISH Tamil leader found guilty of giving bomb-making equipment to Tamil Tiger rebels has been jailed for two years by a court in London, but the judge has described him as a "thoroughly decent man". The judge said yesterday Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar had broken the law for a cause he passionately believed in. Chrishanthakumar, 52, was convicted in April of coordinating supplies of material to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the rebel group of which he was the alleged leader in Britain. His jail term was handed down at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court in London, two months after the end of a trial held at Kingston Crown Court in southwest London. The judge in the case noted the Tamil Tigers were not banned in Sri Lanka at the time of the offences. He also praised the defendant's “humanitarian” work, which he hoped would continue after he leaves jail. “This was a protracted, deliberate breaking of a law. These are very serious offences which warrant substantial sentences. The terrorist law has to be obeyed as part of our obligations internationally,” said the judge. But citing the “exceptional” nature of the case, he added: “He is a thoroughly decent man who deliberately broke the law in support of a cause he fervently believed in.” During the trial, prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said police became aware in 2004 that Chrishanthakumar was buying military clothing and equipment intended for shipment to rebel forces in Sri Lanka. The material was found to include computers, printed circuit boards, remote control equipment, radio transmission components and satellite equipment. Officers did not arrest him at the time, but told him to cease the activity. Chrishanthakumar claimed he was trying to help poor farmers. Three years later, police carried out a search of his home and “despite the warning when the police became aware of that activity, he had continued with his support activity on the LTTE's behalf”, Laidlaw said. He added that Chrishanthakumar, also known as AC Shanthan, had headed the United Tamil Organisation in Britain before it became outlawed in 2001. The LTTE is designated a terrorist organisation under British law. The LTTE, or Tamil Tigers, conceded defeat last month after a 25-year war seeking to carve out an independent homeland for the Tamil minority in north and east of Sri Lanka (News Com au : 13 June 2009).

UK Tamil supporter jailed for procuring materials - A leading British-based supporter of Sri Lanka's militant Tamil rebels has been jailed for two years for procuring materials for the group that could be used for terrorist activities. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar was sentenced Friday in a London court. Prosecutors say he illegally procured materials for the Tamil Tigers with an "obvious terrorist purpose." The supplies included electrical components and terrorism-related documents. Last month, the Sri Lankan government forces defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels, marking the end of a civil war that lasted a quarter of a century (Thaiwan News).

Tamil jailed for supplying Tigers - The founder of the British Tamil Association has been jailed for two years for supplying the militant Tamil Tiger group. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, was sentenced at London's Old Bailey for illegally procuring equipment for the Sri Lankan group. He had been convicted of receiving electrical components for terrorism and receiving documents for terrorism. Three other men who had been tried alongside him were cleared.  Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said Chrishanthakumar procured equipment for the Tigers with an "obvious terrorist purpose". Mr Justice Saunders said: "This was a protracted, deliberate breaking of a law. These are very serious offences which warrant substantial sentences. "The terrorist law has to be obeyed as part of our obligations internationally." The judge said the case was exceptional because, at the time the offences were carried out, the Tamil Tigers were not a banned group in Sri Lanka because of the ongoing peace talks with the Sri Lankan government. The judge told the Old Bailey: "He is a thoroughly decent man who deliberately broke the law in support of a cause he fervently believed in." (BBC : 12 June 2009).

Court jails Tamil leader for helping Tigers - A British Tamil leader convicted of supplying bomb-making equipment to Tamil Tiger rebels was jailed for two years by a court in London Friday, but the judge described him as a "thoroughly decent man." The judge said Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar -- also known as "Shantan" -- had broken the law for a cause he passionately believed in, supplying equipment which he did not necessarily know would be used for military purposes. Chrishanthakumar, 52, was found guilty in April of coordinating supplies of material to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the rebel group that conceded defeat last month after decades of struggle in Sri Lanka. His jail term was handed down at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court in London, two months after the end of a trial held at Kingston Crown Court in southwest London. The judge in the case noted that, at the time of the offences, the Tamil Tigers were not banned in Sri Lanka. He also praised the defendant's "humanitarian" work, which he hoped would continue after he left jail. "This was a protracted, deliberate breaking of a law. These are very serious offences which warrant substantial sentences. The terrorist law has to be obeyed as part of our obligations internationally," said the judge. But citing the "exceptional" nature of the case, he added: "He is a thoroughly decent man who deliberately broke the law in support of a cause he fervently believed in." "He did not know and was not concerned whether the goods he supplied were to be used for civilian or military uses," said the judge. "He was given an order by the LTTE and he fulfilled it," he added. "He is not merely a man of good character, he has done a great deal of good work for Tamils in this country." During the trial, prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said that police became aware in 2004 that Chrishanthakumar was buying military clothing and equipment intended for shipment to rebel forces in Sri Lanka (Google News: 13 June 2009).

British-based Sri Lankan jailed for helping Tamil Tigers in terror attacks - A British-based Tamil who illegally supplied electrical equipment and documents to insurgents in Sri Lanka has been jailed for two years. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, co-ordinated the supply of materials for the Tamil Tigers between 2003 and 2006. Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said he procured equipment for the group with an "obvious terrorist purpose".  Mr Justice Saunders said: "This was a protracted, deliberate breaking of a law. These are very serious offences which warrant substantial sentences. "The terrorist law has to be obeyed as part of our obligations internationally." But the judge decided the case was "exceptional" as, at the time the offences were carried out, the Tamil Tigers were not banned in Sri Lanka and peace negotiations were taking place. He paid tribute to the defendant's "humanitarian" work, which he said he hoped would continue once he had completed his sentence. The judge told the Old Bailey: "He is a thoroughly decent man who deliberately broke the law in support of a cause he fervently believed in." The defendant, known as Shanthan, was born in Sri Lanka but moved to London and became a prominent figure in the Tamil community. He was convicted by a jury at Kingston Crown Court of receiving electrical components for terrorism and a second count of receiving documents for terrorism. These included guides to underwater warfare systems, explosive ordnance disposal and mine clearance. Shanthan was given a shopping list of goods to send to Sri Lanka by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – the Tigers' full name. These included computers, electrical goods and high-powered torches which could have been used by fighters, although other items including speed guns were for the civilian administration of the part of Sri Lanka ruled by the LATE (The Telegraph UK : 12 June 2009).

Bob Rae's Worst Nightmare - By Mahinda Gunasekara, Canada - The Editor, Toronto Star, 1 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E6  -  Dear Editor, News Report re Bob Rae’s Worst Nightmare  We refer to the report filed by Allan Woods on the subject published in today’s edition of your newspaper, and write to correct some of the misleading statements contained therein. Our association is an independent community organization that mainly discusses issues relating to Canada and Sri Lanka, and also extends humanitarian assistance to the needy in our motherland irrespective of ethnicity or other background. Our discussions are held openly and our views are conveyed widely through media releases and the website.   Irangani de Silva, a former president of the association and a much respected member has expressed her viewpoint to a Sri Lankan newspaper, which is a right no one can deny her. We find it somewhat disturbing that you have chosen to portray her in a negative manner without even giving her the opportunity to explain her position. Allan Woods’ report is full of erroneous statements. The global alliance of Sri Lankan expatriates did not call for freezing of funds of any group questioning the country’s sovereignty or proposing a power sharing deal with the Tamil Tigers, but instead proposed an alternative constitutional model involving wider power sharing at the centre, devolution to district units, decentralizing the administration and empowering the people at the grass roots in the rural areas by adopting India’s Panchayati system. It is also absurd to say that Ms. De Silva made representations to the Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona when he attended SLUNA’s 25th anniversary last August to revoke the visa of the Liberal foreign affairs critic which apparently has been issued recently in 2009 (SPUR : 13 June 2009).

IDPs to be resettled after clearing landmines: Rajapaksa - Tamil civilians displaced due to the war with the LTTE will soon be resettled in their places after the landmines recovered by the army were cleared, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said. There are around three lakh IDPs put up in welfare camps and villages in Vavuniya, Mannar and Jaffna. "The resettlements of IDPs in the main relief villages would begin as soon as the required areas were cleared of all landmines," Rajapaksa told the Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi in Colombo. Akashi meanwhile, appreciated the programme for welfare and resettlement of IDPs in the North, despite the challenges the government faced due to the arrival of large numbers within a short period. In a meeting with Rajapaksa, Akashi also said the conditions in the relief villages for Tamil civilians liberated from terrorism had improved much from what he saw during his earlier visit a few weeks ago (Indian Express: 13 June 2009).

SPURNZ Media Release - Calls for boycott of sporting and economic ties with Sri Lanka will not work - We have seen recent news reports that a section of New Zealand Tamils supporting the international terrorist organization LTTE has suggested that the New Zealand Government should cancel the Black Caps’ Sri Lankan cricket tour and should also boycott Sri Lankan goods as a retaliation for defeating terrorism within Sri Lanka in the recently concluded war. This agitation follows the unsuccessful attempt made by Tamils living in foreign countries to influence the western world to cause an inquiry on the civil war by the UN Human Rights Commission. At the Commission’s sessions held on 27 May 2009 an overwhelming majority of 29 countries out of 47, with 6 countries abstaining, ruled that no investigation against Sri Lanka is necessary (SPUR NZ : 13 June 2009).

Inaction by Oslo police against LTTE activists terrorizing Lankan Tamils group of youths to complain to Norway’s police chief - More than a dozen youths are to seek an interview with Norway’s Director of Police Ingelin Killengren to complain about the failure of his department to take action against LTTE activists involved in threats and extortion, the Oslo based Tamil journalist Nadarajha Sethurupan revealed on Norwegian National Television on Wednesday. The youths complain that they had been subjected to extortion and death threats by the LTTE and their complaints to the police have been to no avail. Sethurupan, who has been living in Norway for over eight years, said that he had been threatened, harassed and assaulted more than 10 times in the past two years by Oslo based Tiger activists who had taken offence to his writing against LTTE terrorism. He has said that during an LTTE sponsored protest in front of the Norwegian Parliament on May 15, 2009 he had been brutally assaulted by Tiger activists and on another occasion after that he and his family were given their final death threats by the LTTE demanding that he stop writing against the group as it offended them. They demanded that he write what they want. Sethurupan had revealed that the LTTE was very strong in Norway and abducted many Tamil civilians for ransom while threatening with death those who opposed them. He said numerous complaints had been made to the Norwegian Police but they had failed to act (Island: 13 June 2009).

Bob Rae’s deportation - Ranjith Soysa, Melbourne - Sri Lankan Immigration authorities and the officers manning the desk at the Colombo international airport deserve the thanks of all. Sri Lankans for standing firm and denying Bob Rae entry to continue his campaign of vilification. Bob R came on a private visit with a one way ticket and his credentials were questionable. Canada has refused visas and entry to a number of Sri Lankan ministers Including Mr Douglas Devananda. Similarly many politicians including French President De Gaulle was denied entry by Canada. If so, there is no reason for the Canadian authorities to be upset over Bob Rae’s expulsion. The Island newspaper and Canadian activists against the LTTE should be Thanked for focusing their attention on Bob R. (Island; 13 June 2009).

When badgers fight, everyone's a foe - The government has drawn flak and earned plaudits simultaneously for having blocked Canadian MP Bob Rae's entry into the country. Those who fault the government consider Rae a champion of human rights and friend of moderate Tamils in Canada. Anti-terror activists in Canada pooh-pooh this view and claim he is an out-and-out LTTE backer. That is the way with this world: Prabhakaran was a terrorist to his victims but a freedom fighter to his followers and some western countries. Should the government be inveighed against for what it did to Rae? The answer is in the affirmative to the extent that he had been issued with a visa by the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada. And, paradoxically, the answer is more in the negative given Sri Lanka’s present situation and Rae's track record. Ideally, Sri Lanka should be able to throw her doors wide open and tell all foreign dignitaries desirous of seeing the situation here for themselves to come and see. But, critics of Sri Lanka ought to realise that she is desperately trying to defend her victory over terrorism against a collective of pro-LTTE western powers hell bent on discrediting her. She is like a badger being baited. What John Clare wrote in his famous poem, Badger, is applicable to Sri Lanka: (Island: 13 June 2009).

Three attempts were made on Rajapaksa’s life: Army - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa escaped “by a whisker” at least three assassination attempts by LTTE suicide squads, thanks to “tightened security arrangements”, said the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) on Friday. In a report posted on its website, the Army said the information came to light in the course of a court inquiry into the Wellawatte (Tamil dominated area in Colombo) suicide bomber’s death. The Army said state intelligence wings had unravelled several “intended terrorist bloodbaths”. “The most recent arrest of an LTTE mastermind who has been operating with the support of several others in Colombo revealed that all three attempts made on the lives of President and Defence Secretary have failed by a whisker due to tightened security network,” it said. The Army said information provided by an arrested Tiger, who had received special training in Kilinochchi for VIP assassination plans, led State Intelligence Service (SIS) to four LTTE suicide jackets hidden in the ceiling of a luxurious residential apartment in Wellawatte on May 14. “As the SIS officers in the company of the said arrested terrorist surrounded the 7th floor of the residential complex, one more youth, an undergraduate in engineering in the Moratuwa University who was also to be arrested for his links with Tigers, suddenly ran and committed suicide by jumping off the building. The deceased was later identified as Thamodaram Pillai Sujindran,” said the Army (Hindu : 13 June 2009).

U.K. Tamil leader jailed -  A leading British Tamil leader was on Friday jailed for two years for helping the LTTE. Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar (52) of the British Tamil Association was earlier convicted of illegally procuring equipment for the LTTE. Prosecution said that he had procured equipment for the Tigers with an “obvious terrorist purpose”. Three others tried with him were cleared. Sentencing him, Justice Saunders said: “This was a protracted, deliberate breaking of a law. These are very serious offences which warrant substantial sentences. The terrorist law has to be obeyed as part of our obligations” (Hindu: 13 June 2009).

LTTE threatened Oslo journalist to meet Police Head - More than 12 youngsters, subjected to LTTE extortions and death threats in Norway, were to seek an urgent meeting with Norway's Director of Police Ingelin Killengren since the Norwegian Police have so far failed to take LTTE threats and atrocities with deserving seriousness. The disclosure on Norwegian National Television (NRK) on Wednesday came in the wake of an interview given by the Oslo-based Tamil journalist, Nadaraja Sethurupan, who had been assaulted, harassed and threatened with death by Norway-Oslo based Tigers more than 10 times in the past two years. Sethurupan who has been living in Norway for more than eight years, has covered the Norway initiated Sri Lankan peace process for media and has been a contributor to many media networks. The Oslo-based journalist has gone on record saying that Tigers during an LTTE protest before Norwegian Parliament building (Stortinget) on May 15 was brutally assaulted. "A few weeks ago, outside the US Embassy in Oslo, myself and my family were given final death threats by Tigers, asking me to stop writing against them. The Oslo-based journalist has gone on record saying that Tamil Tigers during an LTTE protest before Norwegian Parliament building (Stortinget) on May 15 was brutally assaulted. "A few weeks ago, outside the US Embassy in Oslo, myself and my family were given final death threats by Tigers, asking me to stop writing against them. They do not like what I write and threaten me to write what they want." "When they assaulted me on May 15 outside Norwegian parliament squeezing my testicles and kicking in my stomach, I managed to get hold of a Policeman and kept him informed (Daily News: 13 June 2009).

Wars & Civilian Deaths - By Shenali Waduge - The world has seen civil wars, revolutions, coups, insurrections, global wars and now terrorism. All throughout civilians have been affected in some way or the other. What makes modern terrorism more lethal than the varying types of conflicts we have faced historically is that terrorism is almost invisible and the terrorist without the gun becomes more dangerous than the terrorist holding the gun. The point of this discussion aims to look at the historical evidence of wars and conflicts and the deaths therein with particular emphasis on Sri Lanka in the light of the accusations it is facing. At the offset of this discussion it is imperative to accept that civilian casualty figures for most conflicts are impossible to verify and to categorize into Killed in Action, Would in Action, Died of Wounds, Missing in Action, Prisoner of War etc. Therefore, it must tickle anyone’s imagination how the UN derived at their round figures of 6000 dead civilians and pauses to wonder who could have counted the dead amidst the shelling and firing taking place just as much as wonder how credible a newspaper writing from the UK places civilians deaths at 20,000. While every Tamil is not a LTTE Terrorist but every LTTE terrorist is a Tamil and given the Army Commander claiming to have killed over 20,000 terrorists, it could possibly be that this newspaper has conveniently attempted to sell the wrong end of the story (Asian Tribune: 13 June 2009).

President lauds STF role in terror fight - Terrorists of all countries start their operations against the democratic state by killing police personnel. The LTTE terrorists who have been completely defeated by Armed Forces started their campaign of terror by killing four members of the Police Force at Velvettithurai Road in Point Pedro in 1984. Yet the Special Task of the Police Force had proved that they were capable of instilling fear into the minds of the terrorists in their operations in the Ampara District where they completely defeated the LTTE, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. The President was addressing the passing out parade of the Police Special Task Force at Katukurunda.President Rajapaksa told the passing out STF recruits that they should be proud to belong to a disciplined and elite force that had proved itself in the battle against terrorism. “During the past three years all facilities were provided to the STF to perform their duties as the authorities were aware of the important role they played in the war against terror,” the President said. The terrorists went after the team of police personnel investigating the murder of Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah and killed Inspector Bastiam Pillai and his team. They also killed all Tamil policemen in police stations in the North. “A total of 461 police personnel including DIGs have been killed by the terrorists and I would like to remember them with gratitude and honour them for their dedication to duty,” the President said. “When the three Armed Forces were fighting against the terrorists it was the STF who came to the rescue of remote villages in the East that were under constant threat of bands of terrorists who infiltrated such areas to attack unarmed villagers (Daily News: 13 June 2009).

Treasury bills attract foreigners - Foreigners have invested over US$ 152 million in Treasury Bills issued by the Sri Lankan Government after the defeat of LTTE terrorism Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardana told Parliament yesterday. Responding to an adjournment motion moved by Gampaha District MP Sarana Gunawardana, the Minister said this shows the massive amount of international attention paid for the national program implemented by the Government to rebuild the country. "The country had lost a massive amount of foreign exchange as a result of collecting ransom and taxes by the LTTE on money earned by migrant workers for the past 30 years. They used this money to purchase weapons. But, with the proper war strategies followed by the Government under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the three service commanders, we have shattered their dream forever,"the Minister said (Daily News: 13 June 2009).

A-9 will open after area is cleared of land mines: Ekanayake - The A-9 highway from Vavuniya to Muhamalai in the Jaffna peninsula will be closed to the public until the threat of landmines is cleared, said Highways and Road Development Minister, T.B Ekanayake yesterday. The Minister said there are still landmines buried under the A-9 highway and on either side of it and it cannot be opened until the mines are all removed. He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had advised the Ministry that they should not rush the process of removing the mines. “If anyone gets injured by stepping on a landmine we would be the ones responsible. We want to ensure that nothing goes wrong. So we’re taking every precaution in removing the landmines.” he said. The Minister said they do not know how long the process will take but that they will take as long as is necessary to ensure that the threat of landmines and all other destructive objects are removed. “After the highway is cleared we will open it again to the public.” he said. The A-9 highway is currently used only by the armed forces. The A-9 highway is the route connecting Kandy to Jaffna. It was closed at Muhamalai in October 2006 after heavy fighting broke out in the area. Later the southern end of the road was also closed when the military operations to recapture the Wanni resumed towards the end of 2007. The area was bought under the command of the Armed forces in January this year after the capture of Elephant Pass (Daily Mirror).

Sri Lanka deports Canadian Liberal MP Bob Rae 

Bob Rae, a Liberal member of parliament and outspoken critic of the Sri Lankan military's offensive against the rebels, was stopped at Bandaranaike International airport and prevented from passing through immigration. "He is barred from entering the country. He is being deported... we have intelligence information that he is supporting the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)," chief immigration controller P. B. Abeykoon said.

 

 

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