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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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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.

 

 

 

 

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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 who also brought misery to the Tamils is completely defeated.

 

"Tamil Hitler - Made in India" Prabhakaran, who killed Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, is now seeking help from India.

Indian intervention in Sri Lankan affairs

  • They may be strong in armed forces but still they can't find a proper solution to Kashmir Problem (neither military nor political).
  • No matter how strong they are they still have terrorism problems like Chain Bombardments in their capital city, New Delhi, and attacks even inside their Parliament.
  • With all the technology to win space and with all the high tech gadgets in nuclear weaponry, they took more than 30 years to capture a single jungle thief Veerappan.
  • As a nation, collectively they are unable to derive a proper political solution to have a good relationship with neighbouring Pakistan for more than 6 decades.
  • Their politicians are still unable to convince Indian Muslims and Hindus to live in peace and harmony.
  • India had to draw back their RAW (Research and Analysis Wing - Indian intelligence) wing due to their unsuccessful interference in Sri Lanka that resulted in sacrificing their prime minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi. So, they have been unsuccessful in this matter once. So, their predictions are not always correct.
  • India is one of the major parties who aggravated this problem. They trained LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists initially in south India including Prabakaran, Pottu Amman and Karuna Amman. They air supplied food stuff in the past to LTTE when were terribly in need. South India continuously smuggle combat stuff to LTTE.
  • As a nation no matter how hard they try to display a big image of their selves they have critical issues in their own country. They have racial issues, religious issues, economical issues, social issues and political issues. It is not the country we see in Bollywood films. Besides it is highly unethical to interfere the matters of another independent nation because we don't ask them what to do next. India simply don't have rights to do that.
  • South Indian politicians can come to Sri Lanka and travel through out the country to see where ethnic cleansing is. All the southern cities and all the offices there have Tamils living and working in harmony. But any of the northern cities don't have a single Sinhalese.  So, where is ethnic cleansing? So better not use unknown matters for their personal cheap short or long-term political gains.
  • We Sri Lankans don't have any other country to live in other than Sri Lanka. So, if anybody wants to give Tamils a separate country, please separate south India (Tamil Nadu) from what we currently call India, just like Pakistan and Bangladesh, and create a separate state for Tamils in the world. Tamil Nadu has all the necessities for them.

 

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 we 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

 

Ranaviru Foundation (UK)

http://www.apiwenuwenapi.co.uk/ 

Apiwenuwenapi.co.uk is the official web site of the Api Wenuwen Api fund raising campaign in UK. 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.

 

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 

 
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Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent attacks on passenger buses and trains
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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

 

Latest SPUR / SLUNA / WAPS Media Releases

Media Release by SLUNA (Canada) - Canada Outlaws World Tamil Movement (WTM) - Tamil Tiger Terror Front (17 June 2008)

Media Release by SLUNA (Canada) - Tamil Tiger Terror Machine Continues Carnage Targeting Civilians in Sri Lanka (8 June 2008)

Media Release by SPUR (Queensland) - ANOTHER CARNAGE BY LTTE TERRORISTS (7 June 2008)

SPUR (Vic) Media Release - Human Rights and Terrorism (03 June 2008)

Media Release by SLUNA in Canada : Tamil Tiger Terror Machine Targets Civilians in Sri Lanka (28 May 2008).

see SPUR Media Releases in http://www.spur.asn.au/media.htm)

 

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.

 

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). http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_Suicide_Bomb_Colombo_Fort_Railway_Station_20080203.htm

Deliberate Grenade Attack on Animals in Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_Bomb_20080203_Dehiwela_Zoo.htm

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 - http://208.109.150.200/LTTE_Atrocities_20070528_Ratmalana_Bomb.htm

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. (Full details in SPUR : http://208.109.150.200/LTTE_Atrocities_20070513_Hadungamuwe_Nandarathana_Thera.htm

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).

http://208.109.150.200/LTTE_atrocities_20070407_Vavunia_Mannar_Road_Bus_Bomb.htm

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Awaranthalawa Massacre on 12 April 2007 (Full details in SPUR Web Page).

Power Point Presentation on some of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacks  (save and open)

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).

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)

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)  Please download the PDF Flyer

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have laid fresh charges against two Melbourne terrorism suspects, accused of being members of the Tamil Tigers (Read more details in SPUR)

LTTE Atrocities - 2006 Review (See details in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities since June 2005

See full details of LTTE's Somadevi School massacre (7 Dec 2006) in SPUR Web Page

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)

Details on LTTE's Suicide Bomb Attack on Tsunami Devastated Town, Galle

Information Received from Anti-LTTE Tamils

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

Suicide Attacks by the LTTE

Massacre of Muslims in Muttur by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 03 August 2006

HOW THE MISSILE CARRYING LTTE SHIP WAS DESTROYED (Please click for the video)

Major incidents involving the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists outside Sri Lanka (May 2007)

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 (Full report in NMAT).

LTTE TERRORISTS SEVER HEAD OF A HOME GUARD NEAR TRINCOMALEE AND RUNS AWAY WITH THE HEAD (Full report in LankaWeb).  (Details in SPUR).

Major General Parami Kulatunga assassinated by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists LTTE_Atrocities_20060626_Parami_Kulatunga.htm

Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka (Click here for details).

See details and photos in SPUR

Massive Demonstration to demand banning the Tamil Tiger terrorists under the Criminal Code of Australia.

Organised by several community organisations in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Woolongong etc

(See SPUR Website for more photos, please click here)

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)

LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities

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)

 

Enough is Enough - It is now clear to everyone that all these terrorist activities are being planned and executed by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists living in lodges in Colombo. Therefore, the Sri Lanka Govt should take immediate actions to inspect all these lodges in Colombo and arrest suspected LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists. 

An Appeal to the Defence Secretary

  • Open Letter to Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, Government of Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada (03 January 2008) Click here for the full letter.

  • Open Letter to Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary - Flush out undesirables in Colombo - By Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne, Australia (04 January 2008) - Click here for the full letter.

  • A Plea from a Retired Tamil Public Servant living in Colombo, Sri Lanka (read details).

  • Enough is enough – Please take steps to eliminate terrorism - By Ben Silva, United Kingdom (read full letter)

 

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa requests UN officials to take action against Child Conscription by the LTTE

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)

Killing / Abduction / Attempt to Murder Causing Injuries to EPDP Members by LTTE since Signing of Ceasefire Agreement on 23rd February 2002 until September 2004

HOSTILE ACTS OF THE LTTE INTIMATED TO THE EPDP

THE GATHERING STORM IN THE EAST 

LTTE's deadliest vehicle bomb attacks (June 2007)

Raising the LTTE Flag in USA - The New York Society for United Sri Lankans in a letter addressed to Mr. Evans Owens of the US Embassy in Colombo said if the laws banning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the US allow a front organization of the terrorists to teach Tamil students of New York such doctrines as ethnic cleansing as correct the proscribing law must be a real ass and a real hollow one (See LankaWeb).

VIP treatments by the Government of Sri Lanka to the terrorist leader who was / is / will be  distributing lies worldwide to damage the good name of the Government of Sri Lanka and who planned the deaths of thousands of defence personnel and unarmed civilians (Read Full details in SPUR).

Imploding Federalism in Australia - Are there Lessons for Sri Lanka? (full report in PDF format).


The Sting in the Tigers' Tale

(read full transcript in SBS Dateline).

 

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

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)

  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

 

   

Liberate Tamils from LTTE Tiger Terrorists

Click here for more details

 

Between February 2002 and August 2005, 2,069 complaints were registered against the LTTE. Of these, 1,693 have been ruled as CFA violations. The SLMM had ruled that the total number of CFA violations committed by the LTTE, involving all categories, is 3,113. Of the 141 cases ruled as CFA violations by the Sri Lankan armed forces, there are no complaints of child recruitment. Pointing out that upto the end of August, the UNICEF had recorded 1,277 outstanding cases of child recruitment, the Coalition emphasised that "the recruitment of any child under the age of 18 for military purposes ? whether forced or voluntary ? is contrary to international human rights norms." (Hindu, 05 Oct 2005)

Media Release - Tamil Tiger Terrorist Attacks Heighten Tensions In Sri Lanka  (Full Media Release of SLUNA, Canada).

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

 

10 December 2005 in Geneva (Organised by patriots in Italy)

 

30 October 2005 - Italy, Rome (Piazza Della Republica)

 

18 September 2005 - Protest opposite UN against LTTE atrocities - A protest rally against political assassinations including that of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar, recruitment of child soldiers, import of military weapons and other terrorist activities, was held at the UNO Headquarters, in New York on September 18 (Sunday) between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. A large number of Sri Lankans resident in the New York and New Jersey states participated. The protesters forwarded a petition to the UN Secretary-General with copies to other world leaders (Full report in Island).

 

17 September 2005 (Saturday) - In Kathania (from Piazza Borgo to Piazza Duomo), Italy- 3:30pm

 

Melbourne (11 September) - A massive protest rally on famous "9 / 11" in front of the State Parliament in Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (Click here for Photos and details). Click here for the Media Release

 

Vancouver (27 August) - A mass protest will be held at the Georgia Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 750 Hornby Street (Hornby Street / West Georgia Street), Vancouver

 

Los Angeles (17 Aug) - Protest in Los Angeles against LTTE (LankaTruth).

 

Canada (17 Aug) , USA (18 Aug) and UK (19 Aug)  - JVP International takes protests across Atlantic (details and Photos in SinjelaNet)  - Protests in France, Canada and UK against LTTE Protests in France, Canada and UK against LTTE (Lanka Truth).

 

Paris (17 Aug 2005) - JVP internationally protests against the LTTE (Full details in SinhelaNet)

 

Canberra (18 Aug 2005) - Australian Sri Lankans stage vibrant demonstrations in front of the Sri Lankan and Norwegian diplomatic missions

 

International Crisis Group (ICG) - Crisis Expert and Export Crisis? ............

Trying to convince Virginia Judge ...  the "True" nature of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka ............

 

Defense of Viginia Judge New South Wales MP lacks credibility (Asian Tribune)

 

Do 3000 votes justify, challenging a Country?s Sovereignty ? a Sri Lankan asks Ms. Virginia Judge MP (Asian Tribune)

 

Ms.Virginia Judge, NSW MP defended (Asian Tribune)

 

TO YOU VIRGINIA JUDGE, AND TO YOU THE FRIENDS OF SRI LANKA (LankaWeb)

 

Statement made in the New South Wales Parliament on September 15, 2005 (SLUNA)

 

Another open letter to New South Wales Member of Parliament Ms.Virginia Judge (Asian Tribune : 23 September 2005)

 

An open letter by a Sri Lankan to Ms. Virginia Judge, New South Wales MP (Asian Tribune: 22 Sept 2005)

 

"I experienced first-hand a concerted campaign to prevent me from traveling to Tamil Eelam" ? Virginia Judge (Asian Tribune: 17 Sept 2005)

 

Australian MP carrying dollars to Mullaitivu ? LTTE stronghold (Asian Tribune : 31 Aug 2005)

 

Jane's Intelligence Reports

 

The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP), alleged that the LTTE was responsible for the killing of journalist Dharmaratnam Sivaram on April 28, 2005.

Probe LTTE atrocities since signing the CFA (click here for details)

LTTE Tamil tiger terrorists air assets a threat to India and Sri Lanka

Assassination of Major Nizam Muthaliff 

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 

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.

 

 

SPUR Sub - Webpages

Home  SPUR Policy Clarification Massacre of 175 Muslims by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

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Ethnic cleansing in Sri Lanka

Power-point presentation indicating the atrocities committed by the world's most ruthless Tamil Tiger Terrorist group (LTTE) of Sri Lanka (Power Point Presentation)

A Trail of LTTE Atrocities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Prominent Tamil Leaders Assassinated by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Prominent Political Leaders Assassinated by The LTTE

Political killings by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities

Power Point Presentation on LTTE Atrocities

Serial Killings of some of the Parliamentarians by LTTE Tamil Tigers

LTTE has so far killed 23 parliamentarians

Please sponsor a "Ranaviru" Child (New Management)

Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent attacks on passenger buses and trains

450 Years of Colonialism (Part 1 - British Rule) / (Part 2 - Dutch Rule) /  (Part 3 - Portuguese Rule) 
More LTTE Atrocities Page 1 More LTTE Atrocities Page 2
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LTTE bomb attack on Central Bank, Colombo LTTE bombs Sri Dalada Maligawa in Sri Lanka
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LTTE TERRORIST OFFICES, FRONT ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER SYMPATHETIC ORGANISATIONS THAT ESPOUSES THE SAME TERRORIST CAUSE, BASED IN THE UK  Eelam House The forgotten victims of WAR and Peace in Sri Lanka
LTTE International Secretariat Two Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts smuggled to Sri Lanka in September 2003... Who has smuggled those two planes ? What
LTTE activities in South Africa

South African LTTE Connections Exposed

International and Regional Implications of the Sri Lankan Tamil Insurgency - Rohan Gunaratne

Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (World Heritage Centre) WORLD OPINION about LTTE Tamil Tigers
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers LTTE Tamil Tigers in Thailand
Gonagala Massacre in Ampare - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacred 61 Sinhalese villagers including
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Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka

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

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SPUR Foster Parents Project -  "Ranaviru" Child   Tamil National Alliance parliamentary candidate Rajan Sathiyamoorthy was killed by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists on 30 March 2004.

Evangelical movement in North and East led by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists ......LTTE Tamil Tigers Attempt to Assassinate Hindu Leader, Minister T Maheshwaran

Media Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka Unmanned Aerial Aircrafts Smuggled in September 2003

Norway - "Peace" or "Piece" Brokers in Sri Lanka

Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 1) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 2) Summary of LTTE activities prior to 2000 (Part 3)
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LTTE Activities in South Africa Norway and LTTE  
Is LTTE the Sole Representatives of Tamils? - By Prof Shantha K Hennayake The Facts About So Called Discrimination Katunayake International Airport Attack
Please download "Sithumina Vol 1", the monthly electronic news bulletin of SPUR Victoria in Acrobat format Please download "LakHanda Vol 1 in 2004", the news bulletin of SPUR Victoria in Acrobat format LTTE Child Combatants  by Rohan Gunaratna
"Slideshow: Sri Lanka Bombing" link to see the slide show. http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/srilanka/feature2.html

Slide show on Sri Lanka Bombings

Friday 2 March 2001 - Melbourne Central Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia
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Power Gamis in War & Peace - By Prof Harendra De Silva WebPage of Umberto Gui Report of Sinhala Commission
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Global Terrorism -
Lecture given by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London on 15th April 1998.
International and Regional Implications of the Sri Lankan Tamil Insurgency - Rohan Gunaratne
TIGERS, 'MODERATES' AND PANDORA'S PACKAGE - By SL Gunasekara  TAMIL SEPARATIST ISSUE IN SRI LANKA
AND THE DEVOLUTION PROPOSALS - overview By S B Hettiarachchi
Kingdom of Jaffnapatnum - "Traditional Homelands" The Verdict of Cartographic History
THE SO-CALLED TAMIL KINGDOM OF JAFFNA -
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Racism: the evil elite of Jaffna - H.L.D. Mahindapala - 6th, October 1996
The revolt of the privileged - H.L.D. Mahindapala - 29th September 1996
The Liberation of Kilinochchi - ACSLU Statement issued after the Capture of Kilinochchi
LTTE INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS LTTE ACTIVITIES IN THE UK

Bangkok Post 29/10/97 - Tigers adopt a new tool of terror International & Regional Security Implications of the Sri lankan Tamil  Insurgency.
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Rohan Gunaratna

South African LTTE Connections Exposed - By Rohan Gunaratna

LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM?S (LTTE) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND OPERATIONS - A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS

Peter Chalk

Tamil Tigers receive training in Pan-Negroist South Africa

EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sri Lanka, Parliamentary elections - April 2004
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LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists bomb Central Bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 58 civilians and injuring several hundreds

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Hostile Acts by the LTTe Tamil Tiger Terrorists Against the Other Political Parties and Civilians (EPDP) Umberto Gui Assassination of EPDP (Political Party) Members by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists
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Suicide terrorism: a global threat (Janes's Intelligence)

Tamil Democratic Forum (TDF) in Denmark

Please visit new website

Helabima at http://www.helabima.org/

Sihala Urumaya March to Maniraakulam LTTE Camp:Page1, Page2, Page3, Page4 News from the Official Website if the Govt of Sri Lanka. Persons Chargeable With Treason - THE DOSSIER - The Chronicle Of acts of omission and commission which are seriously detrimental to the Sri Lankan nation and the state. Click on Lakhanda
LTTE Child Combatants  by Dr Rohan Gunaratna In the Shadow of a Cease-fire: The Impacts of Small Arms Availability and Misuse in Sri Lanka, by Chris Smith, October 2003 Tamil tigers in Norway

Mysterious  Sudden  Passing  Away  of The  Most  Ven.  Gangodawila  Soma
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Tigers and us - by Association of United Tamils Overseas (AUTO) London

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LIBERATION TIGERS OF TAMIL EELAM?S (LTTE) INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION AND OPERATIONS - A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS Peter Chalk Winter COMMENTARY No. 77 Canadian Security Intelligence Service March 17, 2000

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

Canada and Terrorism

 

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

Sri Lanka Navy
Danish political parties spearhead a move to ban LTTE in Denmark, as well as in the EU (Asian Tribune)

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Media Releases of SPUR and WAPS (Contd)

JOINT STATEMENT FROM SRI LANKAN ORGANISATIONS IN AUSTRALIA ON THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MoU) SIGNED BY SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT WITH TAMIL TIGERS - Surrendering Democracy and Rewarding Terrorism - The Memorandum of Capitulation (MoC)  - SPUR Media Release - March 2002

Resolution adopted at the Annual General Meeting held on 20 April 2002 (SPUR)

Environmental Vandal Norway Eyes Sri Lanka?s Rich Environmental Heritage (Full Details in SPUR Web Page : 17 July 2002)

MEDIA RELEASE by Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS)

DO NOT REWARD THE LTTE FOR TERROR, MURDER AND COERCION (June 2002)

Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS) Urges the USA Government to Read the Riot Act to the LTTE (6 July 2002)

SRI LANKA'S TERRITORIAL SEA CANNOT BE HANDED OVER TO A TERRORIST  ORGANIZATION TO SUBVERT DEMOCRACY AND CREATE A SEPARATE STATE IN SRI LANKA (23 April 2003)

CHOOSING FASCIST TIGERS OVER MUSLIMS IN THE EAST AND OTHER UNARMED CITIZENS (26 April 2003)

ANY CHANGES TO HIGH SECURITY ZONE (HSZ) BOUNADARIES WILL THREATEN NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE SAFETY OF CIVILIANS IN JAFFNA - Media Release of Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS) -Tuesday, 6 May 2003

Media Release (Thursday, 15 May 2003) by Pacific Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (PAPS) - Elimination of Unsung, Unwept, and Dauntless Defenders of Sri Lanka continues - Government's deafening silence is CONDEMNED (full Media Release in SPUR).

  Media Release (Friday, 16 May 2003) by An Alliance of Expatriate Organisations Put the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission on Notice - STOP INTERFERING AND INFRINGING ON SRI LANKA'S SOVEREIGNITY (read full in SPUR).

Media Release (21 May 2003) - World Alliance of Patriotic Organisations  say "Enough is Enough" and Request President to Disband the SLMM

Open Letter to World Bank Resident Representative in Sri Lanka by Alliance of Sri Lankan Expatriate Organisations - REWARDING TERRORISM AND UNDERMINING DEMOCRACY IN SRI LANKA

Open Letter to Prime Minister of Thailand in Sri Lanka by Alliance of Sri Lankan Expatriate Organisations - Stamp Out Tamil Tiger Terrorist Gun Running - Help Sri Lanka Eradicate Tamil Tiger Terrorism

Open Letter to the President of Sri Lanka (2 June 2003) - The Government Should Not Capitulate to Terrorist Blackmail - Reject Outright the Demand for an Interim Administration

The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) says in a letter to President and Defence Minister of Sri Lanka "We are deeply shocked by the news that the Defence Ministry is about to issue a dictum to Sri Lanka's Navy to fly the flag of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) when patrolling Sri Lankan seas with SLMM representatives on board Navy vessels".

Media Release by the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - 20 June 2003. 'SLEEPERS WAKE! THE WATCHMAN IN THE HEIGHTS IS CALLING' 

World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - Press Release : 13 July 2003 - The Nation must stand by its Servicemen and Women in this hour of need

Press Release by World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) : Sunday, 30 August 2003 - OPEN LETTER TO WORLD LEADERS AND HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION ORGANIZATIONS - Stop killing and intimidating political party members and civilians in Sri Lanka

Press Release by WAPS : Thursday, 11 September 2003 - Linking Aid to Good Governance

Press Release by SPUR :Sri Lanka Police action to remand democratic protesters is a clear violation of human rights (4 November 2003)

Press Release by SPUR :SPUR Rejects Outright Proposal by LTTE Terrorists for Establishing an Interim Self Governing Authority for the North and the East of Sri Lanka (4 November 2003)

Press Release by SPUR :The Sacking of Three Ministers and Suspending Sri Lanka?s Parliament (5 November 2003)

Press Release by WAPS :SACKING OF MINISTERS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF SRI LANKA (7 November 2003)

Open Letter to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaranatunga by the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - 4 Dec 2003

Critique of the LTTE?s proposals for an Interim Self-Governing Authority - By Mahinda Gunasekera, Honorary President Sri Lanka United National Association of Canada (SLUNA) - February 2004

Press Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - Press Release Ref: A05F/UA/2004 dated February 11, 2004 issued by the Tamil Centre For Human Rights (TCHR) titled Hundreds of Christian Churches Vandalised in Sri Lanka

Media Release - Presidential Commission to Inquire into the Unexpected Death of Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thero (5 March 2004)

Media Release by SPUR - MAXIMISING ELECTORAL POWER (7 March 2004)

Press Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS)  - SAVE SRI LANKA AND THE SRI LANKAN TAMIL COMMUNITY FROM THE GRIP OF TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS (19 March 2004)

Press Release of the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) - Sri Lankans call for annulment of north and east polls (09 April 2004).

SPUR Media Release - Sri Lanka?s Permanent Representative to the UN (17 April 2004)

WAPS Media Release : 31 May 2004 - Proposals to Establish an Interim Self ?Governing Authority for the North/East Region by the LTTE

WAPS Media Release - An Appeal to the Malwatte Chapter Mahanayake - Most Venerable Tibbutuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero (21 September 2004)

SPUR Condemns the Abduction of Civilians from Trincomalee and Urge the International Community and the Government of Sri Lanka to take Immediate Steps to Secure their Release (24 Sept 2004).

Norwegian Anti terrorism speaker says that LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists sold hundreds of Norwegian passports to Al Qaeda group

Please read the following two reports. If you wish, please get a hard-copy and forward to those individuals / organizations to act against the funding by the Norwegian Government to LTTE, it's front organisations and their paid agents ....

(1) 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

(2) 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

Please save the innocent Tamil Children from the clutches of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Read more about LTTE's Child Soldiers http://www.spur.asn.au/childwar.htmchildwar.htm

http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_Child_Soldiers_Photo_Gallery.html

Read more and more about LTTE's Child Soldiers

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View how LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists are parading in Government controlled areas

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

Please download following Power Point Presentations (PPP) for lobbying purposes

Responses to Dr. John Whitehall, Pediatrician Director, Townsville Hospital Neonatal Unit Queensland, Australia.

The Chinese in Malaysia is not entitled to a second homeland in Malaysia where a large Chinese community lives. Its real homeland or native is China . Malaysia is the homeland of the Malays where they are the bhoomiputras. So why should Tamils be entitled to a second homeland in Sri Lanka when next door to this island is their real homeland having a history of many thousands of years of Tamil civilization? Any foreigner has only to visit Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu see the difference between the two countries and find out what the true Tamil homeland or native land is.
Homeland .......We should note the difference between a person's land of birth and his/her motherland (or fatherland as the Germans would say). The latter is the land of our ancestors who built a civilization culture and language for over two centuries. Accordingly Sri Lanka is the motherland of the Sinhalas. They have no other home land or mother land in any other part of the world, unlike the Tamils whose homeland is Tamil Nadu established on January 14, 1969. Ninety percent of the world's Tamil population lives in India and 75 percent of them in Tamil Nadu which is twice the size of Sri Lanka .

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LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists shot this child at point blank range when refused to join

(read more to understand the true nature of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists)

 

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.
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International Crisis Group (ICG) - Crisis Expert and Export Crisis? .............

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.

Wanted by Interpol

http://www.interpol.int/public/Data/Wanted/Notices/Data/1994/54/1994_9054.asp

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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.

Canada bans World Tamil Movement

A Toronto-based non-profit organisation has been outlawed by Canadian Cabinet under the Anti-Terrorism Act, in what may signal an aggressive new approach to combating terrorist financing in Canada.

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)

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

(for details, please visit the web page of Public Safety Canada).

In 1926, a statement by Anagarika Dharmapala

Sunday, 29 March 2009 04:52 AM 

LTTE International Network: The Next Major Challenge

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This is Democracy ....

President tells Tamil political parties: Co-operate with Govt to solve problems of Tamils

Tamil and Muslim party Leaders met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on 26th evening. Prime Minister Mr. Rathnasiri Wikramanayake, Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralidaran (Former LTTE Deputy Leader), Minister Douglas Devananda (Tamil), Chief Minister Mr. Sivanesadurei Chandrakanthan (former LTTE Child Soldier), Mayor Miss Sivageeta Prabhakaren (Tamil), Mr. Ananda Sangari (Tamil, President of TULF) and Mr. Rauf Hakeem (Muslim) are also participated on that occasion ( Pix by Sudath Silva).

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Friday, 27 March 2009

Sri Lanka Navy rescued 165 Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE "Human Shield" in Mullaitivu

President orders LTTE to free civilians - The President had a discussion with Tamil political parties on the present situation in the North at Temple Trees yesterday. The President said the terrorists were using Tamil civilians as human guards although the troops were exercising restraint in their humanitarian operations. The LTTE had not taken action to protect the Tamil civilians. The Tamil National Alliance was on several occasions invited to broach the Northern situation. However they did not participate due to LTTE pressure. The President reminded that the Government took action to meet all requirements of the civilians in the grip of the LTTE, including food and medicine, sans a dearth. The terrorists had used a major part of the essentials supplied to the civilians for their benefit and build bunkers. He underscored that food will be not used as a weapon to defeat a war. Tamil Party representatives said there was food sufficient for about three months in these areas. They said the treatment meted out to the civilians by the Security Forces has earned praise from the escaping civilians. The All Ceylon Muslim Congress, the Ceylon Democratic Unity Alliance, EPDP, the National Congress, NUA, the EPRLF Pathmanabha Faction, SLMC, TMVP, the Up-Country People’s Front, the Democratic People’s Front, TULF and PLOTE were represented at the discussion. Prime Minsiter Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and several Parliamentarians were present (ITN).

UN Security Council members express concern on LTTE's use of civilian hostages - 'Concerns also raised on 02 UN local staff, 03 dependants and 11 NGO local staff subjected to forcible recruitment by the LTTE in recent weeks'. The UN Security Council members have urged for the immediate release and provision of safety for the civilians and UN staffers and family members subjected to forcible recruitment, intimidation and unprecedented hardships by the LTTE in the government declared No Fire Zone. The plight of the civilian hostages including 02 UN local staffers, 03 dependants and 11 NGO local staffers came to light during an informal interactive discussion held between members of the UN Security council and Ambassador H.M.G.S Palihakkara on Thursday(March 26). The UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Sir John Holmes, also addressing the gathering, stated that, "LTTE continues to reject the Government's call to lay down arms and to let the civilian population leave, and has significantly stepped up forced recruitment and forced labour of civilians". The informal discussion was made contemplating the Sri Lankan Government's policy of engagement with the international community relating to the current situation in Sri Lanka. The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, New York, Ambassador H.M.G.S Palihakkara briefed the Members of the UN Security Council (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Over 2000 Tamil civilians reach Government controlled area seeking safety - Pudukkuduirippu A total of 2108 Tamil civilians who had been trapped by the LTTE terrorists were able to reach government controlled area escaping terror grip yesterday, 26 March, defence sources said. The group of escapees comprising 571 males, 597 females and 940 children reached troops of 58 Division in general area Pudukuduirippu during day hours yesterday. The escapees were later directed to the welfare centres established in Kilinochchi after proving them with food, medical treatment and other necessities, defence sources added (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

14th batch of patients and civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the Naval assistance - The fourteenth batch of 488 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on the 26th March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai , were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Field hospital in Pulmudai and the General hospital in Padaviya by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals. The fourteenth batch consisted of 157 adult males, 216 adult females and 115 children in total. Among them were 100 male and 63 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE's adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately. The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Disarm or Perish – UN Security Council tells the Tamil Tigers Fri, 2009-03-27 10:24 United Nations, 27 March, (Asiantribune.com): Disarm or Perish, was what the UN Security Council told the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at the conclusion of an interactive discussion. At the discussion held today (26 March) Under Secretary General Sir John Holmes and H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, Sri Lanka Ambassador to UN talked to members of the Security Council concerning the plight of the civilians who are held by LTTE as human shield. At a seminar discussion with Council members, they discussed assistance being provided to the civilians held by the LTTE in safe zone area and on the welfare facilities to the IDPs who managed to escape from the stranglehold of the Tigers. The meeting was described as an ‘interactive’ one held outside the Security Council’s formal structures as Sri Lanka is not on Security Council agenda and the LTTE should not be given any legitimacy of Council’s consideration. The briefing and the interactive discussion indicated grave concern of all the members of the Security Council over the LTTE’s intransigence in not allowing the civilians move out of harms way and their continued recruitment of underage children in the safe zone and the use of civilians as a human shield. The key Council members who spoke to media were clear in called on the LTTE to disarm and surrender as the quickest way to end conflict. They also upheld the legitimate right of a Government to defend itself from terrorist threat. None of the Security Council members favored a formal consideration of the issue as an agenda item of Council as the LTTE is listed as a terrorist group in many member states. It is also not a matter that has international peace and security implications and the interactive discussion was merely to receive information from OCHA and from the Government of Sri Lanka on the humanitarian efforts by the Government and by UN, ICRC and other agencies (Full report in Asian Tribune).

People Power & the elimination of LTTE - By: Shenali Waduge - How many would have thought there would be a time that the LTTE would or could be cornered to a 12km stretch. In all probability the LTTE would also not have thought that it would be in this predicament. Most importantly those that backed the LTTE all through the years by way of contributing financially or otherwise must be facing the most daunting task of having to come to terms with an eventuality that would probably change their financial position drastically. Giving courage & steering the Government to remain focused to the elimination of the LTTE is the people of Sri Lanka & it is their steadfastness that denies external forces the ability to swing carrots to sway the Government to provide a lifeline to the LTTE. Those that backed the LTTE at times have camouflaged themselves as international humanitarian workers, media networks & their staff & peace activists & posed to them are some questions that they may well do to start formulating their responses. So for many of us each time news of LTTE territory being captured is released it naturally provides a sense of disbelief & the immediate question of why this could not have been done earlier. Most of us would say that it took a courageous leadership trilogy to create the consistent trend of victories that have fallen upon the military. If we praise the Country's leader, the Defense Secretary, the Armed Forces heads especially the Army Commander it would automatically question why their predecessors failed (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Suspected Tiger Infiltrators Arrested - TRINCOMALEE: TROOPS on general duties with the Police in UPPUVELI, TRINCOMALEE on Thursday (26) arrested two suspects carrying four hand grenades and one shotgun and two ammunition cartridges with them. Police maintain that those two suspects, believed to be from the LTTE might have infiltrated the area to carry out crimes against Security Forces in the area (Sri Lanka Army)..

Ambassador Wickramasuriya briefs plight of Tamil civilians held hostage by LTTE terrorists (By: Walter Jayawardhana) Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka 's ambassador to the United States , met this week with U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, to discuss the fighting in Northern Sri Lanka and post-conflict development, an embassy press release said. Ambassador Wickramasuriya briefed Sen. Lugar, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the state of the conflict against the LTTE forces in the north, and on prospects for an end to the fighting in the weeks ahead. Sen. Lugar, a Republican from Indiana , expressed his concern for the safety of civilians held by the LTTE in the conflict zone. He also expressed his desire that civilians displaced by the fighting return to their homes under a government resettlement effort. Some senators on Sen. Lugar's committee have been critical of the conflict, calling for a cease fire. Ambassador Wickramasuriya assured Sen. Lugar of the progress government forces have made against the LTTE in recent weeks. He also stressed the care taken to protect displaced citizens (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Two Thousand More Enter Army-Held Areas - MULLAITTIVU: ABOUT two thousand and eighteen (2018) civilians consisting of five hundred and ninety-seven men, five hundred and ninety-seven women and nine hundred and forty children reached troops in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU during the whole of Thursday (26). Troops after screening them directed those civilians to IDP centres and the Relief Village for temporary relocation. Those civilians with their belongings were taken on eighteen buses, after giving them refreshments (Sri Lanka Army)..

Thailand to help combat terrorism - Sri Lanka's call for measures to counter terrorism that might spill over to the region and beyond following the military defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka received strong support from Thailand today (26.03.2009). Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that he appreciated Sri Lanka's concerns about attempts by terrorists to operate in the region and reaffirmed that Thailand will not allow anybody to use the country to destabilise friends among whom Sri Lanka was viewed as a close friend with long-standing cultural and religious ties. Prime Minister Abhisit said that it was in "all our interests" to end terrorism. He struck a positive note saying that Sri Lanka's interests in this regard will be reciprocated. The Thai prime minister's response came during a half hour meeting with Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who spelt out the dangers to the region and internationally of the LTTE trying to establish itself in new sanctuaries and continuing to engage in criminal activities such as arms smuggling, the narcotics trade, human trafficking and money laundering. He said that terrorism in all its forms must be rooted out (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Heavy Fighting Rages on - MULLAITTIVU: VALIANT troops continued their attacks on LTTE positions around PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU area for another day on Thursday (26) and inflicted damages on the enemy. After fighting troops on search collected thirteen dead Tiger terrorists, five T-56 weapons, twenty-three hand grenades, forty claymore and anti personnel mine casings, one 10 kg heavy claymore, fifty-two rounds of 12.7 ammunition, one Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) charger, two Arul bombs, one Arul charger, five anti personnel mines, fifteen 60mm mortar bombs, one I-com set and thirty-eight metal plates on the same day (26). At least two dozens of Tiger terrorists died during confrontations and a similar number received injuries. Soldiers injured in the fighting have been referred for medical treatment (Sri Lanka Army).

Navy Commander visits Northern Naval Command to review its operational readiness - Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda made a visit to the Northern Naval Command on the 26th March 2009 in order to review its operational readiness. Having assessed the operational readiness and discussed the operational plans, the Navy Commander gave further directives to enhance the maritime surveillance operations being conducted in the North-eastern seas. He looked into the welfare of the Naval personnel deployed in the Northern Naval Area in order to ascertain that their morale is high and they maintain battle readiness to meet all contingencies. During his visit, the Navy Commander declared open the newly-constructed two-storied building belonging to the Engineering and Electrical Works Complex of the Northern Naval Command at the SLNS Uttara (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE holds to 1 sq km - Security Forces on the verge of completing the humanitarian operation in the Vanni, have confined the LTTE to one square kilo metre in the battle field. The fight against terrorism is going on successfully. The LTTE cadres are restricted to a mere 21 square km and 20 square km out of the 21 square km was demarcated as a No Fire Zone by the Government. Therefore, the LTTE cadres have been isolated to One square km, Defence Affairs spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. He said since the Tiger cadres have been effectively restricted to one square km they have taken shelter and cover among civilians by infiltrating the No Fire Zone demarcated by the Government. “The LTTE cadres have infiltrated the No Fire Zone where humanitarian assistance is taking place. The Tiger cadres are carrying out their terror activities in the NFZ instead of humanitarian actions,” he added. Minister Rambukwella referred to the recent incident of the LTTE firing missiles from inside the NFZ targeting two Bell 212 helicopters evacuating wounded soldiers in Puthukudiyiruppu as a violation of the NFZ. “The LTTE cadres are firing fleeing civilians in the NFZ and they are violating the principle of the NFZ by using the safe zone to launch missiles,” he added. He said that the Tigers are carrying out their activities in the NFZ by taking cover among civilians to tell the world that the Security Forces are targeting civilians (Full report in Daily News).

Navy rescues 165 civilians fleeing Tigers - Navy personell escorting civilians - The Navy rescued 165 civilians fleeing from LTTE captivity in Mullaitivu on Tuesday and Wednesday. Among the rescued civilians were 49 men, 59 women and 57 children seeking protection with the Security Forces. Navy spokesman Captain D.K.P. Dassanayake said Naval troops carried out the rescue missions on three occasions in the Northern seas, one on Tuesday and the other two on Wednesday. He said the first group comprising 94 persons were found fleeing in six white flag hoisted dinghies around 10.45 am on Tuesday while the second group comprising 45 persons were found on two dinghies and the third group consisting 26 persons were found huddled in a lone dinghy on Wednesday around 9.55 am and 11.15 am.”After rescuing the first group and the third group, they were safely towed ashore at Point Pedro while the second group was escorted to Pulmudai. All were provided with essential needs and medical treatment,” he added. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said nearly 55,286 fleeing civilians sought protection with the Security Forces (Daily News).

For LTTE it’s do or die, now or never - The battlefield records indicate that the LTTE had never fought such fierce battles even in Kilinochchi which was considered to be the heart of their illusionary Tamil homeland which fell to the hands of the Security Forces in the first week of January this year. It was same in Pooneryn, Mullaitivu and Paranthan too. But the situation has compelled the LTTE to fight such a fierce battle in Puthukudiyiruppu as they have created a theatre for their final battle in this crucial township and it had become a do or die battle for them (Full report in Daily News).

Sever links with Norway: NFF urges Government -  The National Freedom Front (NFF), a party of the ruling coalition, urged the government yesterday to sever its diplomatic relationships with Norway immediately charging that it had facilitated a discussion between UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes and LTTE’s arms procurement dealer Kumar Pathmanathan alias KP recently. Quoting a military analyst, NFF President Wimal Weeranwansa told a news briefing yesterday that Norway had accepted KP as the LTTE leader, and arranged his dialogue with Mr. Holmes. Mr. Weerawansa said that KP was a person wanted by the Interpol for his arms smuggling activities for the LTTE, and he possessed 25 bogus passports. “The UN has committed a serious offence by having links with an arms dealer. It is an act inimical to Sri Lanka. Norway has committed so many inimical acts against Sri Lanka. Therefore, we are asking the government to sever its diplomatic relationships with this country,” he said. He said that Norway had helped the LTTE through this exercise, and it should make a statement in this regard immediately. “Even the UN should make a statement,” he said. Meanwhile, Mr. Weerawansa also responded to the TNA which declined to accept the invitation to meet President Mahinda Rajapksa and discuss the prevailing political situation in the country. The NFF MP said that he could not object to TNA Leader R. Sampanthan making an independent decision in this regard as the head of a political party. “If the LTTE lays down arms and surrenders, this war will end even tomorrow. So, it should be held responsible for the present crisis. Mr. Sampanthan is speaking on behalf of this organisation carrying arms today (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Eric Solheim with LTTE Leader Prabhakaran

We must be ready for challenges - JHU - There will be more international pressure in varied forms in the future in an effort to save Prabakaran. We as a nation must be well prepared to face these challenges from our enemies, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said in a press release. The JHU has made this call in the backdrop of a statement British Labour Party legislator John Ryan has issued where he threatened to use his influence to remove Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth membership if the Sri Lankan Government failed to enter into a ceasefire with the LTTE within 24 hours. "We are not at all bothered over his statement since the British Foreign Minister has already replied him in a fitting manner," the release stated. "Moreover any attempt to save this ruthless terrorist leader is not in keeping with the democratic, humanitarian and fundamental principles of any nature. "This is more so with the highly democratic body like Commonwealth," the statement added (Daily News).

Top Tigers among killed - Troops thwarted an LTTE attempt to infiltrate Forward Defence Lines North of Palamaithalan and caused heavy damages to the Tigers. Four top LTTEers were among the dead. Fierce clashes erupted when a group of LTTEers attempted to infiltrate FDLs in Palamaithalan on Wednesday around 5.30a.m. Troops successfully repulsed the LTTE attack and the Tigers suffered heavy damages. Addressing the media yesterday, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said LTTE communications revealed that Tiger leaders Waradaanan, Kadal, Sooriyan and Elawan were among the dead. Meanwhile, troops conducting massive search and clear operations in Mullaithivu recovered arms and vehicles left by fleeing LTTE cadres. “During search operations on Wednesday troops recovered 16 T-56 assault rifles, an LMG, an I-Com set and a TATA double cab. Officers also found a five kg claymore mine in Vakarai (Daily News).

RAMBUKWELLA SAYS THE LTTE IS NOW CONFINED TO ONLY ONE SQUARE KILOMETER IN THE NORTH, PLUS CIVILIAN AREA (By Walter Jayawardhana) Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said in Colombo, in the North of the country, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is confined only Military Spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said more than 30 terrorists had been killed. Intercepted LTTE communication confirmed that middle order leaders such as Varathanan, Kadal, Sooriyan and Eelawan were among the deto an area of virtually of one square kilometer. Rambukwella addressing the press said since the LTTE has crept into the no-fire zone demarcated for civilians, to take the cover of them, inclusive of the civilian area, it could be also said they are confined to an area of 21 kilometers. He said, “The LTTE has gone into this strictly civilian area to foster war activities and have used missiles to attack two military helicopters unsuccessfully.” Rambukwella said since the LTTE is continuing to use the civilian area to attack the Sri Lanka security forces and humiliating and threatening the civilians international support is of importance and should be extended to the Sri Lanka government to rescue those civilians from the grip of the terrorists. Meanwhile , heavy fighting was reported close to the narrow area where the LTTE leaders are supposed to be hiding. Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said more than 30 terrorists have been killed around 5.30 March 26 at Iranapalai in Puthukidiyiruppu. He said according to intercepted LTTE radio communications four middle order leaders were also among the dead. They were named as Varathan, Kadal, Sooriyan and Eelawan. The military said by now 54,0096 Tamil civilians have escaped from the LTTE controlled area to the government controlled area. By the evening , the military sources said another 2000 people are expected to arrive in the government area. Sources also said the government is planning to send another cargo ship that could carry 1000 metric tons to the remaining entrapped civilians. (EOM)

Another 4 farmers killed in Welikanda - LTTE cadres killed four more farmers and wounded four others in a paddy field in Kadawatha Hena in Welikanda Wednesday night. Two days earlier they killed five farmers at Samagipura in Serunuwara in the Eastern Province. Two farmers were seriously injured in the attack. OIC Welikanda Police CI Saman Perera told The Island that the area is also known as Menikdeniya. The LTTE cadres had shot them at 10.00 pm while the farmers were threshing paddy. CI Perera said that immediately after the attack Police launched search operations with the support of the Special Task Force, without success. The wounded farmers have been warded at the Polonnaruwa hospital and they are out of danger, hospital sources said. This is the third incident since January this year,that LTTE had shot and killed innocent farmers in remote villages in Eastern Province. A month ago terrorists killed over a dozen farmers in a remote village in Inginiyagala. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said Civil Defence Force (CDF) personnel and vigilant committees had been deployed for the protection of civilians in remote villages in the Eastern Province. "We decided to deploy them for the protection of paddy farmers especially during the harvest time. Further to CDF personnel we will deploy soldiers, too," Brig. Nanayakkara said (Island).

An attempt to drown democracy in the Thames -One may have lost whatever respect one had for the British Parliament after reading a report on the proceedings of a debate on Sri Lanka on Tuesday. It was not so much because of prejudice that some MPs exuded in their speeches oozing with loathing and bile against Sri Lanka or their bias for the LTTE. The reason was that they ventured to debate something that they were not au fait with and thereby cut very pathetic figures. If only they had done a little bit of homework and backed their arguments with facts and figures without wheeling out unsubstantiated claims and charges to appease a bunch of terror backers who happen to be voters in their home boroughs! Several MPs betrayed their partiality to the LTTE by regurgitating blatant propaganda lies they had been fed with in advice surgeries by LTTE activists. Anti-Gordon junior Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Modern) let the cat out the bag when she admitted that her diatribe against Sri Lanka, her advocacy of its expulsion from the Commonwealth and her call for a UN Security Council resolution against it were based on mere hearsay: "Every Friday, I hold an advice surgery for about five hours. As is the case for many MPs, barely a week goes by without me meeting constituents who have family members back home in the Tamil region of Sri Lanka. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict; the numbers are so big that the crisis is almost impossible to comprehend. Each week I meet constituents face to face who tell me their stories and fears for their families, which makes a complex international crisis very personal." (Full Editorial in Island).

Thailand urged to help combat terrorism in the region - Sri Lanka urged Thailand take appropriate measures to counter terrorism that might spill over to the region and beyond following the military defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka received strong support from Thailand today. Also Sri lankan Foreign Minister requested Thailand to keep close eyes on movement of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to prevent them from using the kingdom as launching pad against Colombo. Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that he appreciated Sri Lanka's concerns about attempts by terrorists to operate in the region and reaffirmed that Thailand will not allow anybody to use the country to destabilise friends among whom Sri Lanka was viewed as a close friend with long-standing cultural and religious ties. Prime Minister Abhisit said that it was in "all our interests" to end terrorism. He struck a positive note saying that Sri Lanka's interests in this regard will be reciprocated. The Thai prime minister's response came during a half hour meeting with Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who spelt out the dangers to the region and internationally of the LTTE trying to establish itself in new sanctuaries and continuing to engage in criminal activities such as arms smuggling, the narcotics trade, human trafficking and money laundering. He said that terrorism in all its forms must be rooted out. Minister Bogollagama was on a one-day bilateral visit during which he called on Prime Minister Vejjajiva in Parliament and met with his Thai counterpart Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya and Defence Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon (Full report in Asian Tribune)

Ranawaka sees int’l conspiracy to drag war -  Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka charged yesterday that there was an international conspiracy to give a new facelift to the terrorist problem in Sri Lanka after the LTTE is crushed on the war front. Addressing a meeting, Mr. Ranawaka said that some Colombo-based diplomats and ‘cowards’ dream of a dragged-out war in the future, and vowed not to leave room for them to achieve such goals. He said the entire country would be brought under the government’s control within the next few days, and racism would not be allowed to raise its ugly head. The Minister said the country had dumped politics hatched in Colombo 7 and 3 in the cemetery, and it would never come up again. He said past leaders believed in a federal solution to this problem, but this ideology was defeated. “Those who were against the war are now admiring the spoils of war,” he said (Daily Mirror).

Tigers operating inside No-fire zone - UN spokesperson says conditions for IDP insecure and precarious - The government yesterday said the LTTE has now clearly begun to operate inside the No-fire zone as they are confined to a 21 sq km area of which 20 sq km is part of the safe zone. Defence Spokesperson and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the LTTE was actively carrying out its war activities from within the No-fire zone which resulted civilian casualties and deaths and the Tigers were also firing into the zone from the one sq km which they were restricted into. “The LTTE is firing into the No-fire zone using heavy weapons. Despite many humanitarian activities being conducted in the No-fire zone the LTTE continue to sabotage them. They are using the safe zone to foster their activities,” Minister Rambukwella said. Following international criticism that the government was firing into the No-fire zone, the government held the LTTE directly responsible for this and said they were carrying out a propaganda campaign from the No-fire zone to gain international sympathy. “The LTTE has infiltrated into the No-fire zone and are firing at the civilians. By doing this, they are also carrying out a propaganda campaign against the security forces to tarnish their image,” the Minister said. Meanwhile the UN yesterday said the humanitarian and the security situation of an estimated 100,000 civilians in the Wanni is unstable as the access to food and medical assistance remains limited while shelling still continues in the No-fire zone and LTTE keeps forcibly recruiting civilians. Ms. Michele Montas, Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a press briefing held on Wednesday at the UN in New York said the "conditions for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the No-fire zone continue to remain insecure and precarious, with shelling is still reported and limited access to food, safe water, sanitation facilities and medical assistance." (Full report in Daily Mirror)

Thursday, 26 March 2009

LTTE controlled area as at 26 March 2009

Pottu Amman’s safe mansion seized by Security Forces

Troops at the recently captured safe mansion used by LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman and Kapil Amman, another key LTTE operative situated in the Iranapalai area.

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OPEN LETTER TO HON PRIME MINISTER, HON MINISTERS AND PEACE LOVING DEMOCARTIC PEOPLE OF MALAYSIA - STOP LTTE a.k.a TAMIL TIGERS before they become a threat to the national security of Malaysia and the SE Asian region - Malaysia stands as a strong nation state in the international community thanks to the indefatigable efforts of the farsighted national leaders. Malaysia was able to withstand internal as well as external challenges to its sovereignty and its territorial integrity as building a strong nation was the key policy platform of Malaysians. The country was determined to defeat the fissiparous movements attempting to carve out ethnic enclaves and also groups which dependent on armed violence to derail Malaysia's path to progress. Today, Sri Lankan political leaders as well the vast majority of the population are engaged in militarily defeating the LTTE a.k.a Tamil Tigers and are presently this group of terrorists have been restricted to a sliver of land not more than 25 sq miles. As you no doubt are aware, the LTTE is nurtured by funds collected in foreign countries as a section of the racist members of the Tamil Diaspora including some in Malaysia still dream of creating a separate country in Sri Lanka. According to racist Tamil historians it will be the first step in setting up a ‘Dravidasthan ‘, in this case including some parts of present Malaysian territory and Tamilnadu in India. Malaysia unfortunately has been a centre for fund collection for the LTTE through the World Tamil Movement and some of the very active pro-LTTE academics including a senior professor in a well-known Malaysian university. It is a well-known fact that some of the businesses operated in Malaysia are fronts of the LTTE. The LTTE's principal international arms purchaser and money launderer, K. Pathmanathan Also known as K.P is reported to be in Malaysia with a band of senior LTTE members setting up the LTTE network for future operations. This information has received the attention of a number of anti-terrorism experts (Full letter in SPUR).

'Not fond of LTTE terrorists, since the outfit killed Rajiv Gandhi' says Rahul Gandhi - By: Walter Jayawardhana - Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi told a press conference in Puducherry that he is particularly not fond of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) because he killed his father Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said, ""The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) is a terrorist group. I am not particularly fond of LTTE myself. It killed my father." A LTTE suicide bomber killed the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru the founding father of modern India, and son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at an election rally at Siri Perumbudur near Chennai in Tamil Nadu in May 1991. LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman is wanted in India for the assassination. Rahul Gandhi however said India was doing its best to protect Tamil civilians caught in the conflict in Northern Sri Lanka. He said, "We are trying to help the situation there." Recently LTTE political head S. Nadesan refused to answer a question whether the outfit regret the assassination. LTTE's former ideologue Anton Balasingham once tried to say that the assassination was a historical and monumental blunder which he regretted. But later the LTTE backtracked on the regret through another spokesman (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

More Tigers Including Frontline Leaders Perished in Confrontations - MULLAITTIVU: FRONT line Tiger leaders, VARADA ANNAN, CADER SOORIYAN, ELAVAN and a dozen of Tiger terrorists perished on Wednesday (25) during clashes in PUTHUKUDIRIPPU with valiant troops of the Army, ground troops confirmed. Tigers fighting their last battle in PUTHUKUDIYIRIPPU attacked the troops after sending their frontline best cadres Wednesday (25) with the intention of preventing the advance of the troops towards the east of PUTHUKUDIYIRIPPU. LTTE gunfire was effectively countered by the troops killing many of them in the battle field. Troops intercepting Tiger communication and other sources confirmed LTTE leaders, VARADA ANNAN, CADER SOOORIYAN and ELAVAN were among the dead. Meanwhile, fresh confrontations occurred in the south of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU caused more damages to terrorists, the same day. Subsequent search and clear operations conducted recovered five dead bodies including two females, fifteen T- 56 weapons, one I-com radio set, one double cab, one T-81 weapon and one Light Machine Gun (LMG) .(Sri Lanka Army).

4 farmers killed, 4 injured in LTTE genocidal attack - Welikanda - LTTE terrorists continuing with its spree of genocidal attacks and village massacres have killed 4 more farmers at Menikdeniya in the Kadawathmadu area, East of Welikanda yesterday (March 25) at around 10 p.m. Four farmers who escaped with gunshot injuries are now receiving treatment at the Government Hospital at Polonnaruwa, Welikanda Police said. The farmers were at a thresh floor working with a thresh mill when LTTE terrorists attacked with indiscriminate small arms fire, Police said citing the injured. The Welikanda Police is conducting further investigations while combined Army and Police search operations are continuing in the area (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

53 Div troops uncover 5 LTTE bodies - Puthukkudiyirippu East - Troops of the 53 Division have inflicted serious damages to LTTE following heavy fighting that erupted in general area East of Puthukkudiyirippu yesterday (March 25), military sources said. During subsequent search operations conducted, infantrymen of the 5th Gemunu Watch (5 GW) have found 2 LTTE bodies, 1x I-com set, a Tata double cab and 7 x T-56 assault riffles, the sources said. Meanwhile, infantrymen of the 7th Gemunu Watch (7 GW) conducting similar search operations have also recovered 3 LTTE bodies. According to reports, 8 x T-56 assault riffles, 1x T-81 assault riffle and a light machine gun were also recovered by 1 Gajaba Regiment (1 GR) troops (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Four More Farmers Become Tigers’ Prey - EAST: BARELY twenty-four hours after terrorist infiltrators butchered five farmers in DEHIWATTE, TRINCOMALEE Tuesday (24) late night, another similar type late night assassination of four more farmers was reported from MANIKDENIYA in KADAWATHAMADUWA area in WELIKANDA. Four innocent civilians working on their threshing floor in the paddy fields were indiscriminately fired upon and mercilessly killed by those suspected Tiger terrorists. Four more sustained severe injuries in the incident when armed assassins directed fire on them Wednesday (25) late evening around 10.50 p.m. M. SOMADASA (44), a member of the Civil Defense Force, M.SUGATH CHANDRASIRI (27), K.A SARATH KUMARA (37) and K. DHARMASENA (42) fell dead on the spot due to gunshots. Injured NILANTHA SAMARAWEERA (25), INDIKA WICKRAMASINGHA (24), NISHANTHA WIJESINGHA (27) and NILANTHA WEERAKUMARA (16) were admitted to POLONNARUWA Hospital in critical condition. A search and clear operation has commenced in the area (Sri Lanka Army).

Emboldened Tamil civilians desert LTTE: Navy rescues 165 seeking Government safety - Sri Lanka Navy rescued 165 Tamil civilians who had been fleeing from the LTTE clutches in Mulaithivu on the 24th and 25th March 2009. Among the rescued, there were 49 adult males, 59 adult females and 57 children seeking Government safety. The rescued were badly shaken by the ordeal at sea where the unfriendly seas had heightened their fears. Feeling relieved in safer hands, they thanked the Naval personnel profusely for timely coming to their rescue and saving their lives from the merciless gunfire let lose by the ruthless LTTE cadres who have gone berserk due to their ignominious desertion by the emboldened Tamil civilians. The exodus of the innocent Tamil civilians escaping from LTTE clutches is now on the rise. This is largely due to the confidence they have placed in the Government Security Forces whose humanitarian operations have helped Tamil civilians to extricate themselves from the terrorists' clutches (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

My response to the IMF regarding the HRW letter March 24, 2009 - By Wick Gankanda Senior software engineer for IBM Rational Software and WebSphere enterprise technologies - To: Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn Managing Director International Monetary Fund 700 19th Street NW Washington, DC 20431; Dear Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I am writing regarding the letter by Mr. Brad Adams, the Executive Director of Human Right Watch pertaining to emergency support loan request by Sri Lanka. As a Sri Lankan A merican living in the Los Angeles, California who has lived in Sri Lanka for over 20 years, I have studied the situation on the island for the last 26 years. My frequent travels to this beautiful island and my long running friendships with lifelong friends there have kept me informed about the realties on the ground. I also read the letter by HRW of New York to the IMF and found it to be very inaccurate and misleading. Therefore my objective today is to counter many allegations made by HRW and convince you to fully support the Sri Lankan government. Let me start by discussing a wider view of this nation: Sri Lanka is a thriving democracy with a very compassionate people and full of potential. Unfortunately, this nation has faced the full brunt of the world's most brutal terrorist organization, the LTTE, for the last 25 years. While fighting this internationally funded terror group, Sri Lanka has done its best to develop as a progressive nation and care for all its citizens. I ask you to ignore the propaganda spread globally by the LTTE and look objectively at the facts. You will see that Sri Lanka has bent over backwards to take serious steps to safeguard the rights of internally displaced persons and ensure an effective humanitarian response. Every single day, we see reports of how civilians are fed, medically cared for and secured. The rights groups never acknowledge that (Read full response).

Donations for the warded war heroes - Patriotic donors of the "Sahurdayo" voluntary organization of Thalawakele have donated essential hospital items worth of Rs. 125,000, including urinals, bed pans, drip stands to the Peradeniya Teaching hospital(THP) for the benefit of the warded war heroes on March 24th, 2009. They have also donated personal gift items: a radio, ear phones and set snacks to soldiers warded at the Teaching Hospital. "We think it is our responsibility to appreciate the immense sacrifices made by these gallant men for our motherland", a 'Sahurdayo' official said. Arrangements for the donation were facilitated by the Government Medical Officers Association at Peradeniya (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

'Helabima Organisation' makes donation to Rana Viru Sevana - Ragama - The 'Helabima Organisation', a friendly circle of Sri Lankan expatriates in Dubai have made a cash donation, facilitating welfare of disabled war heroes at the Ragama Rana Viru Sevana today(March 26). The cash cheque worth of Rs. 179,801 was handed over to the Director General of Rana Viru Sevana by Ven, Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero, Honorable advisor of Helabima Organisation (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE International Network: The Next Major Challenge - By Shanaka Jayasekara Associate Lecturer, Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia -  The Sri Lankan military has destroyed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a conventional military force. Deprived of territory, the separatist group has no choice but to revert to unconventional guerrilla warfare and terrorist tactics. The LTTE’s ability to continue its violent campaign for an ethnic Tamil state in Sri Lanka depends largely on the survival of its autocratic leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, and the group’s ability to maintain its international fundraising network. In recent years, the LTTE has been one of the world’s most successful conventional military rebel groups, having put much emphasis on developing ground, maritime and even air forces that matched its ambition of establishing an independent state. The groupcontrol of larges swathes of territory in the north and east of Sri Lanka was key to developing its conventional military forces, providing the necessary permissive environment and resources. When the LTTE entered into a ceasefire agreement with the Sri Lanka government in February 2002, the group was left in control of much of the Northern and Eastern Provinces, although the city of Jaffna, the capital of a putative Tamil state, remained in government hands. Having stretched its military campaign to the extreme, the LTTE looked to consolidate its position (Full report in Island).  (Re-produced in full in SPUR)

SRI LANKA MUST COUNTER LTTE PROPAGANDA -- PRESIDENT - President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Cabinet yesterday that there was an attempt by the LTTE to avoid its imminent defeat, at least with the help of international elements. He said Sri Lankan diplomatic missions abroad should act promptly to counter its propaganda. The President said that the LTTE was disseminating false propaganda against the government and the security forces to achieve this goal and Sri Lankan diplomatic missions should speed up the countering of this. Cabinet met last evening, with the President in the chair, for about half an hour. The ministers also discussed the crisis at the Ceylinco Sussex School Network, with the parents requesting Education Minister Susil Premajayantha to take over the schools. Mr. Premajayantha brought this matter to the attention of Cabinet, and some ministers observed that there would be no difficulty in running the schools. Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that his property had been rented by the company to run the Ceylinco Sussex School at Nugegoda, and that he had not received the rent for the last few months. He had reportedly told the Cabinet that students were required to pay to attend these schools and, therefore, the school network could be operated without any problem under a proper management. The parents are to meet Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal today to discuss the next step to be taken to protect the school network. There are around 5000 students studying at these schools (Daily Mirror).

Evidence of Foreign hands behind the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

Magistrate restrains eight TRO members - Colombo Chief Magistrate Nishantha Hapuarachchi on Tuesday restrained eight Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) members from leaving Sri Lanka following allegations TRO funded the LTTE movement from the funds collected from foreign donors in the pretext of rehabilitating the Tamil IDPs. One of the suspects Sinniah Shanthilingha who appeared before court on summons was released on a Rs. 500,000 personal bail. The Police informed the Magistrate the summons were not served on the suspects since they had vacated from the addresses where they were living. According to the Police some LTTE cadres too had held office in the TRO. Among them were Colonel and Lieutenant Colonels of the LTTE movement. One of the suspects had been detained by the London Police for involvement with the bomb blast in London last year. Subsequently, the suspect had migrated to Qatar. The Police said they would obtain the assistance of the Interpol to arrest the suspect. The Magistrate fixed further inquiry for April 16. (Daily Mirror).

RAHUL GANDHI, CONGRESS GENERAL SECRETARY SAYS HE IS NOT FOND OF THE LTTE SINCE THE OUTFIT KILLED HIS FATHER - By Walter Jayawardhana - Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi told a press conference in Puducherry that he is particularly not fond of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) because he killed his father Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He said, “"The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) is a terrorist group. I am not particularly fond of LTTE myself. It killed my father." A LTTE suicide bomber killed the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru the founding father of modern India, and son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at an election rally at Siri Perumbudur near Chennai in Tamil Nadu in May 1991. LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman is wanted in India for the assassination. Rahul Gandhi however said India was doing its best to protect Tamil civilians caught in the conflict in Northern Sri Lanka. He said, “We are trying to help the situation there.” Recently LTTE political head S. Nadesan refused to answer a question whether the outfit regret the assassination. LTTE’s former ideologue Anton Balasingham once tried to say that the assassination was a historical and monumental blunder which he regretted. But later the LTTE backtracked on the regret through another spokesman. (EOM).

A place called home - Security Forces captured a safe house of Pottu Amman, while engaged in counter terrorist operations in the general area South of Iranapalai on Tuesday. According to military sources, troops of the 20th Gajaba Regiment under the 58 Division captured the safe house used by Pottu Amman and Kapil Amman. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said troops also found a jeep believed to have been used by Pottu Amman. “Tigers’ put on stiff resistance to hold Pottu Amman’s highly fortified safe house. Troops successfully repulsed LTTE resistance and the Tigers suffered heavy damages and fled the area,” Brigadier Nanayakkara said. A large amount of anti-personnel mines were also found in the search and clearing operations, sources added (Daily News).

LTTE fires SAMs Choppers dodge missiles: The LTTE fired two Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) at two Air Force Bell- 212 helicopters engaged in casualty evacuation operations in Puthukudiyirippu yesterday morning. Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said while two helicopters engaged in the evacuation of wounded soldiers had come under LTTE anti aircraft missiles around 11.00am. The Tigers launched the missiles from inside the No Fire Zone. The pilots, however, have managed to evacuate the injured soldiers safely with evasive air maneuvers evading the missile. “The No Fire Zone was declared by the Government for the safety of displaced civilians. It is a violation of No Fire Zone, the LTTE cadres are taking cover from civilians to carry out their terror activity,” Wing Commander Nanayakkara told the Daily News. Both helicopters successfully carried out their missions without any hindrance (Daily News).

Army prepared to extend logistical support - The Army Commander Lieutenant General, Sarath Fonseka yesterday said that the Sri Lanka Army was fully prepared to extend necessary logistical support and conceptual inputs to authorities to carry out rehabilitation and reintegration programs for ex-combatants. The Army Commander during an exchange of views on Demobilization, Disarmament, Re-integration of ex-combatants with a visiting consultative team, welcomed specialised expertise and consultations on these lines at a time when the humanitarian operation in the north was coming to an end. He further said that the role of the Army was expanding, with the liberation of areas and people who had lived under Tiger tyranny for more than two decades. “Thus special expertise and consultations on these lines is very much needed and highly appreciated” the Army Commander said. The consultative team, headed by Dayani Panagoda, National Process Manager (National Framework on Registration of Ex-Combatants) of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights included Jose Manuel Ferro Pinotes, International Consultant to International Labor Organization (ILO) and Ravindra Samithadasa, program assistant(ILO). During the exchange of views, Dayani Panagoda briefed the Commander on the overall national infrastructure in place to promote national reconstruction and reintegration of former LTTE combatants by way of post-conflict rehabilitation, reintegration, self employment opportunities, micro-finance and enterprise openings and various other self-development strategies while monitoring their progress, both here or abroad (Daily News).

Forces at victory’s doorstep - Minister Muralitheran - National Integration Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitheran told Parliament yesterday the sustainable peace and development can only be achieved by eradicating LTTE terrorism from this country. At present our Armed Forces have reached the final stage of their humanitarian operation launched to put an end to terrorism. Terrorism cannot be eliminated within one night. A certain time frame is needed to completely wipe out terrorism from this country, he said. The Minister was responding to the adjournment motion moved by JVP MP Jayantha Wijesekera. “If somebody talks in favour of the LTTE, it should be considered as a criminal offence. Therefore, I make a request from the Tamil Community living here and abroad not to extend any support to the LTTE. The LTTE has no feeling for the Tamils.” He said police powers should not be given to the Eastern Province at this juncture as it may lead to the creation of unnecessary problems within the Province. On the directive of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, special security measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the people who live in terrorist threatened villages, he said. “In a situation where the Government has reached the final stage of eradicating terrorism, various international forces are exerting pressure against the Government to go for a ceasefire with the LTTE. If LTTE Leader Prabhakaran has a feeling for the innocent Tamil people, he should immediately release them from the clutches of the LTTE”, the Minister said. The President has invited the TNA for a discussion, I think the TNA will take this matter into their consideration. The President always speaks about protecting the due rights of the Tamil community, he said (Daily News).

Tigers in abortive bid to shoot down two choppers with missiles - The LTTE yesterday made an abortive bid to shoot down two Bell 212 choppers with shoulder - fired heat seeking missiles. SLAF spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara told The Island that the missiles had been launched from the government declared Puthumathalan - Mullaitivu ‘No fire’ zone. The LTTE fired Surface-to-air-missiles (SAMs) as helicopters took off from Puthukudiyirippu with army casualties at 11.00 am. The targeted Bells were carrying 20 personnel at the time of the attack. The missiles had been avoided by the automatic Shells Protection System (SPS), Nanayakkara said. The SLAF said that the helicopters attached to No. 7 Helicopter Squadron, based at Hingurakgoda, had been temporarily assigned to SLAF Anuradhapura for casualty evacuation. Both choppers had landed at Anuradhapura undamaged (Island).

East won’t need police powers-Karuna - National Integration Minister Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan told Parliament yesterday that the Eastern Provincial Council does not need police powers. Conferring such power on the Estern Provincial Council will create unnecessary problems, he said. Participating in the adjournment motion debate on the current political situation in the East, Minister Muralitharan said that he had brought this to the notice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that prevailing corruption and other shortcomings in the EPC were also brought to the notice of the President. The President was closely monitoring the situation, he said. The war against terrorism was nearing an end but would not end overnight, he said. "If anybody expects terrorism to be defeated overnight, it is not realistic and practical", he said. Minister Muralitharan said that people should prevent themselves from speaking directly or indirectly in support of terrorism of the LTTE since it was a criminal offence under the laws of the country. "The LTTE had worked for the liberation of the Tamil people but that was a long time ago", he said. Minister Muralitharan also requested the TNA MPs to consider favourably the invitation sent to them by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to meet him on Thursday. "I am very confident he (the president) will be able to give solutions to the problems you have," he said (Island).

Rahul Gandhi says India has done well under Manmohan Singh’s primeministership - Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that the country has progressed a great deal under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Addressing a press conference here today, he said, "Manmohan Singh is not a weak prime minister. He has achieved a lot for the country and not buckled under terrorism." He also praised Singh for the signing of the India-US nuclear deal and putting diplomatic pressure on Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Speaking about the Sri Lanka based militant organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), he said, "LTTE killed my father, so I am not particularly fond of it." When asked about cousin Varun Gandhi, who is been accused of making inflammatory anti-Muslim remarks during an election meeting in Pilibhit, Rahul said, " I am surprised by his views. Life is full of surprises." "Those are his views. I have my views. I don’t carry hate and anger with me. Hatred and anger blind you," he added. Rahul Gandhi arrived in Puducherry today for a one-day visit. This is Rahul’s second visit to the Union Territory, where Congress holds power, after his earlier visit to the tsunami ravaged coastal villages in 2004. The Lok Sabha poll in Puducherry will be held on May 13. (Full report in Little About)

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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Another 899 Tamil civilians escaped from the "Human Shield" of the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists arrived the government-controlled area

Since 1983, not a single Tamil civilian has fled from the Government controlled area to the LTTE controlled area. However, many thousands of Tamil civilians have fled from the LTTE controlled areas to the Government controlled areas whenever the opportunity arises. This clearly explains LTTE's bogus claim that Tamils are discriminated by the Sri Lanka Government .

Tamil Diaspora living in luxury and funding the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists should be held responsible for the suffering of innocent Tamil civilians.

LTTE terrorists face heavy setback: Troops thwart LTTE offensive attempt- Mullaittivu  - Scores of terrorists were reported killed and many injured when troops of the 58 Division pushed back LTTE offensive elements moving towards the military forward defences North of Iranapalai, at the Mullaittivu battlefront today (March 25). Infantrymen of 7th Sinha Regiment (SR), 8th Gajaba Regiment(GR) and 20th Gajaba Regiment(GR) engaged intense small arms fire at identified LTTE pockets, forcing terrorists to flee in total disarray leaving behind dead cadres. Over a dozen LTTE bodies were observed lying left at the battlefront following heavy fighting that ensued in the area since 5.30a.m., security sources said. Sporadic fighting is continuing at the time of reporting while troops lay pursuit on LTTE concentrations ahead of the military defences. According to intercepted LTTE communication, 4 senior terrorists were reported killed including Kadal, Vardhan Anna, Sooriyan and Eelavan during the confrontations (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

SLAF Bell helicopters survive LTTE anti aircraft missiles - Contrary to the popular belief in Colombo that the air power of the LTTE was over following the February 20 aerial attack on the Colombo 2 based Inland Revenue Building, the LTTE, this morning, fired antiaircraft missiles on two Sri Lanka Air Force Bell jet ranger helicopters airlifting civilian casualties from Pudukudirippu to Anuradhapura. The LTTE antiaircraft missiles were fired from the 'No Fire Zone’. However, both choppers flew to safety thanks to the acumen of the two pilots who averted what could have been a major disaster. "The first chopper was airborne by 11 am and the pilot saw the cell potential and missile warning in the aircraft and activated the anti missile mechanism in the aircraft," SLAF spokesman Janaka Nanayakkara told Asian Tribune. The pilot of the second Bell chopper on seeing the smoke trail from the second air craft communicated with the first chopper and continued to activate the anti- missile mechanism and both choppers safe landed at the Anuradhapura Base Hospital with the civilian casualties unharmed, he said. The SLAF choppers had a series of flights today between Pudukudirippu and Anuradhapura where a large number of civilians were ferried, he said (Asian Tribune).

Post Mortems in Progress on LTTE Slain Farmers - TRINCOMALEE: POST-MORTEMS into LTTE’s murder of five farmers in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE late last night (24) are now in progress at the time this report was filed in the KANTALE hospital. Five innocent farmers, butchered by Tiger terrorists while they were guarding their crops at night time have been identified as W.A. Sunil, W.A. Weeradasa, G. Nihal Sarath, W.H. Sugathapala and Karunadasa Munasinghe, all of them from the same NEELAPOLA, DEHIWATTA area. All those dead farmers area in the age range of 45-50 years and are married at the time they fell victim to LTTE barbarians, for no fault of theirs. Injured Mahikka Jagath Kumara (21) and Mahikka Gamage Prabath (20), brothers from the same family underwent two surgical operations in hospital and have been confined to the Intensive Care Unit. Search operations are still in progress. The Army Website earlier on Wednesday (25) reported a group of farmers who are providing overnight protection to their paddy fields in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE district were fired upon by suspected Tiger terrorists late night on Tuesday (24) around 11.00 p.m. killing five farmers on the spot and injuring two more. (See News Highlights on the day, 25th March) (Sri Lanka Army).

'Tigers do not represent anyone - certainly not the Tamil people' says Lord Naseby  - Lord Naseby, a veteran Sri Lankan monitor provides an insight to the country's war on terrorism. "The A9 road to Jaffna was reopened after 10 years. The only sinister element is that the Tigers have forced the Tamil civilians to go with them to provide a human shield. The UN estimates the numbers at 250,000 but other state 100,000, however nearly 50,000 have got out, despite the Tigers shooting some. Appeals have been made by the UN, the four Co- Chairs, the Red Cross and the civilians to leave as the area of jungle held by the Tigers gets smaller and smaller - but to no avail", states veteran monitor of Sri Lankan Affairs, Chair of All Party Parliamentarian Group Lord Naseby. "People ask why there can't be a cease fire; the answer is that this terrorist group has held Sri Lanka to ransom for 25 years. They can surrender or be wiped out. The Tigers do not represent anyone - certainly not the Tamil people" he further asserted in a special report provided on Sri Lanka in The House Magazine titled, 'Ransomed in the last redoubt', on March. Full text of Lord Naseby's report of the Sri Lankan issue (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

40 kg Claymore, Mines & Ammo Uncovered - EAST: THE AKKARAPATTU Police Wednesday (25) afternoon on information received found a 40-kg heavy claymore mine with its stand, fifteen anti personnel mines (APM), 204 APM fuses and 1456 T-56 ammunition rounds from a secret location in ALIGAMBE in AKKARAPATTU. The claymore, set on its stand has been secretly fixed on its stand in a covered bush but the Police with the support of the Army bomb disposal team de-fused it before explosion. Just a few yards away, terrorists had secretly kept other explosives, partly buried. Police investigation are on after throwing a security blanket in the area (Sri Lanka Army)..

SAM missiles fired from No-Fire-Zone - Puthukkudiyirippu [Updated] LTTE terrorists have reportedly fired surface-to-air-missiles (SAM) at two Sri Lankan Air Force Bell- 212 helicopters, engaged in casualty evacuation operations in general area Puthukudiyirippu today (March 25) at around 11a.m. According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, the pilots have managed to take the injured personnel into safety from the risk imposed with evasive air maneuvers evading the missile attack. LTTE terrorists have fired the missiles from the government declared No Fire Zone , the Spokesperson said citing SLAF pilots and technical sources. More information will follow (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Tiger Terrorists Gun Down Farmers - TRINCOMALEE: A GROUP of farmers who are providing overnight protection to their paddy fields in MAWANAVILLU area in DEHIWATTA, TRINCOMALEE district were fired upon by suspected Tiger terrorists late night on Tuesday (24) around 11.00 p.m. killing five farmers on the spot and injuring two more. It is believed Tiger terrorists who might have infiltrated the area would have carried out the attack with the intention of provoking civilians in the Sinhalese-dominated areas. Both injured farmers were admitted to KANTALE hospital. Army and Police have jointly cordoned the area and are conducting a search operation at the time this report went to Press (Sri Lanka Army)..

Api wenuwen Api UK successfully reaches £100,000 goal - Officially launched on 6 May 2008 at the Sri Lankan High Commission in United Kingdom, the campaign raised £94,108 net profit in less than five months under the guidance of UK Defence Adviser Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe and with the support of Sri Lankans living in the UK. Even until March 2009 donations were still being received from our ever-supportive countrymen. At a brief traditional ceremony on last Sunday(March 22) organised by the Api wenuwen Api UK committee Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe handed a cheque for £6,794 to H.E. High Commissioner Justice Nihal Jayasinghe bringing the grand total of funds raised to over £100,000. Donations will be sent to the Ministry of Defence via the Sri Lankan High Commission in the UK. Brig. Samarasinghe gave special thanks to all individuals and organisations for their contribution and support to the Api wenuwen Api UK campaign. He further thanked H.E. President Mahinda Rajapakse, H.E. High Commissioner Nihal Jayasinghe, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse, Army, Navy and Air Force commanders for their guidance and the support given to the Api wenuwen Api UK campaign. The Defence Adviser further requested all Sri Lankans to be united and encouraged them to work closely with the High Commission in UK on future campaigns (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Terrorists in ‘No Fire Zone’ Fire Helicopters Airborne - MULLAITTIVU: TWO Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopters, engaged in assisting evacuation of Army casualties in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU had a miraculous escape this morning (25) at about 11.00 a.m. when Tigers inside the ‘No Fire Zone’ fired anti-aircraft missiles on them. Both helicopters carrying injured soldiers however continued their mission despite the barrage of LTTE missiles. Tigers after entering the ‘No Fire Zone’ have been in the practice of directing artillery and mortar fire in the past few weeks, but the troops showed restraint and prevented from retaliatory fire considering the civilian factor. However, both helicopters with injured soldiers aboard arrived at their destinations as planned (Sri Lanka Army)..

UN Resident Coordinator unable to vouch for civilian casualty figures - The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Neil Buhne has stated that he is unable to confirm the veracity of the figures of civilian casualties since 20th January 2009 in the conflict area of Mullaittivu District, contained in an official report issued by his Office recently. He made this disclosure at a meeting yesterday (24th March 2009) with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama held at the Foreign Ministry, in response to a query from the Minister. The Foreign Minister informed Mr Buhne that the figures of 2,683 civilian deaths and 7,241 injuries cited in the report titled, "Sri Lanka | Civilian casualties Vanni Overview| March 2009" emanating from his Office, have not been attributed to any reliable or independent source. The assertion in the report that two thirds of the documented casualties had occurred in the NFZ (no-fire zone) is patently false, since the security forces take extra-ordinary precautions to avoid causing civilian casualties, including exercising maximum restraint in not resorting to retaliatory fire at the LTTE, which has brazenly violated International Humanitarian Law by directing fire at the Government troops from artillery guns and heavy weapons that it had deliberately positioned among the civilians within the NFZ (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

1386 civilians seek protection with security forces in Mullaittivu - A total of 1,386 civilians have sought protection with troops of the 58 Division now operating North of Iranapalai and Andampuram in Mullaittivu, through out yesterday (March 24). The civilians held hostage by LTTE as a human shield for over three months had fled after enduring unimaginable hardships and torture security sources said. These civilians were fired upon by LTTE terrorists using small arms and heavy mortar and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) from the declared No Fire Zone, the source said citing a few escapees. People who have fallen inside the LTTE killing zone were seen dragged by terrorist hunter squads on pursuit of the civilians, the escapees were quoted as saying. 413 men, 378 women, 315 boys and 330 girls were among the civilians who had arrived seeking protection with security forces yesterday (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Troops Find LTTE Bomb Producing Factory, 32 Maps & Generators - MULLAITTIVU: GROUND troops fighting in the general areas of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU confronted LTTE terrorists on several occasions during Tuesday (24) and inflicted heavy damages on the terrorists while collecting a large assortment of LTTE armaments. In the search operations that followed in RAMANADAPURAM, VISUAMADU, AMPAKAMAM and PUTHUKUDIRIPPU areas, troops uncovered three dead bodies of LTTE terrorists, eight T-56 weapons, one communication set, one motor cycle, thirty-two reference maps, one 12 kw generator, two hundred and fifty 60 mm mortar bombs, eighty-one 81 mm mortar bombs, thirty 120 mm mortar bombs, eight Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) bombs, four 120 mm mortar bombs, fourteen 60 mm mortar bombs, four 60 mm mortar chargers, fifty anti personnel mines, one motor cycle and a large stock of LTTE arms and explosives. Troops also spotted an LTTE mortar bomb producing factory in the general area of PUTHUKUDIRIPPU and also came across an 81 mm mortar dummy, sixteen improvised explosive devices, four anti personnel mines, one I-com set, one map on TRINCOMALEE, one torch, two T-56 weapons and a weapon bipod from the same venue of the mortar producing factory. Meanwhile, searches in AMPAKAMAM, RAMANADAPURAM, MULLAITTIVU and PUTHUKUDIRIPPU areas also collected seventy-two LTTE identity cards, six hand grenades, three claymores and many other LTTE items during the latter part of the day. Another search in MULLIKULAM area o Tuesday (24) found one 81 mm bomb and one hand grenade. Similarly, several confrontations in MULLAITTIVU and PUTHUKUDIRIPPU areas inflicted heavy damages on the enemy by Army troops. Over a dozen terrorists were feared killed and a similar number badly injured during those clashes. Several soldiers sustained injuries in the fighting were also admitted to hospitals (Sri Lanka Army).

USLA- New Zealand demonstrates for immediate release of civilians with LTTE

Around 500 patriotic Sri Lankan expatriates in New Zealand held a protest cum demonstration march condemning the LTTE's use of innocent civilians as human shield and urging the terrorist outfit for the immediate release of those civilians held hostage, at Botany Downs intersection in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday (March 22). The protest was organized by the United Sri Lanka Association (USLA) also aimed at exposing the brutality of LTTE terrorists who have mayhemed many innocent civilians in Sri Lanka. The organizing committee of the United Sri Lankan Association stated, "we are protesting against the venomous LTTE terrorist outfit which keeps innocent Tamil civilians as human shield not allowing them to cross over to government control area. Also, the demonstrators were all praise on the gallant security forces personnel defending Sri Lankan from the unholy separatist nexus. The protest lived up to the expectation of educating New Zealand citizens on the brutality of LTTE terrorist in Sri Lanka. Few LTTE terrorist supporters' cars draped in LTTE flags travelled in convoy along the side of the demonstration area, displaying the portraits of the INTERPOL's most wanted terror chief Prabakaran. The anti-LTTE demonstrators continued with their demonstration undeterred despite provocation by pro-LTTE activists in New-Zealand. However, heavy New Zealand police presence at the demonstration resulted in arresting two pro-LTTE activists and eventually LTTE supporters soon melted away. Finally committee members of USLA stressed that "this is the first step they have taken to fight against LTTE activities in New Zealand and similar protest will be organized in the future." (Full report and photo in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

5 paddy farmers killed, 2 wounded in LTTE genocidal attack - Dehiwatte - 5 paddy farmers were killed and 2 wounded when a group of LTTE terrorist infiltrators stormed into Dehiwatte village, a remote locality at Serunuwara yesterday (March 24) at around 11p.m. The injured people were admitted to the Kantale Hospital, Serunuwara Police said. "A group of terrorists armed with T-56 assault riffles had taken 7 farmers who were looking-after their cultivation forcibly and killed 5 at pointblank range", a Serunuwara Police official said citing statements given by the two other injured farmers. "The terrorists had tied their (farmers) hands and taken them to an isolate location, some 2km from the paddy fields: Forced them to kneel and shot indiscriminately at close range", police sources further said. The bodies of the deceased farmers were taken to the General Hospital at Muttur for postmortem. On 6th April, 1985 LTTE terrorists killed over 15 civilians at Dehiwatta, in a similar village massacre. More information will follow (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE offensive repulsed: Terrorists take heavy beating- Mullaittivu - Sri Lankan Army troops of the 58 Division repulsed an LTTE offensive thrust towards the advancing military formations North of Iranapalai, reportedly killing many and leaving scores injured on Tuesday (March 24). The LTTE terrorists had made a desperate attempt to breach the military forward defences, only to be left in total disarray due to intense amour and small arms fire by security forces, according to reports received. LTTE casualties are yet to be finalized security sources further said. Terrorists have also continued firing heavy artillery and mortar from several locations at the declared No Fire Zone(NFZ), ground sources said. Meanwhile, infantrymen of the 58 division continued pushing into non-liberated territory at Andanpurama, also recovering 6 T-56 assault riffles during subsequent search operations conducted. Two terrorists were also killed sniped in the same area, the sources said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

53 Div, TF -8 troops close-in-on last LTTE foothold: seize section of earth bund at Puthukudiyirippu -  Combined troops of the 53 Division and Task Force-8 continuing advances into the last LTTE foothold East of Puthukudiyirippu, have seized control over a section of the LTTE built earth bund cum ditch across the A-35 main road, West of the Nanthikadal lagoon, yesterday (March 24). Meanwhile, infantrymen of the 5th Gemunu Watch (5 GW) regiment have recovered 3 T-56 assault riffles and an I-com set, while 6 GR troops reportedly uncovered 6 hand grenades (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

'Sri Lanka engaged in a legitimate military and humanitarian operation': DSG at the UN - There is no genocidal situation in Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka is engaged in a legitimate military and humanitarian operation, aimed at liberating its own people from LTTE terrorists said Deputy Solicitor-General Yasantha Kodagoda at the council session during its ongoing session on Monday (March 23). Speaking at the session Mr. Kodagoda said that the situation in Sri Lanka "as clearly observed by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes, is an exceptional one." Claiming the current situation in the war zone, he also said "this terrorist organization is abusing humanitarian gestures of the Government of Sri Lanka. It is now beyond proof that the LTTE has positioned themselves inside the 'No Fire Zone' declared and observed by the security forces of the Government of Sri Lanka. I have visual proof, Mr. President, which I am prepared to share with any interested delegate acting in good faith, showing clearly how the LTTE has positioned military hardware such as artillery guns inside the 'No Fire Zone' and is attacking the security forces who are fast approaching the limited and shrinking territory which the LTTE is now illegally dominating." "I am ready to share with interested delegates video recorded testimony of such internally displaced people, who claim that they were fired at by LTTE cadres when they escaped against the wishes of the LTTE. Most unfortunately, some of those who attempted to escape had been fired at and killed by the LTTE," he said. To claim that the situation in Sri Lanka is genocidal in nature is a total distortion of the actual ground situation and a complete falsehood. However, it is indeed very clear, as to why the LTTE and its lobby groups are attempting to distort the actual ground situation and try to mislead the United Nations Human Rights Council and the international community, Mr. Kodagoda added (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

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Over 50,000 civilians have sought protection with security forces amidst LTTE shelling and mortar attacks - The numbers of escapees from the government declared No Fire Zone in Mullaittivu are swelling with an average of 1000 civilians daily received at the military outposts, defence observers stated citing recent IDP reports received since 19th March till 23rd March. A total of 6,158 civilians have escaped and sought protection with Army and Navy, after undergoing unprecedented hardships and torture with LTTE terrorists in the thin land strip of 17sq.kms. According to defence estimations made, around 75,000 - 120,000 civilians are forcibly trapped by LTTE and held hostage as human shield to prolong its probable defeat since the fall of Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu townships. Terrorists are now cornered in a 24sq.km land and in the verge of facing its end-game in the 25 year odd prolonged fighting. Over the years LTTE terrorists have killed, assassinated and mayhemed civilians, politicians, diplomats and head of sates with use of world's most ruthless tactics including suicide bombers, vehicle bombs, claymore mine attacks and village massacres. According to official reports provided by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, a total of around 51,099 civilians have sought protection with security forces including those rescued by the Navy and Army since January, 2009 till 23rd March 2009. These civilians have witnessed unprecedented torture and brutalism from the LTTE and many of their relatives were said burnt alive or hacked to death and hanged in posts for intimidation of others attempting to defy LTTE orders (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Sri Lanka accuses aid groups of supporting war - Sri Lanka's military accused "a vicious coalition" of international aid groups Tuesday of harboring terrorists and seeking to prolong the island's civil war for economic gain. The military has come under increasing international criticism in recent weeks for allegedly ignoring the plight of civilians in a shrinking war zone in the island's northeast as it pushes to end the decades-old war with the Tamil Tiger rebels. Aid groups have accused the military of shelling "no-fire" zones set up to harbor the tens of thousands of civilians trapped by the fighting, a charge the military denies. The military, in a statement on the Defense Ministry's Web site, said aid groups operating in Sri Lanka had "hoodwinked" the world and did not want the war to end "to secure their income through a continued bloodshed." The statement said the war had "been well engineered and blessed by a vicious coalition of local and international bodies" in addition to the Tamil Tiger rebels, who are formally known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE. The only aid group named in the statement was CARE International, which said last week that one of its local workers was killed in a "no-fire" zone when a shell severed his leg and he was unable to get medical care. The military alleged that the man was a "hardcore" Tiger cadre planted in the organization "perhaps with the knowledge of its officials." It said he had been killed fighting on the front lines and not in a "no-fire" zone (Full report in AP).

LTTE ‘finished’, says Minister Muralitharan -   Vinayagamoorthy Mur-alitharan was the President of the TMVP (Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal). * On March 9, 2009, Muralitharan was named Minister of National Integration and had joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. * Born in Kiran in the Batticaloa district. * He joined the LTTE in 1983 and became a top commander in the district he represented. * He was once even a bodyguard to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. - In an interview with the UK’s ‘The Guardian’ former LTTE military commander, Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says the LTTE is “finished”, having lost more than 90% of its fighters. Speaking to its Colombo correspondent, Muralitharan said around 1,500 surviving rebels, who have made their last stand on a sliver of the north-east coast, are surrounded by 65,000 troops of the Sri Lankan Army, with no way out. At the height of their powers the Tigers could muster more than 15,000 men at arms. “It is a do or die battle for the LTTE,” the paper quoted Muralitharan. “The battle is now street to street and door to door.” Muralitharan commanded the the LTTE’s Eastern military wing until 2004. The paper said many saw his defection as a turning point for the LTTE. ‘Not only was Karuna privy to all the Tigers’ best-kept secrets, he also brought with him 6,000 battle hardened fighters.’ Prabhakaran, he said, had made a series of tactical blunders in the war culminating in the suicide gamble of holding territory. “After he lost Kilinochchi he knew he could not make a stand. But he thought the Tigers could survive among the people. Now the LTTE has trapped 100,000 people and (Prabhakaran) has gone to the jungles (preparing for) a guerrilla war.” Muralitharan says he has warned the country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa “this is a critical situation. They have listened. The army do not use sea or air power. I have told them be careful.” The LTTE’s former military supremo says one of the reasons why the Sri Lankan Army has been so successful is the new commando units that tracked the Tigers’ through their phone calls - pinpointing their jungle lairs. “The LTTE can never be built up again. They can’t use any communications. They are finished.” (Full report in Daily News).

Genocide, war criminals, devolution and diaspora - By Nalin de Silva - Naval ratings giving a helping hand to a group of civilians who were among 139 that escaped from the LTTE controlled areas in nine dinghies on Monday. They arrived in seven dinghies hoisting white flags and were rescued by the Navy at off the Mulaitivu waters and brought ashore at Pulmudai. They were provided with much-needed food, refreshments and medical assistance, Navy Media Unit said. Pic courtesy of Navy HQ. There is lot of discussion these days on genocide, war criminals and of course devolution. Interestingly the discussion is among the usual crowd, namely the diaspora, the human rights people in the NGOs INGOs as well as united nations organisations and western diplomats. Some countries naturally backed by USA and UK and some other western countries are trying hard to bring the human rights situation in Sri Lanka before the security council of the United nations. If not for Russia and China this would have been already taken up at the Security Council and strictures would have been passed against Sri Lanka. If one thinks that the Tamil diaspora have been able to convince some not so well known country that it should move this resolution at the security council then one is mistaken. Some delegation of the Tamil diaspora may have met the leaders of the countries concerned but the council would not go against the wish of Russia and China that have veto powers. In any event it is doubtful that the former countries would have agreed to bring the Sri Lanka human rights situation for discussion if they did not have the backing of the USA. Those countries would not have done anything simply because an unknown delegation of the Tamil diaspora had met them. Here again as has been the case right throughout it is the western powerful countries that move less known countries against Sri Lanka and not the Tamil diaspora. The Tamil diaspora is neither that efficient nor recognized and if not for the powerful western countries their voice would not have been heard (Full report in Mid-Week Mirror).

Navy rescues another 139 civilians - The Navy rescued 139 civilians fleeing from LTTE bondage in Mulaithivu on two separate occasions on Monday. Navy spokesman Captain D.K.P. Dassanayake said the Naval personnel rescued two groups of people in the seas off Mullaitivu seeking protection with the Security Forces. The first group consisted of 126 persons while the second group consisted of 23 persons. ”The first group had been found fleeing in seven dinghies with white flags around 10.50 a.m. They comprised 40 children, 43 males and 43 females. The second group was rescued around 12.50 p.m. on two dinghies,” he added. The rescued civilians were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment for this humanitarian assistance mission in the North-Eastern seas. Meanwhile, another group of 810 civilians crossing the uncleared areas sought protection with troops of the 58 division on Monday in Puthukudiyiruppu (Daily News).

LTTE and Malaysia - By Dr. P. A. Samaraweera Australia - It had been reported (The Hindu) that the Propaganda Secretary of the MDMK in Tamil Nadu, Nanchil Sampathan, had been detained under the National security Act (NSA) and is to be lodged in prison for a year for making derogatory remarks against the Indian Congress President and calling for a separate nationhood for Tamil Nadu. A few others had also been detained under the NSA for making provocative speeches supporting the LTTE, which is banned in India. Thus in India, a person cannot support or even speak on behalf of a terrorist organisation. We can visualise how LTTE sympathisers, International Media, NGOs, etc., would have reacted if Sri Lanka had passed an Act in Parliament like the NSA. Compared to the reaction in India, some countries, Peace Agencies and Human Rights Authorities, hold the view that Sri Lanka should allow safe passage to the terrorists who are waging war on a legitimate government. In contrast to the Indian approach to terrorism and the LTTE, there have been reports of Malaysia becoming a breeding ground for the LTTE. The main ethnic groups in Malaysia are Malay (50.4%), Chinese (23.7%), Indigenous (11%) and Indian (8.1%). The common spoken languages are Bhasa Malay, Chinese and Tamil. Thus among the 8.1 per cent Tamil speaking Indians, there is no doubt there are LTTE sympathisers. According to current movements of the LTTE and its supporters, there is a strong suspicion that the LTTE is already having a foothold in Malaysia. The Island on 16th March, reported of a LTTE build up in Malaysia and that it had become a gathering point for LTTE operatives. According to this, the base had been set up by a LTTE leader named K. Pathmanathan who had been involved in procuring arms for the LTTE and smuggling them to Sri Lanka. So while India and some countries are tightening the screws on the Tigers, it appears that Malaysia is opening the doors to the LTTE, banned in several countries. With the Tigers sandwiched between the security forces and the coast line and India being out of bounds for the LTTE there is every possibility that the Tigers are casting their net over new territory for clandestine operations. The news about the LTTE perched in Malaysia is worrying because Malaysia could become the escape route for Prabakaran and LTTE leaders now taking cover behind the old and the feeble civilians as the young had been made to combat the war. The beleaguered Tigers are now not sparing even the UN workers as some have already been forcibly conscripted to fight for the Tigers. The irony is that with all this brutal terror brought to civilians, the Human Rights Custodians, Peace Activists and the International media paint the Tigers as ‘angels’ and depend on the Tamil Web for information and for writing reports! (Island).

Ranil, Prabhakaran both confined to bunker - Wimal Weerawansa - LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has been confined to a bunker in Puthukuduirrippu and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is kept inside Sirikotha because they have the same policies and attitudes, National Freedom Party Leader(NFF) Wimal Weerawansa said. Addressing a press briefing in Colombo yesterday, Weerawansa said that the UNP will move towards destruction under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the LTTE is being eliminated under the leadership of Prabhakaran. ”There is no one at Sirikotha to strengthen the hands of the UNP Leader. As the UNP Leader was confined with several UNP MPs in Sirikotha, Prabhakaran has been confined by the Security Forces to his bunker. “ The destiny of both of them will be decided in the next few days,” he further said. He further said that massive development will take place in the country once terrorism was eradicated.. “ We have planned to make Sri Lanka one of the most powerful countries in the South Asia,” he said. Answering a question raised by the media, Weerawansa said that there is no problem regarding the statement made by British MP John Ryan to expel Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth. Being a member of a commonwealth is not a matter to be proud of as Sri Lanka is no more a Colony,” he said. He further said Ryan is an LTTE supporter and he raises his voice on behalf of the LTTE. Therefore, we should not be concerned about his statement. Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said UNPers were waiting for a welcome change in the UNP Leadership. “But now they have been dissapointed and a number of UNPers are rallying round the Government as a result. Meanwhile Transport Minister Dullas Allahapperuma said that stern actions will be taken against UPFA candidates if they are found to be involved in election violence and breaking election laws at the upcoming Western Provincial Council Election (Daily News).

Ceasefire would not help save the civilians - By Neville Ladduwahetty - It is apparent that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is not mindful of these ground realities, since her statement considers both parties guilty of war crimes, thus equating strategies adopted by security forces with those adopted by the LTTE. With this clear difference in "intent" towards the civilians, the inability to recognize contrast in the strategies of the security forces and the LTTE calls their competency into question. The EU, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and six US Senators have called for a cease-fire to the conflict in Sri Lanka. A cease-fire is expected to provide an opportunity to evacuate the civilians held hostage as a human shield by the LTTE. Since this suggestion has originated from responsible sources with authority, it is necessary to explore whether a cease-fire would in fact save the civilians give the particularities of the context, namely, that they are being held hostage for the specific purpose of providing protection as a "human shield" for the LTTE (Full report in Island).

LTTE media blitz failed to stick a genocide label on Armed Forces; Parallel Perspectives - Phllip Fernando: It must be recorded that LTTE’s deceptive media blitz which tried its utmost to stick a genocide label on Sri Lanka failed miserably as the disciplined Sri Lankan armed forces stood firm in their commitment to civilian safety. No genocide ever took place as international observers took stock of the situation in Vanni. All this provided a strange backdrop to what may be termed UN’s reluctance to brand LTTE as ruthless terrorists as done by the United States FBI last year. It is strange and inexplicable how U N insiders felt it necessary to tarnish the sovereign state of Sri Lanka with the same brush as the terrorist bandits. Their hesitancy to recognize the heroic fight of our soldiers who waged a war, considered unwinnable by many an expert was a travesty of the UN mandate (Full report in Daily News).

Terrorists versus civilians - Bunkers are dug in the middle of civilian dwellings, while concealed artillery positions are put up alongside. Military hardware is kept nearby. Our civilians are on the minds of the entire world community, apparently from Great Danes to Yorkshire Terriers, and words of concern just keep flooding out of their mouths. If this attention helped to relieve suffering, or saved even one life, the Government would be delighted. Civilians are not just our responsibility, they are our voters. The Government has a vested interest in their well being, and we intend to provide them with all they need to get by while this struggle with terrorism is going on (Full report in Daily News).

Deputy Solicitor General briefs UN Human Rights Council: NGO spreads falsehoods - Deputy Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda on Monday dismissed International Educational Development official Karren Parker’ s statement regarding Sri Lanka at the 10 th session of the UN Human Rights Council as “completely false”. Kodagoda said Parker’s presentation only supported lobbying by an internationally infamous and ruthless terrorist outfit like the LTTE. Kodagoda told the Council in a Right of Reply exercised by Sri Lanka during the debate on human rights situation, that the spokesperson for International Educational Development has uttered complete falsehoods at the Council regarding the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, as she has done in the past. Kodagoda stated that Parker’s allusions that the situation in Sri Lanka is genocidal in nature is a total distortion of the actual ground situation. She was unfortunately backed by Franciscans International and Pax Romana. Kodagoda also said, it is very clear as to why the LTTE and its lobby groups are attempting to distort the actual ground sitiuation and trying to mislead the the United Nations Human Rights Council and the international community. He said UN Humanitarian Coordinator on Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes has directly observed the situation and there is no genocidal situation in Sri Lanka. “The Government is engaged in a legitimate military and humanitarian operation to liberate its people from the grip of LTTE terrorists,” Kodagoda said. He said it is beyond proof that the LTTE have positioned themselves in the No Fire Zone. They have installed military hardware such as artillery guns inside the Zone. He told the Council he has visual proof that he would like to share with any interested delegate acting in good faith. “These will clearly show how the LTTE is attacking the Security Forces from No War Zone to have been declared by the Government,” he said. He said over 50,000 civilians were held captive by the LTTE against their will. “They use them as human shields. “Some have escaped and come to secured areas. They are treated and looked after by the security personnel and the Government”, he said. Some of them have been killed by the terrorists as they tried to escape . Sir John Holmes and the UNCHR have personally visited villages and sites where Internally Displaced Persons have been looked after by the Government. ”It is misleading to refer to such humanitarian facilities as detention camps,” he added (Daily News).

The link between South and North - There is a question that many ask today. It is how the North can be protected after it is liberated.  It is easy to answer this in words and satisfy a minority in Colombo that is always pleased with questions and answers. Yet, I believe that what is greater is to implement a program, rather than answering questions and doing nothing. Therefore this is how we defend the North that we have liberated. By reconstructing the Yal Devi Railway Line we are defending the North. Many years ago all of us travelled together in the Yal Devi. The unfortunate events of the recent past brought this to an end. We participate today in the new launch of Travel in Freedom in the Yal Devi. It is the undeniable reality that in the past the sound of the Yal Devi was akin to the heartbeat of the nation. Three years ago we not only explained how we would liberate the North and East but also how we would defend the liberated areas. We stated in the Mahinda Chinthana our intention to reconstruct the Northern Railway Line to the Jaffna peninsula and Mannar Line. Within three years we are ready to carry out this pledge in a memorable and honourable way. I would say again that the rhythm we heard from the Yal Devi was not the sound of a train but the pulse of the nation. Then the Yal Devi train had 11 compartments. Public servants from Jaffna who worked in Colombo all left for home every weekend by the Yal Devi (Full report in Daily News).

Terrorism has no respect for religion, race - Deputy Minister - Terrorists are for destruction and they do not respect religion or race. This is proved by their attacks on holy and religious places, Deputy Minister of Tourism Faizer Musthapa said. The LTTE's blood thirsty mentality is amply indicated by their suicide bomb attack on Milad-Un-Nabi celebration recently. This terrorist outfit has caused immense hardships to all communities. It is time for all communities to rally round the President in his efforts to exterminate terrorism from this soil, Musthapa said. The LTTE which was considered invincible at one time has now been crushed to the ground. These brutles who are mad over their continuous losses are hell bent on causing destruction in other parts of the country. People should be over vigilant against such incidents. They also want to create a communal backlash by attacking religious places. This should also be thwarted, the Deputy Minister said (Daily News).

People Power & the elimination of LTTE - By Shenali Waduge - How many would have thought there would be a time that the LTTE would or could be cornered to a 12km stretch. In all probability the LTTE would also not have thought that it would be in this predicament. Most importantly those that backed the LTTE all through the years by way of contributing financially or otherwise must be facing the most daunting task of having to come to terms with an eventuality that would probably change their financial position drastically. Giving courage and steering the Government to remain focused to the elimination of the LTTE is the people of Sri Lanka and it is their steadfastness that denies external forces the ability to swing carrots to sway the Government to provide a lifeline to the LTTE. Those that backed the LTTE at times have camouflaged themselves as international humanitarian workers, media networks and their staff and peace activists and posed to them are some questions that they may well do to start formulating their responses. So for many of us each time news of LTTE territory being captured is released it naturally provides a sense of disbelief and the immediate question of why this could not have been done earlier. Most of us would say that it took a courageous leadership trilogy to create the consistent trend of victories that have fallen upon the military. If we praise the Country’s leader, the Defense Secretary, the Armed Forces heads especially the Army Commander it would automatically question why their predecessors failed (Full report in Daily News).

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

LTTE artillery shell dump recovered - Troops making headway in the humanitarian operations in the North have recovered a large artillery shell dump in Puthukudiyiruppu. Our Representative Sujith Vithana Pathirana pointed out that there were more than 1400 bullets.  Imparting more information, he said the 6th Sinha Regiment of the 621st Brigade of Lt. Colonel Athula Ariyaratne guided by Task Force Two commanded by Brig. Rohana Bandara recovered the massive underground dump of LTTE artillery shells numbering more than 1400, The haul included 603 shells of 152mm, 77 of 130mm, 130 of 122mm, 20 of 120mm, 329 of 85mm, 25 unidentified shells and three anti tank shells. The troops also found several anti personnel mines. There are doubts whether the LTTE, confined to an area of seven square kilometers, excluding the No Fire Zone, planned a large- scale devastation (Full report and video in ITN).

Will US Army seek a ceasefire if Bin Laden is holed up in a 20 kilometer patch of land, asks Dallas -  Minister of Transport Dallas Alahapperuma questions how US Army will act if A-Qaida leader Bin Laden is proved to be holed up in a 20 kilometer patch of land. The Minister accused that the ceasefire calls of the Western countries in a time the LTTE leaders are holed up to a 20 kilometer patch of land in north is for saving the LTTE leaders. Minister Alahapperuma expressed these views addressing the press conference held in the Mahaweli Center today (24) afternoon to brief about the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Provincial Council election campaign. He said that the UPFA would have 36 election rallies at the electoral level since April 02. The Minister said that the UPFA was too busy with welcoming the UNP members that are crossing over to the alliance. Five thousand members of the UNP in Kaluthara district are to join the UPFA ceremoniously on April 02, he said (Lanka e-News).

Collapse of LTTE radio communication network - LTTE’s radio communication exchange network has collapsed. This information was revealed by Our Representative Anura Dorakumbura who is in Iranapalai. He said there are reports of the breakdown of the LTTE communications network with the recovery of some communication equipment by the troops. It is an achievement of the 7th Sinha Regiment guided by the 582nd Brigade of the 58th Division commanded by Brig. Shavendra Silva. There were five equipment of the Coogle type which cannot be operated without the data equipment. These machines are manufactured in parts to avoid enemies from using it if seized. There were 48C radio equipment, batteries for all the machines, antennas and some cables. He said the hearth of the welfare camp is lit 24 hours of the day to provide food for the displaced (Full report and video in ITN).

Pottu Amman's safe house captured - Mullaittivu - Troops of the 20th Gajaba Regiment (GR) under the 58 Division have captured a safe house of Pottu Amman, while engaged in counter terrorist operations in general area South of Iranapalai at the Mullaittivu battlefront today (March 24). According to military, the safe house was used by both Pottu Amman and Kapil Amman two of the most wanted terrorists of the LTTE outfit for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, troops have also found a jeep believed used by Pottu Amman himself during subsequent search operations conducted. A large amount of anti-personnel(AP) mines were also found in the search and clearing operations, ground sources added (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

“Yal Devi” to run to Jaffna - President Rajapaksa said it is a historic task of the Southerners to win the hearts of the Tamil civilians as the North and East were being liberated from the terrorists. The President was speaking at the inauguration of the “Uturu Mithuru” project to rebuild the Northern rail track initially from Vavuniya to Kankesanthurai. Its desire is to secure the required financial grants to resume the operation of Yal Devi. The President said they will build the rail track to protect the North liberated from the terrorists. It signifies the unitary and undivided status of the country. The LTTE attacked the Yal Devi to take revenge from the Sri Lankans. The President said he was donating a month’s salary towards the rebuilding of the rail track. The President initially donated his monthly salary to the Fund. Financial contributions were also made by President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, female vocalist Deepika Priyadharshini Peiris, businessman Hemantha Perera, Minister V. Puthirasigamani, veteran artistes Ravindra Randeniya and Malani Fonseka and Film Corporation Chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa. Renowned spinner Muttiah Muralitharan launched the “Uthuru Mithuru” website. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa, Chiefs of the Armed Forces and several distinguished persons were present (ITN).

Military hardware, weapons and ammunition recovered at Wanni - Troops of the Tack Force - 2 while conducting search and clearing operations in the recently liberated area at Muthuaiyankaddukulam have found a cache of LTTE weapons and accessories, on Monday (March 23). 90 AK-47 assault riffles, 93 T-56 assault riffles, 22 T-56 Light machine guns, 03 G-3 weapons, 01 SL riffle and 2x 303- light machine guns were among the items found, according to reports. Meanwhile, TF-3 troops engaged in search operations at Ampakamam have uncovered 7 x Bangalore torpedoes, 6 x 1.5v batteries, 01 x improvised 81mm mortar bomb and 03 x anti-personnel (AP) mines. In general area Tonikallu, TF-4 troops found 3750 T-56 ammunitions, security sources said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Donations to Army Hospital - The National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT) coordinated the donation of four bed-head tables and commode chair to the Dr. Sumanapala, Commanding Officer of the Army Hospital, Narahenpita on Sunday March 23. Suresh de Mel Director of Wetera Kahatuduwa Lions Club made this donation, while NMAT activist Amaratunga from Mattegoda handed over a blood pressure meter and a stethoscope to the Army Hospital. Director Of Borrella Ayurvedha Hospital and staff contributed to this Donation (Full report in Sinhela Net).

Human Right Watch is now trying to block the IMF loan (By: Dr. Chandrani Gunaratna) The New-York based Human Right Watch released another disinformation http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/03/23/sri-lanka-no-let-army-shelling-civilians report on Monday (March 23) saying that despite the assurances given by the government of Sri Lanka the Army continues to shell the no-fire zone where thousands of civilians are held as human shields by the terrorist outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). HRW citing new information from the region said that they have received reports of civilians being killed and wounded daily in the no-fire zone, while the Sri Lankan government continues to deny the attacks. Their 'reliable' new information came from a doctor at the makeshift hospital in Putumatalam who over the phone told the HRW 'that dozens of dead and wounded civilians were being brought to the hospital daily.' There is no doubt the 'reliable' information was received from the same doctor who supplies exaggerated casualty figures to Associated Press and BBC. HRW says shells fell 250 meters away from the makeshift hospital while the doctor was on the phone with the HRW. It is surprising how this doctor has miraculously survived this long while hundreds of civilians around him have died daily due to the shelling from the government on every hospital, makeshift or otherwise he has been serving. Does HRW have any information from sources other than this doctor? Are there any other doctors in the hospital who can give information? Is this a self-appointed spokesman for civilians or LTTE? Do they have any information from the aid agency workers in the area? HRW in its report mentions few incidents of death and injury to aid workers, so there are at least local aid workers in the area (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Black Cats in Islamabad - By Zaheerul Hassan - Tamil Tigers which were planted by India to target Sri Lanka have probably now realised that they must go for Independent state but on Indian Territory (majority's dominated area). On March 21, Indian airports were put on alert after receiving threat from Tamils. Indian leadership prior to launching "Black Cats" in South Asian countries must consider the famous saying," One who tries to emulate others blindly stands to lose" (Full report in The Frontier Post).

Over 800 civilians flee from LTTE seek protection with troops - Mullaittivu - Over 800 civilians have sought protection with security forces South of Puthumathalan and Vettelaikerni yesterday (March 23). According to military reports received, 810 people including 232 men, 236 women and 342 children have fled from the declared No Fire Zone South of Ampalavanpokkanai and arrived into liberated territory. Meanwhile, 29 more civilians from 8 families have also arrived at Vettelaikerni and Chundikulama escaping from LTTE hostage on Monday, security sources said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Air Force Picket Comes Under LTTE Fire - TRINCOMALEE: A ROAD picket run by airmen of the Sri Lanka Air Force in TRINCOMALEE came under an LTTE fire attack early Tuesday (24) morning at about 5.30 a.m. injuring one airman on duty. Terrorist firing directed from a distance has been carried out by several Tigers who had infiltrated the area disguised as civilians, Police maintained.One airman sustained injuries into his abdominal area was rushed to TRINCOMALEE hospital for treatment. Police and airmen have launched a combined search operation in the area in order to track Tigers hiding in the area (Sri Lanka Army)..

Pro-LTTE bands play in concert (By: Lucien Rajakarunanayake) Navanethem Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, had more than her day in the local limelight as one who, despite her legal background and being an international civil servant of the world body, does not take the trouble to double check information. What is worse is that being a diplomat she did not consult with the government she was accusing of serious wrongdoing about the credibility of the information she had. This is by no means the mark of a good diplomat, nor what is expected from one who holds such an important position in the UN Administration. It is therefore not surprising that Navi Pillay, as she is more familiarly referred to, has been told by more experienced people in the UN that she should not attempt to dramatize situations as happened about Sri Lanka last week, and that consultation remains an important aspect of diplomacy (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Eight More Dead Tigers & LTTE Arms & Explosives Collected - MULLAITTIVU: THE LAST-DITCH battle that rages on for the total liberation of PUTHUKUDIRIPPU from terrorist grips continued to collect more and more Tiger weapons, dead terrorists and other technical equipment. Eight corpses of Tiger terrorists, thirty-four T-56 weapons, two Rocket Propeller Grenades (RPG), 1 kg of C-4 explosives, two 12.5 kg heavy claymore mines, six repeater guns, twenty-four low band chargers, eighteen low band sets, three antenna cables, five tape antennas, one low band base station, one Cooger base station, one Cooger set and three vehicle mount antennas, three HK 47 weapons, seven Bangalore torpedoes, one electric server, three anti personnel mines, three hundred T-56 ammunition rounds, seven hundred and fifty T-56 ammunition rounds, two I-com sets, one 12.5 kg heavy claymore mine, two 2.5 kg heavy claymore mines, one motor bicycle, one tripod and several other LTTE items. Meanwhile, troops in CHAMPIANPATTU have recovered two hand grenades from the area along with an anti personnel mine (Sri Lanka Army).

58 Div heavily confronted with terrorists; 7 LTTE bodies found - Infantrymen of 58 Division heavily confronted with LTTE terrorists in general area south of Iranapalai causing damages to the enemy yesterday, 23 March, defence sources said. According to defence sources, troops 20 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (20 SLLI), 8 Gajaba Regiment (8 GR), 20 GR, 7 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (7 SLSR) have further strengthen the own defence line while advancing further into LTTE hiding areas. In subsequent search operation conducted in the area troops have found 7 bodies of LTTE terrorists killed in confrontation along with a few military items left behind by the fleeing terrorists. Following items are among the recoveries (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Navy rescues 139 civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches - Sri Lanka Navy rescued 139 Tamil civilians who had been fleeing from the LTTE clutches in Mulaithivu on two occasions on the 23rd March 2009. The first group consisted of 126 persons while the second group consisted of 13 persons. The first group had been found fleeing in 07 white-flag hoisted dinghies around 10.50 a.m. They consisted of 43 adult males, 43 adult females and 40 children. The second group was rescued around 12.50 p.m. while struggling on board two dinghies to save their lives from the LTTE cadres who are on the prowl to gun down any one that dares to escape from their grip. The second group consisted of 08 adult males, 03 adult females and 02 children. Upon rescuing, all were safely brought ashore at Pulmudai and provided with much-needed food, refreshments and medical assistance. The rescued expressed their heart-felt gratitude to the Navy for coming to their rescue. The exodus of the innocent Tamil civilians escaping from LTTE clutches is now on the rise. This is largely due to the confidence they have placed in the Government Security Forces whose humanitarian operations have helped Tamil civilians to extricate themselves from the terrorists' clutches. Sri Lanka Navy has made special arrangements to assist innocent Tamil civilians fleeing from the LTTE clutches. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment for this humanitarian assistance mission in the North-eastern seas (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

'Grama Niladhari' killed in indiscriminate LTTE attack - Mullaittivu The corpse of the 'Grama Niladhari' at Oddusudan who was killed while escaping from LTTE terrorists at Puthumathalan on Sunday (March 22) was brought to liberated territory yesterday (23) by his relatives. The twenty-eight year old Grama Niladhari, Alahaiya Kayadeewan of Oddusudan succumbed due to serious gunshot wounds received in the LTTE gunfire attack. Alahaiya was among 40 odd civilians who had managed to flee from the No Fire Zone, heavily barricaded by LTTE terrorists. According to relatives of the Grama Niladhari, they had escaped from LTTE on the night of Sunday, but were indiscriminately targeted by LTTE gunmen who were on pursuit of the civilians. The corpse was brought to Puthukudiyirippu by his relatives on Monday morning, and received by troops in the area. The corpse was sent to the General Hospital at Vavuniya for postmortem (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Why battered Tigers are suing for peace - In 2006, a haughty LTTE turned its back on a delegation the government sent to Geneva to have talks with the outfit. A few months later Prabhakaran resumed war by launching terror attacks on the armed forces personnel and the police and capturing the Mavil Aru anicut. In his heroes' day speech in November 2005, a few days after the installation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prabhakaran had promised to plunge the country back into a bloodbath. He kept on claiming until a few months ago that he would turn the tables on the military and achieve his goal of separation in spite of a string of crushing defeats. But, Prabhakaran is now begging for a ceasefire and offering to talk without pre-conditions! If only he had done so in 2006, many lives could have been saved on both sides and he and his partners in crime wouldn't have had to hide behind ladies' clotheslines in Puthukudiyiruppu! What the LTTE's offer signifies is the efficaciousness of Sri Lanka's war on terror. The 'most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world', which even dared fly in the face of a call from the donor Co-chairs (the US, the EU, Japan and Norway) for it to return to the negotiating table after its exit from talks in 2003 and to refrain from scuttling the peace process, is now on its knees suing for peace! Whoever thought before the launch of the Vanni offensive that Prabhakaran would have to grovel before the government so piteously! (Full Editorial in Island).

Surrender First, Talks Later - LTTE Told -: Sri Lanka Governmnet flatly rejected an appeal by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for an unconditional talks. Earlier , B. Nadesan, the Political Commissar of the Tamil Tigers called for an urgent ceasefire, saying the Tigers would enter negotiations with the government "without pre-conditions". He has made this appeal in an interview with the Sunday Times published from the United Kingdom. When Asian Tribune contacted a Sri Lankan Governmnet spokesman on the latest appeal by Nadesan, he said that this was a last minute desperate appeal to safeguard V. Prabakaran, the Leader of the LTTE and his son Charles Anthony. The spokesman said that both of them are trapped in the war zone and they have no place to flee. He added, "If Nadesan is interested in safeguarding his leader Prabakaran and his son Charles Anthony, then “ Let him do that by surrendering" . The spokesperson pointed out that after being pushed to a small strip of land, the beleaguered LTTE has offered fresh talks without pre-conditions but the Sri Lankan government has snubbed the proposal, asking the Tamil Tigers to ‘surrender’ first. "The Governmnet has made it very clear that with only 20 square kilometers of land under their control and losing by the hour , the only option LTTE has before them is to ‘surrender’ so that the normal people can lead their normal life," said Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was further pointed out that after suffering heavy defeat and casualties, the LTTE has called for ceasefire on several occasion, but the government has continuously rejected it every time (Asian Tribune).

Presentation of commode seats to disabled Gemunu Watch soldiers - Another successful project implemented jointly by the Thawalama Development Foundation and the Manel Mal Movement was concluded at the Gemunu Watch Regimental centre in Kuruwita on 15th March 2009.  There are twenty regular and volunteer battalions in the Gemunu Watch Regiment at present. A soldier who had lost either one or both his limbs in battle from each of these Gemunu Watch battalions was chosen and each of them received a commode seat before the commencement of the Gemunu Watch Ex Servicemen’s Annual General Meeting. Many individuals and organizations made donations to make this project a success. A commode seat mounted on wheels that was donated by Mr. Srinath Dolage to the Manel Mal Movement was also handed over to an ex serviceman who had lost both his limbs in battle.

Large explosive haul uncovered in Colombo - The Colombo Crimes Division has recovered 280 kgs of C4 high explosives and a large amount of weapons hidden by the LTTE in the Mattakkuliya area to launch a major attack by targeting the Colombo city. The Police has recovered these high explosives along with two suspects following an information given by a LTTE intelligence unit leader who was arrested by the Colombo Terrorist Investigation Department several days ago. According to the Police these high explosives and weapons have been hidden in a house situated in Church Road, Mattakkuliya. Among the explosives recovered includes 280 kgs of C4 high explosives, 10, 4 millimeter hand grenades, 28 bullets, 30 hand grenades, five detonators, two remote controllers, 693 T56 bullets and parts of some T56 weapons. Meanwhile, the LTTE intelligence unit leader has also disclosed information on a major attack planned by the LTTE targeting Colombo city (Daily News).

UN security Council says: Information- Yes. Bail out plan for Tigers – No -: The sources at the United Nations say that a suggestion by Austria and few other countries to have a briefing on the humanitarian issues in Sri Lanka is being transformed into a Tiger propaganda drive by interested parties. Although the Sri Lanka Government itself has provided information along with UN, OCHA, what the key Council members do not want is for the Tiger propaganda to project this to the diaspora that Security Council is somehow ready to provide oxygen of legitimacy to the vanishing brand of Tiger terrorism. Tigers need this break at this juncture for two reasons. First they want to retrieve their remaining weapons and regroup to fight another day. Secondly they want to fool the diaspora and the Tamil people who are fleeing the tiger dictat in increasing numbers that international community will bail the Tigers out once again. They can therefore argue that Tamil civilians remaining in the 12 km area of the no fire zone should remain there as a protection to the cowardly Tiger leadership who have run out of their wits and tactics. They need to show that a Security Council briefing on humanitarian assistance to Tamil people as a discussion to bail out the Tigers. These are fears expressed by many countries of the Security Council who have declined to join the call by Austria and few others to have any discussion in the formal settings of the Council. The LTTE and pro Tiger bloggers have already started highly misleading propaganda blaming some key members of the Security Council as if they are blocking something noble in the Council. In fact the all key members of the Security Council in the Co-chair statement issued some weeks ago, have clearly declared that the only way to end the conflict now is for the Tigers to surrender and handover their weapons and try to discuss an amnesty for their junior cadres. The UN Secretary General and his Deputy are on record asking the Tigers to stop child recruitment and allow Tamil civilians to go out of harms way into Government areas (Full report in Asian Tribune).

No boundaries for terrorism Ambassador tells National Defence University of China : Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama was given a rare opportunity by the Commandant of the National Defence University of China to address a group of over 100 senior military officials, last Wednesday representing more than 70 countries and the Peoples Liberation Army on “War Against Terrorism and Sri Lanka’s Success Story” at the NDC Auditorium. The Sri Lankan Ambassador was the first diplomat invited to the National Defence University to address a gathering of international participants of the Higher National Diploma Military Course. Over an interactive session of approx. 2 1/2 hours, the Ambassador explained the history and the growth of LTTE terrorists, atrocities committed by them as well as the international network to raise funds and procure arms. The Ambassador emphasized that “for terrorism, there are no boundaries and it is vital for the international community to cooperate with each other to counter the threat of terrorism”. He urged that action against terrorism should not be confined to mere resolutions and statements, but more importantly, practical cooperation efforts among nations should emanate to make a significant difference. It was also pointed out that the current success story of Sri Lanka in defeating terrorism has resulted from a sound political and military leadership combined with the courage and determination of the Armed Forces. He further said that a large margin of Sri Lankan people endorsed the Government’s approach towards countering terrorism and the on going humanitarian process is directed only against LTTE terrorists and not against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. He also remarked that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed an All Party Representative Committee to submit proposals to find a political solution to the ethnic issue adopting a two-pronged strategy simultaneously in finding a lasting solution acceptable to all communities of Sri Lanka. During bilateral meetings, Ambassador thanked Commandant of the NDU and Political Commissioner for providing opportunities for the Sri Lankan military officials for training programmes. Last year NDU has increased number of placements given to Sri Lankan military personnel and currently four officials are under going training in the higher National Diploma Program (Daily News).

RE-CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTHERN RAILWAY LAUNCHED - The most appropriate response to the often posed question as to how to protect the freedom achieved in the North in the near future is the return journey of Yal Devi to Jaffna after 20 years, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Addressing a function held at the Presidential Secretariat last afternoon to mark the launching of the rebuilding project of the northern railway line titled ‘Yal Devi Friendship Railway Track’ President Rajapaksa said the re-construction of the northern railway line and return of Yal Devi express train to Jaffna will not only resume the normal train services to the north after 20 years but will symbolize the liberation of northern people from LTTE terrorism and return of democracy to the north. “The better answer is not words. The coming of Yal Devi express train to Jaffna is our response to show how we are going to safeguard the newly won freedom in the North by our heroic soldiers. We will win the hearts and minds of the people in the north by resuming the regular train services to Jaffna,” President Rajapaksa stressed. There was a time when public servants working in Colombo took the night express train from Fort to Jaffna on Friday and reach Jaffna early morning the following day. They return to Colombo using the Jaffna – Fort night train on Sunday. The tooting of the Colombo-Jaffna express train was the sound of heart beat of the nation at that time. The LTTE terrorism brought to an end the inter-racial friendship, understanding and respect for each other by its barbaric acts. The terrorists have damaged the railway track and blew up and set fire to trains several occasions. But the Railway Department despite colossal financial and material losses continued to run trains to the north regardless. The terrorists knew that they cannot damage the cultural, religious and trade links between the two nations as long as the train link is existed. Their final blow on Yal Devi came on June 13, 1990 when they set fire to Yal Devi at Kilinochchi. There were no train services to Jaffna from the south since June, 1990. “We rejoin and regroup a divided nation with friendship and confidence. The tooting of Yal Devi which symbolizes the chirping of a cuckoo will also herald the arrival of the Northern Spring to the north,” President Rajapaksa noted. Transport Minister Dallas Alahapperuma said the Yal Devil will take the pride and self respect of the people of north back to them. The tooting of the Yal Devi will reflect the freedom of Tamils. The reconstruction of northern railway line is not an easy task. For instance, Rs. 2.5 billion is required to lay sleepers on a 159 kilometers stretch of the damaged track from Vauniya to KKS. The number of bridges to be restored is 85, culverts 28 and stations 28. But the government is determined to reconstruct the entire line in a record period of time, what ever expense may have to be borne, Minister Alahapperuma said. Vice captain of the Sri Lanka National Cricket Team Muttiah Muralitharan launched the ‘Uturu Mituru’ web site of the ‘Yal Devi Friendship Railway Track Project’ on the invitation of President Rajapaksa. President Mahinda Rajapaksa donated his March salary to the project and followed by a number of participants at the function including several artistes. A large number of ministers, service commanders, Police Chief and public officials were present at the ceremony (Daily Mirror)

Cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan (Tamil) launching the official website for the Colombo Jaffna railway track extension project on the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President’s Office yesterday. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka, Transport Minister Dullas Allahapperuma and Road Passenger Transport Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna were also present. Picture by Ranjith Jayaweera.

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists destroyed the main transport services from Jaffna to Colombo.

Tamil Diaspora who is funding the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists should be held responsible for the destruction of the main transport service from Jaffna to Colombo.

Yal Devi will show our resolve for unity and coexistence - President - I have asked the Minister of Transport to run the Yal Devi train at least five more kilometers beyond Vavuniya by the coming April 23, and consolidate the nation’s resolve that our war heroes have shown. It would show our resolve for co-existence. What we are attempting now is to breathe new life into the heart of the nation; to start the journey that would unite the entire nation after 19 years, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa announcing the extension of the Colombo – Jaffna Railway Line, and the resumption of the Yal Devi Express train service. President Rajapaksa called upon “India, China. Pakistan, Japan and other countries that helped us in our struggle against terrorism to come forward and assist us in this reconstruction, so that terrorism would not be able to raise its head again. In the struggle against terrorism we realized that you are our genuine friends,” he said. Reconstruction of the 28 railway stations to resume the rail service to the North is not a burden to the growing friendship between our communities. “I have decided to rebuild the Jaffna station employing the people of my own village, Hambantota. Engineers, masons, carpenters etc. from Hambantota would go and rebuild the Jaffna station. Likewise people from other districts should contribute and participate to build the other stations”, the President said. Following is the text of the Address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa: (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Yal Devi will show our resolve for unity and coexistence - President - President Mahinda Rajapaksa announcing the extension of the Colombo – Jaffna Railway Line, and the resumption of the Yal Devi Express train service said that he had asked the Minister of Transport to run the Yal Devi train at least five more kilometers beyond Vavuniya and consolidate the nation’s resolve that our war heroes have shown. "It would show our resolve for co-existence. What we are attempting now is to breathe new life into the heart of the nation; to start the journey that would unite the entire nation after 19 years," he said. President Rajapaksa called upon "India, China. Pakistan, Japan and other countries that helped us in our struggle against terrorism to come forward and assist us in this reconstruction, so that terrorism would not be able to raise its head again. In the struggle against terrorism we realized that you are our genuine friends," he said. Reconstruction of the 28 railway stations to resume the rail service to the North is not a burden to the growing friendship between our communities. "I have decided to rebuild the Jaffna station employing the people of my own village, Hambantota. Engineers, masons, carpenters etc. from Hambantota would go and rebuild the Jaffna station. Likewise people from other districts should contribute and participate to build the other stations", the President said. Extracts of President’s address: (Full report in Island).

LTTE lobbying at UN is not uncommon: Sri Lanka - LTTE lobbying at the United Nations Human Rights Council is not uncommon said Deputy Solicitor-General Yasantha Kodagoda at the council session during its ongoing session yesterday. Speaking at the session Mr. Kodagoda said that the situation in Sri Lanka “as clearly observed by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes, is an exceptional one.” “There is no genocidal situation in Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka is engaged in a legitimate military and humanitarian operation, aimed at liberating its own people from LTTE terrorists,” he said. Claiming the current situation in the war zone, he also said “this terrorist organization is abusing humanitarian gestures of the Government of Sri Lanka. It is now beyond proof that the LTTE has positioned themselves inside the ‘No Fire Zone’ declared and observed by the security forces of the Government of Sri Lanka. I have visual proof, Mr. President, which I am prepared to share with any interested delegate acting in good faith, showing clearly how the LTTE has positioned military hardware such as artillery guns inside the ‘No Fire Zone’ and is attacking the security forces who are fast approaching the limited and shrinking territory which the LTTE is now illegally dominating.” “I am ready to share with interested delegates video recorded testimony of such internally displaced people, who claim that they were fired at by LTTE cadres when they escaped against the wishes of the LTTE. Most unfortunately, some of those who attempted to escape had been fired at and killed by the LTTE,” he said. To claim that the situation in Sri Lanka is genocidal in nature is a total distortion of the actual ground situation and a complete falsehood. However, it is indeed very clear, as to why the LTTE and its lobby groups are attempting to distort the actual ground situation and try to mislead the United Nations Human Rights Council and the international community, Mr. Kodagoda added (Daily Mirror).

Another food convoy will leave for Jaffna - The second convoy of 20 lorries carrying essential items to the Jaffna peninsula on the A 9 road will leave on Thursday, Essential Services Chief N. Divaratne said yesterday. He said on the return trip to Colombo these lorries would transport vegetables and fish from Jaffna. On the previous trip the convoy brought back about 6,000 kilos of similar products. Mr. Divaratne said at the weekend the government would be sending another shipload of food items to the civilians trapped in Mullaitivu. “The evacuation of those injured is continuing and every day, a fairly large number of people keep coming into the cleared areas,” he said (Daily Mirror).

SL Envoy calls for practical effort to defeat terrorism - Action against terrorism should not be confined to mere resolutions and statements, but more importantly, practical effort among nations should emanate to make a significant difference, the Sri Lankan Ambassador in China Karunatilaka Amunugama said. Addressing the Prestigious National Defence University of China the Ambassador said that terrorism had no boundaries and it is vital for the international community to cooperate with each other to counter the threat of terrorism. Over the interactive session the Ambassador recounted the history and growth of LTTE terrorism, atrocities committed by them as well as the international network run by them to raise funds and procure arms. He also pointed out that the current success story of Sri Lanka in defeating terrorism was a result of a sound political and military leadership combined with the courage and determination of the armed forces. He further said that a large portion the Sri Lankan population endorsed the government’s approach in countering terrorism and the on going humanitarian operations were directed only against the LTTE and not against the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. He also remarked that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed an All Party Representative Committee to submit proposals to find a political solution to the ethnic issue adopting a two pronged strategy to find a lasting solution acceptable to all communities in Sri Lanka. During bilateral meetings, the Ambassador thanked the Commandant of the National Defence University and the Political Commissioner for providing opportunities for Sri Lankan military officials to undergo training there. Last year the National Defence University increased the number of placements given to Sri Lankan military personnel and currently four officials are under going training in the higher National Diploma Programme (Daily Mirror).

Navy evacuates patients and civilians from Mullaithivu - The eleventh batch of 481 patients and civilians was evacuated on board ‘MV Green Ocean’ recently. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu was carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy provided safe passage for evacuees on humanitarians grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuddai were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Mobile Indian Medical Centre at Pulmuddai and to the Padaviya hospital run by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals (Full report in Island).

Devananda urges IDPs to denounce the terror rule under Tigers - "You all, displaced from your homesteads in Wanni now temporarily housed in this centre are our own people, presently under the caring hands of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government. In the days gone by, you all were under the jackboot of the merciless Tiger leadership who didn’t show an iota of respect for human life, denied you of your basic human rights, subjected you to immense sufferings. You have the bitter experience of destruction brought to you, ,to your beloved children and loved ones by the Tiger leadership," said Minister Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare addressing the IDP’s when he visited Kathirgamar Relief Village (Menik Farm) on Sunday. Minister Devananda also said "In the past for many years by supporting Tiger Leadership due to obvious reasons, you have brought down your own downfall, you yourselves invited misery to your lives. From now on mobilize yourselves to act with clear mind and tread the correct path of life inculcating social, spiritual and ethical values". The Minister said, the President had already drawn plans to implement developmental activities, benefits of which would trickle down tangible results to the displaced in the camp (Full report in Island).

Patrolling intensified in sea, on shores in Tamil Nadu - - Patrolling has been intensified in mid-sea and along the shores in Tamil Nadu following information that LTTE cadres could infiltrate into the country in view of the ongoing offensive by Sri Lankan Army in the north of the island nation. Refugee camps and residents of coastal villages have also been alerted to look for strangers and inform the police immediately, officials said today. Meanwhile, some large sized plastic pipes were found floating near the coast off Mukundarayarchathiram here late last night. Tamil Nadu "Q" branch police personnel said the pipes were clipped with a giant spring. The pipes were brought to the shore with help of boats for examination (Full report in PTI).

The road to Mullaitivu or Mookalan Duva - by D. G. A. Perera - Mullaitivu is on the narrow strip of land between the Nanthi Kadal and Indian Ocean to the east. In Tamil, ‘mullai’ means ‘forest tract’ (Sinhala ‘mookalana’) and ‘tivu’ land bordered by water on two sides (Sinhala Duva). In Sinhala the name is ‘Mookalan-duva’ giving the same meaning. Nanthi means "conch shell" (Sinhala Hak-bella) while ‘kadal’ meaning ‘sea’ in Tamil is used here to indicate the Sinhala word ‘kalapuva’ for ‘Lagoon’. Hence, Nanthikadal is Tamil for Sinhala ‘Hakbellan Kalapuva’. The absence of a separate word for ‘lagoon’ in the Tamil language is perhaps because there are no lagoons in the Indian Peninsula, the southern portion of which is the rocky Deccan plateau where there are no lagoons for mangroves to thrive in. Tamils whose home territory is really South India, have not lived here long enough to develop a separate word for ‘lagoon’. A rare instance where the Sinhala word ‘kalapuva’ has been adapted for use in Tamil is in ‘Mattakalappu’ for Madakalapuva (Muddy Lagoon) in Sinhala. Elsewhere ‘kadal’ or ‘sea’ has been used for Sinhala kalapuva or lagoon. Puthukudiyirippu should be pronounced with ‘th’ as in the English words ‘the’ or ‘that’. ‘Puthu’ means ‘new’ and ‘kudi’ is the same as Indian Prakrit ‘kuti’ or (S) ‘pael’ meaning huts or shanties and (T) ‘yirippu’ a residential area for (S) ‘wadiya’. Hence Puthukudiyirippu once meant ‘New Shanty Town’ (E) or ‘Alut Pael-wadiya’ in Sinhala. It has ceased to be what the original name meant. Now it has grown so big and prosperous as to give its name to the whole Administrative Division of that name (Full report in Island).

Monday, 23 March 2009

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Resentments and LTTE global terror - By John MacKinnon - Dear Mr. Seth Mydans at the NY Times,I read your somewhat misleading article 'Resentments in Sri Lanka Reflect Challenges to Peace' on NY Times on March 21, 2009. I would like you to consider the following facts we Sri Lankans have known for the last 40 years. Your statement that "…Tamils, who make up 12 percent of the population of 21 million and have been marginalized by laws on language and religion and by ethnic preferences in education and government jobs" is totally incorrect. First of all, Tamils have NOT been marginalized, except per LTTE statements. Second, they already have been enjoying more than their share of education, jobs, economic prosperity and political power.Let's us look at a broader picture: Tamils live and work in peace in ALL parts of Sri Lanka. They own over half of the businesses, run political parties and publish newspapers freely in Sri Lanka. On the other hand, only a Tamil can live in the North or North-East of the island. All other ethnic groups live in fear of death or were systematically murdered by LTTE Terrorists. Isn't that ethnic cleansing? The resentments you try to show are exactly what the LTTE has been trying to spread for the last 30 years. The Tamil Tiger Terrorists systematically murdered many moderate Tamils and silenced the rest to hide the fact that many Tamils do live very well among the Sinhalese in all parts of the country except the North or North-East of the island. Why is that? The proof to that is what I have experienced in Sri Lankan where many Tamils get a free education from the state, become respectable professionals and even immigrate to the UK, US and Canada, and reach high socio-economic standards. Unfortunately, some of these Tamils who get a free education from Sri Lanka that immigrated to the UK, US and Canada tend to hold radical and violent ideologies and have setup front organizations that fund terror in Sri Lanka. An example is the front organizations for the Tamil Terrorists in the United States that hired attorney Bruce Fein to 'legitimize' their criminal activities in the U.S. So what really does some of these radical Tamils want in Sri Lanka? According to evidence unearthed by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the liberated areas of the North, the LTTE terrorists and Tamil Nadu politicians had been plotting a Greater Tamil Eelam, encompassing Sri Lanka's North and East and South India. In order to achieve this violent and genocidal goal, the Tamil Tiger Terrorists need to kill everyone else, spread resentment among the existing Tamils and spread false propaganda claiming to fight for the rights for Tamils (Read full letter to NY Times).

Toronto Star ‘buys’ LTTE garbage - A basic principle of good journalism is to cross check views and information before writing reports or editorials, especially on controversial issues. It is the only way to give the reader the opportunity to see the facts. But it is the last thing which most Western media (both print and electronic) are interested in when they pontificate with half-baked knowledge on events about which they know very little. This is either ignorance or sheer hypocrisy. The latest offender in this case is Canada’s Toronto Star. Sri Lankan-born Canadian citizen Mahinda Gunasekera has called the Star’s March 21, titled ‘Sri Lanka’s Death Zone’ both unrealistic and merely a sop to the Canadia’s Tamil Tiger supporters trying to give a life line to the LTTE terrorists now being rapidly eliminated. Following is the text of Gunasekera’s letter to Toronto Star Editor (Full report in SinhelaNet).

Your Editorial of March 21, 2009 titled ‘Sri Lanka’s Death Zone’ - To The Editor, Toronto Star by Mahinda Gunasekera, Canada - I find your editorial based on unconfirmed reports to be both unrealistic and merely a sop to the Canadian Tamil demonstrators who are attempting to provide life support to the dying Tiger terrorists who are being rapidly eliminated from their fast disappearing mythical “Eelam” established on usurped territory. You have quoted the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay the South African Tamil, who has since admitted that the civilian death toll and other reports of Sri Lankan military shelling of safe zones have not been verified. Strangely, the data released by her tallies with that carried in the Tamilnet which is well known to invent stories to distort and mislead foreign observers. The Tamilnet which recently carried a news item about a serious shortage of drugs and medical supplies in the northern hospitals by publishing a forged document supposedly issued by the senior medical officer, quickly pulled out the material when the forgery was discovered by the health authorities. The number of civilians who were forced to withdraw from their villages as the LTTE retreated to form a human shield for the remaining Tiger fighters with the blessings of some catholic priests and nuns acting on the orders of the Tamil Tigers, is far less than the 150,000 mentioned. They are prevented from seeking safety in government controlled areas as the LTTE has opened fire on the fleeing civilians and even unleashed a suicide bomber to attack those who reached the welfare camps run by the state. Despite the harsh punishment meted out to the civilians by the LTTE, thousands are breaking out from the clutches of the terrorists to seek the protection of the government military with the total exceeding 47,000 already. A ceasefire proposed by you will not result in the release of the displaced civilians as the Tigers will not let go of their human shield. A 48 hour ceasefire earlier announced by the government did not achieve the desired goal. Banning the tigers does not give Canada any leverage as she was obliged to do so based on the UN decision and intelligence reports, to staunch the flow of funds from this country to the LTTE’s killing machine. The future form and shape of the Sri Lankan constitution is entirely in the hands of the people of that sovereign nation, and not a matter for interference by Canada or other country.

13th batch of patients and civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the naval assistance - The thirteenth batch of 494 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on the 22nd March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai , were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Field and the Base hospitals in Pulmudai and the General hospital in Padaviya by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals. The thirteenth batch consisted of 152 adult males, 216 adult females and 126 children in total. Among them were 51 male and 46 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE's adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately. The Navy, as part of its humanitarian operations, has put in place a number of comprehensive evacuation measures to facilitate the evacuation process. Naval personnel and vessels along with stand-by rescue and medical teams are on special deployment in the North-eastern seas for assisting Tamil civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

A CARE harbour for terrorists - Intelligence reports reveal It is no secret anymore to all discernible persons in Sri Lanka and abroad, genuinely interested in the well being of people here, that the immense sufferings they have undergone due to terrorism during last three decades have been well engineered and blessed by a vicious coalition of local and international bodies other than the LTTE. They have been pretending to be humanitarian agencies, aid agencies, free media, civil rights movements, etc, have made the continued bloodshed on Sri Lankan soil a lucrative business for them. The only difference observed between them and the LTTE is that the terrorists have been fighting a war on the ground, which is supposed to end in the achievement of their ultimate goal of a separate state, while the latter fights a different battle on the media and in diplomatic circles, to ensure that the LTTE's war would never end at any cost. Though the interests of the two are different; one wants to carve out a mono-ethnic state from the territory of Sri Lanka, and the other want to secure their income through a continued bloodshed, both have been acting in perfect harmony since both are interested in terrorism to prevail in the country. The latest evidence of this abominable conspiracy against this island nation was bared when one INGO with the acronym "CARE" issued a press communiqué‚ that the one of its so-called "aid workers" was killed due to the shelling by the Sri Lanka Army during recent clashes in Wanni. According to the INGO, the killed "aid worker" one " Mr. Sabesan, was amongst those staff members that were unable to leave the area" when the government asked the INGO's other than Red Cross and UN affiliated bodies to leave the conflict zone in September 2008 (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

China Ambassador pays courtesy call to Secretary Defence - The newly appointed Ambassador of People's Republic of China Her Excellency Xiuping Yang paid a courtesy call to Defence Secretary this morning, 23 March. The ambassador had a brief discussion with the Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, concerning matters of interest to both countries (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Iranaippalai RC School Used by LTTE as a Military Stronghold Captured - MULLAITTIVU: TOUGH gun battles that resulted in the capture of IRANAIPPALAI junction in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU by the Army troops two days ago were followed by clearing operations. Troops after clearing the area along the IRANAIPPALAI - PUTHUMATHALAN road witnessed how the LTTE had converted the IRANAIPPALAI Roman Catholic Government School to a terrorist stronghold, depriving innocent children in the area of their basic right to education. Terrorist bunkers had been constructed inside and outside the classrooms using resources provided by the government to promote education in the area. LTTE uniforms, flags and other items such as liquor bottles and field dressings were found from the school premises. Clearing operations in the liberated area are continuing. In the meantime, troops engaged terrorist positions in the east of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU Sunday (22) and killed some more terrorists firing at the troops from their defence line. Later, troops found nine terrorist dead bodies, nine T-56 weapons and one hand grenade from the area. The same day, search and clear operations in VISUAMADU in the southwest and east of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU recovered five T-56 weapons, forty two hand grenades, one Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) bomb, two I-com sets, three magazines, fifty ammunition rounds, three hundred and twenty 85 mm projectiles, two hundred and twenty five 152 mm projectiles, one hundred and thirteen 122 mm projectiles, twenty 130 mm projectiles, twenty 120 mm bombs, twenty-five unidentified projectiles, eighteen bags of chargers, one 10 kg claymore mine, two 2 kg claymore mines, three thousand rounds of T-56 ammunition and five RPG rounds (Sri Lanka Army)..

58 Div further advance causing heavy damages to enemy; 8 LTTE bodies found - LTTE terrorists suffered heavy losses in confrontations took place yesterday, 22 March, as troops engaged in final phase of battle against terrorists in general area Puthukuduirruppu. Infantrymen of 58 Division who gained control over the Iranapalai general area further strengthen the defences while engaged in detected group of LTTE terrorists in general area Puthukuduirruppu yesterday. Hours-long fighting occurred in the area inflicting heavy damages to the enemy. During a subsequent search operations conducted, troops recovered 8 bodies of LTTE terrorists killed in clashes. 09 x T-56 assault rifles were also found during the search operation. Troops too have suffered minor damages in the clashes, military report received from the battlefront said. Meanwhile, troops of the Task Force 2 (TF-2) inflicted damages on the LTTE terrorists during a confrontation took place in general area Puthukuduirruppu around 10.55 AM on the same day. A body of LTTE terrorist killed during the confrontation found along with a hand grenade, military sources said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

More IDPs Reach Cleared Areas - MULLAITTIVU: EIGHT hundred and forty five civilians reached the cleared area of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU Sunday (22) leaving PUTHUMATHALAN un-cleared area. Two hundred and ten males, two hundred and thirty five females, two hundred and seven boys and one hundred and ninety seven girls were among the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons). They were sent to Relief Villages (Sri Lanka Army).

899 Tamil civilians reach seeking security forces protection - Total of 899 Tamil civilians, who were forcibly hold by the LTTE terrorists as human shield, were able to reach security forces' controlling area seeking safety for their lives yesterday, 22 March, defence sources said. 845 civilians including 210 males, 235 females, 207 male children, 197 female children reached Puthukkudiyuruupu between 6.00 AM and 6.00 PM yesterday. Troops of 58 Division directed these civilians to welfare centers established in Kilinochchi following initial registration process. Meanwhile, naval troops rescued 36 civilians including 9 males, 11 females, 6 male children and 10 female children, military report said. Separately, 18 more Tamil civilians reached Chundikulam during day hours yesterday. 5 males, 4 females, 5 male children, 4 female children were among the group escaped, defence sources added (Full report and photos in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

57 Div uncovered more LTTE military items - Visuamadu, Puthukkudiyirippu - Troops of 57 Division continued search and clear operations in recently liberated areas in Mullaittivu district yesterday, 22 March. Troops of 7 Sri Lanka Signal Corps (7 SLSC) and 10 SLSC serving under 571 Brigade have found 02 x Hand Grenades, 1 x RPG bombs and 1 x T-56 weapon while conducting a search operation in general area Visuamadu. Meanwhile, troops of 9Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (9 VIR) serving under 572 brigade uncovered 25x hand grenades, 4 x T-56 weapons, 2 x I-Com sets and 5 x pressure grenades in a search operation in general area Puthukkudiyirippu. Separately, 4 Sri Lanka National Guard (4 SLNG) uncovered more military items left behind by the fleeing terrorists from general area Visuamadu. Following items are Among the recoveries (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

TF-2, TF-4 conduct search operations; more LTTE warlike items found - Puthukuduiruppu - Infantrymen of 6 Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment operating under 621 Brigade of Task Force 2 (TF-2) uncovered more LTTE military items from general area Puthukuduiruppu last afternoon, 22 March. 20 x 120mm bombs, 18 x charge bags, 320 x 85mm projectiles, 225 x 152mm projectiles, 113 x 122mm projectiles, 20 x 130mm projectiles and 25 un-identified projectiles were among the items uncovered, military sources said. Meanwhile, troops of the Task Force 4 (TF-4) in Puthukuduiruppu east have uncovered more LTTE military items while conducting search operations. 3 x three claymore mines (1 - 10Kg, 2 - 2Kg), 3000 x T-56 Ammunition and 5 x RPG rockets were among the items found military report said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Sri Lankan-Australian Dr. Brian Seneviratne a supporter of the Tamil Tigers will speak to Parliamentarians and Senators on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - By Asoka Weerasinghe - (Comment: Canada , you are guilty of not wanting to hear Sri Lankan Government’s side of the story. You sure seem to be pandering to the 250,000 Tamils in Canada? You have not hosted a single Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Minister for the past 26 years  to let him  tell their side of the story and yet you keep hosting every Tamil Tiger funded Tom, Dick,  Harry and Lucy to the House and congregate like a pack of blood-thirsty wolves  to be brain-washed with the Tamil Tiger separatist story. Why?  Are you concerned having another 120,000 Tamils demonstrating choking Parliament Hill carrying 120,000 Tamil Tiger flags, wearing-shirts with portraits of their leader Prabhakaran who is a serial mass murderer,  caps with the Tamil Tiger  growling Tiger logo and young women prancing in Tamil Tiger fatigues as they did in Toronto?  I think you all are being morally irresponsible, especially our Foreign Ministry. Let's have the Sri Lanka Foreign Affairs Minister come and tell his side of the story to you all.  Do I smell a rat here?) Thanks to Sri Lankan Government exodus of Tamil civilians in the North-East reached a milestoneThe total number of fleeing Tamil civilians from the Tamil Tiger terrorist held areas to Sri Lankan government controlled areas have risen to 50,000, Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services confirmed on Sunday, March 22. This milestone was reached yesterday (March 21) with the arrival of a civilian group consisting of 1,164 persons in the Puthukkudyriuppu area and subsequent transfer of the groups to welfare camps in Vavuniya. The Ministry expects an increase in the number of civilians crossing over from the conflict zone in the next few days. Meanwhile the Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Rishard Badurdeen said that all facilities the internally displaced persons need, are currently being provided by the government without any shortage. (Comment: Just don’t believe these doom, gloom and genocide messengers of the Tamil Tigers. The trapped Tamil civilians are getting out alright. Hallelujah!) (Read full letter).

LTTE lose Iranapalai - Security Forces yesterday brought the LTTE’s last operational centre, Iranapalai under their full control. The highly fortified Iranapalai, which had been surrounded by massive earth bunds had been fully captured after fierce battles, military sources added The Media Center for National Security said the Iranapalai junction and its central area had been completely brought under Army control after breaching the final earth bund built by the Tigers to protect the area. The Tigers had built the earth bund with the twin purpose of denying further access to security forces and to prevent civilians from leaving the area. During the operations, several LTTE vehicles had been destroyed including a tractor, a van and two cabs. Troops had also recovered several weapons and bodies of LTTE cadres, sources added. On March 15, Security Forces who are now on the final leg of their battle against the LTTE entered the outskirts of Iranapalai, considered as the last operational centre of top Tiger leaders including Intelligence Wing chief Pottu Amman. The location is also considered to be the main hideout of Pottu Amman. After some of their main operational centres fell in recent times, the LTTE had maintained Iranapalai as their main base with many of their top leaders including Sea Tiger Wing leader Soosai and Pottu Amman directing operations from the area. According to military sources, with the fall of Iranapalai, the Tigers have now been confined to a 25 square kilometre land patch, which also includes the safe zone designed for the displaced civilians. The breach of Iranapalai earth bund is also expected to provide civilians, being held hostage by the LTTE in the remaining uncleared pockets in Mullaitivu, an escape route to reach the cleared areas. By yesterday, the number of displaced civilians who had been able to reach cleared areas since January this year had risen to more than 51,000 with more than 3,000 braving the Tigers during the last couple of days (Daily News).

Isn't that ethnic cleansing? ........ Let's us look at a broader picture: Tamils live and work in peace in ALL parts of Sri Lanka. They own over half of the businesses, run political parties and publish newspapers freely in Sri Lanka. On the other hand, only a Tamil can live in the North or North-East of the island. All other ethnic groups live in fear of death or were systematically murdered by LTTE Terrorists. Isn't that ethnic cleansing?

Navy attacks LTTE boat with suicide cadres Major tragedy averted: The Sri Lankan Navy yesterday attacked an LTTE boat with five suicide cadres that tried to enter the Government controlled area along with civilians. Navy spokesman told the Daily News that a flotilla of four boats approaching was observed around 4.30 a.m. yesterday in the Mullaitivu Palamattalan area. The boats, which were under observation, reached the Chundikulam-Vettilaikerni area by dawn. It was observed one boat had five persons on board which aroused suspicion. It was found to be an LTTE boat with suicide cadres. The rest were civilian boats. The Navy isolated the LTTE boat and attacked it killing all five suicide cadres. On inspection it was found that the boat contained one night vision glass, one pistol and ammunition, I grenade, two T 56 weapons and ammunition, two army camouflage uniforms, five maps, dry rations and two army packs, pair of deck shoes, diving compass and one land compass. Fifty four civilians came in the other three boats. Commenting on the incident the Navy spokesman said that the LTTE cadres would have come to enter the Government controlled area along with the civilians with the objective of causing death and destruction in a big way. The Navy\s vigil and timely action averted disaster, he added (Daily News).

Navy rescues more civilians - Another batch of fleeing civilians numbering 108, sailing in six overcrowded dinghies were rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy, off the seas of Chundikulam yesterday.  During the past seven days, the Navy has rescued more than 1,300 IDPs fleeing the remaining uncleared pockets in Mullaitivu, indicating a sudden rise in civilians resisting LTTE orders, Navy sources said. In addition to the ones using sea routes to flee the LTTE, in a fast shrinking uncleared area, more than 3,000 other displaced civilians arriving on foot had sought refuge from military authorities at various locations in the forward defense formations in Mullaitivu, during the last couple of days, sources said. The latest batch of rescuees consisted of 33 adult males, 28 adult females and 47 children. According to Navy sources, the rescued civilians were brought ashore at the Munai Beach and were provided refreshments and medical assistance, before directing them to welfare centres. Special arrangements to assist civilians fleeing uncleared areas have been made with additional vessels deployed in the northern seas, which include stand-by rescue and medical teams, they added. The civilians praised Forces’ personnel for helping them (Full report in Daily News).

Heaving a sigh of relief before God ! - By Shanika Sriyanada - My dearest Kani, I still remember how happy we were when we were together. Can you remember we worshipped the God together praying for our safety. I have now become a stray dog here without you. I cannot come out and I am in their custody. Please pray for my safety. I am helpless and do not know how to escape. I spend my days crying and I do not think that they will ever allow me to come out. Like me, they are keeping lots of young girls and boys here without allowing them to go out. Kani, please pray the God to invoke blessings on us and make a vow for all re-union. Yours, Nadiya - "Oh Jesus", I love you God. Look at me. Hope you can see that I suffer every day. Open your eyes and look at me, of Jesus, I am your child. I love you so much and I know how much you love your children. Please... take me out of this hell ah Jesus! I have been made to live at this place which I do not like. They try to send me to places which I do not like. Time is running out fast and please take me out of this place oh, God. Oh Jesus I pray and hope that you will take me out of this place in the next three days or so. I appeal to you with tears in my eyes if you really love this child please take me out of this place. I hope you will look at me kindly. Pictures of Black Tiger cadres from their collections of diaries and books seized by the Security Forces. Yours., Nadiya (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Yal Devi bonding two communities - Today marks yet another landmark in the on going efforts to forge North South unity, with the launching of the Yal Devi project by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was only the other day that our cinema artistes commenced a project to build an Arts centre in Jaffna to afford Northerners to given full vent to their well known artistic talents. The Yal Devi conjures a nostalgic past where people from South as well as Jaffna journeyed to and fro cutting across all ethnic barriers. The Yal Devi has a special place in the hearts of the Northerner of the past. It was told how the native of Jaffna returning home from his Government job in Colombo donned in Western garb retires into the men’s room of the train to change into his Vetti as his destination nears - a symbolic means of identifying with typical Jaffna culture. This trait of the Northerner though giving rise to some misgiving on the part of the Sinhala traveller was never a cause for friction and accepted without demur. For all that the Yal Devi was a veritable link between the North and the South that provided a vehicle for ethnic harmony in those spacious days as Sinhalese freely mixed with their Tamil companions sans any prejudices. It was a popular mode of journey replete with many legends and anecdotes. People of that vintage still speak nostalgically of the journeys in the Yal Devi where the two cultures mixed congenially at a time there was plenty of goodwill and camaraderie between Tamils and Sinhalese (Full Editorial in Daily News).

A response to my (many, many) Tamil-Canadian critics ... Jonathan KAY Yesterday, I put up a blog post (subsequently re-purposed into an editorial) denouncing the pro-Tamil-Tiger protestors who were part of the demonstration that paralyzed downtown Toronto on Monday. “The rally that took place in Toronto on Monday was not just, as organizers claimed, an expression of support for Tamil civilians in war-torn Sri Lanka,” I wrote (Full report in Daily News).

Battered Tigers offer to talk sans pre-conditions - In an interview with The Sunday Times (UK) Balasingham Nadesan, the political leader of the LTTE, pleaded for an urgent ceasefire. He said the Tigers, classified as a terrorist organisation in Britain because of their use of suicide attacks, would enter negotiations with the government "without pre-conditions". "We call for a ceasefire, loudly and clearly," he said. "Continuous denial of humanitarian access to the civilian population, and non-stop artillery and aerial attacks, are creating an unbearable situation." He called for international monitors to see the situation adding that the Tigers would respect the outcome of any referendum on an independent Tamil state as long as it was held "once people were allowed to return to their homes". The newspaper quoted the only foreign surgeon based in Vavuniya, Hugues Roberts of Médecins Sans Frontières as saying that 960 casualties had been treated, most of them wounded by shells, landmines or gunshots. The victims ranged from a child of three to men and women in their seventies. "The ones dead, or gravely injured, we don’t see them," he said. Joan Ryan, a Labour MP, said: "If the Sri Lankan government does not respond to this call for a ceasefire within 24 hours, Gordon Brown should call for the suspension of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth." A Commons debate on Sri Lanka is scheduled for Tuesday (Island).

Buried LTTE arsenal recovered - STF headquarters said that commandos engaged in search operations had recovered 19,500 rounds of T-56 ammunition buried in the Kanjikudichchiaru and Thangavelayudam areas. A senior STF spokesman told The Island that during the search carried out on Thursday (March 19), commandos had also recovered one T-56 assault rifle, 77 anti-personnel mines, two RPG rounds, one can of TNT explosives, one claymore mine and one pistol (Island).

Of Tigers, Dragons, Turtles and Hens - While the heroic LTTE leaders are hiding behind women and children, dying many times before their death, their allies' diplomatic offensive against Sri Lanka continues. If not for Prabhakaran's hubris and thirst for blood which got the better of reason, perhaps the LTTE lobbyists with many a foreign 'dignitary' in their pocket would have succeeded in mustering even the UN support to take their heroes off the hook. Their problem is that not even a country like Norway, whose partiality to the LTTE stinks to high heavens, wants to sully its hands by openly supporting Prabhakaran. Another attempt to move the UN Security Council against Sri Lanka has come a cropper with China aborting it. Russia shot down an earlier move. Of all countries, it is Costa Rica, Mexico and Austria that have suddenly become so concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Vanni, if their abortive campaign to have Sri Lanka debated at a Security Council meeting is any indication. They are said to be enjoying the US backing in their endeavour. (The penny dropped, eh?). If the countries that have taken up the cudgels for Sri Lanka's IDPs are genuinely desirous of ameliorating the suffering of those hapless people, then their humanitarian concerns must be matched with deeds. But, how many of them have extended any tangible assistance to Sri Lanka's IDPs? (Full Editorial in Island).

TROOPS CLOSING IN ON SAFE ZONE - The military said yesterday that troops are closing in on the civilian’ ‘Safe Zone’ in Puthumathalan from the east and north directions of Puthukuduirrippu. “Troops of the 58 and 55 divisions were just two kilometres away from the ‘Safe Zone’ from the east and north directions of Puthukuduirrippu by yesterday,” Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. He stated the LTTE was now confined to a land of 25 square kilometres, further restricting the LTTE’s military capabilities. The defence ministry said that military offensive divisions have now encircled the last standoff of the LTTE located west of the No Fire Zone. It said troops of 58 Division, withstood intense resistance from the LTTE but continued attacking LTTE defences inflicting heavy damages to the rebels. Meanwhile, the army said that 2169 civilians, who had been forcibly held as human shields by the LTTE in the government declared No Fire Zone (NFZ), have reached the government controlled area by escaping on Thursday. A total of 1983 civilians including 927 males and 1056 females reached the Puthukuddiirippu area on Thursday. The civilians were later directed to the welfare centre following the initial registration process done by the troops of 58 Division. The Navy rescued 131 civilians in the seas off Chundikulam on Thursday. The Navy who were on duty in north eastern seas rescued the group of civilians, comprising 37 males, 28 females and 66 children, onboard eight white flag-hoisted dinghies heading towards Chundikulam (Daily Mirror).

Lankan expats to help bring technology to rural children - The Government is drawing the support of Sri Lankan expatriates to bestow the latest technology to the children in rural areas to keep pace with the modern world, Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka said. The Prime Minister was speaking after opening the new computer unit of the Primary School, Millewa, last Friday. The unit was funded by two expatriates in Australia, Hemantha and Surani Punchihewa. The Government has decided to obtain the assistance of the Lankan expatriates to provide the rural children with modern technology, without taking the entire burden of funding on the Government, he said. The computer unit in the Millewa Primary School is the first phase of this project, he said. Referring to the current situation in the country the Premier said the LTTE which is restricted to a very small area would have been done with had it not been for the human shield, he said. “The Forces exercise utmost care and concern over the civilians that they conduct the war without causing any damage to civilian life,” he said. The Prime Minister distributed NSB pass books among the students and opened the shrine room of the school (Daily News).

Sunday, 22 March 2009

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Three Indian airports in Kerala, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode, on high-alert after threat by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists

India tightened security at three major airports in the southern state of Kerala after a call threatening …

LTTE has no regrets in killing Rajiv Gandhi - Nadesan implies (By Walter Jayawardhana) In an email interview conducted with an Indian news channel so-called political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) B.Nadesan declined to answer the question whether they regret the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Confirming the Sri Lanka Army reports he also said Prabhakaran was still among them. The Indian news channel CNN-IBN asked Nadesan, "Does the LTTE feel that had it not been for the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, India would have supported the Eelam Tamil cause? Does the LTTE regret the Rajiv Gandhi assassination? Nadesan declined to answer both questions the news channel reported. In the past , by regretting the event the Chief ideologue of the LTTE, the late Anton Balasingham is believed to have entered into a controversy with the two main suspects of the assassination , LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottuamman. Later a spokesman of the LTTE backtracked on the "regret". In his words Anton Balasingham said the killing was a "monumental historical tragedy which we regret." India from time to time has reminded that both individuals are wanted in connection with the assassination. Due to the case there is a red alert against their names by the Interpol, which means that they could be arrested even any where else in the world by any national police, if they happen to get out of Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa has promised India that they would be handed over to India if they are caught alive. But some military authorities believe they should be tried in Sri Lanka for their crimes (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

NEW ZEALAND SOCIETY SAYS THE VERY CREATORS OF THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN SRI LANKA FOR THE CIVILIANS ARE PRETENDING TO CLAMOUR FOR THEM ON AUCKLAND STREETS - By Walter Jayawardhana - The Auckland based SPUR –New Zealand has accused that current agitators on New Zealand streets pretending to be clamouring for the Tamil civilians are the very people who are responsible for creating a humanitarian crisis within a narrow sliver of a land in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka (SPUR) in New Zealand says the creators of the crisis who shoot any civilian trying to go away from the area of Pudukudiyrippu to prevent them from escaping so that they could  be used as a human shield, namely the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are masquerading in the streets of Auckland as agitators for the protection of those very civilians harmed by them. The society alleged that these pretenders of human rights are some of the world’s worst violators of human rights who are the enslavers of children as child soldiers and mould and brain-wash some of them to become suicide bombers. The statement alleged that these campaigners extort money from Tamil businesses in Auckland and use that money to explode bombs , both walking and otherwise, to kill scores of civilians which is part of the crisis. The walking bombs have been utilized, the statement said , to kill those very Tamils running away from the LTTE enclaves. Mahinda Attanayake, spokesman for the society said, “Many of the participants of these rallies carry red flags of the terrorist group LTTE that practices suicide bombings and abducts children to use as soldiers in addition to wanton slaughter of civilians including women and children.” Attananayaka said the flags he is referring are the red flags with the emblem of a springing out ferocious tiger, which they call the terrorist outfit’s official flag. He alleged the demonstrators also carry the photograph of Velupillai Prabhakaran , the man who heads the outfit and wanted by the Interpol for the murder of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and other multiple crimes. He says these agitators want the New Zealnders to believe that they did not commit those crimes and blame them on someone else (Full report in SPUR).

Civilians describe hardships faced under LTTE grip - The civilians said the terrorists were not allowing anyone to leave. They open fire at civilians escaping on the sly. Somehow, the other civilians in the terrorist grip should be saved. The terrorists grabbed the food dispatched to them by the government. Rice was sold at 200 rupees. They managed to escape and should thank the troops for saving them. They said goods were being unloaded but nothing was given to them. They are provided with tokens and had to stay for long hours in the queue. Despite doing so, they did not receive any food. The people of the South expressed their disgust over the silence maintained by international organisations on the continuous attacks unleashed by the terrorists on the civilians. They said if the terrorists grabbed the food dispatched for the civilians and hinder them, all communities should unite and stage protests against the LTTE. The world should be made aware of this situation. An NGO representative had been killed by the LTTE. But NGOs or any UN agency does not talk about these killings. A Tamil woman said they cannot tolerate the hardships encountered by their people. All of them are for peace. She called on world organisations to peruse the hindrances unleashed on the Tamil civilians and mediate to sort it out. Another Tamil man claimed the LTTE outfit which was launched by them, was opening fire at their own people and killing their children (Full report in ITN).

Proper value to Tamil civilians - Minister Douglas Devananda has observed that the President had assured a proper value to the lives of Tamil civilians used by the LTTE as human shields. The Minister said President Rajapaksa has ensured proper security to the Tamil civilians who had been detained by the LTTE terrorists and used as human guards. Everyone should array themselves to mould their future on a better path. He was confident that the President would soon undertake the necessary development in this respect. The Minister referred to his obligation in this regard. He was addressing the civilians after visiting the transitional villages. Before undertaking the tour, Minister Devananda broached problems of these Tamil civilians with the President, Senior Presidential Advisor and Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa (ITN).

British Parliamentarians Promoting Tragedy - I rarely watch television in Sri Lanka, but in the long lonely nights in Geneva, when I am too tired to write yet another critique of some silly assault on the Sri Lankan state, I find myself looking for English language programmes. Recently I have been struck by the number of British television dramas dealing with terrorism. Many of them feature police teams fighting for decency as well as the British way of life, sometimes battling politicians who are engaged in all sorts of wicked deals. They are generally about Islamic terrorism, though sometimes they deal with anarchists or even British neo-Nazis. I remember particularly the portrayal of a fundamentalist who convinced the Brits that a moderate Muslim prince was a terrorist leader, and killed him when he had him brought before him for interrogation. More recently there was a Minister who had sold dud red mercury to a group that was holed up in a restaurant with hostages plus the bomb the Minister knew was useless. Not entirely surprisingly, I have not yet seen anything about Tiger terrorism. This still remains a romance to the British, with many politicians falling over themselves to pretend that this is good terrorism, that it is somehow acceptable that the Tigers should use child soldiers and suicide bombers because theirs is a struggle for freedom. The sheer horror of the double standards involved came home to me when I read the account in TamilNet of the tributes to their latest hero, Murugathasan Varnakulasingham, who 'self-immolated in front of the United Nations in Geneva in protest at the international inaction amid the mass killings of Tamils by the Sri Lankan military.' The article said that the BBC said that the British Tamil Councillors and Associates group said that 'This man died not for himself but for us.' It was also claimed, though whether by the BBC or the Councillors or simply TamilNet is not clear, that 'Mr Varnakulasingham's family have said they were proud of his actions.' Despite this it was reported that 'His mother has been inconsolable since his death'. That phrase stuck in my mind, because it suggested the human being behind the hype, the personal anguish that the Tigers did not care about provided they could get their point across (Full report in SCOPP).

Navy thwarts an LTTE attempt to attack security forces mingled with IDPs; 5 LTTE suicide carders killed - Sri Lanka Navy thwarted an LTTE attempt to attack the security forces and killed five LTTE suicide carders who had devised to direct a sudden attack to the security forces in the guise of innocent civilians fleeing from the LTTE clutches in the seas of Chundikulam around 0600 hrs. The Inshore Patrol Craft of the Sri Lanka Navy detected four dinghies carrying innocent civilians fleeing from the LTTE clutches in the early hours of today and when the Naval personnel had approached them as usual for their rescue, they found one dinghy with only five men on board suspicious. Consequently, as they were about act on their suspicion, the persons on board the suspicious boat started firing at the approaching security personnel who in turn acting swiftly retaliated killing all on board. In the subsequent search operation carried out, Navy found 05 bodies of LTTE suicide carders, two T 56 weapons, one pistol, a large number of ammunitions of T 56 and pistol, a large amount of TNT high explosives, one night vision telescope, one diving compass, one silver compass, one army uniform (camouflage) five maps and a lot of dry rations on board. Navy believes that the LTTE’s intention here was to mix with troops on land on the sly and inflict a huge devastation on them. 54 fleeing innocent civilians who were on board three dinghies were rescued by Navy and safely brought ashore at Point Pedro and Vettilaikerni (Full report in Sri Lanka Navy).

Troops Recover More Tiger Dead Bodies & Weapons - MULLAITTIVU: BRAVE soldiers of the Army in their advanced further into limited LTTE held areas inflicted heavy damages to the LTTE terrorists in confrontation occurred in the general areas of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, PATTIKKARAI and SARWARUTHODDAM on Saturday (21). Meanwhile, troops engaged in search operations recovered ten dead bodies of LTTE terrorists including three decomposed dead bodies. One of the decomposed body belonging to a female terrorist cadre. The military items recovered include twenty-one T-56 weapons, five thousand rounds of ammunition, three T-56 magazines, twenty-four hand grenades, fifty-five Jonny mines, five anti personnel mines, one 12.8 kg claymore mine, one I-com set, one radio communication set and thirty-four maps from the general areas of PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU, VISUAMADUKULAM, VISUAMADU and KILLINOCHCHI on the same day (21)  (Sri Lanka Army)..

Promoting LTTE Terrorism in New Zealand - We have seen newspaper reports that the Tamil diaspora in New Zealand are out in the Auckland streets again, to express their support for Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. This type of protests are being carried out by some Tamil groups in New Zealand since 04 February 2009. The observers claim that they were not just, as organizers claimed, an expression of support for Tamil civilians in war-torn Sri Lanka. More than a protest to support the civilians, they appeared to have designed as rallies to promote the LTTE. The LTTE ( commonly known as Tamil Tigers) is a terrorist group banned in USA. UK, Canada, European Union and India. Australia also have designated LTTE as a terrorist Organisation (Full report in Scoop NZ)

LTTE continues shelling fleeing IDPs: 1055 seek protection with security forces- Mullaittivu A total of 1055 civilians sought protection with security forces on Saturday (March 21), fleeing from LTTE terrorists amidst heavy artillery and mortar fire directed from the declared No Fire Zone. According to military reports received, 308 men, 376 women, 371 children including 161 girls were rescued by troops of the 58 Division now operating in general area Iranapalai. The injured civilians due to heavy LTTE artillery and mortar attacks were shifted for immediate medical attention at the general hospital in Vavuniya. LTTE terrorists now cornered in a mere 25 sq.km land stretch are continuing to target those fleeing from its hostage in clear desperation, of sensing probable defeat by military, a defence official said (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

STF Recovers One Small Generator - EAST: TROOPS of Special Task Force (STF) engaged in a search operation in BADAMESSAWA, AMPARA recovered one small generator hidden in the area on Saturday (21). One STF member also sustained injuries in an anti personnel mine explosion during the operation  (Sri Lanka Army)..

Over Thousand IDPs Reached Security Forces Saturday Sent to Relief Villages - MULLAITTIVU & JAFFNA: ABOUT one thousand and fifty-five IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) including three hundred and eight men, three hundred and seventy-six women, two hundred and ten boys and one hundred and sixty-one girls reached Army controlled area in PUTHUKKUDIYIRUPPU on Saturday (21). Another group of one hundred and eight civilians reached the naval troops in POINT PEDRO, JAFFNA after sailing via MULLAITTIVU seas on boats the same day (21). All civilians were sent to relief villages elsewhere (Sri Lanka Army).

OPEN LETTER TO CHINA THANK YOU OUR FRIEND - By Stanley Perera from Melbourne - China has been Sri Lanka’s true friend for many years. China made the corrupt and biased against Sri Lanka UNSC aware of their irregularities for the second time this week. WE SRI LANKANS THANK YOU CHINA FOR YOUR SINCERE EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY FROM THE UNO VULTURES. When a Sri Lankan thinks of a friend in need China comes to his mind first not forgetting Pakistan. Pakistan is equally joining our list of true friends. Without the continued support from China and Pakistan, Sri Lanka cannot achieve its success in eradicating the made in India Tamil Tiger Terrorism. In the mid 1980s when Rajiv Gandhi attempted to invade Sri Lanka, our friend China said hands off Sri Lanka. So the Indian got scared and air dropped weapons to the terrorist under the pretext of humanitarian food supply to the Tamil people violating Sri Lanka’s air space. China helped Sri Lanka against its nasty neighbour India from its invasion. Please note China, your friendly gesture is written in gold in Sri Lanka’s history. Pakistan on the other side was waiting to come to our rescue if the Indians invaded Sri Lanka. Indians realized they were playing with fire and backed off like a dog with the tail tucked between the legs. Navaneetham Pillai woman did a Tony Blair. Tony Blair copied every word of the thesis of a university student and earned a degree in lying. UNO official Pillai woman copied every word of the Tamil net false report. So Pillai woman is also entitled to a degree in lying. Navaneetham Pillai woman also must be treated in the same manner as Canadian dumb judge Arbour woman. I doubt that corrupt and back hander infiltrated defunked UNO has the guts to discipline or dismiss Navaneetham Pillai who is a supporter and a sympathiser of the financially strong Terrorist group LTTE. There is some speculation that Radhika Kumarasamy and Navaneetham Pillai being Tamils have been infiltrated into mislead UNO with bogus claims against Sri Lanka government. There is also much speculation that those two women to-gether with Alan Rock, Gareth Ewans and others who make adverse comments against Sri Lanka are in the payroll of the LTTE. However though UNO’s days are numbered now that Obama is planning to replace the UNO with NATO (LankaWeb).

LTTE threat to Kerala airports Security strengthened: Security has been strengthened at all three international airports in Kerala following an alert received from Mumbai about an LTTE threat to the key installations, India media reported yesterday. The Air India security office in Thiruvanathapuram received the alert message from its Mumbai office, they said. There were also intelligence reports that the LTTE may attack any of the South Indian airports in the coming days. Kerala has three airports Thiruvananthapuram, Nedumbassery (Kochi) and Karippur (Kozhikode). There are regular flights from Sri Lanka to Kochi and Thiruvanathapuram. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), in charge of airport security, has stepped up vigil at the airports. A special meeting was conducted by the CISF Commandant Rajiv Panth to evaluate the security measures. Thiruvananthapuram International Airport was thoroughly searched by the bomb squad and dog squad of the police. The Quick Reaction Team of the CISF also joined search operations, said a news report from the city. Similar search operations were conducted in other Kerala airports too. There has been an active operation of the LTTE in the state and of late there were reports that the LTTE is having a “loose arrangement” with certain fringe Maoist groups and some Islamist organizations in the state., reported rediff.com. A top-ranking intelligence official said some former Naxalite leaders in the state are in touch with the terror elements in Sri Lanka, it added. In another development, on Friday the Tamil Nadu Coast Guard and Police launched a search operation for a boat from Sri Lanka, suspected to belong to the banned LTTE, off the coast of Tamil Nadu near Cuddalore. Superintendent of Police Pradeep Kumar along with his team of officers, Q Branch Police and SB-CID scanned the Pichavaram Mangrove Forest using boats but of no avail. The Coast Guard also conducted an aerial recce along the coast looking for the boat. Meanwhile, Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil addressing a passing out parade at the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai yesterday suggested modern warfare must necessarily incorporate measures to counter threats posed by terrorism and eradicate the menace (Sunday Observer).

SLAF ready to help Kerala - The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is ready to help India in providing whatever details it needs with regard to the `Tiger' threat to certain airports in Kerala, SLAF spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said. Commenting on the threat he said that the Indian defence officials were already in close contact with Sri Lanka and the SLAF was closely monitoring the situation. "The Tiger air power is neutralised to a great extent with the shooting down of its two aircraft recently. But the SLAF is always on the alert", he added (Sunday Observer).

Is Navaneetham Pillay the UN Commissioner for Human Rights responsible for her statement on the Situation in Sri Lanka ? - By Charles.S.Perera - I think Ms.Naveneetham Pillay is not directly responsible for the inaccuracies of her statement and unverified statistics. Because she is apparently just a puppet of the reactionary and anti-progressive elements of her Office in the UN Human Rights Commission. The people behind these high offices of Director Generals and High Commissioner of the Organisations of the United Nations System are the members of the International Community who are out to discredit the holders of such posts if they are not of the International Community. They make the UN Commissioner, the UNESCO Director General and even the Director General of the UNO their puppets. It is they who collect information, prepare the policy statements and they present the reports to be read out by a Director Generals, or the High Commissioner. When the LTTE terrorists communication centre was bombed in November, 2007, and two terrorist were killed, the Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura issued a statement condemning the Government Forces of Sri Lanka for air strikes on the Voice of Tigers’ Radio Station. That was also a statement prepared by his office which the Director General allowed to be sent out under his signature. ( I had heard it been said that the Director General was away on a Mission, when the statement under his name was issued to the press.) This is what happens when non-European people however qualified, are appointed to Direct the Organisations of the UN System. They merely become the spokespersons for their white subordinates (Full report in Lankaweb).

LTTE bomb threat at Kerala airports - : The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has tightened security at all airports in Kerala following a Central Intelligence Bureau (CIB) warning on Thursday night that elements sympathetic to the cause of militant groups fighting the Army in Sri Lanka could carry out punitive bomb strikes in airports across south India.The CIB issued the advisory to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), which, in turn, alerted the CISF headquarters. Official sources said the CIB alert was not specific or sensitive in nature. They said that certain Tamil radical groups in south India apparently believed that the Indian government supported the Sri Lankan Army’s continuing operation against the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Elam (LTTE) and operatives of such elements could be contemplating to carry out bombings at airports in the Indian Peninsular region to gain attention for their cause on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections. The CISF personnel were screening all vehicle entering airports in the State. Its anti-sabotage teams have increased the frequency of their checks. Quick reaction teams of the CISF were also on the standby. (Kerala Online (Sunday Island).

Three Indian airports on alert after Tamil Tiger threat - India tightened security at three major airports in the southern state of Kerala after a call threatening attacks by Tamil Tiger sympathisers, police said on Saturday. Extra security measures were in place at the international airports of Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode following the threat, the director general of police told AFP. "We are keeping high alert on the airports and surrounding areas since yesterday," Jacob Punnoose said. The Central Intelligence Bureau, India's main spy agency, received an anonymous call on Thursday saying that sympathisers of Sri Lankan separatist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were planning bomb attacks at one of the facilities. Police have restricted the entry of vehicles and deployed more personnel and bomb squads in the affected areas, Punnoose said. They have also stepped up baggage screening and restricted visitor access, he added. Sri Lanka's military says it is on the verge of defeating the Tamil Tigers, who have been waging a campaign since 1972 to create a separate Tamil homeland on the Sinhalese-majority island. Kerala, on the southern tip of India, borders the state of Tamil Nadu, whose 55 million Tamils share close cultural and religious links with Sri Lanka's Tamils. Tamil Nadu is separated from Sri Lanka by a narrow strip of water. Last month, the Indian Air Force was put on alert over reported aerial threats along the southern coast of the country after a deadly Tamil Tiger air raid on the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. India has said that a Tamil Tiger ability to launch attacks by air or sea would be a threat to its national security (Asian Pacific News).

Three Indian airports on alert after threat - India tightened security at three major airports in the southern state of Kerala after a call threatening attacks by Tamil Tiger sympathizers, police said Saturday. Extra security measures were in place at the international airports of Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode following the threat, the director general of police told AFP. "We are keeping high alert on the airports and surrounding areas since yesterday," Jacob Punnoose said. The Central Intelligence Bureau, India's main spy agency, received an anonymous call Thursday saying that sympathisers of Sri Lankan separatist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were planning bomb attacks at one of the facilities. Police have restricted the entry of vehicles and deployed more personnel and bomb squads in the affected areas, Punnoose said. They have also stepped up baggage screening and restricted visitor access, he added. Sri Lanka's military says it is on the verge of defeating the Tamil Tigers, who have been waging a campaign since 1972 to create a separate Tamil homeland on the Sinhalese-majority island. Kerala, on the southern tip of India, borders the state of Tamil Nadu, whose 55 million Tamils share close cultural and religious links with Sri Lanka's Tamils. Tamil Nadu is separated from Sri Lanka by a narrow strip of water. Last month the Indian Air Force was put on alert over reported aerial threats along the southern coast of the country after a deadly Tamil Tiger air raid on the Sri Lankan capital Colombo. India has said that a Tamil Tiger ability to launch attacks by air or sea would be a threat to its national security (Full report in Yahoo, India).

Three Indian airports on alert after LTTE threat - India tightened security at three major airports in the southern state of Kerala after a call threatening attacks by Tamil Tiger sympathizers, police said today. Extra security measures were in place at the international airports of Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode following the threat, the director general of police told AFP. “We are keeping high alert on the airports and surrounding areas since yesterday,” Jacob Punnoose said. The Central Intelligence Bureau, India's main spy agency, received an anonymous call Thursday saying that sympathisers of Sri Lankan separatist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were planning bomb attacks at one of the facilities. Police have restricted the entry of vehicles and deployed more personnel and bomb squads in the affected areas, Punnoose said. They have also stepped up baggage screening and restricted visitor access, he added. Kerala, on the southern tip of India, borders the state of Tamil Nadu, whose 55 million Tamils share close cultural and religious links with Sri Lanka's Tamils (Sunday Times).

Terror threat to Kerala airports - : The security at all airports in South India has been beefed up following intelligence reports about a possible terror attack. In tune with the directive of the Central agencies, Thiruvananthapuram International Airport was thoroughly searched by the bomb squad and dog squad of the police. The Quick Reaction Team of the CISF also joined search operations. An anonymous call was received by the CISF Commandant, Kolkata, on Thursday night that warned about a possible explosion in one of the Kerala airports. There were also Intelligence reports that the LTTE may attack any of the South Indian airports in the coming days (Full report in Express Buzz).

Security tightened at Tiruchirapalli airport following bomb threat - Security has been tightened at the Tiruchirapalli airport, following a message received at the Kolkata airport threatening bombs explosions at airports in South India. The Central Industrial Security Force, has intensified patrolling in the airport and tightened security within the airport complex. A team from the city police was also deployed to strengthen the outer security ring. A Bomb Disposal and Detection Squad also conducted checks at several places (Full report in All India Radio)

Tamil twin daughters who escaped from LTTE "Human Shield", sharing a glass of milk offered by Sri Lanka Security Forces

Mother and twins: More and more civilians continue to make their way into government controlled areas from the LTTE-held areas located north of Puthukkudiyiruppu on a daily basis. The picture shows a mother and her twin daughters who had arrived with the group sharing a drink offered by army handlers after a long and tiring journey.

Tamil Diaspora living in luxury and funding the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists should be held responsible for the suffering of Tamil civilians in Wanni

SPUR NZ Media Release - 21 March 2009 Promoting LTTE Terrorism in New Zealand - We have seen newspaper reports that the Tamil diaspora in New Zealand are out in the Auckland streets again, to express their support for Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. This type of protests are being carried out by some Tamil groups in New Zealand since 04 February 2009. The observers claim that they were not just, as organizers claimed, an expression of support for Tamil civilians in war-torn Sri Lanka. More than a protest to support the civilians, they appeared to have designed as rallies to promote the LTTE. The LTTE ( commonly known as Tamil Tigers) is a terrorist group banned in USA. UK, Canada, European Union and India. Australia also have designated LTTE as a terrorist Organisation. Many of the participants of these rallies carry red flags of the terrorist group LTTE that practices suicide bombings and abducts children to use as soldiers in addition to wanton slaughter of civilians including women, children and clergy, political assassinations, destruction of economic and religious institutions etc. Some of the banners displayed also depicted Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, a wanted mass murderer by the Interpol, who personally authorizes the acts of terrorism the group has committed over the last three decades (Read full Media Release in SPUR NZ).

UNCOHR Ms N. PILLAY UMMASKS HER TRUE IDENTITY - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - When I first read the news that one Ms Navenetham Pillay from South Africa has been appointed as UN Commissioner for Human Rights, I was sceptical thinking another LTTE supporter in the UN to back LTTE appeasing Ms Radhika Coomarswamy who is the special representative for children and armed conflict. I was sceptical because name Pillay sounded Tamilish (I am not a racist in any way but anti LTTE) and she hails from South Africa a haven which has a strong support base for LTTE activities from the Sri Lankan and Indian Tamil habitants. However, I thought I should not pre-judge and put her in the same boat of Radhika Coomaraswamy who always had and has a soft corner for LTTE despite LTTE’s continuation of abduction and recruitment underage children for its baby brigade. We have not forgotten her sending one of her stooges Alan Rock to Sri Lanka to look into child conscription and made a mess out of it by blaming the GoSL and not LTTE. Alas…! My scepticism on Ms N. Pillay has now been proved right beyond any doubt when one peruses and analyzes her recent comments on the current situation in the North. In her recent statement, she had come out with unsubstantiated facts and figures presumably obtained from LTTE propaganda websites and other unreliable sources to blame the Sri Lankan Government and the armed forces for the sufferings of Tamil civilians. Much has been said, written and challenged by many journalists including Prof Rajiv Wijesinghe of the Peace Secretariat and Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohana on her totally irresponsible and unprofessional statement (Read full article).

Apartheid Against Majority Sinhalese - By Senarath Singha - The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navanetham Pillay in one of her recent statements which is quoted below attempts to give oxygen to LTTE by bringing the long forgotten “discrimination issue”again. Quote “I hope the Government will take this opportunity to tackle the core problems that have fuelled this conflict, including discrimination and impunity,” she said Unquote. Much is written about the discriminated victimized minority Tamils of Sri-Lanka. It is time some vital statistics are exposed. The truth is that Tamils are the most privileged minority in the World. Ever since, Sinhalese and Tamil were made two main official languages and students sat for their University entrance exams in their mother tongue. Whereas the Sinhalese examiners marked their students according to merit their Tamil counterparts gave their students maximum marks so that they had a clear advantage over their Sinhalese students when it came to places in the faculties of Medicine, Engineering, and Law etc. As a result, the ratio of Sinhalese to Tamil students in Universities did not reflect that of the General population. Also, when it comes to practicals at A Level, Sinhalese students were given faulty apparatus to do their practicals eventually resulted in more failures among the Sinhalese students.  All high posts in most institutions were held by Tamils thanks to this British divide and rule policy. They established missionary schools in the North thereby giving them an edge over the public school educated Sinhalese down south. Those holding high office in government services – Income Tax, Health Dept, Education Dept, Public Service Dept, even the Estate Industry recruited Tamils far outnumbering majority Sinhalese – A clear case of apartheid against the majority. However, since the discrimination was on the majority Sinhalese and that the Tamils could not prove discrimination, then Tamil discrimination slogan became Tamil aspirations and then twisted into grievances now (Read full article). 

Dear Vahini Jeevakaran of Toronto - By Anita Joseph - (March 21, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) I guess you are a Tamil young lady; obviously. May be you are an undergraduate in one of the universities in Toronto or in the neighbourhood municipalities or a young lady in early employment but may not have a family of your own yet. Even otherwise, what you chose to express to a National Post feature on the Monday 16 march in support of the LTTE in Toronto points you out as exceptionally emotional, immature and has dared to state something without checking the facts. ........ In other words you are being a party to agents and people who are determined to regroup the LTTE in Canada once they come to grief in Sri Lanka. Do you want the damage caused by the Tigers to the thousands killed, lands devastated, communities uprooted and shady persons enriched themselves of millions of dollars repeated by giving a new life to this terror monster? If you can find some time take a drive around Markham municipality to inform yourself of how the Tamil millionaires, the first generation refugees, have exploited Tiger terrorism to advantage. Many of them are fund collectors for the LTTE. Do you also know that the Tamils in Canada, obviously pro-LTTE Tamils, are the first refugees in the world to have such a comfortable life in another country? My fear is that this LTTE underworld network can cause major problems for Canada in the future. As I told you, when a woman lies, a community suffers (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

Final curtain for Prabhakaran? Counter-terrorism Expert Prof. Rohan Gunaratna in an exclusive interview discusses the challenges of fighting the LTTE and how effectively they have been surmounted.  Prabhakaran will not survive more than a year if he flees Sri Lanka, Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore Prof. Rohan Gunaratna, a world authority on counter terrorism said in an interview with The Nation World. In an exclusive interview he stated that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has links with multiple terrorist groups including the Pakistani Taleban, an associate group of Al Qaeda (Full report in Nation).

LTTE chief and son spotted - Elusive LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony are believed to be hiding in deep bunkers in the rebel-held Pudukudiyyirippu area and come out occasionally to tell the civilians not to leave their homes. Prabhakaran and Charles, who is believed to be the head of the Air Tigers, were spotted in the No Fire Zone in Pudukudiyyirippu in non-military attire and the duo come out occasionally to mix with civilians. The LTTE leader has been seen with his son Charles Anthony Seelan in public. The duo most of the time are hiding in an underground bunker, the Defence Ministry said quoting sources. The army sources, quoting Tamil civilians who have escaped the area, said both of them have from time to time have come out from the bunkers and explained to the non-cadres of the LTTE the importance of rising up against the government forces, the ministry said in a report on its website. The report said the escaped civilians had told the army that Prabhakaran and Charles come out of the bunker in non-military attire to speak to the civilians. But they had said they were always surrounded by heavily armed special bodyguards, the ministry said. It said Prabhakaran will try not to leave the Sri Lankan shores right now as he would rather prefer to create a humanitarian crisis into his favour by harming the civilians and imposing a ceasefire that would benefit him. The ministry quoted terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratne as saying: Prabhakaran can leave the country. But he will become extremely vulnerable if he leaves Sri Lanka because he is in the Interpol’s red notice and he is wanted by most governments in the world. And Prabhakaran is a proclaimed offender in the Rajiv Gandhi case. So, certainly he will not survive for more than a year. If he leaves Sri Lanka, he will be killed (Full report in Express Buzz).

By pro-LTTE Tamils in UK Lankan HC protests over bid to send shipment to Vanniby - By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London -  The Sri Lankan High Commissioner in London Justice Nihal Jayasinghe, has protested to Admiral Lord West, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Home Office, against the shipment of food, medicine and money to be sent to the Vanni by pro-LTTE Tamils in the United Kingdom without the permission of the Sri Lankan Government. In response to the enquiry by Lord West on the present situation in Sri Lanka’s North and East, the High Commissioner said the biggest obstacle for the steady progress by the military in the present offensive is the detention of around 120,000 innocent Tamil civilians by the LTTE. "The LTTE has been using the civilian population as a human shield", Jayasinghe said. "There is enough food and medicine for the displaced Tamil people in the North". The High Commissioner said that Tamil charity organizations such as the British Tamil Forum, TRO and White Pigeon collect money from the Tamil Diaspora to buy arms for the LTTE. He requested Lord West to find out what had happened to the funds collected by these organizations in the past. He challenged these organizations to prove whether they had done anything productive in the North or East. Jayasinghe also briefed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on the ethnic harmony and peaceful co-existence among the various communities in Sri Lanka. There are 2.5 million Tamils living outside the North and East and more than 50% of the population in the city of Colombo are non-Sinhalese, he pointed out (Full report in Sunday Island).

The Editor (Letters) THE OTTAWA CITIZEN - Ban the Tamil Tiger Flag from our streets - By Asoka Weerasinghe - Sir: So we have the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE aka Tamil Tigers) banned in Canada as a terrorist organization and yet 120,000 Tamil supporters of this ruthless terrorist outfit can walk down the streets in Toronto waving terrorist flags and carrying the portrait of their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran who INTERPOL is after, and who according to UNICEF abducted and recruited over 5,300 children to fight the adult war. This is insane. Moreover, they have challenged the Government of Canada by wearing T-shirts with the portrait of their terrorist leader who is a wanted mass murderer and caps with the LTTE logo. One wonders where the monies collected from these sales go to, which proves positive that this banned terrorist outfit is operating actively with impunity on Canadian soil irrespective of the ban imposed by Canada. This scenario would have changed quite quickly if 120,000 supporters of al Qaeda marched down the streets of Toronto carrying Omar bi Laden’s portrait and chanting slogans praising the group that slaughtered Americans during 9/11 and going after the Jews? Will Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto’s Mayor David Miller tolerate it? I doubt it and that is where the rub is. The Canadian Government should act quickly and have the Anti-Terrorism Act amended to see that banning terrorist organizations are all inclusive before they start choking the streets and making the lives of other tax payers miserable. I want to reclaim my side walks without having to dodge the Tamil Tiger sympathizers who stand in twos and threes deep during demonstrations and the Tamil Tiger flag sweeping my face.

Lahore hero Khalil here first week of April Felicitation at Sri Lanka High Commission, Islamabad: Mehar Mohamed Khalil, the Pakistani driver who drove the Sri Lanka’s precious cricket team to safety during the Lahore 3/3 terror will be travelling to Sri Lanka during the first week of April for a week holiday with his family on an invitation extended by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody said in Islamabad that he wanted to congratulate Mehar Mohamed Khalil for having, first of all, the courage by saving himself from a shower of bullets from terrorists and then having the presence of mind to drive the cricketers to safety. Addressing Sri Lanka’s new envoy Weerakkody in Urdu, through an interpreter Khalil , acclaimed as the new hero of Pakistan, replied, I received all this courage from Almighty Allah and my mother. I am so honoured for having saved the Sri Lankan cricket team, the world so fondly loves. The two men met at a function organised by the Sri  High Commission to hand over travel documents and an invitation to visit Sri Lanka (Full report in Sunday Observer).

People battle LTTE as troops close in - By Asif Fuard More trapped civilians have freed themselves from the clutches of the LTTE despite an ongoing forcible recruitment of civilians by the guerrillas, in a rapidly shrinking terrain. Civilians who escaped from the LTTE in Puthukkudiyiruppu have reported to the military of desperate and angry civilians going on the rampage against the guerrillas who are preventing them from leaving. According to these reports the guerrillas this week, have distributed leaflets in the “safe zone” demanding that every man, woman and child take up arms and fight to the end. These people have also said that the LTTE has mounted gun positions in the 12 km “safe zone” . This week, a group of rebels who attempted to forcibly recruit men and women in the Puthumatallan area, in the safe zone, were attacked by a group of civilians resulting in the stoning of several LTTE cadres and an ensuing clash between the two sides. This incident, was reportedly triggered off when a group of cadres attempted to forcibly recruit a young girl, despite the protests of her parents and relatives and in the melee, had reportedly dragged the girl out while holding her parents and relatives at gunpoint (Full report in Sunday Times).

Tamil Tigers ‘finished’, says former leader Rebels in Sri Lanka said to have lost 90% of fighters Prabakaran a "mad man - "The Guardian, Saturday 21 March 2009 The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a rebel army that has fought a 25-year civil war against the Sri Lankan state, is "finished", having lost more than 90% of its fighters, the group’s former military commander said yesterday. In an interview with the Guardian, Colonel Karuna said around 1,500 surviving rebels, who have made their last stand on a sliver of the north-east coast, are surrounded by 65,000 troops of the Sri Lankan army, with no way out. At the height of their powers the Tigers could muster more than 15,000 men at arms. "It is a do or die battle for the LTTE," said Karuna. "The battle is now street to street and door to door." Karuna is the nom de guerre of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, who until 2004 was the Tigers’ military commander. Many see his defection as a turning point for the LTTE. Not only was Karuna privy to all the Tiger’s best-kept secrets, he also brought with him 6,000 battle hardened fighters. The 45-year-old now describes his former leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, as "a mad man". "He wanted to be a king, a duke ... he had a totalitarian mindset. I told him the LTTE could never win. I had spent 22 years on the battlefield. But he did not listen." Prabhakaran, he said, had made a series of tactical blunders in the war culminating in the suicide gamble of holding territory. "After he lost [the Tigers’ capital] Kilinochi he knew he could not make a stand. But he thought the Tigers could survive among the people. Now the LTTE has trapped 100,000 people and [Prabhakaran] has gone to the jungles [preparing for] a guerrilla war." (Full report in Sunday Island).

East tourism to flourish - Musthapa - Deputy Minister of Tourism Faizer Musthapa invited local tourists to travel more to the Eastern Province as the region is now safe with hardly any threat from the LTTE. Deputy Minister Musthapa along with the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan held a media conference in Trincomalee on Friday to elaborate on the situation with regard to tourism in the country. Several tour operators and media personnel were present at the briefing where the Deputy Minister was highly optimistic of reviving tourism in the East. He said: Tourism could be a major revenue earner to develop the Eastern region, which was devastated due to LTTE terrorism. Local tourists could travel to the East without any fear. The region has tremendous resources to develop tourism into international standards. "Tourism is the forth income generating sector in the country. Once the LTTE is completely eradicated from the country tourism in the East will flourish" he said. The Chief Minister Chandrakanthan said: The Eastern province is historically, and culturally rich and resources to develop tourism are found in abundance. Investors and tour operators should focus more on the East to attract local an foreign tourists. He also said that the income generated from tourist to the region could be used for development activities (Sunday Observer).

A Letter to Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada -Dear Jason: Re: ARE WE CONSERVATIVES OUT OF OUR MINDS? As a card carrying Conservative  (C111255047) I got a simple question for you, are we losing it or what?Firstly, CANADA TAKES BACK DEPORTED TAMIL GANGSTER. Last month our Conservative Government brought back from Sri Lanka a “dangerous” gang member of the AK Kannan that engaged in extortion, drug trafficking, weapons dealing, attempted murder and murder in Toronto.Nagalingam was deported in 2005 having been identified as a gunman in an unsolved shooting in Scarborough in 2000 that left two teenagers dead. He had also smashed a chair over the head of a man at a community function and assaulted a security guard at a theater. The police statement said, “This individual in my opinion is a recipe for yet another disaster on the streets of Toronto. He is a danger to the citizens of Canada, and should not be allowed to stay in Canada”. So he was deported in 2005.This back-tracking is embarrassing when Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced new legislation to fight gang violence and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said that the government “would take tough, responsible action to make our streets and communities safer and more secure.” What happened? (Read full letter).

Forces push LTTE further - Cornering the LTTE further in to Puthukuduirippu area the 5 and 7 Gemunu Watch battalions of the 53 Division secured approximately 1.5 kilometres of the A35 road by yesterday morning hours operating from the south of the road, military reports from the battle ground stated. The 53 Division commanded by Major Gen. Kamal Gunaratne, 58 Division commanded by Brig. Shavendra Silva and Task Force 8 commanded by Col.G.V. Ravipriya are pushing the LTTE to a corner and gaining more of the uncleared land. According to the ground information troops are withstanding heavy resistance from the depressed enemy. “The spearhead of the 55 Division is approximately 2 kilometres close to the `No Fire Zone’ from the Puthumathalan North while the 58 Division operates on the immediate West of Nanthikandal lagoon,” Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. The Army 55 Division commanded by Brig. Prasanna de Silva operates from the North of Puthumathalan while the 59 Division commanded by Major General Nandana Udawatte is marching forward from Mullaitivu, few kilometres south of the `No Fire Zone’. Troops of 58 Division have shrunk LTTE hiding areas while consolidating defences in newly gained ground at the Mullaitivu battlefront last Friday, defence sources said. Army snipers deployed in Puthukudiyirippu West and Iranapalai areas have gunned down 20 LTTE terrorists ahead of the own defence line, military reports indicate (Full report in Sunday Observer).

Food prices drop in North Jaffna traders happy: The Chamber of Commerce comprising a sizeable number of big and small-time traders in the Jaffna peninsula is in full praise for the Government in sending essential items to Jaffna and thus putting an end to shortages. Prices dropped drastically in the North according to the Commissioner General of the Essential Services, S.B. Divaratne. Arrangements have been made to send a second convoy of twenty five lorries carrying 320 metric tons of essential items to Jaffna on Thursday following the success of the first convoy of thirty five that had reached last week. Divaratne told the Sunday Observer that trading and the farming communities of Jaffna were the happiest lot following the opening of the A-9 highway, initially for narrowing the gap between trading and the farming sectors of the North and the South. “The first convoy that reached Jaffna from Colombo a week ago following the re-opening of the A-9 highway had returned to Colombo with sixty thousand kilograms of cargo from Jaffna.Twenty thousand kilos of the total quantity were sea food items. The agricultural products such as onions and tobacco along with other agricultural items were also included in the cargo that returned from Jaffna. “Therefore not only the farmers but also the fisherfolk in the North were highly appreciative of the efforts of the government in easing their difficulties,” Divaratne said. He also added that according to G.A. Jaffna the prices of almost all the food items have come down and prior to the Sinhala-Tamil New Year in April the prices were most likely to come down further. Meanwhile, medical items have been transported by sea to Mullaitivu last evening, by MV “Green Ocean” and transferred to Puthumathalan beachhead from Trincomalee with the ICRC escort. Regional Director of Health Services, Mullaitivu district, Dr.S. Sathyamoorthy will receive the medical items from the liner which will offload cargo onto smaller vessels, according to Divaratne (Sunday Observer).

Mega water supply projects launched - Several water supply projects costing billion rupees are implemented islandwide, said Water Supply Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. The ten billion rupee Batticaloa water supply project funded by the Government and the Asian Development Bank will be commissioned early next year, he said. The Batticaloa water supply project was launched immediately after the liberation of the Eastern Province from LTTE terrorists. Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Muttur will have drinking water after commencing the project, he said. He said that the Jaffna peninsula water supply project has been finalised and it will be commissioned after clearing landmines in the area around the Iranamadu Tank. ADB had agreed to finance the project in 2004 and it was postponed due to LTTE terrorist activities in the area. This project was estimated at Rs. 8 bilion in 2004. ADB was still wiling to finance the project, he said. He said that Iranamadu Tank is the only water resource in the North to be used for water supply schemes. At present 12 small-scale water supply schemes were in operation in Jaffna utilising ground water, he said. He said that water to the Colombo-Kelani River south bank project also was progressing. The people who were living in high elevation lands in Colombo and Gampaha districts will benefit from the project, he said. The Project Director ADB Project Unit NWSDB, A. Hapuaarachchi said under the secondary towns and rural community based water supply and sanitation project safe drinking water will be provided to 829,000 people in Batticaloa, Hambantota, Trincomalee, Muttur, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura districts. Sanitation facilities will be provided to 171,500 people in these districts, he said. According to the Project Director the total cost of the project was Rs. 19.27 billion. The World Water Day falls today, the 22 March and a special ceremony under the patronage of Water Supply Minister Mahinda Amaraweera will be held at the BMICH. The theme for World Water Day, this year is shared water-shared opportunities. An international day to celebrate fresh water was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). (Sunday Observer).

Time running out for LTTE: End in sight - The public attitude towards the ongoing humanitarian operations by the Security Forces is changing very fast. They have become the keenest observers of this drama. Sometimes their observations are much advanced than those of the people who are really involved in this process and extra sensitive towards any incident taking place there. What they want is to see an end to the war very soon. At the same time they too are sympathetic towards the plight of the Tamil people who have been trapped inside the small territory that remains under the control of the LTTE. Therefore, the Security Forces have to engage in a balancing game at present. From one side they want to end this battle without unnecessary delay and at the same time they have to be extra sensitive towards the growing concerns about the plight of the besieged civilians since they are at high risk at present (Sunday Observer).

LTTE catchy words running out of steam - WITH less than 500 Tigers remaining in their last shrinking Tiger territory in Puthukudiyrippu, Tigers, still hopeful of a `miraculous do-gooder’ to rescue them even at this belated hour, appear to be running amok as the numbers deserting them are fast swelling, almost every hour. Tigers at the initial stage after demarcation of the `No Fire Zone’ tried hard to sell the so-called genocide against Tamils among the International Community (IC) and the Diaspora. It found illogical expression through various overseas political figures, but failed to bring desired results. Pro-LTTE websites and ad hoc news tubs were hurriedly put into action, and they went on pasting gruesome and heart-breaking photos of dead Tiger siblings and youngsters, purported to be those of the civilians and children in the `No Fire Zone’. Simultaneously, LTTE proxies, including those locals in Diyawannawa undertook various trips down to many foreign capitals, urged LTTE mouthpieces and mercenaries to rise up and collectively incite respective foreign government authorities and the general public and Tamil expatriates to resort to protest actions, including fast unto death, self-immolations, etc. Secondly, with the vicious motive of giving credence to the myth of starvation among civilians, held under Tigers, they meticulously tried to block food supplies to trapped civilians, disrupted the unloading of the same by firing on vessels and enthusiastically began creating whatever possible scenarios to stall the troops’ advance (Full report in Sunday Observer).

`Yarl Devi’ project takes off tomorrow - President Mahinda Rajapaksa will inaugurate the `Yarl Devi’ railway project to the Jaffna peninsula, at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow at 4.00 p.m., informed sources said. Train services which existed between the North and the South for more than hundred years came to a halt following the troubles started in the North in the eighties. The last `Yarl Devi’ train to operate between Colombo and Jaffna was in 1990 and the service was terminated at Vavyunia. The `Yarl Devi’ was one of the four services to run between Colombo and Jaffna and was the largest revenue earner for the Sri Lanka Railway. Following the disruption of railway services around twenty five stations big and small on the northern line had been completely damaged with the removal of railway tracks by the terrorists (Sunday Observer).

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT REPEATS ITS DEMAND TO RELEASE TAMIL CIVILIANS THE LTTE IS HOLDING BY FORCE - By Walter Jayawardhana - Australia while condemning the terror tactics of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) demanded the outfit to immediately release the Tamil civilians they are holding in the areas under their control. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said, “Australian (government) condemns the use of terror tactics by the LTTE. Australia again calls on the LTTE to lift immediately all restrictions on civilians remaining in areas under LTTE control.”This is the second time the Australian government demanded the LTTE to release the civilians they have imposed restrictions to leave. The statement further reminded that the Government of Australia has extended its sincere condolences to those affected by the suicide attack targeting Government ministers and others at a religious procession in southern Sri Lanka on 10 March. The statement further said, “We applaud the efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Sri Lankan Government in the evacuation of injured and sick from the conflict area. We urge that these evacuations and World Food Programme–Sri Lankan Government food convoys and shipments are allowed to continue.” The following is the full text of the statement: “The Australian Government remains gravely concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka where thousands of civilians remain trapped amidst fighting between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. “We welcome the close attention the United Nations is paying to the situation. We share UN concerns at the high numbers of civilian casualties caused by the conflict. The situation is extremely dangerous and has the potential to deteriorate as fighting continues in an increasingly confined area. “Australia has extended its sincere condolences to those affected by the suicide attack targeting Government ministers and others at a religious procession in southern Sri Lanka on 10 March. “Australian condemns the use of terror tactics by the LTTE. Australia again calls on the LTTE to lift immediately all restrictions on civilians remaining in areas under LTTE control. “There can be no justification for preventing free movement of civilians from the conflict zone. We encourage the Sri Lankan diaspora to add weight to this call to prevent further loss of life (Read full report).

TNA MP to back Govt. -  With the LTTE crumbling under military pressure the pro-rebel- Tamil National Alliance (TNA) suffered a major blow with one of its Members of Parliament deciding to back the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The move came amidst reports that more of the party members were being approached by the government. TNA parliamentarian S. Vino Noharathalingam said he had decided to back the government by reuniting the two factions of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), a constituent party of the TNA, after the MP had talks with Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa. The MP was this week allowed to visit the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Vavuniya, marking the first such visit by a TNA MP to the camp, while requests by TNA MPs including one from the group leader R. Sampanthan had been turned down. Mr. Noharathalingam on his return made a statement in parliament, praising the government’s efforts in looking after the displaced people. The move surprised the TNA MPs. Senior TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja was seen involved in a heated argument with the MP in a corridor of Parliament on Friday. The Government yesterday at a hurriedly-organised news conference presided over by Media Minister Laskshman Yapa Abeywardena welcomed the TNA MP’s speech saying it was proof of the genuine efforts being made by the government to look after the displaced people. Mr. Noharathalingam told The Sunday Times that they have to support the government in its work. However, he claimed he had not yet taken a decision about joining the UPFA. In a related move Basil Rajapaksa this week had talks with another TNA MP and offered wide powers to oversee administrative and welfare work of the displaced people in Vavuniya. The MP told Mr. Rajapaksa that he would decide on the matter. The Sunday Times learns that in a similar manner several other MPs of the party also have been approached by the government. TELO member and parliamentarian K.Srikantha told The Sunday Times that if Mr. Noharathalingam went ahead with his plans, it would be a serious deviation from the party policies (Full report in Sunday Times).

Saturday, 21 March 2009

China has for the second time this year blocked fresh moves to include Sri Lankan crisis on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

China said that it was "merely an internal matter," and not a threat to international peace and security.

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China informs the UNSC again not to interfere in Sri Lanka's internal affairs - Sri Lankan military operations have no effect on international peace and security : China informs the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) not to interfere in Sri Lanka's internal affairs. A proposal has been included in the agenda of the council said that civilians are affected by the humanitarian operations in the north. The council was compelled to withdraw the motion on two occasions due to stern opposition of China. China has reiterated that Sri Lankan military operations have no effect on international peace and security (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Intense fighting in Puthukkudiyairippu; 5 LTTE bodies found - Infantrymen of 5 Gemunu Watch (5GW) and 6 Gajaba Regiment (6GR) serving under 53 Division continued their offensive gaining control over more area while strengthening the defences yesterday, defence sources in battlefront said. Intense fighting between 5GW troops and terrorists reported in general area Puthukkudiyairippu during day hours yesterday. In subsequent search operation conducted in the area troops have found 5 bodies of LTTE terrorists along with military items left behind by the fleeing terrorists. 6 x T-56 weapons, 3 x I-Com sets are also among the recovered items. Meanwhile, 6GR troops also heavily confronted with LTTE terrorists in general area Puthukkudiyairippu through out the day (20 March). 2 x T-56 weapons and 10 x Hand grenades also found in a search operation conducted following hours long fighting, military sources said (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

1185 Tamil civilians seek security forces protection - Puthukkudiyairippu - Total of 1185 Tamil civilians who had been forcibly held by the LTTE terrorists were able to escape the terror grip and reach security forces controlled area yesterday, 20 March. The civilians reached to troops of 58 Division on offensive in general area Puthukkudiyairippu. 326 males, 338 females, 279 male children and 242 female children are among the escapees and they were directed to the welfare centers established in Kilinochchi after proving them with meals, medical treatment and other necessities. As LTTE terrorists have already been cornered to less that 26.5 Sq Km area due to effective advances of the security forces, safer escaping routes were opened for the innocent Tamil civilians forcefully hold by the terrorists as human shield (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Thank you China for your support - By Wick. Gankanda,  Los Angeles, California, USA - To: H.E. Mr. Liu Zhenmin Ambassador and Deputy Representative of China Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations. Dear Mr. Zhenmin, As a Sri Lankan American living in Los Angeles, California, I applaud China for opposing a second move to put the Sri Lankan issue on the United Nations Security Council agenda as reported by the sources below. Please convey my heartfelt thanks to the Chinese leadership and to the people of the Republic of China for their friendship and support to Sri Lanka. I am sure that China's continued efforts to back Sri Lanka will be well appreciated by Sri Lankans worldwide. China blocks move to bring Lanka issue before UN Security Council, March 20, 2009 (Lanka Web).

Over Thousand Civilians Reached Troops in Puthukudirippu - MULLAITTIVU: ONE thousand one hundred and eighty-five civilians including three hundred and twenty-six males, three hundred and twenty-eight females, two hundred and seventy-nine boys and two hundred and forty-two girls reached troops in PUTHUKUDIYIRUPPU during Friday (20). Meanwhile, thirteen civilians consisting of six males, two females, three boys and two girls reached troops in MULLIYAVELI on the same day (20). All civilians were sent to Relief Villages after providing with basic requirements (Sri Lanka Army)..

'Majesty Natural Food & Chemicals' make donation to 'Api Wenuwen Api' - Mr. K.T.D Jayarathne, Managing Director of Majesty Natural Food and Chemicals (Export) Ltd, Dompe made a donation worth of Rs. 2,500,000 to the 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund on Friday (March 20). The donation was received by Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Ministry of Defence premises. Senior journalist and defence columnist of 'Lankadeepa' Mr. Duminda Sanjeewa Balasooriya was also present at the occasion. The 'Api Wenuwen Api' fund was established under the directives of Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa for facilitating the mega housing project of 50,000 housing units for security forces personnel (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Four LTTE Dead Bodies & Some Weapons Recovered - VANNI: BRAVE soldiers of the Army continued their attacks on LTTE terrorist hideouts in the general areas of AMPALAWANPOKKANAI, PUTHUKUDIYIRUPPU east and SARWARUTHODDAM on Friday (20), inflicting heavy damages to the terrorists. On the same day (20) two soldiers also sustained injuries due to anti personnel mine explosions in MARADAMADU and KOKKUTHUDUVAI areas. Meanwhile, in search operations conducted in PUTHUKUDIYIRUPPU and UDAYARUKATTUKULAM areas troops recovered thirteen T-56 weapons, five hundred rounds of T-56 ammunition, four de-composed dead bodies of LTTE terrorists including one female terrorist dead body, one Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) launcher, one T-81 weapon, two magazines, four hand grenades, one I-com set, fifty-one 60 mm mortar bombs, twenty-eight claymore mines, five hand grenades, two detonators, two field dressings, two packs, one belt order, one hundred and one anti personnel mines, two hundred and seventy paint tins, two generators, two motor bikes, one Nissan van, five AC plants and one sofa set on Friday (20) (Sri Lanka Army)..

Tiger commissar wants China to reconsider - A former constable of the Sri Lankan Police and later Constable General of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam headquartered in Kilinochchi and now the terror group’s political head or commissar or whatever he calls himself, B Nadesan wants China to give consideration to what he calls as the plight of the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Unless this news item was doctored by Tamilnet, he must be one of the few Tiger leaders cowering behind innocent civilians whom his terror gang is holding as human shields. The Tamilnet, LTTE’s international media fraud, quoted him thus: "We urge China, Russia and all the powers of the world not to ignore the plight of the civilians who face a genocidal war by the Sri Lankan state." It seems when he contacted Tamilnet he was told that according to reports that China was not in favour of a second UN Security Council meeting on Sri Lanka." China vetoed the motion stating that it was purely an internal security matter and what is happening in Sri Lanka does not affect the rest of the world. China's stand is appreciated and this country has been a great friend of Sri Lanka. Who can forget the Rice-Rubber Pact of 1953 when China came to the help of Sri Lanka and this is still in effect.  When the Tigers are the ones holding thousands of civilians as hostages and are determined to deny access to food, medicines and humanitarian supplies and worse, shooting at those trying to escape and conscripting children into their forces, B Nadesan has the temerity to accuse the government of genocide against the Tamils. He claims that 70 million Tamils are concerned about their beleaguered brethren. But these are the people held as human shields by the LTTE. And he expects the world to react in their favour. This could very well be a concocted story of Tamilnet but it is also quite a likely claim of LTTE’s political commissar with whom one has to be sympathize for the very reason that if the LTTE fails to surrender, he will have to pay the ultimate price (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

12th batch of patients and civilians trapped in Mullaithivu evacuated with the Naval assistance - The twelfth batch of 455 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on the 20th March 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. The patients among the evacuees, upon disembarkation at Pulmuadai , were provided with emergency medical treatment by Naval doctors and were rushed to the Field and the Base hospitals in Pulmudai , and the General hospital in Padaviya by the naval personnel for further treatment. Elaborate arrangements have been made to treat the sick and the wounded evacuees once they reach cleared areas. Hospitals have been equipped with adequate stocks of essential drugs and specialist medical personnel are assigned to treat the sick and the wounded as they are transferred to hospitals. The twelfth batch consisted of 147 adult males, 187 adult females and 121 children in total. Among them were 77 male and 51 female patients needing medical treatment. The evacuees had been languishing in pain and fear due to the LTTE's adamant stance to hold all civilians captive in the un-cleared areas as human shields despite the repeated appeals by the International Community to free all civilians to arrive in safe areas immediately (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Another Stretch of A-35 Captured - MULLAITTIVU: ADVANCING troops of 53 Division, captured another 1.5 km stretch of A-35 MULLAITTIVU – PARANTHAN main road this morning (21), after fierce battles with LTTE terrorists. During the search that followed troops recovered five terrorist dead bodies, thirteen weapons, ten hand grenades, three communication sets and one single cab from the area (Sri Lanka Army).

Clad in civilian clothing Prabhakaran and son Charles Anthony Seelan seen in No Fire Zone - By: Walter Jayawardhana - Sri Lanka Army sources said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader has been seen several times in the Puthukudiyiruppu area's No-fire zone declared by the government for escaping civilians. The same sources said the LTTE terrorist leader has been seen with his son Charles Anthony Seelan and both of them for most of the time are hiding in an underground bunker. The army sources quoting Tamil civilians who have escaped the area said both of them have from time to time have come out from the bunkers and explained to the non-cadres of the LTTE the importance of rising up against the government forces who are not very far away from the area of the no-fire zone. The LTTE cadres are now stationed in the Eastern sector and the No-fire zone of the area. The escaped civilians had reportedly told the army sources that Prabhakaran and Charles Anthony Seelan come out of the bunker in non-military attire, to mix up easily with the civilians. But they had said they are always surrounded by heavily armed special bodyguards. Meanwhile the 58th Division of the Sri Lanka army during its operations in Iranapalai area has nabbed the driver of Pottuamman, the intelligence chief and deputy leader of the movement. He has told his army interrogators that he had escaped from the Tiger leaders and hidden himself in the area when the army had caught him. Army sources said so far he had revealed many confidential pieces of information about the LTTE leaders. Army sources believe that Prabhakaran will try not to leave the Sri Lankan shores right now as he would rather prefer to create a humanitarian crisis into his favour by harming the civilians and imposing a ceasefire that would benefit him (Sri Lanka Defense Ministry).

Security at three international airports in Kerala has been strengthened - Security at three international airports in Kerala has been strengthened after the Indian intelligence division received information regarding a tiger terrorist attack. The Kerala Police chief says this measure has been taken upon information by the Mumbai security centre. Accordingly, the Army and the Police are providing added security at the Thiruvanandapuram, Kochi and Karippur airports (SLBC).

Tigers and their apologists at the UN - The Comical story of LTTE’s Nadesan who cannot communicate even with his own supremo Prabhakaran offering to negotiate with China typifies the extent to which the Tigers are in disarray. Nadesan’s UN "intelligence" is based on a South Bronx blogger who runs a site called Inner City Press. Nadesan is attempting to use Inner City fiction to white wash the Tigers. The UN is seized of how the tigers are shooting nuns, elderly and children, conscripting minors as young as 14 years of age and using internationally banned chemical weapons. At a time like this Nadesan is trying to fool the diaspora into believing that he is negotiating with China! Trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the diaspora into believing that only China opposes moves in the UN against Sri Lanka and making them believe the rest of the countries in the Security Council are supporting them. In the meantime, when Asian Tribune contacted the Austrian delegation in New York the spokeswoman Verena Nowotny did not say anything about a ‘procedural vote’ as claimed by the ‘Inner City Blog’. Ironically a large number of countries in the Council including two Permanent Members China and Russia are against bailing out the Tigers this time. They are in fact working out a formula it is learnt, to compel Tigers to surrender immediately and unconditionally and to forthwith release the civilians currently in the safe passage. The super power itself according to independent sources is offering to enforce it by deploying their Pacific Command (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Hang the mindless criminals - by K. Godage - There have been quite a few Sadu types who have been writing against the execution of those who have been sentenced to death. Is any one of them a relative of those who have suffered at the hands of these killers? Take the case of the Hamers who were unmercifully hacked to death by hired killers? Anyone out there whose wife died as a result of an LTTE bomb—- My thoughts go out to the families of all those innocents who were killed by Prabhakaran, the Pol Pot of Eelam, and his goons Let me recall a few of the murders committed at his instance: The latest brutal killing of an innocent little girl in Trincomalee is the pits; this country has been plagues by violent crime in recent years and the brutality of each one of them has shocked the nation more than the brutality indulged in the previous instance. The President must act to save our most fundamental of human rights our right to live and not be at the mercy of senseless murderers. There have been quite a few Sadu types who have been writing against the execution of those who have been sentenced to death. Is any one of them a relative of those who have suffered at the hands of these killers? Take the case of the Hamers who were unmercifully hacked to death by hired killers? Anyone out there whose wife died as a result of an LTTE bomb—- My thoughts go out to the families of all those innocents who were killed by Prabhakaran, the Pol Pot of Eelam, and his goons Let me recall a few of the murders committed at his instance: (Full report in Island).

LTTE threat to Kerala airports; Security tightened - Thiruvananthapuram, Mar 20 (PTI) Security was today stepped up in all the three international airports in Kerala following an alert about LTTE threat to the key installations, police sources said here today. The Air India security office here received the alert message from its Mumbai office, they said. The CISF, incharge of airports security, has stepped up vigil at the airports in Thiruvananthapuram, Nedumbassery (Kochi) and Karippur (Kozhikoe) (Full report in PTI).

Australia condemns LTTE terror tactics - The Australian Government yesterday condemned LTTE terror tactics and called on it to immediately lift all restrictions on civilians remaining in areas under its control. Australian Foreign Minister Stephan Smith said in a media release that the Australian Government remains gravely concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation in Northern Sri Lanka where thousands of civilians remain trapped amidst fighting between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE. He said: "We welcome the close attention the United Nations is paying to the situation. We share UN concerns at the high numbers of civilian casualties caused by the conflict. The situation is extremely dangerous and has the potential to deteriorate as fighting continues in an increasingly confined area. "Australia has extended its sincere condolences to those affected by the suicide attack targeting Government ministers and others at a religious procession in southern Sri Lanka on 10 March. "Australians condemn the use of terror tactics by the LTTE. Australia again calls on the LTTE to lift immediately all restrictions on civilians remaining in areas under LTTE control (Full report in Island).

Australia condemns LTTE terror - Australia condemns the use of terror tactics by the LTTE. Australia again calls on the LTTE to lift all restrictions on civilians remaining in areas under LTTE control, said Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith MP in a press statement yesterday. "There can be no justification for preventing free movement of civilians from the conflict zone. We encourage the Sri Lankan diaspora to add weight to this call to prevent further loss of life," it added. Excerpts from the statement: "Arrangements need to be put in place as a matter of urgency to allow the safe passage of civilians from the area. As long as civilians remain in the conflict zone, both sides have an obligation to ensure that hostilities are not conducted in a way which endangers civilian life. There should be no firing from or into areas of civilian population, wherever they are." "Australia holds grave concerns for the health of those remaining in the conflict area and calls on all parties to give urgent priority in Australia to ensuring adequate food and medical supplies are allowed into the area." (Daily News).

War Zone Toronto - What do you expect two hundred and twenty six gangs and members of banned terrorist groups to do? Kill, kill randomly, harm innocent people, steal, extort money from innocent people and make a city a war zone. That is exactly what is happening here in Toronto. With 226 gangs operating in the city and members of banned terrorist groups such as the LTTE, better known here as the Tamil Tigers roaming the city and openly hero worshipping suicide terrorist cadres who kill innocent Sri Lankans back home. Tragic isn’t it? Reports say that the Canadian government is going to amend the criminal code to target organized crime, illicit drugs since a consensus is developing that the country should be tougher. Everyday we hear of innocent people getting killed for no fault of their own. Even children and women. These random killings are the worst and law enforcement authorities have not had much success in bringing them to justice and very soon Canada will have a funeral TV too. The Government had given the licence to operate a Funeral TV here. Many innocent Sri Lankan Tamils don’t feel safer here either. A Sri Lankan Tamil office worker said that her parents living in Colombo were much safer than her family living in Toronto. It is heartening to hear it when interested parties have grouped together to slam Sri Lanka without cleaning their backyards. What else do you expect in Toronto with over 105 nationalities living in the City? They all want to have their own and be their own. I don’t think it is possible unless they become Canadians, not just namesakes but real ones. Though the real Canadians are known to be peaceful, these false Canadians have disrupted the peace here with their own agendas and terrorist activities. You only have to read the book ‘Cold Terror’ – How Canada has become a haven for foreign terrorist groups, written by acclaimed Journalist Stewart Bell of the National Post. Today, India boasts of a Great Prime Minister and Indian Sikh, a Sikh Army Commander and more. There is no cry for an Independent Sikh state in India or burning of the Indian flag. But, the cry is here and the Indian flag is insulted, burned far away in Toronto. Terrorists are almost defeated in Sri Lanka but LTTE terrorism continues right here in Toronto. It will never end here and the law enforcement authorities are getting worried (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Army near “last standoff” -  The Sri Lankan military on Friday claimed it had encircled the “last standoff” of the LTTE west of the “No Fire Zone” in Puthukkudiyirippu. Separately, the pro-LTTE TamilNet quoted political head of the LTTE, B. Nadesan, as urging the Chinese and Russian governments to allow the Sri Lankan Tamils’ plight to be discussed at the U.N. Security Council a second time. His Comments followed reports that China was not in favour of a second Security Council meeting on Sri Lanka (Hindu).

GLOBAL SUPPORT FOR ARMED FORCES: GOTA -  The contributions made by the world community to the armed forces show that they have accepted the present attempt of the government to eradicate terrorism, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said. He said this while accepting a donation coordinated by the Economic Affairs Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Sri Lankan missions abroad. The donation was Foot Sprays/Foot Powder worth over Rs. 4 million to be used by the Sri Lanka Armed Forces. “The agenda of the LTTE was to fulfil the dream of Eelam which consisted of a large amount of land extending to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and even a part of Yala area. “We were able to estimate that from the maps of the LTTE recovered from their chief military locations,” he said. He said the amount of arms and ammunitions recovered from LTTE areas, and their capabilities of creating armoury and the way they had developed the LTTE organisation for the past 30 years, show the LTTE’s attempts to destroy the country. He added that all those recoveries made by the armed forces show the gallant services they had rendered towards the country. Meanwhile, addressing the occasion Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said the United Nations High Commissioner has requested the LTTE to free the civilians detained by them in their area. “Now the LTTE is in a state that they are going to be defeated and the fight is at its last stages. The only alternative for the LTTE is to lay down their arms and stepping on to the democratic stream of the country,” he said adding that the Ministry has taken steps to make aware the world community regarding the hindrance caused by the LTTE to the fleeing civilians. He said the Foreign Ministry would further take relevant action to support the civilians in the war-torn areas and look forward for their development, health aid and other (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Sri Lanka troops find abandoned rebel naval base - Sri Lankan soldiers have found an abandoned rebel naval base as fierce fighting between troops and Tamil Tigers defending their last remaining northern enclave left 11 rebels dead, the military said Friday. The army has ousted the Tamil rebels from all but one of their strongholds in an all-out offensive the government hopes will soon end the island's 25-year-old civil war. The rebel holdouts — along with tens of thousands of terrified civilians — are confined to about 11 square miles (28 square kilometers) of jungle and beach near Mullaittivu on the northeastern coast. A military statement said troops found the base of the Sea Tigers, the rebels' naval wing, Thursday near Puthkkudiyirippu, the last rebel-held town. A search revealed sophisticated communications equipment, satellite dishes, an improvised boat, a small underwater vehicle designed for one person and computers, it said. The discovery came as troops inflicted heavy damage on the rebels in a daylong battle near Puthkkudiyirippu, the statement said. Later, soldiers found the bodies of 11 rebel fighters (Full report in International Herald Tribune).

TNA MP lauds IDP facilities - Lakshman Kadirgamarpuram Welfare Village setup following exodus of civilians -  Village has a school for children of displaced civilians - Vocational training centre for youth -  Recreation facilities provided to the people - Trincomalee district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian S. Vino Noharthalingam participating in Thursday’s (19) debate in Parliament on the draft Widows and Orphans Pension (Amendment) Bill praised the facilities provided by the Government to internally displaced persons who are now housed in the Kadirgamarpuram Welfare Village in Vavuniya.  “The Government has provided all facilities to the people at the Kadirgamarpuram Welfare Village. I saw how the people there are living freely without any fear. All essential services are provided to the people at the village. Youth receive vocational training and this should be really commended,” he told Parliament. “Earlier their lives were threatened by the LTTE but now there is no threat to their lives,” the MP added.  The Government set up the Lakshman Kadirgamarpuram Welfare Village following the exodus of civilians from the newly liberated areas in the North in January 2009. This village has a school for children of displaced civilians and also a vocational training centre for youth who are in the village. Recreation facilities are also provided to the people in addition to common amenities. In contrast to the usual tents where IDPs are normally housed Kadirgamarpuram Village has separate temporary houses for the displaced civilians who will move into their new places of residence once de-mining is completed and necessary infrastructure facilities are established. Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa MP visited the village as soon as it was established to personally look into the facilities provided to the IDPs. A delegation of Ambassadors and other high ranking diplomats who toured the welfare village in early March were highly pleased with the facilities there. The delegation comprised South Korean Ambassador Choi Ki Chul, Indonesian Ambassador Djafar Husein, Russian Ambassador Vladimir P. Mikhaylov, French Ambassador Michel Lummaux and Japanese Embassy Counsellor K. Shimasak (Full report in Daily News).

Influx of civilians fleeing LTTE - Over 1,184 civilians displaced reached the cleared area in Puthukudiyiruppu yesterday. Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the number of displaced who had reached cleared areas now is nearly 50,000. Around 1,184 civilians have reached the cleared area in Puthukudiyiruppu. “The displaced were directed to IDP centres,” he added. Another group of 1,983 civilians including 927 males and 1,056 females reached Puthukudiryippu area between 6.00am to 6.00pm on Thursday. “The escaped civilians were later directed to the welfare center following the registration process by troops of 58 Division,” Brigadier Nanayakkara said. Meanwhile, 29 civilians including 13 males, 10 females and six children had reached Chundikulam, Jaffna around 6.30 pm on Thursday. Navy spokesman Captain D.K.P. Dassanayke said the Navy had rescued 131 civilians in the seas of Chundikulam around 11.30 am on Thursday. “The naval patrol rescued a group of civilians, on board eight dinghies headed towards Chundikulam,” he added. The civilians were brought to Munai beach. They were later handed over to the IDP welfare authorities (Full report in Daily News).

National flag humiliated - A university student who was due to leave for Jaffna carrying two magazines with photos of four skulls replacing the four bo-leaves on the national flag, was arrested by the Air Force at the Ratmalana airport and handed over to the Mount-Lavinia police on Thursday (19). The student, a resident of Jaffna, is a graduate of a foreign university who had returned on a holiday and had purchased the two magazines at a book shop in Wellawatte. While waiting for a flight to Jaffna, Air Force officials checked him, and on arrest he was handed over for interrogation to the Mt. Lavinia police (Daily Mirror).

Broadcasting in Norwegian style - By: Mahinda Weerasinghe - Norwegian media’s studied silence of the Sri Lankan war on terror was suspended around three months ago. The silence was maintained as a real-politics necessity. Which means; to keep the Norwegian folk, ignorant of what’s happening in the island? Now the issues have overtaken, and a new reality has dawned. The impending annihilation of the LTTE terrorist is keeping the UD nervous. Understandably UD’s terrorist allies need lots of oxygen presently. And the international media is reporting what’s taking place in the island. So the silence has become pointless as the Norwegians get information in other ways and would have wondered why. So the next best thing is to brainwash the Norsk Folk and prepare them for the horrible eventuality. This means if the army happens to capture their terrorist pal Prabhakaran, he is bound to let the cat out of the bag. So the subtle censorship has been disbanded and news has begun to tickle down the last months and now there is inundation. Indeed if the ‘fat Sun God’ falls into the lap of the capable military commander, Sarth Fonseka it would become a whole new ball game. If that happens then UD’s goose is cooked? So they are rehearsing for the upcoming scenario. In fact I just read that Norway is financing Sri Lanka de-mining activities, these been the mines placed by LTTE and never reported by the Norwegian monitors at the time. This is called running with the hare and hunting with the hound. To the people who know the game, the reason for this disinformation campaign is clear. In order to give a taste of it to the reader I will present NRK1’s reporting on the Sri Lankan situation on the 12th of March, and the analysis that followed. I am not presenting the entire material, but the vital parts of how they present information so that their terrorist friends come out looking as pure as the driven snow (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

China again blocks move against Lanka - China has for the second time this year blocked fresh moves to include Sri Lankan crisis on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) agenda, Foreign Ministry sources told Daily Mirror yesterday. Inner City Press reported that non-permanent Council members including Austria, Mexico and Costa Rica had requested a meeting for March 26 under the heading "Other Matters" since Sri Lankan crisis was still not an item on the Council's formal agenda. The non-permanent members were under the impression that other Council members had agreed to the suggestion, but China vehemently opposed to having any discussion in the Council on the plight of civilians in the Sri Lankan conflict. China said that it was "merely an internal matter," and not a threat to international peace and security. Inner City Press said Sri Lanka's UN mission had contacted Council members and made this same argument but those requesting the meeting were considering calling a procedural vote, on which there were no veto rights. An attempt to discuss Sri Lanka at the UN Security Council was blocked last month but subsequently UN's humanitarian coordinator Sir John Holmes reported on his recent trip to Sri Lanka under the agenda item "other matters" after Russia dropped its objections to the Security Council discussing the conflict between government forces and LTTE. The Council president said that members, meeting at a closed session, appealed to the Sri Lankan government to exercise maximum restraint and to the LTTE to lay down its arms and abandon the use of violence to pursue its political aims,. It was reported that the briefing followed a behind-the-scenes row over whether the Security Council should discuss Sri Lanka at all while Britain and other Western nations pushed for the briefing as a way to highlight the heavy civilian casualties. But Russia, fearing UN intervention in Chechnya, initially argued that the Council should not interfere in the "internal affairs" of a UN member state by taking up Sri Lanka. It was backed by council-member Vietnam. Last month's Japanese presidency of the 15-nation council, which has the power to impose sanctions, reassured Russia that Sri Lanka would not be put on the council's formal agenda. The meeting ended with no UN action, but agreement that the Japanese ambassador Yukio Takasu, could summarize the discussion to the media (Daily Mirror).

MINISTER DEVANANDA VISITS IDPS IN WELFARE CAMPS - Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare Northern Province Mr. Douglas Devananda recently visited the welfare camp of the Jaffna university hostel at Pambaimadu, Vuvuniya that presently houses displaced persons from the Wanni. He informed the inmates he had come to meet them with the intention of seeking out their problems, grievances and searching for quick solutions to their problems for discussions with President Rajapaksa. He said this would be a beginning of a better life for them. He added his mission was to build the confidence of the displaced people in the President and the government, while acting as a guiding light and facilitator. The Minister said the displaced people should not worry about their future and asked them not to believe stories spread by rumour mongers. He said the sole wish of the President was to resettle them in their homesteads as respectable and honourable citizens as quickly as possible. He reminded the people that they should be grateful to the President for having safeguarded their lives and brought them to government controlled areas despite the fact that either willingly or unwillingly they had identified the Tiger leadership of being the sole representatives of the Tamil people. He emphasized the Tiger leaders were using the people for their own benefit. He pledged the government had no intention whatsoever to subject the displaced from Wanni who already had undergone immense sufferings at the hands of the Tiger Leadership to any harassment. He said “President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government is our Government, and under no circumstances should people lose confidence in their future. The intention of the Government is to pave way for a better future whilst providing necessities of life to tide over the transition period”. The Minister added the purpose of his visit was to lead the displaced persons to a better tomorrow. He said ‘relevant parties would immediately settle grievances. While complicated problems would be referred to the President for sorting out (Daily Mirror).

Navy to shoot ship carrying food for Tigers - The Navy said yesterday that it had been alerted about a ship carrying the International Red Cross emblem about to sail to Sri Lanka from Britain carrying 2,000 tons of food for the beleagured LTTE in the guise of food aid to the people trapped in the Mullaitivu district. Sources said this was a Tiger ruse to rouse international opinion against the Sri Lanka government. Naval sources said that the Sri Lanka Navy would open fire on the vessel named ‘Vananga Man’ if she enters Lankan territorial waters. She is scheduled to leave Britain on March 26. According to the Navy, the vessel is carrying the International Red Cross emblem. An organization named British Tamil Forum had said the ship would enter Sri Lankan waters despite the Navy’s protest. The Navy has inquired from British authorities about the ownership of the vessel (Island).

Blake, Menon and Hillary - In an interview given to The Island, Mr. Robert Blake, the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, has stated inter alia, that ‘The right time for a political solution is now’. When one speaks of a ‘solution’, it implies that there is a problem. But nowhere in his interview has Mr. Blake mentioned what the problem is. No person can talk of solution without first stating what the problem is. Adding insult to injury, a news item appearing in the Daily Mirror of March 9, 2009 carried a head line, titled "US Govt. calls for political Solution", once again without stating what the problem is. ..... Perhaps, the Indian High Commision could send copies of these Publications to those leaders in Tamil Nadu shedding copious tears for the LTTE, and not the Tamil Community. They are blind to the fact that Tamil gentlemen of the caliber of Messrs. Anandasangaree, Douglas Devananda. Karuna Amman etc... etc.., are not part of the LTTE and do not endorse their activities. Those in Tamil Nadu should realize that Tamils constitute only 12% of the country’s population and that 55% of that population live outside the North and East in perfect harmony with the majority community and being law abiding citizens of this country, do not subscribe to the aspirations of the LTTE (Full letter in Island).

Canadian Outrage: Genocide and a 7-year old - By Siva Sunderam and Anita Joseph in Toronto - What is actually happening in Sri Lanka is just the opposite. Those who are following the tragic events in that island country are aware that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are holding as human shield thousands of Tamils from the Wanni in sheer desperation to save themselves when just about everything they had professed the last three decades and a half at gun point has been lost. Their conviction that they could force a ceasefire has evaporated totally. If as claimed by the Canadian Pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora has an element of truth about genocide against the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the country’s Armed Forces could have gone through and finished their operations long ago. Isn’t that what George Bush, Dick Cheyney and co have been doing in Iraq? Human Shield weapon has been used by the LTTE over the years in various forms; there is a variety of them from provoking the security forces to attack civilian population to uprooting communities, herding them up and the cowardly LTTE cadres hiding among them to escape the armed forces (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

LTTE in dire straits: Original dummy of the original has fled - By Catapult Thangavelu from Kappang Highway - “Who said the LTTE is headed by Velupillai Prabhakaran? He was only the visible front of the hidden back and it’s the “Back” that is very powerful; only the back exists now. This “Back” of the front is overseas,” said Machan Markandu of Montreal now on a holiday unknown to his relatives in Manipay. One can gather therefore his name is not Machan Markandu. ....... “My relatives lived under Tiger terror in a make-shift hut having been chased out of their spacious house which they commandeered to set up their headquarters in Kilinochchi.” He said he would wring Nadesan’s neck if he had even a quarter chances; this is of course the Constable-General now turned the successor to Chavakacheri saloon drop out and Norwegian stooge, Zoo-Pa. Wonder whether Nadesan has managed to escape from Pottu Amman. ..... (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

The killer was not TMVP member, but worked for polls: Pilliyan - Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Mr.Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilliyan Thursday at a press briefing held at Trincomalee Welcombe Hotel denied that a suspect Jana involved in the alleged abduction and killing of six year-old student Varsha Jude Reggie of Trincomalee St.Mary’s College was not a member of the TMVP but worked for the TMVP in the last provincial council election. He added all TMVP offices in Trincomalee had been converted as offices of another party. “People should know that the TMVP had no need to collect money through extortion. A group which was against the TMVP had been working to tarnish the image of him and his party”, he said. Mr.Chandrakanthan made the above observation at the end of the press briefing to inform that the TMVP had released its all child combatants from their custody. Justice Ministry Secretary Mr.Sugath Gamlath, Deputy Inspector of General of Police, Eastern Province Mr.Ananda Hettiarachchi and UNICEF Trincomalee Head. Ms Joyce Gachiri attended the briefing. However a list of 100 names of suspected Child soldiers was handed over by the UNICEF representatives and Mr. Chandrakanthan handed over the list to the DIG to carryout further investigations (Full report in Sri Lanka Guardian).

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Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala Massacre on 23 April 2006

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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)

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists massacred 61 Sinhalese villagers including 17 Women and 7 children on 18 September 1999 (Read details)

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