Go to Homepage

Sri Lanka News Online Home Page | Latest News from Sri Lanka | Media Releases | News Archives | Disclaimer

Here is your search engine. Please type the key words (e.g. LTTE, Child soldiers, etc.) and then press 'Search'.
Latest News from Sri Lanka
for ,
You can also access vast News Archives
Latest News from Sri Lanka  
The United States' top intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) says that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the most dangerous and deadly extremist organization in the world. The official website of FBI in its tops story said that LTTE is far more dangerous terrorists outfit than al Queda, Hezbullah or even HAMAS. Read more...

 

Latest News from Sri Lanka

 

Current Significant Issues

Sunday, 09 May 2010 08:19 AM 

 

Sri Lankan embassies tasked with sounding out LTTE elements

2-weeks time to Prabhakaran's mother to represent case - The Madras High Court today gave two weeks time to slain LTTE chief Prabakaran's ailing mother Parvathi Ammal, deported from here to Malaysia recently, to represent to the state government if she wanted to undergo medical treatment here. Passing interim orders on a PIL, a bench comprising judges Elipi Dharmarao and K K Sasidharan said the state government had submitted that it had not received any representation from Parvathi for allowing her to stay in the state to undergo medical treatment. "Therefore it is left to the petitioner, an advocate, to take steps to make a representation on behalf of Parvathi or to get the representation from her itself and submit the same to the state government within two weeks," it said. After receiving the representation, the matter would be placed before the Centre by the state government within two weeks for consideration, it said (PTI ; 30 April 2010).

Historic gun battle memories at Elephant Pass immortalized - Immortalizing memories of the fierce gun battles, fought by valiant War Heroes at the strategic Elephant Pass, a special War Hero Memorial, erected in honour of fallen War Heroes, was ceremonially unveiled by Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa Friday (30) morning, amidst a pantheon of military chiefs, including Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army and Commander of the Navy.  Elephant Pass War Hero Memorial, a fitting tribute to the memory of thousands of gallant soldiers whose legendary heroic saga speaks of more deeds than words, will from now onwards remain for ever, mustering reverence and admiration of the Nation since they all had laid their lives for the sake of country's territorial integrity and unitary nature during those battles, reminiscent of historic Gannoruwa battles in 1638. The monument also stands out as a token of living memory for soldiers since it was the point where northbound 57 and 58 Divisions met up with their fellow soldiers from 53 and 55 Divisions who were moving southward from Jaffna (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 30 April 2010).

Military to Withdraw from Private Land in Jaffna: Defence Secretary - Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who toured Jaffna Peninsula and Elephant Pass today said that government has made plans to gradually move out the military from all private land that is presently occupied by the armed forces since the height of war. The Defence Secretary made these remarks to media personnel who attended the opening of a new war memorial in Elephant Pass on Friday morning. He mentioned that the land was acquired during the height of the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) which is a proscribed terrorist organization that had been fighting a gruesome three decade long war for a separate state. The military had moved into many of the private lands which had been abandoned by the civilian population in the Jaffna peninsula who had tried to escape the fighting. Mr. Rajapaksa also emphasized that the armed forces will play a major role in the development of the war ravaged regions and that the time for peace and prosperity has dawned in the country after the defeat of the LTTE (Asian Tribune : 30 April 2010).

How the LTTE was military defeated: A Soldier’s view - Part Two - Written by Day - EXCLUSIVE TO SRI LANKA GUARDIAN - Balraj’s brilliance came to light when he landed with tiger fighters in Kudaarappu for Iththaavil fighting on the A9 highway during his attack on the Elephant Pass garrison. Soosai and his sea tigers helped Balraj, who always led his tigers from the front and about 1,200 tigers to land behind SLA lines to capture the Elephant Pass complex, which was deemed impossible to overrun by a lightly armed force or by infantry alone. He cut off supplies going to the Sri Lankan Army and attacked from three directions. This attack was notable not only for the heavy casualties SLA suffered, most of them died of dehydration but scotching the military thinking or the assumption that rear defense in depth of a nation’s conventional army could only be seriously threatened by an armed force supported by strategic air power (StratAir) or close air support (CAS). Another reason that this operation was very successful for LTTE because Theepan aka Velayuthapillai Baheerathakumar and Col K attacked south of Elephant Pass stopping reinforcements coming in. The rest is sad history (Sri Lanka Guardian : 30 April 2010).

Radhika’s R2P plot to save Prabhakaran sinks in Nanthikadal - by H. L. D. Mahindapala - After accusing Rajiva Wijesinghe, the former head of the Peace Secretariat, viciously, branding him as a “near-racist ….ranting and raving about ICES” and constructing “fiction” and “a narrative for Sinhala consumption” Radhika Coomaraswamy, Under-Secretary General for Children at War, now pretends as if there was no intention on the part of ICES, her main political base, to initiate international intervention, using the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), to save the fascist LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, who was on the phone to K. Pathmanathan (“KP”), urging him to mobilize the international community to save him. Following this order “KP” was on the phone to pro-Tiger capitals (e.g. Oslo, London etc) to drum up-international support to save the Tigers who were on their last legs. Radhika’s international network of INGOs and NGOs too joined in this mission not overtly but covertly. Massive international pressure was mounted in the last stages when the anti-Sri Lankan forces in NGOs realized that their “diabolical plot” (Radhika), hatched from the days when she and Neelan Tiruchelvam were heading the ICES, was about to be smashed by the advancing Security Forces (LankaWeb : 30 April 2010).

Constitutional reforms: TNA ready to support govt. - President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government is likely to receive the support of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to introduce constitutional amendments aimed at devolving powers to the regions.  A consensus between the government and the TNA, which campaigned, at the April 8 general election, for protecting rights of the Tamil speaking people, is expected in the near future.  Well-informed sources told The Island that India would pressure the TNA to align with the Rajapaksa administration to pave the way for required constitutional changes.  Although a re-merger of the Eastern Province with the North or police powers to regions would not be negotiable, the government was expected to go for maximum possible devolution.  Sources said that now that President Rajapaksa had received an overwhelming mandate at the January 26 and April 8 presidential and general elections, he could go ahead with the much-delayed devolution process.  Responding to a query by The Island, sources said a delay on the part of the Sri Lankan government would only upset India and strengthen the Tamil Diaspora bent on reviving separatist sentiments, though the LTTE no longer posed a conventional military threat (Island : 30 April 2010).

Now, 24 hr health services available in once LTTE held land - One year after the conclusion of war, people living in the Vanni, including areas devastated by some of the bloodiest fighting have access to 24-hour medical services, the government says. Contrary to reports, people can access five government hospitals at Kilinochchi, Mulankavil, Mannar, Talaimannar, Pesalai and Mallavi hospitals any time of the day.  Government sources told The Island that restoration of health facilities within a year of the final battle at major hospitals had been a tremendous achievement. The army killed LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon last May. The INGO community, in its latest joint humanitarian update, too, confirmed restoration of 24-hour medical facilities at six hospitals for the benefit of the war displaced. According to INGOs, during the day people can access government hospitals at Pallai, Pooneryn, Uruththirapuram, Veravil, Madhu, Adampan, Mankulam, Oddussudan, Nattankandal and Thunnukai. They said that a dearth of medical personnel had prevented restoration of health services in the northern region. Re-deployment of public health inspectors currently working at Menik Farm could bring relief to resettled internally displaced persons, they asserted (Island : 30 April 2010).

New building for Nedunkerny hospital - The new hospital building of Nedunkerny was opened last week as new hope is rising in the Northern Province under the Uthuru Vasanthaya (Northern Spring) project. Northern Provincial Council Governor Major General G.A. Chandrasiri said the Nedunkerny base hospital was damaged due to LTTE attack. The Government has rebuilt the hospital building under the Uthuru Vasanthaya program. "The hospital was provided with basic facilities. "Three doctors taking in charge will be in duty round the clock. Around 100 beds were furnished for the patients," he told the Daily News. The Northern Provincial Council also planned to upgrade and renovate the hospital buildings damaged during the war in the Northern Province while providing basic facilities (Daily News : 30 April 2010).

Gota on inspection tour in Jaffna - Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday toured the Jaffna peninsula, where he met senior officers in charge of security and discussed ways and means of improving the situation in the peninsula. He was accompanied by the Acting Chief of Defence Staff and Army and Navy Chiefs. Thursday’s visit was the first to Jaffna by the Defence Secretary this year.  Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Commander, Security Forces, Jaffna briefed the visiting delegation on the security network. Discussions centered on post-war concerns, resettlement, de-mining work, civil administration, rehabilitation of former LTTE combatants, promotion of civil-military relations.  The Defence Secretary opened the rehabilitated dockyard at Kankesanthurai harbour, which had for over twenty-five years remained abandoned due to LTTE terrorism. Opening of this dockyard would enable the port hereafter to carry out all repairs to the vessels directly without towing them to Trincomalee, military sources said (Island : 30 April 2010).

Putting entrepreneurship at the heart of economic revival in North & East and beyond - by Dr Muttukrishna Sarvananthan - Continued from yesterday - Domestic air transport; With the 24-hour opening of the A9 highway since the first week of January 2010, the market for air travel to and fro Jaffna has dropped dramatically. This has paved the way for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to monopolise domestic air services through its commercial wing, viz. Helitours; thereby driving the private sector out of the domestic air travel and freight markets. These developments are not conducive for curtailing public expenditure or promoting private enterprises. I doubt that domestic air transport to and fro North and East is commercially viable given the current policy framework. If this is so, why should the SLAF made to incur losses? Instead, I would suggest that larger private budget airlines should be facilitated to operate the domestic air passenger market. With the upgrading of the Pallaly airport in Jaffna, not only the domestic air travel, but air passenger services to India could also be promoted (Island : 30 April 2010).

On landmines and explosive remnants of war: raising awareness and taking action - It is almost a year since the fighting came to an end in the North of Sri Lanka. The country is left with the huge, on-going task of assisting those who fled the war zone, to return to their homes and villages, and begin their lives anew. But several areas in the North and East have been heavily mined during years of protracted conflict. A pre-requisite for the safe return of people, therefore, is that the area should be cleared free of landmines. Sri Lanka is taking necessary steps to ensure that the country becomes mine-free for the future. A seminar for the media in Colombo drew attention to the worldwide campaign to ban landmines and briefed journalists about the scope and impact of this global problem (Asian Tribune : 30 April 2010).

A bigger leader than KP among the 7 LTTE rounded up in Netherlands - According to news reaching Lanka e news, among the 7 LTTE members who were arrested in Netherlands , there is an LTTE leader by the name of 'Madiyasan' who is more powerful than Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP who was arrested in Malaysia.  Based on the information provided by the International intelligence service, Madyasan is known by the name of ‘Grandhe’ (boss) . At the time of his arrest he was in possession of a French passport .Switzerland and German passports too were found in the possession of Madhyasan when he was searched.. Within the LTTE , if KP is a Manager , Madhiyasan is accepted as an operations commander, the Int. intelligence service added.  The Nertherlands officials who made the arrest have elicited information from Madhiyasan , that he visits his offices in Netherlands and Switzerland every week.  When Prabhakaran was living , KP was kept away from the international relations of the LTTE . In his place , an individual called Castro under Nediyawan was appointed as another LTTE leader , and the international affairs operations were conducted by him.  The Int. intelligence service is investigating the links between Nediyawan who was in charge of collecting funds from the Tamil Diaspora ,and Madhiyasan. They are also inquiring into whether Nediyawan and Madhiyasan refer to the same person, according to reports reaching Lanka e news (Lanka e-News : 29 April 2010).

Indian aid for Palali airport - The Indian government has agreed to assist the development of the Palali airport and the Kankasanthurei harbor. This agreement was reached when the Indian High Commissioner Ashok. K. Kanth met the new Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratna this afternoon to offer congratulations to the new premier and to strengthen the good will between Sri Lanka and India. At the meeting, the High Commissioner stated that the assistance of India will be forthcoming for the resettlement of displaced families and also will work for the widening of the economic cooperation between the two countries. Prime Minister D.M. Jayarathna stated that India as a neighboring country has always assisted Sri Lanka in a number of spheres and that with terrorism eradicated and the economy being built, a cordial relationship between the countries will be an impetus to strengthen the economy of Sri Lanka (Daily Mirror : 29 April 2010).

How the LTTE was military defeated: A Soldier’s view - Part One In Gratitude to Late Lieutenant Colonel Lilith Jayasinghe WWV, RWP, RSP, SF, SLA - Written by Day - EXCLUSIVE TO SRI LANKA GUARDIAN - (April 29, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Lalith was fast asleep in his grave. All of sudden he was disturbed by the sound of knocks on his tombstone. He was quick to his 9mm strapped on his right thigh and drew it maintaining a pistol grip. He challenged the intruder in military manner “Who goes there?” The intruder replied “Sir, Corporal Kularatne.” Then Lilith asked “What is going on?” CPL Kularathne replied “Sir, Sri Lanka Army is doomed; the internecine war is at its worst!” This caused Lilith to ‘turn in his grave’! Then Lalith decided to use ‘Challenge’ and ‘Password’ to confirm the identity or positively identify the intruder. Lalith identified, in fact, CPL Kularathne was none other than the Hasalaka Weeraya (Hero). Lalith leaves his grave and smartly salutes Corporal Kularathene (This may look odd to the reader. Lailth is a lieutenant colonel but Kularathne is a corporal. Something does not look right here you wonder (Sri Lanka Guardian : 29 April 2010).

Jaffna library to be inter-linked with local universities - Northern Province Governor Major General G.A. Chandrasiri said the Jaffna Public Library will be computerized and inter-linked with all other local universities in the country to exchange information.  He said the Government has proposed to computerize the entire system of the Jaffna Public Library under the Uthuru Vasanthaya (Northern Spring) project. The Jaffna Public Library is one of the main libraries in the country.  The Jaffna Public Library was burnt down by a mob in June 1981. The library at the time of destruction was one of the biggest libraries in South Asia containing over 97,000 unique books and manuscripts. It has a very old history and was supported and nurtured by intellectuals. It was re-opened on February 14, 2003. The local area network system of the library will be computerized and inter-linked with local universities beginning from the Colombo University,” Chandrasiri told the Daily News.  He reiterated that a computerized environment will provide more opportunities to the students in Jaffna. Therefore, they will have the opportunity to expose themselves by obtaining information throughout the network system.  Meanwhile, the Northern Provincial Council has distributed 1,000 pairs of shoes to IDPs’ children at Gamini Maha Vidayalaya in Vavuniya on Monday.  He said another 100 cycles were distributed among the schoolchildren in the Jaffna Peninsula. “We are ready to face and provide more facilities to schoolchildren in the Northern Province,” he added (Daily News : 29 April 2010).

Confessions by "master of terror" - Colombo Chief Magistrate Champani Janaki Rajaratne has ordered the release of copies of statements made by former LTTE media spokesman Daya Master and interpreter George Master to the CID. The court made the order on Tuesday when the case against the two LTTE suspects came up for hearing. The CID said it needed the copies to expedite its investigations.Velauthan Dayanithi alias Daya Master and Velupillai Kumaran Pancharatnam alias George Master, who are out on bail, attended Tuesday’s hearing. The two suspects had volunteered to make statements about their links to the LTTE to the then Chief Magistrate, Nishantha Hapuarachi, when they were under detention (Lanka Times).

‘Sovereignty’– why do they allergic to third world sovereignty? -Part 7 - by Geethanjana Kudaligamage -  Rajapakse, regional politics, “Eurocentric Developmentalism” and the western hegemony “Metaphysics- the white mythology which reassembles and reflects the culture of the west; the white man takes his own mythology, Indo-European mythology, his own logos, that is, the mythos of his idiom, for the universal form of that he must still wish to call ‘Reason” (Derrida). The question of the day is, whether national sovereignty is an obsolete concept or a necessary tool for our survival? However weak it may be, however even waning that could be, sovereignty still provides the only safety-net for the third world countries those are vulnerable to western sponsored separatism. If there was no residue of sovereign rights left in global political culture, then most certainly we might have been lost the war at the very beginning of it. Of course there are cases that sovereignty could do nothing to stop mass murder issues elsewhere, but the remaining idea of sovereignty still ‘delegitimized’ all such aggressions in the contemporary world history. For that reason, our goal must not be the submission for all utterances coming from the west for the advantage of their own political, military and economic ends, but to struggle to safeguard existing tools that would be useful for our survival. Sovereignty is one such tool (LankaWeb : 29 April 2010).

Jaffna library to be computerised - Steps have been taken to computerise and upgrade the Jaffna public library, according to News.lk. The issue was discussed earlier this week at a meeting held by Jaffna Mayor Yogeswary Patkunarajah and Northern Province Governor G A Chandrasiri at the library auditorium. SIERRA Information Technologies Ltd. has been entrusted with the task of preparing a report. Digital technology would enhance capacity of expanding the library’s indexing system and other allied functions (Island : 29 April 2010).

Prabha's mother may come back next month

Uthurata Kiri Dakunata Kekiri - By Malin Abeyatunga, Melbourne, Australia - President Rajapaksa brought freedom to a devastated nation. He united the country. His leadership brought UPFA into power with an overwhelming majority in the Parliament albeit just short of six to make it two-thirds. At the presidential election, it was the votes of the rural folks that gave him without any hesitation the second term to run the country. At the General Election, the same trend was seen and the votes from the remotest villages brought UPFA into power again. Now the cabinet has been decided and no time should be wasted and commence business with much more vigor. Since defeating the LTTE militarily, it is observed that more focus has been seen in the North and East by the Government. I have no qualms about it. But let us not forget the most ordinary youth in the villages in NCP, Uva, Southern, Western. NWP, Central provinces who fought for country; Let us not forget it is they who brought  President Rajapaksa for the second term and also bringing UPFA into power for the second time.  It’s true that North and  part of East were a land of devastation subjected to 30 years of war but who was responsible for that? Not the present Government or the successive governments or the Sinhalese in the South (I use the South in broader terms to cover all other provinces other than North and East). It’s the very Tamils who were living in these two provinces who are responsible of the destruction.  As from the beginning of the LTTE terrorist operations, almost 99.9% of the Tamil population living in the North and East overwhelmingly supported LTTE. They genuinely or blindly thought that Prabhakaran would bring them a Separate State (Eelam) for them and many young and old voluntarily joined the terrorist outfit and started terrorizing the whole country. They chased both Sinhalese and Muslims from the North and grabbed their land and assets. Not a single Tamil either in the North, East or living with the Sinhalese in the South shed a tear for those displaced people. It was the LTTE terrorist outfit who destroyed the infrastructure, buildings, temples, Kovils, churches. This wouldn’t have been possible for the LTTE if the Tamils did not support LTTE. So the Tamils living in the North and East over the last 30 years are also responsible for its destruction and they are also partly to be blamed for having supported the LTTE (Sri Lanka News Online : 28 April 2010).

Supporting Tamil is habouring terrorist - by Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - Dr. Rachel Joyce Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Harrow West Middlesex, UK; Dear Rachel Joyce: I have just read your statement, ‘British candidate calls Tamils victims of genocide”, pronounced in the heart of Harrow West. And you are a Conservative, and Enoch Powell must be turning in his grave and laughing at you saying, “I knew that my Conservative colleagues 42-years down the road will be kissing brown Tamil butts to get elected to parliament.” I don’t think Powell would have expected this to happen in the Conservative snobbish patch of Middlesex county where in the late 1950s, early ‘60s lived men who were garbed in bowler-hats, Harrods starched white detached collars on blue-striped shirts worn under black pin-stripped suits, with a Times of London neatly folded under their arm-pits and swinging neatly wrapped brollies, walking down the street and popping their Rule Britannia noses up if ever they encountered a dark face walking down the street. This was when I used to live in London’s Pimlico. My…my…my…lady, what a turn of events in almost half a century (LankaWeb : 28 April 2010).

Radhika complains to UN about comments on her “pottu” - by H. L. D. Mahindapala - Radhika Coomaraswamy’s irate and feisty attack on Rajiva Wijesinghe, former head of the Peace Secretariat, for scrutinizing the role of (1) International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES), her primary political base, (2) Ms. Rama Mani, her handpicked minder to run her political base in her absence, and (3) herself (The Island – April 26, 2010) showed another side of her personality which was not known to me in my brief encounters with her. I must confess that I don’t know her as well as, say, late Neelan Tiruchelvam, her suave guru and patron, with whom she has had close encounters in varying positions, having worked closely together to hide the political agenda of the ICES which, at one level, was a disguised front for the TNA. Anyone who knows anything about Sri Lankan politics will agree that Neelan was wearing two hats – first as the founding father of ICES and second as a card-carrying political fellow-traveller of the TNA. In fact, he was in parliament as a member representing the TNA which was the acknowledged front of the Tamil Tiger terrorists. When I accused him of wearing two incompatible hats he never denied it. How could he? As the head of an independent, non-aligned NGO, funded mainly by the Ford Foundation, he was supposed to be above partisan politics. It was unethical for him to play partisan Tamil politics when he was also the head of a so-called research centre focused on ethnic studies of all communities (LankaWeb : 28 April 2010).

On Federalist ululation and ‘ululators’ - By Malinda Seneviratna - Last week I wrote about ululation, i.e. howling, wailing or lamenting loudly. It refers to a loud emotional utterance. I used the word to comment on the whining that followed the announcement of the National Lists. I predicted that we were not done with ululation. At the time the Cabinet had not been announced. A few days later, it was. Most of the ululating that happened was in private, naturally. We are told that there weren’t many happy faces. The arithmetic rebels against happy faces, but that’s hardly consolation for people who have staked much on getting elected and getting a ministerial appointment. As I said, some were downgraded and some sidelined. Some may have wanted one thing but would have got something else. Some may have wanted to be ministers but ended up as deputies. Mahinda Rajapaksa clearly enjoys a lot of popularity across the nation, but it is clear that he is less liked by the MPs of the UPFA than by the general public, percentage wise (Daily News : 28 April 2010).

The Concept of Responsibility to Protect – R2P - by Neville Ladduwahetty - Gareth Evans warned that the situation in Sri Lanka was "capable of deteriorating" to one that would warrant R2P intervention in order to protect the civilians. It is a fact that the LTTE was forcibly holding civilians as a human shield to ensure its own protection. External intervention under such circumstances would have required military engagement with the LTTE in order to forcibly liberate the trapped civilians.  The question then was: Who would be best equipped to undertake such an operation? Was it an external force or the Government of the state concerned, i.e., the GOSL? There is no argument that the GOSL was better equipped than an external force due to the latter’s unfamiliarity with the tactics of the LTTE as well as the terrain.  The issue then becomes the motive. The stated position of R2P is protection. The IC and their local supporters were of the view that a legitimate Government such as the GOSL was incapable of protectionist motives. On the other hand, even if intervention through R2P resulted in even more violations it would have been acceptable as their stated motive was protection (Island : 28 April 2010).

Why is India scared of Prabhakaran’s mother ? - Although the biggest threat to India’s national security had been posed by the LTTE via the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, and Tamil Tiger leader Prabhakaran was held responsible for it, the Indian Government permitted the parents of Prabhakaran to stay in Tamil Nadu. Even when Prabhakaran was engaged in a fierce war in the North and East of Sri Lanka and was winning , India took no measures to deport them from India on the grounds that they were a threat to its national security. After the ceasefire agreement was signed in 2002, the parents of Prabhakaran left for Sri Lanka on their own accord. Today, Prabhakaran is no more; the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is also decapitated. In these circumstances, India trying to convey the view that Prabhakaran’s mother is a threat to its National security is a matter of great shock and surprise. Prabhakaran’s mother who left for Malaysia from Sri Lanka went to India from there for medical treatment. But, at the Tamil Nadu airport she was sent back for the reason that she was a threat to India’s national security. After the war was over, when the parents of Prabhakaran surrendered to the Army, the Tamil Nadu politicians and the Tamil Nadu media began criticizing against them being kept in the Army camps. It is also reported that the Tamil Nadu politicians who came to Sri Lanka to inspect the refugee camps had even questioned as to why the custody of Prabhakaran’s parents were not handed over to India (Daily Mirror : 28 April 2010).

Zurich City Councillor shocked at being duped by pro-LTTE group - Zurich City Councillor Urs Egger said that he was shocked that he had been duped and informed one-sidedly by the Swiss-CET (Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils) who invited him to be patron to Swiss-CET elections which he later found to have been initiated and organized by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), he told Sri Lankan expatriates in Switzerland. He acknowledged that the founding of the Swiss-CET was a new move of the LTTE to make a new stand under a new name or to promote the financing of the LTTE and to demand Western states to further meddle in the interior politics of Sri Lanka, a media release by the Sri Lanka Diaspora in Switzerland said. Egger promised to evaluate the information provided to him by the Sri Lanka Diaspora in Switzerland and to contact them in case of further questions. He also promised to avoid contact with the Swiss-CET and other cover organizations of the LTTE in future. He said he would in no way promote violence and terrorism (Island : 28 April 2010).

Karuna undertakes to step up resettlement, restore religious places - Deputy Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Vinayagamurthi Muralidharan (Karuna) said that his primary task would be to resettle speedily the 60,000 or more IDPs in the Relief camps and enable them to resume their livelihood. "Not only resettlement, I would also ensure that every single Buddhist Vihare, Mosque, Church or Kovil that was destroyed or damaged in the North and the East is restored, he said.  Speaking to the media, he said his primary mission would be to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his endeavour to make Sri Lanka the most successful country in the Asian Region and ensure that Sri Lanka would carry out resettlement programme free from criticism from any quarter to the satisfaction of the IDPs.  "I hope to give my fullest cooperation to my one time Parliamentary colleague Minister Milroy Fernando so that we may accomplish the task before both of us in resettling all the IDPs including those who were displaced as a result of the Tsunami and make the lives of all resettled prosperous," he said (Island : 28 April 2010).

Navy recovers explosives cache near Kytes lagoon - A Naval intelligence team, attached to SLNS Kanchadewa at Kytes island, on information received, recovered a haul of explosive items hidden in a scrub jungle near a lagoon located in the General Area of Thampadal on 23rd April 2010 around 1120 hrs. The full list of items recovered: 23 Confined Explosives Primers, 08 TNT Slabs, 01 Plastic Explosives 3 A Slab, 38, Electrical Detonators, 12 Non-electrical Detonators and 164 Ignite Safety Fuses (Electric) (Island : 28 April 2010).

Private buses and PCs - While the government is working on a homegrown devolution model, a powerful trade union has called for the abolition of the Provincial Councils (PCs). It is not our Rathu Sahodarayas or their allies averse to the 13th Amendment who want the PCs scrapped but the private bus owners. Why are they against the PCs? Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne is reported to have said that the PCs cannot even prepare time schedules for buses and, therefore, they must be done away with. A great many people would agree with him on the need to scrap the PC system, but for a different reason. The PCs have become a huge liability and massive drain on the public purse. Reduced to a mere appendage of the ruling party, they only serve the purpose of provincial politicians as a stepping stone for national politics (Island : 28 April 2010).

Dutch police arrest seven for alleged Tiger links - Police arrested seven men in the Netherlands Monday who are suspected of raising funds for the Tigers, a statement said. "They are suspected of raising funds for the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) through collections, fundraisers, the sale of DVDs and calendars and illegal lotteries," said a statement from the national police. Investigators searched 16 homes and businesses in different towns and seized computers, telephones, photos, DVDs and over 40,000 euros (53,000 dollars). The group, whose nationalities could not be immediately confirmed, included a 45-year-old man from The Hague who is suspected of being the organisation's main representative in the Netherlands, police said. The LTTE was placed on a European Union list of terrorist organisations in 2006. "Financial support of this banned organisation is an offence," the police statement said. Those arrested could also face charges of membership of a criminal organisation (Daily News : 28 April 2010).

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD SAY “TAMILS HAVE NO SAY IN SRI LANKA’ - By Malin Abeyatunge, Melbourne, Australia - Damien/Feith duo continue to propagate LTTE Agenda for a Separate State for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Looks that money Talks. The duo who authored this article bring out figures and numbers out of a magic wand. They say that over 3000 were killed in 1983 riots but the actual official figure was that 471 Tamils were killed. So the so called learned acadamia quoting bogus numbers is a shame on their profession.  Then the duo quoted the Vadukkodai Resolution 1976 but conveniently avoiding to say that VR 1976 called the Tamil youth to take up arms.  In the recently concluded General Elections, the former LTTE proxy TNA and now called ITAK won only 12 seats out of 22 which they previously held. Here an election was held democratically and the Tamils in Sri Lanka were allowed to air their voice by vote and the Tamils have totally rejected the Myth of Eelam/principles of Vadukkodai Resolution albeit this is wanted by only the Tamil Diaspora who are living luxury life and want the Sri Lankan Tamils to continue to fight for Eelam. This is supported by the duo who called themselves Terrorist experts who are openly promote terrorism and support terrorist outfit.  Lastly, I haven't seen these duo writing anything on the descrimination on the Aboriginal population in Australia. Probably Aboriginals don't have money to finance them unlike the Tamil Diaspora (see Original article and comments).

TMVP-India talks next month - A TMVP delegation headed by Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan is expected to leave for India next month to hold discussions with the Indian government over the TMVP’s policies, a party official told Daily Mirror online. The TMVP, which failed to secure even a single seat in parliament after their defeat at the General elections said that they are currently in discussions with the Indian government over the details of the tour to the neighboring country late next month. The party is expected to meet high ranking Indian officials during their visit.  “We are currently in discussions with the Indian government. We will finalize our dates to leave for India soon,” TMVP Spokesperson Azath Maulana said.  The decision to travel to India came after an invitation was extended to the TMVP by Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao when she visited the island in early March.  Rao met Chandrakanthan in Colombo where the TMVP presented its election manifesto for the General Elections and explained the party’s policies.  During the meeting, Rao had also assured Chandrakanthan that India would do everything possible to support and help the TMVP promote its policies and said India was ‘happy’ with the party. (Daily Mirror online : 27 April 2010).

US agency’s interest in Nithyananda’s LTTE links - Latest reports reveal of suspicion that the god-man Nithyananda had routed funds to the now-extinct militant organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, of Sri Lanka.  Sources indicated that they would be looking into the self-styled godman’s international connections as well as financial transactions.  The CID would be writing to the central enforcement directorate (customs) to charge cases against Nithyananda under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and Foreign Exchange Regulatory Act (FERA).  It is learnt that even as the criminal investigation department in Bangalore continued to interrogate the tainted swami, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, a US security agency made “casual” enquiries on the progress of the case.  The US agency, it was learnt, showed interest on getting information related to a complaint filed against the swami in that country. It was also interested in knowing the flow of funds from Nithyananda’s ashram, Dhyanapeetham, in Bidadi, about 35km from Bangalore, according to CID sources.  Douglas McKeller of San Jose, US, had accused Nithyananda of sexually exploiting his devotees, fraud and financial irregularities (Asian Tribune : 27 April 2010).

India, Sri Lanka discuss issue of displaced Tamils - India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday discussed the issue of Tamils displaced during the military action against the LTTE and highlighted the need for their expeditious resettlement with dignity.  External Affairs Minister S M Krishna held a detailed exchange of views with his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiries on the sidelines of the SAARC Council of Ministers meeting here.  The two leaders resolved to increase the content and depth of bilateral ties and noted that there should be a sense of participation and equality among all ethnic groups, official sources said.  Out of three lakh internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka, 2.40 lakh have moved out of the rehabilitation camps and the remaining need to be resettled.  Sri Lankan security forces defeated the LTTE in May last year, when they had killed its supremo V Prabhakaran (Sify News : 27 April 2010).

Jaffna University Students Meet SF Commander - A special meeting was held between the Commander Security Forces-Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe and representatives of "Students' Organization for Justice" on Sunday (25.04.2010) morning at Civil Affairs Office in Jaffna town. Students from the Faculties of Law and Arts of Jaffna University and the Higher Education Institute at Gurunagar, during meeting, freely aired their views on matters pertaining to present situation of the student fraternity in the peninsula. Administration office SF-Commander acceding to the request of students for a meeting with him, gave prompt solutions to some of the problems during the meeting itself and promised that necessary instructions would be passed to respective military authorities soon to solve remaining security issues while assuring proper coordination with civil. Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brig. B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo and Chief Coordinator Civil Affairs, Jaffna Brig. D.M.G.B. Alikewela were also present. "Students' Organization for Justice" is an independent organization functioning in the Jaffna University (sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 27 April 2010).

Prabha's mother may come back next month - Slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's 80-year-old widowed mother Parvathi Pillai is to return to Sri Lanka from Malaysia next month, Tamil National Liberation Alliance (TNLA) general secretary M.K. Sivajilingam said yesterday.  He said he would fly to Malaysia on May 10 or 12 and accompany her back since it was unlikely that Canada would issue a visa for Ms. Pillai to live with her daughter.  "The ailing Ms. Pillai is now in Malaysia living with family friends awaiting a visa to enter Canada. It is unlikely that she will get it. In case she is refused a visa I will bring her back to Sri Lanka," Mr. Sivajilingam said.  She was denied entry to India when she arrived at the Chennai airport recently. She was hoping to live with her other daughter there. However, Indian immigration authorities sent her back to Malaysia.  When asked how Ms. Pillai would be taken care of in Sri Lanka, Mr. Sivajilingam said there were well wishers who were willing to help him financially for her upkeep (Daily Mirror : 27 April 2010).

Awareness programe for school childrens in Jaffna about mines and UXOs (Unexploded ordinances) - 1 Field Engineer Regiment of Sri Lanka Army Engineers are conducting awareness programe for school children in Jaffna peninsula about mines and unexploded ordinances (UXOs). 51 and 52 divisions in Jaffna Peninsula as per the instructions of the Commander SF (J) coordinated this programme. This programe included educating the students about various types of mines and UXOs, which they might come across accidentally if they entered into the areas specified as un cleared. In addition, they were educated about the dangerousness of these items and what action to be taken if they found any of these items. Many items such as FFE (Free From Explosives) were displayed to the students and teachers (Sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 27 April 2010).

LTTE arms, ammo cache found - A team of Special Task Force personnel unearthed a large quantity of arms and ammunition at Wellamullaiwaikal in Mullaitivu on Sunday.  The find included a 20 kilo claymore mine, 74 rounds of rocket launcher shells, 320 rounds of 12.7 calibre cartridges, 150 rounds of anti aircraft ammunition, 34 rounds of anti tank missiles and several T-56 machine guns (Island : 27 April 2010).

Sri Lankan expatriate in Qatar donates Rs. 310,150.00 to 'Api Wenuven Api' fund - Mr. Janaka Kulasekara who works in State of Qatar, made a donation worth of Rs. 310,150.00 to 'Api Wenuven Api' fund. He handed over the cheque to Chief Accountant of the Ministry of Defence Mr L. Liyanagama yesterday (April 26). Mr. Janaka Kulasekera being one of the finest artists conducted a painting exhibition on 19th and 20th February 2010 in Embassy of The Republic of Sri Lanka in the State of Qatar and collected funds for the donation. According to him the Sri Lankan Ambassador for Qatar and Sri Lankan students in Qatar gave their fullest support for the success of the event. Earlier Mr. Janaka Kulasekara had presented a cheque worth of Rs. 122,650.00 to H E The president Mahinda Rajapaksa in September 2009 for the support of war heroes. Mr. Kulasekara, like many other patriots has shown his true patriotism towards motherland by conducting such events for the benefit of war heroes, and made a good example working in his capacity hand in hand with other Sri Lankan expatriates to make contributions to the fund (sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 27 April 2010).

US agency’s interest in Nithyananda’s LTTE links - Latest reports reveal of suspicion that the god-man Nithyananda had routed funds to the now-extinct militant organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, of Sri Lanka.  Sources indicated that they would be looking into the self-styled godman’s international connections as well as financial transactions.  The CID would be writing to the central enforcement directorate (customs) to charge cases against Nithyananda under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and Foreign Exchange Regulatory Act (FERA).  It is learnt that even as the criminal investigation department in Bangalore continued to interrogate the tainted swami, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, a US security agency made “casual” enquiries on the progress of the case.  The US agency, it was learnt, showed interest on getting information related to a complaint filed against the swami in that country. It was also interested in knowing the flow of funds from Nithyananda’s ashram, Dhyanapeetham, in Bidadi, about 35km from Bangalore, according to CID sources.  Douglas McKeller of San Jose, US, had accused Nithyananda of sexually exploiting his devotees, fraud and financial irregularities (Asian Tribune : 27 April 2010).

Malaysia detains 75 asylum-seekers after standoff - KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police have detained 75 asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka who refused to surrender after their boat was intercepted in waters off the northern Penang state’s coast, a news report said yesterday.  Marine police had discovered the old fishing trawler, which was carrying 61 men, six women and eight children, early Friday and towed the boat back to a police jetty after discovering the vessel had at least five leaks and a damaged propeller, state police chief Ayub Yaakob said.  After arriving at the jetty, police attempted to detain the asylum-seekers, who threatened to commit suicide if arrested, he said.  "We tried to coax them into surrendering but they refused. Even officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees were called to verify their status before we took any action," Ayub was quoted as saying by the Star newspaper.  The immigrants were finally detained 57 hours later on Sunday, he said.  Police said the men, women and children were unharmed in the incident but have been sent for medical checks following the gruelling sea journey.  Ayub said the Sri Lankans, who had demanded a guarantee that they could safely enter Australia, Canada or New Zealand for asylum, would be held at a detention centre pending the issuance of documents from the UN (Island : 27 April 2010).

13th Amendment blamed for transport chaos: Private bus owners rap PC system - Lanka Private Bus Owners Association president Gemunu Wijeratne urged the government yesterday to repeal the 13th Amendment as it was causing serious problems to the transport system.  "The Provincial Council system has created a chaotic situation in the entire transport sector and the association wants the government to implement the 17th Amendment which will resolve a number of problems affecting the private transport operators," he told a media conference at the Women’s Bureau in Narahenpita.  Wijeratne said the LPBOA would request the new Transport Minister to carry forward the policies of former Transport Minister Dallas Alahapperuma.  Wijeratne said the association did not resort to strikes during Alahapperuma’s tenure as the transport minister because he realised the private transport sector’s problems.  He also said the CTB had not shown any improvement despite receiving government assistance of Rs. 250 million.  It was an utter waste of money and the government should have thought twice before giving such an amount of money, he added.  He said the LPBOA had learnt from a reliable source that some people had been trying to bring back long distance bus operations to the Goonesinghepura bus stand, which was now being used only as a short-distance bus stand.  Wijeratne said all private bus owners had agreed to contribute EPF and ETF benefits to their staff and the association had already discussed the matter with the secretaries of the Labour Department and Central Bank.  It would be implemented within this year, he said (Island : 27 April 2010).

Boost for Inland fishing in Mullaitivu - The Government will implement an inland fishing project using the Muthiyankattu tank in Mullaitivu along the Eastern part of A-9 Road.  Over 200 families will benefit from this project.  Northern Province Governor Major General G.A. Chandrasiri said the Muthiyankattu tank in Oddusudan will be used for inland fishing under the Northern development program.  This tank was abandoned for several years. Muthiyankattu is a massive tank about 20 metres in depth.  “Nearly 200 families in the area benefit from this project. Initially, 40 families will be provided 40 canoes for inland fishing in the Muthiyankattu tank,” he told the Daily News.  Many tanks in the Mullaitivu district will be renovated to develop inland fishing. Chandrasiri said inland fishing has begun in Pooneryn and Thunukkai while around 50 families were provided with 50 canoes (Daily News : 27 April 2010).

Malaysia detains Lankans Malaysian police - Monday said they have detained 75 Sri Lankan migrants who refused to get off a fishing trawler, after three days of talks to persuade them to leave the vessel broke down. The trawler was intercepted off northern Perak state on Friday but the group, including six women and eight children, refused to leave the boat, northern region marine police chief Zainal Abidin Hasan said. "We towed the fishing trawler into our police base jetty as the vessel had at least five leaks and it was damaged and could sink but they still refused to get off," he added. Zainal said the group wanted a guarantee that they would get asylum in a third country such as Australia, Canada or New Zealand, but the talks eventually failed on Sunday. Zainal added that police were investigating the owner of the Malaysian-registered trawler, saying they believe the Sri Lankans were being smuggled by a human trafficking syndicate (Daily News : 27 April 2010).

Dutch police arrest seven for alleged Tamil Tiger links

Deconstructing the myth of Dharmeratnam Sivaram – Part II - by Ajit Randeniya - What was remarkable about the Sivaram phenomenon was that the state media and the media consuming general public always suspected that there was more to ‘Taraki’ than his ‘commentary’ they came across in the morning newspaper. Raising such concerns by the state media in 2001 led to the New York based CIA front ‘The Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) to write to President Chandrika Kumarantunga, ‘condemning’ such accusations. The CPJ complained that the accusations were published without any ‘substantive evidence’, seriously endangering Sivaram and his family. Such ‘lack of evidence’ was also the basis of protestations made by reputed journalists not party to conspiracy, but were simply mourning the death of their friend and colleague. The late Ajith Samaranayake, the most gracious of the English language journalists in Sri Lanka who seemed to have been severely affected by Sivaram’s death, wrote in his ‘Sunday Essay’ of 15 May 2005, titled ‘Taraki: The selective politics of an assassination’: ‘One anonymous writer who had obviously read too much of John Le Carre even pictured him as the perfect spy prowling the corridors of power and lurking in the lush gardens of the Colombo diplomatic enclave in the service of the LTTE.’ (LankaWeb : 26 April 2010).

Tamils have no voice in Sri Lanka - by Vajeera Warnakulasuriya, Melbourne - Referring to the Sydney Morning Herald News Item on Monday, 26 April 2010, under the above heading I wish to posit my response. The success of referendum by Australian Tamil Diaspora or Tamil Diaspora elsewhere in the Globe, almost unanimous or even totally unanimous, has no relevance back in Sri Lanka, as it’s administration led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has rightfully articulated that the country has no different ethnicities now, except those who love the country and those who don’t. NGO’s on the pay packet of the anti Sri Lankan countries and the Traitors who betray the sovereignty of their country of birth being the latter. Since the defeat of LTTE, and subsequently, the overwhelmingly voting in President Mahinda Rajapaksa and a strong Government led by his party in the recent elections has now given him the confidence to govern the entire country without any preferential treatment or discrimination to Sri Lankans. It is sad to see these disgruntled expatriate Tamil Diaspora still looks at themselves as a different race, whose ultimate aim is to carve a slice of a common Motherland to create an Ealaam state. I think it’s time for them to grow up and accept realities, being in the twenty first century! The present position of the Tamils, and the Peace and Harmony prevailing in the country can only be verified by the Australian Ambassador in Sri Lanka. Surely she is a very lucky woman who has enough time at her disposal to take a walk around the Colombo Metropolitan area and see the amount of Tamil businesses in the Capital and how these businesses are thriving (LankaWeb : 26 April 2010).

Dutch police arrest seven for alleged Tamil Tiger links - Police arrested seven men in the Netherlands on Monday who are suspected of raising funds for Sri Lankan separatist group the Tamil Tigers, a statement said. "They are suspected of raising funds for the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) through collections, fundraisers, the sale of DVDs and calendars and illegal lotteries," said a statement from the national police. Investigators searched 16 homes and businesses in different towns and seized computers, telephones, photos, DVDs and a cash sum of more than 40,000 euros (53,000 dollars). The group, whose nationalities could not be immediately confirmed, included a 45-year-old man from The Hague who is suspected of being the organisation's main representative in the Netherlands, police said. The LTTE was placed on a European Union list of terrorist organisations in 2006. "Financial support of this banned organisation is an offence," the police statement said. Those arrested could also face charges of membership of a criminal organisation (Expatica in Netherlands : 26 April 2010).

Dutch arrest 7 suspected of helping Tamil Tigers - Dutch national police say they have arrested seven people suspected of helping raise funds for the Tamil Tigers, a Sri Lankan rebel group. The European Union has branded the Tigers a terrorist organization since 2006. The Dutch national police say they raided 16 homes Monday as part of an investigation into Tamil activities in the Netherlands, seizing documents, administration, telephones, DVDs and (EURO)40,000 in cash. The suspects' names and nationalities were not released. Sri Lankan government troops defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels last year, ending their 25-year campaign for an independent homeland (Thaiwan News).

Netherlands arrest 'LTTE suspects' - Seven Tamil Tiger suspects were arrested by the authorities in the Netherlands, the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Netherlands, Grace Asirvathan, confirmed to BBC Sandeshaya. The arrest was made after an intensive study of the LTTE banned activities in the Netherlands, the National Criminal office said. It said sixteen residences and businesses searched in the operation. Computers, paperwork, phones, documents, photos, DVDs and a sum totaling more than 40,000 euros were seized. "Among the suspects are the leaders of various organizations of Tamils in the Netherlands, which probably play a role in the international network of the LTTE," the justice ministry said in a statement. Leaders of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC), the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO), the Tamil Women Organisation (TVO) and the Tamil Arts and Cultural Organization Netherlands (TKCO), are believed to be among the suspects (BBC : 26 April 2010).

Sri Lanka - Zurich City Councillor shocked at being duped by pro-LTTE group - Zurich City Councillor, Urs Egger said that he was shocked that he had been duped and informed one-sidedly by the Swiss-CET (Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils) who invited Egger to be patron to Swiss-CET elections which he later found to have been initiated and organized by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF). He stated this when he met with Sri Lankan expatriates in Switzerland. Zürich City Councillor acknowledged that the founding of the Swiss-CET was a new trial of the LTTE to find a new stand under a new name or to promote the financing of the LTTE and to demand Western states to further meddle in the interior politics of Sri Lanka in the sense of the LTTE, a media release by the Sri Lanka Diaspora Switzerland stated. Mr. Egger promised to evaluate the information provided to him by Sri Lanka Diaspora Switzerland and to contact Sri Lanka Diaspora Switzerland in case of further questions. He also promised to avoid contact with the Swiss-CET and other cover organizations of the LTTE in future. He said he would in no way promote violence and terrorism, the media release further stated. Following is the full text of the media release : Sri Lanka Diaspora Switzerland meets Zürich City Councillor. On 18th April 2010, members of Sri Lanka Diaspora Switzerland met Mr. Urs Egger, member of the City Council of the City of Zürich, for an information talk. Mr. Egger had, like other Swiss politicians, had taken over the patronage for the elections of a representation of the Tamils in Switzerland, the Swiss-CET (Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils), on 28.03.2010, which was published by Tamilelection.ch. According to his own information, Mr. Egger was not aware of the elections to the Swiss-CET being initiated and organized by the Global Tamil Forum, a cover organization of the Sri Lankan Terror Organization (ISRIA).

Human Rights and Foreign Relations - I believe that if the UNP had been in power and if the LTTE had continued with a guerilla strategy appropriate to a long drawn-out war of attrition, instead of prematurely resorting to conventional positional warfare, we would have, by now, been having a de facto Eelam. In this situation, a tendency to become hysterical over anything that smacks of foreign interference becomes understandable, though not necessarily excusable (Island : 26 April 2010).

Decisions that changed the course of Lanka’s history - Will a good number of soldiers, tanks and artillery ensure victory in a war? These are outward aspects of a war which alone are insufficient, says Master Strategist Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He says the key to triumph in a war is political will and strategy In an interview with Indian journalist V.K. Shashikumar, Rajapaksa revealed the crucial decisions of the Government, that led to the successful completion of Armed Forces’ combat operations against the LTTE. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s determination that ultimately helped the Army defeat the Tigers. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa took several brave decisions. In the final analysis, it was the cumulative effect of those decisive, brave decisions that enabled Sri Lankan Armed Forces to liquidate the LTTE.” (Daily News : 26 April 2010).

No finality in decision to stop GSP plus - EU official - There is no withdrawal so far of the GSP plus facility for Sri Lanka. The European Union (EU) is still working on the matter, EU representative for Sri Lanka and Maldives Bernard Savage said. “The EU and the Sri Lankan Government are holding discussions to find ways to continue with the facility,” he said in Kandy.  Savage said fortunately the Government has shown co-operation that was not present at the beginning in this regard that would result in minimising of the chances of Sri Lanka being denied receiving the facilities.  He was addressing a workshop on EU’s role in Sri Lanka’s national development to provincial correspondents.  Savage said the relationship between the EU and Sri Lanka was not based on political issues.  They were not sympathetic or partial towards any political party, he said.  “Therefore whatever political involvement by the EU is only with the Government of Sri Lanka and not with the political party or individual’s attached to the party.”  This is proved by the broad and longstanding relationship of 35 years between the EU and Sri Lanka, Savage said.  Responding to a journalist, Savage said the relationship between Sri Lanka and the EU is a long standing professional one.  They therefore view the GSP issue from that perspective. However unfortunately it is said that this decision was communicated to the Sri Lankan Government as a result of 18 months of investigations (Daily News : 26 April 2010).

Nine decisions helped Lanka beat LTTE: Gotabhaya - Will a good number of soldiers, tanks and artillery ensure victory in a war? These are outward aspects of a war which alone are insufficient, says Sri Lanka’s Master Strategist Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. He says the key to the triumph in a war is political will and strategy. In an interview with V. K Shashikumar -- for the Indian Defence Review and published by Sifynews of India -- Gotabhaya reveals the crucial decisions of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) that led to the successful completion of Sri Lankan Armed Forces’ combat operations against the LTTE. He says it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s determination that ultimately helped the army defeat the Tamil Tigers. “President Mahinda Rajapaksa took several brave decisions. In the final analysis, it was the cumulative effect of those decisive, brave decisions that enabled Sri Lankan Armed Forces (SLAF) to liquidate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).”He says, “Usually in a military operation the world outside the conflict theatre, domestic and international, see only soldiers fighting. They see tanks, guns, armoured vehicles, artillery weapons and men and women in battle fatigues.” “What is not visible to the people, to the outside world, is the strategy. What is also not visible immediately and also not recalled at that moment in time is the history that led to the current context of military operations. What was that context? Eight previous governments led by four different Presidents had failed to end the war. They had failed to rein in the LTTE. It is not as if those eight governments and four Presidents did not have under their command good military leaders and soldiers. In fact, when President Rajapaksa’s government assumed charge in 2005, around 26,000 SLAF soldiers had already sacrificed their lives,” he added (Daily Mirror : 26 April 2010).

Malaysia deports LTTE leaders

Deconstructing the myth of Dharmeratnam Sivaram - by Ajit Randeniya - April 28 marks the fifth anniversary of the abduction and murder of Dharmeratnam ‘Taraki’ Sivaram. The death of Sivaram in April 2005 elicited an inordinately high level of mourning from amongst the English speaking urbanites of Sri Lanka, foreign meddlers with vested interests led by a group of American Anthropologists, and the LTTE. The foreigners and the LTTE, especially the semiliterate Prabhakaran appeared to show a suspicious level of intimacy with Sivaram’s ‘work’. The purpose of this article is to report the result of a detailed investigation in to what Sivaram represented, by undertaking a ‘forensic analysis’ of the journalistic contributions on which he seems to have been granted accolades as an expert in a number of academic, political, military and allied fields; the objective of the exercise is to critically evaluate the man’s role in the context of Sri Lanka’s thirty year war. His life and personal background will come in to purview of this examination to the extent it is needed for the task (LankaWeb : 25 April 2010).

Tamils protest against Bachchan - Hundreds of Tamils today protested outside the bungalow of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, shouting slogans against his decision to visit Sri Lanka as chief guest for the India International Films Awards (IIFA) function in July.  "We urge him not to attend the function in Colombo as a symbol of solidarity for the Tamilian cause in Sri Lanka. Tamils have been subject to atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in that country," C. Rajendran, spokesperson for the protesters said.  The protesters marched from Bachchan's Pratiksha bungalow to his Jalsa residence, where a delegation met him and two IIFA office bearers, who assured the representatives that they would convey the sentiments of Tamils to the IIFA governing board and take a suitable decision.  Later, Rajendran told mediapersons that the Sri Lankan government had allegedly killed over 1.5 lakh Tamils during its war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the last couple of years. He claimed that over 3.5 lakh Tamils continue to face a "hostile administration" in that country (Daily Mirror ; 25 April 2010).

The beginning of a new era in Sri Lanka’s foreign relations - by K Godage - .... We were able to end the LTTE insurrection because China threw its weight behind us and sent us the required arms. Chinese aid to Sri Lanka is very many times more than the aid of countries such as the US. China no doubt has taken into account that the maritime route that passes by Sri Lanka would be vital as an energy lifeline to them. Iran too has been tremendously helpful not only with military supplies but also with interest free loans and has supplied us with our crude oil requirements. This is not to forget the military assistance we received from Russia and the tremendous help Russia extended, along with China, in the Security Council to counter the hostile west which was determined to save the LTTE (Sunday Island : 25 April 2010).

Jaffna Revisited – March 2010 - ..... Fantastic place, lots of projects are being set up with the Islands around it being converted to tourist resorts. It may be that in a few years we will be priced out, such is the beauty and potential. Things are gradually returning to normal and the city center is bustling even at night. Had a cracking crab lunch on the first day and highly recommend the Rolex Hotel - Pilawoos like restaurant where we had, rice, mutton curry, prawn curry, cuttlefish curry, dhal, kadale curry, fried chicken, fish curry and soft drinks for LKR400 a head. Since there’s not a lot going on in terms of entertainment yet in the city; ice cream parlors are the go to places. In fact there’s one called Rio which is easily the biggest ice cream parlor in SL. Really creamy home made ice cream and a range of sundaes as well; but too sweet for our palates. There is still plenty of evidence that there was a war here but almost everything is being rebuilt gradually plus there is obviously a huge NGO presence on the ground. Jaffna is a city on the up, my advice is to go asap as the character of the place is liable to change very quickly and already prices have started to increase. What must be mentioned is that the Govt. is doing an immense amount of rehabilitation work and is doing it fairly efficiently, things on the ground are so very different than what the foreign press reports and contrary to popular sentiment the people of Jaffna are genuinely very happy that things are settling down and infrastructure development is taking place. You really get the feeling that there is hope for the future for the people there and for SL as a whole (Sunday Island : 25 April 2010).

Jaffna Civil Affairs office a boon to visitors - The Civil Affairs and Public Relations Office set up by the Security Forces in Jaffna to cater to the needs of the public handled thousand of issues of various categories since its inception on March 9, according to Major Lal Nanayakkara the Officer-in-Charge of the office. Maj.Nanayakkara told the Sunday Observer that the Civil Affairs office also launched its website and around two-hundred-thousand people have accessed it to obtain details of various aspects in the peninsula. "The Civil Affairs office also deals extensively with the civilians who arrive from the South to Jaffna. It has been estimated that over 4.5 million visitors from the south had visited Jaffna since January this year.Therefore the Civil Affairs office plays a key role in providing guidelines for local tourists with regard to accommodations, food and the lifestyle of northerners. The office helps thousands of people daily after they enter the Peninsula,"Maj.Nanayakkara said.He also said that the Jaffna Civil Affairs office has launched a training programme for cricket umpires in Jaffna to revive the sport.The program which began on April 21 and continued till April 23 at St.Johns College, Jaffna. Head of the Sri Lanka Umpires, Association Roney Gunaratne, ex-International umpires K.T.Francis and J.G.Pushparaja also conducted a coaching camp for Jaffna umpires. An examination was also held at the end of the program to select umpires for matches at national level,"Nanayakkara said (Sunday Observer : 25 April 2010).

Ex-LTTE members held in abduction, ransom case - Police investigating the abduction of two persons at Koviladi Anaikottai in the Jaffna area said that the two suspects involved in the ransom case are former LTTE members who are belived to have committed heinous crimes in the Northern area, a senior police officer told the Sunday Observer on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigations being carried out by the Manipai police. The suspects had demanded a ransom of Rs. 50 lakhs to released the two persons abducted by them. Police later found the two abducted persons locked up in an abandoned house in the Jaffna area following the arrest of two suspects. The suspects had in their possession six gold chains, a mobile phone, and a Hero Honda motorcycle and cash Rs. 30,000. The police said that the gold chain and other items could have been stolen. Further investigations are being carried out under the directions of Senior DIG Northern Range Nimal Lewke. Manipai police is conducting investigations on the abduction and ransom case. The suspects taken into custody are from Gurunagar area in Jaffna (Sunday Observer : 25 April 2010).

Cinema and terrorism: Will the world’s largest film industry take note? - That the LTTE’s many front businesses included video libraries, is also something that one regularly heard in the 1990s. As any expat could tell you, in those days, genuine video-cassettes were outnumbered by camera-print, pirated copies. A week or month’s groceries and a few movies would bring the home-country into a living-room in an alien setting—nostalgia in the days before Netflix and multiplex screens devoted to Indian cinema (Asia Security : 24 April 2010).

Rehabilitated LTTE cadres for SLTB - The Government will train around 100 rehabilitated former LTTE cadres as drivers and conductors to provide them employment with the SLTB in the Northern Province. Northern Province Governor G.A. Chandrasiri said that the Government is in the process of selecting 100 former LTTE combatants who were rehabilitated at the rehabilitation centres to employ them in the transport sector. He added that they will be provided driving lessons and conductor training to employ them in the transport service in the Northern Province. They will be selected on the basis of qualifications and skills. He noted that it will be an impetus for them to return to lead normal lives (sri Lanka Defence Ministry : 24 April 2010).

Malaysia deports LTTE leaders - Malaysia said today it had arrested and deported several leaders of the Sri Lankan separatist Tamil Tiger rebels over the past few months to prevent them setting up a hub in the country.  Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he had informed Sri Lanka of the action taken against unnamed Tiger leaders between August last year and March this year.  “We did not want them here longer than necessary,” Malaysian federal special operations force director Fuzi Harun was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times.  “Our preventive action was to stop them from turning the country into hub for their activities or a base for global terrorist operations,” he added.  Officials declined to give information on how many were arrested or about their identity.  The Tamil Tiger rebels were crushed by the Sri Lankan security forces in May last year after 37 years of conflict which claimed up to 100,000 lives (Daily Mirror ; 24 April 2010).

Malaysia admits deporting LTTE members - Malaysia “held and quickly deported” several key Tamil Tiger guerrillas in August 2009 and in March this year, it was announced Friday. Federal Special Operation Force director Fuzi Harun said the members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were initially detained under a special preventive measure before being deported. “We did not want them here any longer than necessary,” the New Straits Times quoted him as saying. The first lot of deporation took place in August 2009, three months after the Sri Lankan military crushed the LTTE. The report did not identify anyone by name. But it is known that one of the group’s highest ranking leaders, known widely as KP, was spirited out of Malaysia soon after the war ended. Harun was commenting on Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement Wednesday that terrorists were hiding in Malaysia. Harun declined to give details except that the terror suspects were nabbed at several locations in the country. “Our action was to stop them from turning the country into their hub or base for global terrorist operations. “If they were allowed to turn our country into a terrorist breeding ground, it would only harm (our) relationship with Sri Lanka and other countries,” he said. Malaysian Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the arrests of the LTTE leaders was made known to Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the recent Defence Services Asia Exhibition here. “Rajapaksa appreciated our actions,” the minister said. Malaysia is home to millions of Tamils, both from India and Sri Lanka. It has also for years served as a sanctuary for LTTE members. Last week, slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran’s mother flew from Malaysia to Tamil Nadu in India. But Indian authorities deported her back to Malaysia by the same flight (The Indian News : 24 April 2010).

Malaysia steps up LTTE arrests - A number of key leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), were among several arrested by the police between August 2009 and March this year, Malaysian media reported. Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said, the arrest of the LTTE leaders was made known to Sri Lanka’s Defence, Public Security and Law and Order Secretary when they met at the recent Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Hishammuddin said the police had arrested 599 foreign nationals between 2008 and March this year for smuggling and trafficking in drugs. He said the police also busted several human smuggling and trafficking syndicates involving 1,567 victims during the same period (Island : 24 April 2010).

Sri Lanka calls for UN Member States’ political will to combat terrorism, crimes

Nalini made calls to England, Sri Lanka - Sriharan Nalini, serving life sentence over former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, made several telephone calls within and outside India from a mobile seized from her, the Tamil Nadu government said Friday.  Law Minister Durai Murugan told the state assembly: "On examining the seized phone it was found it had recorded 10 missed, eight received and 18 outgoing calls and several SMSes."  He said eight calls were made to England and one to Sri Lanka.  In addition, many calls were made to various places in Tamil Nadu using the phone whose connection was issued in the name of Ravi of Kadpadi.  Durai Murugan said the phone was activated March 13 last year. The Tamil Nadu Police Q branch, which looks after anti-insurgency activities, is probing the discovery.  The minister said that when officials at the Vellore women's prison conducted a routine check April 20, Nalini hurriedly threw away a bag that was found to have the mobile phone (Economic Times : 23 April 2010).

My visits and experiences in Jaffna - by Lt Col (Retd) Anil Amarasekera - My first ever visit to Jaffna when I was just a kid was way back in the early fifties. My uncle Mr. Tissa Ratnatunga was an important government official in Jaffna. He had a large bungalow within the Jaffna Fort and our family spent a holiday with my uncle and his family in this bungalow. The only memories I have of that visit over five and a half decades ago was this majestic Old Dutch Bungalow and the small but beautiful Jaffna Fort with its impressive entrance across an equally enchanting moat and the herds of wild ponies that we saw running freely in great numbers all over the Delft island. In 1973 as a Lieutenant of the Second Volunteer Battalion of the Gemunu Watch, I was sent to Jaffna to perform duties with the Task Force for Illicit Immigrants (TAFFII), I was initially the Officer Commanding the Mathakal Army Detachment and after promotion to the rank of Captain. I served as the Officer Commanding the Valveddittuari (VVT) Army Detachment in 1977 and 1978 (Asian Tribune ; 23 April 2010).

Sri Lanka: Lessons to be learnt by Canada - By Asoka Weerasinghe, Canada - With all your parties showing concern about Sri Lanka going way back to 1983, permit me to elaborate on what I believe should be lessons to be learnt by all you leaders and members of your caucuses from today’s Sri Lanka. A reality check of some sort.  Eleven months after the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) were militarily eliminated on May 18, 2009; Sri Lanka has had two country wide elections to elect the President and Members of Parliament. The popular image of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa that you all would have liked toppled is in tact convincingly as if been stuck with super-glue. And there have been more than four million visitors, both local and foreign to the Ja-panaya (Jaffna) peninsula which was closed to visitors by the Tamil Tigers for almost 30 years. You all may be astounded but that is how the cookie crumbles and is a plus for Sri Lanka and her President that you all vilified at gatherings with your Tamil constituents (LankaWeb : 22 April 2010).

Tiger foreign network intact - Sri Lanka has warned that although the top LTTE leadership had been eliminated during the military campaign last year, the international network of the Tigers is very much intact and active. The Foreign Ministry quoted the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Brazil, A.M.J. Sadiq as saying that a number of vessels belonging to the LTTE’s shipping fleet, which had been hitherto involved in drug trafficking and gun running, are engaged in the lucrative business of human trafficking. Ambassador Sadiq estimated that the overseas LTTE network has amassed assets worth anything between US$ 3 billion and US$ 5 billion through its vast range of illicit and nefarious activities over the last three decades. He called upon Member States of the UN, especially countries in which the LTTE and its various front organizations continue to operate with impunity to pro-actively go after the ill-gotten assets of the LTTE and seize such assets and repatriate the proceeds to Sri Lanka. He said that these funds could then be applied in an equitable manner by the Government to compensate the thousands of families who have been victimized by the LTTE in its three decade long terror spree as well as to rebuild the war ravaged infrastructure of the North and East of Sri Lanka. (Daily Mirror online : 22 April 2010).

Malaysia arrested key LTTE leaders, official says - Malaysian police had arrested a number of key Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leaders among other foreign nationals between August 2009 and March this year, reported Malaysian National News Agency Bernama today. According to the report Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has said that the Malaysian authorities have informed Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa recently of the arrest of the LTTE leaders. The Home Minister has met the Defence Secretary Rajapaksa at the recent Defence Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition held from 19 - 22 April at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. "Rajapaksa appreciates the efficiency of our security forces, resulting in the arrest of the LTTE leaders," Home Minister has said in a statement issued here today, Bernama reported. The report did not say how many LTTE leaders were arrested (Colombo page : 22 April 2010).

Moves to revive separatist sentiments - By S Akurugoda, Melbourne, Australia - Responding to a query, as reported in the last weekend issue of The Island, the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that Opposition political parties or constituent partners of the ruling coalition should not be allowed to engage in divisive politics. Suppressing the separatist movement and tackling its propaganda apparatus should be a major part of Sri Lanka’s strategy against the LTTE, he said. The new government should go all out against any local element promoting separatist sentiments regardless of political consequences. The government should be prepared to thwart a fresh attempt by separatists operating abroad to throw a lifeline to the LTTE. A section of the international community, he says, is bent on reviving the LTTE and giving it recognition. Robert O’ Blake, the US Assistant Secretary of State, who was infamous for playing a vital role to oust Mahinda Rajapakse regime while he was in Colombo as the US ambassador has stated that the parliamentary election results as a severe defeat to the hardline Sinhalese nationalist parties who had opposed any kind of power-sharing with Tamils and with the Muslims. As far as we are aware, the Sri Lanka parliamentary election result is a severe a defeat to the parties (such as UNF led by UNP and DNA led by JVP) who had joined with the extremists Tamil and Muslim parties ( headed by Sambandan, Rauff Hakeem and Mano Ganeshan etc who had close links with the LTTE separatist outfit) during the last Presidential election with the full blessing (possibly including financial support) of the very same elements, who were instrumental in seeking a regime change at any cost with a sinister motive of destabilising the country. In fact O’Blake was widely believed to be the hidden architect of bringing Sarath Fonseka onto the Presidential race to undermine the current regime. The result of both the Presidential and the Parliamentary election have also shown the strength of the peace loving people and delivered a strong signal to the colonial minded Robert O’Blake, Millibands and the like who still believe that there is something extra ordinary under their white skin and blue eyes  (Sri Lanka News Online : 22 April 2010).

Sri Lanka calls for UN Member States’ political will to combat terrorism, crimes - Sri Lanka has called on the Member States of the UN to exercise their political will to render tangible and meaningful assistance to other nations who face the challenges of terrorism and trans-national organized crimes. Addressing the 12th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil on April 15, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Brazil, A.M.J. Sadiq who represented Sri Lanka, underscored the importance of international cooperation to combat terrorism, money laundering and other trans-national organized crimes. If Member States do not exercise their political will to do so, Ambassador Sadiq remarked that their professed commitment to combating international terrorism and trans-national organized crimes would amount to nothing more than pious pronouncements and paying lip service to eliminating these evils which have plagued the contemporary world. Speaking further at the 7th meeting of Committee 1 of the Congress which was considering two Agenda Items, namely “International cooperation to address money laundering based on relevant UN and other instruments” and “Practical approaches to strengthening international cooperation in fighting crime related problems”, the Sri Lankan Ambassador drew the attention of the assembled audience to the inextricable and close nexus between terror groups and criminal gangs in carrying out their illicit activities, including narcotics smuggling, gun running, human trafficking, money laundering, extortion and other organized crimes (Asian Tribune : 23 April 2010).

Viking’ Tamil to challenge ASIO's security threat ban - A legal challenge is being prepared on behalf of one of four Tamils from the Oceanic Viking standoff whose special deal with the Rudd government was blocked by Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) on the grounds they were all a threat to national security. Lawyer David Manne, who in 2007 secured visas for eight Burmese Rohingya asylum-seekers, agreed this month to take on one Tamil man's case. The Australian government lobbied to swiftly resettle the 78 Sri Lankans following their standoff aboard the Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking last year. But the four Tamils being held at Christmas Island have been issued with adverse security assessments by Australia's chief domestic security agency, ASIO. The bulk of the 78 Sri Lankans left the Oceanic Viking around November 18 following a promise they would be resettled to a third country within four to 12 weeks. ASIO issued the four adverse security assessments in December last year. One of the recipients was a Tamil woman rescued with her two children. A fifth negative assessment was issued to the woman's husband, who was already on Christmas Island when the Oceanic Viking impasse occurred. He too remains on Christmas Island, as do the couple's two small children. The government has ruled out issuing visas to any of the five, and is trying to resettle them in a third country. But three of the men told The Australian this month that they wanted to go to mainland Australia. They have each been recognised as refugees by the UNHCR, and say they have never been members of, or agents of, the Tamil Tigers separatist group defeated last year by the Sri Lankan government. But they have each received a letter titled "Security Assessment Outcome" advising that ASIO has found them to be directly or indirectly a risk to security, within the meaning of section 4 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979.The definition includes espionage, sabotage, politically- motivated violence and promotion of communal violence (Daily Mirror : 22 April 2010).

A Game Changer: New Politics - By Dr Susantha Goonetilake - .... The racist TNA (now ITAK) was thus down from their earlier 22 seats to 14 (with the 2 national list seats) obtained with only 2.68% of the national total. This showed up the unfairness of the current system. The DNA with a 5.54% percentage of the national vote had in contrast won only 5 seats. It appeared that a TNA voter carried four times the clout of a DNA voter. An anti nationalist website and newspaper recorded that there were no Muslim MPs for Colombo district on the UNP ticket mentioning also that unlike in previous elections, no Tamil MPs were elected for Badulla Adding to these, a leading Hindu activist mentioned to me that there were no Hindu MPs in the Wanni district, while a Bhikkhu in Puttalam worried over the overwhelming over representation of Catholics in Puttalam district because he said, of instructions from “God’s local representative”. There were parallel factors at work elsewhere. Ferial Ashraff did not get a place. The informed opinion is that Buddhists campaigned against her for giving out ancient Buddhist land of Deegavapi to new Muslim settlers (later annulled by the Supreme Court) who began building houses over ancient ruins (Daily Mirror : 22 April 2010).

Lanka’s rapid progress in settling IDPs cited for Australian asylum freeze - Australia’s recognition of Sri Lanka’s efforts could not have come at a better time as a section of the international community and the Tamil Diaspora were still trying to find fault with the resettlement programme, government sources said.  Australia has cited Sri Lanka’s rapid progress in resettlement and rehabilitation of the displaced, in the aftermath of the war, as the main reason for taking tough action to discourage bogus Sri Lankan asylum seekers. The Australia High Commission in Colombo says Australia recognizes the progress Sri Lanka has made in tackling the task of resettling hundreds of thousands of displaced citizens and rehabilitating their communities. The HC says there is real opportunity for further stabilization of the situation so that all.  Sri Lankans can feel Sources said that other countries targeted by bogus asylum seekers should take note of Australia’s position. They pointed out that the ruling British Labour Party, in its recently released manifesto for the May 6 general election has promised to control immigration through an ‘Australian-style points-based system’ to stop unskilled migration from outside the EU (Island : 22 April 2010).

Jaffna Mayoress calls for private - public sector investment - A modern Convention Centre will be established at Arali in Jaffna in two years time, General Manager of the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Vipula Wanigasekera said yesterday. Speaking to The Island at Jaffna Central College, the venue for the inaugural Jaffna International Trade Fair, he said the land acquisition process was underway and all formalities would be cleared shortly to commence construction of the sophisticated convention centre. "When Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services proposed to the SLCB and Tourism Ministry, that the Jaffna International Trade Fair be held, we thought it would not be possible so soon after the war had ended. But, thanks to a lot of hard work that had been done, the event is being staged on schedule." Wanigasekera said that war ravaged Jaffna needed modern infrastructure facilities to meet the demands of economic expansion and the Arali Convention Centre once completed, would be a big boost for the region. The SLCB and Tourism Ministry will continue to support exhibitions of this nature. India was a primary market for tourism and we are glad to see Indian private sector participation in JITF. The assistance being provided by the Indian government for the development of Jaffna was also greatly appreciated, he said (Island : 22 April 2010).

Goa police on lookout for LTTE cadres Panaji – Indian police are keeping an eye on Sri Lankan Tamils possibly working on fishing trawlers and in the mushrooming hotel industry in coastal Goa after the union home ministry warned of infiltration by surviving cadres of the decimated Tamil Tigers. ‘The home ministry circular was forwarded to us by the state home department Monday. The instructions are to keep a vigil on ghettos where Tamil-speaking persons tend to stay,’ a police official told IANS. ‘We have also been asked to keep an eye on fishing trawler hubs and source information on any possible LTTE sympathisers working in the hotel line (industry),’ he said. The official added that immigration records were also being scanned to see if any Sri Lankan nationals had landed in Goa in recent times. Superintendent of Police Omprakash Kurtadkar, who is in charge of Goa Police’s foreigner’s branch, has issued a circular to all police stations and immigration points to look out and maintain surveillance for suspicious Tamil Tiger sympathisers. ‘A lot of Sri Lankan Tamils are found indulging in illegal activities. Efforts should be made to locate them,’ the circular reads. Some years ago, the state police and Indian customs officials had seized a global positioning system (GPS) equipped fishing trawler registered in Sri Lanka which had strayed into India’s territorial waters (Island : 22 April 2010).

Luring Investors to Sri Lanka’s Former War Zones

Tourist corridor in East - The government plans to set up a tourist corridor along the coastal line connecting Arugam Bay, Pasikudah Beach in Batticaloa and Nilaweli Beach in Trincomalee, sources said. The announcement came as local and foreign tourists flocked to the North and East visiting places of worship and natural attractions. This follows the successful conclusion of the three-decade-long war last May. The re-opening of the A-9 Highway linking the North and the South has also enticed visitors. With tourism to the region on the rise, the need to develop infrastructure for tourists such as hotels and restaurants has also risen, sources said. Accordingly, the Government is planning to construct a number of hotels and restaurants and other facilities in both the Jaffna peninsula and in the East. Government statistics revealed that nearly four million tourists have arrived in Jaffna since the end of the war. A large number of tourists also arrive in the East to visit the beaches in the area, sources said (Island : 21 April 2010).

USAID Launches New Business Alliance Program in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka - The U.S. Agency for International Development has announced a new business alliance program with Sri Lanka’s private sector. Partnering with five local businesses, the USAID Public-Private Partnerships for Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka (PPP) Program is expected to create the equivalent of 5,000 full-time jobs in the former conflict zones. These five alliances are all with indigenous Sri Lankan private companies. USAID’s investment of about Rs.600 million will generate an additional Rs.1,400 million investment from the private sector for a total of about Rs.2 billion. The sectors include Aquaculture, Apparel Manufacturing, Logistics, and Horticulture (Asian Tribune : 21 April 2010).

LTTE medical equipment recovered by Army delivered to Mulaitivu Hospital - A massive stock of LTTE used medical accessories and equipment recovered by troops from areas around Mulaitivu during the Vanni humanitarian operations and kept safe hitherto was recently delivered back to the newly-opened Mulaitivu General Hospital authorities by the Security Forces Headquarters, Mulaitivu at a simple ceremony. The stock, worth more than Rs. 15 million comprising twenty wheel chairs, complete sets of usable anaesthesia injections, operating tables, trolleys, surgical equipment, sterilizers, surgical beds, etc. was officially handed over to Provincial Director, Medical Services at the Mulaitivu General Hospital Dr A.E. Gnanajothi, by Commander Security Forces Headquarters, Mulaitivu Maj Gen A. D. P. A. Jayawardena. Dr. Gnanajothi acknowledging the receipt of the stock thanked the Army for their safe-keeping until it was handed over back in usable condition. Major General Jayawardena while assuring the continuous Army support at all times for betterment of the civil community in the Mulaitivu district told the gathering that the Army in the future too would take steps to make different donations to the Mulaitivu health authorities in whatever way possible. Medical Officer at the Mulaitivu General Hospital, Dr. T. Punkoththi, nurses and members of the medical and civil staff, Major General L.A.D. Amarathunga, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 59 Division, Brigadier E.T. Thanjarathnam, Colonel L. Wijesundara, Lieutenant Colonel P.A. Dayananda, Civil Coordinating Officer at SFHQ- Mulaitivu and a gathering of senior citizens in the area attended the occasion (Daily News : 21 April 2010).

Luring Investors to Sri Lanka’s Former War Zones - After military operations in Sri Lanka’s three-decade long war came to an end last May, one of the primary barriers to development in the former war zones in the north and east was movement. Travel restrictions and a continued military presence kept investors away and skeptical that their businesses could thrive in the seemingly unstable regions.  The first four months of 2010, however, have seen measurable improvement. Checkpoints are being removed, roads are being repaired and security is being relaxed. The focus now is on jump-starting the economy by introducing programs targeted specifically at attracting investors to the war-affected regions.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Tuesday a new program partnering with the private sector. Through collaborations with five local businesses in the north and east, the program is hoping to create 5,000 new full time jobs in former conflict areas.  USAID will be investing $5 million in the project while the private sector will invest an additional $12 million in sectors such as aquaculture, apparel manufacturing, logistics and horticulture.  “USAID strongly believes that the private sector is the most important engine for economic growth in Sri Lanka,” said Mission Director Rebecca Cohn in a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Colombo (All Voices : 20 April 2010).

Mobile phone seized from Nalini's cell - A mobile phone was seized on Tuesday from the cell in which Rajiv Gandhi's assassin Nalini Sriharan is lodged in Vellore prison in Chennai, jail officials said.  The search and seizure operation was conducted in the morning in the Vellore women's prison.  "During a routine check by Vellore Prison Superintendent Rajalakshmi and her team a cell phone was found and seized. Further investigation is on," K.R. Shyamsundar, assistant director general of police and inspector general of prisons, told IANS.  Vellore women's prison authorities are tight-lipped on the issue.  The latest development could be a setback for Nalini, who has approached the Madras High Court against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to reject her appeal for release before her life term ends.  The state government based its decision to reject Nalini's appeal on the findings of the Prison Advisory Board headed by the Vellore district collector.  The board had listed eight counts not to free Nalini, including her reported refusal to apologise for Gandhi's murder in 1991.  A woman suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) detonated explosives strapped to herself while pretending to touch Gandhi's feet at a rally in Sriperambudoor on May 21, 1991 (Hindustan Times : 20 April 2010).

Inaugural Jaffna International Trade Fair; ‘JITF has potential to create global demand for Lankan products’ - The ongoing inaugural Jaffna International Trade Fair has the potential to create a global demand for Sri Lankan products, the Managing Director of Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services, Arjun Dharmadasa said yesterday, He told The Island that the JITF with its theme ‘Gateway to Yarlpanam’, had already opened up many opportunities for the business community in various sectors, including construction,processed food, agriculture and plant and machinery. "A unique opportunity has presented itself and it should not be missed. JITF has created an ideal platform for foreign and Southern Sri Lankan investors to meet entrepreneurs and manufacturers in the North after decades". In organising exhibitions of this nature, LECS had paved the way for companies, including medium and small scale enterprises to understand the benefit of networking and exchanging information to meet consumer demands, Dharmadasa said. Director LECS, Imran Hassan, said that they had wanted to postpone JITF by a few months due to the intervening elections, but on second thoughts gone ahead with their scheduled plans, which had eventually been proved right (Island : 20 April 2010).

Northern agriculture rehabilitation drive - The Agriculture Department will rehabilitate the agriculture sector in the Northern and Eastern Provinces by the end of this year, said Director General of the Department of Agriculture Jinadarie de Zoysa.  She also said that they have already started repairing the Agriculture Research Farms in Kilinochchi, Paranthan and Batticaloa.  The Thinnaveli farm in Jaffna already rehabilitated.  Everyone knows that the economy of the Northern and Eastern Provinces were boosted by its remarkable development in the agriculture sector. But because of the terrorist problem all agricultural activities came to a halt.  All agriculture research farms were destroyed. Now the Agriculture Department has taken steps to rehabilitate the agriculture sector in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and it is a tremendous boost to the economic growth of the country, Director General said.  She also mentioned that they are preparing for the Yala season and expects a bountiful Yala harvest (Daily News : 20 April 2010).

Karunanidhi offers help to Prabhakaran’s mother CHENNAI: The government of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is ready to help the mother of slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to get medical treatment in the state, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said. Karunanidhi told the assembly that he knew from news reports that the ailing Parvathi Ammal was presently getting medical treatment in Kuala Lumpur.  "If she declares that she would like to get medical attention in Tamil Nadu, then the state government would consider the request and accordingly write to the centre," he said.  Parvathi, 79, suffering from paralysis, arrived in Chennai with an aide from the Malaysian capital on Friday night to secure medical attention in a city hospital.  Indian immigration officials refused her permission to alight from the aircraft and sent her back to Malaysia on the same plane because she was considered a law and order problem.  Prabhakaran’s parents lived in Tamil Nadu’s Trichy town for many years. They moved back to Sri Lanka in 2003 when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led by Prabhakaran controlled large areas in Sri Lanka’s northeast (Island : 20 April 2010).

Colombo-based Jaffna Tamils want ‘their man’ on UNF National List - The Colombo-based Jaffna traders are planning to make representations to the UNP hierarchy to appoint Western Provincial Council member Nalliah Kumarakuruparan as a National List MP, sources said yesterday. The councillor, who contested the April 8 polls as a United National Front (UNF) candidate, failed to win a seat despite securing 34,460 preferential votes in the Colombo District. He is the General Secretary of the Democratic People’s Front, a constituent party of the UNP-led UNF. The traders are requesting the UNP to fill void created by the assassination of UNP MP T. Maheswaran, who won the 2004 parliamentary polls as a representative of Colombo-based Jaffna Tamils. DPF leader Mano Ganesan was also elected from the Colombo District at the 2004 polls (Island : 20 April 2010).

Australia gets tough on people smugglers - Halts processing of claims by some asylum seekers: - The Australian Government yesterday announced an immediate suspension of any new asylum claims from Sri Lankans or Afghans. As a result of the announcement, asylum seekers from these countries will not have their asylum claims assessed for three months (Sri Lanka) or six months (Afghanistan). The suspension will be reviewed at the end of these periods, the Australian High Commission said in a release (Daily News : 20 April 2010).

Govt's rehabilitation successfully continues: - More ex-LTTErs join with families - The Government's rehabilitation project for ex-LTTE combatants successfully continues with thirty one who had been temporarily sheltered at the Kaithady Welfare Centre joined with their families when they were released on April 14, in Jaffna. Those beneficiaries, after proper legal proceedings, had earlier been sent to Kaithady welfare centre where majority of them got opportunity to follow training courses on various trades. Handing over the released personnel to their next of kin took place during the "Soorya Mangalya or Puthuwaruda Kaliyadam" (Festival of the Sun) 2010 organized to coincide with the Sinhala and Hindu New Year at the historic Jaffna Fort. Nine boys and three girls hoping to recommence their school education and two more girls qualified for university education were among the latest released batch. The ceremony graced by the Commander Security Forces Headquarters Jaffna (SFHQ-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe as Chief Guest was attended by religious and community leaders including Government Agent, Jaffna K Ganesh. Brigadier General Staff SF-J Brigadier B.C.J.A.F. Rodrigo and senior Army officers were also present (Daily News : 20 April 2010).

Nearly four million visitors to Jaffna since end of war

13th Amendment: valid any more? By Gamini Gunawardane Only the Sri Lanka government honoured their part of the agreement at great cost to its people, by passing the 13th Amendment in Parliament under resistance from almost all quarters of the nation, other than the members of the government party. Even there, a minister resigned his post in protest, while several top ministers who voted reluctantly had many misgivings. (A paper read at the 12th Annual Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, on 17th March). This paper seeks to examine the question of legitimacy of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lanka Constitution. It seems necessary to re-visit this topic time and time again as, the full implementation of the 13th Amendment is advanced by different sources as the ‘solution’ to the ‘conflict’ yet said to be persisting after the military defeat of the LTTE. This discussion will be done with the historical background of the genesis of this amendment borne in mind. The immediate circumstances that led to the introduction of this amendment is the aftermath of the stalling of the Vadamarachchi campaign of the Sri Lanka Army, on its haunches, just before it was ready to deliver a ‘coup de grace’ on the LTTE in July 1987, by the Indian government, intimidating the then president of Sri Lanka (Island : 19 April 2010).

Reply: ‘Archaeology sparks new conflict between Sri Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese’ - By Mahinda Gunasekera - (April 19, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I came across the article written by Jeremy Page of Time Online, London on April 6, 2010, and write to clarify some of the issues mischievously raised by him with the apparent intent of creating bitterness and controversies between the Sinhalese and Tamil inhabitants of Sri Lanka on the subject of archaeology. The Sinhalese who have lived throughout the length and breadth of this land for the past 2600 years have evolved a unique civilization that has provided an advanced hydraulic system that sustained a mainly agrarian society which built magnificent monasteries, palaces, hospitals for humans and animals, and other works of architecture and art that have been discovered and since restored, that adorn most parts of the country, whilst yet others still remain to be found (Sri Lanka Guardian : 19 April 2010).

'Boost' for Jaffna industries - The food processing industry in Jaffna is to get a big boost as a result of the first International Trade Fair, according the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The fair is being held at Jaffna for three days starting 18 April , Mr. Poornachandran, President of the JCCI, told BBC Tamil service. Nearly 200 manufacturers including ten from India are exhibiting their machinery and technology at the JCCI fair at Central College Jaffna. The fair is organised to improve and uplift the economy of Jaffna consequent upon the situation being better now said, Mr. Poornachandran. He also says that 175 organisations from Colombo and 25 local manufactures have put up stalls in the exhibition. New manufacturing process and technology were being introduced to the Jaffna people in the fair according the president of the JCCI. Due to the internal civil war in the country between the now militarily defeated LTTE and the Sri Lanka security forces, no technology or technological development reached the people of Jaffna, he says. "This fair gave us an opportunity to learn and have access to new technology" says the JCCI president who also feels that the local people would learn the technology and adapt it to the local requirements. He sounds optimistic that production facilities in Jaffna could improve considerably since the locals evinced keen interest at the exhibition. Jaffna produces lot of fruits and vegetables according Poorchandran, and as such equipments and technology relating to food processing and packaging was displayed most and the centre piece of the first Jaffna international trade fair. The president of the JCCI says the shortage of engineers in Jaffna could be overcome through joint venture partnership with either Colombo or Indian based industries. He also says that they have started improving the industrial scenario in Jaffna based on the existing infrastructure facilities. The JCCI points out that the government has started developing road facilities and improved electricity supplies to Jaffna area. The water requirements needed for the new industries in Jaffna are also being addressed by the government. New Joint ventures are likely to be signed in the next couple of days on the conclusion of the first international trade exhibition, according to the JCCI president (Daily Mirror : 19 April 2010).

‘TN didn’t deport mother of LTTE chief, Centre did’ - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday announced that the government is ready to offer treatment to the ailing mother of slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. “If Parvathi Ammal insists on getting treatment in Tamil Nadu, the state government is ready to consider her request and write to the Centre,” Karunanidhi announced in the Assembly. Parvathi Ammal, 80, was deported to Malaysia soon after her arrival in Chennai airport late on Friday night since she figures in the list of persons banned from entering India. Karunanidhi denied any role in her deportation, which had led to widespread condemnation by pro-LTTE parties, including ruling DMK’s ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi. The CM insisted that the state government had no information about Parvathi's arrival since she had communicated only with the Centre. Marumalartchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko and Tamil Nationalist Movement chief Pazha Nedumaran had gone to the airport to receive Parvathi on Friday night. “The information was not passed on to me nor to anybody in the government properly. As a result of which she was deported,” the CM said. Sources said that T R Baalu (DMK) raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha and asked the Centre why the state government had been kept in the dark during the entire episode (Bangalore Mirror ; 19 April 2010).

Clarify deportation of Prabhakaran's mother - Members from both Houses of Parliament today asked the government to clarify reports of deportation of octogenarian mother of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran who had come for medical treatment to India adding that the episode had sullied the image of the country. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Mr D Raja, CPI, and Mr S S Ahluwalia, BJP, wanted to know why Ms Parvathi, who had come to the country for medical treatment was deported by the authorities, even though India was making efforts to rehabilitate Tamils in Sri Lanka. They said the Government should ask the CBI to investigate as to who was responsible for the lapse -- Immigration officials or the Indian High Commission which granted Prabhakaran's mother the medical visa. "It was wrong to find fault with the mother for the son's actions," the Members said. The issue was also raised in the Lok Sabha by Mr T R Baalu, DMK. and senior BJP leader L K Advani who condemned the deportation of the sick patient from the airport itself (Chronical ; 19 April 2010).

Tamil Nadu says had no role to play in Prabhakaran's mother deportation - The Tamil Nadu Government on Monday said it had no role to play in the deportation slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) leader V Prabhakaran's mother, Parvathi, on her arrival in India.  Buzz up!On Friday, Indian immigration officials deported Parvathi, immediately after she arrived from Malaysia.  Parvathi, who is suffering from paralysis, arrived here with an aide from the Malaysia to secure medical attention at a city hospital.  Responding to a Special Call Attention motion in the State Assembly, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said his government would write to the Centre on allowing her medical treatment in Chennai, if she requested.  Karunanidhi claimed that he himself was not informed about Parvathi's visit and added that neither did the State Government have any information.  "There was no communication to the State Government from her or those who had arranged her Indian trip from Malaysia. All the communication was between her and the Centre," Karunanidhi said (One India : 19 April 2010).

Tamil Nadu ready to help Prabakaran's mother - The State government is ready to write to the Centre to provide treatment in Tamil Nadu to Parvathi, the ailing mother of LTTE leader V. Prabakaran, if she expresses her willingness to return, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi told the Assembly on Monday. “We are ready to consider the request and write to the Centre. I will inform the House what the Centre says,” he said replying to a special calling attention motion moved by the Opposition, barring the AIADMK. The members of the party were absent when the issue was discussed. Mr. Karunanidhi said he was not aware of the arrival of Ms Parvathi in Chennai to get treatment. The State government had not received any letter from her or those who were helping her, though there was a correspondence between her and the Centre. Mr. Karunanidhi said when he was informed about the problem at midnight he immediately contacted the airport. But he was told that Ms Parvathi had been deported (Hindu : 19 April 2010).

Prabhakaran's Mother Extradited, DMK Criticizes UPA - The United Progressive Alliance was criticized by DMK for keeping secret the deportation of the mother of V. Prabhakaran, Tamil Tiger leader. T.R. Baalu asked, "Why the state government was kept in dark on this issue? Why did the Indian high commission in Kuala Lumpur issue a visa to her?" Balu further addressed Parvathi Ammal, Prabhakaran's mother as “that particular lady” and said that she didn’t have a criminal background. Parvathi Ammal, 79 is suffering from paralysis and she returned to Chennai on Saturday for seeking medical attention but, she was refused permission by the Indian immigration officials and sent back to Malaysia as she was called a law and order trouble. L.K. Advani, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader backed Balu saying that state government should have been kept informed. M. Karunadhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said that Ammal will be aided with medical treatment by the state government. He said, “If she declares that she would like to get medical attention in Tamil Nadu, then the state government would consider the request and accordingly write to the centre." After the death of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Prabhakaran, his parents were put under custody. His father later died and his mother moved to Malaysia (India Server : 19 April 2010).

Tamil Nadu to allow Prabhakaran's Mother, if Centre permits - DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi said that his government is willing to allow late LTTE leader V Prabhakaran's ailing mother Ms. Parvathi to undergo treatment in Chennai. He expressed surprise over the deportation of late LTTE leader V Prabhakaran's ailing mother Ms. Parvathi on Friday. The immigration officials deported her shortly after he landed at the Chennai airport by a Malaysian Airlines flight. "We are ready to consider the request and write to the Centre. I will inform the House what the Centre says", said Karunanidhi. The Chief Minister revealed that he came to know about Parvathi's deportation only after reading 'The Hindu' next day. According to him, Ms. Parvathi was denied permission, because the AIADMK government in 2003 had written to the Centre saying that the “re-entry of the family members of Prabhakaran may not be desirable” because of their association with the LTTE (Breaking News Online : 19 April 2010).

Karunanidhi offers help to Prabhakaran's mother - The Tamil Nadu government is ready to help the mother of slain Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to get medical treatment in the state, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said on Monday.  Karunanidhi told the assembly that he knew from news reports that the ailing Parvathi Ammal was presently getting medical treatment in Kuala Lumpur.  "If she declares that she would like to get medical attention in Tamil Nadu, then the state government would consider the request and accordingly write to the centre," he said.  Parvathi, 79, suffering from paralysis, arrived here with an aide from the Malaysian capital Saturday night to secure medical attention in a city hospital.  Indian immigration officials refused her permission to alight from the aircraft and sent her back to Malaysia on the same plane because she was considered a law and order problem. (Read: Why was Prabhkaran's mother deported, asks DMK) (NDTV ; 19 April 2010).

Govt Criticised on Deportation of Prabhakaran's Mother - Government today came under attack in Parliament from the Opposition and ally DMK for deporting mother of LTTE's slain leader V Prabhararan to Malaysia from where she had come to India for treatment. The issue of deportation of 80-year-old Parvathi at Chennai airport last week, was raised both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha by the DMK and the Left parties, while the BJP joined them seeking an explanation from the government. Raising the matter during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, DMK leader T R Baalu alleged that the Tamil Nadu Government was kept in the dark about deportation of "one person". He did not name her. He asked why she was deported when she did not have any criminal record. Senior BJP leader L K Advani said the government had not set a good tradition by deporting Parvathi, who had come here for treatment, without consulting the state government. "Why did the Indian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur issue a visa to her," he asked. In the Rajya Sabha, the issue was raised by D Raja (CPI) who described the treatment meted out to Prabhakaran's mother as "inhuman and shameful". On the one hand, the government claims to be rehabilitating the Sri Lankan Tamils and on the other, such happenings occur (Outlook India : 19 April 2010).

A reply to Robert Blake: LTTE defeat, political solution and CIA strategy - by Garvin Karunaratne - Robert Blake has stated that Sri Lanka should now concentrate on a political solution for the minority Tamils. He urges power sharing with the Tamils whom he says were suppressed. If at all they have been suppressed it was by the LTTE who held them in bondage. They have now been liberated from that bondage by none other than President Rajapaksa. The simple answer to the likes of Robert Blake, has been already voiced by Minister Dullas Alahapperuma - that the international community need not interfere with our domestic affairs. Once President Rajapaksa had to remind British Foreign Secretary David Miliband that Sri Lanka is no longer a colony of Britain. It is of importance to note that no less a person than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried her level best to stop the Sri Lankan Armed Forces from hurling the final blow to annihilate the terrorist LTTE in April and May 2009 (Daily News : 19 April 2010).

Prabhakaran's ghost returns to haunt DMK - Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has moved on after LTTE, and has won the presidential and parliamentary elections with thumping majorities. But the DMK government in Tamil Nadu is still struggling to rid itself of the slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran’s ghost. The decision of the immigration authorities at the Chennai international airport to deport Prabhakaran’s ailing mother Parvathi Velupillai to Malaysia in the same flight in which she had arrived late on Friday without even deplaning has drawn a lot of flak. Parvathi, who is suffering from a paralytic stroke, arrived in Chennai by a Malaysian Airline flight on Friday night with a medical visa valid for six months. She was accompanied by a female attendant. However, the 79-year-old was not allowed to disembark and forced to return by the same flight. “We don’t see how a 79-year-old ailing lady could be a threat. When the Sri Lankan authorities have clearly signalled the end of LTTE, what is the DMK government afraid of? May be the DMK government does not want to rub the Congress on the wrong side,” Sumathi Narayanan, a 45-year-old entrepreneur who travels a lot to Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore, told DNA (DNA : 19 April 2010).

Nearly four million visitors to Jaffna since war end - There has been nearly four million visitors, both local and foreign to the Jaffna peninsula since the end of the war, Jaffna commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe said.  “President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s aim is to provide the freedom enjoyed by the people of the South to those in the North as well,” he said speaking at a Sinhala and Hindu new year festival in Chunnakam Saturday.  He said the people of the North who underwent much hardship during the 30 year war, was today, living in freedom.  They are people who are experts in Agriculture and fishing. The Government’s aim is to restore these lost livelihoods of the people of the North as a result of the war,” Major General Hathurusinghe said.  Things are gradually returning to normal. Already the Government has resettled 40,000 families living in welfare centres, he said.  The Government is providing the people with housing, drinking water facilities, health, education and electricity,” together with other infrastructure development under the Northern spring program, he said.  “Although the North cannot he developed in a hurry given the devastation it has suffered during the past 30 years, the Government is committed to restoring the destoyred economy as well as social and cultural life as quickly as possible,” Major General Hathurusinghe said.  He said no force will be allowed to reverse the victory achieved while measures are already been taken to heal the scars infected by war and win over the hearts and minds of the people of the North (Daily News : 19 April 2010).

Australia to re-open centre for Lankan asylum seekers - Australia Sunday said it was re-opening an immigration detention centre that was closed after riots in 2002 as authorities struggle to cope with escalating numbers of asylum-seekers especially from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.  Australian Immigration Minister Chris Evans said the Curtin air base facility, will house asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan after Australia stopped processing claims from the two countries. “As a result of (last week’s decision to suspend) applications for asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, we’ll be opening a new immigration facility at the Curtin Air Base,” Evans said (Daily News ; 19 April 2010).

KKS cement factory likely to begin operations - The KKS cement factory which was closed for the last 30 years is likely to begin operations within the next few months, Jaffna Commander Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe said.  He said preliminary steps have been completed under the directive of the pioneer of the Uthuru Vasanthaya program on the guidance of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to recommence the factory and that renovation work has commenced.  “Production will start within the next few months providing jobs to around 3,000 persons,” he added (Daily News : 19 April 2010).

India refuses entry to mother of slain LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist leader Prabhakaran. Vaiko to fast against deportation of Prabhakaran's mother.

Eight Norwegian Tamils indicted for vandalism at Sri Lankan Embassy - By K.T.Rajasingham Oslo, 18 April (Asiantribune.com): The Oslo District Court indicted eight Tamils of Sri Lankan origin for vandalism against Sri Lankan Embassy last year in Norway. Prasanna Petkunam, Anthony Johananthan Theverajah, Krishnakumar Tharmalingam, Inbarajah Thavarasa, Sajeenthan Parvathythasan, Vidussan Suresh, Jeswanth Pushparajah and Gouwtham Karunakaran are names of those prosecuted. Vandalism at the embassy occurred after several hundred Tamils had held a series of peaceful demonstrations outside the parliament, the prime minister's residence, and other government quarters in protest against the war in their homeland. This was the period of the Sri Lankan government’s last offensive against the Tamil Tiger guerillas. The demonstrators entered the Embassy premises at Nedre Vollgate in Oslo, on April 12, 2009. They threw stones at the main door of the embassy building. Several of the windows around the building and the door were broken. All the accused are teenagers or in their twenties. “They are young. Two of them were under eighteen years at Easter,” said District Attorney Marit Bakkevig at the National Public Prosecutor's office. Bakkevig believe embassy attack appears to be impulsive (Asian Tribune : 18 April 2010).

On mis-reading election results to revive a rejected proposition - About two decades ago, some of the self-labelled scholars and political analysts in Colombo began referring to Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera as a ‘native intellectual’. Someone asked the pertinent question back then: ‘If Dr. Amarasekera is a native intellectual, does it mean that there are non-native intellectuals; foreign intellectuals or international intellectuals perhaps?’ I was reminded of this when reading Dayan Jayatilleka’s recent post-election analysis and his tedious pitch for devolution a la the 13th Amendment and beyond titled ‘MR’s hat-trick: new start, last chance or old cycle.’ I have responded to his painful efforts to make Mahinda Rajapaksa kick the mandate he and his party were given in the gut and embrace and implement the manifesto of the TNA in the Daily Mirror of April 18, 2010 (“The counter-democratic, communalist effort to re-invent ‘ethnic’-conflict”) and will not repeat myself here. I will instead comment on his strange system of pinning labels (The Nation : 18 April 2010).

TNA will work with govt - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it is ready to “work closely” with the government if it puts forward a political solution acceptable to the Tamil community within an undivided Sri Lanka.  However the TNA leader R.Sambanthan, speaking to reporters in Trincomalee this evening, did not say if the party would join the government or support the government in Parliament (Daily Mirror online : 18 April 2010).

Indian visa in Jaffna from May - The Indian government will open a visa application collection center in Jaffna on 5th May, the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha said a short while ago while delivering the address as the chief guest of the Jaffna trade fair.  With the opening of the new office Jaffna residents will be able to collect and handover their visa applications in Jaffna instead of traveling to Colombo.  They will only be required to visit Colombo to collect the visa from the Indian High Commission in Colombo (Daily Mirror Online : 18 April 2010).

Vadukoddai voters will be photographed by a special correspondent in Australia - Australians opposed to LTTE's 'Vadukoddai Resolution referendum' scheduled in New South Wales, Victoria and Canberra yesterday and today (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 ) have organised an operation to take pictures of those coming into poll to identify LTTE sympathizers and supporters. They have selected vantage points from which to take videos and pictures. These monitors will carry out their operations from a distance as they do not want to have confrontations with the LTTE agents running the poll, a spokesperson for the group said. The spokesperson said that they are following the example of the LTTE to photograph the sympathisers and the LTTE supporters who will take part in the poll. One of the tactics of the LTTE agents all over the world was to take videos and photos of Sinhalese and anti-LTTE demonstrations to be sent to Vanni. These pictures were monitored and relatives of those in Sri Lanka were threatened by the LTTE agents. The spokesperson said that these pictures will be sent to Sri Lanka to locate the connections between the Australian voters and the agents allied to them in Sri Lanka. Some of these voters are drawing pensions from Sri Lanka and are also frequent flyers to Sri Lanka though they cry that the Sri Lankan government is persecuting them. They enjoy the trips to Sri Lanka and have a good time and when returned tarnish the image of Sri Lanka with false propaganda (Sunday Observer : 18 April 2010).

Chennai deports Prabha's mother - LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's mother, Parvati Veluppillai, who arrived in Chennai on Friday night from Malaysia was deported immediately by the Indian authorities as the Central Government did not permit her visit there, reports from India said. Military sources said that she may not return to Sri Lanka as the government had already given her custody to an ex-TNA MP who made arrangements for her to be sent to Malaysia to live with some of her relatives. "She no longer is our business," he said. Parvati, who is ailing with paralysis was due to be admitted to a hospital in Tamil Nadu. She had arrived from Kuala Lumpur but policemen did not permit her to alight from the aircraft, the agency reports said quoting officials in Chennai. She was handed over to an ex-TNA MP M.K.Shivajilingam who contested from his own party at the January 26 presidential election and the general election last week and helped her to fly to Malaysia a few weeks ago. Parvati was initially reported to be taken to her daughter Vinothini who is living in Canada but she later expressed a desire to live in Tamil Nadu (Sunday Observer : 18 April 2010).

North and East Parliamentarians should play bigger role - Prof. Balasundarampillai - The President of the Jaffna Citizens Council for Peace and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna Professor P. Balasundarampillai urged all political parties from the North and the East to be more cohesive with the ruling party with regard to fulfilling the political aspirations of the people they represent. Prof. Balasundarampillai, commenting on the outcome of last week's election to choose members for Sri Lanka's seventh Parliament, told the Sunday Observer that unlike in the past, Tamil parliamentarians elected from the North and the East should be more compromising towards achieving their goals. All political parties, the Tamil parties in particular, are entering the Parliament in a totally democratic atmosphere after three decades. Therefore, the Members of Parliament elected from the North and the East have a highly responsible role to play politically to fulfil the aspirations of their people. On the other hand, the ruling party and its alliance must also accommodate parties from the North and the East in a compromising manner to make the peaceful atmosphere that prevails in the country a reality in future too. He said, "Priority must be given for the establishment of a Northern Provincial Council, so the devolution of powers through this administrative body to the North will be effective." Secondly, the rehabilitation and resettlement process should be expedited. The IDPs who had gone through the agony of the war should be allowed to re-start their lives from their own home lands. "Thirdly, a Ministry for Tamil and Hindu Cultural Affairs should be established to preserve the Tamil and Hindu cultural identities which had been marred to a great extent due to the war", he said (Sunday Observer : 18 April 2010).

Resettlement of IDPs goes on apace - Rambukwella - Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella refuted claims of some Tamil political leaders that the resettlement of the remaining IDPs housed at the Menik Farm welfare village in Chettikulam was being delayed due to defence reasons. The phased resettlement of these IDPs who number around 72,000 has already resumed and will go hand in hand with the demining process considering the people's security, he told the Sunday Observer (Sunday Observer : 18 April 2010).

Prabhakaran's mother deported - Slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's ailing mother, Parvati, who arrived here on Friday night from Malaysia was deported immediately as the Central government did not give permission for her stay in India, PTI reported. Parvati, who was to be admitted to a hospital here for treatment, arrived from Kuala Lumpur but policemen did not permit her to alight from the aircraft, officials said. Elaborate security arrangements were made and suburban police commissioner, Jangid, was himself present to oversee matters as there was a crowd of over 150 persons including MDMK general secretary Vaiko and Tamil nationalist movement leader P. Nedumaran, both vocal supporters of the proscribed LTTE, at the airport. On May 18, 2009, the Sri Lankan government announced Prabhakaran had been killed while trying to escape advancing army troops in the north of the country and said his parents were found inside a camp for displaced people. His father Tiruvekkdam Velupilli died this January (Sunday Island : 18 April 2010).

Prabakaran mother's name was on ‘Warning Circular' list - The immigration authorities at the Chennai airport were surprised to see Parvathi, mother of slain LTTE leader Prabakaran, when she landed from Malaysia with a valid medical visa at the airport here on Friday night. The reason: her name was on the ‘Warning Circular' list of the Union government. Whenever a person's name finds a place in the list, the visa issuing authorities must obtain the approval of, or consult, officials of the Home Ministry before issuing him or her a visa. Though Ms. Parvathi's name was on the list, she got a medical visa. Sources in the Immigration said both Velupillai and his wife Parvathi were living in Tiruchi till 2003. Soon after they migrated to Colombo, the Tamil Nadu government requested the Centre, in the same year, to ban their return. Accordingly, the Union government banned their entry into the State and put their names on the list. Ms. Parvathi was sent back to Malaysia by the same flight (Hindu : 18 April 2010)..

New TNA MPs meet in Trinco today - Fourteen new Parliamentarians of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will hold a meeting today in Trincomalee, according to TNA leader R. Sampanthan. Thirteen MPs are from the five districts in the North and East and one is from the TNA national list. Five MPs from the Jaffna district, three from the Vanni district, three from the Batticaloa district, and one each from Trincomalee and Amparai have been elected on the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi ticket as the TNA was not a registered party. The Trincomalee district election results will be officially announced after a re-poll on April 20 in Kumburupiddy, a village north of the east port town (Sunday Times : 18 April 2010).

Norway-Sri Lanka relations normalized: Erik Solheim sidelined - By K T Rajasingham Stockholm, 17 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Government of Norway has come to adopt a new strategy in its bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka by bringing directly under the Foreign Ministry and sidelining Minister Erik Solheim, who was instrumental in Sri Lanka enter into an agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and unsuccessfully handling the peace process. Erik Solheim was involved unsuccessfully in a negotiated settlement between the Government of Sri Lanka and LTTE which has proved that his handling relationship with Sri Lanka an utter failure and hence Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, has come forward to bring the issue of bilateral relationship directly under his Ministry. At a recent Question & Answer Session in the Norwegian Parliament on the subject ‘Norwegian Policy on Sri Lanka’, Jonas Gahr Støre, Foreign Minister of Norway, in response to a question from Eva Kristin Hansen, a member of the ruling Labour Party, stated that “Norway will ensure that Norway-Sri Lanka relations are brought back to the way they were.” The Foreign Minister’s statement can be construed as containing several positive elements (Asian Tribune ; 17 April 2010).

Vaiko to fast against deportation of Prabhakaran's ailing mother - MDMK leader Vaiko has announced a mass protest fast April 23 to condemn the deportation of slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran's ailing mother V. Parvathi.  In a statement issued here Saturday, Vaiko said: "MDMK will hold a mass protest fast in Chennai April 23 condemning the deportation of Parvathi Ammal by the Indian officials."  On Friday night, a paralysed 79-year-old Parvathi, who arrived here from Kuala Lumpur in a Malaysian Airlines flight, was not allowed to alight and was deported by immigration officials.  The officials refused her entry to India in view of the law and order problem it might create.  LTTE supporters, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko and Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P.Nedumaran who had gone to the Chennai airport to receive Parvathi, were denied entry into the airport.  PMK founder S. Ramadoss in a statement said: "It is only the immigration officials who would have done this highhanded and inhuman act."  He demanded that the central government permit Parvathi to enter India for treatment.  On April 13, an MP from Sri Lanka, M.K. Sivajilingam, who came here seeking medical treatment, was deported (Little About : 17 April 2010).

India refuses entry to mother of slain Tamil leader - The ailing mother of slain Sri Lankan Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was denied entry to India for medical treatment and was deported immediately on arrival from Malaysia, media reports said Saturday. Vallipuram Parvathi, who suffers from paralysis, had reportedly reached Chennai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Friday, but police did not permit her to leave the aircraft, the NDTV network reported. Officials told NDTV that she was deported because the federal government did not give her permission to stay in India. Elaborate security arrangements had been made for her arrival in Chennai, and the city's senior police officials were present at the airport, where a crowd of 150 people, including leaders of regional political parties supporting Sri Lanka's defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), had gathered. India has more than 60 million Tamils, most of whom reside in Tamil Nadu, which is separated from northern Sri Lanka by a narrow stretch of sea. Parvathi had left Sri Lanka for Malaysia after the death of her husband, Tiruvekkdam Velupillai, in military custody in January. On May 18, the Sri Lankan government announced that LTTE leader Prabhakaran had been killed while trying to escape advancing troops in the northern part of the country. Two days earlier, the government had declared victory over the LTTE in Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war. At the end of May, Prabhakaran's parents were identified in a camp for displaced people (M & C : 17 April 201).

New parliament warned of moves to revive separatist sentiments - Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the new SLFP-led UPFA government should be prepared to thwart a fresh attempt by separatists operating abroad to throw a lifeline to the LTTE. A section of the international community, he says, is bent on reviving the LTTE and giving it recognition.  In an exclusive interview with The Island, Defence Secretary Rajapaksa discussed a range of issues, including the need to maintain political stability, strengthening the economy and the responsibility of the new government, which would be installed next week, to sustain a cohesive security policy. He also emphasised the pivotal importance of the judiciary, particularly the Attorney General’s Department, in supporting the government’s efforts to suppress terrorism.  Suppressing the separatist movement and tackling its propaganda apparatus should be a major part of Sri Lanka’s strategy against the LTTE, he said. The new government should go all out against any local element promoting separatist sentiments regardless of political consequences, he said, emphasising that the country could not afford to make way for terrorists (Island : 17 April 2010).

Belling the cat - ..... The country needs a strong government capable of withstanding various pressures in the post-war period vis-à-vis a different strategy the separatists have adopted to achieve their goal by non violent means. It is far more sophisticated than naked terrorism, which proved to be counterproductive. They who tried to destroy economic nerve centres in Colombo with plastic explosives are now trying to destroy Sri Lanka's economy through boycotts. They haven't even spared the quality lingerie produced here. Earlier, Prabhakaran sent suicide bombers to coerce governments into submission but today the LTTE rump and its sympathisers are sending foreign diplomats to Colombo to achieve that end! Having failed on the military front, they are waging a war on the economic, human rights and diplomatic fronts (Island : 17 April 2010).

Counter-democratic, communalist thrust of re-inventing ‘ethnic’ conflict - ..... The honeymoon days of the Chandrika Kumaratunga regime when Eelamism made respectable reached its orgasmic peak with the Ceasefire Arrangement when the key articulators of that ‘ism’, the LTTE was elevated to ‘partner’ in an historic ‘accommodation’ of ruthless terrorism which can only be described, politically, as ‘surrender’. The dream-disc was changed by a disc jockey called Political Reality in 2004. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) ousted the UNP. Forty members of the UPFA belonged to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), whom the federalists liked to call ‘Sinhala Nationalists’ when they felt generous and ‘Sinhala extremists’ or ‘Sinhala chauvinists’ when they were drunk with frustration. The strong showing of the newcomers, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) was also ‘disconcerting’, naturally, given that party’s strong opposition to accommodations with terrorism and/or Tamil chauvinism in whatever form (Daily Mirror : 17 April 2010).

Licensed Banks to open branches in North and East - Several licensed banks are showing keen interest to facilitate economic activities in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, Hatton National Bank PLC, National Savings Bank, People’s Bank, Sampath Bank PLC and Seylan Bank PLC are taking steps to open branches in Akkaraipattu, Atchhuweli, Kalawanchikudy, Kilinochchi, Mallavi, Manipai, Mankulam, Mannar, Paranthan, Thunukkai and Valachchenai over the next few months. Approval for this has been granted by the Central Bank. Licensed banks operating in the Northern and Eastern provinces have also committed to grant new credit facilities amounting to Rs. 56 billion in 2010 and Rs. 70 billion in 2011 in these two provinces (Daily News : 17 April 2010).

A few soft lines on ‘hardliners’ and ‘hardlining’ - By Malinda Seneviratna - That sweet man Robert Blake (we are required to be saccharine-sweet to the powerful, an ex-diplomat advises), US Assistant Secretary of State (no less!) has made an observation (all hail!): ‘I think one of the noteworthy things about the recent election was that hardline Sinhalese nationalist parties took a severe beating in these elections’. That’s a bit awkward-sounding, grammar-wise, but I must let that pass. The man’s sweet, after all (Daily News : 16 April 2010).

Triumphalism! By what queer stretch of imagination? - By Hermes - Ever since the LTTE terrorists were crushed by the Government,their apologists and sympathizers both locally and internationally, never seemed to tire of hollering the refrain that the Sinhala people are suffering from an overweening sense of triumphalism,without their being magnanimous and generous towards the crestfallen Tamils in the North and the East.There have been bitter exchanges in the ‘Island’ expressing their individual views based on their own perceptions of the reactions of the Sinhala people,following the historic victory over a ruthless terrorist who entertained wild ambitions of the LTTE extending their writ over a good part of the North and the East, to the hill country and even to Colombo and perhaps to cover the rest of the island.Such attempts at hegemonic domination of the island,would not have been beyond Prabhakaran who was being encouraged in these manic dreams by the virtually inexhaustible funds given freely to the ‘cause’ by the Tamil Diaspora, spread across the Western world. Under a weak political leadership ever ready to kowtow to Prabhakaran, Sri Lanka would have lost at the very least, the North and East to the LTTE. One does not have to be reminded that just a few years ago,it was just writing on the wall! (Island : 16 April 2010).

Ban ki Moon – A puppet ? - By Ben Silva, UK - There is ample evidence that neo colonial countries invaded Iraq , under the false pretext of WMD, when it is suspected by many, including Alan Greenspan (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2461214.ece) , that the invasion was to get control of Iraqi oil assets. The coalition forces bombed Iraq with massive fire power to ‘awe’ the Iraqis and produced orphans and disabled persons with a death toll over one million civilians. The violence has not stopped, but as reported in the media, killing of innocent civilians is taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan on a regular basis (“Collateral Murder – Wikileaks – Iraq ”) . Killing civilians is nothing new to Western Imperialists as they have experience in genocidal killing of native Americans, raping of Asian countries, Nuclear Bombing of Japan, fire bombing of Dresden etc. Their evil and barbaric nature is further confirmed by their evil acts at My Lai, ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre , Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo bay etc (Sinhale Hot News ; 16 April 2010).

Who will probe US war crimes? - Will the US, Ban Ki Moon and the UN demand an international tribunal to investigate the murder of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan? The whole world saw the Video on WikiLeaks that was released to the world. The WikiLeaks video is of helicopter gunners eagerly shooting civilians and savouring their kills as if playing a video game. Are there other such incidents that were covered up by the US government? I watched it over and over again. I got a sense that there was a feeling of trigger happiness to engage no matter the intent of the victims (hostile or not). While a few men were carrying AK-47 (a common sight in Iraq), not one of them even pointed a gun towards the helicopters or were firing in any direction. They just looked like a bunch of people hanging out. After mowing them down, "Look at those dead bastards," one said. "Nice," another responded. It can be viewed here (Island : 16 April 2010).

Wise King Solomon’s judgement to split the baby, and the Tamil peoples’ patriotism - if they have any. - By Charles S.Perera - The Tamils in Australia have announced a weekend referendum in support of the Vaddukodai Resolution which is for a separate Eelam State in Sri Lanka. Do these Tamils hold an allegiance to the land in which they were born ? Certainly not if they have, they will make the end of terrorism to help Sri Lanka, and their Tamil compatriots who suffered for nearly thirty years under ruthless terrorism. The cause that led to that suffering of the Tamils living in Sri Lanka was the idiosyncrasy of a mad man a terrorist to separate a part of Sri Lanka for an Eelam State. These Tamils in Australia is trying to perpetrate the hallucination of that mad man. These reminded me of the Biblical story in which the wise King Solomon made a strange judgment to see who was really the mother of a disputed baby. Two women were fighting over a baby. One said the child was hers and begged the other woman to give it back. The other woman claimed that the baby was hers and refused to give the baby. To settle the right of ownership of the baby the two women went to the wise king Solomon (LankaWeb : 16 April 2010).

A Reply to Mr Robert Blake, US Secretary for Asia - By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D. Michigan State University - Mr Robert Blake has stated that Sri Lanka should now concentrate on a political solution for the minority Tamils. He urges power sharing with the Tamils whom he says were suppressed. If at all they have been suppressed it was by the LTTE who held them in bondage. They have now been liberated from that bondage by no other than President Rajapaksa. The simple answer to the likes of Robert Blake, has been already voiced by Minister Dulles Alahapperuma- that the international community need not interfere with our domestic affairs. Once President Rajapaksa had to remind David Miliband the Foreign Minister of Britain that Sri Lanka is no longer a colony of Britain. It is of importance to note that no less a person than Secretary of State Hilary Clinton tried her level best to stop the Sri Lankan Armed Forces from hurling the final blow to annihilate the terrorist LTTE in April and May 2009. To put the attempts of Hilary Clinton and Robert Blake in actual context, the attempt by Hilary Clinton was to offer a new lease of life to the LTTE just before they were being wiped out of the island, while today’s attempt of Robert Blake is to enable the minority Tamils to re group again and to help them in their quest for self determination and a separate state (LankaWeb : 16 April 2010).

Rudd says Sri Lanka peaceful - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says parts of Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are now more peaceful than they used to be and that would be taken into consideration when considering asylum applications. He said more and more applications were likely to be rejected as the security situation continued to improve. Responding to caller Sarah from Sydney, who said she was a Tamil who had fled Sri Lanka because of systematic persecution, Mr Rudd said the overall policy hadn't changed and those asylum seekers not found to be genuine were sent home. Those found to be in genuine fear of persecution, then Australia would provide a safe haven, he said. "But what's happened... is that we have now changing security circumstances in large parts of Sri Lanka. They have recently had democratic elections there," he told the Seven Network on Friday morning. "Outside of the Jaffna Peninsular, the very top of the country, the rest of the country is going OK." Mr Rudd said Australia was basing changing processing arrangements for asylum seekers on reporting from that country. "Large parts of it are more secure. Some parts are not. Therefore, it depends where the people come from. The same with Afghanistan." He said parts of Afghanistan were now more stable than before (Daily Mirror : 16 April 2010).

War Trauma Experienced by the Sri Lankan Combatants - by Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D. - In the Sri Lankan conflict, the impact of war and extreme stress on civilian population has been highlighted over the years. However, war traumas experienced by the combatants were not adequately shown. Over the past few decades, some extreme reports had dehumanized the images of the combatants and publicized combatants as perpetrators of violence. But a very few realize that the war trauma affected the soldiers in tremendous proportions.  War is particularly traumatic for soldiers because it often involves close violence, including witnessing death through direct combat, viewing the enemy before or after killing them, and watching friends and comrades die. (Hendin H, Haas A. Posttraumatic Stress Disorders in veterans of early American wars. Psychohistory Review. 1984). After exposing to combat trauma soldiers are more likely to have psychological ailments predominantly stress related symptoms, problems with social relationships and various other problems (LankaWeb : 16 April 2010).

New Tamil party attacks India - The newly formed Tamil National Liberation Alliance (TNLA) said yesterday the deportation of its General Secretary M.K. Sivajilingam from India had exposed the Indian government’s pretence relating to the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils.  TNLA leader N. Sri Kantha said Mr. Sivajilingam who travelled to India hoping to visit his relatives and friends was denied entry on Tuesday and had returned to Sri Lanka the same day.  Mr. Sivajilingam was strongly critical of India for not intervening in bringing about a truce between Sri Lankan security forces and the LTTE during the height of the war last year.  He was also denied entry by India immigration authorities in December last year.  Mr. Sivajilingam contested the recently contested general election under the Left Liberation Front’s umbrella symbol in the districts of Jaffna, Wanni, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Digamadulla but failed to obtain a single seat.  Even while campaigning for the April 8 election TNLA continued to criticize India for its failure to translate into deeds India’s concerns for the Sri Lankan Tamils.  Meanwhile, the Asian Tribune website said Mr. Sivajilingam would lodge a protest with the Indian High Commission in Colombo.  He said he still possessed a diplomatic passport issued to MPs and this was valid till the Elections Commissioner gazetted the names of the newly elected members.  His passport also carried the Sri Lanka Immigration SAARC Travel endorsement which was valid till November 1 this year.  Immigration authorities in Chennai are reported to have told Mr. Sivajilingam that according to an Indian Home Ministry notification he was persona non grata and as such he was liable to be deported to Colombo (Daily Mirror : 16 April 2010).

Navy Commander meets Northern fishing community Sri Lanka - Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, during his recent official visit to the Northern Naval Area, met with the fishing community at Karainagar Island and discussed matters related to the fishing industry in the area. He looked into their professional welfare and sought their views on how best the Navy could further assist in their fishing activities. The Commander pointed out that the restrictions which the fishing community faced during the past war period, are no more with the dawning of Peace and the Navy with the Government authorities have taken steps to uplift the professional life of all fishing communities. He also elaborated on the concessions granted to fishing communities to engage in their livelihood with greater freedom enabling them to contribute to the island-nation’s economy with increased fish harvests (Daily News : 16 April 2010).

BLAKE OH! BLAKE WHY DONT YOU MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS? - by RANJIT WICKREMERATNE - Mr.Blake why do you want to visit my country when we are about to start our long journey with our President to take our beloved country to the 21st century. When our citizens enjoy our freedom and peace in the country dont come and spoil it Mr.Blake for God sake. You are not welcome here beacuse you are one of the Tamil Tiger sympathizers and we dont want to listen to your repeated tapes. Dont think that my homeland is Kyrgyztan or Pakistan but a free and sovereign nation after we eliminate your terrorists friends from our soil. You are happy that some Sinhala parties have lost in the elections but Mr.Blake dont think though they lost the elections that their voice is lost, they will be united with our President when ever any group or organization like L.T.T.E try to raise their ugly heads again (LankaWeb : 15 April 2010).

SL forces recover 25,000 litres diesel from LTTE hideout - Sri Lankan security forces have recovered thousands of litres of diesel along with a cache of arms and ammunition hidden by Tamil Tigers, from the northern region -- once the flashpoint of war between the Army and the LTTE. On a specific information, army troops and police conducted a search operation in Northern Puthukkudiyiruppu yesterday and recovered nearly 25,000 litres of diesel stored by the LTTE, more than 10 months after the conflict eneded. The stock was estimated to contain about 20,000 to 25,000 litres of diesel, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said. During the search operation in the area, the troops also recovered a mortar bomb and 2,250 rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition. Meanwhile, de-mining groups recovered 48 anti-personnel mines, one 40 mm Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and a RPG bomb from Tachchanamaruthamadu and Kilinochchi areas earlier this week (Zee News : 14 April 2010).


News Archives

 

Here is your search engine. Please type the key words (ex: LTTE, Child soldiers, etc) and then press search

 

 

Disclaimer: Comments, views and opinions contained in this website are personal reflections only and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sri Lanka News Online in Australia. Sri Lanka News Online in Australia offers the contents of this website without charge and gives links to other sites in good faith, but does not necessarily endorse the views and opinions expressed within this web site or the links thus provided. Neither Sri Lanka News Online in Australia nor the individual authors of any material on this Web site accept responsibility for any loss or damage, however caused (including through negligence), which you may directly or indirectly suffer arising out of your use of or reliance on information contained on or accessed through this Web site. Responsibility and liability for using comments, views and opinions presented in this website rests solely with the user and not with Sri Lanka News Online in Australia. © 2009.

 

Contact us

 

What was really happening in Sri Lanka was that a blood thirsty racist group led by some misled Tamils called LTTE was 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 ?

 

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

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

Welfare Projects

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

http://www.virudarudiriya.com


Api Wenuwen Api

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


Thawalama Development Foundation

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

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

  

United Nation's move to appoint an expert panel to advise Secretary General on Sri Lanka is ‘totally uncalled for and unwarranted.’

 

How much did LTTE pay Sillyband to speak at Global Tamil Forum?

 

British FM David Milliband is back to his third grade gimmicks against Sri Lanka. Please look after your back yard without poking your stinking fingers into Sri Lankan Affairs.  Sri Lanka has had enough of you and your white clan. We do not care you guys anymore. So, Shut up.

 

Bogus Asylum Seekers

Tamil Diaspora is making a fresh attempt to undermine Sri Lanka by organising large scale human smuggling operations targeting developed countries, particularly Australia and Canada.

None of the three vessels carrying Sri Lankan Tamils, which had been intercepted by the Canadians and Indonesians on high seas during the past fortnight, originated in Sri Lanka.

Conspiracy by Arms Manufacturing Western Nations

 

Western Arms Manufacturers need battlefields to sell their Arms. An estimated 500,000 individuals dies in small arms-conflict every year, approximately one death per minute. It is estimated that yearly, over 1 trillion dollars are spent on military expenditure worldwide.

Development of North and East Districts in Sri Lanka

 

 

Welfare of Internally Displaced Tamil Persons (IDP)

 

Click here to understand how much effort Sri Lanka Government has made for welfare of Tamil civilians displaced (IDP) during the war 

 

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

Read more about the 13th Amendment

 

LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities

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.

LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Child Soldiers

 

Reports Issued by the Norwegians Against Terrorism

Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

 

LTTE's Links with Other Terrorist Groups`

LTTE's links with other terrorists organisations (Sri Lanka News Online)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here is your search engine. Please type the key words (e.g. LTTE, Child soldiers, etc.) and then press 'Search'.

Disclaimer: Comments, views and opinions contained in this website are personal reflections only and do not necessarily reflect the views of Sri Lanka News Online in Australia. Sri Lanka News Online in Australia offers the contents of this website without charge and gives links to other sites in good faith, but does not necessarily endorse the views and opinions expressed within this website or the links thus provided. Neither Sri Lanka News Online in Australia nor the individual authors of any material on this Web site accept responsibility for any loss or damage, however caused (including through negligence), which you may directly or indirectly suffer arising out of your use of or reliance on information contained on or accessed through this Web site. Responsibility and liability for using comments, views and opinions presented in this website rests solely with the user and not with Sri Lanka News Online in Australia. © 2009-2014
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 ?
Caution: Images shown on this web site exposing LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist atrocities maybe disturbing for some users. Please proceed at your own discretion.
The United States' top intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) says that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the most dangerous and deadly extremist organization in the world. The official website of FBI in its tops story said that LTTE is far more dangerous terrorists outfit than al Queda, Hezbullah or even HAMAS. Read more...

Sri Lanka News Online Home Page | Latest News from Sri Lanka | Media Releases | News Archives | Disclaimer


Back to the top