Saturday, October 18, 2008

The French Police have banned a demonstration planned by LTTE loyalists in France to support the LTTE terrorists.

Following this development, our Special Representative in France Jagath Wickramarachchi said the demonstration planned by the Sri Lankans against the LTTE and their loyalists tomorrow has been postponed. The era in which the LTTE tarnished Sri Lanka’s image misleading powerful nations is over. The French Police turned down a request by Kiruba for the protest and demonstration. This confirms the fact that the opportunities for LTTE activities in France have been eliminated. It is an honour bestowed by the World on the Sri Lankan Government and the war heroes. Our French Representative further said it also sets precedence for those who support the LTTE. www.itn.lk

Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamil Party Leaders oppose Indian intervention in Sri Lankan affairs

Colombo, 19 October, (Asiantribune.com): In a news programme aired in the Independent Television Network, Sri Lankan political party leaders has rallied round against Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan political affairs.

The programme was aired in one of the Sri Lankan Government owned television, where Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamil political leaders have expressed their opposition to India’s intervention in the Affairs of Sri Lanka.

According to ITN, Political party leaders have expressed various views on the dispute which has surfaced due to the response of certain Tamil Nadu politicians on the humanitarian operations to liberate the Northern civilians. They said the Sri Lankan Government should take decisions on the security of the nation. Full Text

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President discusses situation in the North with Indian Prime Minister

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a telephone discussion today (18 October 2008) with Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, during which he briefed the Indian leader on the current situation in the North, where the security forces are engaged in an operation to disarm the LTTE and restore democracy, peace and stability to the region.

President Rajapaksa reiterated that the security forces are under strict instructions to avoid causing any civilian casualties, during this operation. He also informed Dr. Singh that Sri Lanka is mindful and appreciative of the concerns of India regarding the situation in the North, and aware of the context in which these matters have been raised.

Consequent to this discussion, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has invited the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Pranab Mukherjee to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka at an early date.

Both leaders agreed to maintain a dialogue at a high political level, in keeping with the longstanding and excellent bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka. Defence.lk

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The race to Kilinochchi begins

Heavy fighting erupted in Akkarayankulam as the 57 Division launched a massive attack to dismantle the trenchline and bunt at Akkarayankulam today. Casualties to the LTTE is yet unknown. The line was breached from the western and eastern flanks forcing the Tigers to abandon the line and move to its center.

Troops have now bypassed the line and positioned themselves to the rear of the bund. With this lightening strike, the earth bund has lost all its significance as a defensive measure designed to delay troop movement towards Kilinochchi Town. Full Text

Battle progress on land occupancy as at 15th October 2008


Russia pledges fullest support for Sri Lanka's struggle against terror

Russian government has endorsed the measures taken by Sri Lankan government against terrorism and pledged its fullest support to the endeavor. This was revealed when Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with the Russian government officials during an official visit to Russia recently.

On a special invitation made by Russian Minister of Defence Anatoliy Serdyukov, the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary embarked on this visit with a high-powered delegation. The Sri Lankan delegation was welcomed with special honors at the Red Square and Kremlin and had the opportunity to hold discussions with Russian Defence Ministry officials and officials of few other establishments. Full Text

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Air Force conducts close air support missions - Akkarayankulam

Sri Lanka Air Force MI 24 helicopter gunships carried out a series of attacks at LTTE resistance points located 1.5 km north of Akkarayankulam this evening (Oct 18), Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.

He said that the missions were carried out in support of Army 57 division troops who are now dominating north of Akkarayankulam tank. Defence.lk

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Jayalalithaa dares Karuna to quit over SL-Tamil row

Chennai/New Delhi: The battle for posturing over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is heating up in Tamil Nadu.

All the 14 Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) Members of Parliament including seven Union Ministers submitted their symbolic resignation to DMK chief M Karunanidhi in Chennai on Friday.

The resignation letters were post-dated to October 29 when the fortnight's deadline given by the DMK MPs to the Centre to halt Sri Lankan troops' offensive against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) expires. Full Text

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LTTE killed Janaka Perera - UNP Chairman

COLOMBO: United National Party Chairman Rukman Senanayake in an interview with the SLBC yesterday said the LTTE was directly involved in the assassination of NCP Opposition Leader, Retired Major General Janaka Perera in Anuradhapura.

He said the LTTE has resorted to carry out such killings willfully to create a conflict among political parties and gain undue advantage in the face of sagging power in the North due to the Security Forces’ action against them in the North. Full Text

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We applaud, Mr. Rukman Senanayake, a patriotic leader emerging from the UNP, just when we want one.

by Charles.S.Perera

(October 18, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Here at last a patriotic leader from the UNP, speaks out the stand of the good old political party.

It is no surprise such words extending unconditional support to the government in its endeavor to eliminate terrorism come from non other than Rukman Senanayake. UNP's large vote base , on which the UNP stands to day is largely due to the generations of people at the grass root level who bear unflinching respect to the Senanayaka Family. Full Text

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India: The Biggest Hypocrisy in the World

by S. Hewage

(October 18, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) During the last few weeks, hundreds of Christians were killed and more than a thousand were wounded. According to the latest news, tens of thousands of Christians have fled their villages and are hiding in the jungle to save their lives, while the authorities have turned a blind eye to the carnage and gross abuse taking place in the country by the hands of Hindu fundamentalists.

What crimes have these hapless people committed to be treated in such a manner? They were simply Christians, and it seems that “secular” India does not tolerate religious minorities! Full text

Crushing LTTE, The Indian way

“President Rajapaksha has stated the government’s two-pronged strategy towards defeating the LTTE vis-a-vis militarily wipe out the LTTE and open up space for political dialogue for lasting peace, is the only way to bring in peace. Whichever way anyone looks at it, it is not different from what Mr. Sen had also said at the UN.”

by Nacholibre

(October 18, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) India’s permanent representative to the UN, Mr. Nirupam Sen, addressing the 61st session of the UN General Assembly on 28 November 2006, had made it clear what India’s policy towards dealing with terrorism is. After merely two years of Mr. Sen making that statement on behalf of India, it may be appropriate to revisit it amidst the growing pressure from Tamilnadu on Delhi to intervene and stop the ongoing military operations to crush the LTTE terrorists.

Following is an excerpt from the Ambassadors statement. Click Here

Do not give in to pressure from India! - JVP Political Bureau

(October 18, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Continue the fight against separatist terrorism until victory, and safeguard the lives and well-being of the Tamil people! It has been reported that the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. M. Karunanidhi is telling the Indian Government to put pressure on Sri Lankan government to halt the military offensive launched against separatist terrorist. It has also been reported that despite Mr. Karunanidhi having organized a conference of all political parties in Tamil Nadu on the 14th October 2008 to gain support, that it was a failure. Many powerful political parties in Tamil Nadu abstained from the all-party conference, Somawansa Amarasinghe a Leader of the JVP, said in a statement. Full text

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister urges Lankan expatriate in Australia to unite to build a prosperous nation

Colombo, 18 October, (Asiantribune.com): Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has underlined the fact that Sri Lanka was home to Tamils just as it was for Sinhalese, Moors and other ethnic groups and exhorted all Sri Lankans living in Australia to join together in building a prosperous Sri Lanka. He made this call during the course of his speech last Wednesday (15 October 2008) at the Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) of the University of Sydney on the theme ”From Terrorism to Democracy, Rule of Law and Development: Eastern Province of Sri Lanka”

In an address, the Minister traced the history of the conflict in Sri Lanka, beginning with the assassination of the Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappah in 1975, the various attempts by successive governments for negotiations, commencing with the Thimpu talks of 1985, up to the ceasefire agreement of 2002. One strand that ran through all these talks, Minister Bogollagama stated was the consistent lack of genuine commitment and interest by the LTTE towards a negotiated settlement. Full text

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Support Government Against South India Pressure – UNP Deputy Secretary

Colombo, 18 October, (Asiantribune.com): The Deputy General Secretary of the UNP has urged all political forces in Sri Lanka to support the government against South Indian pressure aimed at halting military offensives in the north to defeat LTTE terrorism.

South Indian politicians are trying to prevent military from marching to Kilinochchi in days, Lakshman Seneviratne has told Dinamina, and has called for unity against the attempt, by setting aside racial, religious and political differences. Full Text

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Heavy Clashes in Kilinochchi front; troops break LTTE defences - Akkrayankulam

The Kilinochchi battlefront has been intensely active since this morning (Oct 18) as troops of 57 Division have cleared the LTTE built earth bund from both east and the west of Akkarayankulam tank, battlefield sources said.

According to the sources, troops have run at the LTTE defence kept along the earth bund and entered into the remaining LTTE hiding areas in the area north of Akkarayankualm tank. Pitched battles are going on in the area, at present, the sources added.

Meanwhile, troops of Task Force 1 operating in the South of Nachchikudha have commenced their offensive march towards north early this morning. Simultaneously, their fellow troops are continuing to maintain the southward thrust from Pallawarayankaddu south. At present, Task Force 1 soldiers have cut off all land access routes available for the terrorists trapped in the Nachchikudha terror stronghold.

The sources said, troops manning the blockades in Nachhcikudaha have thwarted two LTTE reinforcement attempts this morning. At one incident, troops have attacked a group consisting about 25 LTTE cadres in the north of Pallawarayankaddu area and claimed heavy damages to the terrorists. In the other incident, troops attacked a group of terrorist travelling on a canter vehicle in the Madam area.

Meanwhile, intercepted radio transmissions revealed that terrorist leader Bhanu has abandoned his position on the western half of the Kilinochchi front. According to the sources Bhanu was in charge of the LTTE defence against the Task Force 1. The terrorist leader has left loosing battlefront and repositioned himself in LTTE hiding areas, South of Kilinochchi, the sources further revealed. Defence.lk

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Is the Eelam dream over?

The Lankan government believes that the quarter-century old militant movement of the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam is in its last phase. The Sri Lanka [Images]n army is merely 1.2 miles away from Kilinochchi, the LTTE's [Images] headquarters in northern Sri Lanka.

According to Colonel R Hariharan [Images], a retired military intelligence specialist who served as the head of intelligence of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka from 1987-90, "Six divisions of the Sri Lankan army have gheraoed Kilinochchi.The rains and the dense tall vegetation make airstrikes very difficult. The situation is critical for both sides." Full Text

Should India protect the murderers (LTTE) of Rajiv Gandhi for fear of losing Tamil Nadu support?

By Shenali Waduge

India had a good opportunity following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi to morally correct India’s covert role in Sri Lanka –many Indians are not aware how India spent Indian tax payers money for a covert operation, to arm, train & financially support the LTTE & other Tamil militant groups. Unfortunately, India did not cease the opportunity though it inevitably had to ban the LTTE for the assassination. Ironically, the present Government of which its Chairman is the very widow of Rajiv Gandhi prefers to opt for “vote-bank politics” instead of seeking justice for Rajiv’s untimely death on Indian soil.

Thus, Tamil Nadu politicos have artfully used the LTTE as a ruse against the Government to do its bidding. It begs us to implore what India is really up to ….why India should fear the LTTE at all….why it chooses not to help Sri Lanka’s Government to nullify the LTTE terrorism & by the murder of Rajiv has shown how volatile Indian leaders are too. Full Text

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Hectic diplomatic overtures in Delhi and Colombo

Colombo, 18 Octiber, (Asiantribune.com): Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Alok Prasad called on Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday at the Foreign Ministry. The discussion centered on current issues pertaining to Indo-Lanka bilateral relations in the context of developments in the North and the East of Sri Lanka. Concerns being expressed in this regard in India were conveyed to Minister Bogollagama by the High Commissioner.

In the meantime India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has summoned Sri Lankan High Commissioner Chrysantha Romesh Jayasinghe to express the government’s concern over the situation on Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, in New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed concern over the Tamil civilian casualties during the last two days. Full Text

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India fully behind Lanka in battle against terrorism - Defence Spokesman

SEOUL: India which has its own experience about the scourge of terrorism firmly believes that Sri Lanka should fully wipe out LTTE terrorism to establish peace in the country.

Therefore, India will never intervene at this stage to halt the Security Forces' ongoing operations against the LTTE in the North, said Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister and Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella.

The Minister who is visiting Seoul, Korea on an official engagement speaking to the Daily News over the telephone said whatever domestic political crises and compulsions India may face, India would never waive its stand on the necessity to wipe out terrorism. Full Text

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Saving Sri Lankan Tamils: destroy LTTE

If India really wants to support the Tamils in Sri Lanka, it should help the Sri Lankan government in destroying the LTTE once and for all. That alone can help the Tamils in Sri Lanka to live in peace. Most Sri Lankan Tamils don’t support LTTE

THE STATEMENT made by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Sri Lanka conflict gives a sense of direction in finding a solution to this two-decade old conflict. In his statement, Dr. Singh mentioned, “…the situation in Sri Lanka does not call for military victory but a negotiated, political settlement that respects Sri Lankan sovereignty and the human rights of ethnic Tamils”. I think that was what successive Sri Lankan governments believed in and worked for; but unfortunately each negotiation ended in more bloodshed as LTTE never believed that a negotiated settlement was the answer to this conflict. Full Text

“Addressing internal issue of Sri Lanka is our business,” – UNP Chairman

“As the main opposition party we are extending our unconditional support to the Government in its endeavor to eliminate terrorism, said the Chairman of the United National Party Rukman Senanayake.

Mr. Senanayake in an interview with the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation said that it is the due responsibility of the Government to ensure the safety of all citizens irrespective of ethnicity or race.

Mr. Senanayake emphasized “no one else has the right to interfere in the internal issues of Sri Lanka”.

While admitting that it is the duty and the responsibility of the Government to exercise military operations to combat any form of terrorism, Mr. Senanayaka said that the LTTE is a separatist and a deadly extremist group unleashing terrorism in all its manifestations to achieve their goals. Full Text

Aditi Phadnis: Tiger without teeth

With the DMK's base looking shaky, it's unlikely to pull out of the UPA.

The intelligence community in the US, UK, France, Australia and the Scandinavian countries is watching political events unfolding in Tamil Nadu with great interest. Unfortunately, the war in Sri Lanka has gone on so long that they’re the only ones still interested in it. Will the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) — credited with the assassination of at least two heads of government, more than a dozen ministers, about 500 leading political rivals and thousands of civilians including women and children — get another lease of life via the politics in Tamil Nadu? Will Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Muthuvel Karunanidhi cause the government to become a minority one on October 29, the day on which his deadline expires — if the government doesn’t intervene by then, he says all his MPs will resign. If this happens, what are the chances of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies coming to power? Without the DMK, can the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) form a government again? Full Text

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Sri Lanka: what needs to be done

The global financial crisis has spawned a new term that is fast acquiring the status of a cliché — ‘bailout package.’ Now attempts are on, internationally and in Tamil Nadu, to craft a bailout package for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Just what kind of political animal is the LTTE? The answer is straightforward. It is a dreaded terrorist organisation — described by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as “amongst the most dangerous and deadly extremist outfits in the world” — that claims to be the sole representative of Sri Lankan Tamils and pursues the secessionist goal of ‘Tamil Eelam’ in an uncompromising way. What is its present situation? For all its success in building, over time, low-intensity fighting capabilities that are the envy of extremist and terrorist organisations the world over, the LTTE has taken a military battering as never before. Every credible independent assessment indicates that it faces a crisis of depleted infrastructure, combat strength, and morale, and has dug itself into a deep hole in its eroding strongholds in Mullaithivu and Killinochchi districts in the mainland North. Full Text

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sri Lanka develops cold feet on CEPA

NEW DELHI: Even as the Centre grapples with the domestic fallout of the war in Lanka, concerns are growing that an economic pact between India andSri Lanka has been indefinitely put off.

Officials here said that the Lankan government has developed cold feet on signing the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement due to resistance from its Leftist allies and businesses. At the same time, the Indian establishment believes that the Rajapakse government wants to complete the military offensive against LTTE before tackling any other issue, particularly one that is mired in domestic politics. Full Text

ANALYSIS-India rumbles over Sri Lanka war, but to what end?

By C. Bryson Hull

COLOMBO, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Indian political pressure on Sri Lanka to throttle back an offensive to wipe out the Tamil Tigers will do little to sway a Sri Lankan government increasingly confident it can end one of Asia's longest insurgencies.

Despite threats from Tamil politicians at home, India is loath to repeat its disastrous 1980s intervention in the war on its doorstep, leaving Sri Lanka free to wage a military campaign that has energised President Mahinda Rajapaksa's political base. Full Text

Troops encircle Nachchikudha; LTTE on the verge of losing Sea Tiger stronghold

roops of Task Force 1 this morning (Oct 17) cut-off Mannar- Poonaryn (A-32) road at 8 Km north of Nachchikudha, said the defence sources. Accordingly, troops have encircled the main Sea Tiger stronghold on the northwestern coast of the Island, and are now engaged in mop up operations towards Nachchikudha build-up, from the south Pallawarayankaddu area, the sources added.
Troops of Task Force 1, launched their offensives to dominate the strategically vital northwestern coast of the Island in September 2007. Opening the Mannar front troops advanced for about 40 Km along the A-32 road, liberating Viddataltivu, Kalliyadi, Iluppaikkadavai, Mundampiddi and Vellankulam towns and entered into the Kilinochchi district.

Following the opening of Kilinochchi front, troops had to clear the terrorist built earth bund that is running 28 km from Nachchikudha to Akkarayankulm. Troops tactically bypassed the Nachchikudha terror stronghold from the west of A-32 road and moved further in to the Vannerikulam and Manniyankulam LTTE hiding areas before they moved back towards the coast.

Defence observers are in the view that LTTE is on the verge of losing their vital Sea Tiger stronghold in Nachchikudha. Full Text

Copies of The Hindu set ablaze

Protests in Erode: Copies of The Hindu and Business Line were set on fire at the Erode bus stand on Thursday morning. At right, a pro-LTTE handbill found at the site warned The Hindu against publishing ‘anti-Tamil’ reports and accused it of ‘betraying’ Tamils’ interests .— Photo: M. Govarthan

ERODE: A group of five persons led by the district organiser of the Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK) set fire to 2,400 copies of The Hindu and 390 copies of the Business Line at the bus stand here on Thursday morning.

They were protesting against the paper’s criticism of the pro-LTTE campaign in the State. As a result, several parts of the town did not get their regular copies.

According to newspaper agents and hawkers, the group arrived at the paper-sorting point around 5 a.m., shouting pro-LTTE slogans.

It also distributed handbills in support of the banned organisation. Full text

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Malaysia bans Hindraf

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SINGAPORE: Malaysia has proscribed the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), which launched a protest last year against the alleged discrimination of the ethnic Indian minority.

Malaysian Homer Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Hindraf continued to pose a threat to public order, racial harmony, security and sovereignty of the country. The ban, effective from Wednesday, was based on the actions the organisation had taken since its inception. Hindraf, Mr. Hamid said, was not granted registration by the Registrar of Societies. Full Text

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Tamil issue: Sri Lanka to send high-level team to India

Colombo (PTI): Seeking to address New Delhi's concerns over the worsening conflict in Sri Lanka and its impact on Tamil civilians, Colombo on Friday said it would send a high-level delegation to India to keep it abreast on the prevailing situation in the strife-torn island nation.

"President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed me to finalise the names of five MPs and two senior officials to visit India to apprise New Delhi of the latest situation," Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told PTI. Full text

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‘I am committed to political solution and ending Tamil civilian hardships’

Chennai: “I am firmly committed to a just and enduring political solution” to the Tamil question in Sri Lanka and “am clear that there are no military solutions to political questions,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa told me in a telephonic conversation from Colombo on Thursday morning.

Addressing the humanitarian situation of displaced people and civilians affected by the military conflict in the Wanni, he reiterated that his government was doing its utmost to meet their essential needs: “We are sending them food. We are feeding the LTTE, in fact, we know that 70 per cent of the food sent by the government goes to them.” Full Text

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Australian LTTE saviours club drags school children for demonstrations

While the Sri Lankan forces are closing on the LTTE chief in Vanni, the saviours and financiers of the LTTE in Australia exhorted the followers through their websites in Brisbane and Sydney to join in their demonstrations in Canberra.

Just as much as the Tiger bosses are now living in the protection of human shields of civilians, their child soldiers are building mud walls and facing the firepower of the Army. Borrowing a leaf from Prabahkaranization, the Australian saviours and financiers have openly invited the school children to join the activists and register their protest in Canberra.. In the demonstration held on 13th Oct by highly agitated "Tamil organizations " in ACT, the presence of children should receive the attention of the concerned authorities. Full text

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Sri Lankan Welfare Consortium- Canada donates USD 6000 to 'Api Wenuwen Api fund'

The Sri Lankan Welfare Consortium in Canada, made a monetary donation worth USD 6000 to the 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing project during a visit paid by its representatives to the Ministry of Defence, Thursday(Oct 16).

The cheque was presented to the Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the consortium representatives Dr. Lasantha Gunasekara and Upali Perera. The Sri Lankan Welfare Consortium - Canada is an organization of Sri Lankan expatriates with its main administration office based at Calgary in the state of Alberta.

The 'Api Wenuwen Api' housing scheme is a mega project for building 50,000 housing units for war heroes in the phase of five years initiated by the Ministry of Defence. Defence.lk

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War against LTTE, not Tamil people - Foreign Secretary

Unfazed by the fast moving pro-LTTE developments in Tamil Nadu, the Sri Lankan Government said that it would continue its military operations against the LTTE, because these were against terrorists and not the Tamil people as such.

"From the very inception, we have been very clear that the military operations in the North and East have to be against the terrorists and not directed against the Tamil people," Foreign Secretary Dr.Palitha Kohona told Express.

To illustrate the Government's point that the civilians in the North were safe, Kohona said that the Sri Lankan Armed Forces had proved, through the operations in the East in 2006-07, that it was possible to drive the terrorists out without killing civilians. Full text

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SL situation does not warrant dramatic foreign action - Downer

While certain political leaders in Tamil Nadu are accusing the Sri Lankan government of genocide and urging the Central Government of India to intervene immediately to bring the on-going war against the LTTE to an end, a former Australian Foreign Minister and UN Special Envoy tasked with resolving the Cyprus crisis says the situation in Sri Lanka does not warrant dramatic foreign action.

Delivering the third Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture at the BMICH on Wednesday UN Special Envoy for Cyprus and former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the level of violence in Sri Lanka did not meet the benchmark needed to justify dramatic international action. Full Text

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FM calls UN to proscribe LTTE as an international terrorist group

Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama who is currently on an official visit to Australia, has called on the UN Working Group under the Security Council's Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) to consider listing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an international terrorist group. He made this call, while delivering an address to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), a prestigious, independent think tank in Canberra last Monday (13 October 2008).

Minister Bogollgama, speaking at the forum, stated, "I strongly believe that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which has earned international notoriety and opprobrium for its countless cold blooded and savage acts of terrorism, targeting not only high profile politicians and military personnel, but ordinary civilians, designed to cause maximum casualties and property destruction, is a prime candidate for consideration by the Working Group for listing, as an international terrorist group. Full Text

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Mysterious attacks in Vanni

A motion has begun in the Vanni to limit LTTE and other movements. Exact details of these activities cannot be revealed as the Army may deny them for purposes of safeguarding its overall plan of action. One objective of these Special Operations is to limit movements of LTTE leaders and the the rapid mobilization of LTTE cadres from theater to theater.

Unspecified actions have been planned and are currently being taken simultaneously, in all parts of the uncleared area in the Vanni, as part of an overall strategy to destabilize the enemy. This is in addition to aerial attacks and LRRP operations, both by the Special Forces and the Commando regiment. Plans are also afoot to put pressure on the LTTE to expedite the release of civilians or to declare Demilitarized Zones. Although we are unable to disclose what they are, close observations would reveal the nature of these activities. Full text
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Mass rally against the LTTE on tomorrow (Oct. 18) in London

The Campaign for Democracy, Justice, Peace and Unity in Sri Lanka

(October 17, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Campaign for Democracy, Justice, Peace and Unity in Sri Lanka in coordination with other mainstream democratic Sri Lankan political parties and organisations is pleased to announce its first meeting for all peace loving Sri Lankans from all communities and others to attend and be a part of. Full Text

Comical Jayewardena and his tom foolery

Pranks of Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene to involve the Vatican to prevent the army advancing to Kilinochchi are doomed. Instead of appealing to Tigers to stop killing civilians Jayawardene one time distributed sirens to the border villagers, who believed that turning the wheel will protect them from tigers. This is a kind of gimmick that is practiced by him in order to win the sympathy of both sections of the community are legion. Once he tried to enter Madu and was prevented by the LTTE.

Today, Madu Sacred Shrine is liberated by the Army. Instead of thanking the army for liberating Madu he became a self-appointed spokesman of the Catholic Bishops Conference and started clowning before television about what the Bishops said or did not said before Sri Lanka President, until such time he was cautioned by responsible members of the team not to get involved and the Bishops are able to handle it themselves. Full Text

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Troops regain Manniyakulam

JAFFNA: Troops of the 58 Division after a gun battle that was fought for a few days captured Manniyakulam intersection, about 13.5 km northeast of Nachikuda yesterday afternoon.

Terrorists fled that area leaving the bodies of their fighting cadres behind. Troops have so far recovered six LTTE bodies. Full Text

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Forces march to final victory with strong political backing

The months long efforts of the LTTE to stop the advance of the troops into their strongholds in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu are now becoming futile, with all their huge earth bunds falling to the Security Forces in all three major battlefronts
in the Wanni, compelling the LTTE to give serious thoughts about their existence in the remaining areas they control in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

What is left for the LTTE is to engage in delaying tactics, to delay the certain defeat they are going to face in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in the final battle now on in the Wanni. Full Text

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MR pledges to go on with war on terror

Sends urgent message to New Delhi amidst pressure from Tamil Nadu

By Jamila Najmuddin

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday informed the Indian government that he would not halt military operations against the LTTE, despite pressure put by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and his party.

Highly placed sources from the Indian Foreign Ministry told the Daily Mirror that President Rajapaksa conveyed the message to the Indian government yesterday following a tense situation in Tamil Nadu with the resignation of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi’s daughter from the Rajya Sabha - the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. Full Text

Lanka rules out ceasefire, says forces following zero-civilian-casualty doctrine

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government has sought to assure India that its ongoing offensives on the Tamil Tigers stronghold of Kilinochchi were beingcarried out by following a zero-civilian-casualty doctrine and all assistance was being provided to displaced Tamil civilians. ( Watch )

"We have put in a zero-civilian-casualty doctrine in place in areas bordering the government-controlled and the LTTE-held areas in the north," a foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday night. Full text

Take firm action against those who menace freedom of expression: N. Ram

October 16, 2008: N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, has strongly condemned "the illegal acts of mischief and violence" by activists of the pro-LTTE fringe group, the Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam (PDK), along with a handful of anti-social elements, targeting the newspaper in three recent incidents at Coimbatore and Erode.

"These unruly and illegal acts were an expression of intolerance of the newspaper's criticism of pro-LTTE and pro-Eelam chauvinism in the Tamil Nadu political arena," he said in a statement, adding: "In our considered editorial assessment, these chauvinistic, pro-separatist tendencies are deeply inimical to the interests of the Indian people. Hearteningly, the overwhelming majority of the people of Tamil Nadu, who do not want a replay of the propaganda campaigns and violent activities of the terrorist Tamil Tigers in one of India's most peaceful States, firmly oppose these chauvinistic tendencies." Full Text

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tamil Tigers' Defensive Gamble

“With a decisive counterstrike capable of returning the FDLs to status quo ante yet to materialise, the Sri Lankan armed forces, adhering to its own deadlines and tactics will continue to inch in further into Tamil Tiger territory, making it even harder for the Tamil Tigers to stage a comeback with supplies and cadre strength diminishing each day due to daily attrition.”

by Long Ranger

(October 16, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Defensive battle is always a gamble. Defending commanders have deliberately chosen to absorb an enemy assault they know is coming, inviting the enemy to attack where it might most effectively be destroyed. If the strategy works the weakened attacker is left with little force to resist a counterstrike, if it fails the defenders will be left with no alternative but surrender. Full Text

Offensives won’t be stopped - Media Minister

The Sri Lankan government won’t be intimidated by campaigns launched by several Tamil Nadu political parties and stop the offensive operations in the North, Media Minister, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

Speaking to journalists yesterday (October 15th), Minister Abeywardena said that despite the TN political parties’ call to the Indian Central government, the offensives would continue until terrorists lay down their weapons and come for discussions. Full Text

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Sri Lanka says plea for truce looks 'LTTE orchestrated'

New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Sri lanka said Thursday that the demand from political parties in Tamil Nadu for a ceasefire in the island nation appeared to be orchestrated by the Tamil Tigers.

In the most high profile reaction after MPs from Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK and its allies threatened to quit parliament if New Delhi did not put pressure on Colombo to go for a truce by Oct 29, Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa refused to halt the military campaign against the Tigers.

And in remarks, clearly aimed at Tamil Nadu's politicians, Rajapaksa also said in an interview: "Everyone needs to remember that Sri Lankan Tamils are Sri Lankan citizens. It is our duty to solve their problems." Full Text

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LTTE mounts artillery at government food convoy

A government convoy with food and essential items to displaced in the Mullaittivu district has come under an indiscriminate LTTE artillery and heavy mortar attack this afternoon while along the A-9 main Road at Puliyankulama, Mullaittivu, according to informed sources in Wanni.

When contacted to verify the incident, sources close to UN confirmed the attack but refrained from further commenting on the incident. The convoy was plying under the UN banner and had just crossed the Puliyankulama junction, when LTTE fired artillery shells fell in close proximity, the sources said.

The government food convoy consisting 50 lorries of food and essential items left the Omanthai Entry/ Exit point at around 12.30p.m., sources said. The UN envoy was forced to abandon the mission in safety of the crew and food stocks, the sources said. According to latest information, the food convoy has arrived at Vavuniya this evening.

The latest attack at the food convoy pronounces the callous disregard of LTTE towards the combined humanitarian assistance and relief work by the government and UN for the stranded civilians in Wanni, defence observers state. Defence.lk

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Troops capture another LTTE stronghold- Kilinochchi

Troops of the 58 Division operating in the Western Kilinochchi battlefront, Thursday(Oct 16) seized total control over Manniyankulama area considered a LTTE strongpoint, 13.5 Northeast of Nachchikuda.

According to military sources, troops are now consolidating defences in the area. Defence.lk

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Terrorists suffer heavy damages in Northern fighting

Security forces mounted heavy artillery and mortar attacks at LTTE positions leaving scores killed and as many injured including two LTTE leaders, at Muhamalai, Jaffna, today (Oct 16). Fighting ensued between troops and LTTE since 4a.m, according to Jaffna security sources.

Successive LTTE counter attacks were also thwarted by the military as troops claimed heavy damages to LTTE in the hours long fighting which lasted till noon. The slain LTTE leaders were identified as Kanyan and Isaiman, according to military. 3 soldiers have laid their lives and 9 others reported wounded during the confrontation, security sources said. Defence.lk

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18 Tamil civilians seek protection with security forces - Mannar

Navy Inshore Patrol Craft (IPCs) on patrol in the North-western seas rescued eighteen (18) Tamil civilians fleeing in fear of their safety under the LTTE clutches, three (03) nautical miles North of Thalaimannar on the 15th October 2008 around11.15a.m.

The group had consisted of five (05) families and three (03) individuals comprising twelve (12) males and six (06) females. They had fled Pallikuda, an area abundant with LTTE hideouts, located South of Pooneryn, on board a fiber glass dinghy (FGD) fitted with a 15 Horse Power out board motor (OBM). Full text

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'DMK cannot be allowed to play petty politics with Sri Lanka's internal affairs' Indian news agencies report

"The ultimatum of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) to the Manmohan Singh government that all the 39 Tamil Nadu members of Parliament (MPs) will resign if it fails to pressure the Sri Lankan government to declare a ceasefire in the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is nothing but political blackmail. The DMK has always flirted with the cause of the Sri Lankan Tamils, which is fired by a dangerous kind of populism", stated the Indian based 'Daily News & Analysis(DNA) web news portal in a timely article published on Wednesday(Oct 15).

Further stressing on the political gimmick by the DMK to defend LTTE, DNA asserts that the DMK has to accept the simple, if unpalatable, fact that there is no room for playing pan-Tamil politics across national borders. Full Text

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Twin air raids at LTTE positions in Wanni and North

SLAF fighter jets made precision air strikes at two LTTE targets at Puthkuddiyirippu and Muhamalai, Thursday (Oct 16) morning.

According to Air Force sources, an LTTE ammunition dump located 3km Southwest of Puthukuddiyirippu, in Mullaittivu was engaged by the jets at 9.30a.m.

Meanwhile, an LTTE command post located 4km South of the Muhamalai defences was also engaged in a similar air strike carried-out by the jets at 10.45a.m., today.Defence.lk

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We are against terrorists, not Tamils: Sri Lanka govt

COLOMBO: Assuring that the current developments in northern Sri Lanka, including the escalation in the fighting against LTTE, was a "temporary phase", Sri Lankan government said on Wednesday night that it should not be construed as an offensive against ethnic Tamil civilians. The remarks came hours after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the situation in the island nation is a cause for concern and asked Colombo to find a negotiated settlement that respects the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka and also respects the human rights of minorities, particularly Tamils. Full Text

Suspected Tamil Tiger heading south

Ramanan Mylvaganam has been ordered extradited to the U.S.A Federal court judge last week issued an order of committal against the 31-year-old Malton man, who is charged in connection with a North American network that police allege provides weapons to a terrorist group in Sri Lanka.The judge made his decision after hearing evidence during Mylvaganam's extradition hearing in Brampton court last month.Mylvaganam is now in custody, and has 30 days to appeal his case to Justice Minister Robert Nicholson, or officially surrender.Mylvaganam's hearing was supposed to take place June 10. American authorities are trying to have him brought to the U.S. to face charges, but he fired his lawyer and was granted more time this past summer.Mylvaganam, a computer engineering student at the University of Waterloo (UW) who came to Canada from Sri Lanka in 1992, was arrested by the RCMP Aug. 22, 2006 at his Derry Rd. E. apartment. He was picked up on a provisional warrant at the request of American authorities. Full Text

All-party error

The Tamil Nadu political establishment’s emotive use of Sri Lankan issues has shaken governments in Delhi often enough; and, as the recently concluded meeting of members of the parliamentary parties of the DMK, the PMK, and the Tamil Nadu wings of the Congress and the Left parties shows, the Sri Lankan civil war is still a powerful disruptive force at the Centre. The meeting demanded that the UPA Government ensure a ceasefire in the civil war within two weeks, or their MPs would resign en masse from the Lok Sabha. Given the numbers in Parliament, this moves from being a mark of personal protest, or the people’s representatives expressing the will of their constituents, and becomes an attempt at blackmailing the Central government on behalf of a particular state’s co-ethnics. Full Text

Jayalalitha Exposes Karunanidhi’s Political Duplicity

Chennai, 16 October, (Asiantribune.com): The main opposition party Leader, AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa slams M.Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for his political duplicity with regard to the All Party Meet and the resolutions adopted in the meeting held on last Tuesday.

Jayalalitha in a statement pointed out that when going through the resolutions adopted in the All Party meet, one has to seriously express doubts whether Karunanidhi is trying to safeguard the Tamil Tigers and working for them. Full Text

Tamil Nadu and ending Tiger terrorism

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has warned the Central Government of India that if a "Ceasefire" is not agreed upon and entered into by the Sri Lanka Government with the world’s most vicious terror outfit, the LTTE, they will withdraw support to the centre. Several opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have contributed to this threat.

What Karunanidhi is trying to do is to create an atmosphere of chaos and mayhem make little Sri Lanka to eat humble pie. His only interest is to in some way or the other destablize this country. Full Text

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Brainwashing Tamil children born overseas

While the Sri Lankan forces are closing in on the LTTE chief in Vanni, the saviours and financiers of the LTTE in Australia exhort their followers through their websites in Brisbane and Sydney to join in demonstrations in Canberra. Ironically, the anti-Sri Lanka demonstration of LTTE fronts require a respectable theme and they chose to protest about the denial of freedom to journalists. This is blatantly false, but the discerning Australians saw through the ruse.

To add insult to injury, the organizers of demonstration against Sri Lank request school children in Australia to join them in the pro-LTTE propaganda campaigns. Children of Sri Lankan Tamil origin are used by activists without any concern for their state of mental well-being etc. Full Text

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Wanted for A'pura blast

The Police yesterday while releasing a sketch of the suspected suicide bomber responsible for the deaths of Major General (retd.) Janaka Perera and several others in Anuradhapura, sought public help to identify him. According to Police the suspect is believed to be stockily built, around 24-28 years old with a height of 4'8''. With regards to any information the public are advised to call on the following numbers 025-2222789, 025-2222228, 011-2421111, 011-2436161.

Terrorism is murder and totally unacceptable

- Special UN Envoy to Cyprus Alexander Downer:

"Grievances should only be addressed and resolved by political means and negotiations. Terrorism which is murder, is totally unacceptable, and these acts of murder and terror would be ultimately proved wrong," observed the former Australian Foreign Minister and Special Envoy of the United Nations to Cyprus, Alexander Downer, when he delivered the third Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture 2008, at the BMICH yesterday, on the theme The Changing World and Reform of the United Nations.

There is no political or religious cause which justifies terrorism. There is a false, foolish and evil saying that today's terrorist is tomorrow's freedom fighter. Full Text

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Stones pelted at Hindu office after article, 26 arrested

COIMBATORE: Twenty six activists belonging to Tamil fringe groups and sympathising with the LTTE cause were arrested yesterday when they pelted stones at ‘The Hindu’ office premises and attempted to enter the building to protest against an article carried by the English daily on the Sri Lankan issue.

The arrested included some law college students, lawyers and workers, police said, adding that those arrested claimed that they were activists of Adi Tamilar Peravai and Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam. No one was injured. Full Text

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South India has no moral right to criticize the war

Minister Champika Ranawaka

Minister of Environment and Jathika Hela Urumaya frontliner, Champika Ranawaka places confidence in the military exercises and an imminent victory over the LTTE, to turn Tamil support towards the Rajapaksa Presidency at an upcoming general election. He maintains that in an environment that will wipe out ‘Tamil chauvinism’ there is no necessity for any political solutions, believing development to be the key to issues of terrorism.

Q:Pressure against the war from South India is mounting rapidly. How do you view the threat placed before Delhi by Karunanidhi, in view of the upcoming elections?

It is none other than India’s shortsighted political interferences that brought the problem of LTTE this far. India saw Sri Lanka with an economic potential to prosper far beyond it could with a closed economy in the 70’s and helped LTTE. But now the situation and how they view the ground realities have changed drastically. The economic power balance has turned towards regional concerns and with India becoming part of that very power block their concerns have changed. Many in India now see us as an opportunity rather than a threat. Full text