Saturday, December 27, 2008

Swamy demands Kanimozhi’s arrest

(December 27, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy today urged the State government to arrest DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi for supporting the banned LTTE.

Addressing mediapersons here, Swamy said the ‘Chennai Sangamam’ festival organised by Kanimozhi features people who are supporters of the LTTE and hence she should be arrested.

Urging the people to throw the UPA out of power, he said, ‘the UPA has committed corruption of Himalayan proportions.’

The Janata Party leader also wanted the Centre to appoint an enquiry commission headed by a former Supreme Court judge.

Respect sentiments: Karunanidhi to Centre

(December 27, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Tamilnadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said it was high time the Central government intervened in the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Speaking at the general council meeting of the DMK in Chennai, the Chief Minister said that even after an all-party team led by him met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, the Union government, which assured to send External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to the island nation, had not yet sent him. Full Text

Air Force goes for terror leadership while army closing in LTTE HQ

Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets have carried out air strikes this morning (Dec 27) targeting two locations frequented by terrorist chief V. Prbhakaran.

Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara told defence.lk that the jets have targeted a hiding place of the terror chief located in thick jungle 1 km southeast of Vishwamadhu tank around 8.45 AM. Then, the jets have pounded a secret meeting place of the senior LTTE leaders located 1.5 km southeast Puthukkudiyiruppu at 12.45 PM, he said. The second target was also a boat modifying workshop of the LTTE, he added. Full Text

Continued clashes in Kilinochchi outskirts; TF 1 enters Nalanawakulam village

Troops of the Army 57 Division and the Task Force fighting in the outskirts of Kilinochchi had continued clashes with the terrorists in the general areas of Adampan east, Adampan south, Iranamadu west and Sinna Paranthan east on Friday (26).

Following confrontations that lasted from dawn to dusk with terrorists, troops expanded their defence line south of Adampan.

Meanwhile, troops conducting search operations in the general area east of Olumadu recovered one anti personnel mine and one 81 mm mortar bomb Friday (26) afternoon. Full Text

The Dilemma of the Tamil Tigers

Mulliyawali

(Long Ranger)On the aftermath of the capture of the entire JAFFNA peninsula in 1995 the battleplanners had drawn the blueprints to continue the series of operations into mainland Wanni with the main aim of extending the EPS defences up to KILINOCHCHI. With the intention of stalling these preparations the Tamil Tigers set about to dismantle the isolated MULLATIVU base on the 18th of July 1996 with Ceaseless Waves I.

Since the fall of the base the Tamil Tigers have been in control of the coastal littorals spanning from KOKKUTHUDUVAI to EPS. This coastal stretch for decades have been quite significant to the Tamil Tiger military machine especially to its sea wing. Millions of dollars worth of cargo have been unloaded along this coastal stretch and hundreds of Sea Tiger missions have been conducted along this belt against both the SLA and SLN. The lack of land routes through the dense WELIOYA jungles also meant that the sea route was the most viable and quickest to reach areas South of MULLATIVU. Furthermore MULLATIVU being strategically positioned midway along the East coast made it ideal to intercept the sea bridge connecting the Jaffna peninsula to TRINCOMALEE. The observation posts at SAMPUR/SUDAIKUDA used to relay vital intelligence of naval movements to the sea tiger bases littered around these coasts. Full Text

Who’s fooling whom?

In resent past we read and heard from Tamil Nadu media which comes under heavy influence of "Jokers" that the Sri Lanka Navy is harassing the Indian fishermen and even firing at them. Ever since the Army captured Poonaryn and chased away terrorists from the entire western coast, these media jokers have switched to silent mode and their deafening silence is a confirmation that they a bunch of utter liars. Full Text

With continued support for war against terror: Troops maintain momentum in all fronts

Intense fighting broke out along the Kilinochchi and Paranthan defences on December 16 as the Security Forces launched their final battle to capture Kilinochchi and Paranthan. The attack continued for the past ten days in the same breath as troops expanded their positions along the Tiger earth bund despite heavy counter attacks by the LTTE.

A heavy barrage of artillery and mortars fell on the Tiger defences and also on the advancing troops as the battlefront took a new turn, most probably due to renewed fire power of the LTTE. However, troops managed to advance into Tiger territory amidst all these obstacles as the weather conditions were improving enabling the troops to face the battle in a better environment compared to the situation that prevailed last week. Full Text

A welcome development

Tamil Nadu politicians have been making noises over the humanitarian mission launched by the Sri Lankan Security Forces in the North, saying the operations amounted to 'genocide' of the Tamil civilians there. This is a preposterous claim, given the well-established fact that the Security Forces adhere to a strict Zero Civilian Casualty Policy. Many Indian observers themselves have dismissed this claim by a section of Tamil Nadu politicians, pointing out that there is no proof of such genocide whatsoever.

India was the first country to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a Tiger suicide terrorist in 1991. This is not the only terrorist act committed by the LTTE on Indian soil - it eliminated many rival Sri Lankan Tamil political leaders in Tamil Nadu itself. India recently extended the ban on the LTTE by another two years. India's ruling Congress Party has very clearly stated that it would never forgive the LTTE for slaying Rajiv Gandhi. Full Text

Minister calls to crush terrorism

Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Champika Ranawaka addressing a Sri Lankan audience in Britain called upon the British Government and its’ politicians, the European Union and USA to take stern action against LTTE terrorists who commit genocide on Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people of Sri Lanka.

He warned the audience that following his observations and remarks the LTTE’s Tamilnet could exaggerate casualty figures in the future. The Minister said: LTTE terrorists would be defeated in the near future and explained in detail the operations by the Security Forces. Full Text

Eelam war as seen by ‘Lieutenant’ SubramaniAM Priya

By Cheranka Mendis

“A decision was made. My life was altered.

All because I am a Tamil; a Tamil living in Mulankanvil, Kilinochchi”

For 18-year-old Subramaniam Priya, life was a flowing stream of hopes and dreams until one fateful day in February early this year. Life was a challenge for this bright eyed teenager with war spreading its claws towards Mulankanvil in the Kilinochchi area. Before the war extended to her hometown, life continued in a sometimes slow, sometimes fast pace. The village was filled with laughter and good cheer. Uninterrupted transportation led them to the hustle and bustle of street markets with the air filled with the screeches of street vendors. Full Text

The shattering of the myth of ‘Eelam capital’

How Etipola Dissawe captured Trincomalee Fort

This article written by late R.B. Etipola has been reproduced by his daughter Warna Beatrice Etipola Imbuldeniya and was originally carried in the Ceylon Observer.

An article which appeared in a morning daily on the capture of the ‘Trimangala Kotuwa’ (Fort Trincomalee) in 1661 AD dated April 29, 1024, is in the possession of the writer. Full Text

Child soldiers still used in Lanka: Anglican Church head

The worldwide head of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams has noted that child soldiers are still being recruited in Sri Lanka.

He made this observation in his Christmas message adding that it was a far more horrendous sight than several other issues.

“As we look around the world, there is plenty to prompt us to far more anger and protest about what happens to children than we often seem to feel or express. Full Text

Electricity to newly liberated areas soon : Seneviratne

By Hemanthi Guruge

(daily mirror)Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne said an accelerated project would be launched to electrify areas that had been liberated from the LTTE clutches by the army along the Mannar-Pooneryn (A-32) and the A-9 main roads.

The minister said that the project to electrify these areas would take-off on January 9. He stressed that this project would be launched parallel to the “Uturu Wasanthaya” programme that is being carried out as a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the benefit of the people in the newly liberated areas.

The Power and Energy ministry said that 150,000 people out of the 650,000 people living in the North have already benefited from the government’s electrification programme.

Government to unveil solution to ethnic crisis soon Vitarana

By Sandun A Jayasekera

All Party Representative Committee (APRC) Chairman Science and Technology Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana will next week meet the main opposition UNP to discuss the tentative final document of the APRC before submitting it to President Mahinda Rajapaksa ahead of the conclusion of humanitarian operations in the North, Prof. Vitharana said.

“The 13 parties that participated in the three year deliberations have come to a consensus on almost all the matters discussed. Now it is up to the UNP to submit their proposals on the ethnic question. I expect to submit a document to an UNP representative, Parliamentarian Mr. K.N.Choksy, and obtain his party’s suggestions, if any, to be incorporated in the APRC final document, which will be the political document of the government on the ethnic problem,” Prof. Vitarana told the Daily Mirror yesterday. Full Text

Coastal areas from Nayaaru to Nilaweli to be declared a security - economic zone

The Government has drawn up elaborate plans to intensively excavate mineral resources acailable in the coastal areas of northern Trincomalee district and Southern Mullaitheevu district.

The vast resources available in these lands from the South of Naayaaru lagoon in Mullaitheevu to north of Nilaweli in Trincomalee district were not tapped extensively in the past due to the on going war and the dominance exerted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the region. Full Text

149 Lankan fishermen released

A group of 149 Sri Lankan fishermen who were detained by the Indian authorities for crossing the maritime boundary on separate days have been released, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

A spokesman for the ministry said Indian coast guard authorities arrested the fishermen for allegedly entering Indian waters to poach. Full Text

How LTTE Rebels Swindle the World

Opinion By K.R. Pushparanjan

Without any hesitation the LTTE can be branded as a terrorist organization and also all their action leads to believe that they are an unjustifiable, indiscriminate, ruthless, callous, brutal and merciless gang of organized annihilators.

It's not so long ago FBI reported that "LTTE is the most ruthless and efficient terrorist group in the world". This statement of FBI depicts that the LTTE is even superior to Al Qaeda. Despite all propaganda they are carrying out to get the sympathy of the international community, USA, EU, India and many other countries have already banned the LTTE, describing them as one of the most dangerous organizations currently in operation in the world. Full Text

Army delivers upper cut and hook to LTTE on Boxing Day

The Sri Lankan armed forces have delivered two decisive punches to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Boxing Day.

In what could be termed a left hook in boxing parlance soldiers of 59 division smashed through tiger defences in the Kodalikallu area and entered the strategically located Mulliyawlai town on the Mankulam – Mullaitheevu road known as A – 34 highway. Full Text

VCK demands recognition for Tamil Eelam

CHENNAI: A conference organised by the pro-LTTE Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK) on Friday demanded that India and other governments in the world recognise the struggle of Tamils in Sri Lanka for a separate state.

In a resolution passed at the Tamil Eelam Recognition Conference' organised by the VCK, the party said India should recognise the Tamil Eelam' struggle, and there was no need for any further talks or agreements to be signed. Full Text

'Future Minds of Jaffna' 2008 starts today

The mega industrial and educational exhibition 'Future Minds of Jaffna' - will commence today in Jaffna. It will continue till December 29.

The exhibition is held at Vembady Girls College and Jaffna Central College grounds with 100 exhibition and trade stalls.

All Government institutes and private banks in Jaffna as well as the local business community will be participating in this exhibition including many business companies from Colombo such as CLC, Hayleys Agro, Lanchem, Solex, Abans, Mobitel, Dialog, Caltex, Richard Pieris, Pure Beverages, Elephant House and Rankoth Enterprises. Full Text

Friday, December 26, 2008

When will Ranil Wickremesinghe find his compass?

"The network of Christian Churches and NGOs and INGOs launched a massive campaign internationally to halt the advance of the Security Forces. The Genocide Project even went to the extent of putting Sri Lanka on the top of the list of “Red Alert” with Sudan and Darfur based on the fantasies of the likelihood of a genocide taking place in Sri Lanka."

(December 26, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) From time to time Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition, has been signaling that he is keen on moving closer to the heart of the nation which is a prime requirement if he has any intention of regaining power. After a series of failed policies --from his disastrous Ceasefire Agreement to bullock cart (“juck-muck”) and car (“toot-toot”) demonstrations – he has signaled at various times that he is (1) for the banning of the TRO; (2) against a federal solution (whatever that means); (3) not going back to the CFA which he thought was the answer to the national crisis; and (4) for the military offensive to end terrorism. Full Text

How the TNA & the LTTE shamelessly render their "piraattanai" to Indian Politicians!

"Ponnambalam, Chelvanayagam, Amirthalingam, Sampanthan, and Praphakaran,polarized Sri Lankan society and ushered in a racist-separatist political program where the end justified the means to attain the end. These "means" have been extremely violent and barbaric."

by Sebastian Rasalingam writes from Toronto

(December 26, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) Mr. Thondaman Sr. was the leader of the Indian Tamils who were brought here virtually as slaves of the British. Their job was to work in the hill-country lands expropriated from the Kandyan peasants who were driven out into the forests of the Uva to slowly perish. Mr. Thondaman agitated tirelessly and relentlessly for the rights of his people. However, when ever he was in India he spoke as a Ceylonese (i.e., as a Sri Lankan). Thondaman knew that the lot of the estate worker in Ceylon was far better than the lot of an Indian returnee back home at all times, then or now. Mr. Thondaman's allegiance was to Sri Lanka. This great Patriot and leader of the Tamils successfully guided his community away from the violent Pol-Potist politics planned by the Marxists who were the first purveyors of violence. The second purveyors of violence were the racist Tamils led by Chelvanayagam and others. Thondaman refused to support the Vaddukkodei resolution of 1976 which called upon the formation of a separate Eelam land for the Tamils, in their so-called "Traditional Homelands" which pointedly excluded the "low-caste" workers toiling in the hills. Full Text

Congress uneasy over Karunanidhi's inaction against separatists

Chennai, Dec 26 (IANS) Congress party leaders in Tamil Nadu say they are uneasy over Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi not taking any action against separatist elements in the state, especially after their party headquarters came under attack from supporters of common ally Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi (VCK).

'We are uneasy over the chief minister's continued inaction against fissiparous elements trying vainly to garner support for the banned Tamil Tigers,' Congress legislature party leader D. Sudarsanam told IANS. Full Text

SLAF raids LTTE training base - Puthukkudiyirippu

(defence.lk)Air Force fighter jets made precision air sorties at an LTTE training base located in general area Piramantalkulam, North of the Paranthan -Puthukkudiyirripu road in Kilinochchi, this evening at 5.15.

The air strikes were made on precise information received, Air force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.

Twin air strikes at LTTE positions at Paranthan- Kilinochchi

(defence.lk)SLAF fighter jets made successive air sorties at identified LTTE strong points in general area Paranthan, Kilinochchi today (Dec 26) at around 7.30a.m.

According to air force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, the air raids were taken at an LTTE communication center and a logistic base respectively. The aids were conducted in support of the advancing Task Force-1 troops, he further said.

Mulliyawalai LTTE terror bastion under-siege: terrorists sustain heavy damages- Mullaittivu

59 Division troops have entered the Mulliawalai township along the A-34 Oddusudan- Mullaittivu main road claiming soaring LTTE casualties after hours of heavy fighting that broke-out between troops and LTTE in the tactically important battle terrain since last evening (Dec 25).

According to latest reports received from the battlefield, 16 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (16SLLI) regiment troops are now engaged in a fierce gun battle with LTTE in the area, today(Dec 26). Troops had to come across difficult ground where mobility was seriously limited, area military sources said. Terrorists have constructed long stretches of earth bunds, which were successfully negotiated by the advancing infantry battalions, the sources added. Full Text

Special mass to celebrate Christmas -Jaffna

Laying aside the bitter experiences of the arm conflicts over two decades, the Christian population in Jaffna peninsula celebrated the ascendant of most reverential Christmas since the midnight on 24th December till the dawn of next day.

A special Mass had been conducted by the Jaffna Arch Bishop Rev. Father Thomas Ravundranayagam at the St. Mary's Cathedral - Jaffna. The Rev. Fathers of the Cathedral and over 2500 devotees participated in this special event. The troops in the Jaffna peninsula also extended their fullest co-operation for this event providing the necessary security measures, and shifting the Curfew hours completely under the guidance of Jaffna Security Forces Commander Maj. Gen. GA Chandrasiri. Full Text

'Fall of the last LTTE bastion in sight ', says New Delhi paper

(By: Walter Jayawardhana)

In its leader editorial entitled , 'The Fall of LTTE's Last Bastion in sight' The Pioneer of New Delhi said that the Sri Lankan Army continued to make progress against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and predicted that the last bastion of the "terrorists" may fall before the year is over.

"The battle may now have entered a decisive phase," said the editorial which also added, "Kilinochchi is likely to fall soon and when it does it will be a big victory for the Government." Full Text

Repeated opposition for LTTE's child recruitment drive

(By: Walter Jayawardhana)

While Pope Benedict has appealed in his Christmas homily to the world to end all forms of child abuse including child soldiering - the psychotic chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has sent an order simultaneously demanding all students who just sat for the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) examination be conscripted for military training.

Despite the Pope's appeal Prabhakaran wants to conscript the 8000 girls and boys who sat for the GCE (O'level) exam to beef up his army as a last resort to save his tottering fascist regime and the self declared political capital , Kilinochchi now surrounded and being besieged by the Sri Lankan armed forces. Full Text

27 Tamil civilians arrive at Omanthai Entry/Exit point

(defence.lk)Another group of Tamil civilians who were able to escape from non-liberated areas in Oddusudan, Mullaittivu have arrived at the Omanthai Entry/Exit point in Vavuniya yesterday (Dec 25).

According to the military sources, 27 Tamil civilians including 7 children have reached to security forces controlled area seeking safety for their lives Thursday morning. 10 males and 10 females are also among the group of escapees.

"Unable to resist the military attacks LTTE terrorists are forcibly holding civilians," one of the escapees said.

The escapees have been directed to the welfare centers established in the area after providing them with food, medical treatments and other necessities.

New building complex for Jaffna University

(defence.lk)The University of Jaffna is to be expanded with a new building complex for its Management Studies and Commerce Faculty at a cost of Rs. 400 million. It will provide enhanced facilities to both students and the staff.

Mass Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said Cabinet had granted approval for a proposal submitted by Higher Education Minister Prof. Vishwa Warnapala to build the new complex.

The faculty established in 1999, consists of 800 students and 40 academic staff. It has two Departments - Management and Commerce, providing four year special degree courses.

These programs are being carried out sharing facilities with the Faculty of Arts due to lack of space.

The construction of the first phase of the proposed new wing is to be implemented early next year, and the balance work will follow in four years.

Courtesy : Daily News

No food shortage in Vanni

Tigers using tents, tarpaulins for combat purposes - 74,618 metric tons of essentials sent

The Government yesterday re-assured that humanitarian assistance to civilians living in non-liberated areas of Vanni would continue un-interrupted, despite difficulties posed by vagaries of the weather, terrorist activities and bad road conditions.

Confirming there was no food shortage in the Vanni, Essentials Services Commissioner S.B. Divarathne said the Government was getting the fullest cooperation of all stakeholders including the WFP andICRC in the endeavor to provide supplies to the civilians. Full Text

Genocide

Bruce Fein, who is credited with being a Harvard Law School Student, and a member of the Lichfield group, whatever that may be, former US deputy associate Attorney General and currently counsel for a US Tamil group has been inveigled to serve as its attorney and has prepared an over 400 page indictment on genocide of Tamils, and will be submitted to the US Justice Department to meet out any punishment to Sri Lankan officials charged with genocide of Tamils. It is known that there is a subversive agreement known as R 2 P. Is it intended to be used when expedient. It is now moot to mull on the legal possibility of the US seeking the extradition of the defence Secretary, as he had accepted US citizenship when he found living there more conducive to him. It his Human Right to get back to his motherland Sri Lanka when it needs him, being a retired officer in the Sri Lankan army, and being knowledgeable in the affairs of war, and further being a blood brother of the President who took up the challenge of suppressing and eliminating terrorism. Full Text

Six arrested in Batti search operation

The police and the Security Forces launched a massive cordon and search operation in the Batticoloa district on Tuesday to trace explosives, hidden weapons and terrorist cadres who had sought refuge in the district. The operation had lasted twelve hours. Police Media Spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunesekera told the Daily News.

He said 860 houses and 124 vehicles were searched and 2,905 persons were questioned. Six persons were arrested on suspicion. The areas included 12 Grama Niladhari divisions in the district such as Batticoloa town, Erravur, Valachchenai, Vakarai, Kalkuddah, Ithamale, Vaunathivu, Kochkadacholai, Kathankudi, Kalawanchikudi, Velaveli and Karadiyanaru. Full Text

Year 2009 will be Year of Triumph over Terrorism - President

(daily news)The year 2009 will be the Year of Triumph over Terrorism. Next year we will rid the country of brutal terrorism, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at a function held at the Presidential Secretariat on December 23 to confer State honours on veteran cinema actress Malani Fonseka who recently won the Golden Peacock Award for the Best Actress at the 99th Indian International Film Festival held in Goa, India.

It was her performance in the film Akasha Kusum which won her the award.

The President also said this film will be screened next year.He added that we could consider artistes who won international awards through the portrayal of Sri Lankan identities as valuable to us than those who earn such awards by bringing disrepute to the motherland.

Pottu Amman relieved of duties

Internal conflict among top Tiger leaders

The internal conflict among the top leadership of the LTTE came to a head recently when the Tiger Intelligence Unit (TOSI) and the Black Tigers (Karum Puligal) Chief Shanmugaligam Sivashanker, better known as Pottu Amman, was removed from the post by the LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The differences among the Tiger hierarchy at the moment is similar to the internal conflicts that arose with the breakaway of its Eastern Leader Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna four years ago.

Pottu Amman had been replaced by another senior leader Rutnam Master, who is in-charge of Prabhakaran’s personal security as well as being the head of the LTTE’s Special Force – Radha Regiment and the Air Wing. His personal details are not available, as he has functioned as one of the most secretive operatives within the LTTE. Full text

TN should act on pro-LTTE elements: Congress

NEW DELHI

Congress spokesperson Abishek Singhvi has said the Tamil Nadu government was "duty-bound" to act on pro-Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam elements in the state.

"LTTE is a terrorist organisation and it is the state government’s constitutional duty under law to act upon pro-LTTE elements," Mr Singhvi told reporters in the city when asked about the recent incidents where some have spoken in support of the banned outfit. Full Text

SL is the only country that cures the injured enemy:PM

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said that Sri Lanka is the only country that provides medicine to cure the injured enemy.

The Premier was speaking at a ceremony to receive medical equipment donated by a group of Sri Lankans living in Australia, to be distributed to rural hospitals in Sri Lanka. Full Text

Govt. rejects UNhcR allegation on Wanni people’s situation

By Jamila Najmuddin

The Government rejecting allegations levelled by the UNHCR that civilians in the Wanni are in a dire situation and held in government camps in Kalimoddai and Sirukandal has called upon the organization to submit proof to explain their findings.

Defence Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that civilians in the Wanni, in both the LTTE and government controlled areas are being looked after and continuous supplies of food, medicines, shelter materials and aid are being transported to the north every week. Full Text

Pottu Amman sidelined

By Sunil Jayasiri

LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran removed his Intelligence Unit chief Shanmugalingam Sivashanker, better known as Pottu Amman from that position for his continued failure to fulfill tasks including the attempted move to assassinate Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, intelligence sources said.

With the removal of Pottu Amman, Rutnam Master who was in-charge of Prabhakaran’s personal security and the head of the LTTE’s Special Force Radha Regiment and the Air Wing, has been appointed to the top intelligence post.

According to state intelligence units Pottu Amman, had failed to carry out any attacks on the military as well as VIP targets tasked to him in recent years. Among them were the assassination attempts on Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Also two explosives-laden lorries that were recovered by the defence authorities were also among the failed attempts of Pottu Amman. Full Text

Karunanidhi warns supporters of banned organisations

Special Correspondent

VCK to hold ‘Tamil Eelam Recognition Conference’

Ramadoss slated to speak at the conference




M. Karunanidhi

CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Thursday sent out a warning to the supporters of the LTTE, saying that the DMK government would not hesitate to take action against those who voice support and act in favour of banned organisations.

“The warning is applicable to all,” the Chief Minister said in a statement. Full Text

Why is SLBC tolerating BBC Sandeshaya?

By C.P.Kuruppu

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe will find an excellent opportunity to stop BBC Sinhala and Tamil services relaying LTTE propaganda if President Mahinda Rajapaksa proscribes the Tigers next month (in the event of their failure to allow Tamils held hostage to cross over to government controlled areas).

In any case if the SLBC Chief is really keen on making Sinhala listeners ignore Sandeshaya he should make every effort draw them towards the Sinhala programs of All India Radio and Radio Beijing. He also needs to explore the possibility – as suggested by Teleshan Networks Limited (TNL) Chairman Shan Wickremesinghe – of getting other foreign broadcasting services like Deustche Welle and Voice of America to broadcast facts on Sri Lanka. Full Text

Army Commander assesses ground situation

(defence.lk)Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka accompanied by a few senior officers of the Army Headquarters, flew to Vavuniya Thursday (25) morning in a bid to take stocks of the ground situation in Wanni theater of war. Commander, Security Forces Headquarters Wanni (SFHQ-W) Major General Jagath Jayasuriya received the Army Commander on his arrival at the airstrip.

During the review meeting held at the Security Forces Headquarters, Wanni (SFHQ-W) attended by Commanders of Divisions, Task Forces and Brigades, Wanni Commander appraised Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka and other senior officers of the advances and gains the Army has so far achieved in Wanni humanitarian operations.

At the end of the meeting Army Commander gave necessary instructions to be adapted during future operations.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Prolonging the inevitable unsuccessful today

3 waves of LTTE attackers were beaten all ends up by the Army's 58 Division today killing an LTTE 'Lieutenant Colonel' in the process as troops came dangerously close to Paranthan. The 'Lieutenant Colonel' trapped and killed by the SLA is thought to be from either Charles Anthony or Imran Pandian Reegiments. His body was taken away by the fleeing Tigers. Except for the leader's loss, the exact casualties to the LTTE in this fight is unknown at this point. Full Text

Sri Lanka's Information War: Part III

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- In a career spent fighting the Tamil Tigers, Gen. Gerry de Silva (ret.), a former commander of the Sri Lankan army, learned a thing or two about information warfare. In campaigns in the north of the island, time and again he found himself confronting disinformation among the Tamil population.

"It's a disinformation program even to their own people, to their own cadre," he told World Politics Review in an interview at his family's home in the Cinnamon Gardens neighborhood of Colombo. The message was simple, urgent: "My god, the army is coming, don't wait, for God's sake go."

"And you find the people, refugees, just carrying the clothes and the few little pots and pans that they had, evacuating their homes," de Silva said. "I mean this is their propaganda. To say, 'My God, these people are hell bent on genocide, wiping the Tamil race out, so for God's sake escape,' and our problem of winning the hearts and minds of the people in those areas, in the rural areas, was a tough job." Full Text

18 Tamil Tigers killed in fighting: Sri Lankan government

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's military beat back a Tamil Tiger counter-offensive in the island's north, killing at least 18 guerrillas, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) mounted the offensive outside their besieged political capital of Kilinochchi on Wednesday, the ministry said.

"Well prepared troops engaged the advancing terrorists with armour, tanks, artillery and infantry causing heavy damage," the ministry said in a statement.

It said 18 rebels were killed and another 34 wounded, but did not give details of casualties on the government side. Full Text

TF1 advances towards Paranthan; LTTE receives heavy damages - Kilinochchi

Troops of Task Force 1 further continued their march towards Paranthan after successfully averting LTTE's counter attacks to regain their lost battlefront fortifications in Sinna Paranthan area this morning, 25 December.

LTTE terrorists have tried several times to recapture the loosing areas from this morning, the defence.lk correspondent in TF1 said.

According to the latest information received from the battlefront, 12 LTTE terrorists were killed while another 18 suffered injuries during the fierce battle erupted in Sinna Paranthan area through out the day. More pictures

Army snipers guns down more terrorists - Kilinochchi

(defence.lk)Troops of Task Force 1 (TF 1), who have thwarted the LTTE counter attack in south of Sinna Paranthan area last morning, continued their offensive towards Kilinochchi.

Army snipers deployed in 582 Brigade have taken 14 targets while snipers deployed in 583 Brigade have also taken 14 more targets ahead of the own defence line in general area Nivil yesterday, 24 December, the military report received from the battlefront said.

Meanwhile, troops of 57 Division continued offensive push on terrorists while adjusting their defence lines yesterday. Two more LTTE bodies were found along with two T-56 weapons and one T-81 weapon in search operations conducted in north of Akkarayankulam and Akkarayankulam areas.

SLAF raids LTTE defences - Kilinochchi

(defence.lk)Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets have carried out two air raids targeting LTTE strong points observed in Kilinochchi front today, 25 December.

Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara speaking to defence.lk said that the first air raid was launched around 10.30AM targeting LTTE defence line in west of Kilinochchi. The mission was launched to assist the troops of 57 Division.

Meanwhile, the second air raid was launched around 3.40 PM at LTTE defence line in west of Paranthan in support of ground troops of Task Force 1.

21 Tamil civilians including 9 children reach to security forces - Mullaittivu

Twenty-one Tamil civilians including 9 children who were able to escape the LTTE's grip reached to security forces controlled area in Kokkuthuduwai, Mullaittivu seeking safety for their lives this morning, 25 December.

According to the available sources, the group of Tamil escapees, 8 elderly males and 4 elderly females of 4 families, reached to security forces around 7.15 AM.

Speaking the defence.lk correspondent in Mullaittivu front said that they have to undergo severe harassment in LTTE controlled areas. "LTTE accelerated child recruitment as they are running short of manpower, we want to save our children from the LTTE", one of the elderly civilians among the group said. Full Text

Five heavy claymore mines uncovered - Vavuniya

(defence.lk)Locally made heavy claymore mines were uncovered from Vavuniya area in a combined Army and Police search operation conducted yesterday, 24 December.

The search operation was conduced in general area Paleyasakulam in Vavuniya and 5 locally made claymore mines were uncovered during the search operation.

A 18Kg claymore mine, two 12Kg claymore mines and two more 12.15 Kg claymore mines are among the recoveries.

LTTE receives damages in confrontations - Jaffna front

(defence.lk)Troops deployed on northern battlefront further strengthen their defence line while forward dominating elements conducted limited operation targeting observed LTTE positions ahead of the own defence line.

According to the military report received from Jaffna, two confrontations ensued in Ponnar and Kilaly areas during morning day hours yesterday, 24 December, LTTE terrorists suffered heavy damages.

No damages reported to troops.

SLAF jets pound LTTE earth-bund - Kilinochchi

(defence.lk)Sri Lanka Air Force fighter jets have carried out twin air strikes targeting LTTE positions in Kilinochchi last night, 24 December.

According to the Air Force sources, the first air raid launched around 9.30PM targeting LTTE terrorists and heavy vehicles engaged in earth-bund construction in the Iranamadu area. It is observed heavy earth moving vehicles constructing an earth-bund from northwest to north of Iranamadu Tank while conducting air surveillances and it was engaged immediately, Air Force sources said.

Meanwhile, around 10 PM air force jets carried out another air strike targeting LTTE terrorists in earth-bund construction in the same general area, air force sources added.

Pizza Sakvithi and the buddies – Part Two

by a special correspondent in Toronto

(December 24, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) As we mentioned before on December 7th Pizza Sakvithi’s senior buddies had a big party without the chief guest. Probably Canadian security authorities must have informed the chief guest about this senior squad. The old man the father of the suicide bomber and the president (father in law) were seeing running here and there angrily yelling at every one. What a shame! The chair at the audience he prepared for the chief guest was next to his son-in law’s, who is planning to get into Mississauga city council in next election. Introducing son in law to the next mayor and the chance of sitting next to her was the part of the plan but that didn’t work this time.

So that must be the reason now the Son-in Law was busy appearing in tiger television these days but it also could be a failure because he kept forgetting to wash off his tiger stripes when appearing on television. Most recent appearance at the channel was with another tiger guru in Toronto Mr. Guna. The talk was about how to prepare KIllinochchi for possible take over from SL army. Probably son- in-law must have a good knowledge about military stuff. It is time to wake up Canadians! Otherwise this son in law will “lock up” your computers. Full Text

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe to our Soldiers

Christmas – we are celebrating and some credit is due to all of the Service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.

This poem was written by an Australian Peacekeeping soldier stationed overseas. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable and very appropriate with regard to the soldiers in the battle front in our country too.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed. Full text

Sri Lanka Government Challenges UN Figures on IDPs

United Nations, 25 December (Asiantribune.com) : A senior Sri Lankan government official has strongly disputed a UN report on the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the politically-troubled northern province.

"The number of IDPs is only around 100,000. And the entire population of Vanni is approximately 120,000, he told Asian Tribune, challenging the figures released by the UN. Full Text

2008: Progress on Vanni front amidst political and economic turmoil

by Shamindra Ferdinando

2008 comes to an end with the Rajapaksa administration and the judiciary at logger-heads over the December 17 Supreme Court directive to price a litre of petrol at Rs 100. Although LIOC, a joint venture between Sri Lanka and India adhered with the SC pricing formula, the government continued to delay a decision on the SC directive. Full Text

Bodies of 800 combatants transferred across Vanni frontlines this year

The number of bodies transferred across the army and LTTE frontlines this year is evidence of the ferocity of battles in the Vanni theatre where the army is advancing on multiple fronts.

The ICRC responsible for the transfer of bodies doesn’t identify the fallen combatants separately. ICRC spokesperson Sarasi Wijeratne told The Island that almost 800 bodies had been transferred this year. In November and December alone, the ICRC had facilitated the transfer of about 200 bodies.

Even after the army unilaterally shifted the entry/exit point at Omanthai on the Kandy-Jaffna A9 road to Puliyankulam, the ICRC continued to facilitate the transfer of bodies. Ms Wijeratne said that they were determined to continue their operations. Full Text

LTTE wants 8000 students for combat training

The LTTE has called all students in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts who have completed the recent GCE Ordinary Level examination to join combat training, latest military intelligence reports said.

According to these reports, over 8,000 students sat for the GCE Ordinary Level Examinations in these two districts Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told yesterday’s media briefing on the current security situation.

Meanwhile reports from Northern parts stated that over 16,000 people from the Chavakachcheri area in Jaffna protested recently against Prabhakaran’s activities demanding that the LTTE should give up terrorism and surrender. Full Text

Interested parties dragging country to crisis - Asgiriya Prelate

The Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiri Chapter Ven Udugama Sri Buddharakkhitha Thera yesterday claimed that interested parties were attempting to push the country into a crisis by driving a wedge between the Government and the Judiciary.

The Mahanayake Thera said the LTTE terrorists who were on the verge of defeat would beco-me more stronger if the government has to cease its humanitarian mission to eradicate terrorism from the country for want of funds. Full Text

Threatening to pinch a man on gallows

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday threatened to impose a ban on the LTTE if it did not release civilians trapped in the rebel strongholds of Kilinochchi and Mulaithivu, which are witnessing intense fighting. "If the LTTE does not take steps to release all civilians trapped in the Wanni, then the terrorist outfit can expect to be banned and moreover erased for all time from the history books", Rajapaksa said.

Speaking at a special discussion at the Presidential Secretariat, he also ruled out any ceasefire agreement since he believed that would facilitate the division of the country by strengthening of separatist forces.

The President’s threat to ban the LTTE cannot be a spontaneous reaction to the outfit’s adamancy in releasing the people displaced from other parts of Wanni and currently trapped in areas besieged by the security forces and where remaining LTTE fighting ranks are positioned. Some newspapers on the same day carried a news item saying that Government is contemplating banning the outfit. Full Text

Government slams Defence Watch

By Jamila Najmuddin

The government yesterday launched a scathing attack against Mangala Samaraweera’s ‘Defence Watch’ claiming that they were releasing exaggerated military casualty figures and were working in par with the LTTE’s agenda.

Defence Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the facts released by Defence Watch were distorted and no proof had been obtained to back their information.

“Defence Watch has continued to release exaggerated military casualty figures proudly without double checking their facts. They take pride in saying that more soldiers were killed than the figures released by the government. This is exactly how the LTTE works, by releasing exaggerated figures through Tamilnet,” Minister Rambukwella said. Full Text

delay in capturing Kilinochchi

By Jamila Najmuddin

The Government yesterday admitted that there would be a delay in capturing the LTTE administrative capital of Kilinochchi owing to several civilians still remaining in the outskirts of the town.

Defence Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that a total of 150,000 civilians still remained trapped by the LTTE in and around Kilinochchi which is why President Mahinda Rajapaksa had sent a 'strong word' to the forces to capture their target while maintaining a zero civilian casualty.

"The President is very watchful that no civilian is hurt in the ongoing battle. This is why the crawl to Kilinochchi by the security forces has been very slow," Minister Rambukwella said.

Stressing that a time frame could not be given for the capture of the LTTE capital, Minister Rambukwella however added that that the Army had captured some key areas in the outskirts of Kilinochchi which is why its mission to defeat the Tigers in the administrative capital would be sometime 'soon.' Full Text

Army Task Force 3 bags LTTE airstrip - North of Ampakamam

(defence.lk)Sri Lanka Army Task Force 3 troops found an airstrip built by the LTTE terrorists from a jungle area south of Iranamadu tank this forenoon (Dec 24).

According to the battlefield sources, troops continuing their march further northwards from Ampakamam have made this discovery. The Airstrip is a 25m wide tarmac running about 350m from north to south, said the sources.

Sri Lanka Army has so far captured 3 airstrips of the LTTE during the ongoing counter terrorist operations. First airstrip was captured by the 57 Div in Panikkankulam area while the second was captured by the TF 1 in the Nivil area. The LTTE is the one and the only terrorist organization in the world to develop aerial capability. Defence observers are in the view that the latitude given to the LTTE sympathizers by certain countries has enabled the outfit to make a significant contribution to the global terrorism in terms tactics and weaponry.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Army TF 1 thwarts LTTE counter attack- West of Paranthan

Sri Lanka Army Task Force 1 soldiers crushed an LTTE counter attack launched at their forward boundary south of Chinna Paranthan area this morning (Dec 24). According to battlefield sources, troops inflicted heavy damages to the terrorists.

The terrorists tried to regain their lost battlefield fortifications located about 6 km west of Paranthan on the Pooneryn- Paranthan road early this morning with a massive ground assault supported with artillery and mortar fire. However, well prepared troops engaged the advancing terrorists with armour tanks, artillery and infantry causing heavy damages to the terrorists.

According to the available information, at least 18 terrorists including an LTTE regional leader were killed while many others were injured. Intercepted terrorist radio transmissions have reveled that 34 LTTE cadres were wounded and 4 others went missing. So far , troops have been able to collect a body of an LTTE cadre while many others are still lying in front of their forward boundary. Full Text

Clearing operations are still on ...

Book Explores Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka

(December 24, Georgetown, Sri Lanka Guardian) In her latest book, “The Separatist Conflict in Sri Lanka: Terrorism, Ethnicity, Political Economy” (Routledge 2009), Georgetown University government professor Asoka Bandarage provides a detailed and historical analysis of the evolution of Sri Lanka’s civil conflict over efforts to establish separate states in its northern and eastern provinces.

The conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is one of the world’s longest-running contemporary armed struggles according to Bandarage, who teaches in the conflict resolution program at Georgetown. Known to have introduced suicide bombing to the world, the internationally banned LTTE is considered the prototype of modern terrorism and recently became the first terrorist organization ever to acquire air power. Full Text

Tamil People have Rejected Tamil Self-Determination in Favour of Ethic Integration

“The Tamil Elam struggle failed to achieve anything politically; even what they called “Ghandian” ways failed. Peace talks also failed and the war is also failing them. By going to war and supporting it, Tamil separatists essentially accepted the outcome of the war, victory or defeat. It is not possible to back down from it now when things don’t go in their favour. They may still try it, but, the war will seal the fate of Tamil Elam, the state that was never to be.”
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by Thomas Johnpulle

(December 24, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The recent article about Tamil people’s right to self-determination by Deirdre McConnell of Cambridge Review of International Affairs amply displays complete ignorance of the whole truth and home truths. When Giordano Bruno revealed that astral beings don’t orbit the earth but the earth orbits the sun, he was executed. Due to the widespread lies propagated by Tamil Elam separatist elements around the world, telling the truth has become revolutionary indeed. Only a handful of Tamils seem courageous enough to stand against lies that are supposed to 'liberate' them. Full Text

58-2 Brigade batters through LTTE defences at Kunchuparanthan a.k.a. Sinnaparanthan

Soldiers belonging to the 58 – 2 brigade of the Sri Lankan armed forces have succeeded in battering through Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the area of strategic Kunchuparanthan that is also known as Sinnaparanthan.

The 58 division commanded by Brigadier Shavendra Silva is also known as Task Force – one.

58- 2 brigade soldiers were continuing with their phase of the five – pronged offensive launched on Monday December 22nd.

Continuing to fight overnight and on Tuesday December 23rd the 58 – 2 soldiers broke through a 300 metre area in the “L” shaped earthbund cum trench defence fortification of the tigers.

The LTTE earthbund extends from the Jaffna lagoon shores in the north – west to to Iranaimadhu reservoir banks in the south – east. Full text

Sri Lankan troops capture rebel airstrip

(yahoo news)Colombo, Dec 24 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan troops have captured an airstrip of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north, defence officials said Wednesday.

The airstrip was located 15 km east of Mankulam town that was captured by Army's Task Force 3 this week.

'This was the third rebel airstrip captured by the troops in their latest operations (in the country's north),' military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told reporters.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) light aircraft have carried out at least eight air raids on different locations since March 2007.

Meanwhile, Air Force spokesman Janaka Nanayakkara said that three separate air raids were conducted Wednesday morning on rebel targets.

The raids successfully targeted Paranthan and Muhamalai forward defence lines of the rebels, he added.

Relief and rehabilitation operation in full swing: Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Wednesday sought to assure India that the relief and rehabilitation measures for the Tamils displaced in the ongoing heavy fighting in the country's embattled north were in full swing.

“The government is sending enough of relief material including essential items to the displaced people in Wanni continuously,” Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.

He said the government forces were moving into the Tamil Tiger strongholds of Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu at a gradual pace as not cause casualties and hardships to large number of civilians trapped. Full Text

Sri Lanka bleeds - with no peace in sight

Sri Lanka's dragging ethnic conflict is at a decisive phase, with the military determined to crush the Tamil Tigers and the guerrillas adamantly refusing to give up.

The Indian Ocean island nation is spending millions of dollars to give an annihilating blow to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as troops try to seize the last of two rebel bastions: Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.

Having captured the eastern province from the LTTE in 2007 after nearly two decades, Sri Lanka is inching towards taking control of Kilinochchi, a small northern town that has been the rebel political hub.

The army has captured a vast track of LTTE territories from Omanthai to Mankulam in the north and from Mannar to Pooneryn on the northwestern coastal belt -- for the first time after a decade. Full Text

WFP dispatches largest food convoy since October to the Wanni region

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered the largest food consignment since October to the non liberated areas in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu districts yesterday (Dec 23). The WFP in press release said that a vehicle convoy carrying 870 tons of food had reached Puthukkudiyuruppu. The WFP is considered to be the world's largest humanitarian agency and the UN's frontline agency for hunger solutions. Next year, WFP plans to feed 98 million people in 77 countries.

The full text of the statement: Click here

Air Strikes on LTTE positions - Paranthan & Muhamali

(defence.lk)Sri Lanka Air Force has carried out 3 air strikes at LTTE positions in the Paranthan and Muahamalai area this morning (Dec 24).

According to the air force sources, air force jets have pounded LTTE gatherings in Paranthan at 8 AM and 10 AM respectively. Separately, another air strike has been carried out targeting LTTE defence line in Muhamalai at 10 AM.

Operational sources have confirmed that the targets have been accurately hit.

Civilian shot dead week after massive public demo against LTTE- Jaffna

(defence.lk)Suspected LTTE gunmen had assassinated a civilian at Nallur last morning (Dec 23), defence sources in Jaffna said. According to the sources, Shivasundaralingam Gangadaran, aged 45 years, had been shot dead by the suspected members of LTTE pistol gang around 7.15 AM.

The victim was a resident of Karaveddi and a father of two. Also, he was employed as a driver at the ICRC office, Jaffna. Sources said that the victim had been shot whilst going for his work.

A week before, civilians in Jaffna had organized a massive public protest against LTTE terrorists. Over 16000 people paraded on the streets demanding the LTTE to renounce terrorism and to let them live in peace. Further, informed sources say that the LTTE leadership was outraged with this open public protest against him and waiting to avenge those who had taken part in the protest.

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