Saturday, April 18, 2009

Beat the Tigers soon, civilians ask army after escaping their tyranny - Puthumathalan

(defence.lk)At least 2857 civilians have sought refuge with Sri Lankan soldiers manning their defences of Puthumathalan West, by 6 this evening (Apr 18). According to the defence sources, the civilians started arriving in large groups since this afternoon using the safe routes opened for them by troops.

Defence.lk special correspondent citing the civilians revealed that they had to rebel against the terrorists in order to breakout the LTTE blockade, West of No Fire Zone [NFZ]. Full text

Tamil expats hold pro-LTTE rally in Los Angeles

By Hassina Leelarathna

(April 18, Los Angeles, CA , Sri Lanka Guardian) - LTTE operatives and supporters in Southern California are not known to hold public protests or demonstrations. They operate in the shadows, lobbying US lawmakers and raising funds in circles totally outside the Sri Lankan community’s radar. In a move that signals they’re pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to breathe life into the now-vanquished Tigers , Sri Lankan Tamils stood today outside the Federal Building in Westwood carrying anti-Sri Lanka signs and distributing LTTE propaganda material. Full text

A win, not a draw

By Dayan Jayatillake

(April 18, Geneva, Sri Lanka Guardian) Will this Sinhala and Tamil New Year be the gateway to a new period of Sri Lanka’s history? Will it be better or worse than what has gone on so far? Or will there be no change and will the country still remain in the same stage of history that we have been in all these dozens of Aluth Avurudu celebrations? Or will a new cycle of the old conflict begin with this Avurudu?

The answer depends on how we comprehend this period we are living through, the moment in which the Aluth Avurudu has taken place. It is characterized by three factors or potentialities: Full text

Beyond farce

(April 18, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The ever-vexatious Sri Lanka issue has again given the politicians in Tamilnadu to go on a dangerous brinkmanship binge. A day AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa and her new-found allies took the two-timing DMK to ask for being duplicitous on the strife in Lanka, Chief Minister and DMK chief M Karunanidhi has suddenly upped the ante.

He has shot off a missive to the Centre to snap ties with the Lankan government. This because the Mahinda Rajapakse government is not ready for a permanent ceasefire. Wily and always playing self-focussed politics, Karunanidhi has made so many twists and turns s on the issue that if he were in a theme park he would be a roller-coaster by now. Full text

Lessons from Lanka

By T R Jawahar

(April 18, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The countdown was akin to a perfect space satellite lift-off. At the precise stroke of the end of the 48th hour of ceasefire the guns started booming again, as if set to a default clock. The Sri Lankan regime could not have demonstrated its determination to exterminate the Tigers more emphatically.

And as the promised fight to finish reaches the terminal stage and the inevitable chest-thumpings, breast-beatings, rejoicings and requiems reach a crescendo, this multi-decade bloody imbroglio presents a slew of mixed messages to the world at large and India in particular. Full text

Prabakaran exposed and threw away Oslo Federal agreement; LTTE's defeat started from there - Karuna

(Lanka-e-News, 18.April.2009, 12.30pm) While LTTE leader Prabakaran has lost almost everything he and his community built up within 32 years due to lack political sense, his ex-deputy Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman is stepping up in the ladder of politics becoming a minister of the government. One cannot deny that Karuna Amman is the best example in Sri Lanka for political sense. This wonderful Tamil personality engaged in a dialogue with Lanka-e-News recently.

Lanka-e-News: Once you said that you possess arms; now you deny it. What position can we accept? Full text

Hard-working IDPs need more help

By Ranjit Surendran in Vavuniya

(April 18, Vavhniya, Sri Lanka Guardian) The situation in Wanni is not at all what one would like it to be. In fact it is appalling and atrocious because there is a war on against the most ruthless and brutal terrorist force in the world, the LTTE. This has been further aggravated by the LTTE terrorists holding as hostage thousands of civilians as their last hope of forcing the Government of Sri Lanka to agree to cessation of hostilities. There is no doubt they were sure a ceasefire would be achieved and they would gain another fresh lease of life. Full text

Defence.lk – speaks German

(April 18, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The official website of the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order of Sri Lanka, www.defence.lk, has launched its German News letter, today (April 18). Visitors to the site can now read reports of the on going humanitarian missions in German and also the latest reports about the country and the war on terror.

Defence.lk “German News Letter" was launched on an initiative made by the Secretary of Defence, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Full text

The President reiterates those who supported Prabakarn have to commit political suicide

Image(news.lk)President Mahinda Rajapakse reiterates that what is now left for the tiger terrorists , who had pushed the country into the brink of collapse during the past three decades, is to commit suicide by either swallowing cyanide or jumping into the lagoon.

The President addressing representatives of female organisations in the western province at the Temple Trees last evening further said that politicians who had acted as relatives of Prabhakaran, by betraying the country will also have to commit political suicide. Full text

Phones, GPS device seized from Sri Lankan

S. Vijay Kumar

(TH)CHENNAI: The ‘Q’ Branch CID police arrested a Sri Lankan national on the East Coast Road near Mamallapuram in Kancheepuram district late on Thursday night.

Following a specific clue, a special team apprehended Muthanna alias Gangadharan (39) of Viswamadu in Sri Lanka who was proceeding to Cuddalore. He was in possession of two satellite phones, a Global Positioning System (GPS) device, three mobile phones and a map of the coastal areas. Full text

No requests made to visit ‘safe zone’ - Rambukwella

(TI)Defence Spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday said no foreign government or organisation had made any request to the government for permission to visit the Safe Zone where, according to the US State Department, more than 140,000 of civilians are trapped.

US State Department yesterday said it has called upon the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE to immediately cease hostilities until those in the conflict area are out. Full text

ANALYSIS: Embattled Tigers mull taking their war abroad

(nst.com)The Tamil Tigers may switch to using other Southeast Asian countries as support bases as their leaders change tack following setbacks in the war in Sri Lanka, writes NEVILLE DE SILVA.

EARLIER this month an English-language newspaper in Sri Lanka ran an analysis on the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose dream of an independent Tamil state of Eelam in the island is fast fading. Full text

Sri Lanka keeps up offensive

COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lankan troops have kept up their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels cornered in the northeast, the defence ministry said, ignoring mounting international appeals for a ceasefire.

The island's government accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of firing heavy artillery and mortars from an area it has designated as a civilian "safe zone," and that its troops were retaliating.

The United Nation says up to 100,000 civilians are trapped in the area in "dire humanitarian conditions." Full text

Decision about truce won't be taken under pressure: Rajapaksa

(TH)Colombo (PTI): Amid calls from global community for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka's north, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that no decision about the truce with the Tamil Tigers will be taken under "international influence".

"We are not ready to make any decision which harms the country and which is influenced by the international community," he told a meeting of his Sri Lankan Freedom Party. Full text

Navy evacuates 514 civilians, patients from LTTE hostage

(defence.lk)The twenty first batch of 514 patients and civilians was evacuated on board "MV Green Ocean" on the 14th April 2009. The evacuation of patients and civilians trapped in LTTE Clutches in the un-cleared areas in Mullaithivu is being carried out under the ICRC flag. Sri Lanka Navy is providing safe passage for evacuees on humanitarian grounds. Full text

Army rescues 130 civilians from LTTE clutches - Puthukkudduyiruppu

(defence.lk)Sri Lanka Army soldiers manning their defences in the Puthumathalan area, northern anterior of the no fire zone [NFZ] yesterday (Apr 17) rescued 130 civilians held hostage by the LTTE terrorists. The group of rescued included 60 children, 38 women and 32 men.

The soldiers after providing the civilians with foods and basic medical treatment, have sent them to the welfare centres at Kilinochchi.

Secretary of Defence meets families of war heroes

(defence.lk)A cordial meeting was held between the relatives of the war heroes who have sacrificed their lives in humanitarian missions since Mavilaru and the Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Kuruvita Gemunu Regiment Headquarters yesterday (17).

The Defence Secretary personally showed keen interest in the problems faced by the families of fallen war heroes. Full text

Troops advance to rescue civilian hostages: LTTE mounts artillery attacks from NFZ

(defence.lk)LTTE terrorists continued mounting heavy artillery and mortar attacks from the No- Fire-Zone (NFZ) at the 53 Division troops now advancing towards general area Vellamullivaikkal on Friday (April 17).

According to ground military sources, terrorists manning the forward defences were caught in total disarray with numbers reported fleeing towards civilian populated patches taking shield from direct confrontation. At least 8 terrorists were killed and 9 others reported injured during the initial confrontations military confirmed said citing intercepted LTTE communication. Full text

Navy rescues 361 civilians fleeing from LTTE clutches

(defence.lk)Sri Lanka Navy rescued 361 Tamil civilians who had been fleeing from the LTTE clutches. The Navy rescued them on 16th and 17th of March 2009 in three different occasions in the northern warters.

The rescued consisted of 240 adults (119 males and 121 females) and 121 children. They had been found in white flag-hoisted dinghies while attempting to flee from the LTTE clutches in the un-cleared areas. Full text

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UN Chief Of Staff Receives Briefing On Sri Lankan Situation

United Nations, 18 April (Asiantribune.com): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's chief of staff Vijay Nambiar, who is on a humanitarian mission in Sri Lanka, met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and received a briefing on the political and military situation in the north.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq told Asian Tribune that Nambiar also met with Defense Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. Full text

Mexico refuses to give legitimacy to the LTTE

by Dushy Ranetunge in London

(TC)Ambassador Claude Heller, the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations has accused Sri Lanka of inaccuracies in its statements emanating from the Foreign Ministry in Colombo.

The statement was issued by Colombo, after a meeting between Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona and Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, the Mexican Vice-Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Full text

Print Email Share Add to My Stories Tamil hunger strike ends

(abc.net)Five Australian Tamil men have ended their six-day hunger strike after Federal Government officials said they will try to help their cause.

The Australian Tamil community has been calling on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to push for a ceasefire between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels. Full text

46-yr-old sets himself ablaze on Lanka issue

(TOI)CHENNAI: A 46-year-old man from Karur, working as a painter in the city, immolated himself at the busy 100-feet road near Vadapalani around 8.30pm on Friday. A Sivanandam, who suffered 70% burns is in a critical state in the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital.

Police said Sivanandam, who was living away from his family and alone in a room near Pondy Bazaar, is a member of the Tamilar Desiya Iyakkam, the Tamil nationalist forum led by P Nedumaran. Sivanandam went to Vadapalani in the evening, doused himself in kerosene and lit a match stick before shouting slogans against the Sri Lankan government's "mass murder of Tamils," eye witnesses said. Full text

Sri Lanka rejects UN truce appeal

By Anbarasan Ethirajan
BBC News, Colombo

File photo of Gotabhaya Rajapakse (left) with a former Tamil Tiger warlord in Colombo, March 2009
Gotabhaya Rajapakse (r) said there was "no result" from a truce this week

Sri Lanka has rejected a fresh appeal by the UN to give civilians more time to leave a safe zone in the north-east, the defence secretary says.

Only a few hundred civilians used the two-day unilateral government truce with Tamil Tiger rebels to escape.

Between 50,000 and 100,000 civilians are still thought to be trapped in the zone - about 20 sq km (8 sq miles) of coastal area in Mullaitivu district. Full text

LTTE militants sneak into Ramanathapuram

(indopia)Rameswaram (TN), Apr 17 Three LTTE militants reportedly sneaked into the Ramanathapuram coast along with three Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who arrived here around midnight last night, police said. The militants had accompanied Viswanathan, a Tamil refugee who arrived from Mannar district. Full text

Robert Evans’ falsehoods exposed

 (lankamission)The British European MP Robert Evans has engaged in a constant barrage of criticism of Sri Lanka for a period of nearly ten years, when he accused the government of President Kumaratunga of 'implementing an oppressive press-censorship policy and of not allowing essential supplies, including baby food and medicine, to be distributed in areas controlled by the Tamil Tigers... the government has made no progress against the Tamil Tigers on the battlefield... its proposals to end the fighting through constitutional reform will not work'. Full text

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TAMING THE TAMIL TIGERS From Here in the U.S.

(FBI)As terrorist groups go, it has quite a résumé:
  • Perfected the use of suicide bombers;
  • Invented the suicide belt;
  • Pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks;
  • Murdered some 4,000 people in the past two years alone; and
  • Assassinated two world leaders—the only terrorist organization to do so.

No, it’s not al Qaeda or Hezbollah or even HAMAS. The group is called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or the Tamil Tigers for short.

Needless to say, the Tamil Tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world. For more than three decades, the group has launched a campaign of violence and bloodshed in Sri Lanka, the island republic off the southern coast of India. Full text

Kumaran, LTTE leader of France arrested

(Lanka-e-News, April 17, 2009, 3.00 PM) 'Lanka-e-News' learns that a prominent LTTE leader in France has been arrested by anti terrorism police of France on the information provided by Italy. The suspect was later handed over to Italy. Reportedly, latest information on LTTE has been downloaded from two computers that were in his possession. Full text

LTTE SAYS UN TACITLY BACKING OFFENSIVE

(DM)COLOMBO (AFP)--Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels believe the United Nations and foreign governments are tacitly supporting a military offensive that risks the lives of civilians, a pro-rebel Web site said yesterday.

Tamilnet.com said that accusing Tiger rebels of holding civilians hostage in the conflict zone was a signal the international community supported Colombo's preparations for a final assault against the remaining guerrillas in the long-running war. Full text

MINISTER LAMBASTS BRITISH AND FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTERS

By – JAL Jayasinghe – Kandy

(DM)Speaking in Kandy yesterday, National Defence spokesman and Foreign Employment Development and Welfare Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said “the government declared a forty-eight (48) hour ceasefire unilaterally; not because of international pressure, but because the President took a decision to give some relief to the innocent Tamil people who are being forcibly held in the No Fire Zone by Prabhakaran. The President took this decision as a gesture in view of Sinhala and Tamil New Year”. Full text

Humanitarian contradictions

There is universal condemnation today of the LTTE for the continued holding of civilians as a human shield in the tiny stretch of land it still holds, thanks to the cautious operation by the Security Forces. This extends from the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to his Under Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs, the Indian authorities, the British and French Foreign Ministers, the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Peace Process (US, ED, Japan and Norway) and many others. Full text

Twists in Norwegian peace efforts

(DN)Norwegian officials appear to have thrown overboard international obligations which they have undertaken to uphold in their haste to meddle in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.

Though the most recent incident of turning a Nelsonian eye to the attack by suspected Tiger terrorist sympathisers on the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo and a deaf ear to its earlier repeated requests for security resulted in `pie in the face for Norway’ in the form of it being kicked out of its `facilitator’ role between the Government and the LTTE, a previous `indiscretion’ against Sri Lankan and Indian interests almost went un-noticed. Full text

Eliminating breeding grounds of terror

The decision of the Government to declare a ceasefire over the New Year period has met with the type of reaction that suggests how difficult it is to achieve peace when so many influential and noisy international actors are full of destructive preconceptions.

(DN)The main purpose of the ceasefire is to allow people to leave, which is what the so-called international community has been requesting. Ignoring the fact that several months ago we suggested to these people that they concentrate their energies on ensuring freedom for the Tamils trapped by the LTTE, it was only a few months ago that they suddenly, when the defeat of the LTTE seemed inevitable, registered the plight of the civilians. Even so they did not make any categorical demands, but played into the LTTE’s hands by suggesting that there were reasons these people might not want to leave the arms of the Tigers. Full text

A serious threat

Nearly all terror groups have a worldwide presence, although their primary base of operations could be a single country. The LTTE is a prime example for a truly global terror outfit, with activities in a number of countries.

Next to Sri Lanka, the LTTE is most active in Tamil Nadu, given that State’s linguistic and geographical ties with the Northern region of Sri Lanka. Full text

Record collection for Api Wenuwen Api Wemu

(DN)The housing project for Armed Forces' members known as Api Wenuwen Api Wemu took a giant stride in Italy, when a musical troupe comprising 19 artistes from the Armed Services held its second variety entertainment in Milan.

Over 98,000 Euros were collected from the crowd who gathered at the Alcatraz Hall. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Italy with the help of all Sri Lankan organizations in Italy rallied round the Lion Flag and the leadership given by the Sri Lanka Ambassador in Italy, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya P.C. and Coordinator, Minister Counsel Chandrapala Liyanage. Full text

Govt not giving into international pressure



(DN)The Government is not prepared to give into International and domestic pressures and abandon the on going operations to free thousands of innocent civilians taken hostage by the ruthless terrorist Prabhakaran, Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday in Kandy.

He said the Government has the biggest responsibility to free these civilians than any other Government or State and the best effort is currently being made to fulfil this responsibility by the Government. Full text

Mahinda in 'Stalingrad'

When the army engaged the LTTE in the outskirts of Kilinochchi a few moons ago, Prabhakaran threatened to turn that well-fortified township into a mass grave for the troops. A pompous Tiger chief audaciously roared that if President Mahinda Rajapaksa ever toyed with the idea of wresting control of that bastion, he was only daydreaming. Prabhakaran's much-publicised threat gave a fresh impetus to the Opposition’s campaign to derail the country's war effort. Full text

Impunity for Tiger thugs in Western capitals

(TI)Dr. Noel Nadesan., Editor of the anti-Tiger Tamil community newspaper in Australia, is a courageous journalist cum novelist who has faced the wrath of LTTE agents and risks his life. Last month he even dared to lead the team of Tamil expatriates to engage the GOSL in constructive development for peace and the Tamils in the north and the east.Full text

Sri Lanka has given shelter to more than 800,000 IDPs - Rohana Dissanayake

(TI)"Emerging challenges of post conflict recovery in the North and East of Sri Lanka, particularly in the areas of housing, water supply and sanitation, far surpass those of the Tsunami, the devastating natural calamity of such magnitude as had never been experienced in the 2500 years of Sri Lankan Civilization. With over 800,000 displaced persons - recovery of housing is the primary need of the affected and also critical first step in the need to "rebuild their lives". The government with His Excellency the President personally providing leadership is currently engaged in developing a comprehensive housing recovery program for those affected by the decades’ old war of North and East." Full text

Norway to compensate SL for LTTE terror in Oslo

(TI)The Norwegian Government announced that it condemned and would compensate Sri Lanka for the losses it suffered by the LTTE attack on the Embassy in Oslo last Sunday.

In a statement on the attack on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo the Norwegian Government said: "Soon after the Norwegian Government learnt about the attack on the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oslo it condemned the attack and made immediate arrangements to strengthen security at the Embassy. Full text

The Worldwide LTTE Propaganda Organization

By Jay de Silva

(AT)The international community is slowly beginning to realize the extent to which the LTTE has been able to influence world opinion through its propaganda about the conflict in Sri Lanka. The facts are even more shocking than what they appear to be on the surface.

In fact, even today, most analysts are unable to determine whether the propaganda organization has a single director or several. However, they are all agreed that Prabhakaran is not be the overall head of whatever the organization is, but is merely the leader of the terrorist group known as the LTTE, and the iconic figurehead displayed for public consumption. Full text

Why 48 Hours Not Enough?

Commentry by L. Jayasooriya

(AT)Our army commander does not know where exactly Prabakaran is but those who want to rescue him know where exactly he will be at a stated time.

Le me explain to our government why 48 hours are not sufficient. It is because that time is too short to arrange a warship carrying several fully armed helicopters to approach close enough to Sri Lanka for the helicopters to zero in from any direction to the exact location where Prabakaran is so that they could pluck him up and fly away. Full text

TNA delegation meets Indian officials, Pranab asks Colombo to extend the ‘pause’

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 18 April (Asiantribune.com): A TNA delegation’svisit to Delhi has coincided with a forthright statement from External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee that no-fire zone should continue in Sri Lanka. He has ruled out any Indian mediation saying the ethnic Tamil imbroglio and the war in Vanni are the Island nation’s internal affairs.

‘India is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. Continuing conflicts have been taking a heavy toll among Tamil civilians caught in the crossfire (between Sri Lankan troops and LTTE)’, Mukherjee, who is electioneering in West Bengal said in a prepared statement issued at a press conference in Kolkata. The press meet was called at short notice according to media dispatches. Full text

Failure to understand the conflict by UN and the West has created a humanitarian Crisis – Prof. Rohan Gunaratna

Singapore, 18 April, (Asiantribune.com): "Sri Lanka has

become a living laboratory on how to and how not to fight terrorism. Governments from around the world have started to study the Sri Lankan case. Western and other military, law enforcement security and intelligence services are today consulting the Sri Lankan government on how they reduced the LTTE power from a formidable to a mediocre organization. Sri Lanka provides the best case study of how to dismantle a terrorist group militarily. Sri Lanka still needs to develop its core competencies to fight LTTE's domestic and foreign support base politically, economically and diplomatically. Until then the conflict will subsist and may even revive, said Prof: Rohan Gunaratna. Full text

Prabhakaran rebuked for not surrendering and holding Tamil civilians as human shield

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Colombo, 18 April, (Asiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapaksa rebukes Prabhakaran for not surrendering with his remaining armed cadres and for his failure to release the innocent Tamil civilians held by him as human shield.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Asian Tribune Friday evening that he gave the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his few remaining leaders 48 hours of respite to surrender to the military along with their cadres and also release the civilians held hostage as human shields in the thin sliver of l7 sq. kilometers of land at Puthumaathalan in the north-eastern coastal belt declared a ‘No Fire Zone’ for civilians caught in the conflict. Full text

Tiger Diaspora’s wolf alarms misfire miserably

By Jacinta Cruz and Susan Mathai

(April 17, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) When we take up a cause especially those that are of extremely serious implications such as those that affect the well being and interests of nations and peoples, we have to ensure utmost integrity in our reports. It should not even be some people fooling with false reports all the people all the time or all the people fooling some people all the time.

However, it is said that all the people cannot fool all the people all the time and the LTTE and their supporters must understand they stand exposed as a brutal terror force and certainly not a liberation ideologists. Full text

Eelam politics: empty rhetoric and perceived threats - I

By B R Haran

(April 17, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Four significant statements were made on Wednesday 8 April 2009, in connection with the LTTE and Sri Lankan Tamils. First, Pattali Makkal Katchi leader Dr Ramadoss said, “The Chief Minister has failed in stopping war and ensuring ceasefire in Sri Lanka. He has failed the Sri Lankan Tamils and he must apologise to the people for that. He has been writing letters and sending telegrams to the central government, but this issue cannot be resolved by such meaningless actions. Karunanidhi stands totally exposed”. Full text

Prbahakaran and manic depression

By Saybhan Samat

(April 17, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian)It is frequently reported that the L.T.T.E leader is suffering from a mental illness termed manic depression. This report has made many curious of what this ailment is and the causes for this illness. Manic depression also known as bi-polar depression illness is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relation ships, poor job or school performance and even suicide. Manic –depression distorts moods and thoughts, incites dreadful behaviours, destroys the basis of rational thought and too often erodes the desire and will to live. It is an illness that is biological in its origins, yet one that feels psychological in the experience of it; an illness that is unique in conferring advantage and pleasure, yet one that brings in its wake almost unendurable suffering and, not frequently suicide. No specific causes may be related to manic –depression, psychiatrists recently claim that although manic depression is not directly inherited people who have a parent affected are more likely to develop the disorder. Further bio-chemical factors can cause mania like depression on account of a chemical imbalance in the neuro transmitters in the brain. Stress may play a part in triggering symptoms in vulnerable persons. Full text

Exposing second generation LTTE terror masters in Canada.

Exclusive research from Sri Lanka Guardian

(April 17, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) Sri Lanka Guardian insiders among Tamil Diaspora had been conducting a extensive research on LTTE terror masters in Canada. We are publishing the names of individuals who had been the organizing figures of LTTE terror protests in Canada. This list will be updated on daily basis for the next two weeks. We will also publish photos of these individuals in our upcoming updated editions. Full text

Eelam politics – empty rhetoric and perceived threats - II

By B R Haran

(April 18, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance organized a massive rally on Thursday 9 April, which culminated in a function where DPA leaders including Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi spoke in support of Sri Lankan Tamils. Dravidar Kazhagam president K. Veeramani warned opposition leaders against politicizing the issue and said the people were well aware of their double-speak merely to garner votes. Full text

Will press for separate Eelam: AIADMK manifesto

(April 18, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK in its election manifesto on Thursday night said if devolution of powers in Tamil-dominated provinces of Sri Lanka failed to give equal status to Tamils it would press for a "separate Eelam".

"Tamils should be accorded equal status with the Sinhala majority with devolution of administrative power in the Tamil-dominated provinces of Sri Lanka," the manifesto, released during AIADMK-led front's election campaign, said. Full text

Karuna asks Centre to snap ties with Lanka if it ignores plea

(April 18, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Raising the pitch on Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday (April 17) asked the UPA government to snap all diplomatic relations with the island nation if it did not honour India's latest appeal for a ceasefire in the embattled northern parts.

Stepping up pressure on the Centre, the DMK President sent a telegram to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee who made the appeal to the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to respond to the Tamil civilian problem. Full text

The hypocrisy of the west and the absence of a Lankan elite

By Dayan Jayatilleka

(April 18, Geneva, Sri Lanka Guardian) We Sri Lankans have no excuse whatsoever. We have been forewarned. A piece by PC Vinoj Kumar in the latest issue of Tehelka magazine says that "while the Sri Lankan army claims to be close to wiping out the LTTE, Prabhakaran may already have an able successor in his son". The article goes onto say that "The techno savvy Anthony is widely tipped to succeed Prabhakaran’s mantle" (sic). And again: "It is expected that Anthony will take over the leadership from his father". "Many LTTE cadres are said to have entered the thick Mullaitivu jungles, an area where several Indian soldiers died during battles against the LTTE in the 1980s. This is truly the lair of the Tigers…Observers now expect that Prabhakaran’s son, Anthony, will lead the coming guerrilla attacks on the Sri Lankans in uniform. Indian journalist Anita Pratap, who shot to fame after interviewing the elusive Prabhakaran, believes that Anthony will eventually take over the leadership of the LTTE from his father some day". (Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6 No 15, April 18, 2009). Full text

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sports bring Eastern youth closer to the rest of Sri Lanka

(PISL)The people of the East remained isolated from the rest of the country until mid 2007 when the province was freed from the shackles of terrorism. Following liberation, people in the East were soon given the opportunity to express their democratic rights, and have elected their representatives after nearly twenty years. The Eastern province, now governed by a civil administration, is beginning to gradually realise its true potential, and shows strong potential in many sectors.

Integration and connectivity, particularly between the youth of the East and the rest of the country, is being strengthened with road and rail transport restored to their former status as well as through several initiatives promoted by the Peace Secretariat. Full text

Prabha is not in the no-fire zone; may have escaped back to jungle, says Karuna

(Lanka-e-News, April 16, 2009, 7.05 PM) Former LTTE military leader and present Minister of National Integration Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says that he believes the Tiger leader Prabakaran is not in the no-fire zone and may be hiding in Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi or Mannar jungles.

He made these observations talking to a special interview with the Lanka-e-News today (16). Full text

Norway takes pot-shot at Sri Lanka

Colombo, 17 April, (Asiantribune.com): Norway in a press release pontificated on its longstanding friendship with Sri Lanka while taking a pot-shot at the country pointing out "All attention must now be directed towards the precarious situation for the civilians trapped in the conflict zone, and to end the fighting without further bloodshed."

According to a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Norway has not offered a single dollar so far for the rehabilitation of the IDPs either in the East or North, is only interested in giving tons and tons of gratuitous advice, while being bent on a diversionary tactics to cover up its lapse in providing adequate security to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo which was a mandatory requirement of a host country. Full text

Vijay Nambiar meets Sri Lankan President

(TH)Colombo (PTI): Amid international community's calls for a ceasefire in Sri Lanka's north, top UN official and veteran Indian diplomat Vijay Nambiar on Friday met President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the plight of civilians trapped in fighting between the troops and LTTE as well as efforts to free them.

Mr. Nambiar, the Chief of Staff of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, arrived here on Thursday evening on a two-day unannounced visit. Full text

Minister refuses to meet Tamil protesters

(cnews)OTTAWA -- Tamil-Canadian protesters took down their flags once again yesterday, hoping to facilitate a meeting with the federal government.

But Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon's office dashed their hopes by refusing to meet. Protesters have been on the sidewalks along Wellington St. in front of Parliament Hill around the clock since April 7 and vow to stay until the government helps achieve a ceasefire in Sri Lanka. Full text

Sri Lankan forces not to scale down operations against LTTE

(TH)Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan security forces are close to capturing the entire LTTE-held territory in the island's north and will not take a step back in their journey to root out terrorism from the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

"Every inch of the country belongs to all its citizens...

You are close to fulfilling the responsibility of giving over this land to all citizens from all communities including Sinhala, Muslim and Tamils," Mr. Rajapaksa told the troops deployed in the LTTE's captured political headquarters of Kilinochchi during his surprise visit to the town on Thursday. Full text

Pranab asks Lanka to mitigate Tamils’ plight, rules out mediation

(TOI)KOLKATA: Deeply concerned over the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka, India on Friday appealed to the Rajapaksa governmentto respond to the Tamil civillian problem in the war zone but ruled out any mediation on the issue.

"India is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. Continuing conflicts have been taking a heavy toll among Tamil civilians caught in the crossfire (between Sri Lankan troops and LTTE)," foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee said in a statement issued at a hurriedly-called press conference here. Full text

IOM Helps Displaced Fleeing Conflict in Sri Lanka

(IOM)Sri Lanka - IOM is providing shelter, water and sanitation facilities, and logistical support to thousands of families fleeing hostilities between the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in the North and East of the country.

"IOM is working closely with the government and other agencies to meet the needs of people newly displaced by the fighting. We are using all our available resources and urgently need more funding to help these people, many of whom have lost everything," says IOM's head of emergency operations in Sri Lanka Giovanni Cassani. Full text

Guilty verdict for UK Tamil head


Arunachalam Chrishanthak
Chrishanthakumar had been warned by UK authorities, the court heard

(BBC)The founder of the British Tamil Association has been convicted of two terrorism charges.

But the jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on three other charges against Arunachalam Chrishanthakumar, 52, of south London.

He was found guilty of supplying bomb-making equipment for the Tamil Tigers and receiving documents for the purpose of terrorism. Full text

Sympathy for Tamils, but not Tigers- National Post, Canada

"Pro-LTTE protesters insult Canada"

(defence.lk)"If the Tiger supporters in Ottawa truly had the best interests of innocent Tamils at heart, they would be pleading with the Tigers themselves to release their human shields, not declaring their undying support for a terror organization," said the Canadian "National Post" in an editorial comment (April 16).

"The ongoing Parliament Hill protests and hunger strikes by Tamil Canadians are meant to stir our lawmakers into action against Sri Lanka, whose government is waging a successful military campaign against the LTTE, better known as the Tamil Tigers. If anything, however, the protests have had the opposite effect: Tamils who fly the flag of the LTTE, a terrorist insurgency that once controlled much of Sri Lanka. What's worse, the protesters have flown the LTTE flag alongside the Canadian flag - an insult to our own country. Full text

53 Div advances towards Vellamullivaikkal

(defence.lk)Troops of 53 Division continuing with its hostage-rescue operations made further advances towards Vellamullivaikkal from East of Puthukkudyirippu amidst heavy indirect fire launched by the LTTE terrorists from the government declared No Fire Zone, yesterday (April 16).

According to finalized military reports received, LTTE terrorists have constructed steep earth bunds to restrict both advances of security forces and movement of civilians across open land terrain. "They have also cluttered the area with anti-personnel (AP) mines and land mines severely restricting civilians from flee LTTE hostage", a defence observe said citing precise ground reports recived. Full text

SPUR condemns LTTE's Buttala village massacre

(defence.lk)LTTE terrorists responded to President Rajapaksa's generous gesture of a two-day ceasefire by slaughtering 12 innocent Sinhalese civilians living in Buththala and Okkampitiya.

Children as young as one and a half years were garrotted and left to die in their dead mothers' arms. Witnessed by international ICRC officials, the LTTE then shelled areas outside the No Fire Zone (NFZ) in Mullaittivu killing a number of Tamil civilians seeking refuge with the Government forces, including three innocent Tamil children. How long can the law-abiding citizens of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan expatriates tolerate this LTTE carnage?, questions the Australian based human rights and peace activists' group SPUR during a communiqu‚ released on Thursday (April 16). Full text

93 Tamil civilians seek protection with security forces

(defence.lk)Ninety-three Tamil civilians among the thousands, who have been forcibly held in No Fire Zone by the LTTE terrorists, managed to escape the terror grip and sought protection with security forces yesterday, 16 April.

36 males, 18 females, 23 male children and 16 female children are among the escapees reached to troops of 58 Division, defence sources said. Full text

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam: Essential Points

By John C. Thompson
A Fascinating Terrorist Group

Arising in the mid-1970s, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have become one of the world's leading terrorist groups. Following the classic model of a 'National Liberation' movement of those years, they escalated their activities in the early 1980s to create a guerrilla force, and the resulting civil war has continued ever since.

The LTTE remain noteworthy for several reasons. These include: Full text

48-hr unilateral cessation of hostilities over

(DW)As the 48-hour unilateral cessation of hostilities enforced for the first time since the humanitarian operations began came to an end this morning, the first skirmish against the LTTE was led by Major General Kamal Gunaratne and the 53 Division. 5 soldiers were killed in the fighting while 30 others sustained injuries. 5 Bodies of LTTE cadres were also recovered.

Ground sources reported that the battle from the LTTE-side was led by Velavan, the head of the Imran Pandian unit while senior LTTE leaders were nowhere to be seen. The LTTE has gone completely on the defensive having buried vast amounts of AP "Batta" mines and operating from behind the mine fields. Full text

MIA, Protest Rallies and LTTE's Diplomatic Front

(champika nirosh blog)For any artist a good or bad the publicity is good. As M.I.A. (Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam), Grammy and Academy award nominee, Sri Lankan Tamil rap singer become a topic for Sri Lankan media, she became known for all of us too. As she is anyway a famous, I think this is a right time to talk a bit about her. M.I.A. is a rap artist known well for her famous song paper planes. Let's not talk about how a Sri Lankan rapper move up the American music ladder so fast, this quick. But let's talk about USA a bit. USA is, once called the land of opportunity. I hope they said it so with reasons. The US is known to welcome the change and are so open and ready to absorb new things faster than any other country. This allows a canny one to easily cheat them too. I don't have facts to prove that M.I.A. is cheating American, but she did performed at 2009 Grammy, and the blind folded audience cheered at that expecting woman, who was dressed to look like a deformed beetle. What an embarrassment to all expecting ladies. Anyway let’s not talk the detail here.. Full text

VIDEO - BRITISH MP VISITS NORTHERN SRI LANKA REVEALS ALL!


Britain and France Criticize Sri Lanka Rebels

(NYT)PARIS — Britain and France issued on Thursday a strongly worded criticism of the Tamil Tiger rebels for preventing civilians from leaving the small conflict zone in the north east of Sri Lanka.

“It is clear that the L.T.T.E. have been forcefully preventing civilians from leaving the conflict area and we deplore their determination to use civilians as a human shield,” the British foreign secretary, David Miliband, and his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, said in a joint statement. Full text

Hunger-striking for terrorists

(NP)The ongoing Parliament Hill protests and hunger strikes by Tamil Canadians are meant to stir our lawmakers into action against Sri Lanka, whose government is waging a successful military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), better known as the Tamil Tigers. If anything, however, the protests have had the opposite effect: Just as radical Canadian Muslims attract disgust when they raise the flags of Hezbollah or Hamas, so too do Tamils who fly the flag the of the LTTE, a terrorist insurgency that once controlled much of Sri Lanka. What's worse, the protesters have flown the LTTE flag alongside the Canadian flag -- an insult to our own country. Full text

IDPs in Sri Lanka

(TI)A one and a half hour National Geographic documentary titled, Explorer: Inside Guantanamo was shown in the US and in some countries on the 4th April. The film shows life inside the detention camp in Guantanamo where terrorist suspects are kept by the US. This military prison is a brain child of former President George Bush, who after the September 11th incident rounded up terrorist suspects in the US and detained them. Now it is to be closed within a year. Full text

This is how they deal with hostage takers

(TI)A few days ago Somali pirates took hostage a group of people along with a French-owned yacht in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast. The hostages taken, were Mr. Lemacon, his wife and three–year old son and another French couple. The French government sent a military craft to shadow the commandeered yacht. The French government maintained that it tried negotiations first, but it broke down, because the pirates were determined to take the hostages to land, where a rescue would be near impossible. So the French government sent in a boatful of black-clad special commandos trained in hostage release. In the ensuing fire fight, Mr. Lemacon and two pirates were killed, others were rescued and three pirates were taken prisoner. The French government’s tough line on piracy and hostage taking paid off, but it cost the life of a hostage. Can we do the same vis-à-vis Prabhakaran? Full text

Prabhakaran and Tamil Nadu

(TI)I am writing this letter in response to your editorial of the 13th April and related news item on the next page. The reference is to the role of LTTE in Indian politics.

Prabhakaran has induced a South Indian leader to send a telegram to the centre pleading for his life according to a news item in the Hindu Newspaper last week. I happened to be in India at this time. He is also trying to induce another South Indian leader to lead that country into a blood bath. Full text

A Trojan horse of British make

The government has acted wisely by rejecting Britain's call for an extension of the humanitarian pause declared in view of the traditional New Year on April 13 and 14. The kneejerk reaction of the LTTE to the government's gesture was to spurn the truce offer contemptuously out of hand and step up attacks on the troops, demanding a 'permanent' ceasefire with international mediation.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has evinced a keen interest in Sri Lanka's conflict. Britain is full of weretigers and Miliband lacks only a striped tail to go with his Tigerine voice. He and others of his ilk like Keith Vaz, MP in the LTTE's pocket are desperate to throw a lifeline to the sinking Tigers. Full text

Israeli Entebbe style raid to free civilians under LTTE control

by Zacki Jabbar

(TI)The armed forces may launch a July 1976 Entebbe style raid to free civilians under LTTE control in the Mullaitivu ‘No Fire’ Zone, Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said.

Asked as to how the government would overcome the humanitarian situation in Mullaitivu, he said that Sri Lanka’s security forces were very capable and it was within their capability to launch an Entebbe style operation to rescue the civilians being held hostage by the LTTE. Full text

Hostage situation in ‘safe zone’ LTTE actively engaged in preventing civilians’ escape:

(DN)Responding to international claims that the 48-hour humanitarian pause was inadequate, the Government said yesterday that what prevails in the ‘safe zone’ was a hostage situation, which needed strategical military maneuvers to save trapped civilians and not a normal evacuation process.

Defence Spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said, the fact was proven without doubt as the LTTE was actively engaged in preventing the escape of civilians, during the Government’s unilaterally declared 48 hour ‘humanitarian pause’. Full text

Diaspora violence, Indian polls last hope for sinking Tigers

(DN)The 24 hour humanitarian pause offered by President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the LTTE to allow the civilians taken hostage by them to enter cleared areas ended on Tuesday midnight without any sign that the LTTE is heeding to any pressure by the international community to get these innocent Tamil civilians out of the Tiger grip.

Not only had they kept those innocent civilians under their detention but also continue to harass them and shoot at them at each and every attempt they made to flee from the Tiger grip. Though thousands were ready to flee the Tiger grip on Monday they were stopped by the Tiger cadres at their guard points facing the Nanthikadal lagoon. Full text

A historic visit

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday paid a landmark visit to Killinochchi - the first Southern leader to undertake such a visit since the visit of Prime Minister D. S. Senanayake nearly 60 years ago. The visit by President Rajapaksa to Killinochchi, until recently the de facto political capital of the LTTE's so-called Eelam, also marks a watershed in the three and half decade long ethnic conflict. It is a symbolic occasion heralding the dismantling of hitherto entrenched structures built by the LTTE and also sends a clear massage that the writ of the Government is about to take firm root where once the Tiger terrorists held sway. Full text

Japan to LTTE: Allow civilians to free movement

(DN)Calling upon the LTTE to allow the freedom of movement of civilians, Japan welcomed the Government's announcement of restricted operations for 48 hours during New Year to allow civilians to be released from the 'No fire Zone', a media release from the Director General for Press, Japanese Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

It said: "Japan is concerned that a large number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in a difficult situation in the northern part of Sri Lanka. In this regard it welcomed the move by the Government to announce the pause in operations on April 12." Full text

Forces' dedication come in for praise

(DN)President Mahinda Rajapaksa paying tribute to the country's Armed Forces, said that it was through their dedication, sacrifice and valiant deeds that the people of all races and creeds were able to live without fear and tension.

He was addressing soldiers at the Vanni Security Forces Headquarters during his historic journey to Kilinochchi. Full text

A STRATEGIC WIN, NOT A TAME DRAW

Key factors in the navigation: Avoiding intervention, getting Prabhakaran, and judicious utilization of the 13th Amendment.

(DM)will this Sinhala and Tamil New Year be the gateway to a new period of Sri Lanka’s history? Will it be better or worse than what has gone on so far? Or will there be no change and will the country still remain in the same stage of history that we have been in all these dozens of Aluth Avurudu celebrations? Or will a new cycle of the old conflict begin with this Avurudu? Full text

FIGHTING RESUMES AS ‘PAUSE-FIRE’ ENDS

Troops capture another earth-bund close to no-fire zone

(DM)Yet another short period of a ‘pause fire’ in the Mullaitivu battlefield ended without much success on Tuesday midnight. There was no sign of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) accepting the conditions for a ceasefire by releasing the civilians or laying down arms and surrendering themselves to the military.

Despite repeated calls by the government, only 757 civilians succeeded in escaping the LTTE-held ‘No fire Zone’ during this 48-hour period which commenced on Sunday midnight. This excludes the transporting of 477 civilians on board the ICRC Chartered ‘Green Ocean’ vessel. Full text

Sherlock Holmes and John Holmes

(DM)Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary fictional character Sherlock Holmes and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes share two things. They have the same surname and both are citizens of the UK. The similarities unfortunately end there.

Sherlock Holmes’ intellectual prowess helped him to draw grand conclusions from very small observations but all signs are there that it works the other way round for John Holmes, at least as regards Sri Lanka. Full text

LTTE had control over Canadian charity: Police

(DM)TORONTO — The Tamil Tigers directly controlled a Canadian registered non-profit organization that fundraised and produced propaganda for the Sri Lankan guerrillas, according to RCMP documents released Wednesday.

The documents allege the director of the Toronto-based World Tamil Movement of Ontario was personally appointed by the leader of the Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran, who is wanted by Interpol for terrorism. Full text

Efforts by LTTE to gain publicity in US: Envoy

(DM)There are attempts by the LTTE to gain publicity within the US, Sri Lanka’s ambassador in the US; Jaliya Wickramasuriya said.

The Sri Lankan Embassy website quoted the envoy as saying the LTTE has increased its propaganda as its forces in Sri Lanka face certain defeat. He said that by using civilians as human shields, the LTTE hopes to parlay calls by some for a ceasefire into a period that will allow it to retreat, regroup and rearm. Full text