Saturday, May 30, 2009

SL Government ranks first in the world in rehabilitating child soldiers

Image(DM)very delegation that visited the rehabilitation centers expressed satisfaction on the progress already made by the government in cooperation with UNICEF, and encouraged Sri Lanka to adopt similar policies and procedures relating to former child soldiers.

Reportedly 400 child soldiers are now entangled in the rehabilitation process and the officials are providing the fullest support to make them more productive. Full text
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Basil works round the clock to uplift the North and its' people

Image (news.lk)Special Presidential adviser and Parliamentarian, Basil Rajapaksa on Friday (29) stressed the urgent need to provide psychological counselling to women and children,currently displaced and housed in camps.
At a special meeting held on Friday night at the Presidential Secretariat, Tamil intellects present pointed out the mental and psychological problems faced by women and children in temporary camps and the Special Presidential Adviser swiftly moved to recommend measures to provide counselling to those affected persons. Full text
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Permission granted to get details of Lt. Colonel’s bank account

(LT)Miss. Dharshika Wimalasiri, the Additional Magistrate of Mt. Lavinia granted authority to CID to get details of a bank account of an Army colonel accused of obtaining money for supplying ammunition to the tiger terrorist organization. The accused is Lt. Col. Ranjith Chandrasiri who is being detained on orders.

The suspect was arrested on information received by Superintendent of Police Vas Gunawardene on the 14th. When the suspect was taken into custody he had in his possession a pistol, 69 cartridges and 62 magazines. When further investigations were conducted Rs.1.4 million, foreign currency, 125 cartridges and 30 .22 cartridges were found. Full text Share on Facebook

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Legal action against Praba’s parents

(LT)Security authorities are taking measures to take legal action against Prabakaran’s parents for entering the island illegally. According to the officials of Immigration and Emigration Prabakaran’s parents have violated immigration and emigration regulations when entering the country.

Prabhakaran’s farther Thiruvenkatam Velupillai and his mother Vallipuram Parvathi are living with relatives of other LTTE leaders in a newly set up welfare camp in Vavuniya. Full text Share on Facebook

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Sri Lanka: Days of reckoning

(AN)To the nearly half-a-million Sri Lankans in the Kingdom, the elimination of Villupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE, and the defeat of his separatist movement must come as a liberation of sorts.

The LTTE came into being three decades ago to establish a socialist state for ethnic minority Tamils, who made up almost 12 percent of Sri Lanka’s population of 20 million, according to a 2001 census. The Sinhalese majority account for 74 percent of the population, with the rest fairly divided between Muslims and Christians. Full text

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Indian Tamils view Lanka with concern, apathy

(manorama)Chennai/Bangalore: From indifference to concern - the attitude of Indian Tamils to the plight of their ethnic brethren caught in the fighting between the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation varies widely.

"We are emotional about it but frankly the fighting is happening far away," said S.K. Muruga Das, a youth who played cricket while the Tamil Nadu capital Chennai Thursday observed a shutdown called by the ruling DMK to demand a truce in Sri Lanka. Full text
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Sri Lanka Stirs an Economy Racked by War

(WSTJ)COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- The end to a long war has come just in time for Sri Lanka's economy, according to the country's central bank chief, who is now taking steps to lift low foreign-exchange reserves and spur growth.

"For 30 years, whenever investors spoke of Sri Lanka, the refrain was, 'If only it wasn't for the war,' " said Central Bank of Sri Lanka Gov. Ajith Nivard Cabraal in an interview. "Today, it's not the next word. A huge change has taken place." Full text

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Sri Lankan expats in Austria celebrate end of LTTE terrorism

(defence.lk)On 21st May 2009, members of the Sri Lankan expatriate community in Vienna organised a Peace Parade of motor vehicles through Vienna to commemorate end of the conflict and celebrate the liberation of the island nation from the 30year odd terrorist cause.

A large number of motor vehicles paraded flying Sri Lankan flags. The parade concluded at the Pagoda Buddhist temple in Vienna, where religious observances were held for the security forces and people of Sri Lanka. Full text

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INTERVIEW-World may never know Sri Lanka death toll - UN

* Reported death toll of 20,000 based on unreliable data

* No apparent evidence for allegations of mass graves

By Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (Reuters) - The world will probably never find out how many innocent civilians died during the bloody final phase of Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tigers rebels, the U.N. humanitarian chief said on Friday. Full text
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Lanka highlights growing web of China influence

David Blair

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

(thestandard)An ally of Beijing has fought a bitterly controversial conflict to a final victory, while shrugging off international protests along the way.

India, the other Asian giant, is only 80 kilometers from Sri Lanka across the Palk Straits, yet it has been shown to have far less influence on its neighbor than China. Full text

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'LTTE fall will alter drug trade in India'

MUMBAI: The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the death of its chief Velupillai Prabhakaran will change thedynamics of drug trade in the subcontinent like never before, say experts.

Mumbai was a key link in this supply chain as LTTE's conduits often used the city to bring in drugs from Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, and the Rajasthan and Punjab border. The consignments were then transported to coastal towns in Tamil Nadu such as Tuticorin, Rameshwaram, Ramnad, Nagapattinam, Kochi and a host of localities inhabited by fishing communities on the south-east coast. From there, the drugs would be shipped to Velvettiturai, a township located along the northern coast of Sri Lanka and formerly under LTTE control. Full text
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UN, partners step up efforts to help uprooted in Sri Lanka

(UN)29 May 2009 – The United Nations, along with dozens of partner agencies, are working to improve basic conditions in camps housing people who fled the recently-ended conflict in northern Sri Lanka, it was announced today.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that since the arrival of the last of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the camps, relief workers have been working to ease pressure on overcrowded sites, construct more latrines and improve water supply to meet international standards. Other priorities include reuniting families and improving freedom of movement in the camps. Full text

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Steven Edwards: UN rights commissioner bypasses own council in seeking Sri Lankan probe

(NP)The United Nations human rights chief took the extraordinary step Thursday of seeking to override a decision on Sri Lanka by the world body’s top rights assembly.

Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, pressed for an independent probe into abuses during the country’s war with Tamil separatists after a majority of the 47-member Human Rights Council rebuffed her appeal for that body to launch one. Full text

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Sri Lanka’s sacrifice of life may sow seeds of a new conflict

This writer is a well known tiger sympathizer, who is obviously fed by the tigers blood money
Sarath Fonseka celebrates victory

General Sarath Fonseka, left, celebrated his victory with a parade yesterday

(TOL)Pakistan’s military commanders must be eyeing Sri Lanka with envy as they struggle to defeat the Taleban in the northwestern region of Swat. Perhaps Nato officers in Afghanistan are too.

Sri Lanka is far smaller, with very different terrain, and its 26-year civil war with the Tamil Tigers was based on ethnicity rather than interpretations of Islam. Full text

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In Sri Lanka: On the Streets of Colombo

(THP)Colombo, Sri Lanka. The euphoria remains on the balmy streets of Colombo. One week ago the Tamil Tigers were at last defeated -- on the beaches of the north -- after 26 years of terrorism. Their human hostages have escaped.

The Sri Lankan flag flies now from virtually every tuk-tuk (three-wheeled taxi) and every building. Children grin broadly as they come home from school, and on this Friday afternoon, the small Muslim community heads for the city's mosques. Full text

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Oval to host Pakistan and India in fundraiser for Sri Lanka attack victims

• Match to be played on 3 June prior to World Twenty20
• ICC say they wanted to do something to assist families

(guardian)Pakistan and India will play in a Twenty20 fundraiser for victims of the attacks on the Sri Lanka cricket team, the International Cricket Council said today.

The rivals will play the match at The Oval on 3 June in a warm-up for the World Twenty20 that starts on 5 June. Full text

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Sri Lanka: UN must publicise civilian casualty figures

Western parasites! doesn't seem to rest

UN Human Rights Council condemned as having double standards

The United Nations must immediately publicise its estimate of the number of civilians killed by the two sides in the final weeks of fighting in Sri Lanka, Amnesty International said.

An investigation published by The Times newspaper today, drawing on confidential UN sources, stated that more than 20,000 civilians were killed in the last few weeks of the conflict, and suggested that most of them were killed as a result of shelling by the Sri Lankan government. Full text

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Sri Lanka’s Challenge: Winning the Peace

Sri Lankan army commandos march during a special felicitation parade for all military regiments who took part in the recent battle against Tamil Tigers, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, May 28, 2009. (AP Photo)
Sri Lankan army commandos march during a special felicitation parade for all military regiments who took part in the recent battle against Tamil Tigers, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, May 28, 2009. (AP Photo)

(ME)The end of Sri Lanka’s long war creates a new political landscape in the torn country. Rohan Gunaratna assesses what must be done to build a lasting settlement

The military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers / LTTE) on 18 May 2009 has brought the twenty-six-year-old Sri Lankan conflict to an end. The immediate legacy is a huge humanitarian problem in parts of the north involving the care and resettlement of displaced people, their reintegration into local communities, and the provision of resources for them to begin to reconstruct their lives. Full text
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Sri Lanka rejects deaths report


Destroyed trucks in the abandoned "conflict zone" where Tamil Tigers separatists made their last stand

(BBC)The Sri Lankan government has strongly denied allegations that more than 20,000 civilians were killed during its recent onslaught against Tamil rebels.

The figures published in The Times newspaper in the UK - quoting official documents and witness accounts - is far higher than previously thought.

A senior official from Sri Lanka's Centre for National Security told the BBC the accusations were totally false. Full text

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Sri Lanka cancel Oxford visit over security fears

Nagraj Gollapudi and Alex Brown

May 29, 2009



Muttiah Muralitharan belts out a confident appeal, Sri Lanka v India, 5th ODI, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, February 8, 2009


(crickinfo)Less than three months after their team bus came under terrorist gunfire in Lahore, members of the Sri Lankan cricket team have withdrawn from a scheduled visit to Oxford due to security concerns.

Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and team manager Brendon Kuruppu informed the Oxford Union debating society on Friday they feared a backlash after a front-page story in The Times in which it was claimed that 20,000 Tamil civilians had been killed in recent hostilities between government troops and LTTE. Full text

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Probe and punish the traitors

By A.A.M. Nizam

(May 30, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) All anguish, misery and anxiety that engulfed this nation for the last thirty years due to erroneous and vacillating policies of past rulers are over. The so-called undefeatable , ruthless, astute terrorist gang has been completely annihilated and wiped out from this precious soil within a short span of two years and four months since the nation is blessed with a leader devoid of fear, cowardice, flimsiness, and indecisiveness, but who possesses firm, bold, determined willpower, and who revere the motherland over his own life. The nation will remain ever grateful to this great personality President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse for unifying the nation and totally liberating it from the evils of fear and terrorism. However, we should not remain complacent with the great historical victory since the treacherous minority within the country, dwelling overseas in the guise of refugees and the arrogant international rogue nations will make every effort to destabilize and disintegrate this nation. Full text
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The Hypocrites come to paint the Town Red

By Uthum Fernando

(May 30, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) I cannot help but laugh when these foolish con artists who say they are representatives of the Tamil Diaspora come onto these various talk shows and programs to spew their anti-Sinhala/anti-Sri Lankan rhetoric. At length they would talk about “discrimination” and other supposed ills suffered by the Tamils in Sri Lanka at the hands of the Sinhala polity, brazenly lying about the history with their own misguided/invented facts of what really happened. BUT, nothing is more amusing than their incessant whining about the “Genocide” of Tamils at the hands of the Sri Lankan government. Full text
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Tamils Diaspora Advocating another Eelam War Amounts to a Crime Against Tamils

By K. Navam, Australia

(AT)The war waged by the LTTE has ended abruptly. This war was futile. Due to this war about twenty million people, Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims and others in Sri Lanka could not connect with each other or treat each other with mutual respect, goodwill and kindness. In fact, LTTE created a fear factor and LTTE is to be partially blamed for this situation.

The development of the Tamil militancy destroyed the leadership of the political wisdom of the Tamils, causing the rejection of possible negotiation and mediation solutions and international support. The adoption of a single minded and hardcore approach by LTTE (Prabaharan) destroyed the humanity of the Tamil people. Full text

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A leading local inventor receives death threats from multi nationals

By Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

(AT)An Ayurvedic Doctor in profession who holds Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery" from the Institute of Indigenous Medicine – University of Colombo who has so far invented over 100 new inventions in Sri Lanka receives regular death threats . He said due to these threats he could not assist Sri Lanka to popularize his inventions.

"I receive regular threats by phone. Some Multi National Drug companies asked me to stop my researches and new inventions, he said. Full text

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Another medical team from India for IDPs

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Colombo, 30 May, (Asiantribune.com): A medical team of 27 doctors including a surgeon and a pediatrician and paramedics have been sent to Sri Lanka by India for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in North. This was stated by a Health Ministry source said.

The team brought with them about 30 tons of medicines worth over Rs.30 million to replenish stores at the field hospital in a camp for the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North. Full text

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"Now no one should feel belonging to minority" - An Interview With Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith

By Fr.Neville Joe Perera from Rome.

Rome, 30 May, (Asiantribune.com): Apparently there is great relief as the guns have been silenced indicating the end of the ethnic war, but there is also concern, anxiety and confusion for the future, because true peace is still far off ': these are the first impressions of Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. He is always attentive to what happens in his country of origin, where he has been auxiliary bishop of Colombo and the bishop of Ratnapura, before moving in 2001 to serve the Holy See. Full text

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How The West Added LTTE To Ravage Sri Lanka For Three Decades

By Don Wijewardana

(AT)The end came fast. By Saturday the last of the remaining 50,000 hostages were rescued. And by Monday it was all over. After having rescued 250,000 hostages earlier it was thought releasing the last lot held as a human shield by the terrorists could not be accomplished without much bloodshed. The whole world was watching with baited breath. Clinton, Brown, UN’s Pillay and the European Union as well as the INGOs waited to see a ‘blood bath’ and a ‘human catastrophe’. They warned the government of “severe consequences for its actions”. Full text Share on Facebook

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Take Action against MP Sivajilingam

(TI)The inflammatory statements made by TNA MP, M. K. Sivajilingam, against the Sri Lanka government on 23rd May to newspaper reporters in Chennai, which has been a hotbed of anti Sri Lankan protests, calls for punitive action by the Sri Lankan Parliament where he has taken oaths to abide by the Constitution. The most damaging statements he has made are:

1. The Sri Lanka Army "is now starting to harass Tamil Muslims and Tamils of Indian origin working in the Tea plantations. Full text

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The rise and fall of a good TV channel

(TI)During the desert storm in Iraq, CNN became the most sought-after news channel for moderately unbiased reporting. This was mainly due to the effort of Mr. Peter Arnet, who was holed up with the civilians in Baghdad. As a result we could see the other side of the story and CNN became the most favoured news channel in the world during that period. However, soon after the war ended, Mr. Arnet was hounded out and completely disappeared from the screen. His only sin was factual reporting of the Iraqi point of view. Full text
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Vandalizing at Canadian High Commission

(TI)We were horrified to see the news report and the Associated Press photo carried in your May 28, 2009, edition which shows two Sri Lankan protesters in the lobby outside the visa counter of the Canadian High Commission in Colombo, where the walls had been defaced with writing, and placards being placed within that space. We condemn these acts of hooliganism and call on the Sri Lankan authorities to promptly take action against those who violated the rules governing entry into premises belonging to foreign missions. Full text
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Free access to NGOs and INGOs

(TI)Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition, according to ‘The Island’ of 26.May 2009, had said that free access should be allowed to local and international aid agencies, including NGOs, to IDP welfare centres in the North. He seems to be on the same wavelength as Ban Ki Moon and some other Western leaders voicing their sentiments rather than those of Sri Lanka. Full text


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A fair assessment of SL situation

(TI)Visiting Democratic Congressman Heath Shuler has proved that the US is not devoid of reasonable decision makers capable of reaching out to the rest of the world and understanding others' problems. Having seen for himself the IDP centres in the North, he has appreciated the government's effort to shelter those unfortunate war displaced posthaste and stressed the need to do a lot more and resettle them as soon as possible. One could not agree with him more! Full text

UNHRC 11th Special Session on Sri Lanka Attempt to single out a small developing country

Statement by Ambassador Juan Antonio Fernandes Palacios,
Permanent Representative of Cuba

(TI)At the outset allow me to extend my appreciation for the statement of the Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights of Sri Lanka, Hon. Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe, whose presence in this special session evidences the constant will of Sri Lanka of exchanging with the international community, the importance Sri Lanka attaches to the Human Rights Council, of which it was a founding member, as well as the commitment of the country in this regard. Full text

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Engaging expatriates for national development

By Dr. Athula Sumathipala

(TI)Delivering the historical address at the ceremonial opening of the fourth session of Parliament on May 19, President Mahinda Rajapaksa called upon all those who have left the motherland due to terrorism, especially the Tamil people, to return. He extended the invitation to engineers, doctors, accountants and other professionals living in various countries, to return to the motherland and contribute to its development. Full text


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London Times’ charge: Sri Lanka rejects shelling killed more than 20,000 Tamil civilians

by S Venkat Narayan Our Special Correspondent

(TI)NEW DELHI, May 29: Sri Lanka has rejected a charge made by a London newspaper today that shelling by its troops during the last three weeks of the war has killed more than 20,000 Tamil civilians.

The bloody civil war ended on May 18 with the killing of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. Full text

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Pak arms, officers helped Lanka rout LTTE: Report

(TI)May 28, 2009 London: Pakistani supplied Al-Khalid, the main battle tank, its fighter pilots flying air strike mission on LTTE bases and some of its highly trained army officers positioned in Colombo played a key role in the Sri Lankan forces rout of Tamil Tigers, Pakistani media has claimed.

"It was the Pakistani defence cooperation with Sri Lanka as the largest suppliers of high-tech military equipment that played a major role in the ultimate defeat of the LTTE at the hands of the Sri Lankan army," The News daily quoted well placed sources in the Pakistani establishment as saying. Full text

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‘US not blocking IMF loan facility to Sri Lanka’ Democratic Congressman commends speedy setting up of IDP centres

by Zacki Jabbar

(TI)Visiting Democratic US Congressman Heath Shuler, yesterday claimed that his country was not blocking Sri Lanka’s attempt to secure a US$ 1.9 billion IMF loan.

Schuler, when asked at press conference in Colombo as to why his country had applied pressure on the IMF to refuse Sri Lanka’s request for a standby facility, said "the US is not blocking the IMF’s loan to Sri Lanka." Full text

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Tiger suspects nabbed with arms, ammunition

(DN)The Army nabbed three LTTE suspects along with arms and weapons and handed over them to police on Thursday afternoon in Vakarai.

The three LTTE suspects from Valachchenai identified as K.P. Amarasinghe alias Puwalendi, 30, P. Samuel alias Yogan, 40 and S. Sivanathan alias Rahula, 35, were arrested in Vakarai around 1.30 pm. Full text

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Two victories and the battle on the media front

(DN)Two weeks and two victories - one was on the battlefront against terror, and the other on the diplomatic front against the backers of terror. Sri Lanka has every cause to be more than pleased; at the outcome of the UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva earlier this week, when it humbled the so-called international community, which had to abandon its earlier resolution seeking to condemn Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes in defeating LTTE terror, and gave an overwhelming endorsement voting 26 for, 12 against with six abstentions to a consensual resolution by Sri Lanka that stressed the necessity for others to stop interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign State. Full text

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Conducive social environment necessary to end separatism

(DN)A lasting solution can be found for separatism by creating a social environment where every Sri Lankan could lead a dignified life, says Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Reasons for ethnic disharmony should be identified and solutions found for them to prevent separatism raising head once again he said in an interview with a television channel on Sunday, May 24.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. During a previous interview you promised to defeat terrorism completely and teach the LTTE a bitter lesson. How do you feel now that the LTTE has been defeated? Full text

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ER and PTA

The LTTE has been vanquished for certain but as is often the case one cannot rule out a residue of terrorism that may still lurk in our midst. Hence it is only to be expected that the military will not drop its guard at this point of time. Troops are still continuing mopping up operations and media reports of surrenders by more LTTE cadres coming out of their jungle hideouts only shows the existence of remnants even though at a subterranean level. Full text

Yal Devi operation extended upto Thandikulam

(DN)Operations of the Yal Devi train will be extended upto Thandikulam railway station, the next station from Vavuniya railway station towards the North from June 6 morning, with the completion of the restoration of rail track, railway station and the signal system, a press release issued by the Transport Ministry said yesterday.

The construction work of the Omanthai railway station was started with funding from the people from Galle under the leadership of Deputy Minister Lionel Premasiri, on the same date. Full text

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Appeal to elderly IDPs’ relatives

(DM)At a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat to monitor the progress of providing relief to the displaced persons of the North in welfare villages presided over by Senior Presidential Advisor, Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa it was decided to allow the, feeble and injured or sick elderly persons among the IDPs to reunite with their families or kinsfolk so that they could be taken care of by their families, senior official sources at the Presidential Secretariat said yesterday.

It was decided that such kinsfolk who would come forward to get back any elderly or disabled members of their families should forward relevant documents like the householder’s lists through the relevant grama niladharis certified by the Divisional Secretaries to authenticate their identity. Full text

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IT IS TIME TO TAKE NATIONAL POLITICS TO THE NORTH

(DM)Opening of the new parliament session, a day after proroguing the previous session, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the House that there are no more minorities in the country. No one took this remark as a rejection of the physical existence of Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and other small communities by the President. It was taken as an assurance by the head of the State that there would be no more discrimination against the minorities at least during his tenure. Full text
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New blow to rejected Tamil asylum seekers

(DM)Switzerland’s House of Representatives decided on Thursday that Switzerland should keep sending rejected Tamil asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka.

The House agreed with the Senate, which voted on the issue earlier this week. Both have followed the view of Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf that halting repatriation would send the wrong signal. Full text

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Lankan conflict erodes HR : Amnesty

(DM)The conflicts in Sri Lanka and Pakistan have added to the number of human rights abuses in Asia this year, Amnesty International said in its annual report the AFP reported.Amnesty also expressed concern at the plight of the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Sri Lanka fighting and the two million people displaced by the Pakistan army's offensive on the Taliban.

Although mostly written before the Sri Lankan army declared victory in its war against the Tamil Tigers in recent days, the report bemoaned the fact that international human rights monitors were barred from the conflict zone. Full text

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Probe on Sri Lanka can still take place: UN

(DM)United Nations deputy spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters at the UN yesterday that although the Human Rights Council did not agree to set up a war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka at this time, the session and resolution does not close other avenues for such a probe. Full text
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UN RIGHTS CHIEF PRESSES FOR SRI LANKA PROBE

(DM)GENEVA (AFP)- The United Nations Human Rights Chief and campaigners pressed for an independent probe into the conduct of the war in Sri Lanka after the world body's top rights assembly rejected calls for an inquiry.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay maintained her demand for an investigation into abuses allegedly carried out by both sides in Sri Lanka's just-ended civil war, a spokesman told AFP. Full text

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Priests in IDP camps seek permission to leave

(DM)Six Catholic priests reported to be among the IDPs in Vavuniya and are seeking permission to go to the Bishop’s House in Jaffna, church sources said yesterday.

This was reported by a team of officials from Caritas Sri Lanka - the social service arm of the Catholic Bishops conference who visited Vavuniya earlier this week. Sources said a team of Caritas Sri Lanka officials will meet Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaka to seek government’s permission to leave the camps and go to the Bishop’s House in Jaffna. Full text

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Lorry loads to Manik Farm Camp

(DM)The Agriculture Ministry has made arrangements to take 17 lorry loads of items, worth more than Rs. 5 million, contributed by the farmer community of the Southern Province and others to the Manik Farm Refugee Camp in Vavuniya.

Rice, vegetables, spices, kitchen utensils collected by the Agrarian Services Centres and dry rations, clothes, drinking water and items for schools, collected by the Galle District Secretariat and Divisional Secretariats in Galle, are included in this stock. Full text

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KARUNA TELLS REMAINING LTTE CADRES TO SURRENDER

By Kelum Bandara

(DM)National Integration Minister Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman yesterday warned the government would not be responsible for the lives of LTTE cadres who were holed up in the jungles in the East unless they surrendered immediately.

He said there were only about 60 cadres left in the East now, and of them seven had already surrendered to the military through him. Full text

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Daya Master confesses to LTTE links in chambers

By T. Farook Thajudeen

Former media spokesman of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velayudhan Dayanidhi alias Daya Master who is under detention of the Crimes Investigation Division (CID) following his surrender, made a voluntary confession before the Chief Magistrate of Colombo Nishantha Hapuarachchi yesterday (29).

Daya Master was produced before the Chief Magistrate by the CID sequel to a request made by the accused to the CID on his willingness to make a confession over his involvement with the LTTE. Full text

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