Americans elected Barack Obama as their first black president and he will be sworn in as the 44th US president on January 20, 2009.
Obama, 47 year old president will face the challenges of worst financial crisis since the 1930s, two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a nuclear showdown with Iran.
"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America -- I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you -- we as a people will get there," Obama said in Chicago, Illinois.
In a sweet moment for Democrats, he also seized the midwestern battleground of Ohio and captured New Mexico and Iowa, two states won by Bush in 2004 to close out McCain's possible route towards the White House.
Bush told Obama he was about to begin one of the great journeys of his life, and invited him to visit the White House as soon as it could be arranged
Supporters in Chicago cheering, "Yes, we can" were met with cries of "Yes, we did."More than 1,000 people gathered outside of the White House, chanting, "Obama, Obama!".
The win by Obama, son of a black father from Kenya and white mother from Kansas, marked a milestone in U.S. history. It came 45 years after the height of the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King.
Nov 4, 2008
Nov 3, 2008
The Srilanka ARMY introduced 'ARMY Task Force 3" to the North battle field to fight against LTTE terrorists.
The new battlefront (the 63 division) expected to get in to operations in Mankulam area.
Srilanka ARMY reported that, the first confrontation of the Task Force 3 reported 2.30 PM when the infantrymen confronted with a group of terrorists in the Vannivilankualm area, in the West of Mankulam junction. According to the battlefield reports troops have found 2 bodies of slain LTTE cadres along with two T-56 riffles .
ARMY says the deployment of 63 division will increases the ability of counterattack terrorists.
Oct 29, 2008
LTTE planes dropped 2 improvised bombs in Mannar and Colombo, kalanitissa Power Plant, tuesday night October 29.
The attack was totally unsuccessful and no severe damages occurred. Eyewitnesses says their were only smoke and fire inside the power plant.
Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) officials said that a cooler connected to the gas turbine power generator caught fire and was immediately extinguished by the Colombo fire brigade who arrived at the site instantly.
Also there were no damages from the LTTE light wing air craf attack to the Mannar Military base.03 bombs dropped to the Mannar military base but no major damages were caused due to the explosions. Only one soldier is in minor injuries.
Tigers' air wing has three two-seater Czech-made Zlin-143 aircraft fitted with homemade bombing equipment.
Oct 26, 2008
Prabakaran asked the india to lift the ban on LTTE to 'fulfil the aspirations of Tamil people'.
admitting that Lankan forces have made inroads into the Tiger areas and were at the doorstep of their key town Kilinochchi.
Prabakaran also says the srilankan security forces have close on the rebel strongholds and had even entered key areas.
However Pirabaharan Or prabakaran says though security forces on close proximity to Kilinochchi town, capturing Kilinochchi is just a day dream of Mahinda Rajapaksha.
Prabakaran praised to the standing of tamil politicians in Tamil nadu over the srilankan tamil issue and also criticized the IADMK leader Jayalalitha's actions.
'Jayalalitha had also voiced her support. But, if she has changed her stand now, what could we say about it' said prabakaran.
quote: Chennai tamil magazine-Nakkeeran
Oct 23, 2008
Officials of the ‘Q’ Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu police on Thursday arrested Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or MDMK party's general secretary Vaiko on charges of 'sedition'. The MDMK presidium chairman and former Union Minister, M. Kannappan, was also arrested at his native village Alampalayam near Pollachi on the same charges.
Vaiko was arrested at his Anna Nagar residence, was produced in a city court and remanded to judicial custody till November 6. Lodged in the Puzhal Central prison.
The charges are based on the speeches at a party meeting on the Sri Lankan issue in Chennai on October 21. Mr. Vaiko warned that extending help to protect Sri Lanka’s integrity would jeopardise the unity and integrity of India. He said he would be ready to take up arms and fight for the Tamils in the island nation. Mr. Kannappan, who presided over the meeting, warned the Centre not to force Tamils in Tamil Nadu to struggle for a separate country.
US spy drones fired missiles early Thursday into a school set up by a top Taliban commander in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, killing 11 people.
"At 2:25 am, two spy drones fired three missiles at the madrassa of Mullah Mansoor. Eleven people have been killed in the missile strike" security officials said.
The air strike apparently targeting veteran militant Jalaluddin Haqqani, a major target for US forces, was the latest in a string of attacks on Pakistani soil that have raised tensions between Islamabad and Washington.
Haqqani was one of the most prominent Afghan commanders who fought the Red Army between 1978 and 1989. He subsequently became close to Mullah Omar, the leader of the 1996-2001 Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Since the fall of the Taliban, Haqqani has become one of the most active Taliban commanders launching attacks on international forces in Afghanistan from safe havens in Pakistan, security officials said.
Oct 22, 2008
LTTE Sea Tigers on Wednesday claimed that they carried out a Black Tiger attack on Sri Lankan ship MV Nimalawa, which carried military and other supplies, in Sri Lankan naval harbour in Kankeasnthurai in Jaffna Wednesday,October morning around 5:00 a.m
The ships loaded with humanitarian assistance from Colombo to the Tamil civilians in the Jaffna peninsula were anchored in the Kankesanthurai sea region.
One of the merchant vessels -- MV Nimalawa -- is sunk and the other vessel was damaged heavily.
Srilanka NAVY says they have destroyed one attacking boat before they reached the target and killed 03 sea tigers.
The Tiger mission was led by Black Sea Tiger Lt. Col. Ilakkiyaa, the deputy commander of the Sea Tigers' female wing, who killed with Black Sea Tiger Commando Lt. Col. Kuperan, LTTE officials told.
Oct 20, 2008
NEW DELHI: Under pressure from Tamil Nadu, as well as the international community looking for leadership from India, the government will send external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee to Sri Lanka to make an assessment of the ongoing conflict in the Sri lanka.
The invitation to Mukherjee was made by his counterpart Rohitha Bogollogama after Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse rang up PM Manmohan Singh to brief him on the military operation. MEA sources said the minister's visit was "under consideration, and dates had not been finalized yet".
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan foreign secretary Palitha Kohona was quoted as saying that a high-level delegation of MPs was coming to India to brief the government. The Lankan military operations have entered a critical phase, with the army claiming it had breached the last defences of the LTTE in Kilinochchi, which could confine the LTTE to Mullaitivu.
Quote: India times
Oct 16, 2008
A government convoy with food and essential items to displaced in the Mullaittivu district has come under an indiscriminate LTTE artillery and heavy mortar attack this afternoon while along the A-9 main Road at Puliyankulama, Mullaittivu, according to informed sources in Wanni.
When contacted to verify the incident, sources close to UN confirmed the attack but refrained from further commenting on the incident. The convoy was plying under the UN banner and had just crossed the Puliyankulama junction, when LTTE fired artillery shells fell in close proximity, the sources said.
The government food convoy consisting 50 lorries of food and essential items left the Omanthai Entry/ Exit point at around 12.30p.m., sources said. The UN envoy was forced to abandon the mission in safety of the crew and food stocks, the sources said. According to latest information, the food convoy has arrived at Vavuniya this evening.
The latest attack at the food convoy pronounces the callous disregard of LTTE towards the combined humanitarian assistance and relief work by the government and UN for the stranded civilians in Wanni, defence observers state.
In the recent past Tamilnadu Politicians arranged a all party meeting to find a solution regarding srilankan tamils.
Tamilnadu chief Mr. Karunanidhi said “if the Sri Lankan government continues to ignore the Indian government’s warning to stop the attack on Tamils, we might have to find an answer to the question whether we have to be in power in the State.”
Tuesday all party committee come to an agree that all 39 Members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu, resign within two weeks if the Central Government of India failed to ensure a
proper solution in Sri Lankan Tamil's Problem.
At the same time Jayalalithaa Jeyaram the AIADMK general secretary alleged that by demanding a ceasefire in Sri Lanka Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was trying to protect the LTTE. She also described the recent approaches of Tamil Nadu's leading political party's (AIDMK, Congress, CPI, CPI-M and PMK) and M.Karunanidhi as a “farce” resolution.
She expressed that war in srilanka is only against a cruel, banned terrorist organisation LTTE not against tamils in srilanka. However Jayalalitha says India should not provide training for Srilanka ARMY.
Despite the different views of Indian tamils regarding srilankan Tamils, Recently sworn Tamil parliament member Karuna Amman or Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan who was fight against srilankan government on the past, but now tie up with the samr gov. to protect tamils from Blood thirst Prabhakaran or pirabaharan, says Indian government or Tamilnadu politicians only concerns on Srilankan tamils when they want to get some political mileage and they are not genuine attempts.
He also says the recent moves of tamilnadu is because of their elections are around the corner.
if India or tamilnadu attempts to intervene on srilankan issues then they violate island's law.
Srilanka is a Independent sovereignty state.
Oct 13, 2008
Karuna Amman or vinayagamurthi Muralitharan former second leader of LTTE and the Leader of TMVP (Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal )
Has recently appointed as as member of Srilanka Parliament by President Mahinda Rajapaksha.Karuna was appointed to the seat left vacant by JVP MP Wasantha Samarasinghe who resigned to contest the North Central Provincial elections.
***Karuna Amman appointed as a MP on the very day Maj. Gen. Perera was murdered.***
President's intension to appoint karuna as a parliament member, may be to give a fair attension to Tamil people live in Eastern Province.
Karuna has warmly welcomed by the president Rajapaksha.
After appointing Karuna said to media that he has rejects the LTTE's terrorism to liberalize tamil people in north, though the democratic way is the best to solve any problems.
Karuna joined LTTE in 1983 and became the leader of eastern.
March 2004, he broke away from the mainstream LTTE alleging that Prabhakaran intentionally dragged the peace talks so that the cadres could exploit the cessation of hostilities to regroup.
TMVP to change the tiger label
The TMVP logo looks same as the LTTE's symbol.
sources says they are going to change the title and the logo of their party.
Karuna says the main reason to change is to get the support from people's of south to TMVP's expansion as a major tamil democratic party in the north.
What is TMVP ?Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) / Tamil Peoples Liberation Tigers
formed in 2004 by break-away LTTE Military Head of Batticaloa district V. Muralitharan or Karuna amman.
TMVP won the recently held Batticaloa district local council election.
and May 2008 Provincial council election, alliance with the ruling party UPFA.
The Records of Karuna
(by chinthanaya )1. 400 to 600 unarmed police officers who surrendered to the group were subsequently massacred
2. he was also implicated in the massacre of Muslims, including the Kattankudy and Erovar massacres in the eastern province
3. accused of child soldier recruitment by UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, and others
4. Karuna was arrested in London on November 2, 2007 following a joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and the Border and Immigration Agency. He was found in possession of a forged passport and firearms.
5. Kidnapped hundreds on Tamil Businessmen for ransom
Sep 30, 2008
LTTE attempts to use bio weapons and nerve-gas attacks as the last resort as srilankan troops advancing to Kilinochchi.
Troops using gas masks to protect from such a attack added the media center for security.
asian trbune says:
According to sources in the Sri Lanka Army, LTTE who are fighting desperately a losing battle have started attacking troops with CS (2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile) gas. It is said that it is a substance that is used as a riot control agent and is generally accepted as being non-lethal substance if it is not mixed with any other chemicals.
Already Asian Tribune in its 02 January 2006 issue warned of the manufacture of nerve gas by the LTTE. Asian Tribune pointed out that, "Latest intelligence reports are also concerned about the use of thermo baric weapons against the Security Forces. The Tamil Tigers are suspected of having used thermo baric weapons in its latest attack on 23 December, to kill 13 Navy personel at Pesalai." President Mahinda Rajapakse a key target : Balasingham threatens use of "Special weapons"
Sep 2, 2008
The actions of Velupillai Pirabaharan, the leader of Tamil Tigers prove he is real tiger. The only business he knows is killing. He killed Kalvian Kaadu Chetty, the person who named the group "Tigers" and the original leader of the Tiger group
Then Pirabaharan tried to kill the next leader of Tigers, Uma Maheswaran in a shoot out in India . He killed the founding members of the Tigers, Michael and Pat Kunam. Pirabaharan himself tipped off the Police about the then leaders of Tigers, Kuttimani and Thangathurai and their whereabouts. This incident led to Kuttimani and Thangathurai’s incarceration until their terrible deaths in the Welikade jail.
Pirabaharan killed all the persons he worked with before he became the leader of the Tigers. He even killed the last surviving Tiger group founding member Sabalingam who was residing in France , because Sabalingam started writing about Pirabaharan's power hungry killings
After Pirabaharan became the leader of the Tigers, he started killing all Tamil political leaders, elected mayors, university professors and many innocent Tamils who had criticized Tigers. Pirabaharan banned all Tamil political organizations for the last twenty years and finally the international community including USA, Canada, European Union, India and Australia has banned the Tigers, mainly due to Tigers' continuous use of child soldiers and their terror activities.
Pirabaharan also killed hundreds of people who were members and supporters of Tamil political organizations. Pirabaharan killed the Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He even killed the Sri Lankan President Premadasa who had provided helicopter loads of weapons and money to Tigers.
Pirabaharan clearly knows that under any circumstances except at gunpoint, majority of Tamils won't accept his leadership. That's why he killed all other Tamil Political leaders, to become as the so-called "Sole Leader of Tamils".
Ramachandran a.k.a MGR, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu gave Pirabaharan more than 1.25 billion rupees in 1985. Tamils provided their support to Tigers at gunpoint only and never helped Tigers to grow to this extent. Without MGR massive financial support and Premadasa's supply of weapons and money, Tigers won't exist today.
Tigers are terror loving trigger-happy killers, created by MGR and Premadasa. Tigers' killings are severely affecting the future of Tamils since the killings created a huge political vacuum.
In 1990 Pirabaharan wanted 100,000 Muslims in the North of Sri Lanka to get out within 24 hours, leaving their belongings and treasured valuables - that was a text book example of ‘ethnic cleansing’. Prabhakaran made Idi Amin look like an angel as Idi Amin had a heart to give the Asians in Uganda three months to leave the country and not 24 hours.
Most of the young people who are younger than 35 years, do not know the history of Tigers. They believe that, Tigers became so powerful, because of continuous outpouring support from majority of the Tamils,
If Tamils like Tigers, why is Greater Colombo flooded with Tamils from Tiger controlled areas? If majority of Tamils like Tigers, Tiger controlled areas should be flooded with Tamils from other areas. Why are Tamils trying to escape Tiger controlled areas, rather than migrating to Tiger controlled area?
If Tigers lift the exit pass system and allow free movement in the Tiger controlled areas, except the people on Tigers' payroll, every body else will leave Tiger controlled area. The only supporters of Tigers are that they either do not know anything about Tigers or gain benefits from Tigers.
Why are none of the Tamil business people investing in Tiger controlled areas? Why are even farmers leaving Tiger controlled areas? Why are Tamils living abroad trying to help their relatives to leave Tiger controlled areas? In Tiger controlled areas nobody can express any political opinions or different ideas.
Only things allowed to say are those that support Tigers. No way can anyone criticize Tigers and live the next day in a Tiger controlled area. Tigers that do not care about human lives will never understand even the basics of human rights. Even the hardcore Tiger supporters are not willing to relocate to Tiger controlled areas.
Majority of the Tamil refugees, who claimed asylum in western countries, told the authorities that they were running away from Tigers. If majority of Tamils who live abroad support Tigers, why do they have to be threatened to collect money for Tigers as reported by the Human Rights Watch?
If majority of the Tamils who live abroad support Tigers, those Tamils would line up in front of the Tiger branch offices to drop off money. The major serious problem Tamils are facing right now is there are hundreds of very young terror loving trigger happy Tigers who know only one thing, which is killing another human. Last thirty years, Tigers killed more Tamils than any body else. Also more Tigers were killed by Pirabaharan than any body else.
Majority of Sri Lankan Tamils are patiently hoping, praying and waiting for a new young democratic political visionary as a leader. Until then, gunpoint Tiger culture and never ending killing spree by Tigers will grow and continue.
By Seelan Siva Aiyadurai
Aug 24, 2008
A clear win to UPFA over Northcentral and Sabaragamuwa provincial elections.
United Peoples Freedom Alliance has won the recent polls of provincial elections.
UNP, JVP has not able to got much results as they expected.
JVP's vote base has dramatically reduced in this polls.
while UNP managed to increase their vote base than previous election.
Aug 8, 2008
Many Rangoon residents donned black clothing to mark Friday’s 20th anniversary of 1988 uprising, and noticeably more police and plainclothes security personnel were seen on city streets.
Members of Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy held a commemorative rally in Yenangyaung Township, Magwe Division, and food offerings were made at eight of the city’s monasteries to mark the occasion. Offerings were also made at monasteries in Rangoon.
|Activists shout a slogan in front of China Embassy in Bangkok on August 8 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1988 uprising. Around Asia, activists were planning to mark the anniversary with demonstrations at embassies of both Burma and China, a key ally of Burma. The protest also coincides with the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. (Photo: AP)|
Students at Rangoon University reported tightened security at the campus, where entry was restricted to two gates. University staff had reportedly been warned not to tolerate any political activity by their students.
In a statement marking the anniversary, the 88 Generation Students Group urged the Burmese military government to release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi and ethic leaders and to begin talks with Suu Kyi. The statement repeated the group’s rejection of the regime’s plan to hold a general election in 2010.
In several cities around the world, including in such Asia countries as Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea, anti-regime protesters held anniversary demonstrations in front of Burmese and Chinese embassies.
Jul 30, 2008
The 'Q' branch Police yesterday (July 30) arrested a Sri Lankan Tamil ( Thambi Annan alias Daniel ) resident of Kilinochchi, alleged for procuring major consignments including explosive substances for the LTTE (liberation tigers af tamil eelam )
Following specific information given by the State Intelligence, Chennai Police stating the importance of the catch said that the suspect has been heading the procuring arm of the outfit and had played an instrumental role in smuggling warlike items, explosives from India and other parts of the world to the LTTE.
"He was involved in the attempts to smuggle consignments of aluminium ingots and ball bearings, which were intercepted and seized by the Police in Ramanathapuram and Madurai districts in the recent months", the Chennai Police Chief was quoted.
LTTE is an internationally banned ruthless terrorist outfit that has been fighting for a mono ethnic separate homeland for the Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1983. During its 3 decades of existence the outfit has pioneered a large number of terror tactics particularly in the field of suicide bombing, that have been soon copied by the other terror organizations in the world.
LTTE supporter in London ( Nalliah Sivanathanhas ) commenced a new television service called Thendral TV.
The theme of the threndal tv is "Tamil nadu on air". However the hidden objective is to give the political and financial support to the LTTE.
Recently LTTE's attempts to telecast a their own television channel in Europe has blocked in the region. And also all other television channels they started on France, Italy, Singapore and Israel has stopped by those countries, after being considering requests done by anti terrorism organizations in those countries.
Threndal TV's One of the main intention is to get attention of Tamil nadu in India.
by telecasting popular Tamil programs. But they will gradually move to broadcast LTTE related materials from the Threndal.
Jul 29, 2008
launches artillery attacks at Jaffna FDL
Military reports received form Muhamalai Forward Defence (FDL) indicate that LTTE terrorist have launched artillery attack at troops manning the area this morning (July 29).
Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that the terrorist have fired about 10 rounds of heavy artillery at troops between 6 to 6.30AM . Two soldiers have sustained injuries due to the attack, he further said. He added that terrorist have used their guns located in the Poonaryn area for the attack.
LTTE recently announced through its media network that it would maintain a unilateral ceasefire since July 27 in view of the SAARC summit which is currently being held in Sri Lanka. However , observers of LTTE activities raised doubts about LTTE's intentions over this sudden decision. The government maintained that it would only go for a ceasefire when the LTEE have laid down their arms. According to observers, the latest attack has substantiated their doubts about the integrity of the LTTE.
Jul 28, 2008
Thousands of Sri Lankan tamils and sinhala community live in England gathered in front of British Prime minister's official residence in London to protest against the LTTE terrorism on last Sunday, July 27.
The demonstration titled "Let's All Unite as Sri Lankans to Defeat Terrorism in Our Motherland!" requesting the British Government to take tight action against all pro-LTTE activities in UK.
The organizers have received a great response from the Sri Lankan community in the UK.
(still England was unable to stop LTTE's fund raising and smuggling activities in UK.Even Some of the parliament members of England openly supports for LTTE's terrorism)
During the protest, a dossier was also handed over to the officials of the Prime Minister's Office.The Sunday's mass protest rally in London, was organised by 'Sri Lankans against Terrorism' (SLAT-UK), an organization of United Kingdom based Sri Lankan expatriates.
Jul 27, 2008
More than thousand Sri Lankans and their French friends gathered at Trocadero, the most significant landmark of Paris under the footsteps of Eiffle Tower to protest against terrorist attacks unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The demonstrators, carrying photographs of the victims of the most brutal killings of innocent civilians by the Tamil Tigers urged the French and European Union to immediately ban the front organizations LTTE such as WTM, ORT (TRO of France), Tamil Sangham and other Tamil Eelam associations.
They urged the French President Sarkosy, who is the current President of the European Union to take effective actions to stop ransom collections, money laundering, intimidation and harassment of innocent Tamils in France by the LTTE and its Mafia Gangs like Miinel, VVT Boys and Pambu.The demonstration was organized jointly by United Sri Lankans comprising && Sri Lankan associations and several political party branches in France. A large number of second generation Sri Lankans under a banner of Sri Lankan Youths in France were the most vociferous amongst the demonstrators. Sinhalese and Muslims several members of democratic Tamil political parties also took part in the demonstration.
The demonstrators distributed leaflets describing the true terror nature of the LTTE to thousands of French nationals and tourists from all over the globe visiting the magnificent Parisian destination, the Eiffle Tower.
from Asian Tribune.
SAARC summit in Sri Lanka senior foreign ministry officials and Foreign Ministers of member countries met today at the BMICH to start the 28th programming committee meeting.
Theme of this summit "Partnership of Our People" and gathered 8 member countries to focusing on the elimination of terrorism, poverty, energy crisis and climate change in the backdrop of regional cooperation.
During the meetings the SAARC officials were involved in making the necessary preparations for the main SAARC summit.
Meanwhile the SAARC commuter transport summit has commenced at the Mount Lavinia Hotel and a number of SAARC officials attended in conference.
Eight hundred houses, which were constructed by the government under the SAARC Friend Ship Village concept, were donated to people of the Nawalapitiya area on Sunday.
Another 800 houses would be constructed in Nawalapitiya under this scheme.
Jul 26, 2008
Sri Lankans living in Finland have gathered yesterday in Helsinki to take part in a demonstration against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist activities in Sri Lanka.
The demonstration was held for 2 hours in Helsinki city centre in front of the Finish Parliament with a strong participation of peace loving Sri Lankans and Finns alike.
The demonstrators exhibited photographs showing destructions, killings and maiming carried out by the LTTE in the ongoing civil war. They also distributed leaflets sending the message to proscribe LTTE’s front organization Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) and raising awareness among the Finnish public.
On the other hand Sri Lankans in Germany and all who reject LTTE terrorism held a demonstration today in Berlin to protest against the LTTE intimidation of Tamils living in Germany, Germany's failure to ban the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the recruitment of child soldiers.
"Sri Lankans Against LTTE Terror - Germany" urges the Federal Government and the Interior Minister to identify and ban the LTTE as a terrorist organisation in Germany.
Numerous front organisations such as Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), Tamil Coordination Committee (TCC), and Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) etc., which support the LTTE must also be included in this ban, they said.
30 killed and more than 100 wounded in nearly 20 blasts at Saturday night in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad.
A little-known Islamist group calling itself the "Indian Mujahedeen" had claimed responsibility of this attack.
One explosion was at a bus stop, others at a railway station and on a bus. Another bomb was under a car at a hospital where injured people were being takensources said.
The blasts began about 6:30 p.m. and lasted until about 7:40 p.m.
Indian police spokesman said 29 bodies had been recovered and more than 100 people admitted to hospital. Many were hit by flying nuts, bolts and ball bearings packed into the bombs that were clearly designed to cause maximum casualties.
Ahmedabad is the communally-sensitive capital of the opposition Hindu nationalist-ruled state of Gujarat, where thousands were killed in Hindu attacks against Muslims in 2002.
India had sounded a nationwide alert on Friday after a series of eight low-intensity bombs went off in IT capital Bangalore and left one dead and seven wounded.
Jul 22, 2008
22 LTTE suicide bombers (Black Tigers ) were killed in the air raid carried out this morning (July 22) at the Uddayarkattukulam LTTE camp.
The group of the slain LTTE cadres had been engaged in a rehearsal of a major suicide operation at the time of the air raid.
Air Force fighter jets launched an air strike targeting pre identified LTTE special operation training facility located Northeast of Uddayarkattukulam in the Mullaittiuvu district around 8.15a.m.
LTTE has been using brainwashed youth, mostly women and teenagers to commit suicide as human bombs.
LTTE has announced a 10 day ceasefire on Tuesday 22 July.
Norwegian Government formally informed Sri Lanka of the LTTE's declaration of a unilateral ceasefire and Sri Lanka Government rejected the ceasefire offer by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).
"We have experienced the LTTE's cease fire offers earlier, which were used to regroup and rearm, creating greater havoc than before," says Srilanka gov.
Government also says they will agree to continue talks if the LTTE agrres to disarm and they must show a high commitment to peace.
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said the government does not response to this offer. He said a number of local and international allies try to stop operations against the rebels.
"At present government is defeating the terrorists .We never stop these operations"
Rebels said the they would refrain from military action during the 15th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference but warned they would be forced to take "defensive action" if the island's military carried out any offensives against them.
Jul 21, 2008
Srilankan Foreign minister Mr. Rohitha bogollagama says that it's important to highlight the need for a common currency to use within the SAARC region (south asia).
Currently all transactions within soth asia are done via the 'American Dollar exchange center' and it's an additional cost to our business operations.
Srilanka President Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha has also emphasized the need for a common currency,
bogollagama said during a press meeting July 20, Colombo.
2008 SAARC summit is to be held in Sri Lanka 27 July - 3 August 2008 under the theme 'Partnerships for Our People'.
The council is scheduled to be held on 31 July and 1 August in Colombo between the Foreign Ministers of the member countries.
Other topics to be discussed at the summit, prominence will be given to the Combating Terrorism, Climate Change, Food Crisis, and Poverty Alleviation.
Seven observer nations including the European Union, United States, Japan, South Korea, Mauritius and Iran will also be present at the council. Inline with the summit, other events such as a cultural festival, a film festival, a trade fair, a fashion show, a food exhibition, and other events are also being organized in this week.
Sri Lanka of spending nearly three billion rupees on the SAARC summit in times of economic hardship.
Troops of Task Force 1 and Commando brigade captured the remote town situated 12 km North of Vidattaltivu, Illuppaikkadavai , by last night and entered the town this morning.
And Sri Lanka army has declared Iluppaikkadavai town liberated ending 21 years of terror rule of LTTE.
Troops have also captured the largest LTTE base situated on Northwestern coast. This base was not a Sea Tiger base but used for other terror and smuggle activities in the area during last 2 decades.
Troops of Task Force 1 has already marched about 2 Km North of Illuppaikkadavai town . At least 15 LTTE cadres were killed during the battle ensued during last 48 hours in the area, and 13 security persons are injured. sources said.
Jul 17, 2008
A one of the popular srilanka parliament minister Mervin Silva is now making plans to protect journalists in srilanka.
What he attempts to present is an Insurance scheme for the security of journalists.
"This would protect the journalists and the media freedom of the country, he said at a press briefing held in Colombo
Some journalists were attacked by certain groups. He stressed that the government is committed to safe guard the media freedom. But certain unidentified groups are trying to violate the media freedom' he addded.
At the media conference he emphasized the recent attack to the ITN (independent Television Network of Srilanka) journalists.
He also remembered that several private media institutions operated in locally and globally always criticizing his activities.
But we know the bitter history of minister Mervin Silva.
He always speaks at public places as a lion and he also believes that his ancestors are came from 'King Dutugamunu'
He was the first member of parliament which gots a doctorate for nothing.(probably using his money)
soldiers of Army 58 Division and Commando Brigade have liberated the strategically important Vidattaltivu town yesterday morning (July 16), said the defence sources in the Mannar warfront.
LTTE had lost its biggest Sea Tiger base in the Western coast.
Vidattaltivu is the biggest town situated on the North- Western coast of the Island, 20 km North of Mannar and is the main Sea-Tiger base cum the logistic hub of the LTTE in the West.
This is the first time after the departure of Indian Peace Keeping Force in 1990 that troops have dominated the area , the sources added.
troops are now advancing towards Illuppakadavai, the next Sea Tiger base in the Western coast, in order to restrict Sea Tiger activities in the Gulf of Mannar.
Jul 15, 2008
two suicide bombers blew themselves up among a gathering of army recruits, which leads to kill at least 37 people and more than 50 wounded in Iraq, today15, at a recruitment centre on Al-Saad base, east of the Diyala, the provincial capital of Baquba.
One bomber wore an Iraqi military uniform, and blowed him self.
A police officer said the victims were from a first batch of men called from across the province to participate in a military recruitment drive.
Jul 14, 2008
Dayana Mendoza 22 , Miss Venezuela was crowned as Miss Universe 2008, She crowned before up to one billion television viewers at the Miss Universe pageant held in Vietnam on Monday.
The final five contestants included four from Latin America: Miss Mexico, Miss Dominican Republic, Miss Colombia and Miss Venezuela. Rounding out the final five was Miss Russia.
Dayana Mendoza, 22, burst into tears when the presenter, US talk show host Jerry Springer, announced she had beaten finalists.
Miss Colombia finished second behind Mendoza. Miss Thailand won the prize for best national costume and Miss El Salvador was chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality.
During her interview with the judges, Mendoza was asked who she thought has it easier in life, women or men.
"Men think that the fastest way to go to a point is to go straight," explained the trilingual aspiring interior designer. "Women know that the faster way to go to a point is to go to the curves."
Eighty contestants gathered in the seaside city of Nha Trang, Vietnam, vying to succeed reigning Miss Universe Riyo Mori of Japan.
The show has been a publicity bonanza for Vietnam, where beauty contests are very popular. The contest featured segments on many of the nation's most popular tourist destinations, such as Hue, Hoi An, Sapa and Ha Long Bay.
The programme set has been dominated by iconic Vietnamese images, such as bamboo trees, conical hats and lotus flowers.
"When we were young we studied and we saw Vietnam as a country with wars and troubles," she said.
"But once I got here, I realised that it's just like being in Venezuela. It doesn't matter what happens, you always have a reason for smiling. We share the same will to be great countries. I like it, I love it."Mendoza added
Jul 13, 2008
The Indonesian Marine Corps General, Eric Wotulo , who was charged to smuggle thousand dollars worth of weapons for the LTTE , sentenced to 30 months imprisonment by US District Judge Catherine C. Blake.
The FBI conducted a three year long investigation and a dramatic sting operation using undercover agents contacting a Singapore based arms broker renting a room in Baltimore's four star Inner Harbor Hotel to conduct the undercover operation.
The FBI arrange for him to attend religious services at a Sunni Muslim mosque in a town called Laurel in Pennsylvania and even invited him to test fire the intended guns at a camouflaged police firing range in Harford County. In all times FBI agents posed as weapons dealers.
The ruse by the FBI tricked the LTTE who are also known as the Tamil Tigers to transfer US$ 700,000 to the purported arms dealers , who were actually the FBI undercover agents, as a down payment for millions of dollars worth of sniper rifles, submachine guns, night vision goggles , grenade launchers and other military grade hardware. The buyers were also interested in buying unmanned air vehicles mostly used for reconnaissance purposes and surface to air missiles.
The charges in the case said Wotulo and others conspired in the year 2006 to export the restricted material on behalf of the LTTE, a foreign terrorist group banned since 1997. They cannot either raise money or buy arms in the United States.
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"Terrorists must not be permitted to use the United States as a source of funding or equipment," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement after the sentencing. "We will continue to utilize all possible means to prevent terrorism, including undercover operations targeting people who attempt to obtain munitions in violation of our laws."
Central to the plan to acquire arms and munitions for the Tamil Tigers was the Aug. 2, 2006, transfer of $250,000 into a bank account in Maryland, prosecutors said. The next month, they said, two of Wotulo's associates, Haniffa Bin Osman and Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, arrived in Saipan to meet with undercover officers and inspect the weapons that had been ordered for the Tamil Tigers.
Jul 11, 2008
July 11, Monaragala : a small group of LTTE Tamil Tigers attcked on a passenger bus carrying civilians from kataragama to Monaragala. At least 4 civilians were killed and 25 others reported wounded, at 49th mile post along the Buttala-Kataragama main road.
The injured civilians were rushed to Katharagama and hambantota hospitals.
Hospital sources said two women and a 12-year old child were among the killed by terrorist attck.
LTTE is a ruthless terrorist organization fighting for a mono ethnic separate homeland for the Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1983. During 3 decades of its bloody terror war against Sri Lankan citizen it has killed tens and thousands of innocent civilians in village massacres, bus bombings, train bombings, suicide bombings, and etc.
Jul 10, 2008
Today, July 10 a major strike was held by 'The Alliance of trade unions'.
The intention of the Strike was urge the government to increase workers salary by 5,000 rupees.
The strike was affected by several sectors of the governmental service.
But most of the operations are continued today normally.
Specially government transportation sector operations are carried out today as usual.
the minister of transportation M.P Dalas Alahapperuma claims that buses are run today better than yesterday though a strike condition.
the spokesperson of "The Alliance of trade unions" M.P Lal Kantha claims that the strike was successful as expected and they have been able to disrupt more than 70% of gov. sector services. This is only a initial and first step of a massive strike held in near future Lal Kantha added.
Gov. spokesperson said the strike was total failure and schools, health service and other gov. services carried out without being disrupted. JVP is attempt to cover their internal problems by holding such activities' he added.
As we seen this there were main reasons behind failure of the strike.
- Different and opposite opinions within J.V.P, the main force behind the strike.
- Security reasons
- Government has taken pre actions to succesfully face the strike.
- there were no serious political support
also gov. intervention to reduce the inflation is seems to be bad.
Jul 9, 2008
Sri Lanka and a Indian company (Cairn India Limited) have signed an Petroleum Resources Agreement for the exploration and production of oil in northern Sri Lankan waters in the Mannar basin.
According to the agreement Cairn India Limited will commence its oil exploration activities in Block SL2007/01/001 in the Mannar basin which covers 3400 square km, at depths between 200 to1,800 meters within six months from 5th july 2008.
Cairn expected to expend 112 million U.S. dollars in the next three years for this project.
the company will be allowed up to 65 percent of the revenue to cover its investment, sources says.
The firm has made more than 30 oil and gas discoveries in India during the last 13 years.
The Sri Lankan government will receive a 10% royalty, a 50 million dollar production bonus, the profit share based on the investment, a 15 percent tax on "contractor profit" and other taxes.
the license will be valid till 8 years.
The whole srilanka wait till they found oils.
they says this will reduce the high inflation rates currently occurred because of fuels.
Jul 3, 2008
terrorists have openly held events in UK to celebrate suicide bombers and fund their terror war against a democracy. British politicians attend these events in exchange for money and votes from terrorists living in the UK.
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While LTTE planning to hold ‘Pongu Thamil’ event in London to glorify Black Tiger suicide cadres and also to raise funds for war against innocent srilankan civilians.
The Pongu Thamil event in London is to be held on 12 July at 3 p.m., at Richardson Evans playing field. Sources told that London LTTE organizers are holding Pongku Thamil event as a ruse to promote and glorify the Black Tigers who have given their lives as weapons in war.
The LTTE is now arranging to hold Pongku Thamil events in all European capitals to promote its sagging popularity in the midst of the Tamil diaspora.
An unidentified group attacked on Course coordinator of the Sri Lanka Press Institute Namal Perera and a press officer of the British High Commission in Colombo Mahendra Ratnaweera on two days ago at Narahenpita.
Namal Perera is a defence analyst and also he is the main co-ordinator of the recently held protests by the media organizations against government.
Namal Perera told reporters that attackers are came by a white color van and attackers smashed windows and beat them until other motorists stopped and rushed to their help.However, the attackers escaped in their van
British High Commissioner Peter Hayes condemned the attack and called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring the culprits to justice.
"I condemn in the strongest terms this despicable act on innocent civilians," Hayes said in a statement. He stressed he was demanding a full investigation.
Meanwhile US embassy also condemned the attck and demands further investigation on attack."We are deeply concerned by a series of recent incidents involving members of the Sri Lankan media. A press that is free of intimidation is an essential component of any democracy.
We note the recent formation of a ministerial committee to ensure the independence of the media, inquire into complaints of harassment and death threats against media personnel and intervene where warranted, and hope this leads to a more conducive environment for the practice of journalism in Sri Lanka." The US embassy added.
Hundreds of journalists along with opposition politicians staged a protest at the Kollupituya junction on 2nd July, against the attack.Free Medi Movement says this is only just one case against journalists.
Meanwhile the Newspaper publishers offered a reward of Rs5 million for any information that would lead to the arrest of those responsible for the attack.
Jun 28, 2008
Security forces personnel operating in Mannar front made another major breakthrough capturing LTTE's stronghold in Parappakkadantan, 4Km north of Giant Tank, in Mannar front , June 28.
Terrorists are used the place as a a firing rang, probably for training requirements, ARMY intelligence says that LTTE top leaders are used the place for operational activities.
Meanwhile, several tombs erected for terror cadres killed in past gun battles were also found in general area Alkaddiveli, between Andankulam and Parappakkadantan.
These areas were under LTTE clutches for more than two decades and it clearly shows the inability of LTTE terrorists to face security forces who are continuously marching towards LTTE strongholds in multi-pronged offensive launched to liberate the Wanni.
ARMY's operations are continuing this area.
Jun 27, 2008
It is said that the main intention of recent visit of a high profile Indian delegation to Sri Lanka is to asked the Government to stop military action against the LTTE.
This is a hot topic among srilankan politicians these days.
But the governmwnt rejects the story, saying the objective of visit is to manifestation of the flourishing bilateral relations between the two countries, Cabinet spokesman Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.
Pointing out that the Government's action against the LTTE was aimed at liberating the people of the North from terrorism, Minister Yapa said that both countries concurred on the need to address the grievances of the Tamil community through a political solution.
"Our relations with India were never as friendly and favourable as today. It is as a result of these healthy relations that not only political leaders but also top officials of the two countries are holding discussions on a regular basis," he added.