India rejected U.S. ``guidance'' on what to tell Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he visits the South Asian nation this month.
India should tell Ahmadinejad to suspend Iran's uranium enrichment program, end its interference in Iraq and stop supporting terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said . Ahmadinejad visited colombo and New Delhi on April 27-29.
``India and Iran are ancient civilizations whose relations span centuries,'' India's External Affairs Ministry said in a statement yesterday. ``Both nations are perfectly capable of managing all aspects of their relationship.''
The U.S. is leading efforts to tighten international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear activities, which the Bush administration says may be a cover for building weapons, a claim the Islamic Republic denies.
Apr 30, 2008
India rejected U.S. ``guidance'' on what to tell Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he visits the South Asian nation this month.
Apr 23, 2008
Fighting has started at 2.30 a:m and continued till 12:30 Noon. LTTE cadres have firstly launched the attack.
Sri Lanka ARMY successfully battled against the LTTE and has been able to eject and kill many tigers. And SL ARMY
also has been able to take the possession of significant area of the LTTE’s Forward Defense Line. Sri Lanka Air
force’s 2 MI24 helicopters have also battled in assistance for ARMY.
SL ARMY sources revealed that face to face fighting are now over and ARMY continues in clearing the area with the
assistance of SL Air force. ARMY Intelligence says that more than 100 of LTTE cadres died in operation and many has
SL ‘media center for security’ says, 40 Security personals died and 12 wounded in the operation.
Moreover it has been said that this was the severe fighting occurred after LTTE and SL government remove from the
Posted by The Lanka Reporter at 9:21 PM
Apr 18, 2008
Tamil nadu in india is not far away from Jaffna peninsula in srilanka. For a long time LTTE using tamil nadu as a their main operational center for their smuggles. The LTTE maintains a wide network of committed sympathizers and mercenary supporters to ensure regular supplies of fuel, medicines and war-related materials to carry on their armed campaign.
As many as 108 people have been arrested for suspected smuggling activities since May 2006. Of these, 31 were Sri Lankan Tamils and the rest Indians. There are 49 Sri Lankan Tamils in a special camp for suspected militants and their sympathizers in Chengalpattu. Of these, nine are hard-core LTTE men.
The Sri Lankan Navy feels its recent successes against the LTTE's fleet of arms-running vessels - it has sunk seven in the last two years - has forced the rebel group to source much of its supplies from India.
The war in Sri Lanka is now closer to India's coast than ever before. The main theater is now Mannar, the North-western district in which a small enclave is in LTTE control. Talaimannar, Sri Lanka's westernmost point is just an hour's speedboat journey away from Rameswaram.
Apr 15, 2008
The United States' top intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) says that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the most dangerous and deadly extremist organization in the world.
Following is the what FBI says......
From Here in the U.S.
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.
Its ultimate goal: to seize control of the country from the Sinhalese ethnic majority and create an independent Tamil state. Along the way, it has launched suicide attacks, assassinated politicians (including a government minister this week and even the Sri Lankan President), taken hostages, and committed all of kinds of crimes to finance its operations. The resulting civil war has taken the lives of nearly 70,000 Sri Lankans on both sides of the conflict since 1983 alone.
Why should you care? Certainly because of the suffering and bloodshed that the Tamil Tigers have caused. And because its ruthless tactics have inspired terrorist networks worldwide, including al Qaeda in Iraq. But also because the group has placed operatives right here in our own backyard, discreetly raising money to fund its bloody terrorist campaign overseas, including purchases of weapons and explosives.
The U.S. government has designated the Tigers a foreign terrorist organization, so their activities here are illegal. And we’re determined to stop them, using the full range of our investigative and intelligence capabilities.
In April, for example, we struck an important blow when our Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York arrested the alleged U.S. director of the Tigers. The man supposedly held several fundraising events at a church and various public schools in Queens and in northern New Jersey in 2004. He is also accused of arranging high-level meetings between the group’s leaders and U.S. supporters.
We’ve also arrested another 11 Tamil Tiger-related suspects in the New York City region. And in Baltimore, following a multi-agency investigation, a pair of Indonesian men pled guilty and were sentenced recently for working with others to export surface to air missiles, state-of-the-art firearms, machine guns, and night vision goggles to the Tigers in Sri Lanka.
You can help by being careful with your donations. Like other terrorists, the Tigers have raised funds under a variety of cover organizations, often by posing as charities. A great deal of money, for example, was raised for the Tigers following the 2004 tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka and many other countries.
And please report any suspicious activities to your local field office or .
Apr 14, 2008
Despite intense efforts being made to bring lasting peace to our beloved motherland, the war still continues' displacing tens of thousands of innocent people including women and children'
Why did this war erupt and to whom does it cater to? Can't all communities live in harmony and can't peace prevail in this beautiful isle? The movie 'Prabhakaran' comes as a tribute to all loving people of mother Lanka.
Prabhakaran is probably the first film made on the ongoing war in this country that devoured thousands of lives.
Who is to be blamed for this tragic situation? The Sinhala or Tamil people are not those to be blamed for the war. They are only caught in the midst of the conflict and are subjected to misery. The film sees the conflict from a humanistic angle. It discusses the story of a suicide bomber who escapes from LTTE clutches and how she is being pushed to that point.
The idea of this movie is to give new meaning to this three-decade old conflict and look at it from an unbiased angle - from the side of human beings.
Human lives should be valued above all. Is this happening in war, be it in Sri Lanka or any other part of the world?
Kamalani is a member of the LTTE's black Tiger unit. She also gets her brother enrolled into the fold. Kamalani is compelled to marry a Sinhala youth, in keeping with an order that comes from the terrorist group's leadership. She marries Piyasoma. She is asked to reside in a border village. It must be remembered she joined the LTTE suicide squad after she lost her parents in the war. But when she lives in the border village she realizes how many innocent people including children are being killed in the war. She beings to comprehend the reality that it is the innocent who are the ultimate victims of this war.
Meanwhile, the LTTE assigns her a deadly suicide mission, but other humane factor like Piyasoma's love and the baby, which she was expecting give her new hope about life. She tries to escape from the grips of the LTTE. In the meantime she also tries to get her brother 'Prabhakaran' to leave the terrorist outfit.
Will Kamalani succeed in her mission to flee the Tigers? Will she be able to rescue her brother from the LTTE? Will Piyasoma lose his wife and Child? The rest of the gripping story will unfold answers to these crucial questions ...
"The internal rift within the LTTE organization creates the base for the story in the movie 'Prabhakaran' . The film woven around characters like Prabhakaran, Kamalani, Piyasoma, Abe, was picturised in real areas where the conflict exists. The lives of the people living in these areas are largely controlled by the war that has been in existence in many facets for more than three decades"
Apr 13, 2008
In April (the month of Bak), when the sun moves from the Meena Rashiya (House of Pisces) to the Mesha Rashiya (House of Aries) in the celestial sphere; Sri Lankans begin celebrating their New Year or Aluth Avurudhu (in Sinhala) . It marks the end of the harvest season . On the day of celebrations, the sun is directly above Koggala (where a sun devale can be found).
However, unlike the Western celebration of the new year at midnight on December 31st, the Sri Lankan New Year begins at a time determined by astrological signs. Also unlike western traditions; the ending of the old year, and the beginning of the new year occur several hours apart from one another (this span is determined by astrology as well) - this period is, aptly enough, referred to as the nona gathe (neutral period). During this time Sri Lankans are, according to custom, encouraged to refrain from material pursuits, and engage solely in religious activities (buddhists)and traditional games.
Cultural rituals begin shortly after the beginning of the new year with the cleaning of the house and lighting of an oil lamp.
Families indulge in a variety of rituals which are carefully determined by astrological calculations - from lighting the fire to making the kiri bath, (milk rice) to entering into the first business transaction and eating the first morsels.
Once these are done, the partying really begins as families mingle in the streets, homes are thrown open and children are let out to play. The ubiquitous plantain is dished out alongside celebratory feasts of kaung (small oil cake) and kokis (crisp and light sweetmeat, originally from the Netherlands).
Aurudu has become an important national holiday for both the cultures of the Sinhalese Buddhists and the Tamil Sri Lankans, and is unique as such, as it is not celebrated in the same manner elsewhere in the world (some countries do celebrate a similar festival on the same date or a near date) .(wiki)
Apr 11, 2008
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The computer network within the Ministry of External Affairs has been broken into, allegedly by Chinese hackers, government sources told Hindustan Times on Thursday.
India’s relations with China are delicately poised with the Tibet issue gaining centre-stage internationally, but the alleged hacking predates the current crisis, the sources added. Officially, the MEA refused to either deny or confirm the reports.
The hackers broke into MEA’s internal communications network, possibly accessing e-mails through which officials communicate policy and decisions across the ministry’s offices in India and in our foreign missions.
TMVP the separatist group of the LTTE, now joined hands with the SriLanka government, has released 11 child soldiers recently.
The Embassy of United States in Colombo has welcomed the release of 11 children by the TMVP. In a press release (Apr 10) the Embassy commends the effort of Sri Lankan government , UNICEF and other parties to bring about this release and their commitment to providing counselling, rehabilitation, and training that will enable former child soldiers to become productive members of society.
Further US gov. requests from all parties who recruiting child soldiers to release them immediately.
Apr 10, 2008
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LTTE SUPREMO PRABHAKARAN was quite regular in attending the training camps of the Tamil Tigers and used to personally supervise their programmes, a surrendered activists of the banned organisation has said. Arumugam (named changed) told a team of visiting journalists at a fortified building in Jaffna that houses the former LTTE cadres that the LTTE chief was quite regular in attending training camps and used to personally supervise their programmes.
"I worked for the LTTE for almost six years and was classified as a Black Sea Tiger," Arumugam told the journalists. The former rebel said he is still petrified by prospects of an attack on him by the LTTE for having deserted the organisation.
"I have already lost a portion of my leg," Arumugam said, displaying the injury he suffered during a confrontation with the Sri Lankan security forces. The camp, to which the visiting journalists were taken around earlier this week, had 54 surrendered men, many of them former supporters and sympathisers of the outfit.
A top military official said the camp was well protected and there were layers of cordon that one had to go through to enter the area.
When asked whether he had seen Prabhakaran, Arumugam hesitatingly said he had watched him from close distance though never got an opportunity to talk to the LTTE leader. "He (Prabhkaran) generally does not discuss with individual LTTE fighters and prefers to address the activists jointly," the former LTTE cadre said.
EIGHTY NINE (89) lorry loads of food and other essential items had been dispatched to un-cleared areas in the Northern Province during the period between 28 March to 10 April 2008.
Those consignments had reached areas in KILINOCHCHI and MULLAITIVU districts via OMANTHAI and UYILANKULAM Entry/Exit points.
The stocks contained rice, dhal, dried fish, clothes, fuel, spices, building materials, vehicle spare parts, medicine and the such like which are needed for the use of civilians in un-cleared areas.
A total of 3734 civilians had crossed over to the un-cleared areas through those checkpoints while an estimated 3494 civilians had arrived in VAVUNIYA from un-cleared areas during the said period.
(uncleared areas are in red color)
the 3rd main political party in sri lanka is now in crisis.
this happened after the emotional speech of JVP parliament group leader and party's vocal propaganda secretary MP Wimal Weerawansa, at the parliament in Tue, 2008-04-08.
in his speech he has revealed that the party has decided to cancel his membership.
He admitted that he has been suspended by the party.
He in his emotional speech added that the JVP had decided to officially announce his suspension after the conclusion of the Eastern Polls.
further he added that there are internal and external forces who are conspirators attempt to be sidelined him.
meanwhile another group of JVP parliamentarians, held a media discussion on the same day
and announced that 11 members including Wimal Weerawansa have decided to function as an independent group in the Parliament.
after the real crisis has begun.
today (10 april) 03 members of separatist group has said that an unidentified group
attempts to blackmail them.
Wimal Weerawansa who worked so hard for so long and he is the man, who lifted the JVP to their current position.
Apr 9, 2008
will sri lankans be able to celebrate their main festival event ?
sinhala and tamil new year came once in a year. in all the time it is the season of happiness. the most glorious persons are children. sinhalese are mostly concerns about this festival. it is the time which people forget their angry and be happy with every one.
But in recent years the importance of the festival event has been reduced dramatically .
the reason might be the sky scraping cost of living and the security conditions in the north and east.
Posted by The Lanka Reporter at 11:52 AM
Apr 8, 2008
Tamil blood has been the most favorite succor of delight of the Terror tiger; obviously, it has been the most productive lifeline for the brute. It is with Tamil blood the tiger grew so fast and so strong. And when it is becoming weaker, it is natural for the brute to crave for more Tamil Blood. The brute is now getting weaker, and desperately looking for more Tamil blood. Dear brothers, sisters and children of Tamil community, beware of the hungry tiger!
The recent escalation of violence against Tamil civilians in North and Eastern provinces implies that the terror leadership has switched his mode of operation to psychological warfare by taking the advantage of Tamil blood. Initially, killing of Tamil civilians by LTTE were limited only to the political opponents and liberal ideologists. Now, it turned to be a "low intensity holocaust" for Tamil, something that LTTE leadership would love to propagate. It seems that Mr. Prbhakaran has realized the best way to create such "holocaust" is to kill own supporters of lesser importance. Mr. Prbhakaran never hesitated to follow his "Big brain's" instructions. It was Pottu Amman's advice he always respected whenever troubled with insecurity. Mr. Prbhakaran even executed his best friend; former deputy leader of LTTE, Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahatiya on the instructions of Pottu Amman. The following paragraph is an extract from an article published on an Indian magazine describing the assassination of Mr. Gopalaswamy:
The former LTTE deputy leader, Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahatiya, was arrested along with around 250 of his suspected supporters on charges of treason on July 31, 1993. He was detained, tortured and interrogated by the Tiger intelligence wing, led by Pottu Amman, at an undisclosed location. A confession of guilt was forcibly extracted, filmed and shown on video to Tiger cadre. Thereafter Mahatiya was executed. So too were many of his one-time bodyguards and supporters. Several hundreds of suspected Mahatiya confidants were detained for prolonged periods and released. The LTTE was purged of all alleged pro-Mahatiya elements. (Frontline, 27th March, 2004).
The above paragraph elaborates the unbridled ambition of the LTTE leadership. Colonel Karuna's lucky escape was the only occasion where Pottu Ammans treason failed. Now, the LTTE leadership wants the government solve his problems, just because of it's inability to accept the reality of its own intelligence wing.
It is not the aim of this article is to find out who is more ambitious; Mr. Prbhakaran or Mr. PottuAmman, or to analyze the internal problems of LTTE, but to reveal the most brutal treachery against the Tamil community; selling of Tamil blood for getting international sympathy. Yet, comprehending the LTTE's latest strategy needs the reader to understand three key points that: Mr. Prbhakaran never hesitated to launch such strategy; Mr. Pottu Amman is equally qualified to plan such strategy, and above anything else the LTTE is getting weaker, day by day.
The initial response of LTTE for depleting Tamil support came up as a series of assassination of Tamil civilians that held different view form LTTE ideology. Then, it turned to be a staging of protest campaigns, in which the schoolchildren and innocent civilians were forcibly lead to commit violence against the security forces. Having failed to get sufficient support from civilians for the fake protest campaigns, LTTE started a spree of abduction of children for forceful conscription. All possible attempts were made to brain wash the civilians with the illusions of racial hatred. The success of the LTTE in this aspect is not yet known. However, the LTTE's next move; to kindle racial violence by its genocidal attempts on Sinhalese and Muslims, met with absolute failure. Meanwhile the security forces maintained the ever stretching limits of tolerance over the continuous killings of their own members on a day to day basis.
The suicide bomb attack in Army headquarters suddenly jolted the government of a possible full scale war. Consequently, the security forces were compelled to eliminate the most imminent danger; the LTTE strongholds in Sampoor. Attempts to regain its lost public image of being a strong militia were totally crushed by the government forces. Thus, the only option left with LTTE is to engage in psychological warfare to fulfill its desperate need for international support. In other word selling Tamil blood for international sympathy.
Since, the attempts to get Tamil Blood out of a racial clash failed; the LTTE is left with two more options. The first is to blame the government for "extra judicial killings" and the other is to fabricate a subtle connection between security forces and the so called paramilitary.
The LTTE went full out with its new strategy highlighting incidents of "missing" Tamil youth. But most of these "missing" youth suddenly turned up at security forces camps as surrendered child soldiers escaping from LTTE. Then a drama was enacted for the consumption of international community by showing off blood stained cloths and various other signs that eight youth had been killed by the security forces. But the attempt failed as the SLMM and other Human Rights activists refuted the LTTE's claims.
Now, the LTTE is going for a more effective drama. Killing of an own supporter of lesser importance in the most brutal way, might have the potential to draw the international sympathy towards LTTE, provided it is carefully handled and the blame be put on the security forces. The killings in Kayts were obviously, a part of the LTTE's overall strategy that was explained so far. The effectiveness of the operation is yet to be known.
It is indeed an inhuman act to kill two innocent children in Kayts. It has been a practice of the LTTE leadership to slaughter innocent infants whilst in their sleep in Sinhalese and Muslim villages. It has been a great delight for the LTTE leadership to see innocent Tamil children dying in the battle field. The Tamil children are the brigade of "one way fighters" (not expecting to return after the battle) in the eyes of Mr. Prbhakaran. Of course, he has nothing to worry; his children are safely studying in a western country.
Beware of the mad tiger!
Apr 7, 2008
Colombo, April 7, 2008 – The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on April 6 in Weliweriya, Gampaha District that claimed the life of Minister of Highways and Road Development and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandupulle. Also killed in this heinous attack were National Athletic Coach Lakshman de Alwis, well- known marathon runner K.A. Karunaratne, and several other persons, while scores more were injured. Minister Fernandopulle was a friend and valued colleague for many Americans. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to all Sri Lankans for this tragic loss.
The United States denounces this vicious and reprehensible terrorist attack on civilians in the strongest possible terms. "Its perpetrators have achieved nothing other than to cause further suffering among the people of Sri Lanka. Only a political solution, not continued violence, offers the way forward to end the country’s conflict."The international commiunity always says, try to proceed with a political solution on the present crisis in Sri Lanka. But the fact is LTTE doesn't know what is the politics and democracy. It's only a smuggling business network operates in countries like U.K USA, India, AU, and specially in Norway and Canada.
Posted by The Lanka Reporter at 7:46 AM
After the LTTE suicide bomber attack in colombo, SriLankan security forces increased their attacks on LTTE. TWO AIR STRIKES were successfully conducted by the Sri Lanka Air Force in support of the ground troops operating in the north this morning (7/April/2008). The first sortie by the Air Force Kfir jets destroyed an LTTE Black Tiger training centre, northwest of MANKULAM, MULLAITHIVU around 6.15 a.m.. After about a couple of minutes, MI 24 attack helicopters shelled an LTTE bunker line south of MUHAMALE. The two missions were accurately accomplished,
the SL army says.
Apr 6, 2008
As a main smuggler in south asia, LTTE has so many cnnections with other terrorist groups such as AL QAEDA, judai and countries like north corea, thailand, norway and india.
many of war reviewers are saying that there is no such connections in LTTE with AL QUAEDA. They argued that LTTE is not in a preference to making links with AL QUAEDA who is supporting to a emerging MUSLIM TERRORIST GROUP (JIHAD) in SriLanka.
So what will happen in near future between LTTE , AL-QUAEDA and JIHAD.
though JIHAD is still in its infant stage, they are getting great support from sri lankan muslim leaders. especially from peoples in east area of sri lanka.
Posted by The Lanka Reporter at 1:49 PM
Professor Emeritus of the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
quote : http://www.ict.org.il/apage/1534.php
A scene from film Prabhakaran
Sri Lankan journalists demand the robbed film Prabakaran while some Chennai politicians think otherwise
Many professional journalist associations in Sri Lanka told the Indian High Commissioner (ambassador) in Colombo that since both India and Sri Lanka hold the freedom to express opinions as a fundamental right in their supreme law the envoy should make his good offices to get the robbed copies of the film “Prabhakaran” released from the studio immediately.
In a joint statement the journalists associations told Colombo’s Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad, “We believe that right to hold and express opinions are fundamental rights accepted by both our countries (India and Sri Lanka) and enshrined in our respective constitutions".
In the joint memorandum addressed to the envoy the Sri Lankan journalists said, that creating films or any other cultural production connected to a social, economic or political theme is to exercise "this inviolable right".
The journalists further asserted, "It is in this context that we believe the recent attack against Thushara Peiris is a violation of that right...We wish to register our disquiet about this incident."
In an earlier report the victim Thushara Peiris told newsmen , "They punched me on the eye, on the nose and hit me on my head. I fell on the ground," describing the attack on him by allegedly pro-LTTE elements in Chennai.In their joint statement the Sri Lankan journalists thanked the security personnel who had come to rescue film director of the film Prabhakaran from the marauding politically motivated mob who prevented further physical harm to him and said, “Our organisations have been informed that the master tape of the film is still at the Studios and we urgently request the intervention of your good offices to return these master tapes.”
While the journalists were protesting in Colombo pro-LTTE groups in the DMK coalition government
and who were allegedly involved in the assault of the film director were bringing pressure on the Tamil Nadu government not to release the illegally seized film. A group comprising Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) president Thol Thirumavalavan, his sidekick Vanniyarasu, pro-LTTE director Seeman, Dravidar Iyakka Tamilar Peravai president Suba Veerapandian reportedly met the Chief Minister
Muthuvel Karunanidhi in this regard.
Indicating the film “Pabhakaran” has already become a hot political issue in Tamil Nadu , a Tamil Nadu Congress leader Ilayankudi S Shabir Ali lodged a complaint with the Chennai Commissioner of Police Nanchil Kumaran to take action against director Seeman, Dravidar Iyakka Tamilar Peravai president Suba Veerapandian and VCK functionary Vanniyarasu for opposing the film as it would amount to supporting the terrorist outfit. They reportedly threatened a fast in front of the police station if no action is taken against the obvious illegal act.
Thushara Peiris , whose company spent 35 million Rupees in making the film told a Sri Lankan Sunday newspaper that after the attack at Chenniai Gemini Colour Laboratories where he was processing the Tamil version of the film " I was kept in a room in the laboratory and was not allowed to talk to the media." Thushara said , after the assault a meeting was summoned with the film technicians, police and officials of the Indian Censor Board and had demanded to watch the film to which Thushara had agreed. However Thushara was made to sign a letter stating that if it contained any scene against Tamils or terrorists it would not be allowed to be screened in India, the newspaper said. During the attack the mobsters were shouting to burn the film, he said.
Many analysts in Colombo said the pro-LTTE elements in Tamil Nadu certainly did not want the Tamil population to know how Tamil children are being treated by the Tamil Tigers and hence this seizing of the film occurred taking law into their own hands.
What makes anyone want to blow themselves up for a cause? In this intimate and personal portrait we join two young female elite soldiers trained for the ultimate mission. We share their childhood experiences, their dreams and their families’ loss. Left behind are the mothers.
Dharsika and Puhalchudar belong to the last batch of the Black Tigers, and are now equipped for the last mission: strapping an American-made Claymore mine to their bodies, able to blow themselves and everything within 100 feet to pieces. We first meet them at an optimistic time: The peace talks are making progress, and the Black Tigers are officially decommissioned. The girls are serving as ordinary soldiers.
The girls have a close friendship. For seven years they have been eating, sleeping, training and fighting side by side. They can survive for weeks in the jungle without supplies. They don’t know exactly how many enemies they’ve killed in ordinary battle.
Their only source of information is what the guerilla allows them to know, and sincerely believe that their great leader would never order them to bomb civilians. The grisly images of the bombing of Columbos very own World Trade Center is a somber counterpoint to this.
Dharsika’s family is typical: the father died in the war. We meet her mother, who has been struggling to bring up her family in a war-torn society. She tells us that Dharsika stayed with the family just long enough to bury her father, then disappeared into the guerilla’s hands. She is proud of her daughter’s fight for their homeland.
This film ends with us and the mother hoping to meet Dharsika and Puhalchudar on Hero’s Day, the yearly pompous and grand celebration of every single tiger martyr. But we – and her mother – are unsuccessful. In the pessimistic mood of faltering peace talks the guerillas have decided to put them into active service again.
Alongside the wailing and grieving mothers clutching the graves of their loved and lost ones, she places her flowers on the grave of the unknown soldier and walks away.
The Sri Lanka embassy in Washington has urged the authorities of the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take appropriate measures in preventing screening of "My daughter the terrorist," a movie on LTTE suicide bombers scheduled to be shown at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, North Carolina, on April 4, 2008, an official of the Foreign Ministry said.
The film is said to be a distortion of exploitation of the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. The film, 'My daughter a terrorists' has audaciously portrayed a 12-year old Tamil girl's path towards becoming a suicide bomber, trained and brained washed by the LTTE terrorist movement.
"The LTTE website has unashamedly admitted how she was forcibly kidnapped as an infant for the ignominious role of being a suicide bomber. The movie has no qualms about glorifying suicide bombing in all its gory details. The Full Frame Film festival in Durham is now using this film as an attraction for viewers to enjoy the Film Festival at Durham, North Carolina, Asiantribune website reported.
Sources from Foreign Ministry told news.lk that the Norwegian producer Beate Arnestad had arrived in Sri Lanka during the Cease Fire Agreement period and entered Wanni without the permission of the Foreign Ministry or any responsible state body for the filming of the movie.
Meanwhile foreign news sources reported on Thursday (04) that the Eelam Revolutionary Organization (EROS) has also urged the United States Government to ban the "Black Tiger" documentary in the United States of America, as it was a blatant propaganda film glorifying suicide bombers and terrorism in Sri Lanka and would entice would-be suicide bombers to join terrorist organizations that are a threat to the interests of the United States.
Also Sri Lankan expatriates from all over the U.S. have risen in indignation and fury at the gross insensitivity of the organizers of the film festival. The organizers have been reportedly plagued by hundreds of e-mails and faxes from the public, pouring in from many States of the U.S. expressing outrage and trying to appeal to the better judgment of the organizers, who should have anyway known better than to schedule a movie promoting terrorism, foreign news sources added.
Courtesy : SL Government Information Department
The All Party Representative Committee (APRC) recently presented interim proposals to provide a solution to the problems in the North and East of the country. The government has accepted these proposals, which were signed by thirteen political parties, making clear that a majority of the democratically elected representatives of the people of this country agree with these proposals. The special characteristic of these proposals is the ability to implement them without looking for any amendment of the constitution.Finding a political solution to the problem.
“ The idea of fully activating the 13th amendment was brought up by one such group, but it was the APRC as a whole that found it acceptable. This does not prevent the APRC from discussing further options, and it continues to do so, but agrees, especially in the context of the people of the North and East not having had elected representatives running their affairs for so long, that implementing the 13th amendment fully in those areas would at least be a start.”
“The All Party Representative Committee (APRC) recently presented interim proposals to provide a solution to the problems in the North and East of the country. The government has accepted these proposals, which were signed by thirteen political parties, making clear that a majority of the democratically elected representatives of the people of this country agree with these proposals. The special characteristic of these proposals is the ability to implement them without looking for any amendment of the constitution. “
Clearly a political solution is essential for the prevailing national problem, which began with political questions. A solution should be achieved not through the division of the country but through the devolution of power. By devolution is meant a system that will empower the public to make decisions about matters that affect it closely. But, in facilitating this, we need to pay attention to a prevalent fear, that devolution could lead to a division of the country. The 13th amendment, which was passed twenty years ago, will not rouse such a fear, but earlier it was difficult to assert how effective it was since the LTTE had been against it from the start. However the need to give the LTTE a decisive voice passed with the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement that was signed with the LTTE, so now we now have an opportunity to implement the 13th amendment. In that sense the country obtained much greater freedom with regard to moving towards a solution with the abrogation of this Agreement.
In 1987 the 13th amendment to the constitution was passed in accordance with the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement. It was accepted by all minority parties, including initially the LTTE, though they soon rejected it and fell out with India. Because at that stage the Sri Lankan government got close to the LTTE, even though subsequently the LTTE returned to war against the Sri Lankan government too, the view point was created that a problem which in reality involves a multitude of stakeholders was essentially between the government and the LTTE. So, for a solution to work, it was thought that it had to be acceptable to both the government and the LTTE. This approach was reinforced by the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement, which in effect sidelined the other Tamil political parties, for whom there was no place in the peace process.
This does not mean we should blame the Ceasefire Agreement in itself. The government of that day was of the view that, through that Agreement, it would be able to bring the LTTE into the democratic process, and thus get rid of terrorism. However within a short time that hope proved false. The LTTE violated the Ceasfire Agreement repeatedly, continued recruitment including of children, brought in weapons, and withdrew from talks. The present government, when it came into office, nevertheless tried to resume talks, and it seemed briefly to succeed. However, though three opportunities for talks were arranged, only one set of negotiations actually took place, the LTTE walking out on the other occasions, once before the talks even started. After that, though the government kept the door open, and though even informal talks were suggested, the Norwegians reported that the LTTE remained unwilling to talk. So the abrogation of the CFA simply confirmed what had already happened.
And through this there was greater freedom and increased possibilities to hold constructive discussions with the parties who believe in democracy. We do not have to look far to find out the LTTE view of this matter. From the very beginning, the LTTE has consistently stood out, not for any settlement, not for elections, but for an unelected absolute control of an interim administration, even while continuing to destroy all opposition to it amongst Tamils. This government was unwilling and unable to offer such powers, so it was a blessing that, because of LTTE intransigence, it was able to abandon the CFA and consider more seriously what other Tamil groupings had to say.
The 13th amendment
The idea of fully activating the 13th amendment was brought up by one such group, but it was the APRC as a whole that found it acceptable. This does not prevent the APRC from discussing further options, and it continues to do so, but agrees, especially in the context of the people of the North and East not having had elected representatives running their affairs for so long, that implementing the 13th amendment fully in those areas would at least be a start.
A close look at the 13th amendment shows the opportunities for the general public to fulfil their needs through the decentralization of power. The powers available in this regard can extend to most things, though of course there will be particular things under the central government, as is the common situation in any country whatever its system of government. Thus security issues, involving not only defence but also for instance foreign policy, or financial security through monetary policy, or legal security, will not be centralized.
The 13th amendment however had not two sets of powers, but three. Two of these, obviously, were the authority of the central government and the authority of the provinces. The different provinces should have been able to use these latter powers, but in some cases some confusion was introduced. For instance, with regard to education, that is supposed to be a matter for the provinces. But there is an exception in the form of National Schools. This should have been a minor exception, because at the time the 13th Amendment was introduced there were few National Schools. But because there were no clear guidelines on what exactly a National School was, several central government Education Ministers in turn created National Schools, in their own electoral areas for instance, so that they could interfere with regard to appointments and admissions and so on. So if the government agrees to fully implement the 13th amendment, it should make sure that this sort of mechanism, to increase central interference in what are recognized as areas of provincial authority, is stopped.
Another area where some clarification would help the full implementation of the 13th amendment is that of the concurrent list, subjects where authority belongs both to the central government and to the province. In theory both can exercise powers but, since the central government will be superior to the province, most provinces have done nothing in these areas, for fear that they would be countermanded. So here too the government can make clear, by regulation, that in most if not all these areas, it will leave decisions and necessary regulations to the provinces.
It will be easier for the central government to give up power with regard to most areas, because one important reason to fear devolution is no longer relevant. We should remember that a huge problem was created when the 13th amendment was introduced because of the merger of the Northern and the Eastern Provinces. This was done in a very underhand manner. Though the official position was that the President could proclaim such a merger when arms had been surrendered, that was changed, simply through a Gazette notification, to the power to do that when he was satisfied that the process of laying down arms had begun. As you know, J R Jayewardene could proclaim himself satisfied with anything, so he went ahead with the merger even though violence was increasing.
In addition, the merger was supposed to be subject to a referendum, to be held within a year, but that referendum was postponed for nearly twenty years. Because of all this maneuvering, the positive benefits to people of devolution were forgotten, and the impression developed that the 13th amendment was all about encouraging the idea of a distinct homeland within Sri Lanka, in two provinces that were given special treatment.
GAMPAHA: POLICE AND ARMY commenced special investigations on the LTTE suicide attack that killed Hon. Minister of Highways and Road Development Mr. JEYARAJ FERNANDOPULLE in the WELIWERIAYA town along with twelve others this morning (6).
Hon. Minister was the Chief Guest at a sports event organized to mark the oncoming Sinhala and Hindu New Year festival, the main cultural function annually celebrated by Sinhalese and Tamils.
The LTTE suicide bomber has triggered his suicide jacket at the very time that Hon Minister was to flag down to start the marathon on the road in front of the KANTHI playground in WELIWERIAYA.
The blast killed the Hon Mister on the spot.
Lieutenant Colonel P.S.S.R. UDAYADHEERA, National and South Asian marathon gold medalist Mr. K.A KARUNARATHNE, National Coach Mr. LUXMAN DE ALWIS and Chief Inspector KANNAGARA were also among the dead. Over eighty had been injured while four were transferred to National Hospital COLOMBO in critical condition.
Hon Minister Mr. JEYARAJ FERNANDOPULLE, was a senior politician who represented his people in GAMPAHA District more that twenty five years. A pious Catholic by birth, the slain Minister always attacked the LTTE, specially their activities in Holy MADHU area, in his eloquent speeches delivered in Sinhalese, Tamil and English languages.
MANNAR THREE LTTE-fired mortar bombs fell into the holy MADHU shrine premises on Tuesday (01) twice. Those three mortar strikes have fallen into residential quarters of the clergy in the shrine. But reports so far received do not speak of any damages or any casualties, military sources said.
This terrorist act is a blatant violation of the understanding that has been made with regard to No Firing Zone around the holy premises.
WELIOYA: Three LTTE terrorists were killed and six were injured when the Army launched a fierce attack on a line of terrorist bunkers around 11.10 in the morning on Saturday (05) in WELIOYA.
A soldier was also reported injured in the attack.
85 Anti - personnel mines were recovered in a search operation conducted by Troops in the JANAKAPURA AREA, WELIOYA on Saturday(05) in the late afternoon around 3.45. Two soldiers were also injured in the JANAKAPURA AREA. One was injured in a confrontation around 9.45 in the morning and the other was injured at 3.20 in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, seven LTTE terrorists were reported killed and four injured in three incidents in the North KIRIBBANWEWA AREA, WELIOYA on Saturday (05). Six of the terrorists were killed in a two confrontations , three each around 3.10 and 3.20 in the afternoon while the other terrorist was killed and four injured around 4.30 in the evening on the same day (05) . A LTTE type pack , a uniform and a can of "wax " was also recovered from the area .
Nine LTTE terrorists were also reported injured during three confrontations also in the NORTH of KIRIBBANWEWA AREA WELIOYA on Saturday (05) . Two of the terrorists were injured around 4.50 in the evening five other terrorists at 5.10 in the evening while two more terrorists were injured around 11
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Highways Minister 'Jeyaraj Fernandopulle' killed by a LTTE suicide bomber 06/04/2008 at gampaha a suburb of colombo.
and at least nine other people, including police and government officials, were killed when a suicide bomb exploded at the start of a marathon race in Gampaha.
At least 50 people were wounded.
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, who was the highway minister and the chief government whip in Parliament, died when the suicide bomber stepped forward and detonated his explosives.
Fernandopulle was waving the starting flag for the race which was part of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year celebration in Weliveriya town.
Latest reports indicate that the death toll has increased to eleven (11) civilians while the number injured has increased to over fifty (50) in the explosion at WELIVERIYA this morning (06)around 7.40. Those killed include Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, National Athletics coach Lakshman Alwis and the former Olympics marathon runner KA Karunaratne .