Srilanka court extended it's interim order against Sunday Leader newspaper preventing it from publishing news items on Sri lanka Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
Courts ordered to extend the interim order until May 19th.
On 06/December,2008 the District Judge Priyantha de Silva of the Mount Lavinia District Courts issued an enjoining order on a plaint filed by Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa against the Sunday Leader Newspaper preventing further publications carrying references about of him.
Apr 30, 2009
Srilanka court extended it's interim order against Sunday Leader newspaper preventing it from publishing news items on Sri lanka Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
Apr 29, 2009
Awissawella magistrate ordered today to arrest the Parliamentarian Mr. Piyasiri Wijenayake upon the murder of the JVP activist 'Nandana Balage' . Nandana Balage assassinated during last western province council election period by an unidentified team.
Murders came in a vehicle owned by 'Jathika Nidahas Peramuna' party member 'Piyasiri Wijenayake'.
Apr 28, 2009
Srilanka Had not denied the VISA to Swedish Foreign Minister Mr Bildt.
Srilanka foreign ministry officials says that they can not afford too many top officials at this time.
"At no instance did the Sri Lanka Government deny entry to Minister Bildt. In fact, an invitation had been extended by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, to his Swedish counterpart to visit Sri Lanka in early May," the Ministry statement said.
"Some think they can land up at our airport and expect a red carpet treatment. We are not a colony and neither a bankrupt Third World country."
"We invited the French foreign minister and then the British Foreign minister wanted to join him. We said OK. Then the Swedish minister also wanted to jump in on that bandwagon and we said no," said the official.
"The Swedish minister also wanted to jump on that bandwagon and we said no," the official said.
Mr Bildt told the BBC: "They have said I am not welcome at this particular period of time - they were saying that they can't handle too many people.
Sri Lanka's Foreign Ministry said Bildt had not made a formal application for a visa and his plan to visit the island had not been discussed when the joint visits of French and British ministers were considered.
Apr 27, 2009
Srilankan Government announced today that they have decided to end SL ARMY's Combat operations against LTTE terrorists.
"Our security forces have been instructed to end the use of heavy caliber guns, combat aircraft and aerial weapons which could cause civilian causalities." Defense Ministry has stated.
However Srilankan government's security missions on rescuing Tamil people trapped by LTTE has not ended. We are continuing all our humanitarian operations in the No-Fire Zone.
The defence ministry later clarified that there was no ceasefire and blamed “media illusionists” of twisting the government announcement as if to mean that military operations against the LTTE had been called off.
Mr Karunanidhi took an indefinite fast demanding ceasefire in Sri Lanka in the morning but called it off after six hours once the Island government announced that combat operations have concluded.
"Rather than taking tangible steps to rush relief to thousands of hapless Tamils in Sri Lanka, Congress and DMK are indulging in political theatrics," BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj said.
New Delhi: Describing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's fast demanding ceasefire in Sri Lanka as a "political stunt", BJP on Monday said the need of the hour was to take tangible steps to solve the crisis involving Tamil civilians.
He said this was merely a "political stunt" and instead the Indian government should ensure the safety of the Tamil civilians who are trapped in the conflict zone.
Apr 26, 2009
Gotabhaya Rajapakse today has announced that Srilanka rejected the LTTE's appeal for a ceasefire. Further said that there is no need for any ceasefire at this crucial stage on destroying LTTE.
"It must be a joke," Rajapakse told in response to the Tigers' ceasefire, which the rebels said would allow international aid agencies into the conflict zone to help civilians."What is the need for a ceasefire when they are running away? They should first lay down arms, surrender and let the people go," Rajapakse added.
We believes that this is not a declared ceasefire by LTTE, but appealing for a time period for regroup and rearm in the name of protection of civillians.
The Tigers controlled a fifth of the island in late 2006 but are now penned into a coastal area measuring just 10 square kilometres (four square miles).Srilankan Soldiers captured another village on the edge of the Tigers' territory and freed about 500 people held hostage, the government said on Sunday.
So far more than 150,000 civilians have arrived to the Government controlled areas within past few days.
However the UN , United states and other international oraganizations provide fake estimates on damages to civilians by accusing the Srilankan government.
See BBC video here : Civilians fleeing from No-Fire Zone
Apr 25, 2009
Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi has announced that he will take immediate and maximum steps to grant 500$ million worth loan that was promised by Libyan leader, during the President Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to Libya on early April.
Gadaffi has revealed this during a special telephone conversation held with President Rajapaksa last night. A 500$ million amount of loan is much worth to the Srilankan Government at this time. Because Srilanka would make more concern on welfare of the IDP's in North and East, Also this amount can be used to finance the running cost of world's largest Cabinet.
At the telephone conversation Libyan leader has promised that he will visit the Srilanka soon after he got a chance. Gadaffi also congratulated the President on recent successes achieved by Sri Lankan Government in defeating LTTE terrorism.
Apr 24, 2009
The General-Officer-Commanding 58 Division, Brigadier Shavendra De silva. has stated that the LTTE leader Prabakaran may escape from Srilanka by using a submarine.
This information has revealed by surrendered LTTE's former spokesman Daya Master on 22 april to the Srilanka ARMY.
However a naval blockade was put around northern Mullaittivu close to the No-Fire zone where LTTE cadres still had access to thesea.
"Most of the LTTE leaders are keen on escaping the country and surrender to the Srilankan ARMY. But LTTE leader Prabakaran not allowing them to do so. "
Apr 23, 2009
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is in its death rattle. It was decisively defeated by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces weeks ago, but a handful of its leadership headed by Prabhakaran has cynically and cruelly prolonged the agony of the Tamil civilians by using them as a buffer and human-shield in order to delay the re-establishment of the writ of the Sri Lankan Government in a miniscule piece of territory (about 20 sq.kms), which has been declared by the Government as a no-fire zone to avoid collateral casualties among the civilians still under the control of the LTTE and to enable them to escape from the clutches of the LTTE.
2. Prabhakaran is a leader with a split personality. During the 26 years he has dominated the Tamil landscape in Sri Lanka, he had shown a remarkable organizing capacity and an ability to motivate his followers to perform virtual miracles. His motivating his cadres to acquire a capability for action by air and sea would go down in the history of insurgency and terrorism as indicating an organizing capability of a high order. The LTTE under his leadership managed to bring almost the entire Tamil-inhabited territory in the Northern and Eastern Provinces under its control. The determined manner in which the LTTE fought against the Indian-Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in the late 1980s and frustrated its efforts to defeat it spoke highly of its capabilities for a conventional warfare.
3.If Prabhakaran had the activities of the LTTE confined to conventional warfare and developed the LTTE as a purely insurgent force, which targeted only the armed forces and not innocent civilians, he would have acquired greater support from the international community for the Tamil cause. The rational side of his personality as illustrated by his organizing capabilities had to constantly contend with a highly irrational side, which drove him to simultaneously take to terrorism of a shockingly brutal kind.
4. The targeted killings by the LTTE of many Sri Lankan Tamil leaders, who were perceived by Prabhakaran as possible impediments to his rise as the unquestioned leader of the Tamil community, and its brutal assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991 were the outcome of the irrational side of his personality. No other Indian leader had done more to help the Sri Lankan Tamil cause than Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Only a sickly and sickening irrational mind could have ordered the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and Laxman Kadirgamar, a highly-respected Tamil leader, who was a senior adviser on foreign policy to former President Chandrika Kumaratunge. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi on Prabhakaran’s orders shocked Indian public opinion----including public opinion in Tamil Nadu--- and weakened Indian support for the Tamil cause. The assassination of Kadirgamar shocked the Western public opinion and led to the declaration of the LTTE as a terrorist organization by the Western world, thereby denying the last vestiges of Western support for the Tamil cause.
5.As the LTTE faced one defeat after another during the last three years from the Sri Lankan Armed Forces---initially in the Eastern Province and finally in the Northern Province---- the irrational side of Prabhakaran’s personality erased his rational side. His shocking use of the Tamil civilians in order to delay the final end of the counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism campaign undertaken by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces is driven by this irrational streak in him, which now dominates his personality.
6. The prolonged agony of the Sri Lankan Tamils caused by the final bout of Prabhakaran’s irrationality and loss of lucidity in thinking has to be ended. The Sri Lankan Armed Forces, which have shown patience till now and deliberately slowed down their operations, cannot be faulted if they have come to the conclusion that the time has come to liberate the no-fire zone too from the clutches of the LTTE by undertaking limited operations with small arms and ammunition even at the risk of some collateral casualties to the civilians.
7. The desperate attempt of Prabhakaran to use the civilians to protect himself from the advancing Sri Lankan Army can be attributed to the total loss of lucidity in his thinking and his consequent inability to face the bitter truth that he and his organization have been defeated decisively by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and that there is no chance of their staging a come-back. The Requiem for the LTTE could be written without fears of going wrong, should the LTTE stage a come-back as it had done on occasions in the past. It has been defeated beyond recovery. His conventional as well as terrorist capabilities are in shatters. Earlier conventional wisdom that small groups of the LTTE might still be able to keep indulging in sporadic acts of terrorism in different parts of Sri Lanks needs re-consideration. His desperate delaying action at the cost of immense suffering to the Tamils, whose cause he claims to espouse, is meant to give him an opportunity to seek safe sanctuary either in Tamil Nadu or elsewhere from where he could try to re-start his fight against the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. It is in the common interest of India and Sri Lanka that Prabhakaran is finally able to make peace with his Maker by either being killed by the Armed Forces or by taking his own life. A defeated Prabhakaran, if left alive in India or elsewhere, would not be a threat, but could be a nuisance for both the countries.
8. After the final death of the LTTE, which is expected any day, what is the future of the Sri Lankan Tamil cause? Would a Requiem for the LTTE also mean a Requiem for the Sri Lankan Tamil cause? Hopefully not. It is in India’s interest that the LTTE as a terrorist organization is destroyed once and for all, but it is not in India’s interest that the Sri Lankan Government and Armed Forces proceed from the destruction of the LTTE to the destruction of the Tamil aspirations for greater political and economic rights in their traditional homeland and for greater human dignity.
9. Let us not forget that ever since our independence in 1947, the Bengalis of the then East Pakistan, the Balochs and Sindhis of Pakistan and the Tamils of Sri Lanka have been India’s natural allies. It was this reality which persuaded Indira Gandhi to assist the Bengalis of the then East Pakistan to achieve their independence. Even though successive Governments in New Delhi refrained from supporting the causes of the Sindhis and the Balochs, Indian public opinion sympathized and continues to sympathise with their cause. It was sympathy for the Sri Lankan Tamil cause at New Delhi when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister and in Tamil Nadu, which induced India to take up their cause in the 1980s.
10.There is no reason why India should not pride itself and seek to be the paramount power of the region. To emerge and remain as the paramount power, we need natural allies in the region around us. We should not let the legitimate aspirations of our natural allies---whether they be the Sindhis and Balochs of Pakistan or the Sri Lankan Tamils--- be crushed by a brutal regime--- whether in Islamabad or in Colombo.
11. Since 1947, the Balochs rose twice in revolt in favour of independence for their homeland. On both occasions, they were defeated by the Pakistani Armed Forces as decisively as the LTTE by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces. The Pakistani leadership brutally used the Air Force against the Balochs to crush their freedom struggle. Undaunted by this, the Baloch people, under a new leadership, rose in revolt for a third time two years ago and their third war of independence is still going on.
12. The remarkable victory of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces against the LTTE was partly due to their improved counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism capabilities made possible by Indian assistance in the form of training and sharing of intelligence and partly due to their emulating the Pakistani Armed forces in the brutal use of the Air Force against people whom they portray as their own. Just as the Balochs were defenceless against the brutal Pakistani air strikes, the Sri Lankan Tamils were defenceless against the Sri Lankan air strikes.
13. The US has used air strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan----but in foreign territory and against foreign nationals. Only three countries in the world have used air strikes in their own territory against their own people---- the Pakistanis against the Balochs, the Russians against the Chechens and the Sri Lankans against the Tamils.
14. President Mahinda Rajapakse has repeatedly promised that once the LTTE is defeated, he would be generous in meeting the political aspirations of the Tamils. He gives the impression of being a sincere man, but will the Sinhalese Army with its head bloated by its success against the LTTE allow him to do so? The indicators till now are not encouraging. Many Sri Lankan officers might have been trained in India, but their mindset and their attitude towards the minorities have more in common with those of their Pakistani counterparts than with those of their Indian counterparts. Therein lies the danger that after winning the war against the LTTE, the Government, strongly influenced by a victorious army, might trey to impose a dictated peace on the Tamils.
15. If the angry Tamils once again look up to India, there is no reason why we should not reciprocate provided a new leadership emerges in the Tamil community and it has drawn the right lessons from the brutalities of the LTTE.
16. The LTTE is deservedly dying, but long live the Tamil cause. (22-4-2009)
( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-Mail: email@example.com )
Apr 22, 2009
The largest ever hostages civilians rescue mission undertaken by the Srilankan security forces now successfully continues. To date over 100,000 civilians fled from No-Fire zone to government controlled areas. there were over 40,000 has moved to the protected areas on the first day of the mission started. They were crossed the Nandikadal lagoon on large numbers.
Civilians fleeing to the other side of the No-Fire zone with facing deadly risk of the LTTE. So far for the 02 days LTTE has killed over 50 Tamil innocent civilians who were attempted to escape from No-Fire Zone.
However Civilians moves like a flood in large numbers facing LTTE restrictions. Troops of 58 Division since 6 AM on Monday (Apr 20) to 8.30, 23 Wednesday have rescued a total of 83,429 hostages. Among them were 31,017 children, 27,990 women and 24,422 men.
The LTTE now cornered to narrow border of land in the No-Fire Zone. which covered one side by the Indian Ocean and other side from the Nandikadal Lagoon. It is said that Prabakaran the brutal killer hiding in this narrow strip among civilians. Troops of the 53 Division now heading towards Vellaimullaivaikkal from the West had day long clashes with the terrorists in the Puthukkudduyiruppu East area.
Apr 20, 2009
Today Srilanka ARMY along with Srilanka Air Force and NAVY has been able to rescue more than 35000 civilians trapped by LTTE as hostages in the Puthumathalan No-Fire zone along the coast of Mullaitivu.
This is the biggest ever civilian rescue mission in the world. However there are about 50000 civilians yet to be rescued. ARMY started the mission at 11.15PM Yesterday by entering to No-Fire zone by destroying the huge 7 feet earth bunt built by LTTE. After getting control over the earth bunt spread around No-fire zone, Civilians were begin rush towards the ARMY in large numbers.
See Video Here (wmv) : Civilians fleeing
UAV images transmitted to the Sri Lanka Air Force Headquarters clearly shows how civilians were rushing in droves towards army controlled areas and at the same time the LTTE too were firing at the civilians to prevent them from entering Government controlled areas.
Tigers initially fired at the fleeing civilians on the causeway using heavy machine guns, however when Srilankan ARMY stepped into the lagoon to avoid the LTTE gunfire, three LTTE suicide cadres ran in to the civilians and exploded themselves killing 17 and injuring more than 200 civilians.
At the same time Srilanka NAVY has rescued rescued 92 boats with over 1500 civilians onboard in the indian Ocean along the Mulativu coastal area. Navy now escorting boats to the Point Pedro harbor and Pulmoddai.
The mission to rescue hostages has planned for a week and started at yesterday night by entering Puthumathalan No-Fire Zone. Since the start of the mission ARMY head quarters and ARMY control unit were too busy with operations. While President Mahinda Rajapaksha eye witnessed the whole seen at the Airforce headquarters and ordered the ARMY to provide medical and foods to the civilians immediately.
Obama is to gather his full Cabinet together on Monday for the first time as president and challenge it to cut a total of $100 million in the next 90 days. US top officials said.
Obama returned to Washington on Sunday night from the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, focusing on a plan to save government money.
However the official announcement to cut cost has not yet been issued. However, International NEWS agencies said that it's sure to implement such a plan immediately to cope with the United States recession.
As House and Senate lawmakers return from recess this week, they are expected to start reconciling their versions of the fiscal 2010 budget resolution. The president's budget request is $3.67 trillion.
Here are few plans on how to cut domestic cost.
• The Department of Homeland Security's plan to save an estimated $52 million over five years by purchasing office supplies in bulk.
• The Department of Agriculture's effort to consolidate 1,500 employees from seven locations into a single facility in 2011. It's estimated to save $62 million over a 15-year lease.• The Veterans Affairs Department's move to cancel or delay 26 conferences, saving nearly $17.8 million. Veterans Affairs also will use video-conferencing to cut costs.
We are waiting how Obama and his government can deal with the recession in next few months.
Apr 18, 2009
India's controversial DLF IPL (Indian Premier League) matches starts today in South Africa.
The first match held between Last year's runners-up Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and defending champions, Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians.
Matches will be played in eight different venues over 37 days. The packed schedule involves moving 700 people, including over 200 television and digital media crew.
It is said that IPL is the world's biggest and controversial Twenty-20 series.
IPL involves a huge amount of money. some argues that IPL is not true cricket but rather play for money. This year IPL series has been insured for $286 million.
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has the highest individual insurance cover of $10.5 million. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh follow behind with Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya of Mumbai Indians commanding the highest price among overseas players.
We haven't heard such amounts of money in international Cricket until the big bang IPL series.
IPL and Bollywood:
IPL teams are well blend with Bollywood stars in India. Punjab Kings 11 comes with pretty preity zinta and Shah Rukh Khan with Knight Riders.
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Here is the refined shedule and timing of IPL 2009 S.A.
|Match No.||Between Teams||Venue||Match Date and Time[IST]|
|1||Mumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super Kings||Cape Town||April 18 4 p.m|
|2||Rajasthan Royals Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Cape Town||April 18 8 p.m|
|3||Delhi Daredevils Vs Kings XI Punjab||Cape Town||April 19 4 p.m|
|4||Deccan Chargers Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Cape Town||April 19 8 p.m|
|5||Chennai Super Kings Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Port Elizabeth||April 20 8 p.m|
|6||Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Durban||April 21 4 p.m|
|7||Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians||Durban||April 21 8 p.m|
|8||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Deccan Chargers||Cape Town||April 22 8 p.m|
|9||Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Daredevils||Durban||April 23 4 p.m|
|10||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals||Cape Town||April 23 8 p.m|
|11||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Kings XI Punjab||Durban||April 24 8 p.m|
|12||Mumbai Indians Vs Deccan Chargers||Durban||April 25 4 p.m|
|13||Chennai Super Kings Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Cape Town||April 25 8 p.m|
|14||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Delhi Daredevils||Port Elizabeth||April 26 4 p.m|
|15||Kings XI Punjab Vs Rajasthan Royals||Cape Town||April 26 8 p.m|
|16||Deccan Chargers Vs Chennai Super Kings||Durban||April 27 4 p.m|
|17||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians||Port Elizabeth||April 27 8 p.m|
|18||Delhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals||Pretoria||April 28 8 p.m|
|19||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Durban||April 29 4 p.m|
|20||Kings XI Punjab Vs Mumbai Indians||Durban||April 29 8 p.m|
|21||Deccan Chargers Vs Delhi Daredevils||Pretoria||April 30 4 p.m|
|22||Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super Kings||Pretoria||April 30 8 p.m|
|23||Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||East London||May 1 4 p.m|
|24||Kings XI Punjab Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Durban||May 1 8 p.m|
|25||Deccan Chargers Vs Rajasthan Royals||Port Elizabeth||May 2 4 p.m|
|26||Delhi Daredevils Vs Chennai Super Kings||Johannesburg||May 2 8 p.m|
|27||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab||Port Elizabeth||May 3 4 p.m|
|28||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Mumbai Indians||Johannesburg||May 3 8 p.m|
|29||Chennai Super Kings Vs Deccan Chargers||East London||May 4 8 p.m|
|30||Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab||Durban||May 5 4 p.m|
|31||Delhi Daredevils Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Durban||May 5 8 p.m|
|32||Deccan Chargers Vs Mumbai Indians||Pretoria||May 6 8 p.m|
|33||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Rajasthan Royals||Pretoria||May 7 4 p.m|
|34||Kings XI Punjab Vs Chennai Super Kings||Pretoria||May 7 8 p.m|
|35||Delhi Daredevils Vs Mumbai Indians||East London||May 8 8 p.m|
|36||Deccan Chargers Vs Kings XI Punjab||Kimberley||May 9 4 p.m|
|37||Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals||Kimberley||May 9 8 p.m|
|38||Mumbai Indians Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Port Elizabeth||May 10 4 p.m|
|39||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi Daredevils||Johannesburg||May 10 8 p.m|
|40||Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers||Kimberley||May 11 8 p.m|
|41||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Pretoria||May 12 4 p.m|
|42||Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab||Pretoria||May 12 8 p.m|
|43||Delhi Daredevils Vs Deccan Chargers||Durban||May 13 8 p.m|
|44||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Chennai Super Kings||Durban||May 14 4 p.m|
|45||Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals||Durban||May 14 8 p.m|
|46||Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Daredevils||Bloemfontein||May 15 8 p.m|
|47||Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians||Port Elizabeth||May 16 4 p.m|
|48||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Deccan Chargers||Johannesburg||May 16 8 p.m|
|49||Kings XI Punjab Vs Deccan Chargers||Johannesburg||May 17 4 p.m|
|50||Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Daredevils||Bloemfontein||May 17 8 p.m|
|51||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Chennai Super Kings||Pretoria||May 18 8 p.m|
|52||Delhi Daredevils Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Johannesburg||May 19 8 p.m|
|53||Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Durban||May 20 4 p.m|
|54||Chennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI Punjab||Durban||May 20 8 p.m|
|55||Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Daredevils||Pretoria||May 21 4 p.m|
|56||Deccan Chargers Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Pretoria||May 21 8 p.m|
|57||Semi Final 1||Pretoria||May 22 8 p.m|
|58||Semi Final 2||Johannesburg||May 23 8 p.m|
|59||Final||Johannesburg||May 24 8 p.m|
Apr 17, 2009
A Trojan horse of British make (The Island : Srilanka)
The government has acted wisely by rejecting Britain's call for an extension of the humanitarian pause declared in view of the traditional New Year on April 13 and 14. The kneejerk reaction of the LTTE to the government's gesture was to spurn the truce offer contemptuously out of hand and step up attacks on the troops, demanding a 'permanent' ceasefire with international mediation.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has evinced a keen interest in Sri Lanka's conflict. Britain is full of weretigers and Miliband lacks only a striped tail to go with his Tigerine voice. He and others of his ilk like Keith Vaz, MP in the LTTE's pocket are desperate to throw a lifeline to the sinking Tigers.
Miliband and his political bosses are also trying to distract the public attention from the plight of the marginalized sections at home as well as from Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are mired in a never ending war. For them Sri Lanka's conflict has come in handy. They are trying to use it as a fig leaf to cover their humanitarian nudity as regards their war on terror and to keep the LTTE terrorism afloat so that they could continue to have a strong presence in this region on the pretext of conflict resolution.
The Daily Telegraph has reported (see the World View section today) that one in five elderly people in Britain skip meals to save money on food, while two-fifths are struggling to afford essential items. Many of the aged are said to be 'going to extreme measures to cope putting their health at risk'. This has been the dismal record of the Brown government which is trying to export humanitarian concerns to the rest of the world! Charity, they say, begins at home!
The humanitarian situation is bad in the Vanni and it is only natural that the world community is concerned about the civilians trapped there. But, those who weep buckets for them and seek to step in on their behalf must prove their humanitarian credentials first of all. Before undertaking any more humanitarian missions, Miliband ought to make his position known on the plight of the original inhabitants of Diego Garcia, which the British ethnically cleansed to pave the way for an American military base over three decades ago. The people who were banished from that once palm-fringed peaceful island had been living there over 200 years! And they are still demanding that they be permitted to return home, but in vain.
Ethnic cleansing is a grievous crime. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Miliband, who jointly indulge in firing statements exuding compassion on anything and everything at the drop of a hat, must address the grievances of the people of Diego Garcia. So long as they ignore the woeful pleas of those victims of 'total evacuation', they won't be acceptable as champions of human rights.
It is surprising that even the Human Rights Watch and the Amnesty International have forgotten those hapless people of Diego Garcia. Is it that the championing of their cause is not lucrative for the captains of the Victim Industry?
However, there is no gainsaying the situation in the Vanni is bad and the protection of civilians must be ensured. Is an indefinite ceasefire the solution as suggested by Miliband?
The answer to this question is found in an observation made by Sir John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs on Sri Lanka's situation, in New York on Wednesday. He said: "There seems to be less civilians getting out during the [New Year] pause than before. So it is clear that LTTE did not allow those who wished to leave even if they wished to leave the area during this pause to do so, they seemed to be actively prevented from doing so, perhaps more actively prevented from doing so during this pause, so that is a matter for great regret."
Even if the Sri Lankan government were to agree to an open-ended truce, it is only wishful thinking that it would help secure the release of civilians in the LTTE's clutches. A ceasefire will mean nothing to those people. For, Prabhakaran knows the moment all the civilians are removed to safety, he will be without any protection whatsoever and, therefore, won't let go of them. He is aware that the army is in a position to annihilate the remaining LTTE combatants within hours in total war.
If Prabhakaran is really willing to release hostages he has taken, he should have made use of the recent forty-eight-hour truce the government declared for that purpose.
Even without a truce, he can release civilians by allowing them to shift to the welfare centres.
What Prabhakaran wants is not a pause to release civilians but a protracted truce and a CFA like the one the Norwegians drafted in 2002 granting him unbridled freedom to expand his operations in the North and the East. In other words, he wants to escape death and reverse the battlefield gains of the military through non military means with the help of the British and the Norwegians. It is not that Miliband and other do-gooders are not au-fait with his plans. Instead, they want to help him with his grand design. It is not an end to Sri Lanka's conflict that those sinister elements seek but a means to its perpetuation.
If the Sri Lankan government ever blundered by playing into their hands as the UNF did in 2002, the country would revert to the pre-Mavil Aru position with the passage of time and all the sacrifices the armed forces and people made to defeat terrorism would be in vain.
Next time Miliband calls for a truce, he ought to be asked how Britain would act if Osama bin Laden were to be cornered in a small area taking cover behind civilians. That question may also be posed to all the other 'hawks' in doves' plumage unleashing hell on Afghanistan and advocating human rights elsewhere.
Courtesy : The Island
United States Department Spokesman Robert Wood issued a statement saying both sides must immediately return to a humanitarian pause and both must respect the right of free movement of civilians, regarding current confrontations of Srilanka between Srilanka ARMY and LTTE terrorists.
Some National Movements in Srilanka defines this statement as another International attempt to provide time phase to regroup and rearm the LTTE.
Here is the full statement by US Department.
Call for an End to Hostilities in Sri LankaRobert WoodActing Department Spokesman, Office of the SpokesmanBureau of Public AffairsWashington, DCApril 16, 2009The United States government is deeply concerned about the current danger to civilian lives and the dire humanitarian situation created by the fighting in the Mullaittivu area in Sri Lanka. We call upon the government and military of Sri Lanka, and the Tamil Tigers to immediately stop hostilities until the more than 140,000 civilians in the conflict area are safely out. Both sides must immediately return to a humanitarian pause and both must respect the right of free movement of those civilian men, women and children trapped by the fighting.
The United States calls upon the government of Sri Lanka to assist its Tamil citizens by halting shelling of the safe zone, permitting international monitors to ensure the safe exit of the civilians. The government of Sri Lanka should also enforce international humanitarian standards in IDP camps, grant visas to international aid groups and permit entry into Sri Lanka of international monitors and media access to those camps.
The Sri Lankan government, as the legitimate sovereign power, has before it an opportunity to put an end to this lengthy conflict. A durable and lasting peace will only be achieved through a political solution that addresses the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankan communities. Further killing, particularly killing of civilians, will not end the conflict and will stain any eventual peace. We urge the Sri Lankan government to employ diplomacy to permit a peaceful outcome of this conflict. We call on the Sri Lankan government to put forward a proposal now to engage Tamils who do not espouse violence or terrorism, and to develop power sharing arrangements so that lasting peace and reconciliation can be achieved.
Srilankan Government Declared a unilateral ceasefire on last Monday and Tuesday to help provide safe passages to civilians trapped by LTTE as shields. However LTTE failed to accept for Srilankan Government ceasefire and they blocked civilians flee to Government controlled areas.
Apr 13, 2009
The joyful New year season have arrived.
We wish all people a Joyful and prosperous Happy Sinhala and Hindu New Year.
Srilankans or Sinhala people together with tamils celebrates there New Year in month of April.
Normally The new year day falls to 14th of April. the day and time determined by astrological signs. this happens when the sun moves from the House of Pisces (meena rashiya) to the House of Aries (Mesha Rashiya) in the celestial sphere.
In Sinhala The new year season people are moves to a new life, by forgetting past unhappy memories and this is the season which makes individual relations stronger.
Apr 10, 2009
Srilanka ARMY collaboration with all Srilankan security forces have captured lands controlled by LTTE terrorists. LTTE considered as one of the top terrorist organization in the world. FBI The United States' top intelligence agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) once said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the most dangerous and deadly extremist organization in the world.
Most terrorist and war experts said that LTTE is a top level guerrilla organisation and hard to defeat. However clever Srilankan boys destroys the LTTE. Only there were few LTTE top heads who were hiding behind innocent tamil civillians with frighten, remaining to destroy. Srilanka's security forces would done the job within next 20 minutes if there were no any civilians at the north No-Fire zone in Pudukuduirippu.
With regard to the problem Srilankan forces have now initiated a strategic operation to rescue hostages trapped by the LTTE. We strongly says that LTTE is killing people who are trying to flee from the No-fire zone. To LTTE there's no mater who they are, they killing any one. Small kids and pregnant mothers were killed by LTTE in recent weeks who were trying to escape from their clutches. Most of the time peoples are coming to the Srilanka Government controlled area passing the Nandikadal Lagoon with taking dead bodies killed by LTTE.
The Sri Lankan Army today at Apr. 10, launched a massive humanitarian operation – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – to rescue the thousands civilians held hostage as human shields within the No-fire zone declared by the government for civilians in the north-east.
ARMY's Senior Officer said that they have specially trained officers and soldiers specially trained to operate this kind of mission, hence it's possible to rescue people without harm. also said that they will liberate Civilians and destroyed LTTE within next few days.
The second target of this Operation Final Countdown, are LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, his deputy and intelligence leader Pottu Amman, his deputy Kapil Amman, the LTTE military intelligence head Ratnam Master and the last of the battle-hardened leader Vellevan.
According to sources, the LTTE’s assets are divided into two main segments. One segment is operated by Kumaran Pathmanadan alias K.P for procurement purposes. The remaining segment is said to be directly operated by V. Prabhakaran himself. This segment includes assets in foreign banks and Prabhakaran is said to be very familiar with internet banking.
The same sources point out that it is very unlikely that Prabhakaran will commit suicide and leave all LTTE assets in the hands of K.P, thus making the Tiger leader’s wife and three children destitute.
Srilankan troops are being inducted into this first ever major humanitarian operation of its kind in the island nation or probably in the world. But the Sri Lankan military hierarchy is confident of success as specialized units, which cannot be identified due to security reasons, are being deployed.
Apr 9, 2009
India’s intelligence services have becoming increasingly concerned about the prospect of an election-time attack by the LTTE on top political leaders, including Congress party chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Sources in the intelligence services have told that while there is no substantive intelligence to indicate that assassinations or attacks have been ordered by the LTTE, the inflammatory language being used by the terrorist group’s supporter in India was a cause for concern.
Vaiko, warned of large-scale secessionist violence if Sri Lankan forces killed LTTE chief V. Prabakaran. Read the related full article here.
He made a reference to the assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur, and warned India of a secessionist movement if it did not push for an end to Sri Lanka’s anti-LTTE campaign.
The MDMK polemic isn’t the sole cause for concern among the intelligence services. Facing annihilation in Sri Lanka, some analysts fear, the LTTE could unleash violence within India to coerce its political leadership and create conditions where it could set up safe havens in Tamil Nadu.
Source: The Hindu
Vaiko says he will become a slaughter if Srilankan government harm to LTTE leader Prabakaran in any means. The Sikhs could only hurl a shoe, "here we have people who can get bombs. The next generation of youth will not be like me" Vaiko added.
Vaiko warns India that “India would not remain one country” if Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa did not stop the war and if India did not urge him to stop the war.
Tamil Nadu's MDMK Party general secretary Vaiko on Wednesday warned that Tamil Nadu would witness a bloodbath even if the slightest harm befell Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam leader V. Prabakaran.
Addressing a meeting here to condemn the killing of Sri Lankan Tamils, the MDMK leader said the mind of the people in Tamil Nadu going to explode. It was now a long time since they had forgotten the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, he said.
Vaiko also says that People of Tamil Nadu will visit Srilanka with arms. “If the Argentine-born Che Guevara could fight for the Cubans, why not the youth from Tamil Nadu for the LTTE in Sri Lanka, with whom they have an umbilical cord relationship,” he asked.
He said they would not be cowed down by the police and guns. The LTTE and its leader Prabakaran could not be defeated in the war.
Following photographs and video footages showing Tamil Nadu politicians, including MDMK chief V. Gopalaswamy alias Vaiko and Nadumaran with the LTTE leader V Prabhakaran.
Apr 8, 2009
Around 400 of dogged Tamils are continuing their protest at London's Parliament Square at this time for it's third day. Protesters are calling for London's help in establishing a ceasefire between Sri Lankan forces and LTTE terrorists.Police arrested seven people on Tuesday during the clashes between LTTE supporters and Police.
London LTTE protest starts on Mondy with around 3000 people forced the closure of nearby Westminster Bridge by staging a sit-in on Monday night. However Now only left around 400 people in London protest. The bridge is now open again.
Several hundred demonstrators stayed all night, blocking roads until police moved them in the early hours, and vowed to continue their protest. Two protesters jumped into the River Thames but were recovered by police boats and taken to hospital.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz is expected to deliver a letter to Downing Street calling for the situation in Sri Lanka to be debated by the UN Security Council.
Scotland Yard said they had issued "repeated requests" that images representing the Tamil Tigers - a proscribed organisation in the UK - carried by members of the crowd be removed.
One arrest was made on suspicion of carrying a flag supporting a proscribed organisation, under the Terrorism Act 2000. The other six arrests were made for a range of public order offences.Palitha Kohona, permanent secretary at the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the government could not stop the offensive until LTTE agreed to lay down arms.
"The government wants to preserve the civilians, we want the civilians out, but the only decent thing that the LTTE can do now ... is to let the civilians go," he said. "The solution we have offered is very simple. LTTE must lay down its weapons, and then there will be no need to fire at anybody any more."
Oslo, Norway Protest
In Oslo, several hundred Tamil protesters gathered outside the prime minister's office to demand help from Norway. Police blocked the entrance to the building. An aide to the prime minister met the protesters, Norway government sources said
Apr 6, 2009
This grainy footage appears to show a 17-year-old girl being beaten by Islamic radicals in Pakistan’s northwestern region of Swat, where Sharia law was introduced after the government reached a truce with the Taleban in February.
A local Taleban commander in the militant stronghold of Matta, 25 miles from the regional capital, Mingora, ordered the girl to be flogged a week ago after accusing her of adultery, according to local reporters.
But some residents of Matta have accused the commander of ordering the beating to get revenge after the girl refused to accept his proposal of marriage, the reporters told.
“Please! Enough! Enough!” the girl is heard crying in Pashtu, the language of the tribes who dominate northwestern Pakistan – now the main hub of Taleban and al-Qaeda activity.
At another point, she cries: “I am repenting, my father is repenting what I have done, my grandmother is repenting what I have done...”
The man flogging her is also heard abusing his colleague as he struggles to hold her down and stop her covering her backside with her hands.
“You should hold her tightly so she doesn’t move,” he is heard saying.
President Zardari of Pakistan insists that the truce was made with “moderates” in the region and his officials have even held it up as a model for other parts of Pakistan’s troubled northwest, which borders Afghanistan.
The deal was agreed with Sufi Mohammed, the leader of an outlawed Islamic movement who was recently released after six years in jail for leading thousands of his supporters to Afghanistan to fight American forces in 2001.
He is the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the 33-year-old cleric who leads the Pakistani Taleban in Swat and is known for propagating his strict interpretation of Islam through pirate FM radio broadcasts.
Pakistani officials argue that many residents of the Swat Valley, which only became part of Pakistan in 1969, have long demanded Sharia law because of the weakness of the secular state judicial system.
However, this footage appears to back up reports from many local residents that the men who have over-run Swat are no more moderate than the Taleban government that ruled Afghanistan until 2001.
It is also likely to reinforce fears that the militants are now using Swat, which is just 100 miles from the Pakistani capital, as a base to spread their ideology and launch terrorist attacks deeper within Pakistan.
(source: Gatewaypundit, timesonline, michaelyon )
The protesters say Obama's visit will bring more turmoil to the Middle East.
Demonstrators shout slogans against U.S. President Barack Obama during a protest in Istanbul April 5, 2009. The placards read "Go away Obama".
Demonstrators protest at Taxim square in Istanbul on Sunday April 5, 2009 against the visit of US President Barack Obama.
The posters read 'Obama go home'. President Barack Obama arrives in Ankara, Monday for a two day visit to Turkey.
Apr 5, 2009
Apr 05 : Srilanka ARMY has reached another milestone in Wanni Operations by completely gaining the control over Puthukkudyiruppu, The last remained stronghold of the LTTE. ARMY got the control of Puthukkudyiruppu with facing heavy resistance from LTTE. This is one of the biggest fall back of LTTE in Wanni operations.
More than 250 terrorists have killed on Sunday alone and over 420 has killed in confrontations in last 03 days. ARMY has already recovered 250 bodies of tigers killed on sunday confrontations. Most of those LTTE cadres assigned to the Imran Pandyan and Charles Anthony divisions of LTTE. Slain LTTE leaders were also among them including former bodyguard of LTTE leader Prabhakaran, former Northern region chief and two female leaders.
ARMY intelligence yesterday confirmed that 'Pottu Amman' LTTE's intelligence head have apologized from LTTE leaders on huge dismantle of their cadres. Also reported that Pottu Amman, Theepan and Bhanu have led the LTTE fighting formations and Bhanu has sustained injuries during heavy fightings yesterday.
After the falls of pudukuduirippu LTTE is now only remain 20 sq.km including the No-Fire zone. and a small area of nandikuda lagoon. ARMY officials announced that they are now tactically moving towards those areas.
Apr 2, 2009
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated $15 million (Rs 1.7 billion) worth of vital food aid for Sri Lanka to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The food, consisting of wheat, lentils and vegetable oil, will be distributed to a large number of displaced and conflict-affected people in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka. USAID, the development agency of the U.S. Government, announced that 19,490 MTs (metric tons) of emergency food relief will be used to support WFP activities in the North and East. The USAID donation will include 14,700 MTs of wheat, 3,750 MTs of lentils, and 1,040 MTs of vegetable oil, enough to provide essential food to 300,000 people over four months. The food aid is scheduled to arrive in June 2009. "USAID is pleased to support WFP's efforts to provide emergency food aid to Sri Lankans who are severely affected by the conflict," stated USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn. "Our donation represents about 21% of the total food aid that WFP has called for this year to meet the needs of IDPs and other conflict-affected people in Sri Lanka. We know that our donation will help WFP provide food aid that benefits people in need in the North and East," she continued. USAID food is also providing a critical lifeline for thousands of civilians now trapped by fighting in the "No Fire Zone." She noted that approximately 65 percent of the WFP food currently going into the conflict area by ship is provided by USAID. "WFP highly values this contribution, not only that it is most needed given the current IDP situation in the North, but also because it is most timely, given the status of our pipeline," said Mr. Adnan Khan, WFP Representative in Sri Lanka. In 2008, USAID provided 28,393 MT of food relief valued at almost $29 million (Rs 3.303 billion). By focusing on emergency relief requirements and potential returns by IDPs to their homes, USAID's donation supports the WFP Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) titled "Food for Peacebuilding and Recovery in Conflict-Affected Areas." The WFP PRRO assists the Government of Sri Lanka in feeding 1.1 million people through emergency feeding and recovery programs including food-for-education, food-for-work, and mother-and-child health and nutrition. WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency and the UN's frontline agency for hunger solutions. In 2009, WFP aims to feed around 100 million people in 77 countries. The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided development and humanitarian assistance in developing countries worldwide for nearly 50 years. Since 1956, USAID/Sri Lanka has invested nearly $2 billion to benefit all the people of Sri Lanka.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated $15 million (Rs 1.7 billion) worth of vital food aid for Sri Lanka to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The food, consisting of wheat, lentils and vegetable oil, will be distributed to a large number of displaced and conflict-affected people in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka.
USAID, the development agency of the U.S. Government, announced that 19,490 MTs (metric tons) of emergency food relief will be used to support WFP activities in the North and East. The USAID donation will include 14,700 MTs of wheat, 3,750 MTs of lentils, and 1,040 MTs of vegetable oil, enough to provide essential food to 300,000 people over four months. The food aid is scheduled to arrive in June 2009.
"USAID is pleased to support WFP's efforts to provide emergency food aid to Sri Lankans who are severely affected by the conflict," stated USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn. "Our donation represents about 21% of the total food aid that WFP has called for this year to meet the needs of IDPs and other conflict-affected people in Sri Lanka. We know that our donation will help WFP provide food aid that benefits people in need in the North and East," she continued.
USAID food is also providing a critical lifeline for thousands of civilians now trapped by fighting in the "No Fire Zone." She noted that approximately 65 percent of the WFP food currently going into the conflict area by ship is provided by USAID.
"WFP highly values this contribution, not only that it is most needed given the current IDP situation in the North, but also because it is most timely, given the status of our pipeline," said Mr. Adnan Khan, WFP Representative in Sri Lanka.
In 2008, USAID provided 28,393 MT of food relief valued at almost $29 million (Rs 3.303 billion).
By focusing on emergency relief requirements and potential returns by IDPs to their homes, USAID's donation supports the WFP Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) titled "Food for Peacebuilding and Recovery in Conflict-Affected Areas." The WFP PRRO assists the Government of Sri Lanka in feeding 1.1 million people through emergency feeding and recovery programs including food-for-education, food-for-work, and mother-and-child health and nutrition.
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency and the UN's frontline agency for hunger solutions. In 2009, WFP aims to feed around 100 million people in 77 countries.
The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided development and humanitarian assistance in developing countries worldwide for nearly 50 years. Since 1956, USAID/Sri Lanka has invested nearly $2 billion to benefit all the people of Sri Lanka.
Apr 1, 2009
ADB officials spoke about Srilanka's economic conditions at a news conference held to mark the release of the bank's Asian Development Outlook 2009 report.
Sri Lanka should adopt a more flexible exchange rate policy and depreciate the rupee to make more competitive exports and better manage the demand of imports, the Asian Development Bank said.
"If the rupee is devalued now it may not have a dramatic impact on exports. But looking at the future when the global economy revives, then Sri Lanka will be in good shape if it has an appropriate exchange rate policy," said Rao, ADB Lead Economist for Sri Lanka.
Rao said two issues of concern are the fiscal deficit and the external account in which the exchange rate policy will play a key role.
"Rather than introducing many ad hoc (import) taxes that distort the market, it is better to manage import demand through exchange rate policy," said Richard Vokes, ADB country director.
"The ADB will argue that we want your exchange rate to be appropriately valued so it maximises exports, minimises imports, and maximises export substitution - a lot of items imported could be made domestically. So you want to try and encourage that."
"Srilanka government's policy space to give a stimulus to the economy was limited because of the large budget deficit and low foreign exchange reserves. Fiscal policy remains a major area of concern because it leaves the government very little room to stimulate the economy.
Sri Lanka's stimulus package is relatively small compared to other countries, the reason being that the government does not have the funds to stimulate the economy further.
But Sri Lanka does not have that fiscal space to be able to stimulate the economy.
Unless a fiscal correction takes place burden of adjustment will be falling on capital spending which means compromising on long-term growth.
So it's important measures are taken to increase revenue and there's some streamlining of current expenditure." Rao said.
"Another thing which reduces Sri Lanka's ability to stimulate the economy is the low level of foreign reserves because the moment you have a large fiscal package it will feed into the balance of payment. With demand for exports shrinking, it will mean further depletion of foreign exchange reserves."
Rao also acknowledged the government faced severe constraints with the biggest spending items being salaries, interest payment on debt and subsidies.