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Somawansa

Norway buckles peace process again leading to full scale war

Norway's one-sided deal with the LTTE to open the sluice gates on Tiger terms without consulting the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has bloodied the waters of Mavil Aru again. An LTTE press statement released after meeting the Norwegian Special Envoy, Jon Hanssen-Bauer, said that "the LTTE Leadership has decided to instruct the District Political Head in Trincomalee to interact with the people in Mavilaru to open the water gates," implying that they have control over who should get water, under what conditions and at what times.

STF Director killed in claymore explosion

Upul SenivaratneSenior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Upul Seneviratne, Director Training Special Task Force (STF) died in an LTTE claymore mine explosion early morning today (07) at Digane, Kandy. Upul Seneviratne, SSP was on his way to the Kattukurunda STF Training Centre, Kalutura when the claymore mine went off at about 4.45 a.m. causing severe injuries to the SSP and his driver Adhikari.

Tigers spinning yarns to cover up their defeat and losses

The incursion into Muttur by the Tamil Tigers has ended with a total loss of face for their special commander, Col. Sornam. He not only failed to capture Muttur but also ended up losing 350 of his cadres. To cover up its losses the Tamil Tigers announced that they were handing over 40 bodies of the Sri Lankan forces to the Red Cross. But the Red Cross denied that they have been asked to take over any body. Tamil Tigers had considered Muttur as the key to hold Trincomalee – the all important port in the east for the movement of Sri Lankan forces from the south to the north.

Is blood a substitute for water in Mavil Aru?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Who owns the waters of the Mavil Aru dam in the Trincomalee district that feed 15,000 families? Is it the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL)? Or is it the Tamil Tigers? In closing the dam on July 20 the Tamil Tigers acted as if they were sole proprietors of the water streaming down the Mavil Aru. But there is no proprietorial right for anyone to claim the waters as their own and to dispense it according to their whims and fancies. Neither the Sri Lankan government nor the Tamil Tigers has legal or moral right to close the sluice gates. They have the right only to keep the gates open not to close it, because the water belongs to the people who are dependent on it. Whoever is in charge of the sluice gates can act only as the trustees of this life-giving resource. No one has the right to deny the people this primary source of survival.

CCI plans a pension scheme for Construction workers

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka [CCI] expects to hold discussions with the Ministry of Social Services to implement a Social Welfare Scheme for local construction workers who still lack anything from the state. At present local construction sector lacks skilled workers due to the poor image of this profession and also lack of other social welfare benefits from the state. Due to these shortcomings, a number of foreign construction companies import skilled workers from overseas.

Is terror in India becoming more and more home grown?

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Till the Mumbai blasts took place on 11/7, one would have perhaps rejected out of hand, the view that terror in India is home grown. That is because New Delhi has sufficient reason to believe that Pakistan is behind our terror trouble. On many occasions it has come out with ‘proof’ too to establish this. If Pakistan refuses to acknowledge, that is Pakistan’s outlook. But that in no way means that everything is all right at home. It may be unrealistic to believe that but for Pakistan, things would have been absolutely normal in India!

Upul Senivaratne

Abrogate Ceasefire Agreement and remove Norwegian special Envoys - JVP

SomawansaJanata Vimukthi Perumuna at a press conference revealed that it has proposed to Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party that urgent measures has to be taken to reinforce democracy within North and East, adequate military power has to be applied to free North East from terrorists hold, also urged the Government to hold elections separating North and East and to hold talks directly with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Furthermore it was revealed that JVP has demanded the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement signed between Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe and Prabakaran on 22nd February 2002 and remove Norwegian peace envoys.These proposals were announced by the JVP leader Mr. Somawansa Amarasinghe at a media conference held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on Sunday, attended by the Political Bureau of the JVP.


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