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Two-storey housing complex

The war plan that backfired

By Vasantha Raja

The Rajapaksa-administration, misguided by JVP theoreticians and a section of the military leadership, has driven Sri Lanka towards an unwinnable war already inflicting untold suffering on people. Hopes for a quick victory are fast receding, and Sri Lanka is getting bogged down in a long, atrocious conflict with catastrophic economic consequences to follow. The Tigers, on the other hand, may see the developing scenario as a God-given opportunity to get rid of the Sinhala troops stationed in Jaffna, restore its dented image following the 'Karuna rebellion'

Sri Lankan government justifies the massacre of school students

The Sri Lankan government has responded to mounting evidence that the air force slaughtered scores of school children in an attack in the Mullaitivu district on Monday with more lies and a justification for further war crimes. After warplanes strafed the former orphanage early on Monday morning, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) announced that 61 students, mainly girls, had been killed in the attack and 129 injured. The students from schools in the surrounding area had been sleeping overnight in the buildings at Vallipunam in LTTE-held territory while participating in a two-day first aid course.The military immediately denied the claims, declaring that the air force had strafed an LTTE training camp and killed LTTE fighters.

Sencholai training camp

The government vehemently rejects the allegation leveled by the pro-LTTE websites on the Air Force attack at a so-called 'children's' home' in Mullaitivu. We have ample proof that it is a military training centre. These are the photographs of Velupillai Prabhakaran in his stripped military uniform opening the new wing of the training centre.

Permission to move the critically wounded girl students from Kilinochchi to Colombo denied.

Parents of those critically wounded dozens of girl students afflicted in the air raid on 14 August at Vallipunam on Paranthan-Mullaithivu road in Mullaithievu have resigned to the fate of their daughters, as the leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have refused to grant permission to take them for treatment in hospitals in Colombo. It is learnt that dozens of girl students who are critically wounded are languishing in the hospital in Kilinochchi for want of medical facilities despite the doctor’s great efforts to safeguard them.

Inquire into the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims by the LTTE - Federation of All Mosques in Eastern Province

Massacring innocent Muslim civilians and taking them as captives and causing ethnic cleansing in Muttur and Thoppur are crimes against humanity. Sri Lanka Government, United Nations, Leaders of the Islamic and Arabic counties and humanitarian organizations should consider coming forward to take up this matter to an international commission to inquire into the injustices and basic human rights violations meted out to the Muslims. Federation of All Mosques in Eastern Province (FAMEP) has appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka and the international community to end the ethnic cleansing currently seriously put into force by the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Role of Civil Society and a Joint Forum for Durable Peace in Sri Lanka

What if the two parties to the conflict, or even one party, do not want to come to the negotiation table? In such a situation, what use is it in repeating the same mantra? Who is listening? It is in this context that the role of a third party or a force becomes highly useful for a peaceful settlement of the differences between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The purpose of this article is to show what the civil society organizations, individuals and the general public who are non-partisan and committed to the peaceful settlement of the differences can do.

Two of Four Official SG Candidates Agree to Answer NGO Questionnaire

By World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy

UN Secretary-General Candidates Shashi Tharoor and Jayantha Dhanapala have indicated they will respond to a questionnaire circulated to all official candidates on Friday by UNSGselection.org, a global campaign by nearly two dozen NGOs all over the world. The other candidates, Ban Ki Moon and Surakiart Sathirathai have not yet said whether they will respond. The questionnaire asked the candidates about their views on human rights, disarmament, the influence of large donor countries, and relations between developing and developed states, among other issues. The questionnaire is intended to provide reliable and transparent information about the views of all S-G candidates, which are otherwise a subject of mere speculation. It is available at www.UNSGselection.org. The candidates’ responses will be posted on the same website.

Sri Lanka: Welfare of estate workers given priority under corporate responsibility program

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Pusellawa, Sri Lanka

A number of privatized plantation companies together with the Plantation Human Development Trust are now moving to new direction to follow Corporate Responsibility Program. According to the Pussellawa and Kahawatta plantations, the estate management has taken very positive decision to setup Sri Lanka’s first elders’ home, a crematorium, a single housing scheme and two story-housing complexes as pilot projects.

Dangerous pranks

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

A 'prank' by definition is a harmless or rather an innocuous act of mischief. It certainly carries no suggestion of a security risk or any other serious consequences. But when three persons drive through two security gates inside the residence of the prime minister without being stopped or questioned can it pass as a 'prank'? Mind you, at the time of this 'incident' the prime minister was busy in a meeting with his cabinet ministers; that is to say the entire top echelons of the government of India were present there.

African leaders agree to European demands for tough anti-immigration measures

African leaders have agreed to demands to strengthen immigration controls after European Union leaders promised to give more aid. Efforts to strengthen "Fortress Europe" were at the centre of discussions last month when 57 European and African countries took part in the first Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Development in the Moroccan capital Rabat. The conference ended with the participants agreeing a raft of repressive measures that go a considerable way to satisfying a key European Union (EU) objective—the shifting of migration controls outside Europe ("externalization"). The EU is trying to force foreign countries to stop undocumented workers getting into Europe and repatriate workers in transit back to their countries of origin.

Nilushan - the baby killed by the LTTE gunmen.

Senscholai

Senscholai

Estate housing complex

Estate elders' home

Infant baby succumbed to LTTE fire

An infant the son of an ex-LTTE cadre, fell victim to LTTE fire on Wednesday (16) at about 9.30 p.m. at Sittandi in Mavadivembu, located in the Eravur police area, Batticaloa district. According reports, LTTE gunmen stormed the house of the ex-LTTE cadre, and opened fire indiscriminately at him, when he was with his wife and the one and half year old son, Nilushan (1 ½).The child died in the LTTE firing while his parents, Kandiah Nimalan (22) and Jegatheesan Gajanmalar (18), received serious injuries.


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