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Another TULF Leader Sivamaharajah shot and killed by LTTE

SivamaharajahAnother Tamil Leader Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah (66) has been shot and killed by the LTTE’s suspected gunmen yesterday (Sunday) at about 7.30 p.m. at his residence in Tellipalai, in the Jaffna Peninsula. Sivamaharajah, one of the most reputed leaders of the Tamil United Liberation Front from its very inception in 1976 and who stood shoulder to shoulder with its President V.Ananthasangaree right through out when a section of the TULF bandwagon under the leadership of R.Sampanthan split from the party to join the Tamil National Alliance, a proxy of the LTTE.

Sri Lanka Ceasefire shouldn’t be opportunity for LTTE to regroup Says The Washington Times editorial

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The Washington Times, the second largest newspaper in America’s capital Washington, D.C., in its editorial on its August 20 Sunday edition advocated that “to make a meaningful progress toward a permanent resolution of the (Sri Lanka) crisis, cease-fire cannot function merely as opportunity for the Tigers to regroup." The editorial continued to say that "in short, the Tigers’ ability to rearm themselves need to be curtailed, and one way to do that is to stop the flow of money to Sri Lanka from Tiger sympathizers, particularly those in the West."

Pro-LTTE Vaiko a threat to Indo-Sri Lanka relations: Karunanidhi points the finger at him

Karunanidhi62-year-old V. Gopalasamy (Vaiko, as he is known popularly), the leader of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), and a leading pro-Tamil Tiger politician in Chennai, is once again posing serious threat to Indo-Sri Lanka relations. Analysts claim that his close affiliations to the LTTE are also posing a serious threat to India's security and unity. In supporting Velupillai Prabhakaran and his secessionist movement Vaiko is also fanning Tamil secessionism in India, said a leading Sri Lanka academic.

LTTE's paramilitary cadres shot dead by LTTE gunmen

Four Para-military cadres belonging to the Auxiliary force the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were shot and killed on Saturady in Jaffna by the suspected pistol group gunmen of the LTTE. Those men were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Jaffna, in separate incidents, after curfew was relaxed in the Valikamam sector at 12 noon, Saturday, according to reports.

On an SOS 300 LTTE cadres from East rushing to Vanni

On an SOS, cadres belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from the Batticcaloa-Amparai districts are to be moved immediately to Vanni. Accordingly, 300 cadres have so far managed to reach the area under LTTE’s control in Trincomalee. They are expected to move soon in small groups crossing the Government controlled area into Mullaithievu. Already the injured former Special Commander Colonel Bahnu is one in the LTTE group that is moving into Vanni.

Government urged to include women in its agenda

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Actionaid International Sri Lanka (AISL) recently pioneered in preparing a common agenda for Asian women in addressing their rights and issues. With the proposed agenda, AISL suggests that women should have 25 per cent participation inn Parliament in all member countries and to have key role in all decision making bodies. This agenda has been completed by women’s rights activists from 9 Asian countries who gathered recently in Colombo.

Colonel Sornam’s brother shot and killed

Soosaipillai Joseph Jebarasa (aged 41), popularly known as Arul, brother of Soosaipillai Joseph Anthonydas alias "Colonel Sornam, Trincomalee’s special commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was shot and killed yesterday around 11 a.m. in the morning. Colonel Sornam’s brother was shot and killed just outside his communication centre, located at 28 Courts Road, Post Office Junction, Trincomalee.




LTTE withdraws and Normalcy returns to Jaffna.

After the withdrawal of the LTTE cadres into their shell in Jaffna, normalcy is fast returning with the further relaxation of the curfew imposed by the Security forces. K. A. Ganesh Government Agent Jaffna announced that there is sufficient food available till the 24th of this month. Though the intense firing has abated, the LTTE cadres are going on the rampage killing civilians. The former TULF MP S.Sivamaharajah was shot dead yesterday. In another instance four youth of the LTTE’s auxiliary force were shot dead by the LTTE’s pistol gang.