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Praba with Mathi

UN dumps Sri Lanka’s Queen of Thieves

From our Political Correspondent

ChandrikaChandrika Kumaratunga, former President of the Sri Lanka, who was lobbying for a job in the UN as a high-ranking Under-Secretary, has returned empty handed. She paid a courtesy call on Ms. Ann Veneman, Head of UNESCO, and turned on her charm to impress that she is the right candidate to "do her bit to increase the UN children’s agency profile in Asia." Ms. Veneman had thanked her for offering her services but had not offered a part-time or a full-time job. Media reports said that UN officials had dismissed speculation that she had been offered the post of South Asia director general of UNICEF.

Thai Army Coup Leader Gen. Sonthi prmotes cronies for assisting in the power grab.

Thai Army Chief Gen Sonthi Boonyaratkalin who on 19 September toppled the democratically elected Government led by care taker Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatara in an bloodless coup has began to pay his gratitude to those who helped him to grab power and authority.As an initial measure, he has promoted his cronies, 75 army officers as a reward for taking part along with him in the coup on Sept 19.

Peace hopes push the Share Market up while prices remain volatile

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Upbeat sentiments on the peace talks between the government and the LTTE led to the market cruising along, gathering positive momentum during this week, HNB Stockbrokers indicated.

Appeasement of Devolution?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The proposed talks between the Lankan government and the Tigers may or may not happen. But so long as we persist in sidestepping or delaying a political solution, so long as we fail to make adequate distinction between Tamils and Tigers in our military operations, the danger of yet another Tiger-helping peace process remains. It is no secret that there is tremendous international pressure on both the Lankan government and the LTTE to cease military operations and commence negotiations. It is also no secret that at this moment negotiations would be more helpful to the Tigers than to Sri Lanka. And even if this particular moment passes, there will be other moments such as this, when the Tigers use ‘negotiations’ to achieve some tactical objective. If we continue to move at a snails pace on the devolution track, if we persist in mishandling the human rights issue, the risk of another appeasement process will remain with us, an omnipresent Sword of Damocles over the state of Sri Lanka.

Dalit Panthers 'Clemency for Nalini' campaign rocks Tamil Nadu

From M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

NaliniNalini, the LTTE operative, facing life term after getting death sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has stirred a new controversy in Tamil Nadu. Some interested sections have mounted a campaign for clemency for her. The Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) is amongst the most prominent campaigners in Nalini's cause. The party is known for Tamil nationalist leanings which is a euphemism for being pro-LTTE. Thol Thirumavalan, the DPI supreme has made a direct appeal to Muthavel Karunanidhi, the chief minister and DMK patriarch to intervene. Speaking at a meeting in Madurai, where both shared the dais, Thirumavalan made a strong case for Nalini's clemency.

Giant Swing bows out after 224 years: Historic Bangkok landmark removed with ritual ceremony

The SwingAfter being scarred by weather for 224 years, the rotting Giant Swing underwent a ritual ceremony for its removal yesterday, paving the way for the installation of a new swing in December. The red wooden landmark of the city, known in Thai as Sao Ching Cha, is a national historic site. Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin led Hindi ceremony by Thai Brahmin and Buddhist ceremony at the auspicious time of 13.29 to worship and remove wooden pegs from the top of the swing on Bamrungmuang Road, in front of the Bangkok Metropolitan office. The swing will be completely removed on Monday.

Despite a Minister for Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission, custodial murders continue unabated

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

One of the most dastardly gruesome alleged custodial murders committed through torture is reported from the Eheliyagoda police. The most shocking feature of this alleged cruel crime is that two terrified, under aged children, along with their mother were forced to watch their father being brutalized throughout the day. Sinnappan Abraham Kiragory, 41 years; married with 3 children aged 12, 11 and 7 a pavement hawker living at Hemingford Estate, Parakaduwa was taken into custody along with some of his friends, around 9.30 am on 13th August and allegedly tortured the whole day at Eheliyagoda Police by several policemen. On the 15th morning Kirogoy has died in the Ratnapura Hospital.

De-merger dilemmas, devolution dialectics

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The many retrospectives on the 5th anniversary of 9/11 had one thing in common: Clinton’s former Counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke came out best in all the reconstructions. Interviewed on Australia’s ABC, Dick Clarke summed up his philosophy on counterterrorism, which should be a touchstone for any Sri Lankan politician or military man, policy maker or police official in assessing any possible move on either the LTTE or the Tamil issue. Clarke says that terrorist insurgencies should be seen as consisting of three rings or concentric circles.

Tigers fear Army preparing to advance towards Elephant Pass: Tamilchelvan fires urgent letter to Truce Monitors

Last night S. P. Tamilchelvan, Head of the Political Wing of the LTTE, fired an urgent letter to the Head of the Truce Monitors warning them that the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) is preparing to launch a major offensive in Jaffna. He has "informed (about) Sri Lanka's military build-up and urged the monitors to take immediate steps to visit Muhamalai FDL and confirm Sri Lanka's preparations for the offensive." He had reported, according to TamilNet, that there is a heavy deployment of SLA forces in Thenmaradchi and Vadamaradchi East along the Northern Front. Quoting LTTE sources The TamilNet said that "the arsenal accumulated at SLA front lines indicate a Colombo war-plan based on a scorched-earth policy that will flatten civilian settlements between Elephant Pass and Muhamalai, and Pooneryn."

Tamil website alleges present calamity connected to favor by Chandrika to Prabhakaran in sending wife and children to Dublin

By Walter Jayawardhana

Praba with MathiWas the favor done by the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga to LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran by allowing his wife Mathivathani take her daughter to Ireland connected with Prabhakaran’s sudden decision to attack the newly formed government of Mahinda Rajapaksa? The question was asked by the Tamil oriented website that said Chandrika Kumaratunga went out of her way to help Prabhakaran send his wife and children abroad during the former President’s last leg of her term. "What assurance," the website asked, "did Pirabakaran give Chandrika? The calamity at present in the Island is the product of this little favour Prabha got from her?"

Will Musharraf relent now?

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Of the 15 persons arrested in 7/11 Mumbai blasts case, 11 have been found to be Pakistanis, not just nationals but the ones who got training in Pakistan to cause blasts in Mumbai. This has been proved not by politicians in India but by a duly established court of law. The hand of ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence Agency, in the blasts has been established. If it has put Islamabad in a tight corner after its repeated denials of any involvement in the blasts it has also embarrassed New Delhi since it recently decided to have a joint mechanism with Pakistan to fight terrorism. The Court verdict has vindicated India’s stand that Pakistan has a hand in the blasts. In the earlier cases also it has come out with proofs to establish its allegations of terrorist activities taking place in India at the behest of Pakistan which Islamabad has been rejecting out of hand. Will Pakistan respond now?





Thol Thirumavalan

The Swing

Raymond Ferreira