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Lakegala Mountain

Rajapakse is in India as Pirabhakaran celebrates his birthday in Tigers hideout

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

President Mahinda Rajapakse begins his India engagements in Dehradun at the foothills of mighty Himalayas today as his betenoire Velupillai Pirabhakaran is celebrating his birth day in his Tiger hide out. The Asian Mayors conference, the Sri Lankan leader is inaugurating is a two-day affair. He will land in Delhi for his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the LTTE leader delivered his 'Heroes’ Day' speech.

LTTE terrorizes anti-LTTE radio in London

By Dushy Ranetunge

According to Tamil sources in North London, LTTE thugs in London have broken into the premises of the anti – LTTE radio station, the Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and vandalized it on the early hours of morning, around 1.45 a.m., on Saturday. It seems a deliberate attempt to sabotage the hero day message by Col. Karuna, the leader of the TMVP, a breakaway group of the proscribed terrorist organization, the LTTE. TBC were planning to broadcast it eclipsing the hero’s day speech of Prabakaran, the leader of the LTTE who is wanted by Interpol.

The choice for Tamils: failed Prabhakaran or peace-winning Anandasangaree?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Summing up the Washington meeting of the Co-Chairs - US, Norway, Japan and EU -- US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, R. Nicholas Burns dealt a body blow at the press conference (Tuesday 22, 2006) that has sent the Tigers reeling. This is not what they expected. The Tiger lobby went into top gear on A-9 road to convince the international community, particularly the Co-chairs, that they were the victims of a humanitarian crisis caused by an economic blockade imposed by the government. Overweight Churchmen and NGO pundits, who have showed no signs of being affected by a food shortage, too weighed in to back the A-9 politics of the Tigers obstructing the flow of food.

Changing Realities

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

When Vellupillai Pirapaharan makes his annual Heroes Day Speech Mahinda Rajapakse will be in Delhi. An interesting coincidence (?) since the Tiger Supremo will probably endeavour to woo India in general and Tamilnadu in particular in his peroration. Though the LTTE has made several previous attempts at bridge building, whatever success it has had is not due to its own efforts but to a series of avoidable blunders by the Rajapakse administration. The politico-psychological climate in Tamilnadu is far more favourable to Mr. Pirapaharan on the eve of his 2006 Heroes Day Speech than it was one year ago not because anyone believes the LTTE’s flimsy lies about not killing Rajiv Gandhi. It was a combination of excessive use of force and extra-judicial killings by the Rajapakse administration and the resultant refugee crisis which caused Tamilnadu to shift from its post-1991 Sri Lanka policy of benign neutrality to one of growing hostility.

Kofi Annan informs UN Security Council of LTTE and Karuna Factions’ continued recruitment of child soldiers in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Under the (June 2003 UNICEF) action plan, LTTE (separatist Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka) committed to ceasing all recruitment of children and to releasing all children already in its ranks. In a meeting between UNICEF and LTTE in January 2006, it was agreed that both parties would meet regularly to discuss technical issues about the release of children and measures to stop recruitment. The LTTE (subsequently) announced the formation of a child protection unit. "However, a residual caseload of 1,464 children remains unaddressed as at 30 June 2006," states United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in his report to the Security Council on 26 October 2006.

Under The Sadow of Lakegala : Meemure

By Sudath Gunasekara.

The entirety of the Maha Oya- Heenganga basin lying at the northeastern extremity of Koratu Kandu (part of Dumbara hills, popularly known as the Knuckles) encircled by the Knuckles-Dumbanagala-Kehelpathdoruwegala-Telambugala in the south and the east and the Knuckles-Kalupana- Katakitule kanda-Lakegala-Demalagala ranges on the west and the north, is commonly known as Meemure. In terms of longitude and latitude it is roughly located between 80.48-80.53 E and 7.22-7.28 N and covers an area of approximately about thirty-five square miles.

For the last twenty-five years, LTTE has not honored any of its agreements

"For the last twenty-five years the LTTE has not honored any of it's agreements whether it be with India, Norway, the UN much less those agreed to with the Sri Lankan government," writes Ira de Silva. She underlines that the fact is the Tamils were confined to Jaffna until the arrival of the British in 1815. When the British took over the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 it comprised the entire eastern province including Trincomalee, Batticoloa, Ampari, and the areas of Killonichi, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu which were but tracts of jungle inhabited by wild animals. This fact is substantiated by the British colonial administrators in their correspondence with London.

Brief Intelligence Analysis: LTTE’s possible Operational Strategy in view of upcoming 2007 Hero’s Day Speech

International Center for Strategic Defense

In the decade long war in Sri Lanka, curbing LTTE influence in the East would be of paramount importance. In this perspective, prevailing situation in Batticaloa is advantageous to SL armed forces - a situation which could be turned in to a desired / decisive victory especially since a considerable segment of Trinco-Batti A9 route stretches through cleared areas. However, delays occurring due to bureaucratic, admin and operational constraints may weaken this advantageous state. Only "dark" segment of about 20km stretching from Mahindhapura to Mankerny presently controlled by LTTE need to be retaken which could be used as a launching pad, not only Military but several Political strategies.

When will Muslims get their own Babasaheb Ambedkar …

By Malladi Rama Rao - Syndicate Features:

Critics of the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government have enough ammunition suddenly, courtesy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s blunt peak at the annual conference of the state minorities’ commissions and the Sachar committee report. The call for a ‘fair share’ to the minorities (Muslims) in government and private sector jobs and the insistence on training the Muslim youth to make them eligible for their 'legitimate' share of the job market are being seen as a part of 'appeasement politics' with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

More than 200 dead in Baghdad’s deadliest day of bombings

Sectarian warfare in Iraq further escalated on Thursday after more than 200 people died and at least 250 were wounded in Baghdad, in the deadliest single day of attacks since the US invasion in 2003. A coordinated series of car bombs ripped through Sadr City, creating havoc in crowded marketplaces and intersections of the working class Shiite suburb, which is the stronghold of Shiite. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his militia—the Mahdi Army. According to police, the first suicide bomber struck at around 3.15 p.m. at a checkpoint leading to the area. Two other suicide car bombs and two unattended car bombs followed in rapid succession. Mortar shells also struck the area.



Prabhakaran celebrates his 52 birthday with increased oppression of Tamils

TPrabakaranoday is the 52 birthday of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the self-proclaimed "sole representative of the Tamils". He is celebrating it alone because his wife and children are abroad enjoying all the bread, rice and curries denied to the people imprisoned in areas controlled by him. Tomorrow he will celebrate in his Heroes’ Day speech the sacrifices made in his name by the Tamil children and adults who were either abducted or brain-washed to serve in his "baby brigades," women’s brigades, suicide brigades and the militant units. One of the remarkable growth industries under his one-man rule has been the proliferation of cemeteries to bury the ever-increasing victims of his thirty-year-old war.