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Eastern papers

Tamil “liberators” having a grand time with forbidden girl friends

Thileepan and the girl.The plight of the Tamil community is illustrated in the following story: Thileepan, one of the commanders of TMVP, appeared in the east as a “liberator” to save the Tamils of the east from the oppression and discrimination of the Jaffna-dominated Tamil Tigers in the north. They were initially welcomed by the eastern Tamils. But soon disillusionment set in. The TMVP group proved to be as bad as the Tamil Tigers: they have no qualms about indiscriminately targeting the Tamils for their political and personal survival. After the initial period of honeymoon Thileepan too turned into an oppressor more concerned about his survival than that of the Tamils.

British High Commissioner laments over the deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka

British High Commissioner in Colombo has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating conditions in Colombo. He has categorically said “almost certainly … the last week a bomb was set off by the LTTE.” In a statement Dominick Chilcott, British High Commissioner has lamented that the internal conflict and the violence connected to it are doing immense harm to the country. He further said, “The longer the violence continues, the further the country gets from the conditions in which a lasting, negotiated peace can be obtained.”

European Union holds discussions with Maldives on the reform process

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The European Union held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Maldives today to discuss the current situation and relations between Maldives and the European Union. The following demarche was made. The EU believes that there needs to be a proper investigation into recent events; including Mr. Salah’s death some weeks ago and that the use of force cannot solve political problems.

Sri Lanka assured of increased assistance in combating LTTE terrorism

Bogollagama with GatesSri Lanka appealed to the South east Asian Countries check on the Tamil separatist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from using their territories for terrorist activities such as arms smuggling and money laundering. South East Asian leaders have positively responded and assured Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama that they would be more vigilant and not permit their territories be used in any manner by the LTTE. They also pledged to cooperate with the government in combating terrorism. Sri Lanka has been assured of increased assistance in combating LTTE terrorism, including intelligence sharing, by states attending the Sixth Annual IISS Asian Security Summit held in Singapore.

In Sri Lanka: Fifteen point action plan to bring down the cost of living

By promoting a balance development both in agro-based development and industrial development, there is a possibility for bringing down the cost of living gradually, a research paper emphasized. It was further pointed out that it is not possible to bring down the cost of living suddenly. But it is possible to bring it down gradually over a period of 18 to 36 months if we have an action plan that is implemented in a controlled manner.

First regional news papers for Sinhala and Tamil readers launched in Ampara

Sunil C. Perera in Ampara

Sri Lanka’s first regional news papers for Sinhala and Tamil readers were launched on Sunday at a simple ceremony held in Ampara. Both newspapers were exclusive for the Eastern province, but the publisher says they would expand their distribution network to the North Central province. The Eastern Publishers said their aim is to address the grass root masses in the Eastern province and the Editor of the newspaper George de Silva said peace building is his main aim through these publications.

What benefits from Bangladesh tour!

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

Indian cricket team’s first outing after the disastrous World Cup experience has hardly been a success. It won the series rather expectedly but then there was at no time any doubt about that. For all the bravado in the World Cup, Bangladesh could hardly be expected to put up more than a dignified resistance. India was expected to beat Bangladesh in both variations of the game and it did it without much fuss. There was of course a sense of achievement or fulfilment one could call it the victory in the One-dayers was in the manner of a revenge for the humiliation suffered in the World Cup.

New wave of political arrests in Bangladesh

The military-backed interim government in Bangladesh instigated a new wave of arrests of top political and business figures last week in a bid to consolidate its grip over the country. In the name of “fighting corruption” and maintaining stability, the so-called caretaker regime headed by former central bank governor Fakhruddin Ahmed has assumed the character of a military dictatorship. In the latest crackdown, police arrested Awami League general secretary Abdul Jalil and two former Nationalist Party (BNP) parliamentarians, Lutfozzaman Babar and M.A. Hashem, on May 21.

Thileepan and the girl.

Eastern Paper

Ven. Nyanatiloka controversy – “Dr. Marianna Wachs distorts”, says German author, Volker Zotz

The role of the Buddhist monk, Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera, a German Buddhist scholar who made Sri Lanka his home during World War II, has provoked a controversy. Was he or was he not a Nazi sympathizer? Here are the latest comments: I don’t want to intervene in the current discussion among Buddhists of Western origin on Nyanatiloka’s relevance for the presence. Considering the facts and the state of historical research I cannot agree with any of the parties. Nevertheless I have to correct serious misinterpretations.


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