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Oken Jeet Sandham

Tamilselvan’s military career ended in Kanakpuram cemetry in Vanni; family mourns in Canada

Tamilselvan's Funeral While S. Tamilselvan, the Political Head of the Tigers, was laid to rest at 7.45 p.m (Sri Lankan time) in Kanakapuram cemetery mourners dropped in at his family home in Toronto, Canada. Ravi Paramu, his brother, mother, sister and another brother live in Canada. Tamilselvan is the youngest in the family. In the Vanni several leading Christian Churchmen were present at the funeral. He was buried as Brigadier Tamilselvan, highlighting the fact that he was primarily a military man and not the man of peace that he is made to look now. Velupillai Prabhkaran was missing at the public funeral. He paid his respects privately.

Sri Lanka: Double Speak In Tamil Nadu

By Col R Hariharan (retd.)

The sudden passion exhibited by the political leaders of Tamil Nadu, while mourning the death of SP Thamilchelvan, the political head and chief negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is typical of the double speak most of the politicians of the state have been practising on issues relating to the LTTE. Perhaps the Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's ode paying tribute to the "courage and valour" of the slain LTTE leader on the occasion, particularly when the state is supposed to be carrying out a crackdown on the LTTE militants operating in the state, is a prime example of this.

Ceylon Motor Show 2007

By Quintus Perera

Ceylon Motor Traders Association (CMTA) is organizing their first Motor Show – Ceylon Motor Show 2007 (CMS) which will be held for three days commencing from 30th November at the BMICH. At the Press Conference held to give details of the CMS, Senake D Amerasinghe, Chairman, CMTA said that the motor vehicle industry is growing in Sri Lanka as where earlier 85 percent of the vehicles were used ones and only 15 percent were new vehicles, today the trend has changed drastically as of today 50 percent of the vehicles used are new and only the other 50 percent is used ones.

MGM MIRAGE Chairman & CEO Terry Lanni Honored for Diversity Leadership

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Diversity Best Practices (DBP) last week honored MGM MIRAGE Chairman & CEO Terry Lanni with the "2007 CEO Diversity Leadership Award" for demonstrating outstanding diversity leadership in corporate America. He was named among other leading chairmen of Fortune 500 companies at the organization's 14th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Summit & Gala in Washington, D.C.

MID plans to develop new electronic and electrical devices in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Ministry of Industrial development and the national Science Foundation have jointly funded the Science Research Center of the Moratuwa University to upgrade its services to cater the local Electronic and Electrical Industry. Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Industrial Development R.V.D.Piyathilaka says the research center would assist the local electronic and electrical industrialists to design new products. At present Sri Lankan industrialists are obtaining assistance of the foreign institutions to design new electronic and electrical products paying a huge sum, the secretary explained.

Post-mortem on Tamilselvan

By Gomin Dayasiri

The move to present Suppiah Tamilselvan, a sharp shooter trained in the art of killing, as a man of peace is being exposed as the latest propaganda ploy of the Tamil Tigers. Another controversy surrounding him states that his death was engineered by Prabhakaran. Some Indian commentators are now questioning whether the Sri Lankan Air Force really got him in his bunker. Other commentators too have noted that Prabhakaran is shedding copious tears over Tamiselvan publicly to cover-up his guilt.

The History of Sri Lanka

Reviewed by Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz of Temple University, Philadelphia

Sri Lanka (known Ceylon till 1972) has a long and rich history. The island, however, gained global attention in recent years, particularly for its deadly ethnic civil war and the tsunami that swept the shores of Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004 killing over 30,000 people. These and other developments require impartial academic inquiry, and Peebles’ research on the key events and activities of Sri Lanka daring from the early human settlements and socio-political activities of 28,000 B.C.E to the present is therefore timely and informative. Therefore, it is a prudent academic exercise and the appropriate time for someone, like Patrick Peebles to conduct a study from dated from till early 2006.

Oken Jeet Sandham nominated as Jury Member for 2007 SEA Games

Oken Jeet SandhamPresident of the Muaythai Federation of India (MFI) Oken Jeet Sandham has been nominated as one of the Jury Members by International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) for Muaythai at the 24th Southeast Asian Games (also known as SEA Games) to be held from 6 – 15 December 2007 at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. In 2007 Muaythai is included as a full medal sport for both male and female athletes, and the International Federation for Muaythai is the IFMA. Sandham is also one of the Vice Chairmen of IFMA Safety Committee, World HQs, Bangkok, Thailand.

Sri Lankan exporters urged for a simplifies tax system

By Quintus Perera

The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) lamented that the present tax system specially the Value Added Taxation (VAT) has started ‘killing’ enterprises and a number of them have now been put up shutters. This was revealed at the Press Conference held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute at a pre-budget discussion organized by the NCE, last week. D K Rajapakse, President, NCE said that at present the exporters are forced pay 10 different taxes and conforming to these tax formalities has become really cumbersome. He said that it is not a matter of paying these taxes but their main grouse is adhearing to these formalities cause immense paper work and lot of their time is involved in attending to them.

Coalition grand and not so grand

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

In a newspaper interview in 2005, Lord Meghanand Desai, former professor at London School of Economics, had spoken words to the effect that within a matter of next few months Sonia Gandhi will throw up her hands and say: ‘I want elections’. He made that prediction because he seemed convinced that the heterogeneous UPA coalition would not allow the Congress to implement its economic agenda. Despite the full life of the governments under PV Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the general impression is that a multi-party government in India is less stable and, hence, unable to implement its economic agenda than the one run by a single party or even two parties.

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Tamil Selvan's Funeral 1

MGMMIRAGE Chairman Terrance

Tiger agents in UK change their minds about charging Karuna with war crimes

The agents of Tamil Tigers in Britain have changed their minds about initiating legal action against Karuna Amman in UK. They were planning to charge him with war crimes and crimes against humanity and block his deportation. But their legal advisors have told them that it would lead to serious consequences to the Tamil Tigers. The Tiger agents are now trotting out the excuse that it would be a costly exercise.