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Slightly Damaged vessel

LTTE terror - a making of India 30 years ago

Opinion by Nimal Ranasinghe

It is a well known fact that it was India that trained and infiltrated an armed group called the LTTE some 30 years ago. This is the problem that is still going on. The LTTE claims to be the sole representative of the Tamil speaking people, but how many Tamil speaking people are with them. The majority of the Tamil speaking people are not in the LTTE held territory. They live and work with their Sinhala brethren in the south.

America At A Crossroads

By Muqtedar Khan

As elections approach, Americans find themselves at a critical crossroads. This election will not only determine who occupies the White House for the next four years, but it will determine the philosophical vision that will shape the long term future of America. The first thing that Americans must understand is that this election is not about John McCain – he is decidedly the past. His ideas, his experience and his politics are irrelevant to America's tomorrow. The contest is no more between Obama and McCain; it is between Obama and Palin. This election is about the alternate futures embodied in Barack Obama and Sarah Palin who each personify a different vision.

White Tiger won the Booker Price

By Leel Pathirana

Aravind Adiga .India is famous for their literature around the world irrespective of their duel game playing in Politics. Particularly the role they play over the Sri Lankan internal separatist conflict of the LTTE. Indian writer Aravind Adiga won the 2008 Booker Price for his debut novel "The White Tiger" announced 15th October in London by the Booker Committee. Booker price is the world second most prestigious award a writer can win after the Nobel price for Literature.

Sea Tiger’s Failed Mission in Jaffna: Navy Sink LTTE’s Suicidal Threat

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Slightly Damaged vesselThe failed suicide attack targeting two merchant vessels on last Wednesday (22) off the Kankasanthurai harbour made headlines in the media. Especially certain foreign media segments stationed in Sri Lanka went out to break the news by carrying out various versions. Some went onto say that a merchant vessel was sunk, others said one was badly damaged and it is sinking (as they were witnessing it) and so on. All the others who carried the news had LTTE biased headings giving credit to LTTE’s suicidal attempt on the two merchant vessels which carried essential food supplies to the northern peninsula. For them the news value was in the brutal act. No one went onto say that LTTE targeted two ships which carried food items to Jaffna civilians or to say that the Navy averted an attack.

National Freedom Front MP’s vehicle shot

Vehicle of National Freedom Front MP Weera Kumara Dissanayake was Shot in Dankotuwa. One person in the vehicle. Police say that they retaliated the shooting when fired from the vehicle.

Lanka crisis enlivens Tamil politics

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

As the Tamil Tigers of the LTTE begin to feel the heat from the largely successful operations against them by the Sri Lankan army, politicians in Tamil Nadu have rushed to assume the role of custodians of the battered Tamil-speaking population in the island nation. Their strategy of forcing the hands of the government of India to quickly initiate some kind of ‘intervention’ is flawed and fraught with dangerous consequences.

Barely visible suicide craft

India Replaces Sri Lanka In UN Economic And Social Council

India has replaced Sri Lanka in one of the Asian seats in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the primary UN body on economic and social affairs. Sri Lanka, which ends his three year terms in December, did not run for re-election. The 192-member General Assembly elected 18 countries for three-year terms starting 1 January next year. Eleven new members were chosen for the 54-member body, which coordinates the economic, social and related work of the various UN specialized agencies, regional commissions and functional commissions, and seven others were re-elected.