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Thol. Thirumavalavan

Rohana Wijeweera's killing - still a mystery

By K T Rajasingham

On July 30, 1983, along with the Nawa Sama Samaja Party and the Communist Party, the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP - People's Liberation Front), led by Rohana Wijeweera, was proscribed by President J R Jayewardene. The JVP was outlawed on the pretext that it instigated anti-Tamil riots in the country - the party had decided to take a hard line against the Tamils' struggle in the North and East.

Thol Thirumavalavan want to take up arms and fight fo the LTTE

Thirumavalavan In interview with "Kumudam Reporter", a Tamil weekly magazine dated 09 November, Thol: Thirumavalavan, Chief of the Dalit Panther of India, one who is said to be on the payroll of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, openly declared the he cannot change his pro-LTTE mentality at any point of time. He went on to stress "In fact, I only grumble that I am unable to take up arms and fight for LTTE and hence absolutely I do not have any fear of getting arrested for supporting the LTTE. We should be ashamed that the Sri Lankan government is treating the Tamils as bonded-labour. LTTE is carrying out a 'liberation struggle' to save Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka whereas the Sri Lankan government is carrying out a 'violent barbarism'. Hence I support LTTE’s struggle and I will not change my view in fear of getting arrest. "

Former US Diplomat Recognized by Who’s Who in America and Sri Lanka Foundation

By Philip Fernando from Los Angeles

The Sri Lanka Foundation and Who’s Who America celebrated the outstanding achievements of Dr. Patrick Mendis recently. Former American diplomat and military professor during the Presidents Clinton and Bush administrations, Dr. Mendis serves as the vice president of academic affairs at the Osgood Center for International Studies and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.

Death of a Rebel

Rohana Wijeeweera Commemoration of the Rohana Wijeeweera’s death anniversary fallen on - 13 November. Patabendi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera (Comrade-Rohana Wijeweera) was born on 14th July 1943 and killed by the United National Party (UNP) regime while in custody on the dawn of 13th November 1989 in Colombo . At the time he was the founder and the Chairman of the People’s Liberation Front (JVP) Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in Sri Lanka . The man who captured Rohana Wijeweera was Major General Janaka Perera (Then Colonel). He was killed by LTTE suicide bomb attack together with his wife and twenty nine others on 05th October 2008 at Anuradhapura , North central province of Sri Lanka .

Two Upcoming Summits to Focus on Financial Crisis

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As the financial meltdown continues to spread to the far corners of the globe, over 30 world leaders are scheduled to participate in two key international conferences aimed at seeking short- and long-term solutions to the economic crisis worldwide. The first of these meetings will be a two-day G20 summit in Washington DC beginning Nov. 14 followed by a four-day U.N. conference on Financing for Development (FfD) in Qatar, beginning Nov. 29, which is open to all 192 U.N. member states.

Golden Key clinches Silver Award

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Golden Key Software Solutions Ltd (GKSS) was awarded a Silver Medal by the Sri Lanka Chapter of the prestigious Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA) in the category of ‘Application Security’ for its new TEF Workflow Solution, for the year 2008. TEF Workflow Solution also won a Silver Medal at the National Best Quality Software Award (NBQSA) organised by the British Computer Society, Sri Lanka Section in the Security Category for the Year 2008 and was chosen to represent Sri Lanka at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA), scheduled to be held this month in Indonesia.

Prison Cell to Presidential Palace - Mohamed Nasheed (Anni) sworn in as president of Maldives

Swearing inMohamed Nasheed (Anni), a prominent leader of the democratic reform in the Maldives and former political prisoner has been sworn in as the new President of Maldives in a special session of the People’s Majlis held yesterday morning held at Dharubaaruge. The oath taking official ceremony was attended by the highest diplomat of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakse and Indian Vice president Mohamed Hamid Ansari.

Mangala cannot understand the difference between 'nationalism' and 'racism' says Lal Kantha

Mangala SamaraweeraMangala Samaraweera speech in the parliament drew the wrath of many members of Parliament. Several members flayed him. It was alleged that he wants the ongoing military operations halted at this crucial moment. Responding Samaraweera’s speech in parliament on Tuesday many parliamentarians said he represents the LTTE and wants to divide Sri Lanka. Lal Kantha of the JVP said that Mangala Samaraweera cannot understand the difference between ‘nationalism’ and ‘racism’. On Tuesday the leader of the SLFP Mahajana Wing Mangala Samaraweera speaking at the budget debate in parliament charged that the government has politicised the war and said funds allocated to other sectors have been trimmed due to a large sum of money is being spent on the war.

Hunger Strike in London against LTTE Celebrations

By Janaka Alahapperuma from London

Patriotic Sri Lankans in the UK are organising a 'Hunger Strike' urging British authorities to stop celebrations organised by LTTE front running forums taking place in London. They further request not to let bogus forums celebrate the barbaric terrorist leader's birthday on 26th November in London. According to the LTTE supporter groups they are organising a community and cultural event. The Hunger Strike organized by Sri Lankans Against Terrorism (SLAT)-UK will be held on 14th November (Friday) from 10.00am till 10.00 pm in front of the British Parliament, Parliament Square, London.

UN Secretary-General Applauds Tsunami Early Warning System In Indonesia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the launch of the Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System, congratulating the country’s Government for its regional leadership by taking steps towards making its citizens less vulnerable to the effects of such a natural disaster. In a delivered in Jakarta by the Director of the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Sálvano Briceño, Ban acknowledged the terrible destruction of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. "The tragedy was burned into the world’s collective memory. But for people in coastal communities, the terrible after-effects and especially the fear of another catastrophe remain a daily reality. They are wondering, what if it happens again? How will we survive? Fortunately, governments from around the Indian Ocean heard their pleas."

India would strive for more devolution, though does not support an Independent Tamil Eelam – Dr. Swamy

Dr. SwamyFormer India’s Cabinet Minister for Law and Justice, Dr. Subramanian Swamy yesterday, described the 'Tamil Tigers' [LTTE] as part of the problem of strife in Sri Lanka and not part of the possible solution. On Tuesday, he was addressing a meeting organized by the Canadian Democratic Tamil Association for Culture at Centennial College Student Center in Toronto. Dr. Swamy, who is also a Harvard trained economist, told the audience that the most Indians considered LTTE as anti-Indian, and a terrorist organization. He listed that LTTE assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the terrorist outfit’s material support to other terrorist organizations within India, such ULFA and the Maoists, as reasons for its lack of support in India.

Urge Sri Lanka to come forward for an immediate ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tigers - Tamil Nadu State Assembly

KarunanidhiTamil Nadu State Assembly has passed unanimously a resolution asking the central government to press for negotiations between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan government as well as an immediate ceasefire in the island nation. Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today moved a resolution in the State Assembly, urging the Centre to use its clout and prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to bring an immediate ceasefire in the strife-torn nation.

Zardari’s Circus

By Adnan Gill

At the risk of being labeled as a “cyber-terrorist” (pun intended), I would like to share my utter disappoint over the manner in which the current government is running the business of the nation. It is more in-line with running a circus, infested with disgraced gypsies and pickpockets, than a country. Deliberately or otherwise, President Zardari has demonstrated little to no control over his government. It’s like; he runs a dysfunctional circus, with no intentions of securing it from the murderers, thieves and pickpockets.

Pathfinder on Budget Proposals

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Pathfinder Foundation, a non-partisan, research and advocacy Institution, under its Dialogue programme is organizing a half day public seminar on the Budget 2009 on the 14th November at the Sri Lanka Foundation.

Rohana Wijeeweera

Swearing in