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Tigers holding civilians as human shields deplored by the United Nations

Senior UN officials have told the UN Security Council in New York that Tamil Tigers are using innocent Tamils as human shields. Speaking at the Security Council discussion on the subject of Protecting Civilians in Conflict situations, an annual item on Council Agenda, the Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Matters said that those trapped civilians are bottled up in a confined space and expressed deep concern that they are prevented from leaving by the Tamil Tigers. The intention of the Tigers is the possible use of civilians to render that area immune from military operations. The UN officials have also expressed the view that for those that are able to leave the Vanni while the Government has the right to screen them for identifying LTTE cadres, these should not restrict their freedom of movement.

While withdrawing from Kilinochchi, 227 injured LTTE cadres shot and killed by Bahnu on the orders of Prabakaran

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

When fleeing from Kilinochchi, on the orders of Prabakaran, the leader of the LTTE, Bahnu one of the commanders shot and killed 227 wounded LTTE cadres who were languishing in the old Kilinochchi hospital. According Sri Lankan Army sources, Krishnan one of the three LTTE cadres who were arrested told that as the Sri Lankan troops belonging to Brigade 58 Division was menacingly advancing into Kilinochchi and those 227 LTTE cadres were admitted in the hospital, because of the injuries they sustained and there was no way of moving them to a safe place. This difficult situation was brought to the notice of Prabakaran for his instruction. LTTE leader ordered Bahnu to shoot and kill all of them.

"Be responsible" – President tells media : "No cause for journalists and media to fear government"

President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged media institutions to act with the greatest responsibility in reporting events at a time when there is considerable public attention drawn to the attack on the MTV/Sirasa TV station and the killing of the Editor of "The Sunday Leader" Mr. Lasantha Wickremetunga, as well as the success of the security forces in the fight to eradicate terrorism, when he met the heads of private and state media institutions at Temple Trees yesterday evening (14). The President said he invited the media heads to discuss the current situation especially in view of the reports he had received of the irresponsible nature of the reporting into the recent attack on MTV/Sirasa and the killing of Mr. Wickremetunga.

Regaining the Elephant Pass

By – Leel Pathirana

Y.L. Juliet"My only wish is before I die, is to visit Alimankada (Elephant Pass ) and see the LTTE’s explosive laden bulldozer which my son destroyed," says 61 year old Y.L. Juliet, the mother of Corporal. Gamini Kularathna. Again, the victory of the Elephant Pass has brought jubilant celebrations by the people in the south. The Battle of Elephant pass is emotionally bonded with the supreme sacrifice of then corporal Gamini Kularathne popularly known as Hasalaka Hero or Hasalaka Weeraya, a poor youth hail from a small remote village named Hasalaka, bordering to Monaragala District. 223 km from the capitol Colombo. He joined the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) on 07th August 1987 with the blessings of his mother Y.L. Juliet and his father S.G. Babanis, a farmer died when he was a young boy.

Thaipongal in Paris

By Our Correspondent in Paris

The Hindu religious festival, Thaipongal was celebrated at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris yesterday morning. As it was a working day in Paris, a large number of Sri Lankans - mostly Tamils -visited the consular division at the Embassy for various consular functions and they were pleasantly surprised as they were treated to a simple but very impressive Thaipongal celebration. Visitors and the Embassy staff participated in the ceremony conducted at the Visitors Room of the Embassy, where a colorful Kolam adorned the centre of floor.

Hamas Is Not The Problem

By L. Jayasooriya

When Hitler murdered six million Jews most of the world did not know and the very few that knew could do nothing about it. There was no UN then and when it came to be, it became a weapon that America used against militarily weak nations that did not tow her line. America used her veto with arrogance and power and on every occasion has vetoed any resolution against Israel. Also no one could be the Secretary General unless it met the approval of America. That is still the case but that will change unless the structure of the UN changes to serve the nations of the world and not to maintain the privileges of the few.

Qatar to provide Arabic Language Training to Sri Lankan expatriates

Qatar has agreed to provide Arabic language training to Sri Lankans working in Qatar. It is expected at present there are about 130,000 Sri Lankan expatriates working in Qatar. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitah Bogollagama pointed out that having an exposure to the Arabic language, the Minister said, would enable such personnel to interact even better and contribute immensely towards improving inter-personnel communication skills. Responding to the proposal made by the Sri Lankan Minister, the Minister of Awqaf, Endowments and Islamic Affairs agreed to set up a mechanism towards building an Islamic Centre in Sri Jayawardenapura, Kotte. On the final day of his official visit to Qatar, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met with key Ministers of the Government of the State of Qatar on the 12th of January.

Evidence Galore

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

As was only to be expected, Pakistan rejected the Indian ‘information’ supplied to it about Pakistan’s involvement in the 26 November terror attacks in Mumbai, perhaps even before the ‘information’ had reached Islamabad! In case India fails to take a serious note of its rejection, Pakistan is now getting ready to unleash its own propaganda blitz against India by preparing a ‘dossier’ which will provide ‘solid evidence’ of India’s involvement in all the terror acts in Pakistan—from Balochistan, NWFP to the heartland of Punjab and Sindh.

Y.L. Juliet, Mother of Cpl. Gamini Kularathna

Pongal in Paris

Pongal in Paris

Human Rights Watch 2009 Report: Obama should emphasize human rights worldwide

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The incoming Obama administration will need to put human rights at the heart of foreign, domestic, and security policy if it is to undo the enormous damage of the Bush years, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday January 14 in issuing its "World Report 2009." This annual review of human rights practices around the globe summarized major human rights issues in more than 90 countries, reflecting the extensive investigative work carried out in 2008 by the Human Rights Watch staff.