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Tamil Nadu: An election round-up

From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai

Even before election heat was to settle on Saturday, May 17 (with the election results that day), rain god was kind enough to bring down the temperature in the city which cooled the Tamilnadu capital with summer showers in several parts of the city. Interestingly, the Met office had predicted sunny weather for Friday. Like the poll prediction, it was not to be. Some cooled; some went in rage. For some it was a welcome rain; for some it was devastating. Anyhow, it was first downpour of this year’s summer and will hopefully reduce the heat over the coming days. The government-formation and take-off of the 15th Lok Sabha will go on without any hitches as a decisive verdict has emerged.

Three cricketers, four Gandhis make it to Indian Parliament

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Congress and its pre-poll allies are getting ready to form the new government in India. The exercise will formally be set in motion on Monday after the Election Commission presents to President Pratibha Patil a copy of elected candidates to the 543 –member Parliament along with their party affiliations. Among the winners are three cricketers – Navjot Singh Siddhu, Kirti Azad and Md Azharuddin, and four Gandhis – Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi on the treasury benches and Maneka Gandhi and her son Varun Gandhi on the opposition BJP benches.

Sri Lankans hoist National flag today

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

The Government has requested the public to hoist the national flag today, in all households and institutions, as a mark of victory achieved by Security Forces in defeating terrorism and as a tribute to heroic soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation. The National Flag of Sri Lanka represents the country and her heritage as a rallying device that integrates the minorities with the majority race. The vertical stripe of orange represents the minority Tamil race and the green vertical stripe the minority Muslim race.

Charles Anthony’s body recovered

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

The body of Charles Anthony, eldest son of LTTE leader Prabhakaran was recovered by the 53rd Division troops at Vellamullivaikkal this morning (18), Army sources confirmed.

Dead bodies of LTTE leaders Pulidevan, Ramesh and Nadesan also found

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Dead bodies of LTTE leaders Pulidevan, Ramesh and Nadesan have been recovered and identified in Vellamullivaikkal by the Army this morning (18). Earlier the body of Charles Anthony, Prabhakaran’s eldest son was also recovered and identified. They had died in the battle with the Army.

New Police stations to be set up in liberated North and East

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

"The Three Armed Forces and the Police in Sri Lanka have taken over all LTTE controlled areas with effect from today. Now we have made all arrangements to set up new Police stations in the North and in the East with a new Deputy Inspector General of Police. "In addition to the Police stations set up in the East and the North the Police Department will set up another twenty Police stations in the cleared areas", the IGP said. "We are proud to say that under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa the entire Sri Lanka is now under one flag.

Reconciliation necessary in Sri Lanka, urges Swedish Foreign Minister

Carl BildtA genuine National reconciliation has been urged by Carl Bildt, Swedish Foreign Minister and one of the well respected Swedish leaders. In a statement he said that, "Now the LTTE has been defeated, the Sri Lankan government should facilitate full and immediate access for international relief organizations and reach out to a genuine process of national reconciliation." Swedish foreign Minister Carl Bildt in his blog insisted that tens of thousands of people are now desperately in need of immediate assistance and urged that the humanitarian catastrophe has to be avoided. Writing in his blog, he said, "It is therefore necessary that the UN and Red Cross should be given an immediate access to the area."

Prabhakaran still alive !!

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Latest reports emerging from the battle front reveals that LTTE leader Prabhakaran, his intelligence chief Pottu Amman and Soosai, the Head of the Sea Tigers are still alive and are being pursued. According to the Sri Lanka Army, the Special Forces Commanded by Colonel Atula Kodiipili and Special Commando Brigade commander Colonel Ralf Nugera are at the moment engaged in fierce battle 100 meters south of A35 road. The Sri Lanka Army which is bent on releasing the news on an installment basis, said the LTTE leader V. Prabakaran, Intelligence chief Pottu Amman and Sea Tiger Leader Soosai have been encircled.

Prabhakaran Dead

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Unconfirmed Army official sources told at noon today (18) that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence chief Pottu Amman were among those killed when attempting to flee in a vehicle. Their dead bodies have not yet been officially identified but are believed to be among the other 75 LTTE cadres killed. The "Derana" News Channel has publicly announced the deaths of Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman.

Sri Lanka Governments confirms the death of Prabhakaran

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Government now officially confirmed that LTTE leaders Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and Soosai were shot and killed by the Armed Forces this morning when they attempted to flee in an ambulance, Army sources officially confirmed.

End of War and the Dawn of a New Era in Sri Lanka: A Time for Reconciliation

Dr. Siri Gamage, Australia

The Sri Lankan military and the government are reporting the end of war with the LTTE after the latter's crushing defeat at the hand of a superior force. They are also reporting the demise of LTTE chief Prabhakaran and other senior leaders of the organization such as Soosai, and Pottu Amman. After decades of fear, death and destruction that engulfed the country, especially the northern and eastern provinces, the ending of war is welcome news -not only to the Sinhalese but also to others such as the Muslims and a majority of Tamil population who desire peace. While the casualty figures on both sides may be not known for a while yet, the celebratory atmosphere in Colombo and provinces highlight a truly historic juncture in the battle against LTTE - which endeavored to create a separate Tamil State called Eelam in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.

The EU demands an urgent inquiry on the death of Tamil civilians

The European Union today passed a series of resolutions on the post-war Sri Lanka. They say that they are appalled by the loss of human lives as a result of the conflict, especially those of women and children. They want the government to start the political process to engage all the communities while addressing the grievances of the minorities. The EU wants an inquiry into abuses of human rights by both sides in an independent way. It further supports steps taken by the UN to alleviate the human suffering. The members reiterate that the LTTE are a terrorist organization and condemn the use of civilians as human shield and recruitment of child soldiers.

Sri Lanka - the only nation to have defeated the LTTE & ended Terrorism

Shenali Waduge

No congratulatory messages from world leaders – No applause for Sri Lanka’s military – No mention for the world’s biggest humanitarian rescue operation by the armed forces that rescued almost 250,000 Tamil civilians from LTTE clutches - No plaudits for the Only Nation to have crushed the world’s worst Terrorist movement….Did we not say that barring a few friendly nations, world leaders remained hostile towards Sri Lanka preferring instead to play fiddle to the LTTE’s "liberation" "discrimination" "genocide" tune. Sri Lanka has proved the world and these world leaders wrong and as the nation continues to celebrate and rightly so there are a few key messages that need to be highlighted.

Finally deck clear for Nepal to head new government

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Senior leader of the CPN-UML Madhav Kumar Nepal, who was proposed as a prime ministerial candidate in the new government, finally succeeded to garner a clear majority. The success comes after a few days of certainty due to differences within a key ally in the new government, Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF). Altogether 350 of 601 lawmakers from various 22 political parties including the MPRF on Monday submitted a list of signatures supporting Nepal as new Prime Minister to Speaker Subas Nemwang.

Completion of Hostage Rescue and Liberation >From Tiger Terrorism In Sri Lanka

The United Sri Lanka Association (USLA) expressed its relief at the securing of over the week end, the release of the last fifty thousand of a total of nearly three hundred thousand innocent Tamil civilians, held hostage as human shields by the Tamil Tiger terrorists in the last few months for their protection from the security forces offensive to eliminate terrorism in Sri Lanka, after repeated failures at a negotiated settlement.

Carl Bildt

President Welcoming Army Commander

Celeberating the victory

LTTE terror network attacks Sri Lanka mission in The Hague again

In the second such attack on the Sri Lanka Embassy in the Dutch capital, the Hague within a week, operatives of the LTTE international terror network struck again in the early hours of today(16th May), when a group of men tried to set fire to the Embassy building , by hurling a petrol bomb at the building. According to the Police who have been placed on 24-hour duty at the Embassy, following the earlier attack on the mission last Monday(11th May), the incident happened within seconds and they could not catch the culprits.