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Who are internally displaced Tamils?

By Lt. Col (Rtd.) Anil Amarasekera

I had the privilege of meeting many internally displaced Tamil people during my visits to the Manik Farm on 26th April and 10th May 2009. During discussions I had with them I found that the majority of the elders among them were Indian Tamils from the plantation estates. Some of these elders were those who had been identified for repatriation to India under the Sirima Shastri Pact and had been surreptitiously resettled in the Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu Districts to avoid repatriation, while many others were those who had been displaced from plantation estates in the hill country and the south, during riots in 1958, 1978, 1983 and 1987.

Arjuna Ranatunga’s removal a travesty of natural justice – Supreme Court

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Arjuna RanatungaThe Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled on Monday, that Arjuna Ranatunga's removal as Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee by Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge was against natural justice. The Sri Lankan national team was considered perpetual underdogs but this image changed completely during the 1996 Cricket World Cup, when Sri Lanka defeated tournament favorites Australia to win the Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Ranatunga. This victory, for which Ranatunga was a pivotal part both as batsman and captain, has ensured that Sri Lanka Cricket Team is no longer underestimated on the world cricket stage The Supreme Court ordered the State to pay a nominal compensation of Rs. 100,000 and advised the petitioner that he could pursue further legal action since the amount was deemed inadequate.

Crackdown on militant hideout in Northern Punjab

By Farzana Shah, Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

While a military operation is going on in Malakand Division in NWFP, Punjab police made a noticeable gain by arresting, Ghazi Abdullah, close aide of Baitullah Mehsud- Leader of TTP (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan)- from Mianwali, a district in Northen Punjab bordering NWFP and FATA. Police carried out successful raid on militant hideout in Chadro area of Mianwali this morning. Total of 10 people were arrested. Another terrorist identified as Saleem is also among arrestees. Large cache of weapons and ammunition also recovered. According to DPO Mianwali, arrested terrorists torched a police check post in Qutratabad area near Mianwali earlier this year after slaughtering all eight police men present at police check post.