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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

LTTE Row:Prabakaran's son killing was a cold-blooded Murder-Jayalalithaa Says

By Sathyalaya Ramakrishnan
Chennai, 21 February, (

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa has said that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran's son murder was a brutal killing done by the Srilankan Army.

"Killing of 12 years old Balachandran was the cold-blooded war crime of gravest nature and unforgivable act", Jayalalithaa added.

Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa on Wednesday called upon India to work together with the United States and like-minded countries to ensure that those responsible were made to face an international trial.

Addressing a press meet here at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister said Balachandran, who was only 12 years old, was just a child. He had not committed any crime. He had been killed "simply because he happened to be the son of Prabakaran,” she said.

The Chief Minister likened the massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka with the Nazi destruction of Jews in Germany.

She reiterated that an economic embargo be imposed on Sri Lanka till the Tamils were rehabilitated honourably and given rights on par with Sinhalese. A resolution should be passed in the United Nations to this effect and India should take the initiative by collaborating with other countries. She recalled a resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu Assembly in 2011 on the issue.

Birthday Gift

"It is the best birthday gift I ever had in my life." This was how Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa [whose birthday falls on Sunday as per Roman calendar] reacted after the Union government notified the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in the gazette on Wednesday.

In her 30-year-long political life, she said "I have a sense of fulfillment and achievement today because we have secured Tamil Nadu’s rights over the Cauvery water."

“It is the happiest day for the farmers of Tamil Nadu, especially the farmers of the Cauvery delta region,” she pointed out.

As the order has been notified, it would be binding on the Karnataka government, she said.

67 Lakhs Tree plantation

As part of increasing green cover in the city, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday inaugurated a massive tree planting scheme in which 65 lakh saplings would be planted, coinciding with her 65th birthday celebrations on February 24.

Against the backdrop of the success of planting 64 lakh tree saplings last year, it has been decided to plant 65 lakh saplings as part of the birthday celebrations, an official release here said.

Ms. Jayalalithaa formally kick-started the scheme on Wednesday by planting the sapling of a banyan tree near the famous Marina beach, the release said.

In the first phase, 2.08 lakh saplings belonging to various families of trees would be planted in all the districts of the state between February 24 and 28, the release said.

Soon after the north-east monsoon sets in later this year, 61,32,000 tree saplings would be planted in the districts at parks along the roadside.

Several saplings belonging to various families of trees including Margosa and banyan that would withstand drought conditions would be planted as part of this initiative, the release said.

- Asian Tribune -

Tamil Nadu CM Ms Jayalalithaa addressing a press conference in Chennai on Wednesday
Ms Jayalalithaa Kick-Started the Tree plantation scheme on Wednesday on Sunday
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