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MAY 15, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 39


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First anniversary: Remembering Eelam War IV
EXPRESS BUZZ, May 15, 2010. COLOMBO: Eelam War IV (August 2006 to May 2009) which resulted in the rout of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will go down in history not only for this, but for the many political and military innovations it saw.

One of the distinguishing features of Eelam War IV was the political determination shown by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to prosecute the war without bowing to powerful international lobbies which were pressing for a ceasefire and resumption of talks with the LTTE.

An important concomitant of the single minded devotion to fighting to the finish was that the three services were given all the men and material they wanted.

The army’s strength was quickly increased by 100,000. The navy was allowed to manufacture 150 fast inshore patrol vessels equipped with 14 mm More...
Published: Sat May 15 10:13:10 EDT 2010

Lanka asks European countries not to support LTTE remnants
Hindustan Times, May 15, 2010. With remnants of the LTTE trying to form 'transnational government' with the support of ethnic Tamils settled abroad, Sri Lanka has asked the European countries not to provide any support to the groups.

Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha said LTTE's initiative to form the so-called 'Provisional Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam' with "country working groups" at national and regional levels in western countries was a ruse.

Addressing the 2010 Diplomatic Security Conference on the Terrorism Situation and Trends in the EU in Brussels, he said the situation in Sri Lanka has been peaceful since the LTTE was defeated by Army in May last year.

The move by LTTE remnants was to perpetuate its "terrorist" struggle, Aryasinha said and asked European nations not to provide any political or symbolic support to these groups.

"Since 18 May 2009 (after the death of LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran) More...
Published: Sat May 15 10:06:02 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tamil jailed in Canada for funding LTTE
LazyBUZZ nEWS, May 15, 2010. May 15, 2010 – 6:24 am

Vancouver, May 15 (IANS) In the first conviction in Canada for funding of terrorists abroad, a court here jailed a Tamil for collecting money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) which was routed by the Sri Lankan forces in May last year.

Prapaharan Thambithurai, 46, was jailed for six months after pleading guilty to the criminal offence after his arrest here in March 2008. The LTTE and many other terror outfits were banned in Canada in 2006. He faced up to 10 years, but the prosecution demanded him to be locked for two years. In the end, Judge More...
Published: Sat May 15 10:09:15 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Indian-born Canadian Liberal MP says six months jail for LTTE fundraiser too lax
Lazy Buzz, May 15, 2010. May 15, 2010 – 8:55 am

Vancouver (Canada), May 15 (ANI): Indian-born Canadian Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh has criticized the country’s judicial system for failing to send a strong message of deterrence to fundraisers for terrorist groups when it sentenced an Ontario man to only six months in jail for raising funds for the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Anatomy of a terror finance investigation
NP, May 15. At 9:22 p.m. on March 14, 2008, members of the RCMP's counter-terrorism squad in British Columbia pulled over a gray Mazda 3 and arrested the driver for financing terrorism... Back to the top

Govt extends ban on LTTE for another two years
TOI, May 15. NEW DELHI: India on Friday extended its ban on LTTE for another two years as it believes the `Tamil Eelam' (separate homeland for Tamils) concept still remains a goal among pro-Tigers groups in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers Emirates $55m for airline stake
Yahoo News, May 14, 2010. COLOMBO, May 14 - Sri Lanka's government has offered $55 million to buy back the 43.6 percent stake Dubai's Emirates airline [EMIRA... Back to the top

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