Thursday, December 22, 2005

Way of saying NO without saying NO.

The news on recent attacks on students march by the SLA army has been published by Tamilnet on December 19th on its website. There is photograph showing armymen walking around the march and some photos of the injurers. Nitharsanam website claims the contents in the following links are related to this incident. [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11] (Ramwatcher does not have any means to cross validate the facts if these photos and interviews related to this incident with other sources)

The Hindu's Sambandan can hear the news from only the army. Also there are reports of "conflicting" natured "seven civilians", on the "violence" and on the number "those" injured.

The names of wounded persons and their occupation are listed in Tamil net news column. Mr.Samabndan's news contains two parts which can be categorized as "a Classic Hindu" or "Classic Sambandan" style.

1. //Jaffna town has been on the boil for the past two weeks, with an assortment of attacks and protests by a suspected LTTE front organisation.//

Ramawatcher's question is, "What is the relation between the past incidents of "suspected LTTE front organisation" and this one?" If there had been any relation, how come Mr.Sambandan not mention about that?

2. //There are also reports of a "civilian militia", reportedly trained by the LTTE, operating in the northern peninsula.//

Ramwatch was not able to find any civilian militia involved in this incident, for that matter, is Sambandan calling "civilians" as "civilian militia?" What is the significance of mentioning this piece of information at this point where the SLA opens fire at demonstrators as per Tamilnet?

Was Mr.Sambandan not able to talk to Jaffna university vice chancellor or at least could have mentioned his attempt to try to get the other side of the story? However Ramwatch appreciates his bravery talking to Sri Lankan Army to get the unconflicted natured story.

TamilNet, December 19, 2005 06:02 GMT
[SL troops open fire on demonstration in Jaffna, Lecturer shot, VC attacked]

Sri Lanka Army troopers opened fire at a peaceful demonstration march by Jaffna University students and staff, wounding at least seven demonstrators including Prof. N. Perinpanathan, a Senior Lecturer, and a student leader of the medical faculty T. Kandeepan. Professor C. Mohanadas, the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University, Prof. R. Sivchandran, Dean of Arts, and S. Kajendran, Jaffna MP were severely beaten by the soliders. The demonstration march from Jaffna University towards the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) did not proceed beyond Parameswara Junction where the troopers began firing at the demontrators around 11:00 a.m. Monday. Tension prevails in the area.

((News on the same incident on)
Flare-up in Jaffna
V.S. Sambandan

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2005

COLOMBO: At least seven civilians and three soldiers were injured in violence in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna town on Monday, the army said. There are conflicting reports on the nature of the unrest and the number of those injured. According to reports from Jaffna, Monday's tension started after a group of students from Jaffna University took out a procession demanding an end to "harassment by security forces." A clash between the protesters and the security forces resulted in troops "opening fire in the air," the army said. Jaffna town has been on the boil for the past two weeks, with an assortment of attacks and protests by a suspected LTTE front organisation. There are also reports of a "civilian militia", reportedly trained by the LTTE, operating in the northern peninsula. Redeployment of security forces from Jaffna has been a key LTTE demand.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Donors warn over Sri Lanka poll

In BBC version of the news says:

[BBC]Donors warn over Sri Lanka pollTuesday, 20 September 2005, 07:05 GMT 08:05 UKForeign aid donors have urged all sides in Sri Lanka not to undermine the island's shaky peace process ahead of presidential elections in November.
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The same news is published in "The Hindu" as ,

[The Hindu]Wednesday, Sep 21, 2005Show commitment to peace, LTTE told V.S. SambandanCOLOMBO: Sri Lanka's international donors on Monday said the three-year-old ceasefire agreement was facing its "most serious challenge" and wanted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to "take immediate public steps to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process and their willingness to change."
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"..The US, EU, Japan and Norway said the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar had cast a shadow over peace moves with Tamil rebels....The statement called the 12 August assassination of Mr Kadirgarmar an "unconscionable act of terrorism", but stopped short of blaming the rebels directly, as the government has...The Tigers denied involvement in the killing... "

In Hindu it is said as,

"..The call came from the co-chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference — the U.S., U.K., E.U., Japan and Norway — who met in New York to discuss the situation in the aftermath of the assassination of Lakshman Kadirgamar, by a suspected LTTE sniper..."


In BBC the statemant written is,

"The donors said the only way to end Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict was a negotiated political settlement based on a federal state for Tamils."

is not written in any way differrent, but surely it does writes as follows,

"On the current standoff over talks to review the implementation of the agreement, the donors said they were "disappointed that the LTTE have not agreed to the proposed venue for talks," and urged "both parties to engage constructively" with Norwegian special envoy Trond Furuhovde..."

In BBC it is written as, "The co-chairs look to all parties to refrain from violence and from statements and acts that could undermine progress toward the peaceful resolution of the conflict after the elections," they said, in a statement issued on Monday in New York..."

The same content is ideally reproduced by the Hindu as,
"...Reiterating their "unequivocal condemnation" of the assassination, they said: "This unconscionable act of terrorism casts profound doubt on the commitment of those responsible to a peaceful and political resolution of the conflict." They said an "immediate end to political assassinations by the LTTE and an end to LTTE recruitment of child soldiers," were "two such steps.".."

But nothing has been , not even hinted about,

"..The Co-Chairs deplore the activities of paramilitary groups, which fuel the cycle of violence and unrest. The Co-Chairs underscore the responsibility of the Sri Lankan government under the Ceasefire Agreement to disarm or relocate these groups from the north and east..."


"Cooperation between the Sri Lankan government, the LTTE and the Muslim community will be important for sustainable recovery in the north and east..."

in the same news column in anywhere, and nothing to be suprised about it as for RamWatch is concerned.