Monthly Archives: March 2007

Tamil Tigers are still smuggling war material

By Walter Jayawardhana

5.8 MILLION STEEL BALLS IN MANNAR SRI LANKA AND 1950 DETONATORS IN TAMIL NADU INDICATE TAMIL TIGERS ARE STILL SMUGGLING WAR MATERIAL

The discovery of 1950 detonators in Tamil Nadu, India and 5.8 million India made steel balls in Mannar, Sri Lanka on two consecutive days of March 28 and 29 indicate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is still active in smuggling in war like material for the terrorist activities in the island nation.

Police reports in the Q Branch of the Tamil Nadu Police said 1950 electrical detonators were discovered buried in sand in sacks at Uchipuli in the coastal district of Rameswaram, in Tamil Nadu, South India, March 28.

Security forces personnel on duty at a road block at Pulleady Erakkam on the Madawachchiya – Mannar main road apprehended a lorry which was carrying 15.2 million steel balls in 650 sacks s and pharmaceutical items suspected to be smuggled from India to the LTTE yesterday, Thursday the 29th of March.

Despite Police vigilance in Tamil Nadu and claims of continued Navy surveillance both by India and Sri Lanka the LTTE continues to bring in bomb making materials from India, the source of the insurgent outfits’ main supply station these days.

The Sri lanka Army said that a driver and his assistant transoporting 650 boxes of metal balls, 38 bandage roles, 810 saline bottles, 50 sodium chloride packets, 52 plaster roles, 40 knee guards and 80 injection syringes were taken into custody Thursday (29) by the troops at a roadblock in Pulleady Erakkam, in a lorry proceeding towards Mannar from the Eastern town of Batticaloa.

The driver of the lorry Subramanium Raveendran and his subordinate Gopal Panneer Selwam were also arrested by the Police Murunkan the Ministry of Defense sources said.

Both suspects are residents of Thanndikulam in Vavuniya the lorry belongs to a person in Vavuniya, Police sources further said.

Police said over 15.2 Million steel balls, 850 saline bottles, 25 Acid barrels (20L each), 06 Iron acid barrels (35L each), 90 Sugar bags (50Kg each), 10 dhal bags (25Kg each), 42 roles of Barbed wire and other pharmaceutical items were inside the lorry which was apprehended last evening.

Meanwhile the Q Branch thinks the 1950 electrical detonators found buried in the coconut grove was also meant to be to be smuggled out to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.

Many have been arrested in this connection.

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A guide to the Super Eights stage

The Super Eights stage of the World Cup is now with us and there is some uncertainty as to how it works. So, in an attempt to unmuddy the waters, here is a short guide …

In the Super Eights round, every team plays six matches, against every other team except the side they played in the group stage.

The only points carried into the Super Eights are the two gained from beating the other side that qualified from a team’s group. So, the four group winners – Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies – begin with two points from the victory over the second-placed side in their group. In the six remaining matches, there are two points for a win, one for a tie or a no-result.

The venues for the teams are not based on where they finished in the group stages. They are pre-agreed. This has been done to ensure that those travelling to the World Cup know in advance where their teams will be based. Because the tournament is now, in effect, an eight-team league with everyone playing everyone, the original seedings are no longer relevant. More…

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LTTE’s toy submarines and coordinated patrolling with SL Navy

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By Walter Jayawardhana

INDIAN NAVY OFFICER TALKS ABOUT LTTE’S TOY SUBMARINES AND CORDINATED PATROLS WITH SRI LANKA NAVY

Assistant Chief of Indian Naval Staff Rear Admiral Pradeep Chauhan called the reported submarines of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as ’toy submarines’ and dismissed the suggestion that they could do any harm to the Indian Navy.

When reporters asked him whether there was any threat from those LTTE submersible vehicles he totally rejected any underwater threat from the Sri Lankan terrorist group and referring to the terrorist groups’ reported attempt to make a submarine said, “You cannot develop submarines from do it yourself manuals.”

He was obviously referring to the LTTE supporters trying to buy submarine manufacturing software last year in the United States before they got caught in a sting operation. During the sting operation perhaps the most intriguing item sought was advanced submarine design software. The LTTE has always had a strong penchant for seafaring activities. Submarines would allow them to expand their smuggling efforts and be a new mode of terror attack, it has been visualized, reportedly.

The Tamil Tiger midget submarines have been described as just slightly submersible only few feet under the surface of the water and extremely slow moving. The senior Naval official did not show any sort of respect for the kind of submersible crude vehicles the LTTE was manufacturing and are called “midget submarines.” He said, “With toy subs you can go for a kilometre and see coral reefs. Nothing else is possible unless they are going to war with sea urchins.”

Rear Admiral Chauhan said the Indian navy couls easily frustrate any LTTE attempt to attack its ships. But the LTTE’s attempt is not to employ the crude submarines as attack vehicles but to use them as vehicles to transport weapons and narcotics drugs without being seen by any watchful eyes in the sea.

At a press briefing in New Delhi Chauhan also mentioned about the kind of patrols the Indian Navy is going to do with the Sri lankan Navy and said they are not going to be joint patrols but coordinated patrols. In this kind of patroling both navies will patrol in their own waters but will cordinate and communicate each other regarding informations. But they would not be patroling together, he said. But in the Indian waters the Indian navy would do joint patrolling with the Indian Coast Guard, Chauhan said.

Such coordinated patrolling has been necessitated by the constant and illegal smuggling activities conducted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of weapons, warlike material and drugs during the last many months.

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LTTE mortar fire kills 8 and injures 18 civilians in two villages

By Walter Jayawardhana

EIGHT CIVILIANS WERE KILLED AND EIGHTEEN OTHER CIVILIANS INJURED BY LTTE MORTAR FIRE FROM THOPPIGALA

In an obvious attempt to create panic and confusion and make civilian run leaving their settlements Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) targeted two villages in the Eastern Province and killed eight people including two young children and injuring 18 other civilians the Sri Lanka Army sources said.

The civilians were killed in Morakottanchena and Karadiyanaru villages during the night of of March 29 by mortar fire allegedly originating from the LTTE positions in Thoppigala area.

“They have fired at two villages. Only in the morning we have entered the area and we found eight people killed, including a 1-1/2-year-old and 7-year-old, both of them girls,” said military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe.

After the Tamil Tigers were evicted from about 230 square mile area in recent months some of them have regrouped in the jungle strip of Thoppigala East of the Batticaloa town and creating the mayhem, Samarasinghe said.

In retaliation the Sri Lanka security forces have surrounded the Thoppigala area to choke the Tamil Tigers of supplies and preventing them from leaving or entering the area.

The mortar fire that started about 7.30 p.m. on March 29 also hit Sittandi and Sandiliveli villages. The villagers told the army that they were just getting ready to sleep after supper when mortar shells started hitting their houses.

The Sri lanka Army said they have already informed about the attack on the civilians by the LTTE to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission.

The Sri Lanka Army sources said closeby army detachments have transported 18 civilians who were injured by the alleged mortar fire by the LTTE.

Among the injured were three little children including an infant of 18 months. All are undergoing treatment at the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital.

Earlier the alleged LTTE mortar fire was directed to Padawiya and Ethavetunu Wewa villages.

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“India can learn from us,” says Sangakkara

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Kumara Sangakkara has told India they can learn a lot about cricket, life and happiness from their island’s neighbours.

Sri Lanka beat India on their way to the World Cup second round Super Eights.

India, meanwhile, crashed out and went home to face the unrelenting fury of fans let down by a team many considered to be potential World Cup winners in the Caribbean.

“I feel sorry for India’s cricketers,” said Sangakkara.

“They’ll now face a torrent of criticism and abuse in the coming weeks. Fanatical fans will no doubt be burning effigies. The huge expectation places their players under enormous pressure. And when that expectation is raised a degree or two, it can easily have a crippling effect.

“In Sri Lanka, the public seems to have a more easy-going perspective. Most Sri Lankans are passionate about sport, especially cricket, but we also seem to understand that sport is sport.

“I am not sure whether that more balanced attitude is the product of two decades of civil war, or merely reflects the more happy-go-lucky style of an island nation.

“The attitude of our fans makes it easier for us. We still get our fair share of criticism. But our houses are not stoned when we lose and we can still walk down the street without fearing for our safety. I’m grateful for this and really don’t envy the situation of India and Pakistan’s top cricketers.”

Sangakkara admitted that the World Cup felt strange without India and Pakistan.

India also lost to Bangladesh in their group games while Pakistan suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of part-timers Ireland. They also lost to the West Indies.

“It leaves the tournament with a strange emptiness,” Sangakkara wrote in his http://www.cricinfo.com column.

“India’s unbelievable passion for the game always ensures an occasion whenever they take the field. One billion fans and a clutch of high-paying sponsors are naturally bitterly disappointed.”

Sangakkara believes that the pressure on India contributed to the demise of Rahul Dravid’s team who succumbed to a 69-run defeat to Sri Lanka in Trinidad, which confirmed their early exit.

“There was no doubt in our minds that we would win the game. We were completely focused,” said Sangakkara.

“The same cannot be said about India’s players. I thought our body language told the story. We were up for it, positive and very upbeat. India’s players looked under pressure and their body language betrayed their edginess.”

Source:The News

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LTTE aquired planes in 1998 – Janes Weekly report in 1998

From 1998 issue of JDWJane’s Radar & Electronic Warfare Systems 2004-2005 (Jane’s Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems)

Sri Lanka was buying Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) and radar systems, according to the issue of the military industry publication, Jane’s Defence Weekly in 1998. Reports that the Liberation Tigers have acquired an air capability “have forced the Sri Lanka government to hurriedly procure air-defence systems” said the JDW.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) “has called for tenders for surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), air-defence guns, short-range battlefield surveillance radars, mobile air-defence radars and thermal imagers” says JDW.

The JDW report by Iqbal Athas, a leading Sri Lankan defence correspondent, cites Sri Lankan military intelligence sources confirming that the Tigers as having acquired “a two-seater fixed wing aircraft and a small helicopter”

“We are yet to identify their make and origin though we suspect they were smuggled in in a knocked-down condition and assembled in the Wanni jungles” the sources told JDW.

The Liberation Tigers also announced at the end of November 1998 that aircraft of the ‘Air Tigers’ had taken part in this year’s Heroes’ Day celebrations.

A warning sent by the Sri Lankan Air Force’s Air Defence Command and Control Centre said pictures showed one of the aircraft to be similar to a US manufactured Robinson R44 Astro light helicopter, said JDW.

“Since the suspected aircraft is confirmed to be a helicopter which could fly at high altitudes, carrying, say, a payload of 200kg of explosives, dropping it in a selected area is a strong possibility,” the centre warned.

The centre also noted that “the possibility of attaching a medium calibre gun on the aircraft to fire on selected targets cannot be ruled out.”

Sri Lanka’s armed forces have no SAMs and rely for air defence on Bofors 40mm L/60 and L/70 guns, said JDW.

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TAMIL TIGERS ARE DEVELOPING A SUBMARINE FOR TERRORISM

By Walter Jayawardhana

TAMIL TIGERS ARE ALSO DEVELOPING A MINI SUBMARINE FOR GUN RUNNING, DRUG SMUGGLING AND PIRACY

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The cocaine submarine was taken into custody with nearly three tons of cocaine in the early part of December 2006 90 nautical miles southwest of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, in international waters.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is fast developing a mini submarine for gun running and drug smuggling Sri Lankan and Indian intelligence services believe.

The evidence of crude submarines they are developing has already been found in recent finds in Thailand and other places, the reports indicate.

Some Indian naval authorities think they are developing a submersible craft to smuggle drugs and warlike materials unnoticed between the narrow straits between India and Sri Lanka and attack merchant vessels in the Indian ocean for purposes of piracy.

According to the information, it is the marine wing of the LTTE, called the Sea Tigers who are trying to develop a home made submarine for extending their activities of smugggling and piracy.

Indian news agencies have publishing stories that the terrorist group who are already possessing some propeller airplanes could soon be adding up submersible vehicles to their terrorist activities.

India’s zee.news website quoting an Indian naval officer reported, “To questions about the possibility of the LTTE acquiring a submarine and how big a threat this would pose to India and its neighbourhood, Rear Admiral Pradeep Chuahan said the threat would be as good or bad as threats posed by any terrorist group operating on land.”

The United States coast guard authorities were tight lipped regarding the incident after a number of Colombians with Rajakumar Rajadurai (52) a Sri Lankan Tamil were caught transporting 2.9 tons of cocaine into the United States originating from Bogota Colombia, the world’s biggest producer of cocaine in a crude home made submarine. The submarine was used to escape the intense surveillance of airplanes by US drug enforcement authorities. The accused were facing life imprisonment.

The large merchant navy owned by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is thought to be transporting drugs as a main income for the terrorist group.

The cocaine submarine was taken into custody with nearly three tons of cocaine in the early part of December 2006 90 nautical miles southwest of Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, in international waters.

Earlier than this incident Thai authorities took into custody a crude unfinished submarine that was being built by the LTTE in that country.

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Lasith Malinga the first man in International cricket to take four wickets in four balls – The Clip

 

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga was unaware he had become the first man in international cricket to take four wickets in four balls, against South Africa in the World Cup Super Eights.

“I didn’t know if anyone else had taken four,” Malinga told a news conference. “I know now I was the first person and I’m very happy. But my team lost the game.”

Lasith Malinga took four wickets in four consecutive balls – against South Africa in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. The batsmen dismissed were:

* Shaun Pollock (13) bowled

* Andrew Hall (0) caught at cover

* Jacques Kallis (86) caught behind

* Makhaya Ntini (0) bowled.

This is the first and only instance of four wickets in four consecutive balls in One Day International or for that matter in any form of international cricket.

Malinga, whose low, slingy action has courted controversy, was eventually made joint man-of-match with five-wicket South African Charl Langeveldt after an initial mix-up where only Langeveldt was named.

“You’ve got to give Malinga some credit, he is an awkward bowler. He just ran in and gave it his all,” Smith said.

South Africa survive Malinga menacing spell

An extraordinary spell of fast bowling from Lasith Malinga, where he strung together a devastating sequence of four wickets in four balls, threatened to produce the greatest one-day heist before South Africa scrambled to a dramatic one-wicket victory in a heart-stopping Super Eights clash in Guyana.

South Africa needed a meagre four runs to win with five wickets in hand when Malinga finished batsmen as if swatting flies. He fooled Shaun Pollock with a beauty of a slower ball before hurrying Andrew Hall with a juddering yorker that looped up to cover. The first ball of the next over produced the hat-trick, the fifth in World Cups, when the set Jacques Kallis nicked to the wicketkeeper before a brute of a yorker zoomed past Makhaya Ntini.

No bowler in one-day history has managed four in four – Saqlain Mushtaq has managed four in five – and Malinga took Sri Lanka to the brink of an outrageous day-light robbery. Robin Peterson and Charl Langeveldt survived a nervy 11 deliveries before a thick outside edge flew off Peterson’s bat to seal the deal. South Africa have laughed off the tag of ‘chokers’ but they were a hairsbreadth away from out-doing their previous stumblings. Sri Lanka made far too many mistakes but the fact that they got so close was a testament to their depth and variety.

Malinga’s burst overshadowed the first five-wicket haul of the tournament – Langeveldt’s 5 for 39 which restricted Sri Lanka. South Africa had adjusted smartly to the slow, spongy pitch at the brand new Providence Stadium. The conditions were far removed from St Kitts, where South Africa were based during the first round. At Providence, the ground was much larger, the pitch slower, and batsmen relied on nudges rather than lofts. The conditions should have suited Sri Lanka but poor shot selection from the top order and reckless slogs from the tail pegged them back. South Africa’s seamers, led by the skiddy Langeveldt, turned in an efficient performance under gloomy skies before Graeme Smith and Kallis steered the run-chase with contrasting half-centuries.

Sri Lanka came desperately close and will no doubt rue the missed half-chances: two tough catches off Kallis went to ground, once when he was on six and another on 75, when Malinga fluffed a low return catch. Strange as it may sound, Malinga was the most erratic bowler on the day, conceding close to six an over, and missed two direct hits as well. Mahela Jayawardene’s decision at the toss probably backfired – the sun was out later in the afternoon and the pitch somewhat eased up – but his decision to hold back Muralitharan, and then not keep more fielders in the ring during the final stages, were critical to the outcome. His decision to delay the third Powerplay till the 44th over nearly came off but that was only owing to Malinga’s unexpected spell.

Smith set the pace before Kallis prodded them to victory. Smith’s aggression blended well with Kallis’s graft. While one bullied the bowlers with a combination of jabs, punches and cover-drives, the other thwarted through taps, glides and blocks. Of Smith’s 59, 38 came off Malinga and Farveez Maharoof, the most wayward bowlers in the early part. Of Kallis’s 86, 56 came in singles. One reeked urgency; the other absorbed pressure.

Murali broke the 94-run stand between Smith and Kallis before returning to remove Herschelle Gibbs and Mark Boucher off successive deliveries. He teased from around the wicket and varied the turn. His deceived Smith and Gibbs in the flight, one couldn’t get his back foot back in time while the other bobbed a return catch, before outwitting Boucher with a quick offbreak, one that was angled from around the wicket, pitched on off and turned fatally. If South Africa thought that double-blow was rattling, what was to follow nearly stunned them.

Sri Lanka will also rue the poor batting display. If one discounts Sanath Jayasuriya’s 27-ball 26 at the start, the game, for most part, meandered along at a lethargic pace. Upul Tharanga fell early, poking at an angled delivery from Ntini, but it was the dismissals of Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva that had them struggling. Jayasuriya slashed indiscreetly, Sangakkara edged a short one down the leg side while Silva, while going for a non-existent single, was undone by an exceptional run-out from Gibbs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Russel Arnold cobbled together 97 in a revival stand but Sri Lanka’s tail-end collapse almost rivalled South Africa’s. From 194 for 5 they crumbled to 209 with their lower-order batsmen holing out in the deep. It was less dramatic a capitulation, compared to Malinga’s blitz at the end, but proved to be the more costly at the end of the day.

Source:Cricket Worldcup

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15 SEA TIGERS KILLED OFF MULATHIVU

By Walter Jayawardhana

ABOUT 15 SEA TIGERS KILLED, 3 BOATS DESTROYED OFF MULATHIVU IN THE LTTE DOMINATED AREA

SriLanka navy’s Fast Attack Crafts destroyed three Sea Tiger boats killing at least 15 sea tigers off the coast of the LTTE dominated Multhivu during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, March 28, the Sri lanka Navy said.

A naval spokesman Commander Athula Senaratne said, “”A naval patrol has come across about 10 Tiger boats and our boats launched an attack, and we were able to destroy three rebel craft.”

The hours long sea battle came after the security forces have driven off the LTTE from one of their main camps at Kokkadicholai.

The navy said between 15 to 18 Sea Tigers have gone down with the completely destroyed boats.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have complained that about 23 DVORA craft came and attacked them in the area they control.

The Navy said one of their sailors was injured and admitted to the Naval Hospital in Trincomalee.

The Navy spokesman said the battle lasted for four hours. When the Sea Tiger boats moved close to Mulathivu coastal waters the Fast Attack Crafts could not navigate in those waters safely.

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