Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Military Intelligence attempting to confirm death of “Lawrence”

EFT Wanni correspondent reports that self styled LTTE “Colonel” Lawrence has been killed by the Special Forces that came into the aid of the 58th division when a group of hardcore Tiger cadres numbering around 600 breached the 58th FDL north of Puthukuduriyuppu. Military Intelligence officers from Colombo who are at the scene are trying to positively confirm his identity as his dead body is believed to be among the 112 bodies so far recovered by the 58th. Lawrence was one of the most talented commanders of the LTTE and in the past has led many successful offensive and DPU missions against the SLA, the death of Lawrence is a big loss to the LTTE. Unconfirmed reports state that another self style “Colonel” Sornam has died in fighting in PTK, 58th division is claiming the kill. As reported earlier by EFT, “Colonel” Bhanu is good as dead as his leg had to be amputated.

Over the weekend, the Tigers led by Lawrence, launched a daring counter attack on the FDL of the 58th, the attack was partially successful as the SLA suffered around 55KIA, 11MIA and 200 injured, the LTTE for its part suffered around 200KIA (Lawrence believed to be among these) with a further 150 injured. However, around 50 specially trained “DPU” cadres managed infiltrate the cleared areas and headed towards Mankulam general area. The 58th division would have been decimated had it not been for the timely arrival of Special Forces and 57th reinforcements who managed to pacify the counter attack, they could not stop the infiltration attempt entirely though – the Tigers know the terrain better.

The group of 50 LTTE that infiltrated launched an RPG attack on an artillery regiment stationed south of PTK, about 7 artillery regiment soldiers were KIA and three 130mm cannons were damaged beyond repair, however the net loss is only one as the Tigers gifted two brand new artillery pieces last month. About 10 Tigers were also believed to have been killed in the retaliatory fire by the artillery regiment guards. Special Forces who are hunting for the rest of these infiltrators are claiming that 10 of them have been taken down and the hunt is on for the remnants, the Special Forces are ecstatic at these intercept missions as they have only seen limited action in the current theatre of war. Food convoys and troop movements are continuing on the A9 under STF guard.

In other news, state intelligence believes that around 30 suicide sleeper cadres stationed in the south are awaiting their orders to take down government ministers and other high profile targets. The recent attempt on the life of Minister Mahinda Wijesekera failed, however a few local politicians were killed in the Matara suicide attack. Many of these types of attacks are expected and the public is urged to remain vigilant. The cadres are under instruction to follow their targets out of Colombo and take them out as the security is much lighter outside the capital. Furthermore “DPU” LTTE teams are operating in and around rural areas such as Yala, Monaragala, in the East and in Wilpattu, the military is under pressure to intercept and take out these DPU teams.

Heavy fighting was reported last night as well. Tigers are making desperate attempts to stop the SLA reaching the No Fire Zone border. As soon as the SLA reaches the border, civilians will start coming out and SF teams will penetrate into the zone to take out high profile targets.

EFT would like to confirm that PTK junction is under full control of the SLA, heavy fighting is reported near PTK Base Hospital. EFT is not denying that the SLA suffered setbacks, however, the overall mission is on track.


EFT

19 comments:

CriMeWatCh said...

grr lier

Pakka-Lanka said...

Badri/Mahen,

Do you have any inside information about Karuna joining the SLFP? Please publish something enjoyable about the subject, like the amount of money and perks Karuna received for the privilege, etc., on your blogs, this one and Puligal.

Please use your creativity as you have done with excellent results on this blog "Ellalan Force".

All patriots of Sri Lanka, regardless of our ethnicity, do appreciate what you have done via Ellalan Force and continue to do via Puligal, in lifting (false) hope for LTTE terrorist supporters and then slamming it down with a mighty crash. Excellent psychological tactic, I must admit.

Editor: "Badrinath" said...

Dear Mahen, AKA Mohammed Zubair, living in UK. We already have your work address and we have people gathering info on you which will be posted public in a few days. Sleep tight.

Sam Perera said...

Dear Mahen, AKA Mohammed Zubair, living in UK. We already have your work address and we have people gathering info on you which will be posted public in a few days. Sleep tight.

This bipolarism at best.

Editor: "Badrinath" said...

A poem for Mahen:

There once was a modaya named Mahen,
who lived in London at his mom's den,
"LKDOOD" thought he was safe,
but that wasn't the case,
becaue puligal controls the big ben.

puka said...

Please await.....Narvindan's economic analysis will be published soon..... :)

puka thamai...!!!

Mohammed Zubair said...

Editor: "Badrinath",

Yes, I do visit London time to time. However currently staying 6740.23 Miles, 10847.05 kilometers away from that. btw, thank you for the credit or insult you have given me as the Mahen.

##################

Navindran said...

Oh god finally somebody has said it!!! SO FUNNY

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/KC12Df01.html
Sri Lanka dusts off the begging bowl
By Feizal Samath

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is going on bended knees to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - an institution it chased away two years ago - for a bailout package worth US$1.9 billion as the country's authorities scrape the barrel for foreign exchange.

Sri Lanka's imports are valued much higher than its exports and foreign exchange reserves, which have normally averaged over three months worth of imports.

The crisis is two-fold: sagging export income and the Central Bank using the few dollars it has to intervene in local money markets to defend the rupee from depreciating against the US dollar.

At the same time, the government's access to cheap commercial borrowing from foreign sources to fund the costly war against separatist Tamil rebels and other state expenses has dried up with the global financial meltdown.

Last week, the government took the plunge and announced it was in negotiations with the IMF for a $1.9 billion standby arrangement.

Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal - who has been criticized by economists and opposition legislators for misleading the country on the state of its finances - was quoted as saying: ''The offer was made for a facility without conditions. We didn't think we needed it but then this happened to be a good opportunity.''

The country had $1.7 billion in gross official reserves at the end of December, sufficient just for 1.5 months of imports, compared with more than $3.5 billion a year earlier.

Senior economist Sirimal Abeyratne from the University of Colombo told Inter Press Service (IPS) that the financial crisis is so acute that Sri Lanka had few choices. ''Otherwise, why ask for money if we have money, particularly from an institution [IMF] that the government didn't want,'' he said.

Dushni Weerakoon, senior economist at the Institute of Policy Studies, said Sri Lanka's main problem has been the ''outflow of foreign exchange last year following the global economic crisis and using whatever resources we have to defend the Sri Lanka rupee in local money markets''.

She told IPS that in addition to an outflow of $600 million after foreigners withdrew money in central bank bonds in the second half of 2008, the bank has been pumping some $200 million a month (in the last three months of the year) in an unsustainable exchange rate policy to prop up the rupee.

Sri Lanka last year kept its exchange rate at about 108 rupees to the US dollar until October 2008 as the government sought to slow inflation. The rupee has since dropped to about 114.30.

The move to return to the IMF for emergency cash comes after the government virtually threw the organization out of the country in January 2007, with the IMF closing its Colombo office, saying it had no program left.

The opposition and economists at that time said the government had come under pressure from hardline partners like the JVP (People's Liberation Front) and the JHU, formed mainly by Buddhist monks, who frowned on Western-led multilateral agencies like the IMF or World Bank and their tough, conditional lending.

The last IMF facility to Sri Lanka was a $567 million loan given in April 2003 to support the government's 2003-2006 economic program. The first tranche of $81 million was immediately received but the loan was suspended in November 2003 due to political problems and in April 2006 it expired. The IMF had set up its Colombo office in 1979.

Loans from the IMF, generally seen as a lender of last resort, generally come with conditions such as demands for a reduced budget deficit, cuts in government spending, tighter monetary policy and a flexible exchange rate policy, which would allow the rupee to float freely against major currencies.

At present, the rupee rate is fixed by the Central Bank and adjusted in accordance with import requirements.

Exporters have complained over the years that the rupee has been artificially held high against the dollar, resulting in lower export incomes. The rupee is pegged high to keep import costs, particularly of food and fuel, down.

Government economists and the central bank have repeatedly denied the existence of a crisis. Exports are down and garments, the biggest earner, are getting squeezed out in other markets, while jobs are also being shed across other sectors.

The Employers Federation, a business group, has asked the government to reduce the number of working days per week to five from five-and-a-half days in a bid to cut costs.

Weerakoon said the government's problems had been compounded by the shortage of commercial borrowing avenues in the international markets after the financial meltdown.

Sri Lanka is not the only country struggling to make ends meet as the global financial crisis continues. At least $25 billion will be needed in urgent concessional financing this year to help countries affected and prevent millions of people from falling back into poverty, according to a report published on the IMF website on March 5.

Hugh Bredenkamp, deputy director of the IMF's strategy, policy and review department and one of the study's authors, said that Ghana and Sri Lanka are good examples of the relatively few low-income countries that, prior to the crisis, had began to get access to international financial markets to help finance their budgets.

Bredenkamp said both countries were hit as the markets essentially shut down. Ghana had plans to issue a big euro bond last autumn but had to put that on hold, and Sri Lanka has seen the spreads on its international borrowing rise to essentially prohibitive levels.

At the same time, both countries have seen foreign investors exiting from their domestic bond markets. So those two avenues for financing budgets are now drying up, Bredenkamp said in the report.

Other economists said much of the country's spending, particularly on the military, came from domestic borrowings and when that dried up, it came from foreign borrowings from commercial sources, and China and Iran.

Sri Lanka has been relying on China for political and economic support after turning away from the once-favored West, which has been repeatedly critical of the government in Colombo over human-rights violations.

Early last year, before the global crisis, the government was so gung-ho about the access to cheap credit from commercial sources that one powerful Finance Ministry official told a senior World Bank staffer: ''We don't need your conditional money. We have access to cheap credit without conditions.''

With foreign reserves fast dwindling, the central bank, whose governor is a political appointee and former advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in February announced two measures to shore up reserves: raising $500 million from Sri Lanka's diaspora and currency swaps with other central banks in the region.

None has worked as expected. Weerakoon says the swaps and diaspora funds do not work in the short term, a view shared by bank governor Cabraal. ''We have exhausted access to domestic borrowing and international markets [or it has dried up]. In currency swaps, there is an agreement with the Malaysian central bank while the authorities are also discussing a similar arrangement with India,'' she said.

Cabraal said some accounts had been opened by Sri Lankan expatriates in the bond market, but the process was slow.

Economist Abeyratne said Sri Lanka was in a debt trap, where one had to borrow to pay off debts. ''We are down to our lowest levels. Diaspora funds have not come as expected. Last year, the government paid close to half a million dollars in debt payments and this year it will be higher. So we are borrowing to pay off our debt - which is where part of the $1.9 billion IMF facility will go.''

Weerakoon said the debt payments will increase this year once some central bank bonds expire and payments are made. There was also payment to be made to Iran for an oil credit line, she said. ''There is quite a list of payments.''

(Inter Press Service)

Navindran said...

I was looking at Sri Lankan and looks like nobody. Only someone of eelam origin on the list. Anyway he back to being malaysia's richest man sharing the spot with robert kouk who runs wilmar. Anyway he wife is a thai princess and so the son is a monk.

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/10/billionaires-2009-richest-people_Ananda-Krishnan_YK1N.html
The World's Billionaires
#62 Ananda Krishnan
03.11.09, 06:00 PM EDT
A Tamil Malaysian of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, he graduated from Harvard Business School and started his career as an oil trader.

Previous: Edward Johnson III Next: Robert Kuok


Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg News /Landov

Net Worth:$7.0 bil
Fortune:self made
Source:telecom
Age:70
Country Of Citizenship:Malaysia
Residence:Kuala Lumpur
Industry:Telecommunications
Education:Melbourne University, Bachelor of Arts / Science, Harvard University, Master of Business Administration
Marital Status:married, 3 children


A Tamil Malaysian of Sri Lankan Tamil origin, he graduated from Harvard Business School and started his career as an oil trader. His holdings include Maxis Communications, Malaysia's largest cell phone service provider, with more than 10 million subscribers; took it private in June 2007 in $5 billion deal, then sold 25% of Maxis to Saudi Telecom the same month. Bought 35% in Sri Lanka Telecom that same month. Last year sold Excel, the exhibition venue in London's Docklands, and reportedly bought 20% stake in Johnston Press in London. Modern art collector, has homes in Kuala Lumpur, London and south of France; has a son who is a monk living in the forest.

Thoughtful Guy said...

>>>> puka said...

Please await.....Narvindan's economic analysis will be published soon..... :)

puka thamai...!!!<<<<<

right on.....there goes Navidran Ph.D University of Tamil Ealam...

puka said...

Navindran umba ela kollek ban, umba apey ess padanawa...!!!
Umba witharai wedagath deyak liyanne meke....
Why don't you start your own blog like Puli, Mahen or defencewire?

Civilian said...

Sri Lanka!! Please Stop The WAR
Sri Lanka!! Please Stop Killing Civilians
Please save those 330K innocent people.


Mar 06, 09. 82 Civilians killed and 124 seriously injured due to SL Army Shelling



Latest Civilian Casualiteies Videos

puka said...

Civilian,
Kiwwa ta ahanne nehe ban.... :(

Civilian said...

Sri Lanka!! Please Stop The WAR
Sri Lanka!! Please Stop Killing Civilians
Please save those 330K innocent people.


March 07, 09. 30 Civilians Killed and Many Injured in Ampalavanpokkanai due to SL Army Shelling

puka said...

Civilian,
Kiwwa ta ahanne nehe huththo.... :(

Apita karanna puluwannam methna innawa da ban nawaththanne nethuwa...

Civilian said...

puka said...
Civilian,
Kiwwa ta ahanne nehe huththo.... :(

What the **** is that

puka said...

Civillian,

Eekane ponnayo kiyanne kee nogaha hitu kiyala...

Navindran said...

Mahen is defence.lk fake the photo because you are the one in the face mask. Another crushing and humiliating defeat.


http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20090312_05
The background of this image has been altered due to security concerns, to prevent enemy identification of the location.

Ian said...

To the Tamil Diaspora (excluding the one that are in LTTE payroll or the ones who want the war to continue to get the refugee status). You should contemplate to the following. (If you care)

(a) With $300 Million a year collection over more than a decade the 'fighters' are not even provided with shoes. This is evident in many captured or killed cadres.

(b) It has now been revealed that large sums of monies were paid to Swiss bank accounts of rebels by Norway Government with some going in to private bank accounts of individuals. Who got that money? VP? KP? Soosai? Who?

(c) We haven’t seen any development or welfare activity by TRO or LTTE for the benefit of the poor. Civilians are educated and fed by the money spent by the SL Government. On the contrary even the free WFP aid received for the benefit of the poor like high protein food and tents etc have been used for the LTTE and not for the poor civilians. So what happened/happens to the money you sent?

(d) Even the food and fuel supplies from the south do not reach the poor but used by LTTE and its henchman. Aren’t the people who are suffering your brothers and sisters?

Like you and fellow Tamils lying to the International community about the genocide etc. hasn’t LTTE been lying and deceiving you through out? So could it be this 'war' to win a separate state is just a facade for a mafia operation to enrich by the funds given by the terrorist sympathizing governments and the Diaspora?

Could it be that there was no plan of winning a war by LTTE other than killing innocent people in the north and south and using such battles for propaganda activity to collect more money from you?

Don’t you think that it is our funding that keeps the LTTE outfit going resulting in suffering many innocent people including the Tamils?

Is it worth funding a cause that even LTTE did it honestly had no chance of succeeding? Hasn't the horse is outdated after 9/11? Isn’t it the truth that there is no way the International community? (Including India) nor the masses of all communities in the south will ever allow an Ealam in Sri Lanka?

Disregard this as Sinhalese propaganda or really think about it. It is you who keep them going and it is you who are responsible for the killings. Would it ever be worth it?