அரசியல் பிரச்சாரத்தின் ஆதாரக் கோட்பாடு

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அரசியல் பிரச்சாரத்தின் ஆதாரக் கோட்பாடு.

'' நீதி, மதம், அரசியல், சமுதாயம் சம்பந்தமான எல்லாவித சொல்லடுக்குகளுக்கும் பிரகடனங்களுக்கும் வாக்குறுதிகளுக்கும் பின்னே ஏதாவதொரு வர்க்கத்தின் நலன்கள் ஒழிந்து நிற்பதைக் கண்டுகொள்ள மக்கள் தெரிந்துகொள்ளாத வரையில் அரசியலில் அவர்கள் முட்டாள்தனமான ஏமாளிகளாகவும் தம்மைத் தாமே ஏமாற்றிக்கொள்வோராகவும் இருந்தனர், எப்போதும் இருப்பார்கள். பழைய ஏற்பாடு ஒவ்வொன்றும் எவ்வளவுதான் காட்டு மிராண்டித் தனமாகவும் அழுகிப் போனதாகவும் தோன்றிய போதிலும் ஏதாவது ஒரு ஆளும்வர்க்கத்தின் சக்தியைக் கொண்டு அது நிலைநிறுத்தப்பட்டு வருகிறது. சீர்திருத்தங்கள், அபிவிருத்திகள் ஆகியவற்றின் ஆதரவாளர்கள் இதை உணராத வரையில் பழைய அமைப்பு முறையின் பாதுகாவலர்கள் அவர்களை என்றென்றும் முட்டாளாக்கிக் கொண்டே இருப்பார்கள். இந்த வர்க்கங்களின் எதிர்ப்பைத் தகர்த்து ஒழிப்பதற்கு ஒரே ஒரு வழிதான் உண்டு. அது என்ன?

பழைமையைத் துடைத்தெறியவும் புதுமையைச் சிருக்ஷ்டிக்கவும் திறன் பெற்றவையும், சமுதாயத்தில் தாங்கள் வகிக்கும் ஸ்தானத்தின் காரணமாக அப்படிச் சிருக்ஷ்டித்துக் தீரவேண்டிய நிர்ப்பந்தத்திலிருக்கிறவையுமான சக்திகளை, நம்மைச் சூழ்ந்துள்ள இதே சமுதாயத்துக்குள்ளேயே நாம் கண்டுபிடித்து, அந்தச் சக்திகளுக்கு ஞானமூட்டிப் போராட்டத்துக்கு ஸ்தாபன ரீதியாகத் திரட்ட வேண்டும். இது ஒன்றேதான் வழி. ''

மாமேதை தோழர் லெனின்
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Thursday, 29 December 2011

சதாம் ஹுஸைன் கிராமத்தின் பெயரை ஈராக் கிராமம் எனப் பெயர் மாற்றம் செய்ய ஏறாவூர் மக்கள் மறுப்பு

சதாம் ஹுஸைன் கிராமத்தின் பெயர் மாற்றம் தொடர்பில் ஈராக் தூதுவராலயம் அறிக்கை

வீரகேசரி இணையம் 12/28/2011 11:24:15 AM 5

மட்டக்களப்பு ஏறாவூர், சதாம் ஹுஸைன் கிராமத்தின் பெயர் மாற்றம் தொடர்பில் எவ்வித தலையீடுகளையும் நாம் மேற்கொள்ளவில்லை என கொழும்பிலுள்ள ஈராக் தூதுவராலயம் தெரிவித்துள்ளது.

இது தொடர்பில் இலங்கைக்கான ஈராக் தூதுவர் கஹ்தான் தாஹா ஹலப் தெரிவித்துள்ளதாவது,

சதாம் ஹுஸைன் கிராமத்தின் பெயரை ஈராக் கிராமம் என பெயர் மாற்றி சதாம் ஹுஸைன் கிராமத்திற்கு ஈராக் மக்களினால் வழங்கப்படும் உதவிகளை தங்களினால் வழங்கப்பட வேண்டும் என்பதற்காக ஏறாவூர் உள்ளிட்ட பிரதேச அரசியல்வாதிகள் குறித்த கிராமத்தின் பெயர் மாற்றம் தொடர்பில் பல்வேறு சர்ச்சைகளையும் வாதப் பிரதிவாதங்களையும் உருவாக்குகின்றனர்.

எவ்வாறாயினும் குறித்த சதாம் ஹுஸைன் கிராமத்திற்கு ஈராக் மக்கள் மற்றும் அரசாங்கம் தொடர்ந்து உதவித் திட்டங்களை வழங்குவார்கள் எனக்குறிப்பிட்ட இலங்கைக்கான ஈராக் தூதுவர், 1982 ஆம் ஆண்டு ஜூலை 25ஆம் திகதி பொதுமக்களிடம் வைபவ ரீதியாக கையளிக்கப்பட்ட இந்தக் கிராமம் ஈராக் மக்களின் நிதியுதவியினால் அமைக்கப்பட்டதே தவிர, முன்னாள் ஜனாதிபதி சதாம் ஹுஸைனின் நிதியினால் அமைக்கப்படவில்லை.மாறாக அவர் ஜனாதிபதியாக இருக்கும் காலப்பகுதியிலேயே அமைக்கப்பட்டது.

இதற்கு முன்னர் ஈராக் மக்கள் இந்தக் கிராமத்திற்கு பல உதவிகளை வழங்கியது போன்று தொடர்ந்தும் உதவிகளை வழங்குவர்.

மேற்படி கிராமத்திற்கு ஈராக் மக்களால் வழங்கப்பட்ட 75 துவிச்சக்கர வண்டிகள், சுயதொழில் புரிவோருக்கான 45 தையல் இயந்திரங்கள் மற்றும் பள்ளிவாசலைப் புனரமைப்பதற்காக ஐந்து இலட்சம் ரூபா பணம் உள்ளிட்ட பல உதவிகள் கடந்த வாரம் வழங்கப்பட்டன.

சதாம் ஹுஸைன் கிராமத்தின் பெயரை மாற்றக்கூடாது என கிழக்கு மாகாண அமைச்சரவை கடந்த புதன்கிழமை தீர்மானம் எடுத்தமைக்கு அமைவாக கிராமத்தின் பெயர் மாற்றம் தற்காலிகமாக இடைநிறுத்தி வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளமை குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

யாழ். படைகளின் தலைமையகத்தின் ஒளி விழா! ஈழப்போரைக் காட்டிக் கொடுத்த பாதிரிகளுக்கு திருவிழா!

``நாங்கள் சமாதானம் தழைத்தோங்கியுள்ள நாட்டில் வாழ்கின்றோம்!``

பாதிரிகளும் படைவீரர்களும் ஒன்றுபட்டு ஒலிக்கும் குரல்.

US warns Iran against closing oil route

"If sanctions are adopted against Iranian oil, not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz."

Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's vice-president
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Tensions rise in standoff that has the potential to prompt military reprisals and push up global oil prices.
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2011 09:02


Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports on the rising tensions between the US and Iran in the Gulf over sanctions


The US has strongly warned Iran against closing a vital Gulf  waterway, after Iran threatened to choke off traffic through the Strait of Hormuz if the US imposes sanctions targeting the country's crude exports.

The increasingly heated exchange raises new tensions in a standoff that has the potential to prompt military reprisals and push up oil prices to levels harmful to an already fragile global economy.

The Strait of Hormuz is a 6.4km wide channel between Iran and Oman at the mouth of the Gulf through which more than one-third of the world's tanker-borne oil, or about 15 million barrels of oil, pass daily.

"This is not just an important issue for security and  stability in the region, but is an economic lifeline for countries in the Gulf, to include Iran,'' George Little, Pentagon press secretary, said on Wednesday.

"Interference with the transit or passage of vessels through the Strait of Hormuz will not be tolerated,"

Earlier, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran's vice-president, was quoted as saying: "If sanctions are adopted against Iranian oil, not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz."

Iran's navy chief said on Wednesday that it would be 'very easy' for his country's forces to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, "Iran has comprehensive control over the strategic waterway," Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told state-run Press TV, as the country was in the midst of a 10-day military drill near the strategic waterway.

'No desire for violence' It was the second such warning by Iran in two days, reflecting Iran's concern that the West is about to impose new sanctions that could hit the country's biggest source of revenue, oil.

"We have no desire for hostilities or violence ... but the West doesn't want to go back on its plan to impose sanctions," Sayyari said.

"The enemies will only drop their plots when we put them back in their place."

"We have no desire for hostilities or violence ... but the West doesn't want to go back on its plan to impose sanctions"
- Admiral Habibollah Sayyari

The threat underlined Iran's readiness to target the narrow stretch of water along its Gulf coast if it is attacked or economically strangled by Western sanctions.

A spokesperson for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet responded to the threat by warning Iran that any disruption of traffic flowing though the Strait of Hormuz "will not be tolerated".

"Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated,'' Rebecca Rebarich said.

She said the US navy is "always ready to counter malevolent actions to ensure freedom of navigation."

The US maintains a navy presence in the Gulf in large part to ensure that passage remains free.

Iran rejected in September US calls for a military hotline between the capitals to defuse any "miscalculations" that could occur between their military forces in the Gulf.

War games

Iranian ships and aircraft dropped mines in the sea on Tuesday as part of the drill, according to a navy spokesman.Although Iranian war games occur periodically, the timing of these is seen as a show of strength as the US and Europe prepare to impose further sanctions on Iran's oil and financial sectors.

The last round of sanctions, announced in November, triggered a pro-government protest in front of the British embassy in Tehran during which Basij militia members overran the mission and ransacked it.
Britain closed the embassy as a result and ordered Iran's mission in Britain shut as well.

An Iranian legislator's comments last week that the navy exercises would block the Strait of hormuz briefly sent oil prices soaring before that was denied by the government.

While the foreign ministry said such drastic action was "not on the agenda", it reiterated Iran's threat of "reactions" if the current tensions with the West spilled over into open confrontation.

Iran's customers

EU ministers said on December 1 that a decision on further sanctions would be taken no later than their January meeting but left open the idea of an embargo on Iranian oil.

Countries in the 27-member EU receive 450,000 barrels per day of Iranian oil, about 18 per cent of the country's exports, much of which go to China and India.

China, the biggest buyer of Iranian crude, has said against "emotionally charged actions" that might aggravate tension in the nuclear standoff with Iran.

Russia, for its part, has cautioned against "cranking up a spiral of tension", saying this would undermine the chances of Iran co-operating with efforts to ensure it does not build atom bombs.

Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq - together with nearly all the liquefied natural gas from lead exporter Qatar - must pass through the Strait of Hormuz.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

ஈமைக்கிரிகைக்குப் போராடும் ஈழத்தமிழன்.

கற்றுக்கொண்ட பாடம்,
ஈழத்தமிழா உனக்கு `ஆறடி நிலமும்` சொந்தமில்லையாடா;
அங்கீகாரப் பாதையில் நடந்து காலடி நிலமும்
இழந்தாயடா;
இந்தச் செஞ்சோற்றுக் கடன் தீர்க்க இன்றும்
ஐ,நாவைத் தொழுவாயடா!


வஞ்சகன் ஒபாமாவடா!!


இறந்தவரின் சடலத்துடன் ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் செய்த யாழ். மக்கள்!


[ தமிழ்வின் புதன்கிழமை, 28 டிசெம்பர் 2011, 02:55.48 AM GMT ]

வலிகாமம் வடக்கு கீரிமலை பகுதியில் கடந்த 21வருடங்களாக மூடப்பட்டிருந்த செம்மண்காடு[?] இந்து மயானம் பிரதேச மக்களின் கடுமையான போராட்டத்தையடுத்து நேற்று முதல் மக்கள் பாவனைக்காக கடற்படையினரால் திறந்து விடப்பட்டிருக்கின்றது.கடந்த 21வருடங்களாக இந்தப் பகுதி உயர்பாதுகாப்பு வலயம் என்ற போர்வைக்குள் அடக்கப்பட்டிருந்த நிலையில் கடந்த 6மாதகாலத்திற்கு முன்னர் இந்த பகுதி விடுவிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது.

எனினும் பிரதேச மக்களின் பயன்பாட்டில் இருந்து வந்த குறித்த மயானம் மக்களிடம் கையளிக்கப்படாத நிலையில் தொடர்ந்தும் இந்தப் பகுதியில் கடற்படையினர் தமது நடமாட்டத்தை தொடர்ந்திருந்தனர்.

இதனால் மக்களுக்கு மயானம் இல்லாமல் இருந்து வந்த நிலையில் கடந்த சனிக்கிழமை குறித்த பகுதியில் முதியவரொருவர் காலமாகியுள்ளார். இவரது இறுதிச் சடங்குகளை குறித்த மயானத்தில் நடத்த அனுமதியளிக்குமாறு மக்கள் கடற்படையை கோரியிருந்தனர்.

எனினும் இதற்கு கடற்படை உடன்பட்டிராத நிலையில் இறந்தவரின் சடலத்துடன் வீதியில் மறியல் போராட்டம் நடத்தப் போவதாக மக்கள் அச்சுறுத்தல் விடுத்தனர். இந்த நிலையில் மாற்று நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க முடியாத நிலையில் கடற்படை குறித்த மயானத்தை பொதுமக்களிடம் கையளிக்க முன்வந்திருக்கின்றது.

எனினும் குறித்த மயானத்திற்குச் செல்லும் வீதி தொடர்ந்தும் கடற்படையினரின் கட்டுப்பாட்டிலேயே இருந்து வருகின்றது. இதனால் தற்போது கடற்கரையை சுற்றியே பொதுமக்கள் சென்று வருகின்றனர்.

மேலும் மயானத்திற்குரிய வீதியை திறப்பதற்கு அமைச்சர் டக்ளஸிற்கு கோரிக்கை கடிதம் எழுதுமாறு கடற்படை அரசியல் செய்வதாக மக்கள் தெரிவிக்கின்றனர். எனினும் மயானம் திறக்கப்பட்டதுபோல் வீதியும் திறக்கப்படவேண்டும் என மக்கள் தெரிவித்திருக்கின்றர்.

இதேவேளை மக்களுடன் இணைந்து வலிவடக்கு கூட்டமைப்பு பிரதேச சபை உறுப்பினர்கள் எஸ்.சுகிர்தன், எஸ்.சஜீபன், எஸ்.மதி ஆகியேர் இந்த போராட்டத்தில் பங்கெடுத்திருந்தனர். இந்நிலையில் குறித்த முதியவரின் சடலம் மாலை 3மணியளவில் தகனம் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Hindu : New Articles News : One Step Forward two steps back, editorial, [Oradi munne, eeradi pinne] December 24, 2011, Translated and presented by V.B. Ganesan

The Hindu : New Articles News : One Step Forward two steps back, editorial, [Oradi munne, eeradi pinne] December 24, 2011, Translated and presented by V.B. Ganesan

இந்தா தமிழா இவன்தான் ஒபாமா!


அமெரிக்க ஏகாதிபத்திய ஒபாமா நிர்வாகமே,
அமெரிக்க மக்களின் முற்றுகை இயக்கம் மீது கட்டவிழ்க்கும் பாசிச அடக்குமுறைகளை உடனே நிறுத்து!

உலகத்தொழிலாளர்களே ஒடுக்கப்பட்ட தேசங்களே ஒபாமா பாசிசத்தை தோற்கடிக்க ஒன்று சேருங்கள்!!


Title says all. During peacefully Occupy Movement, police came in to tear down tents and proceeded to arrest students at UC Davis who stood in their way. Once students peacefully demanded the release of the arrested, a police officer unnecessarily pepper sprays the students to open a path for the rest of the officers
சிறீலங்காவோ சிரியாவோ, லிபியாவோ ஈரானோ, ரசியாவோ சீனாவோ அல்ல, தமிழா இது உன் பிரான் ஒபாமாவின் அமெரிக்கா!

கண் திறப்பாய், இல்லையேல் மண் துறப்பாய்!!

Monday, 26 December 2011

கைகூப்பிய தமிழனுக்கு கை விரித்த ஐ.நா

On Sri Lanka,
Ban Has No Comment on LLRC Report, "It's Up to Member States"
By Matthew Russell Lee Inner City Press -- Investigative Reporting From the Inner City to Wall Street to the United Nations

UNITED NATIONS, December 16 -- Now that the Sri Lankan government's Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission report is public, with its claim that civilians were not targeted,

Inner City Press on Friday asked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's associate spokesman Farhan Haq for the UN's response to the report, and any moves for accountability. Video here, from Minute 8:29.

Haq said "we'll need to study" the LLRC report and that Ban's UN "may respond in due course." He said, "We are continuing with our efforts at accountability... We hope and trust that member states will look to the contents of th[e] report.. led by Marsuki Darusman."

Inner City Press asked about what a member state on the UN Human Rights Council told it, that Ban sent the Panel of Experts report to Geneva without even a UN stamp on it -- "is it just a piece of paper?"

Haq replied, "it's a UN report, you can find it on a UN website." That doesn't make up for the lack of a UN stamp on the filing with the HRC. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for example runs a website which put online, on a "UN website," reports issued by governments, like Sri Lanka. Does that make it a UN report?

Haq said it was "presented here at UN." But unlike Ban's report on the murder of Benezir Bhutto in Pakistan, for example, or on the introduction of cholera into Haiti, no UN press conference ever "presented" the Sri Lanka report. After the Sri Lankan government leaked it in Colombo, Ban's spokesperson's office made it available, in a stack, without holding any press conference or Q&A.

Inner City Press asked if Ban believes the report should be taken up by the Human Rights Council before Sri Lanka's Universal Periodic Review, some time off.

Haq said, "it's up to member of the Human Rights Council what they take up." That may be true, but Ban has for example publicly expressed regret about the UN Security Council votes on Syria - an issue on which he may have more support, or be more pushed, by influential member states.

Contrary to what Ban said on Syria, on Sri Lanka Haq concluded, "as you know, these are bodies of member states and we'll await what kind of decisions they take." Ah, quiet diplomacy...

Sunday, 25 December 2011

அமெரிக்காவின் நவீன காலனியாதிக்கத்துக்கு சேவகம் செய்யும் கருவியே ஐ.நா.சபை

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/2011/12/un-secretary-general-ban-ki-moon-year-end-press-conference.html



http://www.un.org/apps/sg/offthecuff.asp?nid=2137

New York - Secretary-General's year-end press conference

''We played an essential role in the liberation of Libya. We stand ready to continue to help Tunisia and Egypt at their request.''

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New York, 14 December 2011 - Secretary-General's year-end press conference

SG: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to meet you. And I look forward to seeing you later this evening during the annual UNCA dinner.

We are nearing the end of my first term as Secretary-General, and this is also the day when I can discuss with you my last five year situation. This has been an extraordinary and remarkable year.

The Arab Awakening or Arab Spring has transformed the geopolitical landscape. We spoke out - early and forcefully, calling on leaders to hear the voices of their people. And we acted, decisively, in concert with the international community.

We played an essential role in the liberation of Libya. We stand ready to continue to help Tunisia and Egypt at their request.

The agreement mediated by our UN envoy in Yemen sets the stage for an end to fighting - and the creation of a new government of national unity.

We welcomed our 193rd Member State - the Republic of South Sudan. The birth of this new nation followed a successful referendum in January this year, made possible by UN peacekeeping and diplomacy that included, four years ago, our deployment in Darfur of peacekeepers.

And in Myanmar we see a promising new opening - we will persist through our good offices and other efforts.

Elsewhere, events continue to test our resolve.

In Syria, more than 5,000 people are dead. This cannot go on. In the name of humanity, it is time for the international community to act.

In Afghanistan, we face continued insecurity. Last week's conference in Bonn re-affirmed the international community's commitment to our partnership through 2014 and beyond.

With the help of the Quartet, we must continue to push for peace between Israel and Palestine.

In the Horn of Africa, people still face famine.

From the beginning of my time as Secretary-General, I have sought to advance a practical, action-oriented vision of the UN as the voice of the voiceless, and the defender of the defenceless.

That is why, together with the President of the General Assembly I went to Somalia last week - the first visit of a Secretary-General in 18 years. And of course, the first time ever in the history of the UN that the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly travelled together to Somalia. And it is why I visited the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, where we are helping to feed and shelter half a million Somali people.

From Somalia to Sudan, Yemen to Afghanistan, Haiti to the Philippines - millions need our help.

Today in Geneva, we asked for $7.7 billion to assist 51 million people in 16 countries next year.

Economic times are hard. But we cannot balance budgets with the lives of the world's poorest and most vulnerable.

Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
2011 also delivered warnings about our common future.
The disaster at Fukushima revived concerns about nuclear safety, and the UN mobilized a global response.
We saw record floods in Pakistan, Thailand, Colombia and El Salvador - a vivid reminder of the increasing incidence of extreme weather.
I came to office speaking of climate change as the defining challenge of our era. I was determined to raise it to the top of the global agenda.

Five years later, we have made significant progress - from Bali to Copenhagen to Cancún and, now, Durban.

At Durban, we defied the sceptics. We showed clearly that UN multilateral negotiations can deliver: consensus on a clear target and timeline for reaching a legally binding agreement involving all countries; a re-commitment to the Kyoto Protocol and the institutions that have produced major reductions in green house gases; advances on technology and financing, including the Green Climate Fund.

Looking ahead, we will build on this Durban spirit of cooperation to advance on climate change financing and, in particular, our new initiative on Sustainable Energy for All.

There is a broader lesson.

Whether the issue is climate change - peace, security and human rights - or humanitarian relief - the United Nations has never been so needed.

I believe we are at an inflection point in history. All is changing. The old rules are breaking down.

We do not know what new order will emerge. Yet we can be confident: the United Nations will be at the fore.

That is why, at the General Assembly in September, I set out a vision for the next five years - a vision of solidarity for an era of upheaval and uncertainty.

I identified five global imperatives - five generational opportunities to create the future we want:

First, sustainable development,
Second, a safer and more secure world,
Third, the importance of prevention,
Fourth, helping countries in transition, and
Fifth, doing more for the world's women and young people.

I will lay out our plan of action in January to the General Assembly.

For now, let me say that we will focus on the links among issues. We must connect the dots – between climate change, energy, food, water, health and education, and oceans.

All these will be front-and-center at the Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June next year.

Meanwhile, we will build on the progress of the last five years.

Our new emphasis on preventive diplomacy and mediation has produced encouraging results - in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Cyprus and Nepal.

We have advanced the Responsibility to Protect.

In Côte d'Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo sought to subvert the will of his people. We stood firm for democracy - and today he is in The Hague. We stood, as well, against Muammar Qaddafi when he vowed to slaughter his people like “rats.”

These are important victories for justice and international law. During the last five years, we have stood repeatedly for accountability against impunity. We have strengthened the rule of law and the International Criminal Court, now ratified by 120 nations with more soon to come.

On disarmament and non-proliferation, we have seen growing support for the five-point plan introduced early in my first term.

We continue to champion the rights of women and children. The creation of UN Women culminated a long effort, grounded in our conviction that women are key to development and peace.

Our “Every Woman Every Child” initiative has the potential to prevent millions of needless deaths. Coupled with our success in fighting malaria, we have a powerful model for the future.

What we preach to others, we must practice ourselves. Women hold more senior positions than ever in UN history. You will see many more during my second term, not only at the top.

Ladies and gentlemen,
We can accomplish little without a strong United Nations.
People are outpacing traditional institutions - in their desire for change - in their demands for democracy, justice, human rights and new social and economic opportunity.

Our challenge is to keep up - to adapt - and to deliver.

As my Chef de Cabinet announced on December 1, I intend to build a new team for my second term, a team that is strong on substance and diverse in composition, a team that works as one.

Leading by example, I have placed priority on mobility - combining fresh perspective and institutional continuity and synergy.

With these criteria in mind, I am undertaking a thorough review of my entire team and its management structure. In the coming days, additional announcements will be made as appropriate.

Thank you, and I will be happy to answer your questions.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, on behalf of the United Nations Correspondents Association, thank you for this press conference and for attending tonight's dinner. My question is this: the Human Rights Council presented a devastating report on Syria. Are you going to submit it to the Security Council soon -- this report, after 5,000 people [were] killed?

SG: I think I have transmitted the report of the International Commission of Inquiry a couple of days ago. Of course, it is for members of the Security Council. It has also been transmitted to General Assembly. So it is for Member States to review and take the necessary decision. The situation is very worrisome and I have repeatedly expressed my deepest concerns. I hope that the United Nations and the international community will be able to take concerted, coherent action. In that regard, I highly commend the initiative and leadership of the League of Arab States nations and I have been very closely consulting with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States how the United Nations and the League of Arab States and the other international community, in a broader sense, can work to resolve these issues.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, when the Arab Spring first started in Tunisia and then spread to Egypt, you spoke in favour of change. Now that the results of the elections are out -- so far, you know the results -- are you concerned about the future of democracy and political stability in the region?

SG: That is why I reported to the General Assembly one of my five imperatives for next year, for a five-year second term, would be helping those countries in transition, particularly those countries who are able to attain their initial aspirations, like Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen. It is very important that their success should be a sustainable one. We have been trying to help to provide technical and logistical support to Egypt and Tunisia in electoral processes, and we are also discussing with world leaders how we can provide the socio-economic support so that they can provide the good opportunities to particularly young people and women and marginalized groups of people. This is going to be one of the top priorities.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, when you look back on the whole of the Arab Spring, tens of thousands of people have been killed in these different countries, and the UN and the international community has reacted at a different pace in each case. Has this been a victory overall, the past year for the international community, its reaction? Has it been a success rather than a moral victory?

SG: As I said, this has been remarkable in terms of our commitment to help those people who have been oppressed, under oppression. You have not seen such a dramatic situation where people were speaking out, where the international community was speaking out together with those people to help them. Of course, more needs to be done, and it is quite sad and tragic that so many people have been killed, lost their lives and have been wounded in the course of these demonstrations and expressing their freedom of speech and their aspirations. That is why I have been, and the United Nations and the international community have been continuously, consistently speaking out that the leaders should listen to the voices of their people and take up all the reform measures before it explodes, like this way. So we will still have to see and [remain] continuously engaged with the countries.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, as another follow-up on the Arab Spring, we have seen actually these protests from very developed countries, including the United States and also in Russia and in some European countries which are not usually on the United Nations agenda. Do you see that there is some kind of a real world trend that perhaps the United Nations and you as the Secretary-General should be looking at and addressing?

SG: We are living in an era of uncertainty and inequity. And we need to look at this issue and address this issue from a broader perspective, even political and historical perspectives. It is, as you said, not only those countries under oppression, but even in the developed world, we have seen so many people demonstrating out of frustration. That's why I have been saying that this is quite a generational opportunity for the United Nations to address these issues. These generational opportunities do not come along often.

If I may say a little bit historically, in terms of the democratization process, we have seen such yearnings for democracy as early as in the 1950s, in Eastern European countries under communism. Then you have seen some countries in Asia, like in the Republic of Korea. Then in 80s, late 80s, you have seen the collapse of the Cold War era with the reunification of Germany. Then another 20 years or another generation later, we are seeing such yearnings, like a wildfire, spreading across the Middle East and North Africa, because they have been oppressed by tradition, by culture, by authoritarian leaders. It is only natural, only natural evolution of history; that, we have to look at from that perspective. That is why I termed it as a generational opportunity. This is the moment which we have to seize and help them.

The worst case in the developed countries like the United States, where you have seen Occupy Wall Street and which had been spreading all throughout the developed world. That is in the course of rapid industrialization and globalization; there has been some gap between the peoples. They have been marginalized people, and there has been inequity between rich and poor and particularly we have not paid much attention to the women and youth groups. That is why, again, one of my priorities. This all comes from historical perspectives. It is not coming out of just responding [in a] reactive way. I have thought, with my senior advisers, very seriously how the United Nations can be relevant and can be helpful in addressing these issues. So that's why we have to do more for women and youth groups.

Often, we have been saying that the young people will be the leaders of tomorrow. But they have already taken leadership role today already. These were the people who were shouting and demonstrating in Tahrir Square, and Mohammad Bouazizi, in Tunisia -- he set himself on fire. He was a young, helpless [person]. But his sacrifice has provoked and ignited this flame of democratization. Therefore, we have a political, moral and historical responsibility. That is why I am asking you to be part of this process. Journalism, the media, can play a very important role. Without your help, how can their voices be heard to the outside world? Of course, there are many means of communication ? social media, all these ? but still your views, viewpoints can be very helpful in helping this world to bridge the gap of inequity and provide equal opportunities to as many people as possible.

Q: Thank you, Mr. Secretary-General. Now that Palestine has been officially admitted as a member of UNESCO [United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization]; I believe its flag was raised the other day. And this was followed by a cut-off of funding for UNESCO by the United States and the Palestinians are also still seeking full UN membership. You have expressed some concerns in the past regarding further efforts by the Palestinians to seek membership in other UN bodies, if that would have an adverse impact on funding. Do you still have such concerns going forward? And if so, have you communicated those concerns with Palestinian authorities?

SG: We have to look at this issue in a different angle. Admission of Palestinians into the United Nations is a separate one. I support their aspirations to be admitted into the United Nations and to be able to work in other international organizations as a full member within the context of the two-State vision where Israel and Palestinians can live together side by side in peace and security. Then the funding gap, which has been caused by the US cutting this funding over the case of admission into UNESCO; that is another matter. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I hope and I am working very hard that all the United Nations agencies should be able to operate with adequate funding, adequate resources to deliver to those people who need our help. That is my concern. That is my concern, that UNESCO will have a shortage of funding. I have been expressing this concern to world leaders, whomever I met, so that we would be able to find some practical mechanisms where we can address this shortage of funding. So these are separate issues.
Q: Mr. Secretary-General, you made a very unusual trip to Somalia and you told the Transitional Council to either become permanent, hold elections, dissolve itself, whatever. How did they react?

SG: I have very sincere constructive talks with the President, Parliamentary Speaker and Prime Minister and other leaders. And I met the families of refugees and also representatives, leaders of refugee camps. So, these discussions with them and meetings with them were quite constructive and useful and appreciated by many people in Somalia. They are committed to make progress. It is true that they have missed, this Transitional Federal Government, they have missed some important opportunities. I have clearly told them that further extension of the road map beyond August next year will be untenable. So, they should be doing all they can to implement this road map, including constitutional, parliamentary and political reforms. They said they are committed. And they should also be able to expand their governing jurisdiction. They have a very limited window of opportunities gained through these military operations done by African Union peacekeeping mission, AMISOM [African Union Mission in Somalia], and Somali forces, and with the help of the international community. This is a very limited window. Unless they take this opportunity to expand their institutional capacity in the liberated areas, then there may be a danger [of a] resurgence of warlordism, and also military [comeback] by Al-Shabaab. So they have to take these opportunities when there is a heightened attention and support from the international community. The Kenyan Government has made sure that they will send their troops additionally to AMISOM, and Burundi is going to dispatch another additional battalion, and the United Nations is going to be heavily and very focused, engaged by deploying UNPOS ? the United Nations Political Office in Somalia ? from January next year. Then there is going to be a summit-level meeting in London in February next year. So, these are very important occasions, very crucial occasion, [for] the international community to focus our efforts.

Q: Thank you. Mr. Secretary-General. My question is about the budget. In the opening statement, you said that the UN is very much needed; but on the other hand, you proposed to the General Assembly a 3 per cent cut to the budget. My question is: Don't you have any concerns to shrink the operation or the mission of the UN or to reduce the presence of the UN in the international arena by cutting the budget of the UN?

SG: To my knowledge, it is quite an unprecedented initiative that the Secretary-General proposes a 3.7 per cent budget [cut]. Even with the 0.5 per cent growth, the United Nations budget has been increasing by generous contributions by Member States. I thought that this is not the time [for] business as usual. This is an extraordinarily difficult situation where the United Nations should not be an exception. We have to adapt and change our way of doing [things]. That is why I have asked my senior advisors to come up with budget reductions. With a 3.7 per cent [cut], this may cause certain concerns by the Member States or some departments, whether our mandate could be properly carried out. Our mandate will be carried out without fail. How we can then reduce our budget by modernizing our way of working, by being creative, by being more disciplined in executing the budget -- I think we can meet this requirement. That's my firm commitment and it is the consensus view of our senior advisors. We can deliver what had been requested by the General Assembly or other intergovernmental bodies. These mandates will be delivered without fail but we will reduce our operational costs, so we can use some different ways of communicating with us. We can reduce our travel. Instead we can use VTC [video teleconferencing] or some other means of communication. By modernizing, by introducing ICT [information and communications technology], I think we can reduce the budget.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, it's been well known that Daniel Bellemare, who is the prosecutor for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, has not been well, and not functional, quite frankly. He announced today that he is resigning. By now, I'm sure you have somebody in mind who will take his place. Has this been concluded? How long would the process be, had you not chosen somebody? How will it affect the Tribunal in Lebanon? And I don't want to rain on your parade, Mr. Secretary-General; you've been upfront in supporting the Arab Spring, but quite honestly, we don't hear much from you on safeguarding the rights of minorities and women, when it comes to the consequences of the Arab Spring. It is nice to give women lip service and say, “We are going to give you positions, you're going to be fine,” but functionally, on the ground, there has been a very high cost for women and minorities. What do you plan to do tangibly to do something about that, specifically because you have been upfront on this issue?

SG: On the first part of your question, Mr. Bellemare is the prosecutor of Special Tribunal for Lebanon. His term ends sometime early next year. We will have to find his replacement. I had discussed this matter with the new President of the Special Tribunal of Lebanon yesterday, and my Legal Counsel, Patricia O'Brien, will be in contact with relevant people, like the Special Tribunal, and I think due process of selection will take place. But I have not yet initiated it, but it will soon be initiated.

Then, the second question: from the beginning of this Arab Spring, whenever I had an opportunity of speaking or meeting with Arab leaders, I made it quite pointedly, this role of women. When they create a certain committee for reform or when they were drafting constitutions or regulations, [or to] enact laws, then there must be a clear provision on protecting the human rights as well as providing equal opportunities to women and also youth groups. It's not just lip service. I'm just making sure that it happens. When I visited Libya, I also had a meeting with the whole of the NTC [National Transitional Council] and I raised this issue to Chairman [Mustafa Abdel] Jalil and members of NTC, that in Libya, women's opportunity should be fully guaranteed and [they should be] empowered. I will continue to make sure [that this happens].

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, you mentioned the Responsibility to Protect and you said that the implementation of this concept led to the liberation of Libya. At the same time, it led to a split among the members of the Security Council. Some of them, including BRIC [Brazil, Russia, India and China] countries, believe that NATO has exceeded the mandate provided by resolution 1973 and used this resolution as a pretext for regime change and at the same time caused harm to the very same innocent lives it clamed to be protecting. In this context, Brazil has offered an interesting concept that might bring the two sides together. The Brazilian President, in the general debate, argued that better mechanisms were needed to ensure that in an intervention, unwanted damage would be kept at minimum, calling it the “responsibility when protecting.” What is your assessment of Brazil's initiative and how it could bridge the gap between different groups in the Security Council?

SG: The Responsibility to Protect has been gaining wider and wider support among Member States. Since I appointed my special adviser, Ed Luck, on this issue, there have been several occasions in which the General Assembly members have discussed this issue: how to implement the principle which had been agreed upon by the leaders in 2005 at the summit meeting. I'm encouraged that they have been gaining momentum on this principle. I know that there are some concerns expressed by certain countries. That is why this process has been -- even though it has been time-consuming, we've been very patient in getting support, so that there should be no misunderstandings on the principle of this and the application of this principle. I'm also encouraged, for the first time, that the Human Rights Council and Security Council invoked this principle of the Responsibility to Protect. As a result of all these demonstrations and democratization processes by the people, of course, there were changes of regime. But I believe that these changes of regime where done by the people, not by the intervention of any foreign forces, including the United Nations. Security Council Resolution 1973, I believe, was strictly enforced within that limit, within the mandate. This military operation done by the NATO forces was strictly within [resolution] 1973. I made it quite clear, and I have been often discussing this matter with the Secretary General of NATO, to make sure that there should be no human rights violations, there should be no casualties among civilians. I believe that this is what we have seen and there should be no misunderstanding on that. On the Brazilian concept: still, the Responsibility to Protect is the subject of discussions among Member States, so all the comments and suggestions, including the Brazilians', will be considered.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, we know your efforts in bringing the leaders together on Cyprus. My question is on Cyprus. We know your efforts to bring two communities to reach an agreement. You last met the two leaders in Greentree [Estate] in New York. And you also invited them to another meeting in January. From this perspective, what do you want to see to be achieved before the meeting in January? And what do you think are the prospects for the next year, Sir?

SG: As you are well aware, I have invited the two leaders to Greentree in late January and I will spend two days with them. This will be a more intensive consultation, negotiation, than the previous Greentree negotiations. I believe that time is quite limited. As you are aware, Cyprus is going to take the presidency of European Union from 1 July next year, so the window of our opportunity for further progress in negotiations is very much limited. It may be politically difficult and sensitive, when the presidency of the European Union is now going to be part of this. And practically speaking, the presidency of European Union will be heavily involved in all other European issues. Therefore, we are trying maximize this progress in Cyprus. And as I have issued in my statement at the conclusion of the previous meeting, we hope that with the positive result of the January negotiations, we can move ahead towards the international conference to deal with these issues. But let us hope that, before they come to Greentree, both leaders must engage and make progress, accelerating their pace of negotiation. And my Special Advisor, Alexander Downer, is working very hard, and I am also going to get a briefing from [my Special Representative] Ms. [Lisa] Buttenheim today on the progress on this.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, a quick clarification on Giampaolo's question - I thought I heard you saying that you had transmitted to Syria a report from the Human Rights Council to the Security Council, and I didn't think that was the case. Is that right? Is that what you had said, you did transmit it to the Security Council?

SG: Yes, yes.

Q: Oh, ok. And the question is: if you can articulate your general position on the use of drones for cross border attacks and surveillance? There has been an increased use of these tactics, particularly by the U.S., but are you concerned at all about the legality of these operations? And also, concerned that, if you look five years down the road, everybody is going to be doing this, and that you will have the Russians using drone attacks in their area, you will have the Iranians doing it? Is there concern that this could lead somewhere out of control?

SG: I do not have much to say about all of this, what kind of means the Member States use. This is something which national governments, military authorities, they may decide. I do not have any comment on that.
Q: Even cross border to other countries?

SG: I hope all this is done within the agreed international regulations and understandings.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, I do have a little follow up on that. Your former Envoy for Extrajudicial Killings, Philip Alston, did have quite a lot to say on drones, and I would love to know if you intend to move forward on any of those investigations?

But I do have a separate question, which is just on non-proliferation: you made a point in the beginning of your administration to point to a potential non-proliferation in the Korean Peninsula, and that it was a personal point of interest. Is there any movement? I have spoken to all the six parties. I know that is outside the UN framework, but it seems to be somewhat stalled. Do you have any sense that the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] will come back to the talks at any point?

SG: It is quite regrettable that the situation in the Korean Peninsula has not been moving ahead. Recently, you have seen all the escalation of tensions over North Korean attacks against South Korean naval ships and Yeonpyeong Island that seemed to have created a mood on the Korean Peninsula -- almost in a negative way, frozen. At the same time, there had been some diplomatic attempts by the countries concerned, like China, to revive the six-party talks, and there were some meetings between the Heads of State in the region. I myself have been also trying to facilitate, to create a favourable atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula, as Secretary-General, and also in my personal capacity as a Korean citizen. I do hope to see the amelioration of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, particularly between South and North Korea. It is encouraging that Korean President Lee [Myung-bak] assured me, and including the Unification Minister, that despite the current situation, the Republic of Korea Government will continue to provide the basic humanitarian assistance, particularly to children, infants, for their nutrition. I think that is welcome. I sincerely hope that there will be some more expansion of exchanges and cooperation through initiating humanitarian assistance to North Korea.

I also appreciate the Chinese role in trying to facilitate the six-party talks. The six-party talks had been playing a very important role, a crucial role, in addressing North Korean nuclear issues, and there was a joint statement, which had not been, unfortunately, implemented. I do hope that, since the current situation is not tenable, they should engage in dialogue and try to promote a politically conducive atmosphere. It requires all the parties of the six countries – the United States, Japan, Russia, and both Koreas and China.

On another question, Special Rapporteurs do not report to me, in fact. They are the Special Rapporteurs, nominated by the intergovernmental bodies like the Human Rights Council.

Q: Mr. Secretary-General, you said that these drone attacks were carried out in consultation with countries concerned. Do you think the recent NATO attack on Pakistan's border post was the result of this kind of understanding, because Pakistan has reacted strongly? It has shut down NATO's fly routes; it has ordered its border forces to retaliate if there is any other activity like this.

SG: As I said, with the rapid development of technology, many countries develop their own military means of getting, collecting information. Other than that, I do not have comments on this matter. If you really need any comments, I will get back to you later on.

Q: My question is on climate change, and of course coming to an agreement on a legally binding contract. We heard the former Presidents of Costa Rica and Bangladesh quote an [IEA – International Energy Agency] report saying that if something isn't done by 2017 it will basically be too late to reverse the global damage being done. So what can you tell us in terms of a reaction to a timeline, and maybe more importantly, implementation on some sort of global regulation?

SG: One of the very encouraging decisions and agreements in Durban was that all Member States agreed that there should be a timeline. As you may recall, I have been raising this issue to the top of the global agenda, during the last five years. There was no such definite firm agreement among the international community. We really tried to seal a deal in Copenhagen in 2009. They provided good foundations for further building up agreements, but there was not such an agreement. Now that the whole international community is committed to an agreement, a comprehensive legally binding agreement, by a certain date, including ratification, it may have to be effective by 2020. That means you need to have an agreement before that – by, say, 2015 - to allow a few more years for ratification and also to take the necessary action. What is important at this time, after the Durban Platform was agreed, then all Member States should take actions on the ground: reduce carbon emissions, and provide technological support to developing countries. It is again encouraging that the Green Climate Fund was launched, as was agreed in Cancún, and several countries have already indicated that they would provide necessary funding. Thirty billion dollars for short-term fast track financial support is almost identified. Twenty seven or twenty eight billion dollars have already been budgeted in those national governments. The question is 100 billion dollars, how to general 100 billion dollars per year by 2020; that may be a challenge, but it is doable. It is doable.

I had a very intensive, good meeting, with Prime Minister [Jens] Stoltenberg of Norway, and Prime Minister Meles [Zenawi] of Ethiopia, who played the role as co-Chairs of my High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. We had a very big event in Durban. I will continue to work with major donors, so that this money will be delivered. The Kyoto Protocol is going to continue into the second commitment. Those are very important developments and agreements and expressions of the commitment of the international community. For the first time in almost twenty years, after seventeen years, for the first time the international community is going to work in one framework, when we are able to have a legally binding treaty. That is a most important development that we have to build upon in Qatar next year. But before that, we will have to meet in Rio de Janeiro next year in June – at the Sustainable Development [summit]. This will be the place where all the global challenges which we have been dealing with in separate forums, like climate change, the food crisis, water, energy, global health issues, oceans, and gender empowerment – all these global issues, which we the United Nations have been pushing - will be addressed comprehensively, in an integrated manner. That is our very important priority.

முல்லைப் பெரியாறு அணை நீர்மட்டத்தை 142 அடியாக உயர்த்துவோம்!


Saturday, 24 December 2011

நத்தார் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் 2011

சிங்களத்தின் வெள்ளை அங்கிப் பாதிரிச்சாத்தான்கள் ஓதுகின்ற வேதம்!
"Final  LLRC Commission report has made number of decisions that will direct the country towards genuine peace and unity".

The Archbishop of Colombo Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith speaking at the annual Christmas celebration said
RC Church welcomes LLRC report

The Catholic Church yesterday stressed that the voice of the people who had been caught in the conflict for more than 30 years, is clearly embedded in the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) rather than in the report of the experts panel appointed by UN Secretary General
Ban Ki Moon.

According to Colombo Archbishop Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, all citizens, including Christians, have dual challenges ahead of them though the war is ended. "The country faces a challenge on how equality for all communities should be guaranteed in an environment where their dignity and identity is secured."

He said that the LLRC report will direct the country towards genuine peace and it was a document which is subjected to a wider dialogue in all quarters of the society.

"It portrays the opinions of a cross section of society." he said.

He was of the view that the commission itself represents all communities and religions. The Archbishop added that the final report of the Commission have made a number of decisions that will lead towards unity.

The Colombo Archbishop was speaking at the annual Christmas celebration which was held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday.

He said that the next challenges ahead of the people is to avert that kind of conflict on Sri Lankan soil again.

The Archbishop said that Sri Lankans can build a peaceful country if they shed all differences in terms of nationality and religion. He hinted that some international forces are operating to deprive the benefits gained by the people through hard won peace.

Friday, 23 December 2011

முல்லை பெரியாறு அணை நீர் மட்டத்தை 142 அடியாக உயர்த்தப் போராடுவோம்!




தமிழக கேரள அரசுகளே!

இருமாநிலங்களின் நீர்ப்பாசன, நீர் மின் திட்டங்கள் உருவாக்குவதற்கான புதிய ஒப்பந்தம் காண பேச்சுவார்த்தையைத் தொடங்குங்கள்!

தமிழர்கள் பெரும்பான்மையாக வாழும் எல்லைப் பகுதிகளை தமிழகத்தோடும், மலையாளிகள் பெரும்பான்மையாக வாழும் எல்லைப் பகுதிகளை கேரளத்தோடும் இணைக்கப் போராடுவோம்!

இரு தேச மக்களின் ஒற்றுமைக்காகவும், தேசிய இனங்களின் சுயநிர்ணய உரிமைக்காகவும் போராடுவோம்!

என்ற ஜனநாயக முழக்கங்களை முன்னெடுத்து தமிழ்நாட்டில் மக்கள் ஜனநாயக இளைஞர் கழகம் அரசியல் பிரச்சாரம்.

LLRC Final Report: வேலிக்கு ஓணான் சாட்சி!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

“ஸ்ரீலங்கா கொலைக்களம்`` போர்க்குற்ற ஆவணப்படம் ஒரு மீளாய்வு



“ஸ்ரீலங்கா கொலைக்களம்`` இலங்கை அரசின் யுத்தக் குற்றங்களை சர்வதேச தரத்துக்கு, சட்டபூர்வத் தேவைகளை ஈடுசெய்யும் வகையில் ஆதாரங்களுடன் முன்வைக்கப்பட்ட ஆவணம் என்பதில் சந்தேகம் இல்லை.


ஆனால். யுத்தங்களை சட்டபூர்வமான யுத்தம் சட்ட விரோதமான யுத்தம் எனப் பாகுபடுத்தக்கூடாது. போரிடும் வர்க்கங்களின் நலன்களின் அடிப்படையில் நீதியானதா?, அநீதியானதா? என்ற கேள்வியின் அடிப்படையில் தான் வகைப்படுத்த வேண்டும். பொதுவாக நீதியான யுத்தங்கள் எல்லாம் ஆளும் வர்க்கங்களுக்கு சட்டவிரோத யுத்தங்களாகும். இந்தச் சட்டவிரோதிகளே பயங்கரவாதிகள் ஆவர்.

இந்தக் கோட்பாட்டின் அடிப்படையில் தான் தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் போராட்டம் பயங்கரவாதமாகச் சித்தரிக்கப்பட்டது. தமிழீழ விடுதலைப் புலிகள் பயங்கரவாத இயக்கமாக அறிவிக்கப்பட்டு. ஏகாதிபத்திய உலகத்தில் தடை செய்யப்பட்டனர்.

விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் கட்சிக் கொடியை ஏந்துவது, விடுதலைப் புலிகளுக்கு ஆதரவாக அரசியல் பிரச்சார இயக்கம் நடத்துவது, விடுதலை யுத்தத்துக்கு நிதி திரட்டுவது சட்டவிரோத நடவடிக்கைகளாக பிரகடனம் செய்யப்பட்டன.

இந்தக் கோட்பாட்டின் அடிப்படையில்தான் “ஸ்ரீலங்கா கொலைக்களம்`` விடுதலைப் புலிகள் அமைப்பை பயங்கரவாதிகள் என்றும் போர்க் குற்றம் இழைத்தவர்கள் என்றும் சரிநிகர் சமானமாக குற்றம் சாட்டுகிறது இதனால் இந்த ஆவணத்தின் தர்க்கத்தின் அடிப்படையில் விடுதலைப் புலிகளின் மூத்த தலைவர்கள் மீதும் போர்க்குற்றம் சுமத்த முடியும். மேலும் இவ் ஆவணம் விடுதலைப் புலிகள் மீதான தடையை நீக்கக் கோரும் மக்கள் இயக்கத்துக்கு எதிராகவும் இருக்கிறது.

புதிய சூழ்நிலை பற்றிய மதிப்பீடுகளினதும், கடந்த காலத் தவறுகள் குறித்த படிப்பினை மற்றும் சுயவிமர்சனத்துடனும் விடுதலைப் புலிகள் மீளத் தங்களை தமிழீழ விடுதலைக்காகப் போராடும், முற்போக்கு ஜனநாயக தேசிய விடுதலை அரசியல் இயக்கமாக கட்டியெழுப்புவதற்கு இத்தடையை நீக்கப் போராடுவது நமது ஜனநாயகக் கடமையாகும். மேலும் வரலாற்றின் அவசியமும் ஆகும்.

மேலும் (தொடர்ந்து படிக்க)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

உலக மயமாக்கலுக்கு இந்திய தேசிய கனிம வளங்களை தாரைவார்த்த இந்தியப் பாசிசத்தின் கோர முகம்

CPI Maoist Statement on the brutal murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao (Kishanji), the beloved leader of the oppressed masses


Posted by Admin on November 28, 2011 COMMUNIST PARTY OF INDIA (MAOIST)
CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Press Release November 25, 2011

Condemn the brutal murder of Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao, the beloved leader of the oppressed masses,the leader of Indian revolution and CPI (Maoist) Politburo member!

Observe protest week from November 29 to December 5 and 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5!!

November 24, 2011 would remain a black day in the annals of Indian revolutionary movement’s history. The fascist Sonia-Manmohan-Pranab-Chidambaram-Jairam Ramesh ruling clique who have been raising a din that CPI (Maoist) is ‘the biggest internal security threat’, in collusion with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, killed Comrade Mallojula Koteswara Rao after capturing him alive in a well planned conspiracy. This clique which had killed Comrade Azad, our party’s spokesperson on July 1, 2010 once again spread its dragnet and quenched its thirst for blood. Mamata Banerjee, who had shed crocodile’s tears over the murder of Comrade Azad before coming to power, while enacting the drama of talks on the one hand after assuming office, killed another topmost leader Comrade Koteswara Rao and thus displayed nakedly its anti-people and fascist facet. The central intelligence agencies and the killer intelligence agencies of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh chased him in a well planned conspiracy and killed him in a cowardly manner in a joint operation and now spreading a concocted story of encounter. The central home secretary R.K. Singh even while lying that they do not know for certain who died in the encounter, has in the same breath announced that this is a big blow to the Maoist movement. Thus he nakedly gave away their conspiracy behind this killing. The oppressed people would definitely send to grave the exploiting ruling classes and their imperialist masters who are day dreaming that they could wipe out the Maoist party by killing the top leadership of the revolutionary movement.

Comrade Koteswara Rao, who is hugely popular as Prahlad, Ramji,Kishenji and Bimal inside the party and among the people, is one of the important leaders of the Indian revolutionary movement. The tireless warrior who never rested his gun while fighting for the liberation of the oppressed masses since the past 37 years and who has laid down his life for the sake of the ideology he believed in, was born in 1954 in Peddapally town of Karimnagar district of North Telangana, Andhra Pradesh. Raised by his father Late Venkataiah who was a freedom fighter and his mother Madhuramma, who has been of progressive views, Koteswara Rao imbibed love for his country and its oppressed masses since childhood. In 1969, he had participated in the historic separate Telangana movement while he was in his high school studies in Peddapally town. He joined the revolutionary movement with the inspiration of the glorious Naxalbari and Srikakulam movements while studying graduation in SRR college of Karimnagar. He started working as an active member of the Party from 1974. He spent some time in jail during the black period of the Emergency. After lifting up of the Emergency, he started working as a party organizer in his home district of Karimnagar. He responded to the “Go to Villages” campaign call of the party and developed relations with the peasantry by going to the villages. He was one of those who played a prominent role in the upsurge of peasant movement popular as ‘Jagityal Jaitrayatra’ (Victory March of Jagityal) in 1978. In this course, he was elected as the district committee member of the Adilabad-Karimnagar joint committee of the CPI (ML). In 1979 when this committee was divided into two district committees he became the secretary of the Karimnagar district committee. He participated in the Andhra Pradesh state 12th party conference, was elected to the AP state committee and took responsibilities as its secretary.

Up to 1985, as part of the AP state committee leadership he played a crucial role in spreading the movement all over the state and in developing the North Telangana movement which was advancing with guerilla zone perspective. He played a prominent role in expanding the movement to Dandakaranya (DK) and developing it. He was transferred to Dandakaranya in 1986 and took up responsibilities as a member of the Forest Committee. He led the guerilla squads and the people in Gadchiroli and Bastar areas of DK. In 1993 he was co-opted as a member into the Central Organizing Committee (COC).

From 1994 onwards he mainly worked to spread and develop the revolutionary movement in Eastern and Northern parts of India including West Bengal. Particularly his role in uniting the revolutionary forces which were scattered after the setback of the Naxalbari movement in West Bengal and in reviving the revolutionary movement there is extraordinary. He mingled deeply with the oppressed masses of Bengal and the various sections of the revolutionary camp, learnt Bangla language with determination and left an indelible mark in the hearts of the people there. He worked tirelessly in achieving unity with several revolutionary groups and in strengthening the party. Comrade Koteswara Rao was elected as a Central Committee (CC) member in the All India Special Conference of erstwhile CPI (ML) (People’s War) held in 1995. He strived for achieving unity between People’s War and Party Unity in 1998. In the Party Congress of erstwhile CPI (ML)(PW) held in 2001 he was once again elected into CC and Politburo. He took up responsibilities as the secretary of the North Regional Bureau (NRB) and led the revolutionary movements in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab states. Simultaneously he played a key role in the unity talks held between erstwhile PW and MCCI. He served as a member of the unified CC and Politburo formed after the merger of the two parties in 2004 and worked as a member of the Eastern Regional Bureau (ERB). He mainly concentrated on the state movement of West Bengal and continued as the spokesperson of the ERB.

Comrade Koteswara Rao played a prominent role in running party magazines and in the field of political education inside the party. He took part in running ‘Kranti’, ‘Errajenda’, ‘Jung’, ‘Prabhat’, ‘Vanguard’ and other party magazines. He had a special role to play in bringing out various revolutionary magazines in West Bengal. He wrote many theoretical and political articles in these magazines. He was a member of the Sub-Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) and played a prominent role in teaching Marxism-Leninism-Maoism to the party ranks. In the entire history of the party he played a memorable role in expanding the revolutionary movement, in enriching the party documents and in developing the movement. He participated in the Unity Congress-9th Congress of the party held in 2007 January, was elected as CC member once again and took responsibilities of Politburo member and member of the ERB.

The political guidance given by Comrade Koteswara Rao to the Singur and Nandigram people’s movements which erupted since 2007 against the anti-people and pro-corporate policies of the social fascist CPM government in West Bengal and particularly to the glorious upsurge of people’s rebellion in Lalgarh against police atrocities is prominent. He guided the West Bengal state committee and the party ranks to lead these movements and on the other hand conducted party propaganda through the media too with initiative. In 2009 when the Chidambaram clique tried to mislead the middle classes in the name of talks and ceasefire, he worked significantly in exposing it. He did enormous work in keeping aloft the importance of People’s War and in taking the revolutionary politics into the vast masses. This great revolutionary journey which went on for almost four decades came to an abrupt end on November 24, 2011.

Beloved People! Democrats!!

Do condemn this brutal murder. It is the conspiracy of the ruling classes to wipe out the revolutionary leadership and deprive the people of correct guidance and proletarian leadership. It is a known fact that the Maoist movement is the biggest hurdle to the big robbers and compradors who are stashing millions in Swiss banks by selling for peanuts the Jal, Jungle and Zameen of the country to the imperialist sharks. The multi-pronged, country-wide brutal offensive named Operation Green Hunt of the past two years is exactly serving this purpose. This cold-blooded murder is part of that. It is the duty of the patriots and freedom-loving people of the country to protect the revolutionary movement and its leadership like the pupil of their eye. It’s nothing but protecting the future of the country and that of the next generations.

Even at the age of 57, Com. Koteswara Rao led the hard life of a guerilla like a young man and had filled the cadres and people with great enthusiasm wherever he went. His life would particularly serve as a great inspiration to the younger generation. He studied and worked for hours together without rest and traveled great distances. He slept very little, led a simple life and was a hard worker. He used to mingle easily with people of all ages and with people who come from various social sections and fill them with revolutionary enthusiasm. No doubt, the martyrdom of Comrade Koteswara Rao is a great loss to the Indian revolutionary movement. But the people of our country are very great. It is the people and the people’s movements which gave birth to courageous and dedicated revolutionaries like Koteswara Rao. The workers and peasants and the revolutionaries who have imbibed the revolutionary spirit of Koteswara Rao right from Jagityal to Jungle Mahal and who have armed themselves with the revolutionary fragrance he spread all over the country would definitely lead the Indian New Democratic Revolution in a victory path. They would wipe out the imperialists and their lackey landlord and comprador bureaucratic bourgeoisie and their representatives like Sonia, Manmohan, Chidambaram and Mamata Banerjee.

Our CC is appealing to the people of the country to observe protest week from November 29 to December 5 and observe 48-hour ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5 in protest of the brutal murder of Comrade Koteswara Rao. We are appealing that they take up various programmes like holding meetings, rallies, dharnas, wearing black badges, road blocks etc protesting this murder. We are requesting that trains, roadways, commercial and educational institutions be closed and that all kinds of trade transactions be stopped as part of the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 4-5. However, we are exempting medical services from the Bandh.

(Abhay)
Spokesperson,
Central Committee,
CPI (Maoist)

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Why Britain is moving closer to war with Iran-Yahoo News

Why Britain is moving closer to war with Iran
By Adam Parris-Long

Yahoo! News – 6 hours agoEmailPrint
Tensions with Iran are still rising after an irreparably damaging fortnight in which the British embassy in Tehran was stormed and an American drone was captured by Iranian troops.

Barack Obama has been given short shrift after requesting the return of the downed US drone, with Tehran unrepentant over the affair. “The American espionage drone is now Iran's property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it,” said Iranian defence minister Ahmad Vahidi. “Instead of apologising to the Iranian nation, it [US] is brazenly asking for the drone back.”

Diplomatic ties between London and Tehran are also in tatters after British representatives were pulled from the embassy in the aftermath of a violent protest by Iranian students. The attack came after the Treasury took the decision to cut all links with Iranian banks over concerns that they were involved with Tehran’s nuclear programme. Foreign secretary William Hague has promised “serious consequences” for the attack, with retaliatory actions as yet unseen.

With a war of words on two fronts, is Iran on a collision course with the West?

Nuclear issues

At the heart of the dispute are ongoing concerns over Iran’s nuclear intentions. Ironically the origins of the Tehran nuclear programme lie in a scheme devised by the US in 1953, called ‘Atoms for Peace’. President Eisenhower announced the plan to proliferate atomic energy across the globe, intended to be a noble act after the decimation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki seven years previously.

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 caused outrage in Washington as American diplomats were taken hostage by students in Tehran – effectively killing off Western cooperation for the nuclear project. Since that stage Iran has developed the programme extensively, resulting in the nation’s first nuclear reactor, which was opened for business in September. The programme has been eyed with intense suspicion from Western states, despite assertions from president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Iran is not seeking to create atomic weapons.

Mistrust between Ahmadinejad and the West is also key to the issue. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that there was “increasing concern” over the nuclear program in Tehran, with Washington calling Ahmadinejad’s peaceful claims “hollow”. The UK government is unequivocal over the programme, openly denouncing its potentially harmful impact.

George Osborne severed links to Iranian banks over links to "weaponised" nuclear programme.

When severing links to Iranian banks in November, Chancellor George Osborne said: "We're doing this because of international evidence that Iran's banks are involved in the development of Iran's weaponised military nuclear weapon programme. We're doing this to improve the security not just of the whole world, but the national security of the United Kingdom.”

Sparking a rampage on the British embassy, the mistrust has worsened already fractured UK-Iranian relations. In reality, although Hague has been urged to act on threats from Tehran, the potential for conflict lies with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

While attempting to discover whether the Iranian nuclear programme is “weaponised”, Western states have criticised Ahmadinejad without using direct action. The Iranian leader is now being looked at to re-open discussions over the nuclear issue and to quell any further internal provocation to the West in a bid to stop conflict that Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called a “very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences”.

ஈரானின் பிடியில் ஒபாமாவின் நாசகார ஆளில்லா தானியங்கி (Drone) விமானம்!



The Great cyber-attack

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-12-09/iran-claims-tv-broadcast-shows-us-drone/3722464


A US drone captured by Iran is now the property of the Islamic republic,

Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Tuesday, dismissing a request by US President Barack Obama for its return.

"The American espionage drone is now Iran's property, and our country will decide what steps to take regarding it," Vahidi was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency.

"Instead of apologising to the Iranian nation, it (the United States) is brazenly asking for the drone back," Vahidi also said, according to another news agency, Mehr.

Iran "will not back down from defending the nation or its interests," Vahidi declared.

Obama on Monday acknowledged that Iran was holding the reconnaissance drone -- a bat-winged RQ-170 Sentinel -- by saying: "We've asked for it back. We'll see how the Iranians respond."

Iran last week displayed on state television what it said was the drone. A lawmaker said the Islamic republic was unlocking the aircraft's software and was going to reverse-engineer the drone.

The foreign ministry in Tehran was similarly dismissive of Obama's request.

"It seems he (Obama) has forgotten that Iran's airspace was violated, spying operations were undertaken, international laws were violated and that Iran's internal affairs were interfered with," ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said told his regular media briefing, according to Fars news agency.

"Instead of an official apology and admitting to this violation, they are making this request," he said.

Iranian officials have said a Revolutionary Guards cyber-warfare unit had hacked the aircraft's controls and brought it down.

US officials have admitted anonymously that the drone was on a CIA spying mission over the Islamic republic when it was captured.

The head of Iran's parliamentary national security committee, Parviz Sorouri, said on Monday that Iran was in the "final stages" of decoding the drone's software and "our next action will be to reverse-engineer the aircraft."

Valihi added that Iran was "highly capable" of making drones and had already built some capable of reconnaissance and attack, according to ISNA.

Obama, who gave the first official US confirmation that the drone was in Iran's hands, shed no light on the plane's mission or why it failed to return to its base in Afghanistan.

"With respect to the drone inside of Iran, I'm not going to comment on intelligence matters that are classified," he said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had expressed doubt that Iran would agree to give back the drone.

"Given Iran's behavior to date, we do not expect them to comply," Clinton told reporters at a Monday press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, with whom she discussed Iran.

Although the drone incident has handed Iran a propaganda coup, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta voiced scepticism that Tehran would gain much of a technological advantage from the aircraft.

"It's a little difficult to know just frankly how much they're going to be able to get from having obtained those parts," Panetta told reporters aboard a US military aircraft.

"I don't know the conditions of those parts. I don't know what state they're in."

Asked if Iran may have forced the plane down in a cyber-attack, Panetta said: "I don't know."

பாலசிங்கம் தேசத்தின் குரல் அல்ல துரோகத்தின் நிழலே!


அகசுயநிர்ணய உரிமை என்கிற அதிகாரப் பரவலாக்கத் திட்டத்தில் விடுதலைப் புலிகள் அமைப்புக்குள் சீர்குலைவுகளை ஏற்படுத்தி எரிக் சொல்ஹெயுமுடன் இணைந்து கருணாவை உடைத்து, கேபியை விலைக்கு வாங்கி தேசியத் தளபதி பிரபாகரனை யுத்தப் பிரபு என மாசுபடுத்தி விடுதலைப் புலிகள் இயக்கத்தின் அழிவுக்கும் முள்ளிவாய்க்கால் பிரளயத்துக்கும் காரணமான அன்ரன் பாலசிங்கம் தேசத்துரோகியே ஆகும்.

பிரபாகரன் அவர்கள் மரியாதையின் நிமித்தமும் அரசியல் சந்தர்ப்பவாதம் காரணமாகவும் பாலசிங்கத்துக்கு வழங்கிய ”தேசத்தின் குரல்” என்ற பட்டத்துக்கு அவர் தகுதியோ பொறுப்போ உடையவர் என்று நிரூபிக்கவில்லை. நோர்வே பேச்சுவார்த்தை ஆரம்பித்த காலம் முதலே நாம் பாலசிங்கத்தின் வழி நாசத்துக்கு இட்டுச் செல்லும் என சுட்டிக் காட்டி விமர்சித்து வந்தோம்.ஆனால் இன்று நோர்வே ஆய்வறிக்கை வெளிவந்த பின்னர் அன்று நாம் அனுமானித்த பல்வேறு உண்மைகளை இவ்வறிக்கை ஆதாரப்படுத்திய பின்னரும் அன்ரன் பாலசிங்கத்துக்கு ஐந்தாம் ஆண்டு நினைவு விழா எடுப்பவர்கள் மாண்ட நம் மக்களையும் மாவீரத் தோழர்களையும் தேசியத் தளபதி மேதகு பிரபாகரன் அவர்களையும் இழிவுபடுத்துபவரே ஆவர். அது மட்டுமல்ல பாலசிங்கத்தின் துரோகத்தை மூடிமறைப்பவர்கள் அத்துரோகத்துக்குத் துணைபோவதுடன் தாமும் தொடர்ந்து தமிழீழத்திற்கு துரோகம் இழைக்கின்றனர்.

படியுங்கள்!                                 பரப்புங்கள்!
”யுத்தப்பிரபு” பிரபாகரனும் அரசியல் சாணக்கியன் அன்ரன் பாலசிங்கமும்

Sunday, 11 December 2011

வன்னி விவசாயிகள் பிரச்சனை குறித்து சிறீதரன் பா.உ முறையீடு

கிளிநொச்சி மாவட்டத்தில் அமைந்துள்ள பன்னங்கட்டி கிராமத்தில் தனியார் ஒருவருக்கு சொந்தமான 100 ஏக்கர் காணி உள்ளது. இங்கு குடியிருந்த மக்கள் விவசாயம் செய்து வாழ்க்கை நடத்தி வந்தனர். ஆனால், இக் காணியில் 60 வீத மானவற்றை தற்போது இராணுவத்தினரும் அரச கட்சியொன்றைச் சேர்ந்தவர்களும் ஆக்கிரமித்துள்ளனர். அத்துடன் இக் காணியை வெளியாட்களுக்கு விற்கும் முயற்சிகளும் இடம்பெறுகின்றன.

எனவே இக் காணியை இராணுவத்தினரின் ஆக்கிரமிப்பிலிருந்து விடுவித்து விவசாய செய்கைக்காக அங்கு குடியிருந்த மக்களிடம் வழங்க வேண்டும்.


வன்னி மாவட்டத்தைப் பொறுத்த வரையில் குளங்களை நம்பியே விவசாய செய்கைகள் இடம்பெறுகின்றன. ஆனால், இக் குளங்களில் பல நீண்டகாலமாக அபிவிருத்தியோ புனரமைப்போ செய்யப்படாமல் உள்ளன.


எனவே இக் குளங்களை அபிவிருத்தி செய்து விவசாய செய்கையை ஊக்குவிக்க நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.

நாம் சபைக்குள் வரும் போது நீர் வழங்கல் வடிகாலமைப்பு அமைச்சு சார்பாக எமக்கு அவர்களின் தயாரிப்பான தண்ணீர் போத்தல்கள் வழங்கப்பட்டன. இது வரவேற்கத்தக்க விடயம் .
ஆனால், அடுத்த தடவை வரவுசெலவுத் திட்டம் சமர்ப்பிக்கப்பட்டு நீர் வழங்கல், வடிகாலமைப்பு அமைச்சின் விவாதம் நடக்கும் போது எமக்கு தமிழ்க் கலாசார முறைப்படி பித்தளைச் செம்புகளில் தண்ணீர் வழங்க அமைச்சர் தினேஷ் குணவர்தன நடிவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.

இன்று இரணைமடுக் குளத்திலிருந்து பாரிய குடிநீர் விநியோகத்திட்டம் ஆரம்பிக்கப்படவுள்ளது.

அதேவேளை இந்த இரணைமடுக் குளத்திற்கருகில் இலங்கை விமானப் படையின் விமானத்தளம் அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இந்த விமானத் தளத்தில் "மிக்ரு' போர் விமானங்கள் வந்திறங்கிச் செல்கின்றன. இந்த "மிக்' விமானங்கள் வந்திறங்கிச் செல்வதால் ஏற்படும் அதிர்வுகளினால் இரணைமடுக் குளத்தின் அணைக்கட்டுகளில் வெடிப்புகள் ஏற்படும் ஆபத்துள்ளது. இதனால் இரணைமடுக் குளம் உடைப்பெடுக்குமாக விருந்தால் பேராபத்து ஏற்படும்.

எனவே இரணைமடுக் குளத்திற்கருகில் அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ள விமானத் தளத்தை அகற்றுமாறு கோருகின்றோம்.
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சிங்களமே சிறீதரன் பா.உ.வின் `தொகுதி வாரி` விவசாயக் கோரிக்கையை நிறைவேற்று!`

பக்ச பாசிஸ்டுக்கள் தேசபக்தர்கள் அல்ல! ஏகாதிபத்திய தாசர்களே!

www.investsrilanka.com
New BOI website for timely information

December 11, 2011, 6:52 pm 
The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka has re-launched its website to highlight the country’s post-war emergence as the most dynamic investment destination in the region. The website, www.investsrilanka.com, has been completely redesigned both in visual presentation and in content to maximize Sri Lanka’s positioning as a stable and profitable investment choice in Asia.


"With the end of the 30-year civil conflict, stable government and the launch of an ambitious infrastructure development plan by the government, there has been a tremendous upsurge in interest from high potential investors, both local and foreign. We are keen to provide them with the most updated and comprehensive information to help make them realize their investments as soon as possible," Mr. M.M.C. Ferdinando, Chairman and Director General of the BOI said."With the implementation of the restructuring process at BOI, key sectors have been identified, and direct contact points at BOI are being provided for potential investors to interact seamlessly through the entire investment process," Mr Ferdinando said.

The BOI, being the apex body responsible for promotion, co-ordination and facilitation of foreign direct and local investment, a comprehensive and informative website initiative was carried out by benchmarking against leading Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) websites.

"The objective of the exercise was to provide the most relevant information regarding investing in Sri Lanka in an intuitive and user-friendly manner," Duminda Ariyasinghe, Executive Director (Investment Promotion & Media), who led the initiative said. The key questions being answered are – Why Sri Lanka/Where do I set up/How do I set up/What incentives do I get – so that an investor can immediately see the ease and advantages of investing in the island, Mr Ariyasinghe said.

To convey the relevant information from the perspective of a potential investor, the website structure/site map has been re-organized, while significantly expanding the amount of information available. The comprehensive information has been complemented with a more visual depiction of the country’s appeal, including ground-breaking projects in key sectors, emphasizing the country’s positioning as the emerging wonder of Asia.

Under the section, "Why Sri Lanka," the website provides an economic overview with key facts and figures, on 10 main reasons why a discerning investor can benefit from Sri Lanka. Under "Setting up in Sri Lanka," detailed information is given on the choices available, including detailed site maps, key information, photographs and "live" Google Maps of the 12 export processing zones being operated by the BOI. There are also separate sections for Local Investors, Services provided by the BOI and BOI Publications. The website also provides direct links to relevant agencies and institutions where additional information can be obtained accurately.

The last major overhaul carried out by the BOI website when it launched the Invest Sri Lanka initiative was recognized by the Global Investment Promotion Benchmarking 2009 study. The report carried out by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) awarded 29 additional points to the BOI "mainly due an improved website that offers detailed, reliable and current data," the report said.

Under the website, the BOI also operates a job bank, which aims to link potential employers, both BOI and non-BOI companies with prospective employees.

பக்ச பாசிஸ்டுக்கள் தேசபக்தர்கள் அல்ல! ஏகாதிபத்திய தாசர்களே!