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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

Monthly archive

India mulls Rs.1 trillion investment in shipping

India plans to invest Rs.1 trillion to develop the maritime sector. The project "Sagar mala (garland of ports)" envisages investment through a mix of public and private funding.

President blasts PM again

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has blasted the Prime Minister for not coming up with an explanation either to the people, the Parliament or herself with regard to the LTTE 'heading for a de-facto separate state'.

Thai support to block illegitimate LTTE operations

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Thai Premier Thaksin Shinwatra’s visit to Colombo coincided with high-level naval talks in Bangkok on a range of issues relating to LTTE’s illegitimate maritime operations.

Anti—LTTE ‘Ossama’ squads in Colombo?

by William de Alwis

Will the Muslim youth of Colombo form their own anti-LTTE suicide ‘Ossama’ squads, as their counterparts in Batticaloa have already done? Informed opinion is that they will, and soon, if fair play is not ensured for the community in the embattled East.

LTTE to finalise counter-proposals in Paris

by Ranga Jayasuriya

A ten member LTTE delegation will be in Colombo to fly to Paris where the counter proposals are expected to be finalised.

Security strengthened in Samanturai, Muttur

by Ranil Wijayapala

Muslim Affairs Minister Rauff Hakeem had detailed discussions with Senior Police Officers in Ampara district to strengthen security in the Samanthurai area following the killing of two Muslims.

Subhas Chandra Bose's daughter honoured on Independence Day

Anita Bose, daughter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and her husband Martin Pfaff, until recently a member of the German Parliament, were honoured with Indian Overseas Congress annual awards.

Hambali gives up to $45,000 for Indonesian bombs

By Telly Nathalia

Regional militant network leader Hambali supplied up to $45,000 in financing in June for bombing operations in Indonesia.

U.S. senator denies supporting Naga cause

By Vasantha Arora, Indo-Asian News Service

A U.S. senator has denied media reports saying she expressed support for an insurgent group in the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland.

No proposal to ban strikes, Lok Sabha told

Government is not considering any proposal to ban strikes, though the conduct rules say no government servant would participate in or abet any form of strike.

Sri Lanka to send troops after attacks on Muslims

By Lindsay Beck

Sri Lanka pledged to send more troops to the island's restive east after a string of murders and abductions of Muslim residents raised tensions in the ethnically mixed region.

Former Iraqi Vice President caught

A senior official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) confirmed that former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan has been in the custody of US forces.

Darkest hour in the history of Lanka has come- Anura

National assets belonging to the people of this country are now being plundered to such an extent that the darkest hour in the long history of Sri Lanka has come, said former Speaker Anura Bandaranaike addressing a deputation of university teachers at Horagolla.

Rajitha's security heightened after alleged assassination plot

By Senaka de Silva

The CID has taken over investigations over an alleged plot to assassinate Lands Minister Rajitha Senaratne.

Immigration reforms in the works

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said the government would restructure the immigration office following the arrest of Asia's most wanted militant, Hambali, who has visited Thailand a number of times in recent years.

Excavation at lignite mine halted to make way for fossil surveys

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has ordered a halt to excavation at its Mae Mo lignite mine in the northern province of Lampang following the discovery of fossils there.

AIADMK favours enactment of common civil code

The AIADMK, which has been supporting BJP on some of its pet ideological issues, asked the Centre to enact a common civil code, saying it was the need of the hour.

Court clears Rao US trip

P.V. Narasimha Rao is all set to fly to the US for a medical check-up following a go-ahead signal after the former Prime Minister completed formalities laid down by a city court where he is facing trial in the Lakhubhai Pathak case.

Museveni: No tears for Amin

By Ogen Kevin Aliro

President Yoweri Museveni is not mourning for Idi Amin who died in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

Hambali's wife held without trial under ISA

By Leslie Lau and Nirmal Ghosh

KL says she may have useful information such as plans for attacks