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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Iraq after Zarqawi

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The end of the so-called head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was indeed a blow to the ‘foreign’ insurgents operating in Iraq. Though Western commentators are now saying that Zarqawi was not such a big figure in the shadowy world of Al Qaeda, during his lifetime he was considered sufficiently important by the US to announce a $25 million bounty on his head. The killing of such a prominent figure of Iraqi insurgency might have demoralised the guest insurgents from Arab countries that Zarqawi had lured into Iraq, but not enough to paralyse them.

Sea Tigers clash with Navy off Kalpitiya, battle going on at 1.45 pm

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A massive sea clash is raging in the seas off Kalpitiya in the North Western waters between a flotilla of sea Tiger crafts and the Navy. The battle in still taking place and no information of casualties available yet. The battle began when a Navy Inshore Patrol Craft (IPS) better known as Water jet intercepted three Seat Tigers boats off Kalpitiya at 11. 30 am. The IPC engaged with the sea Tiger crafts and more sea Tiger boats joined the battle.

Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga's funeral today

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asia Tribune

The funeral of Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga, will take place today (Wednesday) evening at the Colombo General Cemetery with full military honours. The late Kulatunga, who was also the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General from his position as Major General after a motorbike-riding LTTE suicide bomber assassinated him on Monday at Pannipitiya.

Killing of Sri Lankan general: another sign of civil war

The killing of a senior Sri Lankan army commander on Monday is further confirmation of an escalating civil war on the island. While the government has seized on the incident to blame the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the escalating violence, Colombo bears the main political responsibility for plunging the country back into military conflict. The assassination, which was obviously well planned, was carried out by a suicide bomber who rammed his motorbike into a vehicle carrying Major General Parami Kulatunga. The general, his two military aides and a civilian were pronounced dead on admission to the Colombo National Hospital. About seven people were injured in the attack, which occurred at Pannipitiya, about 15 kilometres southeast of Colombo at about 7.45 a.m.

The murder of Gen. Kulatunga: how to respond

By Dayan Jayatilleka

There are several options for response to the assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga who played a crucial role in the fight-back after the fall of Elephant Pass in defence of Jaffna. The first is to do nothing; the second, to retaliate blindly; the third, to engage a confirmed ‘hard target’ in a combined forces operation; the fourth to engage in a targeted liquidation of one or more Tiger commanders; the fifth, to qualitatively strengthen the reach and firepower of the Karuna forces and provide logistical backup for an operation by them; the sixth, to launch a sustained all-out assault, a war of pre-emptive defence.

India rejects ("incredibly stupid") Balasingham’s apology.

Dr. SwamyIndia has scoffed and rejected the apology of Anton Balasingham, the LTTE ideologue, for assassinating Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. In his apology Anton Balasingham admitted that the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi has been a “monumental historical tragedy” and that the Tigers “deeply regretted the assassination”. Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, President of the Janatha Party denounced this statement as “incredibly stupid and an insult to the (Indian) nation.” Dr. Subramaniam Swamy added: “His description of that dastardly act in Sriperumbudur in May 1991 as a "monumental historical tragedy" is silly and may be indicative of dementia developing in him as a consequence of the almost complete international isolation of his murderous organization. “

Journalists betray President Rajapakse seeking a truce with LTTE

VidyakaranOn June 20, at a secret meeting held at Temple Trees, President Mahinda Rajapakse confided in the two newspapermen from Uthayan his intentions of having direct talks with the LTTE and calling for a two weeks truce. The LTTE replied by sending a suicide bomber to blow up President Rajapakse’s third highest ranking Army commander, Maj-Gen. Parami Kulathunga. Uthayan is a Tamil regional daily printed and published from Sri Lanka’s restive Jaffna peninsula. The Tamil news daily is edited by N.Vidyakaran. His brother-in-law E.Saravanabavan is the owner publisher of Uthayan as well as the other Tamil daily “Sudar Oli “ which is published from Colombo.

SAP considers Sri Lanka as an important market

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Systems Applications and Products Data Processing (SAP) recently considered Sri Lanka as another important market in the region. SAP India (Pvt.) Ltd. Director – Operations Atul Sareen told the “Asian Tribune” at the SAP Summit 2006 in India that potential to expand in Sri Lanka could help develop the country. “Sri Lanka is a key market in Asia. We have contributed for its economic growth in local as well as global perspectives. Our valued solutions have always been with the major companies which matters to Sri Lankan economy.”

Pak, US reaffirm resolve to forge long-term strategic partnership

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

President Pervez Musharraf and US Secretary of State CondoleezZa Rice have reaffirmed their commitment to forging a broad based and long-term strategic relationship for the mutual benefit of the two countries. President Pervez Musharraf and the US Secretary of state discussed a broad range of issues at Aiwan-e-Sadr here on Tuesday including intensifying cooperation in economic and trade areas.

Sri Lanka: Textile Minister plans to help handloom weavers to grab bigger market stake

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo.

The Department of Textile Development and the Ministry of Textile Development have jointly launched a handloom development project to produce value added handloom products to acquire bigger stake in Sri Lanka as well as in the foreign markets. Sri Lanka’s Textile Development Minister Jayatissa Ranaweera said that his Ministry would develop handloom sector as a self-employment project and create it as a recognized industry through this programme in the country.

LTTE Strategy and Government's Plight: Security Lapses and the Indian Role?

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

In a matter of several months, Sri Lanka including its commercial and administrative capital Colombo, has turned from a semi-peaceful island into a panic driven nation in the face of tit for tat killings, suicide bombs, and a slide towards armed conflict. The latest in this series of events is the fatal attack on a high profile army officer in Colombo yesterday by a suicide bomber riding on a motorbike. The LTTE strategy is alarmingly clear. Take out the high profile leaders, at this stage of the armed forces, and the government will not be able to wage even a limited war against the LTTE forces in a situation of paralysis.

LTTE admits killing Rajiv Gandhi, apologises to India

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Rajiv GandhiFinally, LTTE has admitted to killing Rajiv Gandhi. The Tamil militant guerrilla's ideologue Anton Balasingham apologized to India. And he wants India to be magnanimous to put the past behind. As the LTTE finds itself at cross roads once again, isolated and wounded, Balasingham says in so many words that they are looking towards India though he doesn't specify what type of help they are looking for. He claims that the relationship between India and LTTE is 'crucial' at the present juncture.

Sri Lanka President pays his last respect to the slain Kulathunga

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Sri Lanka Army, yesterday paid his last respect to late Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge at his residence at Keleniya. Major General Parami Kulatunga RSP USP USAWC, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, third most senior officer of Sri Lanka Army was assassinated by the LTTE suicide bomber who had come on a motor bike exploded himself close to Pannipitiya Junction, around 08.00 a.m on Monday.

Assassination of Major Gen Parami Kulathunga: Criminal investigators to track down anonymous caller

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating an anonymous warning call Colombo General Hospital received minutes before Tiger suicide bomber targeted the third most senior general in the Sri Lankan army. Colombo General Hospital yesterday at 6.58 am received an anonymous call which said," we are getting ready for a big work, be prepared" (api wedak denna yanne, lesthiwela idapan).

Early breakthrough in the suicide attack on Major General Parami Kulathunga expected – Police Chief Chandra Fernando

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

KulathungaSri Lanka’s Police Chief Chandra Fernando says an early breakthrough is expected in the killing of Major GeneraL Parami Kulathunge, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, in Pannipitiya on Monday. Chandra Fernando said an extensive investigation has already commenced and it is believed that police are receiving lot of feedbacks from the general public.

Navy repulse Sea Tiger attack off Kalpitiya. Three sailors injured, IPC damaged

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Navy said Naval crafts repulsed an LTTE attempt to attack a Naval forces detachment in Kalpitiya and said one Navy Inshore Patrol Craft was damaged and three sailors were injured in the confrontation.Five sea Tiger boats were damaged in the Navy retaliation. Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said battle began when one Navy IPC intercepted a movement of sea Tiger boats in the seas off Kalpitiya.