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Sri Lankan military personnel questioned over murder of journalist

The detention and interrogation last week of a Sri Lankan military intelligence officer and a soldier over the murder of a free lance journalist, Sampath Lakmal de Silva, raises further questions about the intrigues of the armed forces in provoking a return to war on the island. The 23-year-old De Silva was killed on July 1. According to the police, his assailants shot him four times—once in the ear and three times to the head using a 9mm pistol—and took his notebook and mobile phone. His body was found the following morning in Jayawardana Avenue, a residential area of the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala, about four kilometers from his home.

India slams Pak foreign minister for his 'appalling' comment on Mumbai blasts; Manmohan declares no one can make India kneel

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

Manmohan SinghIndia has a message to President Musharraf and his close aides. It will disturb their sleep. The message, delivered after a great of deliberation was not nuanced in the conventional diplomatiese. While the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a nation wide telecast declared "no one can make India kneel", his foreign office termed as appalling Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri linking Mumbai bomb blasts with resolution of Kashmir issue and asked Islamabad whether the Musharraf regime was suggesting that Pakistan would cooperate with India against terrorism "only if such so called disputes are resolved".

NSCN (K) charges Rio of using rival cadres for residential guards

By Oken Jeet Sandham

Neiphiu RioThe NSCN (K) alleged Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for using NSCN (IM) cadres to guard his official residential areas and claimed that the incidents occurred near his house Tuesday evening was because of this. It may be mentioned that the Kohima Police had arrested six cadres of the NSCN (K) with arms Tuesday evening from near the Chief Minister’s high security zone residential area here after they (cadres) reportedly fired some rounds. Sources said the NSCN (IM) cadres came in a vehicle and fired upon the cadres of the NSCN (K) who were standing near a pan shop very close to the Chief Minister’s official residence. The NSCN (K) had retaliated and Police swung into action and arrested them along with the weapons.

Major Commonwealth Agricultural Conference Opens in Canada

Don MackinnonNeville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

More than 200 delegates from the 53-nation Commonwealth will gather in Calgary, Canada today aimed at bringing greater awareness of the wide variety of agricultural produce and experience available round the world. In a world where food surpluses and hunger exist side by side, one of the main questions is how the hungry could be fed without having to pay high costs to agricultural surplus countries.

Sri Lanka Government promotes the Agro Technology Park concept to attract youth to Agriculture

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Chamal RajapakshaThe Government of Sri Lanka promotes the Agro Technology Park Concept to attract youth into agriculture and provide direct marketing system to farmers who reside in rural areas. Sri Lanka's Agricultural Development Minister Chamal Rajapaksha says this concept would start this year from the Hambantota district.

Sri Lanka's main opposition UNP to boycott APRC, but to attend APC

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tissa AttanayakaSri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party has decided to attend the All Party Conference (APC) summoned to seek a solution to the National Question, but to boycott the Representative Committee tasked with formulating a broad constitutional framework. UNP Political Affairs Committee, which met on Tuesday night, has endorsed a boycott of the representative committee, titled All Party Representative Committee (APRC) comprised of a nominee from each political party attending the All Party Conference.

Sri Lanka condemns Mumbai bomb blasts

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

MahindaPresident Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemn the brutal terrorist attack on the Indian rail network in Mumbai which claimed the lives of innocent commuters yesterday. This terrorist act was conducted during the rush hour with the intent of causing maximum casualties to the civilian population. The attack claimed the lives of over 174 innocent people and injuring over 485 others. "We would like to express hour condolences to the bereaved families and our sincere wishes to the injured for a speedy recovery," a news release stated. The people of Sri Lanka stand in solidarity with our friends India in the fight against terrorism. We have experienced the damage of terrorism in Sri Lanka for several decades.

LTTE media spokesman suffers massive stroke, admitted to a Colombo hospital

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrilla media spokesman Daya Master was admitted to a private hospital in Colombo yesterday after he suffered a heart attack, Tiger guerrilla sources said. Daya Master was taken to Colombo by road via the entry-exit point in Omanthai, after the government refused to airlift him citing security reasons.

Sri Lanka's electoral register contained more than a million bogus names

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The 2004 electoral register utilized for the 2005 Presidential Election and the recently concluded Local Government elections enlisting some 13.3 million names is alleged to have contained at least 1.5 million fraudulent names, this was revealed by Peoples Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) Chief Kingsley Rodrigo.Citing reasons for his claim he noted that often parents register themselves in more than two places in a bid to admit their children to popular schools. "Voter registration for this is an important factor, and so we presume at least 300,000 names have been registered fraudulently for this purpose," he said.

Dialog and HSBC launch SMS bill pay and reload system

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation [HSBC] and Dialog GSM on Wednesday announced a partnership and a major innovation in bill payment with the launch of the 'Pay Here' SMS bill payment system . This service which will be released from 20th of this month, allows Dialog GSM's post or prepaid customers with an HSBC credit card, to pay their mobile phone bills or reload their prepaid accounts via SMS. This combines Dialog's International Roaming Network Facility across over 200 countries.

ULFA makes a point

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

Amidst indications that the stage is getting ready for direct talks between the government and the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Assam was rocked by a series of explosions. The blasts, credited to Ahom insurgents, have the hallmarks of an orchestrated and masterminded effort to create panic on a widespread scale. That it was orchestrated is evident from the fact that these took place in the wake of an accentuated series of bomb attacks on civilians in Jammu and Kashmir. The intent was to make it appear that India was in siege but the give-away was that the targets were indiscriminate cannon-fodder. It did little credit to the perpetrators or their supposedly sacred cause of a “struggle for self-determination”.

President Rajapakse pays his tribute to Amirthalingam, the Tamil leader

By Mahinda Rajapakse - President of Sri Lanka.

AmirthalinghamPin-pointing the fact that Appapillai Amirthalingam, the democratically elected Tamil leader, was assassinated by the LTTE, President Mahinda Rajapakse lamented: “It is part of the tragedy of our politics, poisoned by terror and violence that the LTTE which claims to seek liberation for the Tamils saw in Mr. Amirthalingam one of their biggest enemies. Irrespective of language or ethnicity one will always lament the loss of persons of moderation such as Appapillai Amirthalingam, and more so their forcible and violent removal from amongst us.”