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Twin suicide blasts rock LTTE roadblck, unspecified number killed

Twin suicide blasts ripped through the LTTE roadblock at the entry-exit point in Vavunathivu in Sri Lanka’s restive East, killing an unspecified number and completely destroying the roadblock, military officials manning the other side of the border said.It was not clear who executed the suicide mission . But, certain sources said this could be the first suicide attack by the Karuna faction against the mainstream LTTE.

LTTE’s killing spree continues: 3 policemen and a former LTTE cadre killed

Today, so far, a total of three policemen and a civilian was reported killed in the East by the suspected gunmen belonging to the Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. At 11.45 a.m. Tiger pistol group shot and killed two policemen on day patrol at Poompuhar, in Palaiyootu, a suburb about 3 k.m. off Trincomalee town. They were identified as Sergeant Sarath and constable Jesurajah. The bodies of the victims are lying in the Trincomalee hospital.

LTTE bent on war to win back international sympathy

Pro-LTTE websites have reported that six Tamil Tiger cadres were killed when Kfir fighter jets bombed the unauthorized air strip detected in the northern district of Mullaitivu. The jets also hit the Tiger-controlled land near the Verugal Aru anicut (irrigation channel) after the Tigers blocked the flow of water to 1,500 farmers cultivating 30,000 acres in the eastern district of Trincomalee.

Six Tigers killed in Air Force strike on second LTTE airstrip

Pro-LTTE websites reported today that six Tamil Tiger cadres were killed when Kfir fighter jets bombed the unauthorized air strip detected in the northern district of Mullaitivu. The government defence spokesperson, Keheliya Rambukwella, told the media that the airstrip is a threat to the nation and the region as well. The first LTTE airstrip was built near the Iranmadu reservoir in the Wanni area. This 1250-metre runaway too has been under air attack from time to time.

UN Readies for Biggest Ever Poll in Congo

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations is undertaking its biggest single electoral assistance programme in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) -- involving 30 million ballots, 50,000 polling stations, 300,000 U.N. staffers and about 1,300 international observers -- which will culminate in the election of a president and parliament for the first time in over 45 years. The nationwide poll, funded and supervised mostly by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) and the U.N. Mission in the DRC (MONUC), is costing 432 million dollars.

Sri Lanka's 'expert peace panel starting to look like the Cabinet of Ministers'

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The 'expert panel' tasked with drafting a new political solution to the ethnic conflict has only shown signs of being something similar to the Cabinet of Ministers, with the number of its members increasing at rapid space but not resolved on its way forward, sources said. "The expert panel consisting of constitutional and legal expertscurrently comprises of 16 members and is still unresolved as to the angle they should proceed with in drafting this new paper. Each person seems to be having his own individual agenda. The panel consists of neutral thinkers as well as extremist thinkers, who have a set plan of what the proposal should be like, and they don't even seem to be open for negotiations," sources said.

U.S. House Approves Nuclear Deal with India: But Many Hurdles to Pass

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The United States House of Representatives, on Wednesday, gave overwhelm approval to U.S.-India nuclear cooperation accord, the first step on a long journey to make the accord a reality that would allow India to purchase nuclear reactors and fuel for the first time in 30 years, a move many lawmakers described as a deal pouring “nuclear fuel on the fire of an India-Pakistan nuclear arms race.”Nevertheless, despite skepticism by many lawmakers in both the House and Senate, and outside experts, the vote in the House, 359 to 68, was considered an initial triumph for the Bush administration.

Sri Lanka to impose a 30% electricity tariff hike from September

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Electricity consumers in Sri Lanka will be in for a rude shock, when the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) imposes a hefty 30% electricity tariff hike in early September. Minister of Power and Energy W.D.J. Seneviratne confirmed that the Cabinet approval for this hike was obtained three weeks ago. "We hope to impose the tariff hike during the first week of September," he said. The gazette announcement in this regard will be published in the coming days.

The Burmese Context of David and Goliath

By Professor Kanbawza Win

As an Asian, hailed from neutral country, it was quite touching to view the CNN these days about the Middle East Conflict. The first conclusion is that we are not the only ones that are suffering from the hands of the military might but there are also many people like us. Like in any mainstream media, CNN, of course, have a bias reporting but still it is something. The term Middle East itself comes from the chauvinist European Imperialist word such as "I am going to the Far East, or Southeast Asia or Middle East," because they wrongly construe that Europe is the Centre of the World, much echo by CNN.

Gem Land Auction Yielded Rs. 63.3 Million

Sunil C. Perera and Daya Weerasingha - Reporting from Colombo

The National Gem and Jewellery Authority earned the highest income in its history by realizing Rs. 63,384,125 by selling all lots of the Kaboka and Kattadeniya Land allotments offered at the Paradise Estate Gem land auction held at Kuruwita Ratnapura recently (July 25), said the Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority Mr. Hasitha Tillakaratne. Each lot in extent of 10 perches in the Kattadeniya allotment offered at the auction was sold at Seventeen and a half million rupees establishing another record in the history of Gem land auctions said Mr. Tillakaratne.

Sri Lanka JKH records 22% increase in net profits in 1Q

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

John Keells Holdings Ltd. (JKH) has recorded 22 per cent increase in net profits during the 1Q of FY2006/07, from Rs. 447.6 million to Rs. 544.6 million. This growth has been supported by the 19 per cent increase in revenue during the period in focus from Rs. 6.36 billion to Rs. 7.57 billion. According to JKH Chairman Susantha C. Ratnayake a better business environment is considered as an essential for company’s success. “It is imperative that the relevant stakeholders work towards a consensus to achieve a negotiated political solution to the ethnic conflict. We cannot but emphasize the importance of peace for the long term growth and competitiveness of Sri Lanka,” he stated issuing a press release.

Nexus launches Double Points Promotion

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Nexus, Sri Lanka’s premier loyalty card programme with over 71,000 members, inclusive of the Amex cardholder base across the country, on Thursday launched the ‘Nexus Double Points Promotion’ for the third consecutive year. Operative between 01st August and 30th September 2006, the Nexus Double Points Promotion entitles card holders to win double the number of points when purchasing at selected partner outlets. Manager Operations of Nexus Networks (Pvt) Ltd Priyanga Dassanayake said, “We’ve been carrying out this very successful promotion consecutively for the past two years. It has turned out to be the most popular such promotion among the Nexus card holder base. Furthermore, all Amex card holders will also be entitled to this offer whereby they will automatically receive double points on their Amex Cards”.

Cry for evidence only a cover up

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

So, for now, the Indo- Pak peace process remains impacted, whatever the Pakistan Government or for that matter the US may say. Mumbai blasts have taken its toll in physical terms by killing 200 persons and maiming about 800. It has also affected the relationship between India and Pakistan, even though it may be a temporary phase. The Foreign Secretary level talks have been postponed and many other CBM’s are in peril. Even the sporting events have not been spared. The Indo-Pak Peace Cup Snooker Championships slated for September in Delhi and the Indo-Pak Kabaddi series this week in Jalandhar have also been postponed.

Alleged Toronto terrorist cell included Canadian Security Intelligence Service mole

The revelation that the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) had an informant or mole planted within the group arrested in Toronto in early June for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks is being used by Canadian authorities and the corporate media to continue their campaign to create a climate of fear conducive to the promotion of a right-wing agenda. Earlier this month, Mubin Shaikh admitted to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Fifth Estate and the Globe and Mail that he had been working for CSIS for two years and that on its instruction he had befriended members of the Toronto group, passing himself off as someone with military expertise because he had been an army cadet and a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reservist.

Fifth UNP Member of Parliament joins the Government

Mr. W.B. Ekanayake, a United National Party Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Anuradhapura, joined the Government and was in as the Deputy Minister of Highways. Mr. Ekanayake is the fifth UNP MP to join the Government as a minister, after President Mahinda Rajapaksa is elected as the Head of State in the last Presidential polls held in November last year.


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