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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2524

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Smoke around nuclear deal

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The pitch against the one-year old-Indo-US nuclear deal will undoubtedly rise manifold as Parliament began its monsoon session and the Left has put the UPA government on notice over emerging contours of the agreement. Perhaps the government will issue some fresh ‘clarifications’ and the Prime Minister will repeat that some of the fears in India are ‘exaggerated’. Be that as it may, it might be a good idea if political parties, at least temporarily, sink their differences and send out a united but unambiguous message from Parliament about the treaty: whether India wants it or not, or if it does, will the country agree to any of the changes in the original draft (of last July) suggested by a section of American lawmakers working in tandem with non-proliferation and other lobbies not favourably disposed towards India.

EC assists to promote Sri Lanka's traditional Lacquar craft sector.

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Saman WijayasiriThe Delegation of the European Commission to Sri Lanka and Maldives along with Sarvodaya Economic Enterprise Development Services Ltd [SEEDS] and APT Enterprise Development – UK have jointly assisted local unemployed youth and small scale entrepreneurs under the small enterprise development project in getting various job training. The EC has allocated over 121 million rupees to its project implementing agency APT Enterprise Development of UK to conduct various vocational training programs to support entrepreneurs.

BCC Lanka Ltd. to start operations in August

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Corespondent

BCC Lanka Ltd. (BCCLL) the successor to the British Ceylon Corporation Ltd. (BCCL) is planning to start its operations next month. BCCLL, which was shutdown for the last four years on labour issues, will offer VRS (voluntary retirement scheme) on compulsory basis for 484 selected employees paying Rs. 257 million in compensation.

Che Lives on !!!: Tribute to The Legendry Revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara’s Historical visit to Sir Lanka

By-Leel Pathirana

Che GuevaraIt was August 07th 1959 a busy morning for the Immigrations & Emigrations officers in Colombo Airport. A Charted Special Flight from the Revolutionary Government of Cuba landed in the runaway en route to India. Who arrived? It was nobody else, Revolutionary Legendary - Ernesto Che Guevara and his entourage during his Asian Tour to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, (Ceylon) Sri Lanka. He was very interested to learn about the rubber industry and how the rubber is being produced. Next day on 08th Che and his entourage were taken to a Rubber Estate at Yahala Kele Horana, where he visited the Rubber plantation.

LTTE Commander Bahnu seriously injured

Colonel Bahnu Reports now reveal that Colonel ‘Bravo’ Bahnu of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is seriously injured on 29 July at Karadiyanaru. Sources from the uncleared area in Batticalao said that he has sustained serious injuries in his back. On the forenoon of 29 July, Sri Lanka jets bombed with pinprick precision, “Thenakam” a key LTTE base in Karadiyanaru, 24 Km from Batticaloa killing at least twenty LTTE cadres, according to defence sources. Reports now confirmed that LTTE Batticaloa - Amparai commander Bahnu was in the camp when it was hit by air strikes.

Sri Lankan Government set to seal compromise deal with Lanka IOC

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) has reached a compromise settlement with the Government thereby accepting an amount much lower than the Rs. 7.8 billion the Treasury owes it as subsidies. The compromise agreement between LIOC and the Government will be sealed within the next few days, Lanka IOC Managing Director K. Ramakrishnan told the “Asian Tribune.”

Sri Lankan military launch major offensive to retake LTTE territory

The Sri Lankan military has for the first time since the signing of the current ceasefire in 2002 launched a ground offensive to capture territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The operation, in breach of the ceasefire agreement, is a further major escalation of the ongoing undeclared war that erupted following the election of President Mahinda Rajapakse last November and has claimed at least 900 lives. As a pretext, the Rajapakse government has used the LTTE’s decision on July 20 to close a sluice gate located at Mavilaru inside LTTE territory, cutting off water to thousands of rice farmers at Serunuwara near the eastern town of Trincomalee. While the government immediately denounced the move, the LTTE insisted that the action was taken on behalf of farmers around Mavilaru to protest the government’s failure to build a water reservoir that has been promised since 2002.

Sri Lanka's Monitors tight lip on state of ceasefire agreement, as heavy fighting breaks out

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

ElilanThe Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) will not make any statements with regard to the country's Ceasefire Agreement, until either the Sri Lankan Government or the LTTE officially announce their pull out from the agreement which was signed in February 2002, sources told the “Asian Tribune.” The report comes following a statement by a top Tiger leader Elilan who claimed that the ceasefire agreement was void, after air force personnel launched air strikes over the past few days which have reportedly killed at least 50 rebels.