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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Civilians wounded in artillery attack in Nallur

Tea Board to encourage alternative power to run tea factories

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Sri Lanka Tea Board says the private tea factories face high production costs due to the prevailing fuel prices and said all private factories will adopt British planters’ footpath to setup alternative power resources in their factories. Tea Boards Chairman and a veteran Engineer Mr.B.A.C.Abeyawardana says tea plantations earlier had their own alternative power projects such as mini-hydro stations to power their boilers and illuminate offices, bungalows and other important sections.

India sidesteps the thorny issue of Hezbollah

By P R Kumaraswamy - Exclusive to Asian Tribune

On 31 July the Lok Sabha passed an unanimous resolution expressing India’s sentiments and concerns vis-à-vis the ongoing violence in the Middle East. Reflecting the traditional Indian position towards the region, it expressed its concern over the violence and condemnation of Israel. This 246-worded resolution, however, has diluted India’s earlier stand on the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. A day after the kidnapping of the Israeli soldiers, which precipitated the current conflict, New Delhi was more categorical.

LTTE propaganda boomerangs again

The discrepancies in the reporting of pro-Tamil websites have cast doubts on the latest accusations hurled at the Security Forces alleging that artillery shells fired by the Navy and the Army had killed 15 civilians and injured 20 others. The leading pro-LTTE website, TamilNet ran a story on the alleged shelling of Muttur villages by the Sri Lankan Army. According to this story the shelling took place "around 7 p.m." on August 6, 2006. But the pictures published to back up the story records the time of taking the pictures of the dead and the injured between 12. 37 p.m. and 12. 40 p.m.

LTTE's activities are under constant review by Australia’s security and intelligence agencies - Australian Attorney General

Philip Ruddock"The LTTE and its activities are under constant review by Australia’s security and intelligence agencies,” said Philip Ruddock MP, Australia’s Attorney General, who is responsible for matters of national security in Australia. In response to a letter forwarded to him by New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma MP , Minister Philip Ruddock further stated that Australia has listed the LTTE as a terrorist organization under the Charter of United Nations( Terrorism and Dealing with Assets) Regulation 2002 ( UN Charter Regulations) in accordance with Australia’s obligation under the UNSCR 1373.

Prabhakaran holding Muslim youth in dark dungeons with no access to the outside world -- TMVP (Karuna’s Group)

ThuyavanFocusing on the plight of “the hundreds of Muslim youth” held incomunicado in Velupilai Prabhkaran’s “dark dungeons” the Central Committee of Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (Karuna’s Grooup) has urged the Government of Sri Lanka to take firm action to “defeat terrorism.” Thuyavan, the spokesperon for TVMP told the Asian Tribune, that 32 Muslims were killed and thousands were forced to flee Muttur after Prabhakaran launched his deliberate attack on Government troops in Muttur in Trincomalee area. He added that no one knows the condition of the Muslim youth confined in dark dungeons. He said that the Central Committee of the TVMP strongly condemns the cowardly terrorist attack on the Muslim brethren and offered condolences to the members of the families slaughtered by the LTTE.

Australia Provides $1 Million Humanitarian Relief to Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Australia deplores the on-going violence in Sri Lanka and the apparent execution of fifteen local employees of a French charity found shot dead. Australia calls on both sides to re-engage in the peace process without delay and work towards achieving a negotiated and durable solution to the conflict that will benefit all ethnic communities.

Sri Lanka: European Commission condemns the brutal killing of 15 aid workers

From Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

European Union Commissioners condemned the brutal killing of 15 aid workers from the NGO Action Contre La Faim in Mutthur this week-end. "We are deeply shocked by the spate of violent attacks on civilians and humanitarian aid personnel in Sri Lanka culminating in the execution-style killing of 15 aid workers from the NGO Action Contre La Faim,” Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy and Co-Chair of the Tokyo Donor Conference for Sri Lanka, and Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid in a statement released on behalf of the European Commission condemned the slaughter of the15 aid workers in Muthur, located in Northeastern Sri Lanka.

Former EPDP MP critically wounded and three others killed in a bomb explosion in Colombo

Sankarapillai Sivathasan, a former Member of Parliament from the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Minister Douglas Devananda was critically wounded when a bomb exploded at Milagiriya, in Bambalapitiya, at 2.50 p.m. today. The explosion took place opposite a restaurant on Dickmans Road, when Sivathasan was traveling with his police bodyguard in a vehicle. Reports revealed that the policeman and two pedestrians were killed and Sivathasan who was critically injured was rushed to the National hospital, Colombo.

Portuguese colonial ghosts haunts the academic body

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

Nearly four centuries after the Portuguese left Sri Lanka’s shores the campaign against Lisbon’s colonialism is apparently not yet completely over. It is waged within the country’s oldest academic body, the Royal Asiatic Society, which initiated the establishment of the Archaeological Department, the Colombo National Museum and the National Archives among others. The `battle’ flared when 44 RAS members signed a no-confidence motion against the pro-Portuguese faction - RAS President Dr. K.D. Paranavithana and Treasurer Hemantha Situge last month. The motion was perhaps the first of its kind in the society’s 161-year-old history.

Police conducts extensive investigations on the bomb blast of SSP Upul Senevirathne

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Theldeniya and Menikhinna police stations are conducting extensive investigations into the claymore bomb explosion that took place at Digana , Rajawella on the Kandy Mahiyangana road early morning on Monday. Head of the police special task and DIG Nimal Leuke said the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of the Special Task Force (STF) Upul Senevirathne who was serious injured when a claymore mine was triggered by the suspected militants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) , died upon admission to the Kandy General Hospital. His driver A.G.J.S.Adhikhari who too was admitted to the hospital with shrapnel wounds, subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

Philip Ruddock

TamilNet photopage


Huge explosion completely destroyed the van.

Unfair to Indian weightlifting

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The International Weightlifting Federation’s decision to ban the Indian Federation for a period of one year was to be expected. So too was the fine though the amount of $ 50,000 is rather on the high side. In taking this decision the IWF has acted within the charter which provides for ban and fine for countries whose lifters are tested positive for forbidden drugs. In this case four Indian lifters, two women and two men had tested positive on the way to the competition in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne earlier this year.

Sri Lankan government rejects LTTE proposal to end fighting

The Sri Lankan government on Sunday 06 August, rejected an offer from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to open the Mavilaru irrigation sluice gate and to end military operations in the east of the island. Instead the security forces intensified their shelling and air strikes on LTTE positions, making clear that the “water issue” is just the pretext for a broad military offensive in open breach of the 2002 ceasefire. The LTTE announced the proposal after discussions with Norwegian peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer who flew to Sri Lanka last Friday in a bid to end the current fighting. Senior LTTE leader S.P. Thamilchelvan offered to open the sluice gate, which lies within LTTE-held territory, if the government stopped its offensive, provided aid to internal refugees displaced by air strikes and dealt with the problems of farmers in the Mavilaru area.

When LTTE exploded a bomb in Colombo: EPDP senior leader Sivathasan injured - a 3 years old Child and the body guard killed

Colombo, 08 August, ( A veteran Tamil Parliamentarian of Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and the Chairman of the Palmayrah Development Board Sankarapillai Sivathasan was subjected to a bomb explosion today around 2.50 PM according to police sources. Latest reports reveals that the bomb has exploded inside the vehicle in which the Sivathasan and his bodyguard - a policemen were traveling. The driver of the van is said to be an EPDP member who also sustained injuries.