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New Crematorium

Fragile truce comes into force in West Asia

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

US backed and UN- brokered 'new' ceasefire comes into force from Monday morning in West Asia but questions are already appearing on its effectiveness. This is for two reasons. First Israel cabinet accepted the ceasefire under American pressure for a compromise but has not given up its goal of subduing Hezabollah. Second since Saturday when it became clear that ceasefire was round the corner, Israeli army has moved deeper into Lebanon to try to capture all territory south of the Litani River. Also relevant in this context are the questions: how far does Israel go and what is Hezbollah's response going to be?

LTTE embarrassed by its offer to talk with the Government

Statement by the SLMM Chief Ulf Henricsson to the Head of the Peace Secretariat in Colombo Dr. Palitha Kohona which revealed that the LTTE is keen on having talks with Sri Lankan Government has embarrassed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. S.Puleedevan, Head of the LTTE Peace Secretariat has rushed to deny this. In a press release issued yesterday by Puleedevan says, "Colombo's claim of talks offer false." He further added, "There is absolutely no truth in these reports. Colombo is adamant in finding a military solution and we are defending to safeguard our people and territory."

Violence, bombings and killings slides Indices

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Unrest in the North and the East and bomb attacks targeting a high ranking Police Special Forces officer and a former EPDP Member of Parliament left investor resilience being tested, yet again this week, reveals by the HNB Stockbrokers research team in analyzing the last week’s share market. While the Mawilaru sluice gates, the root cause for the current violence witnessed in the North and the East was re-opened on Wednesday, hostilities have yet to subside, with neither the government forces nor the LTTE willing to admit defeat.

Tamil MPs appeal to Sri Lanka President to lift the curfew in Jaffna.

MavaiThough a local curfew is in effect since last Friday evening in the Jaffna peninsula, it was temporarily relaxed today (14 August) from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Valikamam, Thenmaradchy and Vadamaradchy Divisional Secretaries areas, but the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians took exceptions and insisted that the curfew has to be lifted completely to enable the people to move to safer areas. A spokesman for the Security forces in Jaffna told "Asian Tribune," that it would be too dangerous for the civilian population, if the curfew is lifted as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are indiscriminately raining in artillery fire and motor shells targeting heavily civilian populated areas thus causing innumerable civilian causalities in the Peninsula.

Bomb exploded in Colombo – seven suspected to be killed

A bomb explosion took place at Kollupitiya at 1.15 p.m today - Monday the 14th of August. The explosion occurred near the Liberty Plaza shopping complex at Kollupitiya. According to unconfirmed reports seven people are suspected to be killed including a few army personnel.Unconfirmed sources further reported that suspected LTTE militants have targeted Army personnel, innocent civilians and some diplomats in Colombo.

Seven Army men confirmed killed in the Kollupitiya explosion

Latest reports confirmed that Seven Army soldiers were killed and another 10 were critically injured after a heavy bomb explosion occurred at Kollupitiya around 13.15 hrs in local time. According to the sources this blast was heard and thick smoke were seen in the Flower Road area. The explosion came as security forces remained on maximum alert for possible bomb attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels amid fierce fighting in the Jaffna peninsula.

Kollupitya Bomb Explosion: Terrorists Strike in Colombo

According to Sri Lanka Army, the powerful explosion believed to have been triggered by Tamil Tiger rebels around the Liberty roundabout at the intersection to Anandakumaraswamy Road Kollupitya, Colombo 03 occurred at about 1.05 p.m. today (14) killing at least seven including members of a security escort. At least seventeen injured in the explosion have been admitted to Colombo National Hospital.

Pakistan celebrated 60th I-day amidst concern in western capitals

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Pakistan's 60th Independence Day celebrations on Monday were marked by concern in the Western capitals that Pakistan remains a nexus for terrorists and would-be terrorists from halfway across the world. Yet, President Gen Pervez Musharraf utilised the occasion for some polemics and some India baiting and made only passing reference to the unfolding terror threat from his country's soil. The address may be an effort at reviving his domestic rating, which has taken a beating in recent months.

Tamil Tigers target Pakistan's ambassador to Sri Lanka

Pakistan's ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bashir Wali Mohamed, was returning home from a flag hoisting ceremony to mark "Pakistan Day" when a Tamil Tiger bomb planted in a trishaw exploded killing four bodyguards and three civilians in Colombo.Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said its top diplomat to Sri Lanka was the target but he escaped unharmed. Dr. Palitha Kohona, head of the Peace Secretariat in Colombo, told BBC that this is the first time that a diplomat has been targeted by the LTTE in Colombo. He added that there was only one group in Sri Lanka which would do such a thing and that is the Tamil Tigers.

LTTE Killing of Kethes Loganathan condemned

KethesPresident Mahinda Rajapakse, Government and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission have condemned the brutal assassination of Ketheswaran Loganathan (54), Deputy Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat on 12 August at his residence in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s President condemned the killing, and pointed out "LTTE's continued trend of killing Tamil intellectuals should be brought to the attention of the international community". He expressed his grave concern over the killing of Sri Lanka's Peace Secretariat Deputy Ketheswaran Loganathan

Pussellawa plantation and PHDT construct a crematorium in Pussellawa

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Pussellawa

The Plantation Human Development Trust [PHDT] has just completed constructing its first ever crematorium in Beaumont Estate, Pussellawa with assistance of Pussellawa Plantation Company Ltd. The PHDT's Director General Col.Ranjith Ellegala said that crematorium was built by them to serve area people and the estate workers.



Scene at the bomb explosion

Scene at the bomb explosion

Scene at the bomb explosion

Beware of The invisible hand

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

A lot is happening on the Indo- Pak front, perhaps to see, by design, that the peace process is actually derailed. The invisible hand is certainly at play. Though July 11 blasts became the turning point, it started much before when Pakistan refused to honour the SAARC agreement for South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA). Islamabad implemented the agreement in respect of all other SAARC countries except India. This is in spite of the fact that India has already and unilaterally, conferred the most favoured nation status on its western neighbour with which it had three wars.

Fish re-exporters welcome Government's decision on waving duty on imported fishes

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka's marine fish re-exporters welcomed the government decision to wave off import duty on re-exporting imported Marine fish. Earlier, the government charged 2.5% import levy on imported marine fish varieties and each shipment had paid over 15,000 rupees as a levy. That was a big burden on us, said a leading marine fish re-exporter based in Colombo.

Will Israel Defy the U.N. Again?

Analysis by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A cartoon in a U.S. news magazine many moons ago showed a Palestinian family huddled together in a refugee camp, as U.S.-supplied Israeli fighter jets kept bombarding the makeshift shelters in an orgy of destruction. As she looks at the skies raining death and devastation, the hapless Palestinian mother tells her children: "I am sure the U.N. has just adopted a resolution against Israel."