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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Rohitha Bogollagama

Curfew in Jaffna temporarily lifted in selected places

The 24 hour curfew imposed in the Jaffna peninsula has been temporarily relaxed in some selected places today. The curfew has been lifted in Valikamam area from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and in Thennmarchchi and Vadamarachchi areas with effect from 12.00 noon to 3.00 p.m. This is to facilitate the general public of those areas to obtain necessary medical treatments and for them to buy their daily needs.

‘Peace Dove’ Ketheswaran's body will be cremated today.

KethesKetheswaran Loganathan’s body which lies at the Colombo Art Gallery for public to pay their last respects to a peace loving Sri Lankan Tamil, whose life has been cut short by the suspected LTTE assailants bullets, will be cremated today evening at the General Cemetery located in Borrella, Colombo. Ketheswaran at the time of assassination was the Deputy Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), in Colombo. He joined SCOPP as its Deputy Chief in March this year, resigning from his post as Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and Head of its Conflict & Peace Analysis Unit.

Pakistan will continue to stand for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka – High Commissioner

Basher Wali MohamedPakistan has issued a strong condemnation after its High Commissioner to Sri Lanka narrowly survived a mine attack in Colombo on Monday, adding that the blast which killed seven people had targeted the diplomat. "We strongly condemn it. We also regret the loss of precious lives," foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Asliam said. "The attack was on our High Commissioner who is safe but his car is damaged. four members of his security team were injured." She added that Basher Wali Mohamed had been returning from a flag raising ceremony for Pakistan’s Independence Day when he was attacked.

Government will continue to commit itself for peace - Govt. Media Minister

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Minister YapaSri Lanka Government’s Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa says the government will continue to commit itself for peace. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo on Monday, he said the Government has never moved away from the peace process or the ceasefire agreement. The minister stressed that as a responsible government, they must safeguard lives of innocent civilians. For this reason only armed forces retaliated and defend whenever the LTTE had initiated offensives and the government action is not a declaration of war. Government still has optimistic hopes for peace talk with LTTE. The Minister added government has never imposed restrictions on the transport of essential food items to the north.

Prabakaran exploits the suffering of the Tamil people for his political ends - Pilliyan

"Make the Tamil people suffer, and then the Tamils will support you. This message of Velupillai Prabakaran was delivered to us in Vanni when he came to address a passing out parade of LTTE trainees in 2000," said Pilliyan, the Special Commander of the politico-military organization TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, (TMVP) led by Colonel Karuna. 29-year-old Pilliyan told the Asian Tribune that he joined the LTTE when he was just 14 years old. He said that he parted company with the Vanni Tigers in 2004, along with his leader Colonel Karuna.

Sri Lanka Government condemned LTTE’s assassination attempt of Pakistan High Commissioner.

Sri Lanka Government expressed a strongly worded condemnation on the attempted assassination of Col. Bashir Wali Mohamed, Pakistani High Commissioner to Sri Lanka yesterday afternoon in Colombo. The statement released by the Sri Lanka Government said "The Government unequivocally condemns this attack on the envoy of a friendly country." The High Commissioner narrowly escaped when the explosive-laden three-wheeler was prevented from reaching its target by the military escort vehicle. The military vehicle took the full brunt of the explosion and at least seven persons including four soldier died in the blast.

High level workshop on 'Private Public Partnership' to fast-track infrastructure development to attract more investment

By Ashwin Hemmathagama our financial correspondent

Dr. JayasundaraSri Lanka which lacks proper infrastructure facilities for healthy investment opportunities targets big investments for the next ten years. Ministry of Finance Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara stated this yesterday, delivering the keynote address highlighting the current status on infrastructure development, policy issues and options for private public partnership (PPP) investments at the three-day workshop on building public sector capacities to implement successful PPP organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and Board of Investment.

Dr. Nandana Karunanayaka is no more

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

An expert in the local media communication media Dr. Nandana Karunanayake has passed away. He was 60 years old at the time of his death. Dr. Karunanayake had functioned for a long time as the Director of Listener Research Division at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He also functioned as the Director General of the corporation. The late Dr.Karunanayake is one who had written the largest number of books on the media communication field. He was the senior Lecturer in Mass Communication at the Kelniya University and also acted as a visiting lecturer for several other universities. Dr.Karunanayake also acted as media advisors to Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and Late Dharmasiri Senanayke.

Cuba not giving up 'Revolution'

By Atul- Rama - Syndicate Features

The illness of Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, has generated a lot of interest in the West, especially the United States, probably in the hope that after him the flag of 'freedom' and 'democracy' will flutter over Havana. If the locals do not raise this banner, Washington can always be expected to exercise its 'right' that it has already used in some countries to bring about regime change. But the US might have to take a harder look before it sends its forces to Cuba because its troubles that began in Iraq and Afghanistan have multiplied with the Middle East again on fire and Iran paying no heed to appeals for capping its nuclear programme.

War spreads to the north of Sri Lanka

Fighting between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) intensified and expanded over the weekend to the northern Jaffna peninsula, claiming as many as 200 lives. While neither side has formally withdrawn from the 2002 ceasefire, the agreement is effectively a dead letter. The island is rapidly sliding back into full-scale civil war. The LTTE launched a coordinated offensive last Friday on key military positions, including an artillery barrage on the Palaly airbase on the north of the Jaffna peninsula. The facility is a crucial lifeline for security forces stationed in the area as road links to the south of the island run through LTTE-controlled territory and have now all been closed.

Basher Wali Mohamed

Minister Yapa

TMVP political office in Amparai

Bomb explosion site scene

Bomb Explosion site scene

Sri Lanka Army buries 79 decomposed bodies of LTTE cadres

Sri Lanka Army buried today 79 decomposed bodies of the LTTE cadres killed in battle, whilst the Tigers observe the day of mourning over the killing of the schoolgirls in Mullaithievu. According to the Army their troops collected about seventy-nine corpses of LTTE militants who had tried to overrun Army installations and enter Muhamalai Forward Defense Line areas during fierce gun battles that ensued after 11th Friday.