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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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Major General Lars Johan Sølvberg - in

Police discovered powerful bomb planted on a bicycle in a busy shopping district Sri Lanka’s capital

powerful bomb was detected in Colombo minutes before it exploded. Police said the 15-kilogram claymore bomb could have caused extensive damage had it exploded. The Police on duty near the YMBA building at Borella, Colombo 8, detected today (22) morning at about 10.00 a push bicycle with a meticulously planted powerful claymore mine that weighs about 10-15 kg.A team of Police Constables after sighting a lone push bicycle that has been placed against a wayside metal railing fence for some time have reached it on suspicion and found that on bicycle was placed an unusual type box parcel.

No signs of renewed fighting: President personally inspects loading of food to Jaffna

President RajapakseExcept for the intermittent artillery and mortar fire no major incidents were reported in the Jaffna Peninsula. Sri Lankan toops according to reports carried out clearing operations in Muhamalai and Kilaly while consolidating their defenses in the Muhamalai and Kilaly Forward Defense Lines. President Mahinda Rajapakse visited port of Colombo last evening to inspect the vessel loading with food and medicines to Jaffna and the progress of the work.In the meantime Tamil National Alliance members of parliament met at a meeting presided over by R.Sampanthan, MP. At the meeting TNA members of parliament decided to submit an adjournment motion in the parliament when the house meets tomorrow to discuss about the bombardment and killing of 61 students at Chencholai, in the Vanni.

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger Arms Procurement Plot In U.S. Discovered: "Front" Charitable Organizations Involved

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Counter-Terrorism and financial authorities in the United States who were closely tracking the transactions, movements of terrorist agents, fund raising of charitable organizations and other reactions for a considerable long time under the provisions of the USA Patriot Act and other Executive Orders have finally cracked a conspiracy to procure surface-to-air missiles, missile launchers, AK-47s and other heavy military weapons by agents of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, also known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for use against the Government of Sri Lanka in its 20-year struggle to win a separate independent state in the north and east of this South Asian nation.

Acting Head of Mission for SLMM appointed

Norwegian Foreign Ministry informs that Major General Lars Johan Sølvberg has been appointed as Acting Head of Mission for Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). The appointment of Norwegian retired Major General Lars Johan Sølvberg as the acting head of the Monitoring Mission has been approved by both Sri Lanka Government as well as by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who are signatories to the Ceasefire Agreement of February 2002.

Sri Lanka Apparel in image building campaign

Sri Lanka’s apparel industry a major contributor to the national economy yesterday rolled-out a programme to promote the island nation as the best apparel destination while launching the new brand identity; 'garments without guilt'. With the new image, Sri Lanka apparel plans to expand its export market to new destinations outside United States of America and the Europe Union. Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) Chairman Ashroff Omar highlighting the timely decision in creating a new brand image said: "We are confident that it is the correct time to launch the new brand identity despite the ongoing turbulent time."

EU country monitors to leave by end of August: "LTTE will not accept EU nationals as monitors after 1 September"

Norwegian Foreign Ministry has officially announced that LTTE will not accept EU nationals as monitors after 1 September. Accordingly, the Swedish, Finnish and Danish members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) are due to leave by the end of August. According to a press release, the gradual withdrawal of these 39 monitors (out of a total contingent of 57) has begun.

Don’t travel to North and East of Sri Lanka – British Travel Advisory.

British Foreign Office has advised its citizens not to travel to North and East of Sri Lanka. The advice emphasized, "If you are in the north or east, you should leave at the first available opportunity." The warning further clarifies that the north and east covers all areas north of the A12 road (which runs from Puttalam in the west to Trincomalee in the east) including the Jaffna peninsula; and all of the eastern districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee, as well as coastal areas of Ampara district north of Pottuvil.

War in Sri Lanka creates a flood of refugees

Ongoing fighting initiated by the Sri Lankan military against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is creating a social catastrophe. More than 160,000 people have been displaced since the army launched what the Colombo government falsely described as a "limited, humanitarian operation" on July 26 to seize the Mavilaru irrigation sluice gate inside LTTE territory. The offensive was the pretext for a series of air and artillery attacks on key LTTE positions, provoking counterattacks by the rebels. Over the past week, government positions on the Jaffna peninsula have come under sustained assault by LTTE forces. At least 130 soldiers have been killed in fighting near Jaffna up to Saturday and many more wounded. The military claims to have killed hundreds of LTTE fighters, but there is no independent confirmation.

Arrested three LTTE cadres

Arrested LTTE cadres

President Rajapakse

Major General Ulf Henricsson - out

LTTE hit in the East by Karuna group: Tiger cadres flee

Arrested LTTE cadresA Tamil Tiger camp in Vadamunai in Batticoloa district was destroyed this morning by forces of TamilEela Viduthalai Pulikal (Karuna Group). According to reports reaching Colombo five of the Tiger cadres were killed and three arrested. The remaining cadres in the camp, reported to be around 30, fled.