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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya

Ceasefire monitors declare: Sri Lankan army murdered aid workers

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) issued a statement on Wednesday, formally finding the army responsible for the killing of 17 aid workers attached to the French-based Action Contre la Faim (ACF) on August 4. Fifteen of the bodies were found a day later lined up in a row at the ACF compound in the east coast town of Muttur. Each had been shot in the head, execution-style. Two others tried to escape and were shot in the back. The gruesome murders took place in the wake of intense fighting for control of Muttur between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the military. The LTTE seized parts of the town in a bid to cut supply lines for a major military offensive to seize the Mavilaru irrigation sluice gate inside LTTE territory. On August 1, the LTTE opened the disputed sluice gate and withdrew from Muttur two days later.

Construction Chamber offers to train 25,000 workers

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya, CEO and Secretary General of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka says the shortage of Construction Craftsmen is the major impediment to growth of the domestic construction industry. It has caused increase of construction costs. It is also contribute in big way for poor quality construction. The low productivity in the construction industry is directly due to deployment of not properly trained workers.

Sri Lanka Army denies any part in damaging "MGR" statutes in Jaffna

Sri Lanka Army denies that its troops stationed in Jaffna were not responsible for any acts of defilement, defacing and damaging statutes of M.G.Ramachandran, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, erected in Jaffna, Valvetiturai, Passaiyoor and Kurunagar. Army not only condemned the defilement of the statutes, it also described it as an "uncivilized act of disgrace." "The Sri Lanka Army vehemently denies having anything to do with this uncivilized act of disgrace and extends its sincere regret to all those concerned."

Sri Lanka Navy thwarted another attempt by Sea Tigers in Point Pedro

Another attempt by the Sea Tigers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to attack naval installation along the coast of Point Pedro up to Kankesanthurai, with the intention of entering the militarily strategically important Kankesanthurai harbor was thwarted by the Sri Lanka Navy early this morning. Media Centre for National Security release said "The sea tiger attempt to proceed towards the Kankesanthurai harbor was successfully repulsed by Naval Fast Attack Craft and Fast Attack Gun Boats in a fierce sea battle lasting over six hours in the sea off Point Pedro, inflicting heavy damage to the Sea Tigers boats on Friday (01) and in the early hours today (02)."

Burmese ethnic Karen people to get refugee status in U.S.

By Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The United States Department of State announced that Karen refugees who meet all eligibility requirements of the U.S. Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Program will not be excluded for having “provided material support” to the Karen National Union (KNU), an ethnic secessionist movement that has been active in southeastern Burma, which is also known as Myanmar, since that country’s independence from Britain in 1948. Under terms of the USA PATRIOT Act -- passed in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States – and the Real ID Act of 2005, the U.S. government adopted a broad definition of what constitutes a "terrorist organization," ensnaring the KNU, a rebel militia.

Australian Tamils fund Tiger terror in Sri Lanka - FBI

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

The FBI has accused Australia's Tamil community of helping fund terrorist attacks by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, The Australian, revealed today. The Australian, the only national newspaper, added: "FBI documents tendered in a New York court said Australia played a key role in the global fundraising efforts for the Tamil Tigers. "The FBI says the support may also include buying technology and military arms and equipment to help the Tamils in their bloody separatist war against the Sri Lankan Government.