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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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Australian government insists on independent military presence in East Timor

Political tensions have once again resurfaced in East Timor, as Canberra, in the wake of its military intervention in May, seeks to consolidate Australian influence in Dili against its rivals, particularly the former colonial power Portugal. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer flew to East Timor on Sunday following the "escape" on August 30 of rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado and 56 others from Dili's jail. Reinado, who received training in Australia, initiated the violent clashes that provided the pretext for the dispatch of Australian troops in May. He and his fellow prisoners reportedly walked out of the jail's main gate amid a diversionary disturbance.

Daya Dissanayake to launch two of his novels

Two novels in English and Sinhala versions relating to the same subjects , are to be launched simultaneously.Chandraratnage Bhavantara Charikava and Moonstone' written by Daya Dissanayake, will be launched on September 8th (Friday) The launching ceremony is to take place at the National Sports Academy, No 100/7, Independence Lane, Colombo 7, with Prof. D. C. R. A. Goonetilleke as Chief Guest, and Prof. unanda Mahendra and Dr. Lakshmi De Silva speaking on the two novels.

One soldier killed eight injured in a claymore explosion in Sirupiddy.

One soldier was killed and eight others injured in claymore mine explosion yesterday at 3.30 p.m. at Sirupiddy junction located on the Jaffna -Point Pedro Road. The incident occurred when a group of soldiers were proceeding in a bus for duty in Atchchuveli, according to Army sources. Army sources alleged that the suspected LTTE cadres have detonated the claymore mine.

The government of Sri Lanka launches tea assistance project to increase tea production

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Government of Sri Lanka together with Ministry of Plantation launched on Tuesday its new loan scheme –Tea Development Project Revolving Fund Credit Scheme to assist existing small tea growers and the tea factory owners to improve the productivity of tea industry in Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Plantation, Tea Small Holding Development Authority [TSHDA] Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Tea Board and local commercial banks are engaged with this exercise under the financial assistance of the Asian Development Bank.

LTTE bases in Amparai attacked by Karuna group

Fierce fighting rages in Amparai as Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP – Karuna Group) launched an attack on the camps belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the district, which is called Udumpankula Kottam by the LTTE. T. Urthira spokesperson for the TMVP told "Asian Tribune" that they launched the attack early this morning on the LTTE camps in Amparai in the East.

LTTE warns of a full scale war

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has warned that they may be compelled to withdraw from the ceasefire Agreement if the present hostility campaign in the country continues. But Government’s Spokesman for Defense and National Security Minister Keheliya Rambukwella emphasized that government had no whatsoever plans for a full-scale war but wanted only to neutralize LTTE artillery and heavy gun positions in Sampoor. However Rasiah Marshal Ilanthirayan, the military spokesperson of the LTTE emphasized "We may be compelled to withdraw from the Ceasefire Agreement." He said this in an interview with a Colombo based media.

Tigers short of military commanders

Reports reaching from Trincomalee district reveal that the Tamil Tigers have deserted their positions in the district and established their new bases in south of Verugal River in the Batticaloa region. There was no major clash in the Trincomalee district except for a mortar attack yesterday morning on the Sri Lankan Army camp in Selvanagar, located several kilometers away from Sampoor. Two soldiers and a civilian were killed in the LTTE’s shelling it was reported.

Sri Lanka Air Force bombed LTTE ‘Sencholai’ location a Tiger Training camp, reveals Washington Lankan embassy analysis

The Sri Lanka Air Force did bomb a Tamil Tiger (also known as Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers or LTTE) location on August 14, 2006 but was a pre-identified Tiger training base located at Vallepuram compound on Paranthan Mullaitivu road about 30 km inland of Mullaitivu in (Sri Lanka’s) Northern Province but, as claimed by the Tamil rebels and their worldwide propaganda machinery, was not "an institution housing a girls’ home caring for children rendered orphans by war". This was the determination the Washington Sri Lanka Embassy arrived in its analysis while highlighting the contradictory news items disseminated by pro-Tiger media. The embassy presents factual evidence where the (air force bombed) training camp was located and the exact location of the 'children's home.

European Parliament to discuss Sri Lanka’s human rights situation

Members of the European Parliament are to debate tomorrow at the plenary sittings of the Parliament on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy, and rule of Law in Sri Lanka. Six different groups in the European Parliament have send in draft resolution for discussion with request for inclusion in the agenda, pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of the Parliamentary procedure.