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Territory claimed by the LTTE as their homeland

Kotiwaligaya and Geneva talks. : How long the Sri Lanka Government is going to tolerate this bloody Nadagama.

By Sudath Gunasekara.

When I start this note with the above quotation every one will know that the writer has no faith in the ongoing negotiations with the LTTE. I know some "intellectual pundits" may call me a Sinhala chauvinist, ultra nationalist or what not. But I must say I write this note only as a Sri Lankan who has a heart for his motherland. There is no parallel in known world history as far as I know where murderers of this type have been propitiated like this.

LTTE claymore mine exploded, six died - five of them innocent civilians

A claymore mine fixed to the bicycle belonging to the Tamil Tiger militant exploded at Udupiddi junction, Udupiddy in Vadamaradchy ,along Udpiddy-Valvettiturai road yesterday at 3:30 p.m. killing a total of six persons. According to report by the Sri Lanka Army source, "A Tamil Tiger’s claymore mine fixed on to a bicycle exploded accidentally while it was being transported by a Tiger terrorist at Udupiddi Junction." Out of the total people killed, now it has been identified that five of those died were innocent civilians. Two more civilians were injured.

SAARC cultural affairs Ministers conference in Colombo

The second conference of the Ministers of Cultural Affairs of the member countries of the SAARC will be held in Colombo today and tomorrow (October 30 – 31, 2006). The conference of the secretaries of the Ministries if Cultural Affairs of SAARC countries will be held today at the Galadari Hotel Colombo, where they will plan out policies and programmes for the next three years. The inaugural ceremony of the conference of the Ministers of the SAARC countries will be held on October 31, presided by Minister of Tourism Anura Bandaranaike.

Prayer campaign to protest military rule in Burma

Students inside Burma, officially called Myanmar, launched a ‘Prayer Campaign’ inside Burma on yesterday. The week-long prayer campaign is launched by students to protest against the ruling junta. According to National League for Democracy, already the student leaders inside Burma took initiatives with the blessings and support of the NLD led by its imprisoned leader indomitable Aung San Suu Kyi and already conducted a signature campaign for the release of the political prisoners languishing in the notorious Burmese prisons.

Investors welcome positive political Development while the market boost: Peace talks to set the market direction

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

This unprecedented alliance between the Main Opposition Party UNP and the Government’s SLFP consequent to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two parties, saw the market rising notably as investors welcomed the newly formed union as heralding a new era in Sri Lankan politics, indicates in the weekly share market review of the HNB Stockbrokers. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) and the Milanka Price Index (MPI) rose by a similar 1.3 percent on Monday, while on absolute terms, the ASPI growth was 32 points while the MPI increased by 40.3 points.

Baby rolls off dining table and drowns inside house; landslides block main roads and National Hospital filled with rain water

By Vandana Jayasinghe

Over 306,500 people have been affected by the relentless rains that lasted for nearly a week in ten districts of south-western Sri Lanka. Nearly 75,000 people rendered homeless and 11 people, including a child, died in the floods. Residents of the south western districts consider this to be the worst floods in recent years. Main roads in Colombo and other districts were inundated making traffic impassable. A six-month-old baby girl of a Muslim family in Wattala died when she rolled off the dining table and fell into flood waters swirling inside the house.

Garment dyeing plant opened in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Apparel giants Quantum Clothing Group, UK, Brandix Lanka Limited and Lanka Equities (Pvt) Limited formed a three-way joint venture, resulting in the opening of Stevensons Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, an exclusive garment dyeing operation at the Biyagama Export Processing Zone, Walgama. Ashroff Omar, CEO of Brandix Lanka Ltd, Shahid Sangani, Managing Director, Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd, Roshini Sangani, Director, Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd, Mike Shotton, Chairman of Quantum Clothing Group, UK and Professor Lakshman Wattawala, Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) were among those present at the inauguration.

Memoirs of a Counter-Rebel Spy in London - PART VII: The British Arms Deals

By Glen Jenvey - Exclusive to "Asian Tribune"
Edited By - Joseph Thavaraja

Glen JenveySri Lankans were fighting terrorism at that time with no help from the west.The rebels meanwhile seemed to have friends in many other rebel groups. The PKK is a Turkish terrorist group based in London. Contacts between Islamic groups and LTTE were made within prisons. I first came across it when I was asked by my boss in the SIS to attend and film a refugee demo in London. The British government wanted to get tough on refugees in the UK and the Communist Party was advertising a demonstration –I was to attend and meet other LTTE followers and take photos of them.

Bangladesh President becomes PM, violence spreads

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Iajuddin Ahmed,Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed, a BNP appointee, has taken over as caretaker prime minister amidst reports that troops might be summoned to quell violence rocking the country for the third day. He cited the failure of four major parties - BNP, Awami League (AL), Jatiya Party and Jamaat-e-Islami to reach a consensus on who should head the interim government. The four parties met at the Presidential palace on the direction of Iajuddin Ahmed himself.

LTTE fails to get land route opened; no date fixed for next round of talks

By H. L. D. Mahindapala - Editorial Consultant, Asian Tribune

Last handshakeThe second round of talks in Geneva ended yesterday with the Tamil Tigers pressing hard to get A-9 road opened through international pressure and getting nowhere. Tamil Tigers’ press release issued yesterday at the end of the talks, indicates that the Tigers came to talks, under international pressure as admitted by them earlier, not to advance peace but to see how far they could advance down the A-9 road.

The clemency uproar

Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Despite the possible deferment of the execution of Mohammad Afzal, convicted in the Parliament attack case, the din by supporters and the opponents of the death sentence is getting louder even as the execution (initially set for October 20) has been put off for the present. Both sides believe in the validity of the arguments they cite. The observations of the Supreme Court in a different but similar case could not have come more timely. It set aside the then Andhra Pradesh Governor Sushil Kumar Shinde’s order reducing the sentence of a convict on the basis of a petition seeking pardon.

The clemency uproar

Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Despite the possible deferment of the execution of Mohammad Afzal, convicted in the Parliament attack case, the din by supporters and the opponents of the death sentence is getting louder even as the execution (initially set for October 20) has been put off for the present. Both sides believe in the validity of the arguments they cite. The observations of the Supreme Court in a different but similar case could not have come more timely. It set aside the then Andhra Pradesh Governor Sushil Kumar Shinde’s order reducing the sentence of a convict on the basis of a petition seeking pardon.

Erik Solheim

Burma: Prayer campaign 1

Burma: Prayer campaign 2

Burma: Prayer campaign 3

Burma: Prayer campaign 4

Iajuddin Ahmed,

Last handshake


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