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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka on Ocean resources

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka organizes seminar on ocean resources to educate local contractors and related industrialists. The CEO of the Chamber, Dakshitha Talgodapitiya says the chamber has recognized vast potential for exploitation of Ocean resources and the need to ensure its optimum utilization particularly at a time Sri Lanka is going through an economic crisis.

Five Years on, Saddam’s Successor Resurfaces

By * Nicola Nasser

For the first time since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in April 2003, the deputy of Saddam Hussein, the late President of Iraq, Izzat Ibrahim Addouri has resurfaced, despite a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, in a lengthy interview with Abdel-Azim Manaf, the editor-in-chief of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Mawqif Al-Arabi, not a mainstream, on May 26 to lay out the strategy and tactics of the Iraqi resistance led by the former ruling party, Al-Baath. Addouri’s resurface and the resistance strategy he has laid out represent a direct challenge to the U.S. occupying power.

Hitting Tamil Tigers Hard or Political Reconciliation: ‘Wall Street’ is NOT Main Street

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

“In Sri Lanka, a military offensive by the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has wrested control of seven of the nine districts previously held by the rebel group LTTE, better known as the Tamil Tigers. Mr. Rajapaksa now promises victory by the end of the year, even as the Tigers continue to launch high-profile terrorist attacks. “All this is good news in its own right. Better yet, it explodes the mindless shibboleth that there is "no military solution" when it comes to dealing with insurgencies. On the contrary, it turns out that the best way to end an insurgency is, quite simply, to beat it.”

A bomb explosion in a bus near Moratuwa University

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

A bomb blast has been reported, inside a public transport bus, opposite Moratuwa University this morning. More information to follow.

Bus bomb explosion killed 18 persons and 12 injured (Update -1)

Ruwan Weerakoon reporting from Colombo

The bomb explosion inside a bus plying between Piliyandala and Moratuwa occurred a short while ago, killing at least 18 persons and injuring dozens of others. The blast occurred as the bus was passing the Swarnashailabimbaramaya Temple, it is learnt. According to sources at the location, the bus, plying the 255 Route had been on its way to Moratuwa. Initial reports indicate that at least 40 persons have been admitted to the Kalubowila Teaching hospital while a dozen others were taken to the Lunawa Hospital, Panadura.

Bus bomb explosion: 21 Civilians killed, over 40 injured (Update -2)

Ruwan Weerakoon reporting from Colombo

The bomb explosion that took place at 7.50 a.m today morning in a crowded bus near the Shilabimbarama Vihara, Katubedda in Moratuwa area has killed 21 people including 13 men and 8 women have been killed and more than 40 have been injured. Injured civilians have been admitted to the Kalubowila and Lunawa hospital for immediate treatments. According to the police sources the bomb has been exploded using a remote controlled device targeting a bus that has been traveling from Kottawa to Mount Lavinia (Route No 255).

Police imposed curfew after bomb blast in Katubedda (Update – 3)

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Police curfew has been imposed in Katubedda area in order to facilitate the search operation after the bomb blast in Katubedda in this morning. It is now alleged that the LTTE terrorists have exploded a claymore bomb targeting a crowded public transport bus at Katubadda, Moratuwa and the roadside bomb placed at a location between Shailabimbaramya Buddhist temple and the University of Moratuwa, , has been exploded targeting a bus, bearing number 29-1885, that was traveling from Kottawa to Mount Lavinia.

Government blames LTTE behind the bomb blast, Police Curfew imposed in Katubedda, Dandeniya, and Moratuwa areas - (Update - 4)

Bus bomb blastThe military blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the blast that took place between 7.50 a.m and 8.00a.m, today, which killed 21 people - 13 males and 8 females, and over 60 injured. "It is the LTTE who are behind the explosion," said military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara. The attack comes two days after the military blamed the rebels for a bomb blast on a railway track that wounded 27 civilians in Colombo.

Act with responsibility at this crucial moment says the defence sources

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Defence sources request the general public to act with responsibility at this crucial moment. The LTTE terrorists who are facing set backs due to operations in the Wanni attempt to target innocent civilians in the south, Defence sources further said. Their objective is to gain advantages by infuriating the masses. The sources pointed out the need to act intelligently without being misguided by rumors and false information. They also reiterated the need to remain vigilant.

Sri Lanka President condemns LTTE orchestrated brutal killing of civilians and calls for calm and vigilant

Sri Lanka President calls for calm and vigilant while condemning the LTTE bomb blast that kills 21 innocent civilians and injuring more than 60 of them. “I call on the people to remain calm and not give in to deliberate provocations aimed at fanning communal hatred and violence; remain vigilant against the forces of terror, and continue to assist the Police and Security Forces in the task of eradicating terrorism from our country,” said Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement on the bomb explosion at Katubedda carried out by the LTTE today (6th).

Another Bomb Explosion in Pollgolla

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Another bomb has been exploded near the Youth Centre in Polgolla, Kandy short while ago, June 6. More information will follow.

Bomb blast in Polgolla 2 civilians died and 12 injured (Update 1)

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

A bomb blast was reported at a passenger bus near the Youth Centre in Polgolla, a short while ago. It is reported that 2 civilians have died and 12 others injured as a result. This is the second explosion to occur today. According to the initial report, the explosion occurred around 3.50 p.m., and bus was plying from Waththegama to Kandy.

Suspect in the bus bomb blast in Polgolla arrested (Update 2)

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Miltary spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakk said to 'Asian Tribune' that the suspect who involved bomb explosion in Polgolla was apprehended by civilians and handed over to police. One Senior Police officer from Kandy said to 'Asian Tribune' that the suspect who had trigged the remote control devise was seen running after the bus and civilians who saw him running, chased, apprehended and hand over him to the police. The identity of the civilian-arrested suspect was not disclosed. Police said investigations are going on.

India’s Cairns Energy PLC, gets oil exploring concession in the Mannar Basin

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka has granted a license to explore oil to India’s Cairn Energy PLC in an offshore block off the country’s North West Mannar basin. The Indian Oil Company is promoted by Cairn Energy PLC, a crude oil and natural gas exploration and production firm listed in the market of London stock exchange. Cairn Energy PLC currently holds 69% interest in Cairn India. The company said Sri Lanka granted them Block SL 2007-01-001 is offshore North West Sri Lanka and covers approximately 3,400 Km2 in water depths of 200 metres to 1800 metres.

Setting up of the Serendib Flour Mill to end the flour monopoly in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Serendib Flour Mils Pvt Ltd, a member of the Al Ghurair Group of Companies, Dubai, UAE launched operations of its US$ 56 million wheat flour mill in the Port of Colombo and with it, an uninterrupted supply of wheat flour to Sri Lankan consumers and the industry is ensured. Dr Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development inaugurated the commissioning of the plant. With this commissioning of Serendib flour mill the monopoly maintained by Prima ends. In the meantime there were posters in Colombo and in other areas indicating solidarity by the Sri Lanka Bakery Owners with Prima. The new flour product is branded as Seven Star.

Bus bomb blast

Bus Bomb Blast 2

Bus Bomb Blast 3