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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 878


Sangaree condemns the Buttala bombings

The brutal and cowardly act of the LTTE which caused the death 26 innocent civilians and also left over sixty-five people injured came under condemnation. The President of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree has condemned the LTTE for yesterday’s claymore mine attack at Buttala. He has admonished that it was high time the LTTE stop killing innocent civilians, which is not going to serve any purpose other than infuriating the International Community which is fast losing its patience. Anandasangaree pointed out that there should be no place for ferocious animals in the human society. He said “We as humans have a sacred duty to perform.” He also emphasized that without playing hide and seeks; every one should express their deep concerns.

Government will compensate the families of dead and wounded persons in Buttala bomb attack

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Buttala BlastThe government will compensate the families of dead and wounded persons in the claymore mine attack in Buttala. Minister Rizhard Badurdeen says a maximum of one hundred thousand rupees will be paid on behalf of a dead person while a maximum of 50 thousand rupees has been approved to pay for an injured person. In the first stage 25 thousand rupees will be granted as compensation for the family of an unmarried dead person. An injured will receive 10 thousand rupees under the first stage. In addition, an allowance of 15 thousand rupees each will be provided for funerals. Minister Badurdeen said three million rupees have already been given to the district secretary of Moneragala to be disbursed among victims.

Buttala bomb blast: Sri Lanka President instructs to take immediate measures

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed the relevant authorities to take immediate measures to treat the victims of the claymore bomb blast in Buttala this morning. Accordingly, all facilities including specialist physicians, medicine and blood have been sent to the hospitals where the injured are receiving treatment. Earlier in the morning around 7.35 AM the LTTE exploded a claymore mine targeting a bus plying from Buttala to Okkampitiya, killing 23 persons, and injuring 67. The explosion had occurred near Thelimbugastenne, Buttala.

British Tamils urge boycott of Sri Lankan Airlines

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

The British Tamils Forum yesterday appealed to Tamils and others to boycott Sri Lanka's national carrier SriLankan Airlines claiming that its revenue is being used to buy arms to use against the Tamil people. BTF, an umbrella organization of several Tamils organizations based in the UK, said at a press conference in London yesterday that some 30,000 of the 300,000 persons of Tamil origin living in the UK, use Sri Lanka's national carrier to fly to the country each year from the UK providing the airline with some £12 million which goes into the "war chest" of the Sri Lanka Government.

Mitt Romney Wins Michigan, Republicans Still Looking For Front Runner: Nevada Caucus on Saturday

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Mitt Romney had a good win in Michigan primary, a first for him and so far, McCain and Huckabee each won one primary, thus keeping the race open. In Michigan John McCain came second and Mike Huckabee third. Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and John Edwards will continue to battle it out in Nevada, South Carolina and Florida. Romney was able to ward off McCain’s surge as the traditional Republican voters came in large numbers while the independent vote was less than in 2000 when McCain won this primary against George W. Bush. Huckabee came in third. Even though, Hillary Clinton won the Michigan primary handily, the delegate count is subject to approval by the party as Michigan went against the party directive not to hold the election so early. Obama and Edwards had withdrawn their names.

LTTE also target Unicorn military truck in Butala

Just Two hours after massacre of twenty-three innocent passengers on a Butala bound bus Wednesday (16) morning at around 7.30 a.m., suspected Tiger terrorists targeted a military Unicorn truck, about 2 km north of Galge , on Butala – Katargama road, in Moneragala district, at about 9.45 a.m., triggering one more claymore mine. According to the defence sources, four soldiers suffered injuries in the explosion. The injured have been taken to Hambanthota hospital. The Army and the Police have launched a combined search in the area after the incident.

Schools closed in Uva Province due to the bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Provincial Educational Ministry of the UVA province closed schools due to the today's bomb blast. A total of 23 civilians, including school children, were killed and 67 wounded in a Claymore blast that targeted a bus in Helagama in Buttala DS division in Monaragala district in Uva Province at 7:35 a.m. Chief Minister of the Province said the closing down schools was a temporary measure. Meanwhile Acting Director at the Moneragala Hospital Janaka Prasad says blood is urgently needed to treat those injured in the Buttala claymore bomb blast. He says O Negative and O Positive types of blood are especially in demand and requests prospective donors to come forward to donate blood.

Bomb blast - Kills 23 in Buttala Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A bomb blast at a civilian bus on this morning in Buttala killing 23 people and wounding 67 others, the military said. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, who provided the casualty figures, said it was unclear if the bomb was on the bus or planted by the roadside. A local police official said it was a roadside bomb and that gunshots were fired at the vehicle after the blast.

Quantum Leap in South-South Investments and Trade

Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The world's emerging economies -- including China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand -- have made a quantum leap in their investments in the global South and in trade with developing nations. "Clearly, today there is growing economic complementarity and capacity for developing countries to advance their development through mutual cooperation," says Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, the outgoing chairman of the 130-member Group of 77 developing nations. He says this is already happening through regional economic integration in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

LTTE TV channel tries to hoodwink French telecom

The LTTE published posters in France announcing resumption of Tamil Television Network (TTN) telecast in the near future. Within 8 months of banning the TTN by French authorities and Globcast, a French satellite uplink company, the LTTE came out with the poster campaign announcing, ‘TTN is planning to recommence its transmissions soon based from Paris to the viewers of entire Europe.’

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