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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1617


A Black Tiger and the LTTE Handler arrested in Colombo

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

The Special Police Team arrested on 20th September Sstanisloas Kowananan, a dangerous Black Tiger terrorist operative in Wellawatte, Colombo. He is said to be from Trincomalee. The Special Police team also recovered C4 high power explosives nine and half kilos, one and half kilos of steel balls, detonators, batteries and chargers. These ingredients, the devil-mixed, were used for the manufacture of all types of bombs, such as belt bombs used by suicide cadres, time bombs and other type of bombs exploded by remote controls, said a Sri Lanka Army explosive expert.

Awards of the First Chamber Competition 2008 to fly-off at Hilton

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The need to recognize, appreciate and reward the Trade and Industry and sector specified associations have long been felt and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) apex body of Sri Lankan Chambers in its quest to promote trade and industry and in particular the rural sector Has decided to hold a Trade and Industry Chamber Competition which is open for regional and district Chambers too.

Diminishing Returns

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The civil war in Sri Lanka is becoming bloodier by the day. The casualties are now in the hundreds per encounter as the Sri Lankan armed forces are creeping up to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam stronghold in what is known as the Wanni area south of the Jaffna peninsula. Large casualties among security forces are to be expected given that the LTTE cadres are now conducting trench warfare where the attacking force will have to buy its way with blood. That the LTTE too has suffered a large number of dead and wounded will have an attrition effect on its fighting capabilities. Unless the LTTE is able to turn the tide of war dramatically its dream of a Tamil Eelam (homeland) is receding rapidly.

A team of Indian Officials in Colombo

A team of Indian officials are in Colombo for talks with Sri Lanka Government officials regarding bilateral and other issues, including the preparation of the forthcoming SAARC summit in 1st August, as well as the war situation in the North. India's Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan and India's Defence Secretary Vijay Singh have arrived in Colombo Friday morning around 11.30 AM, on a special flight from New Delhi on a two-day visit.

Prabhakaran’s son credited with new devastating chemical bomb

Charles Anthony is proven to be a psychopathic megalomaniac like his father Velupillai Prabhakaran and the senior leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) worry about the meteoritic rise of the son. According to intelligence reports Charles Anthony has developed a new chemical weapon capable of such a shock wave that could kill, permanently damage vision and hearing and also make women barren. "Now that the war is in the northern theatre, use of this lethal weapon could make the Tamil women barren and reduce the birth rate in a drastic manner," an analyst said. "Father used to kill the innocent Tamils and other civilians. The son has now gone a step further. He is determined to make the Tamil women – mothers, daughters and sisters barren. - Chip of the old block"

Supreme Court Rejects Fundamental Rights Petitions

Asian Tribune - SL Bureau

Supreme Court of Sri Lanka dismissed two fundamental rights petitions filed by the UNP and JVP challenging the dissolution of North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils. The Supreme Court said the Governors of the Provincial Councils had followed legal ways to dissolution of the both Provincial Councils. The bench comprised Chief Justice Sarath N Silva, Sriyani Thilakawardene and K. Sripawan.

Sri Lanka- Netherlands Trade on the Rise

The Netherlands-Sri Lanka Business Council met recently to discuss ways to strengthen trade and economic ties between the two countries. The volume of trade has increased from $199 million in 2006 to $226 million in 2007, with the balance of trade in favour of Sri Lanka, with more Sri Lankan exports going to the Netherlands. The annual meeting of the Council took place at the ‘Gallery Art Korner” in The Hague where an exhibition of paintings of contemporary Sri Lanka artists is being held.

DIMO, TATA and HNB combined to launch Xenon Diesel

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The launch of the Diesel single cab Xenon is a unique combination of Dimo, HNB and Tata, said Ranjith Pandithage, Chairman, Diesel and Motor Engineering Co Ltd (DIMO) at the occasion of launch Xenon to the Sri Lankan market, at their show room at R A de Mel Mawatha, last week. While Xenon is running in several other countries, Sri Lanka is the first country the vehicle is released in the South East Asian Region.

Rights activists and dissidents ask Sweden to explain deportation of Libyan dissident

Libyan rights activists and dissidents called on the Dutch authorities not to turn over a dissident Libyan national to the Libyan authorities, fearing that he will meet the same fate as another Libyan who died 29th May, in a Libyan prison after being tortured, less than three weeks after he was turned over by the Swedish authorities. These rights activists told Asharq al-Awsat that on May 5 immigration authorities in Sweden turned over Libyan national Mohammed Adel Abu Ali to the Libyan authorities after he had lived for six years in Sweden, totally ignoring warnings from international and Libyan human rights organizations, that this would involve grave violations by the Libyan security establishment.

FCCISL Labor Advisory Service and Human Resources Management Consultancy is progressing

By Quntus Perera - Asian Tribune

Services and Human Resources Management Consultancies launched last September by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) is now proceeding at full swing and these services by now have become very popular among the private and private sector organizations. Since its commencement many organizations from the private sector as well as the public sector have obtained these services. Further NGOs and INGOs too have obtained their services.

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