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LTTE moles planted within the Sri Lanka Army

A Sri Lanka Army soldier from the Weli Oya Kalyanpura Army camp was arrested on last Thursday, on suspicion of being a spy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Tamil rebel outfit which is presently involved in a low intensity war with the Government of Sri Lanka. On investigation, according to sources in the Army, the arrested soldier revealed that further 28 soldiers including commissioned officers of the Sri Lanka Army are recruited by the LTTE for spying. Reports reveal that Military Police has so far arrested 5 more soldiers alleged to be involved in clandestine activities and they are being now questioned regarding their involvements with the LTTE.

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission risk losing 37 monitors

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, which comprises five Nordic nations will lose 37 monitors if the Norwegian peace facilitators agree to comply with an LTTE demand. If the 37 monitors exit, the SLMM will be left with just 20 from Norway and four from Iceland. The Tamil Tiger rebels mid this week demanded the facilitators to remove three Nordic nations, Denmark, Finland and Sweden after they along with several other European countries banned the LTTE last month.

Stop cheating the Tamils: Pack up and leave the country – Anandasangaree demands Tamilselvan and the LTTE leadership

AnandasangareeLeader of the Tamil United Liberation Front has openly condemned the political duplicity of S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and other leaders of the terrorists outfit demanded not to cheat the Tamil people, the youths and the students. He has openly called Tamilselvan and the LTTE leaders to pack up and leave the country and join with their children who are in foreign countries having super class education. TULF Leader further pointed out that you sacrifice our youths by sending them on various risky errands to many places from where most of them do not return alive. “I am not asking you to send your children on such errands because they are dear to you. I am only asking you not to sacrifice the children of poor parents and allow them to study like your children.

Pak-India to review 3rd round of composite dialogue next month

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India would meet next month to review the third round of composite dialogue. This was stated by Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam at a news briefing Here on Saturday. She said Pakistan and India have exchanged lists of civilian prisoners and fishermen on 15th of this month.

Tigers extort rupees 200 million monthly from goods and cargoes bound to Tamil civilians in Jaffna peninsula

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas extort an estimated Rupees 200 to 300 million every month from goods and cargoes bound for the Tamil civilians in the Jaffna peninsula, passing through the Tiger held territory.Subsequently traders have to charge the tax levied by the Tigers on the innocent Tamil civilians by inflating the prices. As the prices of essential and scarce commodities in the Jaffna peninsula have skyrocketed, it is reported that even the ‘Drum Stick’ (Murunga), a vegetable grown locally fetches Rupees five hundred per kilo.

Huge hoardings, Antenna towers would be a threat – Sunil Sarath Perera

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

City dwellers in Sri Lanka will face another hazardous situation due to the large-scale hoardings, which are erected in number of locations.There is no legal background to ban or change these hoarding locations, said veteran environmental Journalist Sunil Sarath Perera. At present local government institutions charge taxes and charges on these hoardings and they allow companies and individuals to erect these hoardings without imposing any restrictions.

Australian Development Scholarships for the Sri Lankan Public Sector

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Australian High Commissioner, Dr Greg French, announced that Australia would provide six masters-level scholarships targeted at the public sector in Sri Lanka for the 2007 academic intake. "I am pleased to announce that Australia will continue to support education in Sri Lanka through the newly announced Australia Scholarship program," the High Commissioner stated other day. In addition to the 23 scholarship holders already in Australia under the Australia Development Scholarship scheme, six scholarships for post-graduate study will be awarded on a competitive basis for public sector employees working in areas such as public finance and environmental management.

Sri Lanka backs Norway and rejects Tamil Tiger move to sack Nordic Truce Monitors

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 24 June, (Asiantribune.com): The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has rejected the Tamil Tiger move to replace the Nordic Truce Monitors from Denmark, Finland and Sweden with a new team that would receive their approval. The Tamil Tigers claim that the Nordic Truce Monitors have lost their neutrality after the EU countries banned the Tamil Tigers. The Peace Secretariat, on the contrary, has given the green light for the Truce Monitors to continue their mandate “despite the unreasonable stance of the LTTE”. It has also dismissed the reasons given by the Tiger complaints as “superficial”.

Pak may support Jayanatha or Suriakiart for UNSG post.

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India for Asian Tribune

Pakistan has given up plans to field a candidate against Shashi Tharoor for the post of UN Secretary General. The decision has some thing to do with the internal power equations as also cross currents in Islamabad and not because of any outside factor. For the record, however, it is said that Pakistan never intended to go in for a ‘tit-for-tat’ nomination, and that “Pakistan has a national agenda, not an anti-India agenda”.

Pak-India talks on Wullar Barrage deadlocked

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The talks between Pakistan and India on Wullar Barrage ended without any breakthrough with both sides reiterating to continue the talks during the next round of Composite Dialogue with a view to resolving the issue in accordance with the provisions of the Indus Basin Treaty of 1960. At the end of the two-day talks held between Pakistan's Secretary Water and Power Ashfaq Mehmood and Indian Water Secretary J Hari Narayan here on Friday, they acknowledged that the stalemate continued.

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