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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Five sailors, twelve sea Tigers killed in a sea clash off Kalpitiya

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Five sailors and twelve sea Tigers were killed in a sea clash off Kalpitiya in the North Western waters yesterday. Navy said five sailors who were aboard a damaged an Inshore Patrol Craft were killed in the confrontation. Three sailors were injured in the confrontation. Navy spokesman Commander K Dasanayake said twelve sea Tigers were believed to have been killed in the confrontation.

Foreign investors have firm confidence in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Development bank-DFCC has offered a wide range service to set up infrastructure to welcome outsourcing and BPOs. Its head Nihal Fonseka said a number of foreign companies have shown their interest to open their BPOs in Sri Lanka and the DFCC prepares to assist them. Speaking at a press briefing held in Colombo Mr. Fonseka said this is a new business, which can generate jobs and foreign earnings.

Sri Lankan government requests public not to be swayed by rumours after bomb scare at schools

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that a meticulously orchestrated campaign with sinister motives has been unleashed by interested parties in order to infuse irrational fears and uncertainties among the public and thereby disrupt/cripple normalcy and sanity in society, the information department said today. Many of those fabricated stories and rumours that were going round were aimed at disrupting even the last respect that was to be bestowed on late Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army.

Navy repulse Sea Tiger attack off Kalpitiya. Three sailors injured, IPC damaged

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Navy said Naval crafts repulsed an LTTE attempt to attack a Naval forces detachment in Kalpitiya and said one Navy Inshore Patrol Craft was damaged and three sailors were injured in the confrontation.Five sea Tiger boats were damaged in the Navy retaliation. Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said battle began when one Navy IPC intercepted a movement of sea Tiger boats in the seas off Kalpitiya.

Sea Tigers clash with Navy off Kalpitiya, battle going on at 1.45 pm

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A massive sea clash is raging in the seas off Kalpitiya in the North Western waters between a flotilla of sea Tiger crafts and the Navy. The battle in still taking place and no information of casualties available yet. The battle began when a Navy Inshore Patrol Craft (IPS) better known as Water jet intercepted three Seat Tigers boats off Kalpitiya at 11. 30 am. The IPC engaged with the sea Tiger crafts and more sea Tiger boats joined the battle.

Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga's funeral today

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asia Tribune

The funeral of Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga, will take place today (Wednesday) evening at the Colombo General Cemetery with full military honours. The late Kulatunga, who was also the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General from his position as Major General after a motorbike-riding LTTE suicide bomber assassinated him on Monday at Pannipitiya.

Journalists betray President Rajapakse seeking a truce with LTTE

VidyakaranOn June 20, at a secret meeting held at Temple Trees, President Mahinda Rajapakse confided in the two newspapermen from Uthayan his intentions of having direct talks with the LTTE and calling for a two weeks truce. The LTTE replied by sending a suicide bomber to blow up President Rajapakse’s third highest ranking Army commander, Maj-Gen. Parami Kulathunga. Uthayan is a Tamil regional daily printed and published from Sri Lanka’s restive Jaffna peninsula. The Tamil news daily is edited by N.Vidyakaran. His brother-in-law E.Saravanabavan is the owner publisher of Uthayan as well as the other Tamil daily “Sudar Oli “ which is published from Colombo.

Sri Lanka: Textile Minister plans to help handloom weavers to grab bigger market stake

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo.

The Department of Textile Development and the Ministry of Textile Development have jointly launched a handloom development project to produce value added handloom products to acquire bigger stake in Sri Lanka as well as in the foreign markets. Sri Lanka’s Textile Development Minister Jayatissa Ranaweera said that his Ministry would develop handloom sector as a self-employment project and create it as a recognized industry through this programme in the country.

LTTE admits killing Rajiv Gandhi, apologises to India

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Rajiv GandhiFinally, LTTE has admitted to killing Rajiv Gandhi. The Tamil militant guerrilla's ideologue Anton Balasingham apologized to India. And he wants India to be magnanimous to put the past behind. As the LTTE finds itself at cross roads once again, isolated and wounded, Balasingham says in so many words that they are looking towards India though he doesn't specify what type of help they are looking for. He claims that the relationship between India and LTTE is 'crucial' at the present juncture.

Sri Lanka President pays his last respect to the slain Kulathunga

Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Sri Lanka Army, yesterday paid his last respect to late Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge at his residence at Keleniya. Major General Parami Kulatunga RSP USP USAWC, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, third most senior officer of Sri Lanka Army was assassinated by the LTTE suicide bomber who had come on a motor bike exploded himself close to Pannipitiya Junction, around 08.00 a.m on Monday.

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