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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2100


LTTE launches its "final war" despite angry protests by Truce Monitors

H. L. D. Mahindapala

After sending Yashuhi Akashi, the special envoy of the Japanese government, empty handed from Killinochchi, and after Velupillai Prabhakaran's refusal to meet him, the Tamil Tigers yesterday opened fire on Sri Lankan naval vessels carrying troops and Truce Monitors. A flotilla of Tamil Tiger suicide boats attacked Sri Lankan Dvoras and "Pearl Cruiser", a ship ferrying 600 troops off the coast of Jaffna.

Douglas Devananda Appeals to the International Community to Save the Tamils from the Tamil Tigers

We are on the brink of a major catastrophe which will affect the Tamil-speaking people on a scale never experienced before. The majority of the Tamil-speaking people are clear in their vision that their political rights could be won over only through the democratic process of negotiations, and not by any means of violence, as we in the EPDP have always advocated and pursued consistently.

Navy-Air Force thrashes out at LTTE boats, Seventeen navy personnel missing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

Seventeen Navy personnel continued to be missing hours after LTTE attacked several navy boats in Jaffna. One Dvora boat belonging to the Navy was destroyed while another Dvora boat was damaged due to the incident. Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe confirmed that only one vessel belonging to the Navy had sunk and not two as reported. "The other navy vessel was only damaged not destroyed or sunk as reported," he said.

Pak PM to visit Greece, Libya, Morocco and Egypt from May 14-21

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will visit Greece, Libya and Morocco, besides representing Pakistan at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East from May 14-21 in Egypt.Accompanied by members of the cabinet, senior officials and a delegation of businessmen the Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will discuss measures to further strengthen bilateral, economic and political ties with world leaders.

The Iceman Cometh: Canada's New Prime Minister, Stephan Harper, Starts Governing

By John Chuckman

Stephan Harper's first budget, while making little economic and social sense, makes a great deal of political sense. Tidbits of spending are distributed to enough disparate groups to aim at luring a majority-making coalition of diverse interests. At the same time, Harper toughly enforces quiet from party members known for blurting out embarrassing, socially-backward views.

Eastern women threatened with death if they do not stop working at NGOs

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

More handbills threatening women with death if they do not cease to work in NGOs were circulated in the Eastern Province beginning late last week. The leaflet titled 'demon ladies' and printed in the Tamil language has been drawn up by an unheard organization named 'People Front' was circulated among civilians and copies were also sent out to local and international NGOs.

Six killed in series of blasts at Pak police academy

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least six people were killed and 14 injured in a series of explosions at a Police Academy on Thursday. Southwestern Pakistan, police and hospital sources said. Five blasts occurred in quick succession in the firing range of a police training school in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

Daya Group will invest another 5000 million rupees in various new investment fields

By Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The Daya Group, Sri Lanka’s largest company and its subsidiary the Sevenagala Sugar Industries Ltd has planned to invest in new fields. The company says its total investment would be five thousand million in such fields as Green Power generation, manufacture of sugar, manufacture of apparels, Agro based Industry, travel and leisure industry and property development.

Sri Lankan Security Forces on a "limited Coordinate assault"—Govt Defence Affairs Spokesman - Air Force bombs LTTE airstrip

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan defence officials described security operations staged yesterday against the rebel outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as “limited and coordinated” and were aimed to deter further LTTE’s attacks on the Sri Lanka Security Forces.

Sri Lanka Security Forces strike LTTE targets. Kilinochchi under attack

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Sri Lankan security forces are pounding LTTE positions deep inside the guerrilla held territory in a combine air, naval and ground strike after sea Tigers blew up two Naval gunboats escorting a Navy personnel carrier.

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