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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678


Arms Control Group Targets the Ubiquitous AK-47

By Thalif Deen - - Inter Press Service

The Soviet-designed AK-47, one of the most widely used weapons of choice by myriads of guerrilla fighters worldwide, was so popular with the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) that it glorified the assault rifle by putting its image on the country's post-war national flag. Since its creation in 1947 by Lieutenant-General Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 "is manufactured in more countries and is being used to cause more widespread suffering today than at any time in its 60-year history", according to a study by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).

Sri Lanka's military spokesman refuses to concede to security lapse which may have led to Major General's killing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

KulathungaSri Lanka's military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe today
refused to concede to a security lapse which may have led to the
killing of Major General Parami Kulathunga today morning at
Pannipitiya, 17 kilometres away from Colombo. Brigadier Samarasinghe told the “Asian Tribune” that at the time of the attack, the Major General who was also the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army was provided full protection. "How can anyone know that a suicide bomber was present at that particular moment? No one can so anything when a suicide bomber in a motorcycle suddenly comes from nowhere and rams into the car which was carrying Major General Kulathunga," he claimed.

Killing is another handiwork of the LTTE

Kulathunga attackDeputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General Parami Kulathunga and three others were killed when an LTTE suicide bomber on a motorcycle exploded this morning today (26) close to Pannipitya junction, 17 kilo meters away from Colombo City. Commenting on the incident government Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said “this is another serious violation of the CFA by the LTTE. This has happened at a time when we are looking forward to engage in talks with the LTTE.

LTTE suicide bomber rammed his motorbike on to the vehicle carrying Major General Kulathunge

Parami KulathungeThe unfolding news story of the bomb explosion reveals that Major General Parami Kulathunge, the 3rd most senior officer was killed in a suicide attack by the Tamil Tigers this morning. The suicide bomber had driven his motorbike on to the vehicle carrying Major General Kulathunge. According to a Police source, the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who was riding in a motorbike.

Sri Lanka Army’s Deputy Chief of staff killed in bomb explosion

Bomb explosion this morning, killed Deputy Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army, Major General Parami Kulathunga. It was revealed that a suicide car bomb exploded this morning around 8.00 am targeting security personnel.

Colombo Stock Exchange reports 2005 as best ever year on all fronts

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) recently publishing its latest annual report has identified 2005 as the best ever for it, virtually on all fronts. CSE former Director General Hiran Mendis in his review has stated that 2005 proved to be yet another year in which the record books of CSE were re-written. “I have been the Director General of the CSE for the past 9 years, during which period I have experienced both the best and the worst periods the capital market and the CSE have been through. I have seen the CSE growth from strength to strength in all areas of operation. The year 2005 was the best ever for the CSE virtually on all fronts – it was a near prefect year,” he stated.

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.

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