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A full-scale probe into the grenade attacks on NGO offices - Sri Lankan Police Chief

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan Police Chief announced that a full-scale probe was underway into the grenade attacks on three offices of the International Non-Government Organizations in the country’s restive East. "An aggressive, impartial and transparent investigation is being conducted."” Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando told the “Asian Tribune” referring to the investigation into grenade attacks on three International Non Government Organizations working in the East.

Pakistanis court sentences four to death in attack on Aziz

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 24 May, (Asiantribune.com): A court in Pakistan has convicted four men giving them capital punishment while three others were sentenced to life in prison for a 2004 suicide attack against Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who was finance minister then.
The anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, acquitted an eighth suspect in the case for lack of evidence, a court official said.

Muslim refugees in Puttalam to receive clean water and sanitation

Muslim families who were chased out of their homes in 1990s from the Northern province by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and presently languishing in the refugee camps in Puttalam are to receive clean water and other facilities. At last Thousands of children of conflict-affected families and their host communities will receive soon clean water and sanitation.

Prabhkaran’s days are numbered – Pilliyan

Pilliyan, Special Commander of the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, told that Prabhakaran is now engaged in battle for his survival and not that of the Tamil people. Prabhkaran exploits the suffering of the Tamils for his own political ends, he said. Citing an example he said: “Recently, when the Government closed entry to the A9 road, Praba group shed crocodile tears over the death of a child who died, according to a report, without proper medical facilities. But from the date of opening the A-9 road, Prabah Group has collected huge sums of money in the form taxes imposed on the passengers.

Sri Lanka's electricity reforms impasse continues

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Reforms Bill which was to be presented in Parliament yesterday, was withheld owing to a Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) backed trade union voicing their 'protest'
against the bill.

India extends its ban on LTTE for another two years

On May 14, 2006 India renewed its ban on the LTTE for another two years declaring, among other things, that the “LTTE's objective for a homeland for all Tamils disrupts the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India”.

Sri Lanka government will revise office and school hours

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Government has planned to revise the office and school hours soon. The government decided to change the school and office hours following the reverting of time recently. Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration D. Dissanayake says a decision regarding on date of implementing the revised office and school hours will be reached during the cabinet meeting this week.

Norway has an obligation to ban LTTE - victim of Tigers in Norway

Sivarajah Rajasingham, leader of Norway’s Liberal Democratic Tamils, told the Asian Tribune that Norway too should ban the LTTE now that the European Union has taken decisive action despite threats by the LTTE to escalate violence. “Norway has a duty to ban those agents of terrorism operating on its soil,” he said.

Sri Lankan exporters seek government mediation to solve their burning issues

Local exporters seek government mediation to solve their burning issues and a number of subsidies to administer their manufacturing process. The exporters said that they need cheap electricity and low-cost energy to compete with the global competitors, but said the prevailing energy prices are too high.

A turning point in the drift to war: Unanswered questions remain about the killing of Sri Lankan foreign minister

With the eruption of open fighting between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is timely to reexamine a key turning point in the slide towards renewed civil war—the assassination of former Sri Lankan foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, by unidentified gunmen on the night of August 12 last year.

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