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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2676


India's Left and ruling UPA discuss areas of concern

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

The coordination committee of India's ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and its four outside supporters, the Left parties met here for about one hour and discussed price rise, and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including the dialogues Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has initiated with the nationalist and separatist Kashmir leaders besides the communal situation in the country and the situation in the North-East. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired the meeting which was attended, among others, by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat and CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan. Only a day earlier the leaders of CPI M., CPI, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party hit the streets as a part of nation wide campaign to force a rollback of hike in prices of petrol and diesel and steps to check general price rise.

Switzerland strongly condemns terrorist attack in Sri Lanka

Without mentioning the LTTE by name Switzerland has condemned the "terrorist attack" on a bus which killed civilians and "a large number of children". This attack has plunged the population of the entire region into mourning in addition to endangering the "fragile ceasefire," said the press communiqué issued by the Swiss Foreign Office.

Canada receives Rajapaksa’s nominee after rejecting Chandrika’s High Commissioner designate.

After rejecting the nominee of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga Canada has received W. J S Karunaratne, the nominee of President Mahinda Rajapakse, as Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to Canada. On 13th June 2006, Karunaratne presented his credentials to Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada at the Rideau Hall – Governor General’s Residence.

Even in the face of attacks Sri Lanka government is still confident regarding peace – Mahinda Rajapakse

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Mahinda RajapakseThe Sri Lankan government and the President Mahinda Rajapakse strongly condemn the bomb attack in Kebithigollewa. Issuing a press release the President said the LTTE through such attacks hopes to create conflict in the south. Therefore, the President requests the public to act peacefully. He said even in the face of such attacks the government still confident regarding peace. The President stated this after he visited to the site of the attack. Earlier, Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the scene and the victims of the claymore attack of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam {LTTE) clearly targeting the innocent civilians traveling on a SLTB bus in the morning hours.

Howells condemns explosion in Sri Lanka

British Foreign Office Minister Dr Kim Howells condemns Explosion in Sri Lanka. In his condemnation he has openly demanded Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to put aside its weapons and to be a responsible partner for peace. Minister Dr Kim Howells said yesterday, 'I was appalled to hear of this morning's explosion in Sri Lanka, which resulted in the loss of many innocent lives, and injury to many others. The fact that several children were amongst those killed was particularly distressing. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

University Teachers, Jaffna urges international community intervention to prevent a human disaster in Sri Lanka

In its latest report the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Sri Lanka, UTHR(J) has appealed to the international community to act, without washing their hands off Sri Lanka descending into another “human catastrophe of massive displacement where people have limited choices of where to run.” University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Sri Lanka, UTHR(J) Information Bulletin No. 40, Date of Release: 15th June 2006, Flight, Displacement and the Two-fold Reign of Terror. It also points out that armed forces must be restrained because its current action against Tamil civilians “is enabling the LTTE to make cannon fodder of these people who dread war.”

Death toll of LTTE claymore mine attacks rises: Sri Lankan President rush to the scene

Grieving SL PresidentSri Lanka Government strongly condemned the barbaric and inhuman killing of civilians, as the death toll rose to 63 which included 15 school going children, and a few pregnant women. At the time of posting this news item it was reported that nearly 87 were wounded. Emotion packed Sri Lankan President was seen as one of the earliest dignitaries to visit the gory scene of the incident and later to the hospital. Sri Lanka Government in its statement condemning the killing said, “The Government of Sri Lanka strongly condemns the barbaric and inhuman killing of dozens of innocent civilians at Kebitigollawa this morning. The Government is aware that the aim of the terrorists is to instigate a backlash in order to fulfill their evil designs. The Government urges the people to be calm and support its endeavor to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

58 bus passengers killed in the LTTE’s claymore mine attack: SL Air Force bombed the LTTE controlled Mullativu area

Colombo, 15 June, ( Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as usual has come up with a strongly worded denial for the international consumption, that they were not involved in the claymore mine attacks on a Sri Lanka Government owned Ceylon Transport Board passenger bus carrying nearly 100 passengers at Vuharahalmillewa, Kongolwewa, located near Kebitigollawe today at about 7.45 a.m killing 58 passengers including 8 children and injuring over 45. In the meantime according to a report, Two Kfir bombers of the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) began bombing Liberation Tigers controlled Mullaitivu and its suburbs today noon. LTTE Peace Secretariat in its statement has reported “SL Air Force bombed the LTTE controlled Mullativu area immediately after the above Claymore attack.”

LTTE carried out Claymore mine attack on a passenger bus : More than 30 Sinhalese killed

More than thirty civilians were killed, scores sustained shrapnel injuries, when LTTE carried out a claymore mine attack at a bus carrying at least 100 civilians at Kongollawa in Anuradhapura around 8.20a.m today. In the meantime the pro-LTTE news website Tamil Net, which is always fed with news reports on attacks undertaken by the LTTE, by the LTTE official sources, at times even in advance, reported “Around 50 civilian passengers were feared killed and more than 30 wounded, when a civilian bus hit a Claymore mine near Kebitigollawe, 23 km southeast of Vavuniya, Thursday around 7:50 a.m., medical sources said. Wounded passengers were rushed to Kepitigollawe and Anuradhapura hospitals. Majority of the victims are Sinhalese civilians.”

NLD condemns Burmese junta for preventing the opening of its branch offices in other parts of Burma.

Aung San Suu KyiExcept for the Headquarters of the National League for Democracy located in Rangoon, other offices in the states and divisions continues to remain closed following the brutal and violent attack on the motorcade of the Aung San Suu Kyi, NLD General Secretary, who was on an organizing trip, near Tabayin, Sagaing Division, on 30 May 2003. In a statement released by the Central Executive Committee of the National League for Democracy pointed out, “Without the permission from the authoritative body concerned, no one can open or close these offices. No one can be above the law. Hence, the acts including the announcement that a township NLD office has been closed and/or the party signboard has been removed, are illegal and therefore they are totally unacceptable to the NLD.”

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