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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556


Senior Tiger commander killed "mysteriously"

A senior commander of the Tiger guerrillas has been killed on Wednesday night under mysterious circumstances, as the Tigers buried their deputy Commander Ramanan killed by the renegade rebels loyal to former Eastern commander Karuna. Former Special commander of Tigers Charles Anthony Brigade, Lt. Col. Veeramani was killed on Wednesday night in Kilali, Tiger controlled area according to intelligence sources and sources inside the Tiger held area confirmed the death.

Pak denies Osama’s presence on its soil

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has denied reports regarding presence of Al-Qaida Chief Osama Bin Ladin on its soil. Pakistan military spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan termed an American Television report downright wrong and baseless. He said no official of any country would publicize the intelligence information in this way on media. Pakistan had already said that if anyone got such information should provide it to the country, Sultan added.

Sri Lankan truce monitors awaits Govt. and LTTE response over sea monitoring demands

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune
The Sri Lankan Government Peace Secretariat and the LTTE Peace Secretariat are yet to respond to the proposal submitted to them by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), which emphasized the need for the monitors' protection.

Lanka Indian Oil fuel pumps to run dry in 12 days: Ceypetco assures uninterrupted fuel supply

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

Blue-chip fuel retailer Lanka Indian Oil Company Ltd. (LIOC) yesterday warned that its petrol stocks would end up by the first week of June, followed by the diesel stock which is sufficient for 42 days. LIOC Managing Director K. Ramakrishnan told the “Asian Tribune” that 162 filling stations scattered through-out the country would experience this shortage unless the immediate settlements are made.

Tigers supremo "Snubs" Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Tiger guerrilla supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has declined to meet visiting Norwegian International Development Erik Solheim, the second time the Tiger supremo turned down a request for crisis meeting by the peace envoys. The Tiger chieftain has cited security concerns as the reason to turn down the request for a meeting.

Spanish Red Cross boosts cinnamon production in Galle

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

A Spanish Red Cross project conducted in collaboration with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and the Department of Export Agriculture is assisting tsunami affected families to regain lost livelihoods and helping the country to restore its capacity in cinnamon cultivation, the country's fourth largest export earner crop.

U.N.'s Second in Command Vows to Leave Along with His Boss

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

With seven months before a new secretary-general takes office, the 191-member United Nations remains sharply divided over several politically-contentious issues: a disputed slate of potential candidates for the job, regional geographic rotation as a criterion for selection, and even a proposed change in the routine procedure for the election of the next U.N. chief to succeed incumbent Kofi Annan.

Parliamentarians chastise Indian Government to take stronger stand against Burmese Army rulers.

The Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy has urged the Burma’s State Peace d Development Council to release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately from the house arrest and start meaningful dialogue with National League for Democracy to solve the political problems in Burma. In a statement, the Indian Parliamentarians Forum emphasized its strong support for the Aung San Suu Kyi-led democracy movement and for a national reconciliation in Burma.

Let’s start working on the games!

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

India has made a successful if also a costly bid for the Commonwealth Games of 2010. That is a fact. But beyond that there is a big question mark. Will Delhi be ready in time for the event? Though four years are left and there does occasionally appear some news in the media about the preparations afoot, contradictions seem to be the theme of the progress report.

LTTE runs berserk - 4 policemen killed, 1 police sergeant and 3 soldiers wounded.

This morning about 6.45 a.m., Police Constables Jayaratne and Navaratne and auxiliary policemen Ramanathan and Badurdeen were killed while they were on duty near the Failvan Mosque at Uttukathankudi located on the Batticaloa – Kalmunai Road, when the suspected cadres belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) activated claymore mine.

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