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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865


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.”

Sri Lankan government will not take any action that would jeopardize national security

Keheliya RambukwellaBy Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Government yesterday reiterated that highest priority would be given towards maintaining the country's national security, although it was keeping its options open with regard to the resumption of peace talks with the LTTE. The Government's Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella during a news conference emphasized that although the option of negotiations was still open, the Sri Lankan Government will not undertake any action detrimental to the national security simply for the sake of resuming peace talks.

Home guard and Tiger guerrilla killed in fresh violence

By Our Colombo Correspondent

One home guard and a Tiger guerrilla were killed and one soldier injured in a spat of low-level violence in the volatile Northeast. A home guard was killed in Kebetigollewa, South of Vavuniya when he went to jungle to collect beehives. The deceased was in the company of two other home guards who escaped the assassins and report to police of the killing. Home guards said the suspected LTTE cadres fired at them indiscriminately in the middle of jungle.

Sri Lanka government launched Livelihood Development Plans in Hambantota

Sunil C. Perera and George de Silva - Reporting from Sri Lanka.

Minister Chamal Rajapaksha says that the government of Sri Lanka will promote self-employment projects and huge investment projects in the Hambantota district to boost the rural economy. Speaking to media, the Minister said that the government would promote these projects to improve agriculture and obtain assistance of the rural youth to develop the southern province.

Tiger delegation returns to Colombo, flown to Kilinochchi in Air Force chopper

By Our Colombo Correspondent

S.B.TamilselvanTamil Tiger delegation arrived in Colombo this morning and were directly flown to Kilinochchi, airport officials said. LTTE delegation consisting political chief S.P. Tamilselvan, police chief B. Nadeshan and Tiger peace secretariat chief Pulithevan arrived at Sri Lanka's Katunayake International Airport from where they were directly flown to Kilinochchi in a Sri Lankan Air Force helicopter.

Bush in Baghdad

George BushPresident Bush’s trip to Baghdad Tuesday has been hailed by the American media and official Washington as something of a political masterstroke. In fact, the sudden trip, conducted in secrecy even from the Iraqi government that holds nominal sovereignty in the US-occupied country, was a demonstration of both the dire state of affairs in Iraq and the political isolation and disorientation of the Bush administration. No amount of “spin” can alter the sense of something degrading and even ludicrous in the spectacle of an American president stealing into a foreign capital, spending five hours on the ground in a series of stage-managed and largely meaningless public appearances, and then flying off under cover of darkness, never having left the safety of the fortified Green Zone in downtown Baghdad.

Musharraf sees pivotal role for Pak in regional commerce

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

General Pervez MusharrafPakistan President General Pervez Musharraf Tuesday saw tremendous scope for increased trade and economic relations between members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization and underlined that Pakistan can play a pivotal role in promoting regional commerce. He was speaking to newsmen prior to his departure for China for the SCO Summit, a regional grouping, which brings together China, Russia and Central Asian states with a focus on fostering peace, security and development.

JVP joins in the battle against Sri Lanka's pre dominant Muslim party

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has also joined hands with several frontline Ministers to voice its disapproval of a possible amalgamation between the Government and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC). The SLMC, which is being openly attacked by senior Muslim Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, has however decided to refrain from reacting to such attacks. SLMC Secretary General M.T. Hasan Ali told the “Asian Tribune” that his party has taken a decision not to respond to a single statement made by Minister Fowzie. "What is the use of responding to such statements," Mr. Hasan Ali said.

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