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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Sri Lanka orphanage under attack by LTTE in Trincomalee

Revatha an orphanage survived motor bomb attacks. According to the statement released by Singithi Sarana, on 17th August at 19.30 the LTTE launched an audacious attack on the Revatha orphanage in Trincomalee by firing at the army sentry post. Fifteen mortars were fired of which eight had exploded. The Revatha orphanage is situated at the 5th mile post, in Gemunupura on the Kandy Road is near China Bay in the Trincomalee area. The Army personnel who were on duty and who received serious injuries were rushed to hospital.

Young Tamil cadres dying in hundreds in battle: Prabhakaran in hiding

PrabakaranIn the do-or-die battles waged so far to capture Jaffna the early recruits to the "Baby Brigades" of Velupillai Prabhakaran (now reaching their late teenage) have been thrown into the frontlines with disastrous consequences, Analysts believe that their inexperience and immaturity have contributed to the heavy losses of the "Baby Brigades" in the frontlines. While the cadres are falling in the battle field causing widening gaps in manpower their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran has not been seen or heard since the Eelam War IV began.

Humanitarian crisis in Jaffna and Vanni.

Curfew in force in the Jaffna peninsula has been relaxed for five hours today. According to a Sri Lanka Army announcement, curfew in force at Vadamaradchchy, Valikamam and Thenmaradchchi has been relaxed from 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 19th August. The five hour curfew relaxation has been declared by the Security Forces for civilians to attend to their domestic requirements. In the meantime as 24 hour curfew is in force in the Jaffna peninsula continuously for the last eight successive days, a humanitarian crisis seems looming large in Jaffna, as well is in the Vanni region, which is under the control of the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Civilians in Jaffna affected by curfew and scarcity of essential food items

The 24 hour curfew which is presently in force in the Jaffna peninsula was relaxed today in Vadamaradchchy and Valikamam from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p. m. respectively. The four hour curfew relaxation has been declared by Security Forces for civilians to attend to their domestic requirements. As the situation in the Jaffna peninsula remains tense, Government has decided to continue with the imposition of the 24 hour curfew which is in force since 11 August.

On-the-spot report from Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna peninsula

Fierce clashes between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been taking place over the past week on the northern Jaffna peninsula. Little of what has been taking place has been reported in the Colombo media, which relies almost entirely on military and government briefings, or the international press, which has few correspondents on the spot. The extent of the fighting and the number of casualties is unclear. According to military spokesman Major Upali Rajapakse, 106 soldiers and at least 700 LTTE fighters have been killed over the last week. Yesterday he claimed another victory for the security forces in repelling LTTE attacks at Kilali on Wednesday. Such claims are routinely denied by the LTTE.

Tamil Tigers beaten again in Kilali

Tamil Tiger attempts to breach the defenses of the Security Forces in Jaffna failed again on Wednesday night, according to official sources. Tamil Tigers had launched land and sea attacks on the strategic naval base in Kilali, Jaffna. The gun battle lasted from 8 p.m. till dawn. Radio signals picked up by the Security Forces revealed that the Tiger cadres were pleading to withdraw under the heavy barrage of fire but they were threatened with death by their commanders in the rear if they did so.

Karuna Group blames Tigers for the death of schoolchildren in Mullathievu

Supreme Commander PilliyanCondemning the deaths of the schoolchildren in an air raid in Mullativu Pillayan, the Supreme Commander of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, said that the Tamil Tigers should accept responsibility for placing them in a vulnerable position in Mullathievu. "If students have been killed in Mullaithievu aerial attack it should strongly be condemned. But we must stop and think as to who made it possible for the air raid to hit the children. At a time when there is heavy fighting and heavy aerial attacks why did Praba’s Group take the students to a place which was expected to come under attack?" he asked. In a statement issued from Colombo he said:

Convert the abandoned paddy lands in the Western Province into profitable ones – Academic

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A number of abandoned paddy lands in the Western province should be diverted into profitable ventures, but most farmers say these lands need a large amount of money to invest in for cultivations. According to the Department of Agrarian Services, a number of urbanized paddy lands were diverted into commercial ventures legally or illegally. Speaking to media, an academic of University of Peradeniya said farmers of these lands face severe hardships due to the high cost of production.

Infant baby succumbed to LTTE fire

An infant the son of an ex-LTTE cadre, fell victim to LTTE fire on Wednesday (16) at about 9.30 p.m. at Sittandi in Mavadivembu, located in the Eravur police area, Batticaloa district. According reports, LTTE gunmen stormed the house of the ex-LTTE cadre, and opened fire indiscriminately at him, when he was with his wife and the one and half year old son, Nilushan (1 ½).The child died in the LTTE firing while his parents, Kandiah Nimalan (22) and Jegatheesan Gajanmalar (18), received serious injuries.

Sencholai training camp

The government vehemently rejects the allegation leveled by the pro-LTTE websites on the Air Force attack at a so-called 'children's' home' in Mullaitivu. We have ample proof that it is a military training centre. These are the photographs of Velupillai Prabhakaran in his stripped military uniform opening the new wing of the training centre.

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