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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

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Kethesh Loganathan, Deputy Head of Peace Secretariat, the latest of victim of LTTE

Ketheshwaran Loganathan, Deputy Secretary General of Sri Lanka Government's Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), was "assassinated by LTTE gunmen" in Colombo at 9:30 p.m. last night (Saturday, August 12, 2006), according to analysts who had studied the pattern of LTTE targeting leading Tamils engaged in the democratic stream. Police said that the gunmen called for him at the entrance to his house in the suburb of Dehiwela and shot him twice in the head. He succumbed to the gun shot injuries on his way to the hospital.

Kethes Loganthan shot and killed

A group of unidentified pistol men shot and killed Kethes Loganthan (54), Deputy Secretary General of Sri Lanka Government's Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), and a former member of EPRLF at about 9.30 p.m. inside his resident at Dehiwala, Colombo. According to a police report, the assassins have come in a van and shot at Ketheshwaran. Ketheshwaran received serious gunshot wounds and died on the way to Kalubowila Hospital.

Both sides claim victories in Jaffna

Conflicting reports have clouded Jaffna scene with both sides claiming victories. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s websites says that they have broken through checkpoints in Muhamalai and are advancing in A – 9 road. Defense Ministry spokesman said this is a psychological warfare launched by the LTTE. According to defense spokesman their offensive has killed over 100 rebels. At the Forward Defense lines Muhamalai 30-35 LTTE cadres were killed and some bodies were lying on the road.

Voice of America Correspondent Spouts Radical Propaganda

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin - Asian Tribune

Voice of America (VOA) Dhaka correspondent, Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, called today’s revelation of a mega terror plot a "game of the British government." Chowdhury made his comments on the program, "Today’s Newspaper," shown on Channel I in Dhaka. Chowdhury went on to accuse "western governments," and in particular the United States and the United Kingdom, of deliberately fabricating the terror plot to deflect world attention from what he called "Hezbollah victories."

Muslims protested against LTTE’s atrocities in Colombo

Hundreds of Muslims, including Muslim political leaders participated in a slogan chanting ‘Protest March’ yesterday in Colombo, after the Jumma prayers (afternoon Friday prayers), around 1.30 pm from Dematagaha Jumma Masjid located near the Colombo Town Hall.The protest march that set out from Masjid went along the Town Hall roundabout, the Lipton circle and to the Maradana Jumma Mosque along Deans Road. From there the protestors marched along D.R.Wijewardena Mawatha to Pettah where the protest march concluded.

Bankers caution depositors on ‘classification as abandoned property’

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (Guarantee) Ltd. (SLBA) yesterday cautioned their depositors and customers over the Governments recent classification of inactive deposit accounts and safe custody lockers as abandoned property. SLBA highlighting the sense of panic amongst deposit holders in banks, especially among those resident overseas has brought to the notice of customers that provisions in the Banking Act to consider certain articles as abandoned property if there has been no activity for a period of 10 years.

Troops consolidate Mavilaru : 4 soldiers killed in Tiger mortar fire

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Security forces on Thursday consolidated its presence in Mavilaru and took the surrounding area of the anicut under its control amid heavy mortar fire by the Tiger guerrillas. Four soldiers were killed and 38 injured due to LTTE mortar fire, a spokesman for the Media Centre for National Security, Major Rajapakse said. Unconfirmed sources said 8 soldiers were killed and over 40 injured in the operation.

Sri Lankan government captures Mavil Aru sluice gates: water flows freely

The Mavil Aru dam is safe. Water is flowing. And the LTTE has withdrawn after the Security Forces advanced to take over the territory which controls the flow of water to the farmers downstream of Mavil Aru. This is the latest after the Sri Lankan Air Forces bombed the LTTE positions held by the Tiger cadres in Mavil Aru territory. Kheliya Rambukwella, Government defence spokesperson, confirmed that the government is now in control of the sluice gates. The government’s objective was to be in command of the sluice gates without letting the LTTE control the flow of water.

Sri Lanka's displaced Muslims inhumanely evicted from their camp

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Nearly 3000 Muttur refugees who were staying at Parameswara school, Peraru West in Kanthale were forcibly evicted early this week by the school authorities on grounds that they had to reopen the school. "The refugees were shocked when the school authorities told them to vacate suddenly and they had no transport arrangement to move out having arrived only on Friday evening after a long and dangerous march," the Peace Secretariat for Muslims said.

Coconut land owners seek remedial measures from the proposed stringent coconut land law

From Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The coconut growers and coconut land owners in Sri Lanka ask government intervention to change the proposed law against coconut land fragmentation and felling of unproductive coconut trees. Earlier Minister of Coconut Development Salindha Dissanayaka said that his Ministry has planned to introduce tough penalties on felling of coconut trees and land fragmentation to revive the coconut cultivation of Sri Lanka.

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