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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110


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.

Permission to move the critically wounded girl students from Kilinochchi to Colombo denied.

Parents of those critically wounded dozens of girl students afflicted in the air raid on 14 August at Vallipunam on Paranthan-Mullaithivu road in Mullaithievu have resigned to the fate of their daughters, as the leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have refused to grant permission to take them for treatment in hospitals in Colombo. It is learnt that dozens of girl students who are critically wounded are languishing in the hospital in Kilinochchi for want of medical facilities despite the doctor’s great efforts to safeguard them.

Inquire into the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims by the LTTE - Federation of All Mosques in Eastern Province

Massacring innocent Muslim civilians and taking them as captives and causing ethnic cleansing in Muttur and Thoppur are crimes against humanity. Sri Lanka Government, United Nations, Leaders of the Islamic and Arabic counties and humanitarian organizations should consider coming forward to take up this matter to an international commission to inquire into the injustices and basic human rights violations meted out to the Muslims. Federation of All Mosques in Eastern Province (FAMEP) has appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka and the international community to end the ethnic cleansing currently seriously put into force by the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: Welfare of estate workers given priority under corporate responsibility program

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Pusellawa, Sri Lanka

A number of privatized plantation companies together with the Plantation Human Development Trust are now moving to new direction to follow Corporate Responsibility Program. According to the Pussellawa and Kahawatta plantations, the estate management has taken very positive decision to setup Sri Lanka’s first elders’ home, a crematorium, a single housing scheme and two story-housing complexes as pilot projects.

Sri Lanka President appeals to media to act with responsibility

President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged the media to act with responsibility while dealing with issues of national importance. Addressing a gathering private and public sector media heads at the Temple Trees this morning, he reminded them that it is a responsibility and duty of the media not to create hatred among the communities. He said that he did not believe in censorship or media guidelines and clarified that he did not want to impose any conditions or censorship. Media has a responsibility towards society and should refrain from publishing any news, which could give information to target the security forces or foreign envoys. If media, by publishing such information helps the enemies of the nation, it is an unpardonable act.

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