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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

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STF Director killed in claymore explosion

Upul SenivaratneSenior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Upul Seneviratne, Director Training Special Task Force (STF) died in an LTTE claymore mine explosion early morning today (07) at Digane, Kandy. Upul Seneviratne, SSP was on his way to the Kattukurunda STF Training Centre, Kalutura when the claymore mine went off at about 4.45 a.m. causing severe injuries to the SSP and his driver Adhikari.

Tigers spinning yarns to cover up their defeat and losses

The incursion into Muttur by the Tamil Tigers has ended with a total loss of face for their special commander, Col. Sornam. He not only failed to capture Muttur but also ended up losing 350 of his cadres. To cover up its losses the Tamil Tigers announced that they were handing over 40 bodies of the Sri Lankan forces to the Red Cross. But the Red Cross denied that they have been asked to take over any body. Tamil Tigers had considered Muttur as the key to hold Trincomalee – the all important port in the east for the movement of Sri Lankan forces from the south to the north.

Defeat of LTTE confirmed by independent news agencies

Independent Western news agencies reported today that after heavy fighting the Sri Lankan Forces had recaptured the town Muttur, forcing the Tamil Tigers to abandon the town leaving their dead behind. Reuters reported that the Sri Lankan forces invited journalists to tour the captured town. The report added: "On Saturday, after days of rumors the town had fallen to the Tigers, the military brought in more than a dozen journalists from the capital Colombo to show that the buildings once briefly occupied by the Tigers had been recaptured....Troops showed off the corpses of what they said were four slain Tiger fighters."

Training for Lanka police becomes a political football in Tamil Nadu

M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

KarunanidhiKalaingar Muthavel Karunanidhi has faced the first real test vis-à-vis India's Lanka policy. The old war horse survived with his image in tact and with no damage to his alliance with the Sonia Congress. Unlike in July when his political reflexes were slow to react to the brewing crisis over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's plan to partly privatize a federal government owned lignite based power utility at Neyveli, this time around, Karunanidhi acted swiftly when the AIADMK and MDMK opposition kicked up a row over training for Sri Lankan police at a Central Reserve Police Force camp in Coimbatore.

Pakistan, India expel a diplomat each in a tit-for tat action

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

In a sudden and unprovoked action, Pakistan has expelled India's visa counselor Deepak Kaul in Islamabad after holding him under detention while on his way to receive his family at the border. Within hours India followed suit and asked Pakistan diplomat Syed Mohd Rafiq Ahmed, Political Counsellor in High Commission here to leave the country in 48 hours. These tit-for tat expulsions are the fist such action marks a new low in the bilateral relations. It comes in the wake of India pointing an accusing finger at Islamabad for the July 11 Mumbai blasts. Already the Foreign Secretary-level talks scheduled for mid-July in New Delhi became a blast casualty and pushed the peace process that got underway in January 2004 into cold storage.

Investors reacting to escalating violence bring instability to stock indices

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stock Brokers, Equity Research Team indicated volatility was witnessed this week with indices seesawing, showing a downward trend on one day and an upward trend on the other. Low market sentiments were driven by an upsurge in violence in the North and the East, with government forces trying to open the Mawilaru sluice gates, which are situated within LTTE controlled territory.
However subsequent to a downfall, investors were seen rushing back to the market leading to the up down scenario witnessed this week. The reluctance of investors to stay on the sidelines can be taken as a positive note, indicating investors were becoming more resilient towards adverse developments in the peace front.

Changes should first come from within: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr TM Lotha expressed serious concern on erosion of the work culture and moral ethics in the present generations. He said while the whole world was changing for every moment with the invasion of newer technologies, the Nagas could not afford remaining complacent but instead should out of the box and compete with the rest of the world to become the “best.”Speaking as chief guest on the occasion of the 34th Annual Session-Cum-Freshers’ Day of the Kohima Lotha Students Union (KLSU) here at the State Academy Hall today, the Minister stated there was a massive global change which also affected the normal lives of the Naga society. “Unless we go along with this (changes), we will continue to suffer and regress ourselves,” he cautioned. “But such changes will only come about as and when you change yourself.”

‘Money really grows on Rubber trees’: Prices on an upward trend

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Rubber traders prefer ‘bountiful earnings for the natural rubber grower/producer’ to continue as they indicated there were moves by the local rubber consuming industries to completely prohibit the export of unprocessed rubber from Sri Lanka. Jayantha de Silva, President, The Colombo Rubber Traders Association (CRTA) expressed these views at its Annual General Meeting held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. The CRTA was disappointed as the scheduled chief guest, Nivard Cabraal, Governor, Central Bank failed to arrive.

"Star" rating system for Tea by Sri Lanka Tea Board

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Tea Board has introduced star rating system for private tea factories to improve factory conditions and produce quality tea to achieve best prices in the global tea market. Tea Board Chairman B.A.C.Abeyawardana says this star rating system has already been given to 14 private tea factories in Sri Lanka. We received good response from existing tea factories to enter in this rating system, said the Chairman.

5 LTTE militants shot and killed at Ketplai, Muhamalai

Sri Lanka armed forces shot and killed five Tamil Tigers who were in the company of a group of unknown number of militants, when they attempted to infiltrate into the Government control Jaffna area. This incident took place at 9.00 am at Ketpali near Muhamalai allegedly occurred inside the High Security Zone. According to Defense Ministry, it was reported that many other LTTE militants who received injuries in this incident have fled.

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