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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

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Indian and Russian to enhance cooperation in oil sector

By Oken Jeet Sandham

India and Russia today emphasized the need for further enhancing cooperation in the oil and gas sector between the two countries. In a meeting between the visiting Deputy Chairman of Russian Federation, Mr. Alexander Zhukov and Murli Deora, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, here today, the two sides agreed to take forward the cordial and fruitful relations in general and in hydrocarbon sector in particular.

If war breaks out again no country on earth will bail out Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Senior Tamil politician and General Secretary of the Akhila Ilankai Tamil United Front (AITUF) K. Vigneswaran, has emphasized that in the event another war breaks out, no country on earth is going to bail out Sri Lanka. "That is the reality. And, if a war does break out, it is the civilians who would bear the brunt of it," he declared recently. Delivering a speech at the 17th death anniversary ceremony of Dr. Colvin R. de Silva conducted by the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, the former Tamil Parliamentarian and ex-advisor to Eelam peoples Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda advised the political leadership of this country to adopt a different approach in dealing with the ethnic conflict.

Karuna Group and UNICEF agree to check facts before issuing statements

At a joint meeting of UNICEF representatives and the Political Division of TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) both parties agreed to consult each other to verify allegations before making any statements to the public in future. TMVP delegation under Pratheepan, the Head of the Meenakam office, and the UNICEF delegation led by Christina Amparai district residential head met on Monday at Meenakam, TMVP’s Political Headquarters located at Govindan Road, Batticoloa to discuss and clarify issues about the alleged abduction of under-aged children by the TMVP.

Five sailors, twelve sea Tigers killed in a sea clash off Kalpitiya

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Five sailors and twelve sea Tigers were killed in a sea clash off Kalpitiya in the North Western waters yesterday. Navy said five sailors who were aboard a damaged an Inshore Patrol Craft were killed in the confrontation. Three sailors were injured in the confrontation. Navy spokesman Commander K Dasanayake said twelve sea Tigers were believed to have been killed in the confrontation.

Foreign investors have firm confidence in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Development bank-DFCC has offered a wide range service to set up infrastructure to welcome outsourcing and BPOs. Its head Nihal Fonseka said a number of foreign companies have shown their interest to open their BPOs in Sri Lanka and the DFCC prepares to assist them. Speaking at a press briefing held in Colombo Mr. Fonseka said this is a new business, which can generate jobs and foreign earnings.

Sri Lankan government requests public not to be swayed by rumours after bomb scare at schools

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

It has been brought to the notice of the Government that a meticulously orchestrated campaign with sinister motives has been unleashed by interested parties in order to infuse irrational fears and uncertainties among the public and thereby disrupt/cripple normalcy and sanity in society, the information department said today. Many of those fabricated stories and rumours that were going round were aimed at disrupting even the last respect that was to be bestowed on late Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army.

Navy repulse Sea Tiger attack off Kalpitiya. Three sailors injured, IPC damaged

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Navy said Naval crafts repulsed an LTTE attempt to attack a Naval forces detachment in Kalpitiya and said one Navy Inshore Patrol Craft was damaged and three sailors were injured in the confrontation.Five sea Tiger boats were damaged in the Navy retaliation. Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said battle began when one Navy IPC intercepted a movement of sea Tiger boats in the seas off Kalpitiya.

Sea Tigers clash with Navy off Kalpitiya, battle going on at 1.45 pm

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A massive sea clash is raging in the seas off Kalpitiya in the North Western waters between a flotilla of sea Tiger crafts and the Navy. The battle in still taking place and no information of casualties available yet. The battle began when a Navy Inshore Patrol Craft (IPS) better known as Water jet intercepted three Seat Tigers boats off Kalpitiya at 11. 30 am. The IPC engaged with the sea Tiger crafts and more sea Tiger boats joined the battle.

Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga's funeral today

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asia Tribune

The funeral of Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga, will take place today (Wednesday) evening at the Colombo General Cemetery with full military honours. The late Kulatunga, who was also the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General from his position as Major General after a motorbike-riding LTTE suicide bomber assassinated him on Monday at Pannipitiya.

Journalists betray President Rajapakse seeking a truce with LTTE

VidyakaranOn June 20, at a secret meeting held at Temple Trees, President Mahinda Rajapakse confided in the two newspapermen from Uthayan his intentions of having direct talks with the LTTE and calling for a two weeks truce. The LTTE replied by sending a suicide bomber to blow up President Rajapakse’s third highest ranking Army commander, Maj-Gen. Parami Kulathunga. Uthayan is a Tamil regional daily printed and published from Sri Lanka’s restive Jaffna peninsula. The Tamil news daily is edited by N.Vidyakaran. His brother-in-law E.Saravanabavan is the owner publisher of Uthayan as well as the other Tamil daily “Sudar Oli “ which is published from Colombo.

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