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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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Israel has plans for nuclear attack on Iran

A report in yesterday’s London-based Sunday Times revealed that the Israeli military has been training to use tactical nuclear weapons against Iran’s uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and other nuclear facilities. Based on several Israeli military sources, the article said two air force squadrons were involved, with the preparations being overseen by air force commander Major General Eliezer Shkedi. Israeli officials were quick to disparage the report. Foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev "formally denied" the claim and restated the official stance that Israeli was committed to a diplomatic solution and supported last month’s UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran. Top government and military figures have repeatedly warned, however, that Israel would not allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

Government working with operators of public transportation to prevent terrorists exploding bus bombs further in Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka government has ordered operators of public transportation-both state owned and privately owned- not to operate any bus or train without a certificate being issued after a security inspection by time keepers following two buses had been exploded allegedly by terrorist bombs of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Police officers visited bus terminals like the Pettah Central Bus Station and personally instructed time keepers, bus operators and conductors and explained to them the new measures being implemented immediately for the protection of the public who use public transportation in the country ravaged by bus bombs.

Interest in Japanese business partnership – visit Japan External Trade Organization

BY Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Trade Tie-up Promotion Programme (TTPP) The International Busines Matching Site of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is an effective website maintained by JETRO for international business community to establish business partnership with Japan, JETRO Colombo office indicates. TTPP can quickly find the ideal business partner in any business activities such as import and export, technology transfer, investment, business tie-ups and many more around the globe.

INGO wants diplomatic status

From Mallika Wanigasundara

Foreign funded NGOs and INGOs dabbling and interfering in local politics, external affairs, national security and constitutional affairs and the northern terrorist conflict are highly suspected, and unwanted in Sri Lanka. Not all NGOs and INGOs are like this. There are those who do valuable social charitable and community developmental work. But these others have secret agendas. They have no accountability and are non-transparent themselves though they preach these procedures to governments and other entities. National minded, patriotic Sri Lankans evaluate their meddlesomeness as anti-Sri Lankan, pro-separatist, pro-foreign intervention in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, appeasement of the LTTE, pro-wider and wider internationalization of Sri Lanka’s northern conflict and interference in the country’s politics.

EC and international donor agencies construct tsunami affected roads in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The European Commission [EC] , the Asian Development Bank [ADB] and other International Donor agencies have jointly taken steps to reconstruct tsunami devastated road sections from Matara to Batticaloa and construct 400 km of rural access roads in the Ampara district. The EC and other agencies have allocated financial assistance to kick off these projects. According to the local EC office in Colombo, these projects would operate four to five years and the EC and other donor agencies will closely monitor the projects.

Sri Lanka participates at "investing in peace” conference opening in UK this week

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

The internationally- famous Wilton Park Conferences kicks off its 2007 programme with an issue that is of worldwide concern. The conference while discussing key issues with regard to conflict situations will have working groups examining investing in countries that are or have been trouble spots such Kosovo, Angola, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Algeria. The theme of the opening conference is "Investing in Peace: spurring private involvement in post-conflict peace building."

LTTE is neither the sole liberators nor the representatives of Sri Lankan Tamils - JHU

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) had reiterated that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was neither the sole liberators nor the representatives of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka, at a special meeting held with the Indian High Commissioner Ashok Prasad to discuss the present situation in the North and East. At the discussion held at his Colombo office the JHU delegation comprising of its leader Puravidya Chakrawarthi Ellawela Medananda Thera, Ven. Ratana Thera, Champaka Ranawaka and Udaya Gammanpila, the High Commissioner Prasad had informed the delegation that India was against the creation of a separate Eelam state in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka rebels suffer fresh setback, lose control of a major camp in Amparai

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

The LTTE has suffered yet another major setback, after losing control of a major (LTTE) camp in the Eastern province on Monday afternoon, the media centre for national security told the Asian Tribune. The camp named 'Stanley' situated in Amparai's Kanjikudichcharu was often used by the Tamil Tiger rebels to attack security forces. The camp was also reportedly a training base for the rebel's under age recruits who underwent arms training there.