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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

Monthly archive

‘Sober’ thoughts on Samjhauta tragedy

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Despite what many on either side of the border have said it is not easy to accept that the reactions to the gruesome and ghastly tragedy that led to the death of nearly 70 passengers on the Samjhauta Express have been uniformly ‘sober’, especially in Pakistan. The utmost that can be said about ‘sober’ reaction is that prominent Indian leaders were no longer unrestrained in immediately pointing the finger at Pakistan for the tragedy. That is a compulsion if the ‘unnatural love-fest’ between India and has to be kept on.

Stock market closed the week in red: Struggles to find momentum

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicted that the market started off on a positive note this week, but failed to hold ground, sliding throughout the major part of the week. While indices picked up yet again on Friday, the market closed the week in the red, falling below last week’s closing level. However the fall in the market witnessed this week remained modest with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) declining by 5.5 points compared to last week, to close on Friday at 2986.7 points. However the more sensitive, Milanka Price Index (MPI) rose by 19.1 points, moving on an opposite direction to ASPI, closing at 4184.2 points this week.

NISC asks NSCN-K to spell out agenda for Naga solution

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The Amsterdam-based Naga International Support Center, NISC, asked the NSCN (Khaplang) to spell out their political agenda as to how they would bring solution to the Naga political issue, when they did not fight against the so-called their "enemy-the Indian government." In an open letter to the NSCN-K, the NISC explained about the contradictions of the outfit that at one point it claimed that Indian Government was their enemy, occupying the "land of the Nagas"; on the other they did not engage in driving out its armed forces. Strangely, the outfit did not try to meet the Indian leaders to "negotiate" for an "honorable settlement" either, argued the open letter.

Nations Trust Bank now in two locations in Kandy

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Nations Trust Bank relocated its main branch at Kandy to No.147 Kotugodella Weediya and opened its newest branch at Peradeniya at No.903/18, Royal Mall Supermarket, William Gopallawa Mawatha. The relocated Kandy branch was declared open by L B Aluwihare, Kandy Mayor and the new branch at Peradeniya was declared open by Bandula Karunarathne, Senior District Judge. Zulfiqar Zavahir, Director/CEO, Sarath Piyaratne, Executive Director and the corporate management members of the Bank were also present at the occasion.

LTTE kills three soldiers while Norway’s Ambassador meets with LTTE political head Tamilselvan in Vanni

By Walter Jayawardhana

As the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam clashed with the Sri Lanka Army and killed three soldiers in Jaffna peninsula, Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo Hans Bratskar went to Kilinochchi and held discussions with the rebel group’s political head S. P. Thamilchelvan. This is the first time the Norwegians met the LTTE after they launched an artillery attack slightly injuring the US and Italian Ambassadors who were in a humanitarian delegation visiting Batticaloa. The delegation was led by the human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe.

Tigers open up new satellite radio station from Vanni

Pulikalin Kural (Voice of Tigers, (VoT)) -- the official radio station of the LTTE -- was launched yesterday in Vanni, Sri Lanka using the Intelsat 12 satellite (Europe* Star1). The Tigers now have the best technology to broadcast to Europe and South Asian countries from Vanni. The technical equipment and the licensing of this station was originally approved by Ranil Wickremesinghe and Bradman Weerakoon under the Ceasefire Agreement.