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

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LTTE warns of more attacks on Sri Lanka military installations

Though Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry revealed that the situation at Katunayake was brought under total control but the military spokesman for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil EElam warned “Other Lanka military installations will also be Targets of future attacks by the Tamil Tigers.” It is now officially revealed by the LTTE that two attack air-crafts belonging to Liberation Tigers carried out bombing raids at the Sri Lanka Air Force airbase at Katunayake at 12:45 a.m. early morning Monday and returned safely to Vanni, said Rasaiah Ilanthiraiyan., LTTE military spokesman.

Market rebounds after a correction

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers making their weekly review indicated that the market rebound this week, after going through a market correction for three consecutive weeks. The correction saw the All Share Price Index (ASPI) loosing 232 points or 8 percent, while the Millanka Price Index (MPI) lost 386.8 points or 9.2 percent. Even though both indices gained this week, the gains lacked the ability to fully recover the losses made during the past three weeks. The ASPI picked up by a significant 133.5 points closing the week at 2862.7 points, while the MPI rose by 137.5 points to close at 3935 points on Friday.

Security Council Hits Iran With Politically Diluted Sanctions

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The draft resolution against Iran, which was unanimously adopted by the 15-member Security Council Saturday, was politically diluted to meet the demands of two veto-wielding permanent members -- Russia and China -- and protect their strong economic and military interests. "The resolution stood out, not for the punishment it meted out to Iran" says one Asian diplomat, "but for the punishment it did not."

LTTE releases photos of Tamileelam Air Force

The Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has released two sets of five images of their Air-Tigers to media in the wake of the Tamileelam Air Force's (TAF) first major mission. Five images were released to ‘Asian Tribune’ without any captions, but showing the Liberation Tigers' leader Velupillai Prabakaran posing for photo sessions with the Tamil Eelam Air force men. Earlier in the small hours of the day light aircraft (s) of the LTTE, - it is still not unclear whether it was one or two fixed winged light aircrafts - tried to attack the Katunayake Air Force Camp targeting the fighter air craft.

Tiger air raid a stunt for headlines

From our Defence Correspondent

The two Tiger light aircrafts missed the target of destroying the newly purchased MIGs in their raid on the military air base in Katunayake early this morning. It, however, killed three soldiers and injured 17 but it had no significant military impact. According to a military analyst, the bombs hit the headlines of the media and the minds of the public more than the intended military target. He said that the raid was more of a “propaganda stunt” than an effective air raid. He added: “This is more like a dart hitting outside the board and the prick too is of the same magnitude.

Sri Lanka government plans to defeat terrorism

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Government says it is determined to face any challenge in its fight against terrorism. It further points out all sections of the Sri Lankan society should extend fullest cooperation to the government in this national endeavor. The LTTE terrorists are facing a severe defeat in the northern and eastern war front. It is common practice terrorists’ organizations to resort to cowardly attacks in the face of defeats in the battle front.

Sri Lanka Government Condemns LTTE Attempt on Katunayake Air Force Camp

Sri Lanka Government in a scathing statement it has released, condemned vehemently the attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the Katunayake Air Force Camp as a ‘cowardice’ attempt aftermath of the major defeats it suffered in the North and east. The statement expressed Government’s determination to face any challenge in its fight against terrorism and appealed to all section of the Sri Lankan society, "to extend fullest cooperation in this national endeavor." The Government pointed out in its appeal that it is the responsibility of all concerned to cast aside petty political differences and stand by the Government to safeguard unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation and to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

Colombo Airport back in operation

Colombo Airport is now back in operation. The Colombo International Airport which was closed for less than two hours as a result of the incident at the air force base earlier this morning is now back in operation, reveals Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Tourists Board further add, Flights that had already arrived in Sri Lanka are scheduled to leave shortly for their destinations and those that were diverted to Chennai, Trivandrum and Male are expected to return to Colombo within the next few hours.

Unconfirmed aerial attack by Tigers on Katunayake military air base: Killed two airmen and wounded 17.

Sri Lankan authorities have yet to confirm the claim of the Tamil Tigers that they had launched an aerial attack on the military air base adjacent to the international airport at Katunayake. Latest reports reveal that LTTE bombed the military airport from a light aircraft killing two airmen and wounding 17. Tamil Tiger website claimed that the Tiger planes had returned home safely after attacking the military base. Air force spokesman said the LTTE bombed the military airport from a light aircraft killing two airmen and wounding 17.

Sri Lanka Military airbase attacked: “Combatants came in two light aircraft?”

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Airforce base at Katunayaka was attacked by combatants came in two light aircraft , unconfirmed reports from Colombo said. For a long time intelligence services knew the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam possessed at least two air craft and they also had three airports in Wanni for the planes to take off. The semi-official news network of the LTTE reported that the airport came under attack but did not say the attack was launched by the LTTE.

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EPRLF – Pathmanabah Group Proposes: A United, federal provincial Secular state

Sri Lanka shall be called the ‘United Republic of Sri Lanka, and constituted on the basis of the principles of Federalism, Democracy and Human Rights, in order to protect and accommodate comprehensively the aspirations of all the different sections living in the island and thereby to enhance the unity and integrity of the country. According to the proposal submitted by the breakaway Group of the Eelam Peoples’ Revolutionary Front t The United Republic shall have a Provincial State for each Province defined in the constitution, in order to mind and foster the interests and particular aspirations of all the citizens in the Province and obliged to preserve peace, equality and fraternity among all the communities in the Province, and protect the life and property of all the people in the Province.

Help Green launches ‘Haritha Sammana’

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Help Green limited aspired by its Vision to acknowledge those who protect and enhance the nature whilst aiming to appreciate and recognize everyone who work towards sustaining the environment, launched ‘Haritha Sammana’ in a media briefing held at last week.‘Haritha Sammana’ award will consist of eleven categories and the criteria will focus on the innovativeness of the Project, its effectiveness in the environment, its influence in the public, its viability, sustainability and long-term impact on nature. The celebration of ‘Haritha Sammana’ will be held on the 13th of June 2007 at the BMICH.

Sri Lanka Military Airbase under LTTE attack

Sri Lanka’s Military Air base in Katunayake, Colombo is under attack. According to initial reports at about 12.45 AM today Katunayake major Air force base was attacked by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Defence ministry spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe said he could confirm an "incident".

LTTE light aircraft suicide attack on Katunayake air force base

By Dushy Ranetunge

The LTTE have flown in an explosives packed light aircraft, flying under Sri Lankan radar in an attempt to smash it into the MIG fighter jets parked at the Katunayake airforce base on early hours of Monday. The LTTE suicide aircraft has failed in its attempt as it has reportedly crashed within the airforce compound.

The Tigers’ Air Terrorism: How To Respond

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Let’s have some perspective here. Dramatic and skillful as it is, the Air Tiger attack was successful in psychological and symbolic terms, not in material ones. They could not hit the vital assets of the Sri Lankan air force, nor, more importantly, could they manage a decapitation strike on our political or military command centers and leadership. Furthermore, the Air Tiger raid is not unprecedented in the annals of irregular warfare and terrorism, as some breathless Western reporters would have it.