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

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LTTE establishments in Paris raided: 17 LTTE members including Parithy - Head of LTTE in France, arrested

Latest news on the situation in Paris reveals that 17 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam involved in the compulsory collections of funds from the Tamil diaspora in France were arrested yesterday by the French police and taken into custody for further investigation. Those LTTE cadres were arrested on the allegations that they were collecting funds by compelling the Tamil diaspora living in Paris and outside Paris. Police made the arrests under the direction of anti-terrorist judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere, the sources said.

President Rajapakse boosts up Ruhunu Chamber

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Over Rs 1.4 million was handed over to P Sirisena, President, Ruhunu Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture by President Mahinda Rajapakse for Capacity Building and uplift the chamber network in Hambantota. Ruhunu Chamber is affiliated and supported by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and it was initiated by the President three years ago to support the rural development in Industry and Agriculture and to sustain industrial development in the region for micro and small industries.

Tiger air force will not attack India -- Tamilselvan

TamilselvanIn an e-mail interview with Janasakthi, the official daily of the Tamil Nadu branch of the Indian Communist Party, S. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political division of the Tamil Tigers, said that the Tigers air force will only attack the Sri Lankan security forces and not to India, or to any other country. Given below the excerpts of the interview “Janasakthi” conducted through e-mail.

Australian Jeyakumar shipped the first light aircraft to LTTE; SPUR condemns Autralian blindness to Tiger terrorism

Informed Tamil sources revealed that 54-year-old Australian Thillainadarajah Jeyakumar who passed away on March 29, 2007, was responsible for shipping the light aircraft that dropped the bombs on the Katunayakae air base. "Tamil Week" in its latest edition (March 31, 2007) said that Jeyakumar "hatched the plan to send the plane with the international arms procurement man of the LTTE K Pathmanathan, known as "KP". Jeyakumar who is married to a Malaysian lady was a frequent visitor to Malaysia and the far east. His linked up with "KP" and funded the operations with the money collected in Australia.

BREAKING NEWS: French Police raid Tamil Tiger offices in Paris: 17 Tigers including Paris head Parithy arrested

The LTTE office in Paris, the Paris office of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization, TTN Television station and the Hindu Temple – Amman Kovil run by the Tigers in Paris were closed down yesterday and sealed by the police. It is learnt 17 LTTE cadres including Parithy head of the LTTE in France were arrested. Yesterday morning French police simultaneously raided all these four LTTE establishments in Paris. They entered the premises and went through the LTTE computers, files and other documents in those establishments very minutely. While the police raid was on, no one was allowed to enter or leave those premises.

Rebound short lived as share market plunges Sluggish sentiment to continue

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the share market took a downward trend this week, in contrast to last week, where the market somewhat rebounded. The major fall in the market this week came on Monday, as a reaction to the LTTE attack on an air force base camp at Katunayake due to this factor the market fell by 38.9 points. Apart from the market fall on Monday, the balance days of the week showed only a moderate dip averaging around 9 points a day. Thus the market, seem to be consolidating around current levels. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) fell by 72.9 points this week, closing at 2789.8 points, while the Millanka Price Index (MPI) saw a steeper fall of 97.4 points closing the week at 3837.6 points.

People best judge for DAN's performance: Dr Shurhozelie

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Planning and Urban Development Dr Shurhozelie said the DAN government in its four years of rule had done lot of developmental works in the state. "Our people are the best judge for the performance of the DAN government during its last four years of rule in the state," the minister said. Talking to NEPS here, the minister agreed to the opposition Congress' claim that major projects like IG Stadium, Referral Hospital and Police Headquarters were started during their time. "There is no dispute on this but the question is if the Congress remained in power, these projects would remain as a white elephant," he stated.

Mufti’s de-militarisation politics

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Peoples Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, has been demanding troop reduction in Kashmir, withdrawal of Armed Forces Special powers Act and vacation of security forces from civil properties. The arguments given are that situation in the state has improved warranting such a step and that it will send a positive signal to the people and give them a sense of security. As much as the PDP is hell bent on its demand, threatening even a withdrawal of support to the coalition government, the Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Center and the Congress party are against it.


Tamil Tigers kill 16 in a bus bomb and injure 25 more in Sri Lanka’s troubled eastern province

By Walter Jayawardhana

At least fourteen civilians including three children and an army soldier and a policeman were killed when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam terrorists exploded a bus bomb inside a civilian bus in the country’s troubled Eastern Province, the army said. A spokesman for the Ampara General Hospital said 16 dead bodies of the blast victims are in the hospital which is 220 miles East of Colombo.