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

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Victim of LTTE's bombing

Satellite based ‘Direct to Home’ television services a threat to National security

Media ports operating Direct to Home television service linked to any international satellite communication portal would be seen as a threat to a country’s security. It tends indirectly to helps to penetrate and enable the viewing of the ‘Free to Air channels’ of terrorists organizations broadcast in the same satellite. So far, it is learnt that government has failed to come up with precautionary regulations to prevent such penetrations by the terrorists’ organizations. Direct to Home (DTH) is a means of delivering television signals directly to the end-user.


By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Posters by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), calling for Dighavapi to be saved from ‘Islamic extremist invaders’. A notice in the ‘Island’ with the caption, Abducted, seeking information about a 72 year old Tamil man who (while coming home in a three-wheeler) was taken away by persons identifying themselves as policemen. Tigers murder four Sinhalese farmers in Ampara and impose a ‘people levy’ in their areas. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva equates some journalists with rabid dogs. Central Bank makes a buck by debasing the rupee. Notwithstanding the existence of five ministers of Nation Building, rains damage priceless ancient paintings in the National Museum. This is some of a week’s happenings in Sri Lanka.

ADB Country Director stresses on constraints on Rural and Agriculture development in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Addressing the Key Persons Forum jointly organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Sri Lanka and Small and Medium Enterprises Developers, Richard Vokes, Sri Lanka Country Director, Asian Development Bank, said that despite the good performances in the economy of the country and though agriculture has also performed well, there are quite a number of adverse conditions that curtails the rural and agricultural development of Sri Lanka. He spoke on the topic “Rural Development, ADB and the Role of the Private Sector. And the event was held at the Galle Face Hotel last week.

Roadside Claymore bomb blast: Death toll rose to eight

By Walter Jayawardhana

A Victim Eight civilians and a soldier traveling on holiday in a civilian bus were killed when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam targeted the vehicle by a way side claymore bomb the military said. "A LTTE claymore targeting a civilian bus exploded and killed eight and injured 25," said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the military spokesman. This bus bombing that happened on April 7 is the second one exploded by the LTTE in a week targeting public transport after it exploded another bus bomb on Monday 02 April, killing 17 people in the Eastern Province. Like in the case of the previous one LTTE military spokesman Rasiah Ilantheriyan (Marshal) said, this bus bomb that even victimized an army soldier is the work of the Sri Lanka Army.

Holiday feeling pushes share market sideways

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly market analysis indicated that with the number of trading days being restricted to 3 days, amid Monday and Friday being holidays, sluggish movement was witnessed in the market this week. Thus no significant movement was witnessed in the market this week, with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) moving sideways showing little movement compared to last week’s closing level. The ASPI closed the week at 2788.9 points on Thursday, falling by a meager 0.9 points this week. The more sensitive Millanka Price Index (MPI) however showed a greater dip falling by 22.5 points closing the week at 3815.1 points.

US Indifferent To anti-Musharraf struggle

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

Before he first became president of the United States about six years ago George W. Bush was little known for his interest in foreign policy issues. So, perhaps it is hardly surprising that his pursuit of American relations with the outside world has been a disaster for the country. He has few friends in Latin America, his European allies are suspicious of him and he is the most hated figure in the entire Muslim world, from Indonesia to Morocco, for his ill-advised misadventure in Iraq and half-hearted approach to problems that followed the exit of the medieval Taliban regime in Afghanistan brought about by US bombardment.

British marine admitted that captured patrol was spying on Iran

Captain Chris Air, the man in charge of the 15 marines and sailors captured by Iranian revolutionary guards and released on April 4, told Sky News that they were on an intelligence-gathering mission. The admission, made five days before he was seized in the Shatt al Arab waterway, was suppressed until after the Royal Navy personnel were released, according to Sky, “so it would not jeopardise their safety.” Of course, the embargo placed on the story also served to deceive the public and sustain the propaganda campaign portraying Iran as having carried out unprovoked aggression against a blameless British force. The joint Five News and Sky News interview was recorded on March 13 aboard HMS Cornwall.





French Police cancel LTTE’s protest rally in Paris; LTTE fund collectors on the run

In a firm crackdown on Tamil Tiger activities, French police has cancelled the permission granted earlier to hold a protest rally in Paris condemning police arrest of LTTE cadres on the April Fool's day. The protest rally was scheduled for 09 April from 2 PM to 5 PM at Trocadéro in Paris. But signalling to the Tamil Tigers that they can no longer abuse French privileges the Prefecture du Paris has cancelled thé permission granted earlier to hold the protest rally. Following this cancellation, a handfull of plain-clothesmen were seen removing the pasted posters and placard placed in Le Chappel and other areas announcing the proposed rally in.