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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Iranain Ptresident with Rohita Bollagama

LTTE overruns naval outpost on key Sri Lankan island

A significant attack on the Sri Lankan security forces last Thursday has again demonstrated that the government’s renewed war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will inevitably be drawn out and bloody. Concerned over widespread popular opposition to the conflict, the military played down the incident and issued false casualty figures to the media. The LTTE launched a pre-dawn raid on the island of Delft, which is strategically placed off the country’s northwest coast, just 30 kilometers from Rameshwaram in southern India. LTTE spokesman Rasaiah Ilanthirayan claimed that the Sea Tigers overran a navy camp, killing about 35 naval personnel and destroying or damaging several naval vessels. The LTTE also attacked reinforcements rushed to the island, before withdrawing. Ilanthirayan stated that four LTTE fighters had been killed.

Can Maya recreate another ‘rainbow’ in Delhi?

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

‘Maulana Mulayam’ has been humbled down in Uttar Pradesh, India’s sprawling and populous state. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati used her elephantine powers to ‘crush’ the ‘Maulana’, who during his tenure as Chief Minister had virtually dragged UP close to Islamisation, in a democratic and secular India. Even till his last ‘breath’ as CM, Mulayam Singh Yadav did not spare a single moment to appease the minority Muslim community, although it was to the chagrin of most of them.

Sri Lanka Government is to grant compensation for Rathmalana Bomb victims

Compensation will be granted for those who were killed and injured in the bomb explosion occurred in Ratmalana. Deputy Director of the rehabilitation authority affiliated to the Ministry of resettlement Ananda Wijepala says a maximum of one hundred thousand rupees will be provided on behalf of a dead person while it is a maximum of 50,000 for a person injured in the incident. Payment of compensation will take place after obtaining official details of the dead and wounded persons.

Iran to support territorial integrity of Sri Lanka

Iran will support and endeavor to ensure the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka while working for a lasting solution. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad President of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that there are many areas both Sri Lank and Iran could cooperate more closely. Last Monday Sri lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met Iranin President at his office in Tehran.

Bilateral donors to Sri Lanka signed a set of 10 Guiding Principles for Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Sri Lanka.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The main bilateral donors to Sri Lanka recently signed a set of 10 Guiding Principles for Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Sri Lanka. The donor countries who signed these Guiding Principles are: Australia, Canada, European Commission, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United Nations and United States. All NGOs or indeed other implementing partners funded by these donors, such as United Nations and World Bank, are committed to follow these Guiding Principles.

Sri Lanka among 26 countries at high-powered Asian security summit

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka is due to participate at the major Asian security summit starting in Singapore on Thursday at which the progress made in counter terrorism activities will be an important subject. This is the first time Sri Lanka participates at this summit which began in 2002. The presence of official delegations from several southeast countries which have reportedly been used by the LTTE as bases or transshipment points for the smuggling of weapons and narcotics will make this summit of particular significance to Colombo.

Kruna group imitating Prabhakaran in abducting, detaining, and killing Tamil dissidents

Nearly 80 pro-Pillaiyan cadres are held incommunicado in deplorable condition in camps run by Karuna supporters. Also 27 women, who are mostly mothers and wives of Pillaiyan supporters are detained illegally and held by Karuna's cadres. These detained women are wives and mothers of those Pillaiyan supporters who have left Amparai Batticaloa and joined Pillaiyan group in the Trincomalee district. A spokesman for Pillaiyan group told the Asian Tribune said that the Karuna and Pillaiyan began attacking each other soon after district commanders Ajith, Devilkanth, Jeyanthan and Seelan the intelligent chief left Batticaloa and Amparai districts and joined with Pillaiyan group.