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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059


Sri Lanka constructs affordable weather station

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Electro Technology Centre [ETC] of the Industrial Technology Institute of Sri Lanka has constructed an affordable weather station, the ‘Weather Master. “This fully automated weather monitoring station is capable of recording a wide range of meteorological data,” said a spokesman of the ETC. The unmanned system is a useful solution to overcome problems encountered with manual recording methods. The Weather Master utilizes a simple data logging system that can be left unattended for long periods of time in remote areas and harsh environments.

One Sri Lankan soldier killed 12 missing - feared dead in a Tiger ambush.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

One soldier was killed and twelve soldiers were missing and feared dead, when Tiger guerrillas ambushed an army search operation in Vakaneri, 30 km from Batticaloa this afternoon, army said. Sri Lanka Army said that Troops retaliated and reinforcements were rushed to conduct further search for terrorists in the area. It added that five solders were initially injured in the incident; however, preliminary reports said that at least eight soldiers had also gone missing in the confrontation.

Sri Lanka’s Devinda Subasinghe elected head of global economic think tank 'Bridging Nations'

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Devinda R. Subasinghe, a U.S. educated economist who hails from Sri Lanka, made a difference when he was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States in 2002-2005 period in strengthening his native country’s working relationship with Bush White House, Congress, the private sector and various other United States government agencies by addressing diplomatic, security and trade matters. The opening that Ambassador Subasinghe gave to Sri Lanka during his tenure as the ambassador, and even as the Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States (OAS), undoubtedly benefited Sri Lanka to bridge the gap between U.S. and his country on trade, investment, emergency assistance and security and host of other issues and bring a close understanding between the two countries.

MuayThai Federation of India goes globe

The activities of the MuayThai Federation of India (MFI) can now be easily seen with the launching of its website and it can now be accessed from anywhere in the world. The launching of website of the MuayThai Federation of India is long overdue. Nevertheless, the launching of the official website of the pioneering and the only National Governing MuayThai Body in India will not only help to those who are enthusiastically interested to know the nitty-gritty of the Art of MuayThai and its history but also will put to end the confusion as to who were pioneers of MuayThai in India, said Oken Jeet Sandham, President of the MuayThai Federation of India, while launching the website in a simple function held here on Wednesday.

LTTE killer squad is on the look out for members of other Tamil groups.

Tigers continue with their rampage of killing members and supporters of the rival Tamil groups. Almost daily the separatists’ rebel outfit sends out their killer squad to look out for the other Tamil groups’ members to shoot and kill them. This sickening event of killing without remorse and impunity continue unabatedly. On Wednesday and Thursday, unidentified Tiger killers killed two leading members of People Liberation Organization (PLOTE) in Jaffna as well as in Vavuniya. The LTTE has so far killed over 200 leading members of PLOTE since 1987.

Sri Lanka's police force facing manpower crisis

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Amidst the deteriorating security situation in the country, Sri Lanka's police force is facing a severe dilemma owing to a shortage of personnel in the force. It is learnt that many of these police stations including several in Colombo are reportedly "running the show' with only a handful of police officers in their respective stations.

LTTE ambush kills two Sri Lankan soldiers near Omanthai

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas ambushed a Sri Lankan army road patrol on Wednesday evening around 4.15 p.m., killing two soldiers and injuring another soldier along Kalmadu - Tandikulam road, at Katkulem, some 12 km northwest of Vavuniya. Tiger guerrillas in hiding fired at the army foot patrol using T 56 assault rifles, before fleeing the scene.

RRDA manufactures fiberglass-fishing boats

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Chilaw, Sri Lanka.

PradeepThe Regional Resources Development Authority, which come under the purview of the North Western Provincial Council [NWP] now plans to manufacture fibre glass multi day trawlers to provide quality and low priced fishing vessels to fishermen in Sri Lanka. At present the center manufactures non-mechanized fishing boats with the support of the youths of the area who well trained.

India slams Pak foreign minister for his 'appalling' comment on Mumbai blasts; Manmohan declares no one can make India kneel

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Manmohan SinghIndia has a message to President Musharraf and his close aides. It will disturb their sleep. The message, delivered after a great of deliberation was not nuanced in the conventional diplomatiese. While the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a nation wide telecast declared "no one can make India kneel", his foreign office termed as appalling Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri linking Mumbai bomb blasts with resolution of Kashmir issue and asked Islamabad whether the Musharraf regime was suggesting that Pakistan would cooperate with India against terrorism "only if such so called disputes are resolved".

NSCN (K) charges Rio of using rival cadres for residential guards

By Oken Jeet Sandham

Neiphiu RioThe NSCN (K) alleged Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for using NSCN (IM) cadres to guard his official residential areas and claimed that the incidents occurred near his house Tuesday evening was because of this. It may be mentioned that the Kohima Police had arrested six cadres of the NSCN (K) with arms Tuesday evening from near the Chief Minister’s high security zone residential area here after they (cadres) reportedly fired some rounds. Sources said the NSCN (IM) cadres came in a vehicle and fired upon the cadres of the NSCN (K) who were standing near a pan shop very close to the Chief Minister’s official residence. The NSCN (K) had retaliated and Police swung into action and arrested them along with the weapons.

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