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India, Norway and international community retreating under LTTE violence

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H.L.D.MahindapalaAfter sabotaging the Norway-sponsored talks in Oslo the LTTE waited till its delegation led by S. P. Tamilselvan returned to Killinochchi to launch its latest attack that killed and wounded a bus load of Sinhalese passengers yesterday morning in Kebbitigollawa. Latest bulletins reveal that 64 passengers were killed, including a Buddhist monk and eight school children. Analysts conclude that this is a clear signal of the LTTE intensifying its undeclared war. The Sri Lankan Air Force retaliated by hitting LTTE targets in Killinochchi – the headquarters of the LTTE military machine. Pro-LTTE websites said that people in the area are fleeing.

Commonwealth Chief slams civilian killings as callous terrorism

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

The Commonwealth Secretary General yesterday slammed the killing of over 60 civilians in a bus in north central Sri Lanka as a "callous act of terrorism." The bus ran over a landmine resulting in over 60 deaths and injuring some 40 others in one of the worst incidents in the last four years. The Sri Lanka Government blamed the LTTE for the incident and later launched bombing raids in Tiger-held areas as what was described as an act of "deterrance".

Sri Lankan rebels hoping for a backlash to fulfill their evil designs - Media Minister

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka's military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe has called upon the masses not fall pray to the series of LTTE triggered rumours, which has been instigated in a bid to escalate tensions in the North and East. A fresh set of rumours was set off allegedly by the LTTE soon after the Tigers attacked the bus carrying more than a hundred civilians in Kebitigollawa in a bid to provoke the civilian, which they hoped would lead to a tensed situation and backlash. "However LTTE hopes were dashed because the civilians had not reacted to the rumours as they would have preferred," sources said.

Sri Lanka government to setup Multi Purpose Gamma Irradiation facility

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The government of Sri Lanka will setup its modern multi purpose Gamma Irradiation facility to assist exporters to irradiate and sterilize their products to compete with global competitors. Sri Lanka’s Science Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana says the government has allocated a reasonable amount of funds to set up this plant at the Biyagama Export Processing Zone. The total cost will not exceed Rs.350 million, said the Minister at a press briefing held in Colombo on Thursday.

Attack bears all hallmarks of the Tamil Tigers, Says United States

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The United States issuing a statement today vehemently condemning the terrorist attack on a bus in Sri Lanka that killed over 60 civilians says that the “vicious attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”The State Department spokesman Sean McCormack issuing the statement on behalf of the United States government said “The United States calls for an end to the violence that is causing so much suffering for the people of Sri Lanka and resumption of negotiations to bring peace to the country.”

Signs of an imminent power crisis loom in Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

An imminent power crisis was obvious in Sri Lanka, after an appeal was made yesterday by the Power and Energy Ministry, requesting all offices, both state owned and private to try and conserve electricity as much as possible. Despite the country's annual electricity demand increasing by around 10%, successive Government's in Sri Lanka has failed to implement power projects as advised by the state run Ceylon Electricity Board, until a few months ago when the present Government in power began work on two projects, a 150 MW hydro project and a 300 x 3 MW coal power plant.

India's Left and ruling UPA discuss areas of concern

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

The coordination committee of India's ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and its four outside supporters, the Left parties met here for about one hour and discussed price rise, and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, including the dialogues Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has initiated with the nationalist and separatist Kashmir leaders besides the communal situation in the country and the situation in the North-East. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired the meeting which was attended, among others, by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat and CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan. Only a day earlier the leaders of CPI M., CPI, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party hit the streets as a part of nation wide campaign to force a rollback of hike in prices of petrol and diesel and steps to check general price rise.

Switzerland strongly condemns terrorist attack in Sri Lanka

Without mentioning the LTTE by name Switzerland has condemned the "terrorist attack" on a bus which killed civilians and "a large number of children". This attack has plunged the population of the entire region into mourning in addition to endangering the "fragile ceasefire," said the press communiqué issued by the Swiss Foreign Office.

Canada receives Rajapaksa’s nominee after rejecting Chandrika’s High Commissioner designate.

After rejecting the nominee of former President Chandrika Kumaratunga Canada has received W. J S Karunaratne, the nominee of President Mahinda Rajapakse, as Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to Canada. On 13th June 2006, Karunaratne presented his credentials to Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada at the Rideau Hall – Governor General’s Residence.

Even in the face of attacks Sri Lanka government is still confident regarding peace – Mahinda Rajapakse

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Mahinda RajapakseThe Sri Lankan government and the President Mahinda Rajapakse strongly condemn the bomb attack in Kebithigollewa. Issuing a press release the President said the LTTE through such attacks hopes to create conflict in the south. Therefore, the President requests the public to act peacefully. He said even in the face of such attacks the government still confident regarding peace. The President stated this after he visited to the site of the attack. Earlier, Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the scene and the victims of the claymore attack of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam {LTTE) clearly targeting the innocent civilians traveling on a SLTB bus in the morning hours.

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