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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2131


Sri Lanka's main opposition UNP to boycott APRC, but to attend APC

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tissa AttanayakaSri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party has decided to attend the All Party Conference (APC) summoned to seek a solution to the National Question, but to boycott the Representative Committee tasked with formulating a broad constitutional framework. UNP Political Affairs Committee, which met on Tuesday night, has endorsed a boycott of the representative committee, titled All Party Representative Committee (APRC) comprised of a nominee from each political party attending the All Party Conference.

Sri Lanka condemns Mumbai bomb blasts

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

MahindaPresident Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemn the brutal terrorist attack on the Indian rail network in Mumbai which claimed the lives of innocent commuters yesterday. This terrorist act was conducted during the rush hour with the intent of causing maximum casualties to the civilian population. The attack claimed the lives of over 174 innocent people and injuring over 485 others. "We would like to express hour condolences to the bereaved families and our sincere wishes to the injured for a speedy recovery," a news release stated. The people of Sri Lanka stand in solidarity with our friends India in the fight against terrorism. We have experienced the damage of terrorism in Sri Lanka for several decades.

LTTE media spokesman suffers massive stroke, admitted to a Colombo hospital

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrilla media spokesman Daya Master was admitted to a private hospital in Colombo yesterday after he suffered a heart attack, Tiger guerrilla sources said. Daya Master was taken to Colombo by road via the entry-exit point in Omanthai, after the government refused to airlift him citing security reasons.

Sri Lanka's electoral register contained more than a million bogus names

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The 2004 electoral register utilized for the 2005 Presidential Election and the recently concluded Local Government elections enlisting some 13.3 million names is alleged to have contained at least 1.5 million fraudulent names, this was revealed by Peoples Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) Chief Kingsley Rodrigo.Citing reasons for his claim he noted that often parents register themselves in more than two places in a bid to admit their children to popular schools. "Voter registration for this is an important factor, and so we presume at least 300,000 names have been registered fraudulently for this purpose," he said.

Dialog and HSBC launch SMS bill pay and reload system

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation [HSBC] and Dialog GSM on Wednesday announced a partnership and a major innovation in bill payment with the launch of the 'Pay Here' SMS bill payment system . This service which will be released from 20th of this month, allows Dialog GSM's post or prepaid customers with an HSBC credit card, to pay their mobile phone bills or reload their prepaid accounts via SMS. This combines Dialog's International Roaming Network Facility across over 200 countries.

Tiger guerrillas kill two policemen and an anti-LTTE activist.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas blew up a police jeep, killing two police constables and shot dead a leading anti-Tiger political activist broad day light, stepping up violence in the Northern Sri Lanka, a day after the country’s President invited the guerrilla leadership to negotiation table. At 1.30 afternoon today, Tiger guerrillas exploded a claymore mine, targeting a police jeep killing two police constables and injuring two in the Nallur junction in Jaffna. The jeep was destroyed in the explosion.

Mumbai's 7/11 claims 147 lives, the death toll mounting

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

Train BlastAs India's financial capital Mumbai was settling down to an evening after yet another busy day on Tuesday, the city was rocked by a series of seven blasts of high power explosives at seven local railway stations. The death toll is mounting as more injured are succumbing to their injuries; at the last count, 147 people fell a prey to the terrorist designs. The well-coordinated strikes, the worst in Mumbai since 1993 when 13 serial bomb attacks killed at least 270 people, led to fear that was overcome in a couple of hours by Mumbaikers' known resilience.

Sri Lanka: Renewed Conflict Displacing Thousands

The New York based Refugees International has urged the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to make every effort to adhere to the ceasefire and resume peace talks immediately. Refugees International has pointed out that in response to the rising violence in the country since of late; more than 2,800 people have fled from Sri Lanka to India since the beginning of 2006. In desperation, some people are paying traffickers their lifetime savings to get on board fishing vessels to India.

Tamil Tigers ready to attack Sri Lankan forces with toxic weapons

PrabakaranHidden in the jungles of Vanni a toxicological laboratory of the Tamil Tigers is manufacturing their “special weapon”, as described by Anton Balasingham earlier, to attack the Sri Lankan government forces located in Jaffna – a politico-military centre needed to regain the lost prestige of the LTTE after they were driven out by the Sri Lankan Army in 1995. Prof. Peter Chalk of Queensland University (now attached to Rand Corporation as an expert on terrorism) told an audience in Melbourne that the LTTE is the first known terrorist group to use chemical weapons

Lashkar-e-Taiba suspected for Mumbai's 7/11

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Mumbai BlastsCircumstantial evidence from Mumbai points to the hand of Lashkar-e-Taiba behind the seven serial blasts that rocked Mumbai on Tuesday evening (Yesterday) bringing back gushing memories of 9/11 that shook the Big Apple, New York in 2002. Indian government sleuths say that they indeed prior inputs on the likelihood of blasts in Mumbai. "Only thing we did not know for sure was where the blasts could take place", the sources said pointing the needle of suspicion to the LeT for 'valid reasons'.

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