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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2225


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'.

UNICEF denies expressing regret to TMVP

UNICEF in a letter to the Asian Tribune has clarified the details of their meeting with the Karuna Group in Batticoloa on June 22. UNICEF has denied that they expressed regret to Karuna Group.

Sri Lanka's Marxists party blunders big time over it's ultimatum on electricity reforms

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and its trade union Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya (LVSS) appears to have made a major blunder by willfully paving the way for privatization of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) after it successfully pressured President Mahinda Rajapakse into withdrawing the new Electricity Reforms Bill which was to be presented in Parliament last week. "We are now back with the 2002 Electricity Reforms Bill which was passed in parliament in October 2002 under the United National Front regime. The danger with this bill is that it can easily privatize the CEB, unlike the new bill which was withdrawn by the President which stated that all companies which will be formed following the reforming of the CEB will be 100% state owned," CEB trade union collective convener Ananda Nimalaratne said.

LTTE intensifies killing with impunity the rival Tamil groups in Jaffna

Tamil separatist outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has intensified its killings of members and supporters belonging to the other rival Tamil groups in the Jaffna district, which is a Sri Lanka Government controlled area. It is alleged that Sri Lanka Government has failed to provide security to those other Tamil group members who handed over their weapons when the Government signed a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE.Reports reveal that Sri Lanka Government has mobilized more than 40,000 armed forces in the district to provide security and also to protect the civilians of the district under its control.

Demo introduces Mercedes B-Class Sports Tourer

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Diesel and Motor Engineering Co Ltd (Demo) has introduced to the market the Mercedes B-Class Sports Tourer which has special characteristics of its own. Demo has earlier introduced to the Sri Lankan Market Mercedes A-Class and E-Class. The launch of the new car to the market took place at their showrooms in Duplication Road, Colombo. Comfort, space and high performances are the hallmark of Mercedes Benz and the high performances embedded in B-Class makes it a multi-purpose family car.

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