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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

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Natwar Singh on New Delhi’s position on the consolidating peace process by Colombo

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

India’s foreign minister Natwar Singh who is in Colombo on a three-day visit to chair a bilateral commission meeting, has reaffirmed New Delhi’s firm support to consolidating the peace process, and development, a euphemism for support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s concept of involving LTTE in Tsunami relief in particular.

Joint Mechanism at the crossroads; Bhikkus reject President offer of truce

By Mallika Wanigasundara

In the gathering storm in Sri Lanka over President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge’s seemingly inflexible decision to sign a Joint Mechanism [JM] with the LTTE for the distribution of Tsunami aid in the North and the East the Sangha, right from its highest ranking prelates, to monks from the humblest village temple backed by the majority of Buddhists are closing ranks in opposition to the President’s proposed move.

I have always strived to walk in the path my teacher, Lord Buddha - Ven.Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thero,

Ven.Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thero, a Member of Parliament belonging to the Jathika Hela Urumaya party is at present fasting unto death, outside the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, in protest against the Sri Lanka President signing a Joint Mechanism with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Doctors’ report that his health condition is fast deteriorating. Five days ago the Ven Nayake thero began his fast and he refuses to be taken to hospital. The whole country is watching the development with awe and veneration the fast deteriorating plight of the prelate.

Joint mechanism with Tamil rebels delayed:Sri Lankan President backtracks

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The proposed joint mechanism with the Tamil rebels will not be signed shortly as earlier stated by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Although senior government sources indicated until yesterday that the joint mechanism with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would be established by June 15, now there will be a considerable delay.

Four Mahanayakes vow to summon people’s power against Chandrika if she goes ahead with Joint Mechanism

From our Political correspondent

Overnight a formidable lobby of the sangha (Buddhist monks) has emerged to oppose the Joint Mechanism proposed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakitha Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter, the Ven. Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter, the Ven. Weweldeniya Medhalankara Mahanayake Thera of the Ramanna Nikaya and the Ven. Dauldena Gnanissara Mahanayake Thera of the Amarapura Nikaya – the four leading pillars of Buddhism – have warned the President to respond to the fast-unto-death undertaken by Dr. Ven. Omalpe Sobitha who is weakening by the hour on dais of the Sacred Temple of Tooth in Kandy.

Scientology: Cult of greed in divine garb

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lankans did not invite Scientologist to come to Sri Lanka and or sought their support and assistance. They came and saw the situation after tsunami favorable to them and in the pretext of helping the affected people; they started exploiting the human misery and began to proselytize Sri Lankans. Shame on them - said Venerable Medagama Dhammanda of the Asgiriya Chapter, Kandy.

Anura Bandaranaike appeals to JVP not to leave the government

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike appealed to the coalition government partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) not to leave the government over the differences on the proposed joint mechanism with the Tamil rebels. "The JVP has a right to vote against this proposal. But at this moment, if they wanted to topple the Government, it is a great betrayal against the people in this country," Bandaranaike said.

No Kashmir solution under Indian constitution: Mirwaiz

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Leader of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Senior Hurriyat leader Mir Waiz Umer Farooq has said
that Kashmiris would not accept any solution of the
Kashmir dispute within the framework of Indian constitution.

Therie un-satisfied DAN performance on peace process, worried on fragile peace process

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Former Finance Minister K Therie has expressed serious concern on the 8-year old fragile peace process between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM). He says there is no headway in the talks between the two parties, while widening more and more the gulf among the factions leading to serious threat to the peace process.

Phased withdrawal of additional troops from Trincomalee

By Sugeeswara Senadhira -Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The government will withdraw the additional troops sent to the volatile eastern port city of Trincomalee last month in stages as the law and order situation improves. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has no intention to keep additional troops indefinitely.

Two Tamils ultras, including a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee were arrested and plans to loot jewellery foiled

Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Two dreaded activists
of the Tamizhar Makkal Viduthalai Iyakkam (Tamil
People's Liberation Movement or TPLM) were arrested at
Pandaravadai about 160 km from Chennai.

SL government decides to continue with the five thousand Rupee dole to the tsunami victims.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Government of Sri Lanka has decided to continue the payment of a five thousand rupee allowance to tsunami displaced families.

Testimony of Dr. Zaw Zaw Oo about the Murder of Ko Aung Hlaing Win

Ko Aung Hlaing Win, a member of National League for Democracy
(Youth), was tortured to death by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) on May 7, 2005. His wife sued the SPDC on May 18th at Mayangone Police Station, Rangoon Division.

U.S. Shuns Armed Terrorists, Even if Democratically Elected

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

The United States announced this week organizations that are listed by its Department of State as ‘Foreign Terrorist Organizations’, even if democratically elected, will not be open for contact with the U.S. as long as those organizations continue to be armed militias.

High Court declines to stay Election Commission order

Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The Madras High Court
declined to stay the Election Commission’s order
in the burning electoral rolls issue, by ordering the
issuance of notice to the Chief Election Commissioner
and the Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer, on a
petition filed by the ruling AIADMK.

Tsunami Impact: Women, Children Suffer Most in Overcrowded Camps

by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Women and children continue to be victims of violence and sexual abuse nearly six months after the massive tsunami devastation in the Indian Ocean region, according to an international team of researchers.

Be gone, ye wolves in sheep's clothing

This is a response to Gridsit who accused Asian Tribune for fermenting religious intolerance by publishing an expose titled, Scientology: Cult of Greed in Divine Garb

By Sesha Samarajiwa

You obviously represent the latest in a long line of powerful pests from the West who have come and keep coming like locusts to colonize our souls.

Anchor WAM launched – a milk intended to develop quick smart thinking in children.

By our Business Correspondent

In an atmosphere of troubles laden country Arjuna Ranatunga, Deputy Minister of Industries and Tourism officially launched this morning the commissioning of New Zealand Milk Lanka Ltd's (NZML), latest manufacturing facility to produce their newest product Anchor WAM and its launch to the market.