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Arumugam Sriskandarajah, PLOTE Military Wing Leader was arrested and remanded by the Kaduwela Magistrate in connection with Veteran Journalist
Dharmaratnam Sivaram's murder. Arumugam Sriskandarajah is a para military attached to the Deep Penitrating Unit under Major Thuwan Muthaliff Senior Intelligence Officer of the Sri Lankan Army who was killed in Colombo.

Human Rights group demands end to arms aid to Nepal

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

A leading human rights watchdog has taken to task both USA and UK besides India for flouting their own rules and contributing to what it called grave human rights abuses by selling arms and weapons systems to Nepal in the grip of Maoist insurgency.

LTTE’s Continued Terrorism Main Reason for Stalling of Peace Process – Christina Rocca

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca, testifying before the United States House of Representatives International Relations Subcommittee for Asia and the Pacific on Tuesday June 14, said the division within the Sri Lankan government and the absence of trust between the government and the (Tamil separatist) LTTE, which continues to use assassinations and suicide bombers, underscoring their character as an organization wedded to terrorism and justifying their designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization are the main reasons for the breakdown of the peace process.

Donor Group repeat the Norwegian stance that ignore the suffering of all communities

From our Political Correspondent

V. Anandasangaree, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), has reacted sharply to the latest of statement of the Co-Chairs of the Sri Lanka Donor Group -- USA, Japan, Norway and the EU. Along with other political commentators, he says that the Donor Group is focused too narrowly on tsunami victims and not on the suffering of the Tamils under the “dictatorship” of the LTTE for the last 20 years, or the other communities facing the violence of the LTTE in violation of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA).

Musical Cooperation Across Borders – Roland Van Straaten, Swiss Composer to Play in Sri Lanka.

From our Colombo Correspondent

The well known Swiss harmonica player, Roland van Straaten, will perform his concert jointly with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday, June 17 at the Elphinstone Theatre.

President Kumaratunga will be without a government if JVP quits at midnight tonight

From our Correspondents

The developing crisis within the governing coalition is likely to deepen with the JVP sticking to its threat of quitting the government by midnight today, leaving President Chandrika Kumaratunga to find new alliances to run a government of her own.

Insincere Norway mediators should be kicked out – Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, former Indian Law Minister

In a wide-ranging question and answer session with our Chennai correspondent, Kenath Jayashankar Menon - the former Law and Commerce Minister of India, Leader of the Janatha Party and a visiting Professor at Harvard University, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, surveyed the Indian and Sri Lanka political scene. He was most critical of the India and Sri Lankan for surrendering to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

President reluctantly accept UNP and TNA support

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

President Chandrika Kumaratunga will establish the tsunami joint mechanism with the backing of two of the most vocal opponents, the United National Party (UNP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). Both parties have extended support to establishment of Post Tsunami Operations Management Structure (PTOMS) with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Crucial BJP meet in early July in Chennai

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The crucial meeting of the National Executive of Bharatiya Janata Party would be convened in Chennai on July 9 and 10.

Sri Lanka to restructure power sector

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The final draft Bill in respect of the restructuring of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), which was earlier shelved due to opposition from the Marxist ally of the coalition government, is to be presented for Cabinet approval shortly. Power and Energy Minister, Susil Premajayantha said that the discussions with the trade union were progressing well and the draft bill is being finalized.

China and New Zealand for free trade area

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

New Zealand is ready to set up a free trade area with China, where New Zealand will be the first developed country to establish such
a free trade area with China.

Minister Elangovan criticizes PMK’s 'Tamil Only' policy

Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

In an apparent snub at PMK's Tamil Only Campaign, Congress leader and Federal Minister for State for Commerce and Industry EVKS Elangovan said political parties in the State should not indulge in
English-bashing as it was proficiency in that language
which had given Indian entrepreneurs an edge over their Chinese competitors.

Conference on Market Finance on Emergency Relief and reconstruction.

By our Business Correspondent

The participants, including a large number of foreign delegates were surprised and ultimately disappointed at the international conference on Pan Asia Forum on Micro Finance in Crisis Situations conducted by the Foundation for Development Cooperation held at Hatton National Bank Towers, Colombo Sri Lanka.

Scientologists killed a USA court judge's dog

This is the type of people who have invaded Sri Lanka to "help."


19. The particular part of the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course with which I co-audited Lenny Leibowitz was Section B.

Scientologists killed USA court judge's dog

This is the type of people who have invaded Sri Lanka.


19. The particular part of the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course with which I co-audited Lenny Leibowitz was Section B.

JVP promises a ‘political awakening’ from tomorrow

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Massive demonstrations engulfed the capital today as the pro and anti tsunami joint mechanism groups brought in supporters for all corners of the island in a show of strength. The government ally Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which has reiterated the decision to quit the coalition tomorrow protesting the proposed Tsunami Relief Council (TRC) with the Tamil rebels assured the party supporters that a new era would begin with their withdrawal from the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. "Watch for a new political awakening," JVP spokesman Wimal weerawansa said at the rally.