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Why the EU did ban the LTTE?

By R.Gunaratna

After careful consideration, the EU countries have finally banned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam [LTTE]. This is undoubtedly a major victory for the Government of Sri Lanka as it had been making continuous efforts to get the LTTE banned in the EU countries. In the past, appeals of the Sri Lankan Government to ban the LTTE were disregarded. This ban is also a severe blow to the LTTE, since they never expected such a harsh treatment from the international community. Under the circumstances, it is useful to examine the key underpinnings reasons behind this unprecedented move of the EU.

One step forward two steps backward

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Even as India and Pakistan strive to come closer, the impression they leave behind is clearly of one step forward and two steps backward movement. That is because when they appear to sort out issues one by one, some invisible hand appears on the horizon to stall the process, raising doubts about the very process of normalization, says the Delhi based author with roots in Kashmir.

US slams LTTE, mentions Tamil Homeland, Self-rule within Lanka

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The United States has, for the first time, clearly spelled out its stand on Sri Lanka’s ethnic question, and used the term ‘homeland’. The top US government official dealing with Sri Lanka, US Asst Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher outlined US policy in two presentations in Colombo last week; one a press conference and the other a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). Mr Boucher drew a sharp distinction between the Tigers and the Tamils; between not talking to the Tigers and addressing the legitimate demands and aspirations of the Tamil and Muslim people.

India’s Supreme Court intervenes in caste-reservation controversy

By Keith Jones – World Socialist Web Site

India’s Supreme Court has intervened in the controversy over the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s plans to expand caste-based reservations (mandatory affirmative action programs) at the country’s premier universities and professional institutes, saying the issue “requires judicial review.”In a ruling issued Tuesday arising from two “public interest litigation” cases that challenge the legality of the government’s plans, a two-judge panel of India’ highest court ordered an end to strikes at public hospitals by doctors and residents. The almost three week-old medico strike had seriously disrupted hospital services in many major urban centers and become the focal point of the anti-reservation agitation.

The Sound of Beatles enters Las Vegas: A Unique and Magical Experience in Mirage Theatre

By Daya Gamage – US News Bureau of Asian Tribune

“I think we will achieve a real sense of drama with the (Beatle) music, the audience will feel as though they are actually in the theatre with the (Beatles) band. People are going to be knocked out by what they are hearing!” was what Giles Martin, the son and associate of the legendary Sir George Martin, the Beatles’ original producer said when he addressed the media at the custom-built theatre at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Sir George and his son Giles are co-music directors of Cirque du Soleil show, LOVE, which celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles. The preview performance began June 2, and the Gala Premiere is scheduled for June 30, 2006. Exclusively presented by The Mirage in Las Vegas, the LOVE will bring the memories of The Beatles music of the yesteryear.

Sri Lanka President to appoint Constitutionalt Advisory Council to explore autochthonous solution to the ethnic conflict

Representatives of all most all the political parties in Sri Lanka have acquiesced for the first time the existence of grievances in the midst of the Tamils and Tamil speaking minority ethnic groups in this country and they have agreed to explore a long-term solution to the issues the minority community faces today. At the Fifth All Party Conference held yesterday at President’s secretariat, a consensus was reached to address the issues faced by the Tamils and Tamil speaking people and to find a lasting solution.

Pakistan, India vow to enhance people-to-people contacts

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and India have agreed to work on the modalities of proposals identified by the two sides to expand people to people contacts. A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the two day talks between culture secretaries in New Delhi today underlined the importance of interaction in the field of culture and related areas to promote interaction at various levels.

Minister Fowzie emphasizes the need for fuel price increase

Quintus Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The government has been heavily subsidizing the fuel sales in Sri Lanka and the loss per month now accounts to a huge amount of Rupees 2 billion. A H M Fowzie, Minister of Railways, Transport, Petroleum and Petroleum Resource Development told a media briefing that the price of a liter of petrol should be increased to at least Rs 100, with the view to seek some relief on the huge loss of Rupees two billion incurred by the Petroleum Corporation each month.

Mixed response on banning “The Da Vinci Code” across Meghalaya

Raymond R Kharmujai - Asian Tribune

The banning of the Hollywood blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” across Meghalaya in North East India has evoked a mixed response, with some say it’s a welcome move while some are unhappy with the government decision. On Thursday, the multi-coalition MDA government has banned screening of Ron Howard’s movie after several Church leaders, NGOs and others opposed the screening of the movie saying the content of the movie is “blasphemous”.

Sri Lanka Tea experts has completed a successful mission in Rwanda

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka tea experts, including tea machinery and blending experts have completed a successful study mission to assist Rwandan government to produce value added tea to compete with the global tea market. However tea experts say the Rwandan tea sellers have not sufficient tea products and their current annual tea production is nearly 14 million kilograms.

US to Seek UN Security Council Resolution on Burma: Refugees International faults US policy

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

While the U.S. State Department in a statement announced that it intends to pursue a U.N. Security Council resolution that will underscore the international community’s concern about the situation in Burma, the Washington-based Refugees International, in a new report released here on June 1 says U.S. sanctions against Burma’s military regime currently prevent the provision of significant humanitarian aid. Refugee International, a 27-year-old advocacy organization traveled to Burma and Thailand in November-December 2005 to analyze the situation for people displaced within Burma’s borders and came up with a comprehensive report titled Ending the Waiting Game: Strategies for Responding to Internally Displaced People in Burma.

Election 2007 in Bangladesh: Doubts and speculations

By Sunita Paul

Just recently, Oscar DeSoto, a senior US State Department official said, "I trust that the people of Bangladesh will reject that option and work hard to protect its long tradition of democracy.’ This quite evidently proves that the people of Bangladesh will reject any military takeover or extra-constitutional rule in the country. There is a well circulated question in the minds of the people as to whether the United States has any role to play in protecting democracy in Bangladesh from any extra-constitutional move in the wake of series failures of political leadership to resolve several national issues.

Shell Gas Lanka on Good Health and safety through art by school children

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 03 June, ( success achieved by Shell Gas Lanka (Pvt) Ltd by conducting the All Island Art Competition in 2004 to mark the ‘Safety Week,’ the Company has now decided to make it an annual event. The competition theme has been ‘Good Health, Safety and Environment practices for a Better Lifestyle’ (HSE) the last year's competition was held under three categories for school children – Category A from grades 1 to 4, Category B from Grades 5 to 6 and Category C from Grades 7 to 9.

Las Vegas seeks Indian trade show business

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

While the Bush administration is further cementing its trade, investment, political and strategic ties with India in an attempt to boost India to have a level playing field with emerging economic giant China, the world famous gambling city Las Vegas endeavors to offer attractive incentives for India to bring their trade shows here for better international exposure. The catch is Las Vegas, with its 9.5 million square feet of convention space and 133,000 hotel rooms – the most in the nation, makes billions of dollars hosting conventions and trade shows.

Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST

Donald Jayantha Gnanakone , a Sri Lankan Tamil, now resides in Los Angeles, USA writes in response to an article written by Rohana Gunaratne, one of the readers of the Asian Tribune as “Sri Lanka will remain a paradise- LOST. Rohan Gunaratna's article is totally misleading and inaccurate. It is nothing but wishful thinking of the Singhalese and the West. However, it is ideal for the readership of Asia Tribune wrote Jayantha Gnanakone.