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Jaliya Wickremasuriya

Further lurch to the right in French election campaign

One week before the first round of voting on April 22, the leading candidates in the French presidential election have moved further to the right. In the camp of the Socialist Party (SP) and the right-wing, free market Union for French Democracy (UDF), described by French media as “centrist,” calls for a vote utile, a useful vote, are getting louder. This refers to a vote for purely tactical purposes rather than on the basis of agreement with a political program. Voters are being called upon to vote for Ségolène Royal (the candidate of the Socialist Party) or François Bayrou (UDF), in order to prevent a victory for the Gaullist Nicolas Sarkozy or the extreme right-winger Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Soft Power’ In Colonial Era :Indian Immigrants Win Civil Rights in the U.S

By G.S.Bhargava - Syndicate Features

Long before Harvard Professor, Joseph (Joe) Nye Jr., conceptualised ‘soft power’ as ‘ability to get what you want by attracting and persuading others to adopt your goals,’ Indian immigrants, mostly Sikhs, in the US successfully practised its variant to win civil rights. The India Lobby as the campaigners were collectively called was technically operational in the whole of North America, including Canada, for about fifty years, from the dawn of the twentieth century to the run up to Indian independence, or 1900-1946 to be exact. But Canada being a member of the British Commonwealth, there could be no lobbying there.

U.S. Chapter of Bangladesh Nationalist Party Denounces Military Consolidation of Power and Demise of Democracy

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States Chapter of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party issuing a statement condemned the military rule in consolidating its political power and lamented the demise of democracy in this South Asian nation. President of the U.S. Chapter of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Abdul Shamrat made a statement regarding the political situation in Bangladesh.

About 70 Tamil Tigers suspected of being killed in a major air force bombing on a LTTE military training base

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka Air Force sources said a major strike by their supersonic jets on a well selected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam military training base may have killed about 70 Tamil Tiger cadres in the rebel stronghold of Mulathivu , in the troubled Northern Sri Lanka. Citing aerial photographs taken by the attack jets Lieutenant Colonel Upali Rajapaksa of the Media Center of the Defense Ministry said, “The LTTE suffered major damage due to our bombing."

Daily Mirror journalist narrowly escapes "white van" abduction attempt in Colombo streets

S.S. Selvanayagam, a senior reporter attached to Daily Mirror newspaper (Colombo) narrowly escaped the now infamous "white van" abduction attempt on his life on the evening of April 17. The "white van" abductions are now a commonplace "enforced" disappearance occurrences in Sri Lanka where paramilitary teams arrive in a white coloured van without a number plate and grab designated persons, sometimes resulting in victim's permanent disappearance. On April 16, the Asian Human Rights Commission announced that in 2007 alone 300 "white van" cases have been cited in Sri Lanka. Mr. S.S. Selvanayagam, a senior courts correspondent for Daily Mirror, was returning from his office late evening on 17th around 7:00 pm to his home in Wellawatte (Colombo 6). He was busily walking on the main thoroughfare called the "Galle Road" when a white van suddenly surfaced.

Sri Lanka Consulate in Los Angeles promotes Trade, Investment and Tourism in U.S.

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Jaliya WickremasuriyaIn early March when Sri Lanka Consul General for U.S. western states Jaliya Wickremasuriya talked to ‘Asian Tribune’, the Online Daily stated, “within two months of assuming duties in Los Angeles, Wickremasuriya had gauged the political, investment and trade scenario in the most populous and important region in the United States to promote the country he represents, Sri Lanka.” With eleven western states under his wings, the ‘Asian Tribune’ wrote in its March 2 dispatch, that Wickremasuriya had a clear perspective of the needs of the country he represents, and whom to contact and where to turn to promote trade, commerce and investment between the two countries.

Karuna faction counters allegations, says Eastern populace are with them

The Karuna Faction's (Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal), in a statement issued today has countered allegations of armed intimidation of populace in the East and said that such allegations are a 'tactic to shift attention from Tigers defeats in East'. TMVP also requested to immediately lodge complaints with the Police and 'take any action necessary' if any of its members are sighted with arms in the government controlled areas of East. "These are 'unsubstantiated charges' aimed at us, based on no less than a well thought plan and we have no doubt that even members of our fellow ethnic groups would by now know and have come to realize that this is a malicious propaganda campaign. Therefore we know that our fellow ethnicities are dismissive of them" the statement said.


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