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Punnyasara Nayake Thero

Declare war against Tamil Tigers and snuff them out -- Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Dr. SwamyListing three distinct acts of war committed by the Tamil Tigers, against India, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, President of the Janata Party has urged the Indian government to declare war against the Tamil Tigers. The three acts are: 1. LTTE has been training ULFA and Naxalites in insurgency, as stated bythe Union Minister; 2. Tamil Nadu Director General of Police has confirmed that the LTTE shot and killed five Indian fishermen. 3. LTTE aero planes bombed Indian Oil Corporation’s oil storage facilities near Colombo.

Tiger gangs attack rival PLOTE members in Zurich: two Tamil in a serious condition

On May Day Tamil Tiger gangsters waylaid and attacked members of the PLOTE organization -- a rival political party -- in Zurich, Switzerland. Six PLOTE cadres sustained injuries and were admitted to hospitals. Two of the injured are in a serious condition, according to hospital sources. The attack took place when members of the PLOTE organization participated in May Day rally organized by the left-wing organizations and the progressive forces in Zurich. Earlier, Tamil Tigers in Switzerland had warned PLOTE members not to participate in the May Day procession. Despite the warnings and threats PLOTE members participated in the May Day rally.

Sri Lanka ruling party proposal failed to meet the concerns of the Tamils

By K.T.Rajasingham

The so-called proposals put forward by the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom party clearly shows that it has failed to grasp the reality by putting forward a Sinhalese solution to a national issue. This clearly indicates that those who drafted this proposal are not pragmatic in their approach to the subject. It amounts to a famous Tamil adage, "The story of a donkey wearing away as an ant." Those who drafted this proposal have arrogantly divorced them from finding solution but have given room for creating more problems to the ruling party in general and the country in particular.

SLFP Devolution Proposal failed to meet the aspirations of the Tamils –joint statement by three Tamil political parties

Three Tamil political parties in a joint statement expressed their disappointment over the devolution proposal put forward by the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. The joint statement added that the proposal did not meet the genuine aspirations of the Tamils. V. Ananandasanagaree, President TULF, D.Sithadthan, President PLOTE and T.Sritharan General Secretary, EPRLF have said in the joint statement that instead of taking the peace process forward, the ruling party’s proposal has made it difficult to find a reasonable solution.

Tamil Nadu will not allowed to be used as a base by the LTTE – vows Indian defense minister Antony

By Walter Jayawardhana

A.K.AntonySpeaking from the Kerala state capital of Trivandapuram,, India’s Minister of Defense A. K. Antony categorically stated that the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would not be allowed to operate from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. "We will not allow the LTTE to function in Tamil Nadu. Indian soil will not be allowed to be used as base by any terrorist organization," said Antony. Speaking in the backdrop of the terrorist organization’s nascent air wing bombing Colombo, including a petroleum facility run as a joint venture of the Indian government the Indian Defense Minister said his country was watching the situation in Sri Lanka closely, especially in the wake of recent air strikes by LTTE.

Relief worker executed by Burma Army

Relief worker Saw Lee Reh Kyaw was executed in Karenni state as Burma Army launches new attacks on Karen villages. Saw Lee Reh Kyaw was a Free Burma Rangers relief team member was executed by the Burma Army on 10 April 2007. Lee Reh was captured two days earlier as he was providing humanitarian assistance to villagers in Karenni State. He was then taken to the Burma Army headquarters where he was interrogated and tortured before being shot dead. Lee Reh was captured after patrolling Burma Army troops attacked Ha Lee Ku village, killing one pro-democracy Karenni (KNPP) soldier. On 9 April 2007 the Burma Army also arrested the headman and secretary of the village, although their whereabouts remain unknown.

Devolution must not ignore development says Sri Lankan President

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

MahindaSri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse defended his party's devolution proposals announced on Monday as a first step in the search for a political solution to its long standing conflict. President Rajapakse on his way back from Barbados where he witnessed the cricket World Cup final between Sri Lanka and Australia, stopped over briefly in London on Monday, during which he had a short conversation with "Asian Tribune." Rajapakse argued that though the unit of devolution proposed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was smaller than the provincial council system functioning today, their proposal made more sense.

Senior Research Officer and ITI scientist becomes the best presenter

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Ms. Ilmi Hewajulige, Senior Research Officer attached to the Food Technology division of the ITI won the ‘Best Presenter’ award at the Food Science and Nutrition session of the 18th Annual Congress of the Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture. In her award winning presentation she described a method to use chitosan, chitin extracted from prawn waste, to extend the shelf life of papaya.

U.S. Designates Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The U.S. Department of State designated the following 42 groups as “Foreign Terrorist Organizations” in its Country Reports on Terrorism 2006, released April 30. Liberation Tigers of tamil Eelam, Sri lanka’s separatist Tamil outfit continues to remain as a terrorist organization. The report has designated an additional 43 organizations as “Groups of Concern.” It is revealed thaqt the purpose of the list is to identify and isolate groups by encouraging U.S. friends and allies to deter its citizens from supporting them. Individuals representing these groups can be blocked from admission into the United States, are barred from doing business in the country, and U.S. residents are prohibited from providing them material support.

May First, Vesak, Workers Day and St Joseph’s feast - What significance to Sri Lanka?

By Quintus Perera

Many are confused of what Buddhism aspires on war and peace and the Vesak season could be seen ideal for the people to dwell upon the Buddhist precepts on war and peace. Dwelling upon the war, peace and how they could be viewed through Buddhist philosophy and its significance on Vesak, Ven Mahagalkadawala Punnyasara Nayake Thero said that in Buddhism the highest perception is the principles and precepts involving Amisa pooja and Prathipaththi pooja.

Green tea market increases in Poland

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Poland says Poland has a potential market for Green Teas and a number of customers now move to purchase Green tea due to the health consciousness. According to the International Tea Committee reports, Poland imports about 30000 MT of tea annually. This volume has been stable for the last 6-7 years period.

Withdrawal of troops from Kashmir feasible …

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

The demand of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s People’s Democratic Party for demilitarization of Jammu and Kashmir is not only superfluous but also intriguing. It is in direct consonance with the ‘self-rule’ theory, propounded by the Mufti himself a few months ago. But it is, indeed, surprising that PDP, which is running a coalition government with the Congress, should have threatened to snap ties with it on demilitarization and other related issues. Ties between the two parties reached the lowest ebb when PDP ministers boycotted Cabinet meetings, called by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a row. The PDP even took to streets and launched a campaign on the demilitarization issue. Whatever the PDP may say for the record, the fretting and fuming is with an eye on the assembly elections due next year.

Ex-CIA director Tenet admits lies told on war

With the publication of his new memoir, At the Center of the Storm, released Monday, and in an appearance on the CBS television new program “60 Minutes” the night before, former CIA director George Tenet has become the latest former official to admit publicly that the Bush administration launched its war against Iraq based upon false pretenses and manipulated intelligence. Tenet’s CBS interview was a display of moral cowardice and self-righteousness. The former CIA director hailed the day-to-day work of the organization of spies, torturers and assassins that he headed for seven years, passed over the horrific death toll in the Iraq war with mild tut-tutting, and reserved his real passion for complaints about backstabbing against himself by former partners in crime like Vice President Cheney and Condoleezza Rice.

Dr. Swamy

A.K.Antony

Mahinda Rajapakse

Breaking News: Tamil Television Network (TTN) shut down today afternoon.

Tamil Television Network (TTN), a pay television channel has been shut down today at 17.00 hrs French time. Owners of TTN television in a final departing message said that they are closing down due to political pressure. TTN, a satellite Television operating out of Paris, is owned by the Tamil Tigers, formally known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a banned terrorist organization in the European Union countries including France. Earlier, Globecast spokesperson told “Asian Tribune” that it would be shut down today when contacted today morning at 11 .00 hrs.


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