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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2615

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Sir Arthur C Clarke

JHU to Contest under UPFA Banner, will Respect Democratic Verdict of the People - Narendra Gunatillake

In an interview with the Asian Tribune Narendra Gunatillake, Secretary, International affairs and member of Central Committee of Jathika Hela Urumaya (National Heritage Party JHU), expressed the view that they were contesting the Provincial Council elections in the East under the UPFA banner and Betel Leaf symbol. We are a democratic party and will abide by the decision of the people. It is the people who will decide who the Chief Minister of the East after the elections, he added. JHU will contest in two seats, one in the Trincomalee and another in the Amparai.

Global Peace Support Group in UK Exposed As Proxy of LTTE

Stephen TimmsThe clandestine affairs of the Global Peace Support Group in UK masquerading as peace activists are coming to light as their International seminar held in London recently, had permitted only pro-LTTE people in to the premises and prevented other participants from entering the building at the University of East London on March 22nd. According to Nesan Shankar Raji, Senior Leader of EROS, British member of Parliament Stephen Timms, who was present at the seminar saw the treatment meted out to the non-LTTE participants and left the seminar immediately. Members of Eelavar Democratic Front (EDF), R Jayadevan of the Tamil Democratic Congress and several people who had tried to be present were rudely told to go away. MP Stephen Timms was alarmed and shocked and immediately came outside the building to meet the people who were denied access to the event by the pro-LTTE organizers. This event had now exposed the treacherous activities going on under the pretext of fighting for peace.

Cruelty Suffered By People in LTTE Controlled Areas Revealed by Letters Sent to Asian Tribune

under LTTE rule are now coming to light as letters reach the Asian Tribune from those under the grip of a terrorist rule. Vanni – the land under the control of Velupillai Prabakaran, the reclusive leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is an open air prison. People living in Vanni areas of Killinochchi, Mullaithievu and a section of Mannar have with great difficulty managed to send out reports and harrowing details of their hardships and misery under the jackboots of the ruthless Tigers who have a complete hold over he people. Everyday, 'Asian Tribune' is receiving letters and information from Vanni about the hardship faced by the people and their lives spent under constant threats and intimidation. The people inform that they have no other place to report of their misery and hardship and hence to 'Asian Tribune.'

Queen of the Sinhala Cinema to pursue a new chapter in her life

By a Special Correspondent

Malani FonsekaIn an essentially self-centered world, rare is the person who takes time to dwell on the broader needs of a profession in terms of posterity. Malani Senehalatha Fonseka, dubbed ‘Queen of the Sinhala Cinema,’ who, during her recent tour in the U.S., spoke wistfully, yet with determination, of her dreams for the future of Sinhala cinema.Having risen to the zenith as an icon of Sinhala cinema, Malani feels her next role is to help produce quality, professional movie stars in Sri Lanka. As she celebrated forty years on the silver screen, among her fans and well-wishers in the U.S., Malani could not but help reflect upon the yawning gulf between what is available and what is needed to achieve professionalism in the Sri Lankan world of movies. And for Malani, what sticks out like a sore thumb is the need for an academy for professional drama and theater.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke – A Tribute

By Rohitha Bogollagama, M.P. - Minister of Foreign Affairs

Sir Arthur C ClarkeAs I started to pen these lines of tribute in memory of that visionary genius Sir Arthur C Clarke, who slipped away from our midst last week almost unobtrusively, my mind instinctively flashed back to the ceremony held on 16th December 2007, at the Central Bank Auditorium in Colombo, to mark his 90th birthday. It was in the fitness of things that the First Citizen of his adopted homeland, President Mahinda Rajapaksa was on hand to personally greet Sir Arthur and preside over that grand ceremony, befitting his stature and fame. President Rajapaksa decided that Sri Lanka should honor Sir Arthur for his monumental contribution to humanity in the fields of science and literature and his selfless service to our nation, in particular over the half a century he had made Sri Lanka his home.

Election Commissioner brings to the attention of relevant laws of the elections

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Elections Commissioner brings the attention of relevant sections on provisions mentioned in the constitution regarding the elections. According to the 13th amendment to the constitution, promotion or prevention of the selection of a candidate, a political party or an independent group is prohibited. The elections chief pointed out that the use of moveable and immovable properties belonging to the government or any other state institution for election activities is also prohibited. This ban is applicable to the time period of the forthcoming provincial council elections in the eastern province. This ban is valid till the date on which the election results are issued beginning from the 13th of this month.

Nedumaran to visit London to raise funds

By Walter Jayawardhana

India’s pro-Tamil Tiger leader Pazha Nedumaran is scheduled to visit London to be engaged in fund raising activities of the proscribed terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), sources close to Mari Amma Temple in Tooting London, said. “Nedumaran is scheduled to address a gathering at the LTTE owned temple, March 29, but his visa has yet to be cleared by the British authorities,” the sources further indicated. The temple authorities admitted he is scheduled to speak but said his arrival cannot be confirmed as his visa is yet to be issued.

Batticaloa Elections: Rejecting CFA, ISGA and P-TOMS

Dr Susantha Goonatilake

The Batticaloa District Local Government elections were a strong indicator that after nearly 35 years of the ethnic war, life was returning to normalcy to an area that had missed it. Given the right circumstances, the Batticaloa District and the Eastern Province in general should now progress rapidly. The region could become as the Western Province - having both high growth rates and multiculturalism.

UNP decides to contest Easter Provincial Council polls

The United National Party plans to contest the forthcoming Eastern Provincial Council Election. Media Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the UNP Working Committee yesterday unanimously approved the party's decision to contest the Eastern Provincial Council Election to be held on May 10. They also appointed a nomination board to coordinate the Eastern Provincial Council Election. The UNP’s Working Committee appointed the committee headed by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to prepare a list of candidates that would be fielded at the polls. The Committee also comprises of party Chairman Rukman Senanayake, General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, Joseph Michael Perera and legal experts Shibly Aziz and Daya Pelpola.

Peace deal with Madhesis

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Trouble has been erupting so frequently—often unexpectedly—in Nepal in recent months that the expression of joy and satisfaction after the signing of an eight-point agreement between the government and the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front on February 28 could well turn out to be a bit premature. The only thing that may perhaps prevent another relapse into a bout of unrest is the speed with which the Madhesi parties have rushed to meet the revised deadline for nominating candidates for the April 10 constituent assembly polls, which they had earlier decided to boycott.

Malani Senehalatha Fonseka

People Are With TMVP, We Will Win with ease - Azad Moulana

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal predicted that they will win 17 seats with ease, out of a total of 35 in the forthcoming elections for the East Provincial Council. Azad Moulana spokesperson for TMVP told 'Asian Tribune,' "The people in the East are with us. We are the voice of the newly liberated East and people trust us and they are confident that we will whole-heartedly work for them. That is why I say we will hands-down win 17 seats in the East Provincial Council Election." He added "TMVP will win all the 10 seats they contest in the Batticaloa district, 4 seats in Trincomalee and 3 seats in Amparai district.