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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Sri Lanka President in China to participate in the BOAO Conference

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in China President Mahinda Rajapaksa who arrived at Sanya Phoenix International Airport yesterday morning was received by Mr. Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister of China, Mr. Jiang Sixian, Vice Governor of Hainan Province, Mr. Dabo Ye, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Mr. K. Amunugama, Sri Lankan Ambassador to China. Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in China to participate in the BOAO Forum Annual Conference to be held in Hainan from April 11 to 13. At the airport, President Rajapaksa was given guard of honor by the Chinese Combined Armed Services and was also received by a large number of flag and flower waving Chinese youth.

Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle’s Death Cast a Shadow on Catholic Bishops’ Loyalty to Sri Lanka

By Keith Amarasiri in Long Beach

Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle’s untimely death has convinced many Christians living outside Sri Lanka that LTTE has no respect for religion and religious places. They are also completely baffled by the nonchalant attitude of the Catholic Bishop Conference in Sri Lanka on LTTE’s guile masquerading as defenders of the sacred Madhu premises. I read the Asian Tribune reader from LA, Stephen Long’s article yesterday posing the question why the spiritual leadership of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka got duped by the LTTE to push through their evil designs. Many others I know have voiced their disbelief at the inaction of the Sri Lankan Catholic Bishop Conference. Their neutrality in the midst of an openly treacherous path taken by the LTTE is completely inexplicable.

A new thinking cap needed to break Wanni-Colombo logjam

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune, New Delhi

Two developments in the Sri Lankan theatre need to make Delhi and other world capitals, particularly Washington and London, sit up and end the dichotomy that has characterised their reaction to and relations with Colombo. Firstly, senior Lanka Minister Jeyraj Fernandopulle, the only Roman Catholic in the Rajapakse government was assassinated just outside Colombo. His religion had lost relevance for the LTTE as he facilitated the Pillayan Group’s entry into mainstream politics. Otherwise they would not have eliminated him so soon after the Madhu church episode exposed the clergy for yet another time to the criticism that the Church in Tamil belt remains sympathetic towards the Tigers.

What has Prabhakaran Achieved by his Ruthless Killings: From Mayor Alfred Duraiyappah to Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle?

By K T Rajasingham

Question is being asked what has the aging recluse, Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has achieved by killing the dissident Tamil leaders from Mayor Alfred Duraiyappah to Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. Is he closer to his goal of creating a separate state of Tamil Eelam by these killings? Has he ushered in a rose garden with make milk and honey flowing on to the plates of the Tamils in the North and East? Has he managed to bring about peace and stability to the Tamil areas? Has he brought solace into Tamils home. At least has he stopped abducting the children of the Tamil fathers and mothers? Has he stopped deaths of his cadres which have so far exceeded 20,000 Tamil youths, by his own admission? Has he managed to stop the destruction of the Tamil areas? In fact what he has achieved? Somebody has to come up with an answer.

Sri Lanka-Egypt Bilateral Trade Chamber Council will Foster Increased Trade and Tourism, Foreign Minister Bogollagama

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama discussed with Rashid Mohammed Rashid, Minister of Trade and Industry, issues related to the expansion of trade and investment between the two countries. The highlight of Minister's visit to Egypt was the signing of an MOU relating to tourism and agreement concluded between the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which facilitated the establishment of an Egypt- Sri Lanka Bilateral Chamber Council. The Minister remarked that the Agreement would pave the way for increased ties between the private sectors of the two countries.

Will Societies Bend, or Snap in the Storm?

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A new risk-analysis of the negative consequences of climate change warns of potential "devastation and violence (worldwide) jeopardizing national and international security to a new degree." The threats to international security and stability, says the study, could be triggered by a possible increase in the number of weak and fragile states, directly resulting from global warming. The report, titled "Climate Change as a Security Risk" and released by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), identifies several areas with "potential for political crisis and migratory pressure".

USAID-led Project Opens Playground in Habaraduwa Beach

considerable loss of life, injury and destruction of public and private property. Included in the damage was the loss of many protected and safe areas for children to play in, which has added an obstacle to their emotional and physical recovery. The Playgrounds Project, which began in the summer of 2005, is a two-and-a-half-year joint initiative aiming to build 88 quality playgrounds for tsunami-affected children, thereby promoting their physical and emotional recovery and developmental growth.

Violence rise in Nepal ahead of the Election

Jimmy Carter in NepalWhen the long awaited election of Nepal, believed to be an end- of an- era of the Royal Family of the Himalayan kingdom, scheduled for today - 10th April, and election related violence has erupted in several district. It is reported on Monday, the last day of campaigning, two bombs exploded in two key cities wounding at least 13 people. In another incident, motorcyclist threw a bomb near the site of an election rally in Katmandu. The protesters were defying a curfew imposed in the area following the killing on Tuesday. The slain candidate, Rishi Prasad Sharma, was a candidate of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), a political party that rivals the Maoists.

Four LTTE suspects arrested with large haul of plastics explosives in Kandy

By Walter Jayawardhana

Three days after the killing of the senior government Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber, the Police have discovered a large haul of plastic explosives in the Kandy District ,and arrested four people in connection with the find , police said. A police officer in the investigations said that, "probably these explosives are meant for another suicide attack" in the Kandy area. Kandy is a city, where many VIP’s travel often from Colombo for varied purposes and is the hill capital of the country, where the famous Temple of the Tooth is located.

Sri Lanka's Premier Mass Communication Technology Conference

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s premier mass communication technology conference and exhibition – Broadcast Sri Lanka 2008 is scheduled to be held on 12th and 13th June at the BMICH where critical issues of national importance will be addressed for the first time and will be held in conjunction with the Sumathi Awards 2008. To announce the modalities of the exhibition and other matters involved with such issues like migrating from Analogue to Digital Television a Press Conference was held last week at Sumathi Court Bambalapitiya with Dr D B Nihalsingha and Thilanga Sumathipala among others.

Will Kashmiri Hindu Pandits Ever Return To Their Homeland

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s call for the return of the Kashmiri Hindu Pandits to their ancestral abode is ludicrous. The community has almost been exterminated from the Elysian valley, through the planned process of ethnic cleansing, sporadically, especially since independence, when India became a secular and democratic nation. Over five lakh Kashmiri Hindus live like refugees in their own country. Now their number might have proportionately increased during 18 years of their "exile." They were forced to flee like pigeons from their home and hearth at the point of gun, when Pakistan-sponsored terrorism erupted during 1989-90.

President Rajapaksa on arrival in China


United States Welcomes Release of Children by TMVP

The United States welcomes the release on April 7 of eleven children by the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP). In a statement released by the US embassy in Colombo has said “We commend the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka, UNICEF, and other parties to bring about this release and their commitment to providing counseling, rehabilitation, and training that will enable former child soldiers to become productive members of society. US Embassy statement further adds: As the Government of Sri Lanka and the people of the Eastern Province work to bring stability to the East by expanding economic opportunities, strengthening the rule of law, and ending violence, this initial release of children is a positive development.