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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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Address by Sri Lanka Foreign Minister

LTTE money collecting agents on the prowl in London

Money collecting agents representing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in London, a proscribed Terrorist organization in the United Kingdom are once again on the prowl targeting defenseless Sri Lankan Tamil business proprietors across London demanding money to replenish their depleting war chest in order to fund their Eelam War crusade against the Sri Lankan state and armed forces. Several Sri Lankan Tamil businesses in areas of North and East London have been targeted by LTTE's agents in recent times demanding sums of up to £2,000 onwards, an amount vulnerable Sri Lankan Tamil business owners, can ill afford to cough up. Sri Lankan Tamil businessman who own convenience stores in the areas of Wembley, Harrow, Ilford, East Ham, Manor Park and other suburban areas across London have been the victims of continued intimidation, death threats and harassment from agents acting on behalf of the LTTE.

Last journey of Minister Fernandopulle

The burial of the late Highways and Road Development Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle took place amidst a large gathering at the Welihena Roman Catholic Church burial grounds in Kochchikade today at 4.30 p.m. Full State honours were accorded to the late Minister to whom family and friends bade the last farewell as he was laid to rest. The public were allowed to pay their respects until 12.00 noon. The large turnout and the deep feelings of sorrow expressed were evidence of the Minister's services to his constituents. After the religious rites the body was taken to the Fernandopulle playground, Welihena at 1.00pm. The body lay there until 4.30 pm for funeral orations. Thereafter, the body was taken to the church grounds for burial. The coffin was carried by Mr. Fernandopulle's Parliamentary colleagues.

Strong Bilateral Relations between Egypt and Sri Lanka Cemented by Foreign Minister' Bogollagama's Visit to Cairo

In the frame of the strong and friendly relations binding Egypt and Sri Lanka and the commitment of the two parties to progress with their bilateral relations in various fields, Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt met in Cairo with Mr. Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The two Ministers confirmed during their meeting the importance of developing their bilateral relations, on the governmental and private sector levels, and taking it to new horizons, building on the strong momentum created by the excellent historical and political relations they maintain.

China to stand by Sri Lanka in its efforts to counter terrorism

President Mahinda Rajapaksa with President Hu Jin TaoPresident Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China assured Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that China will stand by Sri Lanka in its efforts to counter terrorism. This assurance was given when the two Presidents met at Yalong Bay Resort in the Hainan Province of China today. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in China to attend the Annual Conference of the Boa Forum for Asia. This was the second meeting between the two leaders in 14 months, and is indicative of the strengthened links between the two countries, and the rapid emergence of China as one of the key development partners of Sri Lanka.

U.N. Jolted by Attacks on Peacekeepers in Haiti

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations may be heading for trouble in Haiti, where a demonstration against rising food prices turned into an attack against U.N. peacekeepers and the local offices of the world body. Hedi Annabi, head of the U.N. Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), hurriedly left New York Wednesday heading to the politically-troubled Caribbean nation, where more than 7,000 U.N. troops have been deployed since June 2004. Annabi was in New York to address the Security Council Tuesday where he warned of a "political dimension" to the current unrest in Haiti.

Blood of The Martyrs Became the Seed of Democracy: TMVP's Leader Pillaiyan Remembers Massacre of 175 Cadres by the LTTE

PillaiyanThe martyrdom of the 175 of our carders on 10 April 2004 and the subsequent deaths of 600 of our valiant cadres were the seeds of democracy, they paid the way for the liberation of the East from the butchers of Wanni led by the psychopath Velupillai Prabhakaran. In order to sustain out gains we need to follow democracy to the hilt, said Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan, who was the chief speaker at a meeting held yesterday at Kathiraveli Mahavidyalayam, Vaharai. Pillaiyan participated in the 4th anniversary of the Remembrance Day meeting of the Good Friday massacre of TMVP cadres by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. On Friday April 2004, at Vaharai, nearly 175 TMVP cadres were ruthlessly killed and dozens of women carders were raped and mercilessly slaughtered by the ruthless Wanni Gang of Prabhakaran.

Sanje Sedera: First Sri Lankan to Run For Political Office in United States

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Sanje SederaThe Asian community in the State of Nevada in general and the growing number of Sri Lankans living in the US capital of the hospitality industry Las Vegas in Nevada in particular were delighted when youthful Daraka Sanjeewa Sedera launched his political campaign in early April to enter the Nevada State Legislature whose election is schedule for November this year. The larger picture is even more striking: In the history of the democratic process, Sanje Sedera became the first ever Sri Lankan to enter into a race for high political office in the United States. And, he is the first South Asian to contest for a major political office in the State of Nevada.

Harry Gunathilaka passed away

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Harry GunathilakaFormer Air force commander Harry Gunathilaka passed away this morning. He was father of present Air Force Commander. He served as the fifth commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force from November 1976 to, passed away peacefully this morning at his home at the age of 79.

Jayantha Wijesekara MP, remanded on charges of high jacking vehicles of dissident JVP parliamentarians

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

JVP parliamentarian Jayantha Wijesekara who surrendered to the police in connection with hijacking vehicles of dissident JVP MPs has been remanded till 17th of this month. On Thursday night the Police recovered robbed vehicles of three JVP parliamentarians. Those Vechiles were parked in the JVP head office in Colombo. Another vehicle was found at Chilaw. These vehicles belonging to three JVP parliamentarians, who are backing Wimal Weerawansa, and had been forcibly taken away by unidentified groups.

Terrorists have taken leave of politics: Minister Bogollagma's Erudite Policy Speech in Cairo Well Received

Minister Rohitha Bogollagama’s major policy speech delivered to Asian Study Center in Cairo received over whelming acceptance. It was considered erudite and convincing by most observers. He stated that Sri Lanka is faced with a terrorist group which engages in the indiscriminate slaughter of innocents and is not interested in the subtleties of diplomacy or in compromise solutions to political questions. As Hannah Arendt argues in her book Armed struggles “ terrorists have taken leave of politics”. They have embraced what she calls the “instrumentalities of violence rather than the complexities of generating political power, to struggle for doable social and political change." He added that democracy is taking root in the East which was the hotbed of LTTE terrorist machinations. It had been freed and now ready to government itself.

Tourism Commissioner commences functioning

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Appointment of a Commissioner for Tourism Administration is a major project ministry of Tourism has undertaken and as the the Commissioner, the Appeal Court Judge L K Wimalachandra has been appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Chief Justice and commenced functioning since 3rd April. Aggrieved parties can now complain to the Commissioner for redress.

EDB and BTI plans SL's first boat show

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Local legislator Prof.G.L.Peiris says Sri Lanka has best opportunities in the boat manufacturing sector due to the high skilled and cheap labor. He said the country has a great opportunity to be the centre for boat building in the region of South East Asia. Addressing a media briefing held in Colombo he said the proposed Sri Lanka's first ever ‘Boat Show 2008’, which is planned to be held on 8th-10th June 2008 at BMICH will boost this sector and attract foreign buyers and the investors.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Mr.Hu Jin Tao


Sanje Sedera

Harry Gunathilaka

New Beginnings

By Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed - Syndicate Features

Now, with the process of transition to civilian rule complete, the question many of us have in mind is: have we finally crossed the threshold from convoluted paternalistic military rule to a genuinely responsible democratic government? It is too early to say anything with certainty, because this is not the first time that civilian rule and democracy have been restored after a long spell of military and quasi-military rule, only to be supplanted by another military takeover. The fact that Pakistan lacks strong democratic institutions suggests that a repetition of that vicious circle cannot be discounted. There are, however, some grounds for optimism.