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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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Nedumaran castigated France of double standard

Pala Nedumaran, an Indian National and a pro-LTTE campaigner in his address yesterday in Paris castigated France for its double standard and said it is the duty of France to assist the Tamils in Sri Lanka in setting up a separate country. Nedumaran, it was reported that he admonished France for being tough and for arresting leading members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and keeping them under custody since 01 April 2007. The meeting was held at La Palinne Saint Denis, Paris yesterday at 4 PM at the LSC Hall, in remembrance of Poobathy Kanapathipillai – a strong LTTE supporter, who fasted from Mahmangam Pillayar temple, in Batticaloa to death on 19 April 1988, demanding the Indian government to stop war against the Tamil separatist outfit Liberation Tigers - spewing anti-Indian sentiments.

Pushva Vrushti at Shridi on eve of Ramnavami

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

Saibaba Temple On the eve of Ramnavami, a day observed as the birth day of Saibaba, his abode, Shirdi, wore a festive look with the entire township decorated with floors and buntings. Flowers were showered on the Saibaba temple by helicopter. The OSS Aviation company of Bhopal undertook the flower shower to the thrill of thousands of devotees who have arrived from all over the country and abroad. According to the PRO of the Sai Sansthan, Sahebrao Dawange, aerial showering of flowers is not new at Shirdi but this year it was on a much larger scale.

United Socialist Party (Sri Lanka) in alliance with UK's Socialist Workers Party (SWP) holds anti-government meeting in London

The United Socialist Party (Sri Lanka) held a meeting in London on 12th April 2008 in alliance with the UK's Socialist Workers Party (SWP). The meeting was held at the London Tamil Sangam in the East Ham area of East London on the theme of "Stop the War in Sri Lanka", a campaign which is being orchestrated and backed by both political parties. The chief speaker was Mr Srinath Perera representing the United Socialist Party (Sri Lanka) who had recently arrived from Sri Lanka with Professor Tissa Vitharana's delegation. Mr Perera's speech was highly critical of the Government of Sri Lanka and the armed forces.

Machiavelli Mahinda

By Geoffrey Evarts

Just before the last Presidential election, a story doing the rounds was that an influential section of the senior SLFP leadership (led by then President Chandrika Kumaratunge) was strongly against then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse joining hands with the JVP because the fear that the JVP will eat into the traditional SLFP grassroots vote base over the long term. The story went that the JVP leadership themselves foresaw this same probability and gleefully rubbed their hands at the tasty prospect of expanding their vote base and eroding the SLFP vote base – one reason among several other advantages of supporting Mahinda Rajapakse’s Presidential candidacy.

Agribusiness Fair 2008

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Though Sri Lanka is a predominantly agricultural country, in this sphere there are certain areas that need fine tuning and even the Government is striving to push agriculture into its rightful place with its “Api Vavamu” (Let Us Grow) programme. Major portion or almost the entirety of agricultural sector is occupied by Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME). The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) which is primarily concerned about the SME Sector, to boost the SME sector in agriculture in particular and agriculture as a whole in general, organizes for the first time the “International Agri-Business Fair 2008 to be held at the BMICH.

Kolkata Police Side with China, Stop Tibetan Rally

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

While Tibetans have captured the sympathy of most peoples around the world, the communist rulers of West Bengal, India, remain an exception. In a late night call to the Tibetan Solidarity Committee on Wednesday, police in Kolkata abruptly withdrew permission for Tibetans to hold a peaceful rally in the West Bengal capital. The rally was scheduled for the next day, April 10, 2007, and had drawn hundreds of sympathizers from all over India’s northeast.

The JVP’s (Internal) War

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

In a week marred by the barbaric Tiger attack in Weliweriya and enlivened by the melodramatic split in the JVP, the revelation that 50.7% of the Lankan people are undernourished barely made a stir. The Rajapakse administration exulted over the rising per capita income levels but failed to comprehend that a juxtaposition of the two indicators hints at a country caught in a process of rapid socio-economic polarisation. The JVP was too immersed in its implosion to pay attention to mere statistics while the UNP seemed uninterested in this profoundly disturbing omen of a calamity in the making, the consequences of which can far surpass the Eelam War in their intensity and longevity.

Investigation of assault and sexual harrasement suspected to be influenced

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Investigation of assault and sexual harassment of a mother of two children by the police and the medical officer was allegedly to have been influenced by a person employed at the Kataragama Divisional Secretariat. The victim is a mother of two children aged 14 and 1 ½ years and her husband employed in the Housing Authority, working in Ampari was away from home when the incident took place. The victim woman was forced into a room of her house, pushed into a bed and torn off her clothes to force sexual assault, but her cries made neighbors to rush to rescue her.

Give life bag back to the abrogated ceasefire agreement begs, Vaiko when he met Eric Solheim

By Walter Jayawardhana

India’s maverick politician Vaiko has begged of Norway’s most controversial peace negotiator and International Development Minister Eric Solheim who has been charged by non-tiger Tamil groups as a pro-LTTE man, to give life to a dead cease fire agreement that has been violated thousands of times by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) itself. LTTE news sources revealed that the two controversial men met recently at Oslo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vaiko requested Solheim to help revive the Norway brokered abrogated Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) signed between Ranil Wickramasinghe government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Congress in the bend

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

While the comrades continue to ride two horses—threatening the life of the Congress-led UPA coalition that they support from outside but working to float yet another utopian ‘non-Congress and non-BJP’ front---the Congress party does not want to let the Left spring a surprise and has begun preparations for the next parliamentary polls. A clear indication came when coming close on the heels of the Rs 60,000 crore loan waiver aimed at benefiting 30 million small farmers the recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission that will give a 40 percent pay hike to four million central government employees and cost the exchequer over Rs 12.5 crore were made public.

Chandrakanthan Sivanesathurai

Pillaiyan unveils plans for Eastern youth, asserts TMVP has no child soldiers

Chandrakanthan SivanesathuraiThe sartorial change has come quite easily to the former guerrilla. But the agenda of Chandrakanthan Sivanesathurai alias Pillaiyan, leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, for the Eastern Province takes the breath out of conventional politicians. Unemployment is the scourge of the region, he says. There is no magic wand to remove the joblessness in one day but a sincere and determined effort is what he promises for quick results. Mine is not a conventional approach, Pillaiyan declares at the very outset. "My plan is a multi-layered approach. Its basic goal is making life meaningful for the girls and boys of the East".In a freewheeling interview with "Asian Tribune," the youthful Pillaiyan brushed aside, the charge by UNICEF, Human Rights Groups and even the US state department that his outfit had abducted children and drafted them for its military campaign.