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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2346

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Meher Baba

UPFA to launch house to house campaign in the provincial council elections

Susil PremajayanthaIn the forthcoming East Provincial Council election, United Peoples Freedom Alliance will win in the elections comfortably. As far as the Tamils are concerned it is expected that they will vote overwhelmingly for Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Education and General Secretary of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance was in Batticaloa yesterday to oversee the election campaign in the district. When "Asian Tribune" contacted him over the telephone, he was in his motorcar going back to Colombo. In an interview with "Asian Tribune" Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the situation in the Batticaloa district was peaceful. He said that TMVP would win 8 out of the nine seats they are contesting the Batticaloa district and revealed that in total, TMVP alone would win14 seats in the Provincial Council election in all three districts.

By making a maiden visit to the Temple of the Tooth, JVP rebels led by Weerawansa has shown their political way

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Most Venerable Malwatte Maha Nyaka Thero told a visiting delegation of parliamentarians of the rebel group of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) that it is appropriate for them to work closely with the country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa to eliminate terrorism from the country. "It is opportune for you to secure a ministerial portfolio and serve for the well being of the people, at a time when the President is engaged in the task of eliminating terrorism and simultaneously developing the country," said the most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala , Mahanayaka Thero of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya.

What is up between Murugan and Nalini – Rajiv Gandhi assassins?

MuruganMurugan for the second time in a row has refused to meet his wife Nalini on Saturday afternoon at the Vellore Central Prison. Earlier as exclusively reported in the Asian Tribune, Murugan refused to meet his wife on 05 April, after their disagreement over Nalini meeting Priyanka Vadra on 19 March in the Vellore Central Prisons. "Asian Tribune" reported that Murugan argued with his wife over the meeting with Nalini on 22 March. Normally the meeting lasts for 45 minutes, but Murugan cut it short and walked out. Subsequently, on two different occasions both unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide - Nalini on 13 April and Murugan on 17 April, but the prison authorities scoffed the reports simply as "rumors."

Selected SMEs gets free stalls at Kunming Trade Fair in China

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) as earlier years are organizing a Trade Delegation to participate in the Kunming Import and Export International Trade Fair that will be held Kunming Province, China from 06-10 June, 2008. This is one of the largest Trade Fairs in the work where more than 48 countries, including Australia, New Zealand , Papua New Guinea, South Asian countries, some European countries take part, exhibit and sell their products at Kunming Fair.

Australia grows even taller: The 2020 summit

By Raj Gonsalkorale

My worst nightmare is to wake up in 2020 and to realize that I had an opportunity to do something about Australia’s future in 2008, and I had not taken up that opportunity – Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia. Cynics may label the Australian 2020 summit as a Prime Ministerial publicity stunt or just a talkfest. And there are such cynics within the Australian media besides the Federal Opposition of the country who probably has nothing else to say about this event. What they do not realize or do not wish to acknowledge, is the fact that this event has lifted Australia a few more notches in the maturity scale in democratic and visionary governance even if the actual substance of the outcome may be subject to debate.

What is that the Tamil Tigers are fighting for? – WAPS poses question to Padayachie, Deputy Minister of South Africa

What is it that the Tamil Tigers are fighting to be liberated from for which they are killing moderate Tamil politicians along the way? World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka has posed this pertinent question. Furthermore WAPS pointed out to Mr. Radhakrishna Lutchmana Padayachie, Deputy Minister of Communications, Government of South Africa that the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka have just killed Jeyaraj Fernandopoulle, a Tamil Catholic, and Highways Minister and Chief Government Whip. WAPS has also asked “Why all these killings of their own people let alone the Sinhalese they killed including President Ranasinghe Premadasa?”

CCC Business Councils to foster bilateral trade

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) in its quest for promoting bilateral trade and investment has been instrumental in establishing several Business Councils during its history of 169 years. These councils form a vital link for the CCC in promoting trade, investment, joint ventures, tourism and services between Sri Lanka and the partner country. Business councils are set up by the Chamber in collaboration with either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Trade and they are serviced or sponsored by a leading counterpart chambers in the relevant countries so that they are recognized locally and internationally.

Pakistan: On-going deceitful tactics

The plot makers had attached high hopes in the elections. They wanted the future elected parliament to be a replica of its predecessor to play to the tunes of the president and USA so that the laid down US objectives in the region could be achieved. The US had also not ruled out the possibility of a political impasse as in 1971 so that it became easier for India to deliver the hammer by the close of 2008. Assassination of Benazir, defeat of PML-Q and unexpected impressive results achieved by PML-N together with development of complete understanding between the erstwhile foes PPP-PML N and Musharraf having become unpopular upset their future plans.

What is meditation? Why should we meditate..?

Meher BabaBy *Meher Baba - Syndicate Features

Meditation may be described as the path which the individual cuts for himself while trying to get beyond the limitations of the mind. Meditation has often been misunderstood as a mechanical process of forcing the mind upon some idea or object. Most people naturally have an aversion to meditation because they experience great difficulty in attempting to coerce the mind in a particular direction, or to pin it down to one particular thing. Any purely mechanical handling of the mind is not only irksome but is bound ultimately to be unsuccessful.

Susil Premajayantha

Murugan

Karunanidhi, Vaiko want India to become "peace facilitator" in Lanka amidst concerns over 'peace perfidy vs peace dividend'

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

Sri Lanka's ethnic issue is going to dominate the political discourse in Tamil Nadu once again. Interestingly, this new phase comes at a time when the Rajapakse government has mounted a campaign to woo Indian tourists to the island, projecting the ‘Ramayana’ related sites as the biggest attraction. Major Indian TV channels like Aaj Tak and Zee have been showing interview and research based programmes on Sri Lanka's ‘Ramayana’ angle. The Indian tourism trade is quick to pick up the refrain and is targeting the government officials availing leave travel concession facility and newly married on their honeymoon. Low air fares offered by Sri Lankan airways from Trivandrum and Cochin to Colombo have become an added attraction.


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