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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2829

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Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana

Iranian President’s South Asia Tour: United States Places ‘Conditions’

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Mahmoud AhmadinejadWhen the issue came up at the daily press briefing at the U.S. State Department on Monday, 21 April regarding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to South Asia end of this month which includes India and Sri Lanka the Department spokesperson Tom Casey declared that the United States believes that “it’s up to every country to determine for itself how it’s going to organize its bilateral relations (with Iran), and it’s up to them to determine how best to manage them.”

Sri Lanka Army unequivocally rejects baseless allegations that they killed Rev. Fr. Karunaratnam

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Army said in a special communique issued that it unreservedly denies and condemns the “attempt of the Liberation tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to blame the army for the assassination” of a Catholic priest in the control area of the rebel terrorist group. “The Army categorically and unreservedly ridicules LTTE's blatant attempts to discredit and blame its troops for Sunday (20) afternoon murder of the Rev Fr M.X. Karunaratnam when he was on Mallavi-Vavunikulam road in un-cleared areas, about 50 kms to the north of Wanni in Mullaithivu district,” the communique said.

Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana denies meeting LTTErs in London

Dr. Jayalath Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana, one of the leading UNP leader says that he was on a private tour to London and there he was met with both by his Sinhala as well as Tamil friends, who are Sri Lankans. He further writes in a statement released to 'Asian Tribune' that he has given interviews to several media institutions including the BBC World Service. According to his statement to 'Asian Tribune,' “There has been a malicious attempt to label me as a LTTE spy and a link between the UNP and the LTTE since 1994, but all these attempts have failed." He further stated, “I don’t associate with people according to their ethnicity or religion.”

Vaiko meets Pranab; says Colombo too must declare ceasefire

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

V Gopalasamy, Vaiko to his MDMK followers, and a pro-LTTE Tamil Nadu leader, met the Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee here on Monday to make out a strong case for ceasefire by Colombo as well. He told Pranab Mukherjee, the number 2 in the Manmohan Singh government and a trusted aide of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that India should pressurize Sri Lanka to declare a ceasefire and ensure food supplies to the 'suffering' Tamils there. "It is for Colombo to declare a ceasefire as the LTTE had announced unilateral truce for 30 days and extended it by another 30 days", he told reporters after meeting Mukherjee.

Millions of Children Falling Through the Cracks

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

A significant proportion of the world's 2.2 billion children, many of whom are victims of violence, sexual abuse, labor exploitation and preventable diseases, are from the crisis-plagued African continent. As the United Nations points out, too many of the world's children, largely African, have been "bought and sold, exploited and abused, harmed and orphaned." Of the 11 countries where 20 percent or more of children die before the age of five, 10 are in Africa: Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger and Sierra Leone. The only non-African country on that list is Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka: Political parties plan to hold May Day rallies in several locations

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

Major political parties excluding UNP will organize May Day rallies in various locations in Sri Lanka. Speaking to "Asian Tribune" General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake said that their party has decided to refrain from holding rallies or processions on May Day, in view of the prevailing security situation in the country. Accordingly, the UNP has cancelled its public events planned in Kurunegala, instead, it will hold religious observances at Kelaniya Raja Maha Temple on May 01st. According to our sources, the United National Freedom Alliance will hold their May Day at Dehiattakandiya and the JVP plans to organize its rally in Colombo.

Karachi’s Curse!

By Adnan Gill

Karachi is the financial heart of Pakistan that generates about 65% of revenue mainly through taxes, customs and surcharges. It's world's twentieth largest metropolitan spread over 3,530 km². It hosts a whopping 12.5 million of humanity consisting of a rainbow of ethnicities. Karachi’s racial distribution is: Urdu/Mohajirs 48.52%; Punjabi 13.94%; Sindhi 7.22%; Pashto 11.42%; Balochi 4.34%; Saraiki 2.11%; others: 12.4%. Ideally, ethnic diversity generates ingenuity and creativity that translates into positive progress, like in the case of the United States. However to Karachi’s misfortune, racial diversity has only brought it a never ending curse. But the fault doesn't lay with the Karachiites, who happen to be the victims; rather it’s the politicians with their vested interests who should be blamed for its volatile curse.

Killing of Rev Fr. Karunaratnam – mystery deepens

Latest reports from Vanni revealed that Father M. X. Karunaratnam, the Chairman of the NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR), was a victim to the claymore mine, laid by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Reports further revealed that with the view to counter any sudden thrust by the Sri Lankan armed forces, LTTE has mined the entire Vanni region and due to human error their cadres detonates them at times, which used to cause the death of civilians as well as notable LTTE dignitaries.

Distribution of poll cards for the Eastern Provincial Council has begun from yesterday

Sunil C.Perera and Chitralal Jayasingha in Colombo

The distribution of official poll cards of the eastern provincial council elections has begun from yesterday. The cards will be distributed by post until 2nd of next month. If anyone does not receive the poll card, the person will be able to collect it from the relevant post office by proving the identity. Casting postal votes of the election will commence on 28th and 29th of this month. Meanwhile, the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance says they will intensify its propaganda campaign for the Eastern Provincial Council Election from yesterday . Public rallies have been organized in the districts of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara.

Democracy weeps in Nandigram

"The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) must take immediate cognizance of the violations in Nandigram and recommend stringent penal action against all those involved, including instituting an inquiry into the involvement of the CPI (M) leadership and cadres in the planning/abetment/execution of the crimes committed" demanded firebrand activist and leader of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) Medha Patkar. "The National Commission for Women must immediately constitute a fact-finding delegation that must visit Nandigram and submit its Report to the NHRC and also direct immediate payment of compensation to all the women raped and all others injured" further stressed Patkar.

Ceylon Cold Stores lauded for efforts to nurture locally vanilla industry

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Kandy Vanilla Growers’ Association (KVGA) recently felicitated Ceylon Cold Stores at it 08th anniversary celebrations, in recognition of its efforts to nurture and promote Sri Lanka’s vanilla industry. Present on the occasion were, President of Ceylon Cold Stores Ltd Jith Goonarathna, Vice President of Ceylon Cold Stores Ltd Neil Samarasinghe and several other officials from the KVGA.

Origin of Muslims in India

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

We have one of the oldest and India's first masjid called the Cheraman Jama Masjid exists at Kodungaloor in Kerala. As inscribed on the masjid's stone-plate, (where this writer has been after the historic Tsunami in 2004), it was built about 1400 years ago in 9 Hijra or 629 CE). Kodungaloor was the capital of the kings of Kerala, and in 622-628 CE (Hijra 2 to 9) the ruler was a great savant, by the name of Cheraman Perumal Bhaskara Ravi Varma. In those days, the seniormost of the rulers of Kerala was called as Cheraman Perumal.

OK Tata - and Horn Please!

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

India must surely be at the very top in the world in contributing to noise pollution arising out of excessive honking. This dubious position of the country is under no threat even though the Mumbai traffic police, after observing April 7 as ‘No Honking Day’, is reportedly planning to make that a ‘permanent’ campaign in the hope that the drivers learn to be more considerate. That there was hardly any noticeable difference in ‘horn pollution’ on April 7 despite the police imposing fines on 6295 drivers in the city on that day, is a different thing.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

JVP denies any attack on Wimal Weerawansa faction

By a Special Correspondent in Colombo

Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna said today that no JVP members or party supporters were involved in the recent attacks on the party dissidents. The JVP said the publicity given to the alleged attacks is a combined attempt to discredit the JVP's image. It said it is suspicious that there is a conspiracy behind this attempt and alleged that vested interest groups wanted to suppress the JVP activities. The JVP urges the Inspector General Police to take stern actions against the culprits and bring them before the court.