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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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British Tamil Forum launches boycott campaign of Sri Lanka Airlines

News reaching 'AsianTribune' from anti-LTTE circles in the UK reveals that agents of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) otherwise known as the British Tamil Forum (BTF) are pressurizing Sri Lankan Tamil proprietors of Travel agencies in the UK into selling alternative flight tickets to their clients instead of selling air tickets of Sri Lankan Airlines t their clients which are equally c

Concerns emphasized on the relocation of Virgin Mary statute back to the Madhu Church

Dr. Keheliya Rambukkawella Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukkawella speaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ said, "We are concerned about the Madhu Church and the statute of the Virgin Mary. Very much concerned about it. We think it is the Bishop of Mannar who is responsible and answerable to the community there. We are also making all arrangements by talking to the relevant authorities." Earlier it was reported that Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy met with the officials in the Vatican and made representation about the Madhu Church and appealed to them to prevail on the Bishop of Mannar to reinstall the Virgin Mary’s statute in the original place in the Madhu Church.

Political Icon: Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan

By Dayani Panagoda

PillaiyanFor more than three decades we are aware of the child soldiers; we criticized the recruitments, commented on the need for rehabilitation and also were worried about their adulthood. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to do much for these children. None of them joined the armed groups on their own; they were abducted from their families and forced to become child soldiers. any of them had been forced to commit atrocities against their own families and communities.

LTTE’s Euro TV moves to Israel after blockade by France and Italy

The Tamil Tigers started test transmissions of its Euro television channel from Israel using the RR Sat of Tel Aviv for uplink facility. This move came after its earlier attempts to revive the Euro TV from Italy and France failed due to timely action taken by Sri Lankan embassies in Rome and Paris respectively. It is apparent that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a proscribed organization in the European Union and the United States had used a front organization to mislead the Israeli authorities. Diplomatic sources expressed confidence that Israel would not have granted uplink facility to the Euro TV if they had known that it was the television channel of the LTTE which is banned in United States, the powerful ally of Tel Aviv.

TN has become safe haven for militants

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

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has come down heavily on the successor DMK regime saying that there is a free run of militants in the state. Her focus was limited to Naxalites though there are reports that the LTTE also has become active once again in Tamil Nadu. "The state has become a safe haven for militants", she said in a statement issued in Chennai from her fortress like Poes Garden residence, and pointed to the killing of a Naxalite leader N. Naveen alias Prasad in Kodaikanal to supporter her contention. "Karunanidhi government is not taking the issue seriously", Jayalalithaa criticised.

London Mayor Ken Livingston collaborating with terrorists groups including LTTE, charges The Evening Standard

By Walter Jayawardhana

The city of London’s provincial newspaper, "The Evening Standard" which is exposing in a series of news items the sitting mayor of London Ken Livingston as a friend of varied terrorist organizations on Tuesday depicted him as a friend of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a terrorist group. “Livingstone has addressed a meeting co-organised by a "front" for a banned terror organization - even though he had been warned at the highest diplomatic levels about the group's alleged terrorist links. The Mayor sought backing from the British Tamil Forum at the meeting in Harrow on Saturday, according to its spokesman”, the newspaper said in a lead story in one of its inner pages with a photo of Prabhakaran.

Clinton Wins Pennsylvania: Vows to Continue All the Way

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for Asian Tribune

Hillary ClintonSenator Hillary Clinton won Pennsylvania and vowed never to quit the race. The eight percent margin of victory meant that the fight will go all the way through Indiana, N. Carolina, Kentucky, Montana, Oregon, Guam and Puerto Rico. After a hiatus of six weeks, the voters had a real glimpse of the intense battle going on between two stalwarts. Obama had outspent Clinton three to one and dominated TV and radio advertising. Like two prized boxers going at each other toe to toe, Clinton and Obama criss-crossed the state several times during the past six weeks.

Sri Lanka: Democracy vs. Terrorism - A negotiated settlement to the conflict?

By Bernard Goonetilleke - Sri Lanka Ambassador in the U.S.

Bernard GoonetillekeAs far as the western world is concerned, the history of democracy begins during the times of ancient Greeks and Romans. However, coming as I do from the east, we are aware that a form of democracy existed in ancient India, long before Athenians even began to practice democracy. The system of governance in ancient Sri Lanka also goes back several centuries before the Christian era, and many of you may be aware, that the history and culture of our island is intertwined with India’s. That being the case, it is safe to assume, that some form of participatory democracy existed in ancient Sri Lanka as well.

Daya Group of Companies bombed-Two injured

By a special corr. in Colombo

Two people were injured following a grenade explosion in Daya Group, Pepiliyana, Borelasgamuwa last night. Police said that according to eyewitnesses. unidentified men riding a motorbike lobbed the grenade and fled. Owner of the Daya Group, Mr.Daya Gamage is contesting the Esatern Province Election as a UNP candidate. Mr Gamage has requested the Inspector General of Police to increase his security after this attack.

Government rejects the final report of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons

Sunil C.Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe say that the Government rejects the final report of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons. He said the group was appointed to monitor the activities of the special Presidential Commission. Speaking at a press briefing at his ministry this afternoon the Minister emphasized that most of the statements of the IIGEP are false. He noted that the group always released its report targeting a meeting of the International Human Rights Council.

Maoist recorded landslide victory in Nepal

By Leel Pathirana

Counting ended in the Nepal’s election yesterday and recorded a landslide victory to the Maoists in Nepal ending the last chapter of Royal Family. The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) won 120 of the 240 directly elected seats in the 601-member parliament, according to the Election Commission. The results were unexpected for many including the Nepal Communist Party (Maoist). The Maoists party enjoyed a landslide victory with 120 seats in their name, whereas the leading parties like the Nepali Congress and the Unified Marxist-Leninist received only 35 and 32 seats respectively, only to be on the second and third position.

Senior U.S. State Department Official Visits Sri Lanka April 20-22

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Don Camp visited Colombo April 20-22 as part of the U.S. Government’s regular, ongoing consultations with the Sri Lankan Government. During his visit, Mr. Camp met with senior Government of Sri Lanka officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, and Secretary to the Ministry of Justice Suhada Gamalath. He also met with leading political figures, civil society leaders, and business representatives.

Dr. Keheliya Rambukkawella


Hillary Clinton

Bernard Goonetilleke

G7 to Boost Private Sector Further

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

Finance ministers and central bankers from G7 rich nations, comprising the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, met on 11 April to bless proposals for tightening scrutiny of global banking practices and to press the private sector to step up its efforts to settle financial markets. Recent economic crisis in USA and else-where has sent a danger signal to the Western strong economic world about a possible long-term financial turmoil. Group of Seven finance chiefs reviewed a hefty set of recommendations from a blue-ribbon study group, the Financial Stability Forum (FSF), for calming the markets’ crisis that has rippled across the globe since last summer and may eventually cost as much as $1 trillion in losses.

I am No LTTE member. All I do for the Tamils is perfectly open and legal – Ivan Pedropillai

In a letter addressed to The Editor, ‘Asian Tribune,’ Mr. Ivan Pedropillai, of Surrey, London, writes that he is not a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He writes, "Therefore, I cannot possibly be a senior figure of the LTTE as claimed. I am not a fundraiser for the LTTE and have not contributed a single penny to them since it was outlawed some 5 years ago." He further states, "I am involved in absolutely permissible democratic political activity in this country, where the law does not take away our rights to aspire for freedom and democracy for the oppressed Tamils of Eelam. All that I do for the Tamils is perfectly open and legal."