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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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Sri Lankan Ambasador Ravinatha Aryasingha Urges Europe to Stay Firm with Anti Terrorism Action

In his interactions with Members of European Parliament (MEPs), Sri Lankan Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha , appreciated the action taken by the EU to proscribe the LTTE as a terrorist organization in 2006. He stated that it was imperative that all EU Member States also proceeded to take action against the front organizations of the group which acted in the guise of economic, humanitarian, religious and social bodies and were engaged in fund raising for terrorist purposes in many parts of Europe. Continuing the dialogue between Sri Lanka and the European Institutions, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels has strengthened a programme to actively engage Members of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the Member States, as well as the respective European Political Groups. Ambassador Ravinath Aryasinha held consultations with leading MEPs of the South Asia Delegation in the European Parliament, as well as MEPs who have shown interest in developments in Sri Lanka in recent times.

Sri Lanka Highly Successful on Issues of Bilateral Trade, International Affairs and Combating Terrorism: Dr. Palitha Kohona

Dr. Palitha KohonaDr. Palitha T B Kohona, Secretary to Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressing the Committee of the Ceylon chamber of Commerce stated that based on treaties and other agreements Sri Lanka has with countries and agencies, successive Sri Lankan governments have taken proactive measures to maintain a dialogue with key international players with a view to ensuring continued economic connectivity and national security. For example, the President has made several visits to targeted countries over the last two years. These visits have covered countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Maldives, the UK, the US, Italy, the Vatican, Iran, Jordan and Kuwait. He has also attended the General Assembly of the UN, the ILO, the G11 Summit, the Baoa Forum and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit. Almost all his visits have enabled business delegations to exploit resulting opportunities.

Iranian President’s Visit to India/Sri Lanka: India Rejects US Conditions

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Mahmoud AhmadinejadIn a very unusual statement by its Foreign Ministry, India totally rejected the conditions placed by the United States at Monday’s State Department briefing that New Delhi should urge Iran to curtail its nuclear program during a visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on April 29. The Iranian president will arrive in New Delhi on April 29 for a one-day "working visit" topped by talks on two multi-billion-dollar energy deals, an Indian foreign ministry official said this week. The Iranian president spends several hours in New Delhi meeting with Indian president and prime minister. However, Ahmadinejad is scheduled to stay in neighboring Sri Lanka almost two full days.

TMVP release a further 28 child soldiers

The Government of Sri Lanka has welcomed a further release of 28 child combatants (age 12-17) by the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal on 24th April 2008. They were released with the presence of the Commissioner General Rehabilitation and UNICEF Officials. (While 20 of these children immediately returned to their families, 8 have expressed their interest to participate in a rehabilitation process). On 7th April 2008 an initial group of 11 children were released by the TMVP and accepted by the Government. Another two children were handed over to the Batticaloa police today, the 25th morning which is now come about to 41.

Sri Lanka Army liberated historically renowned Holy Madhu Shrine

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army liberated the Holy Madhu Church by chasing away the remaining armed cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were forcefully occupying the internationally renowned Holy Madhu Shrine and also earlier removed the Virgin Mary Statute with the connivance and consent of the Bishop of Mannar. Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said troops seized the Madhu area and today morning at 6.15. Sri Lanka Army entered in to Holy Madhu church premises without firing any single shot.

RR Sat stops LTTE's Euro Tv test transmission

The Tamil Tigers' test transmissions of its Euro television channel from Israel using the RR Sat of Tel Aviv for uplink facility has been stopped after two days of test transmission. The "Asian Tribune" reported about this transmission earlier this week in the story titled 'LTTE's Euro Tv moves to Israel after blockade by France and Italy'. Koby Zontag, Director of Sales and Business Development, RRSat - Global Communications Network Ltd.(NASDAQ RRST), said that the Euro TV channel was brought to them by a 3rd party without disclosing its nature nor the organization behind it.

UNICEF commends 2nd TMVP release

UNICEF today commended the release by the TMVP of 28 children from their ranks, characterizing it as a “very encouraging sign that the TMVP intends to comply with their national and international legal obligations.” Speaking from Colombo, the head of the UN children’s agency in Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle, highlighted the important role played by the government in securing the second major release of children by the TMVP in just two weeks.

Sri Lanka: Bomb exploded at Pilyandala bus stand inside a parked bus

Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Bomb exploded this evening inside a parked bus belobging to Ceylon Transport Board, at Piliyandala, public bus stand. Further details awaited.

Ten civilians killed in the Bomb explosion at the Pilyandala bus stand

Sunil C. Perrera in Colombo

According to latest report 10 civilians killed in the bomb explosion.

Earlier, the bomb exploded this evening inside a parked bus of Ceylon Transport Board bus at Piliyandala public bus stand. Further details awaited.

16 dead and 43 people wounded in the Bomb explosion at Pilyandala

Ruwan Weerakoon at the Pilyandala hospital

Latest reports revealed that a total of 16 civilians including a Buddhist monk was killed in the bomb explosion at 6.45 PM today at the Piliyandala bus stand, located 14 KM away from the Colombo city. According to an eye witness, a gram seller in the bus stand, said that heard a huge sound and immediately saw a huge ball of flame and parts of the bus flying all over in the air. He added that bus was completely destroyed. There are 11 dead bodies lying the corridor of the Piliyandala hospital. Out of the dead bodies lying in the Kalubowilla hospital 3 bodies are of that of females and two bodies over there are beyond recognition.

President has not conceded to the final report of the Group of Eminent Persons

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

At the press briefing Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the President has not conceded to the final report of the Group of Eminent Persons led by Mr. Bagawathi. The President rejected the statements made by the group deviating from its task. The Minister questioned the ability of the group to make statements on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka when a majority of the members of the group visited the island only once or twice.

Is a Global News Agency of the South Viable?

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the tart-tongued prime minister of a Southeast Asian nation was once asked what the leading newspapers were in his country, he remarked rather cynically: "We don't have any leading newspapers because all our newspapers are misleading." They were "misleading", he explained, because the local newspapers were forced to depend on Western news agencies for their coverage of global events, mostly lacking a Third World perspective. Moreover, he said, the mainstream Western media rarely focused on issues relevant to developing nations, including poverty, hunger, population, health care, children, gender empowerment and the environment.

Dr. Palitha Kohona

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Escape of People of Burma Through the Tunnels of Death

By Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

On April 10, 2008, fifty-four Burmese migrants suffocated to death in a cold storage container while being smuggled to Thailand to escape appalling conditions in Burma. The tragic deaths occurred in Ranong Province on the west coast of Thailand when they were attempting to enter Thailand illegally in a group of 121 migrants including fourteen children being crammed into a sweltering container of 7 feet wide by 7 feet high and 20 feet long. Among the victims, 36 were women and 17 men, all apparently in their late teens or early 20s, and an eight-year-old child. Sixty-seven migrants survived the ordeal. Twenty-one migrants were hospitalized while the rest were detained by police for questioning.

Palestine: Carter woos Hamas?

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Historically speaking, both USA and its major ally in the Mideast, Israel oppose Hamas Palestinians and call them the “terrorists” and USA as a long-term policy supports Israeli aggression over the Palestine, killing many each time but never condemns the repeated illegal aggression. Nor do they recognize the democratic polls held by Palestinians electing Hamas party to rule their apart of the globe. To make the peace efforts worse, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed the Hamas government led by Ismail Haniyeh, presumably under pressure form USA, and installed his own puppet government, leading to further aggravation of the conflict.

Sri Lanka Postal Department in Collaboration With Western Union in International Money Transfer services

Cabinet has granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Mahinda Wijesekara, Minister of Posts & Telecommunications, to set up an international money transfer service through the Sri Lanka Postal Department to enhance the foreign currency inflow to the country in collaboration with Western Union Money Transfer. Western Union officials in a discussion with the Minister and relevant officials of the Ministry including the Postmaster General have agreed regarding the money transfer.

Sri Lanka's children and 'Watchlist' baloney

By Janaka Perera

Sri Lanka's 'human rights' crusaders have fully mastered the art of mixing fact and fiction. They never seem to tire of manufacturing doomsday scenarios that can be easily confused with reality to mislead the world in the context of the ongoing armed conflict here. And these endless horror stories, like the celluloid fantasies churned out by the dream factories of Hollywood and Bollywood, ensure that money keeps rolling into the coffers of the producers.


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