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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

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Madhu Shrine: Catholics and Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka Warn Vatican about Sinister LTTE Intentions

Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome has successfully convinced the Italians that LTTE is no protector of the sacred statue of Madhu and that they should leave the Madhu Church grounds altogether. Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya’s appeal to Italians has been very productive. Over 20,000 Italians and Sri Lankans signed the petition, appealing to the Holy See requesting the LTTE to leave the Madhu Shrine. It has been published in the Vatican newspapers. In fact, one newspaper carried the headline: “Appeal of Ambassador Warnakulasuriya to the future Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: ‘Save us from the terrorists’” Looking like a sequel, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in Sri Lanka made a statement signed by Most Rev. Bishop Rayappu Joseph and Most Rev. Bishop Norbert M. Andradi, urging the LTTE, who are occupying the sacred precincts at the moment, to leave the Madhu Shrine.

Ethnic tension and minority perspective on Burma’s problems

By Nehginpao Kipgen

When exploring the probable solution for the Union of Burma’s problems, any analysis based exclusively on the present political development is inconclusive. Burma has never been an ethnically and politically unified country since independence from the British in January 1948. The history of Union of Burma starts at Panglong in southern Shan state on February 12, 1947, when 23 representatives from the Burman government, Chin hills, Kachin hills and Shan states signed an agreement in the presence of representatives from the Executive Council of the governor of Burma, to form an interim government.

UNP-SLMC fulfill expectations of LTTE

By our Special Correspondent

The Janatha Vikumthi Peramuna says that the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress jointly contest the Eastern Provincial Council to fulfill the expectations of LTTE terrorists. Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake at a media briefing in Colomno today said that the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauf Hakeem is the only political party leader in the country who had signed an agreement with the LTTE leader.

23 killed and over 70 wounded in the Piliyandala bomb explosion

Sunil Perera and Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Dead count in the Piliyandala bus explosion continues to mount and so far it is reported that 23 innocent civilians including a Buddhist monk have been killed and 70 wounded. Defence sources said that the explosion had all the hallmarks of the Tamil terrorists outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The targeted bus was waiting at the Piliyandala bus stand to leave for Kahapola. According to the police sources, the bomb has exploded inside a Ceylon Transport Board bus parked at Piliyandala, public bus stand.