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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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Ambassador Chitranganee Wagiswara

This all what we have: Says Pilliyan

By Dayani Panagoda

Pillaiyan“The release of 41 children over the past two weeks has brought the issue of child soldiers in the east to an end”, says Pillayan’. These were the children who were with this group for a number of different reasons but were put in to a collective group and labeled as child soldiers. However the real child soldiers are still with the LTTE still in the north fighting against the government forces. They are the ones whom we need to focus upon now and assist them to get out of the troubled life they lead.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Bogollagama Appreciative of Work Performed by United Nations in Combating Terrorism

Rohitha BogollagamaSri Lank Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama apluaded the work done by the United Nations in combating terrorism when he addressed the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He said "The indispensable value of the United Nations and its network, covering virtually every human activity has been amply demonstrated in Sri Lanka in times of national crisis whether it be in combating unprecedented challenges of terrorism or natural disasters such as the tsunami of December 2004. The UN country team was among the first who came to the rescue when the devastating tsunami wrecked havoc in the Indian Ocean."

Sri Lanka President Deplores Attack on Civilians

President Mahinda Rajapaksa deplored the LTTE bomb attack on a packed bus in Piliyandala last evening, saying the terrorists had once again resorted to killing innocent civilians in the face of heavy setbacks on the battlefield. Twenty four persons returning home after a hard day’s work were killed and another 40 including schoolchildren were injured when a fully packed bus bound to Kahapola was caught in an explosion at 6.45 p.m. at the Piliyandala bus terminal, Police Media Spokesman Senior DIG N.K. Ilangakoon said. Police blamed the LTTE for the attack. The bus belonging to Kesbewa CTB Depot was about to leave Piliyandala.

Two institutions of the Tourism industry get new heads

Laksman KaluarachchiSenior Superintendent of Police Laksman Kaluarachchi an experienced senior officer who has served the police department for over thirty four years has been appointed as Director of the Tourist police Division. In addition the Ministry of Tourism has appointed Mr. Roy Jayasingha as CEO and Director General of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.

Human Rights Groups Charge US of Gross Violation of Human Rights:Secret Detentions, Renditions & Torture documents concealed

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) must stop stonewalling US congressional oversight committees and release vital documents related to the program of secret detentions, renditions, and torture, three prominent human rights groups said in a statement April 24. “The CIA has employed illegal techniques such as torture, enforced disappearances, and extraordinary rendition,” said Meg Satterthwaite, Director of the NYU IHRC. “It cannot use Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions as a shield to hide its violations of U.S. and international law.”

Sri Lankan painting exhibition in Paris

Ambassador Chitranganee WagiswaraTo mark the 60th anniversary of independence, an exhibition of Sri Lankan painting titled ‘Expressions of Independence’ organized by the Mona Bismarck Foundation and the University of Visual and Performing Arts in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Embassy in France is being held at the Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris. The Exhibition, which displays 60 paintings by Sri Lankan artists will continue until July 12, 2008 at the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 34 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris.

Commonwealth Youth Ministers' Conference in Colombo

The Secretariat of the Commonwealth countries will hold its 7th Commonwealth Youth Ministers' conference from April 27 to 30 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo. The inaugural ceremony of the conference will be held on 27th under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Youth Ministers of 53 Commonwealth countries will participate with the General Secretary of the Commonwealth Headquarters and many other delegates from international organizations as observers.

United States Awards Congressional Gold Medal to Burma’s Aug San Suu Kyi

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday, 24 April to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the world’s most known ‘prisoner of conscience’ Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma’s democratic movement and Nobel Peace Laureate. When Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein and Republican senator Mich McConnell moved the resolution in February this year it had the bipartisan support in the Senate. Under the rules, Congressional Gold Medals require the support of at least two-thirds of the Members of both the Senate and House of Representatives before they can be signed into law by the president.

Changing contours of Pakistan politics

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Pakistan is slowly but steadily moving away from routine turmoil towards achieving economic and security ends to help the people live and work in normal ways. The present government and the political parties are aiming even at greater goals by evolving consensus on major issues. This is indeed a positive development. President Musharraf on April 22 said that he has no conflict with the new government and enjoys a good relationship with the new democratic set up. He expressed these views while talking to the European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who called on him at the presidential camp office in Rawalpindi.

Buddhist Temple in Oslo

By S. Akurugoda

According to media reports, United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayewardena has requested the assistance of the Royal Norwegian Government to establish a Buddhist temple in Oslo, Norway, for the benefit of Sri Lankan Buddhists living in Norway. In addition to the above proposal of Dr Jayawardanena, let us rush through some of his involvements for the ‘upliftment’ of Buddha Sasana, both in Sri Lanka and India, during the last few years.


Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama

Damaged bus in Piliyandala

Roy Jayasingha

Laksman Kaluarachchi

Government handed over Madhu Church to trustees

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army opened Madhu Church for its trustees in this evening. Area Army commander and senior officials along with the trustees of the Madhu church attended this simple ceremony, our reports said. The government said liberation of the Madhu Church precincts from the terrorists marks a watershed in the Northern war theatre. The troops trod with utmost caution in the sacred area, honoring a No Fire Zone arrangement, which the LTTE unfortunately violated. The soldiers ensured that no harm was caused to the Sacred Shrine, renowned throughout Asia.