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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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Udesh in Australia - Boy on the right

Parallel political approach essential for peace

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The answer to the question of "Maintaining the Balance of Peace Building and Economic Growth." In the belief of the US lies in the government pursuing a peaceful political solution to the conflict while permitting the private sector to lead the economy by putting in place the appropriate sound economic framework, said Robert Blake, US Ambassador in Sri Lanka at the 14th Business for Peace Forum of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka – The Business for Peace Initiative at JAIC Hilton Hotel.

'Free media' and Tigresses' virginity

By Janaka Perera

How should we treat a self-proclaimed free media champion who is deeply hurt by adverse comments made on the character of female LTTE suspects but not by a Tiger bus bomb blast that has killed 26 innocent civilians and injured nearly 70 people?.This was the issue that came on the "Isira" radio channel's morning news discussion program on Saturday (April 26) when Isira CEO Hudson Samarasinghe and Chairman / Proprietor Shan Wickremesinghe blasted Free Media Movement Convenor Sunanda Deshapriya for making absurd remarks about the program in the Sinhala Weekly "Rawaya," April 20. Isira radio is operated by Teleshan Networks Limited (TNL), Piliyandala.

Telecoms ride high in the share market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly market review indicated that the market ended moderately lower for the week despite soaring activity levels. The indices were seen swaying back and forth, right throughout the week before closing down on the back of few blue chip counters such as SLT, Dialog and JKH loosing ground for the week. The All Share Price index (ASPI) lost 20.2 points or 0.75 percent to close at 2651.6 points while the more liquid MPI Milanka Price Index (MPI) shed 65.4 points or 1.95 percent to close at 3283.3 points on Friday.

Eastern Province Awaiting Robust Civilian Administration

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

PillaiyanPredicting Eastern Provincial Council elections on May 10th may turn out to be less of a hazards judging by the latest reports. If the optimism shown by Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan is an indication, a robust civilian administration seemed a predictable scenario for the people who weathered the trauma of LTTE terrorism. Recruited by the Tigers for their own sinister purposes Pillaiyan had turned the tables and now talks of a people’s era. While the Sri Lankan military is battling the LTTE on several fronts in the North, the East is showing a quick return to normalcy. One analyst summarized it thus: “his is the ultimate milestone for the people trampled for over a decade, denied the free exercise of their franchise, their children conscripted as cannon fodder, subjected to cruel forms of taxation and denied their basic freedoms including the freedom of movement.” The re-awakening of the East is taking shape as we speak.

IIGEP Statements Extremely Prejudicial and Hostile to Sri Lanka and and Forces, State Attorneys

Senior Counsel S L Gunasekera and Gomin Dayasiri appearing for the army and the Special Task Force about the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) and the statements made by them, have brought attention to the facts the statements were made with the prejudicial objectives, timed to coincide with meetings of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva. They were clearly designed to create an international climate of opinion hostile to the Sri Lanka in general and the Security Forces in particular, so as to intimidate the Commission into arriving at findings against the Security Forces even in the absence of any credible evidence which establishes their guilt, with the implicit threat of their issuing further public statements saying “We told you so” in the event of their not arriving at such findings against the Security Forces or arriving at findings against anyone else including the LTTE.

Minister Rambukawella Exposes LTTE's Atrocious Designs

Keheliya RambukawellaIn an interview to Asian Tribune Dr. Keheliya Rambukawella, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare & Government Spokesman For Defense and National Security, talks of the atrocities committed by the LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran who is the only obstacle to peace in Sri Lanka. He showed his ruthless disregard for human life when a bus full of civilians was destroyed few days ago at Piliyandala. The Minister believes now that the Scared Madhu church area has been cleared of all LTTE presence, the sacred statue of the Virgin Mary should be brought to the Madhu Church. The entire Christian world in Europe, Italy and United States has determined that LTTe is a terrorist group. Their pressure is vital in taming LTTE's violent designs, states Minister Rambukawella.

LTTE planes dropped 3 bombs in Welioya

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha

The LTTE dropped 3 bombs today at the military forward defence lines in Welioya at around 1.45 a.m. According to military Spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, no damages were caused to troops in the aerial bombing. "During the wee hours the SLAF air defence network radars detected 2 light aircraft of LTTE which were airborne and heading towards Welioya. In accordance with standard operating procedures, SLAF interceptor aircraft were made airborne in the direction of the intruding enemy craft.

East Provincial Council Elections: Incident Free

People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), releasing its first supplementary report on the Eastern PC poll yesterday called it largely incident free while noting that violence might raise its head due to heightened competition after the new year break. According to PAFFREL they had received 18 cases so far with all of them being recorded after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. PAFFREL Chairman Kingsley Rodrigo said yesterday even though there were 18 complaints, only two could be categorized as serious. He also noted that while parties like UNP abstained from contesting the Batti poll citing the TMVP factor, this time round they had decided to join the race with the same party in the fray.

Sanje Sedera’s Candidacy for Nevada State Assembly Brings New Trade and Investment for US and Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka-born youthful Sanje Sedera kicked-off his political campaign for the Nevada State Assembly just early this month. While the candidacy is gathering a nation-wide momentum as enthusiasm has generated to bring the ‘Voice of Sri Lanka’ to the state assembly and beyond he has faced a new challenge in his daily rounds meeting high elected officials of the State of Nevada: Trade and investment opportunities for Sri Lankan entrepreneurs in this fast growing state of the United States. This most successful real estate and mortgage lending entrepreneur who heads his own firm grabbed the opportunity on Friday, April 25 when he met the most popular and enterprising Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman when he accompanied this correspondent to an exclusive meeting at his down town office.

The Eternal Recurrence of Muhamalai

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

How many ‘Charges of the Light Brigade’ must happen before we understand the dictum, ‘know thy enemy’? What is worst about Muhamalai is not the defeat, not even the loss of lives, but the preventable nature of that defeat and those losses. A little retrospection could have prevented that debacle and that carnage. Even if memory failed, given the strategic importance of the Muhamalai FDL, alarm bells should have rung when the Tigers failed to offer any resistance initially. But this Tiger feint reportedly went unnoticed until they hit back, with devastating effect. “CNN and Daily News said, Tiger defenders, indulging in deception, allowed the army to get past the first line of defence and into the second line unopposed, and then subjected them to consistent, concentrated and accurate mortar fire from more than 80 positions. The whole place had been mined, too.

Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya

Dr. Keheliya Rambukawella

Unsigned Report on Sri Lanka and the Rule of Law by Canadian pro-LTTE Groups

By Mahinda Gunasekera

We refer to an unsigned report claiming to be ‘A Citizens Report’ titled "Sri Lanka and the Breakdown of the Rule of Law – An Action Plan" released in Scarborough, Canada, on April 18, 2008 by the pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lobby at a fundraiser for a prospective Conservative Party candidate named Chuck Konkel who hopes to run in the federal riding of Scarborough – Guildwood. The news report filed by Stewart Bell in the National Post edition of April 19, 2008 states that the report calls for the imposition of sanctions on Sri Lanka, and that it has been written by a group of Ontario lawyers and Canadians of Sri Lankan origin, none of whom have been named.

Pope in USA: Dialog and Reconciliation for Peace

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

A lot of significance has been attached to the six-day visit, from 15 to 20 April, of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI to USA after President George W. Bush met him at Vatican. The trip with a multi-purpose itinerary of meeting US President on 16 April; White House luncheon; talks with Bush. Meeting with US bishops and prayer service in Washington (evening); the presidential candidates cutting across the political divide, addressing the UN on 18 April, and visiting select Christian and Jew religious places on 19 April; New York Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral on 20 April and finally Ground Zero visit and Yankee Stadium Mass.

Lankan boy wins Aussie life saving gold medal

A young Sri Lankan who migrated to Australia less than two years ago has won the Australian Surf Life saving championships gold medal. Udesh Kamburugamuwa was part of the Ocean Grove, Victoria's under 17-five person R&R team events that took place recently ahead of teams from Bondi, New South Wales and Collaroy, NSW. Ocean Grove SLSC has been identified as one of a number of clubs around Australia to participate in a SLASA "On the Same Wave" program. It was developed in response to Sydney's Cronulla race riots a couple of years ago. The program seeks to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to become more aware of surf safety and even to join surf clubs

A Unique Diplomatic Victory For Sri Lanka: LTTE Banished from Madhu

Hemantha WarnakulasuriyaLTTE lost a major battle. Diplomat Hemantha Warnakulasuriya came out triumphant in his endeavor to rid the LTTE from the Madhu Shrine. He brought to the notice of the Vatican authorities the sinister motives of the LTTE. The campaign carried by the LTTE to internationalize the issue of the Madhu Church failed. Attempt to appeal to Norway and to the Amnesty International to intervene and to protect the Madhu Shrine from the damaged that would be caused by the Sri Lankan Army, corroborating the statement with the photograph of the damages caused to the adjoining building, was seen in many websites which supported the LTTE. But Ambasador Warnakulasuriya presented the facts and showed that LTTE is no respecter of religious sites.

Bus bombing at Piliyandala another savage act of the blood thirsty LTTE. - Anandasangaree

Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front, (TULF) in a statement released to the press has strongly condemned the recent explosion in a C.T.B bus at Piliyandala, that took the lives of 25 innocent civilians and left over 60 seriously injured. He pointed out that it was another savage act of the blood thirsty LTTE. In his statement, he questioned, whether is it with these barbarians that the International Community wants the Government to start talks with? He added, "In all seriousness I wish to pose a question to the Internationals Community as to what it intends to do with the people who had fled their traditional places of residence for fear of the LTTE and are living with the Sinhalese and the Muslims peacefully in the South." He further said "The soldiers are fighting in defence of the country and the LTTE cadre, thoroughly brain washed, is fighting in defence of their leader’s pride. But why should innocent civilians die for no fault of their’s?"