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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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The four lane bowling alley

TNA Members Blitz Telephone Lines Campaigning for UNP Defying Prabhakaran's Orders to Shun Eastern Province Elections

Tamil National Alliance's about face in defying the orders of Prabhakaran not to participate in the Provincial Council elections became apparent as they took to the telephone lines canvassing for the UNP and Hakeem. TNA members were asking people to vote for the UNP and not the TMVP. The fork-tongued twist of the TNA surprised many voters who said they received telephone calls from TNA Members of parliament requesting them not to vote for any Tamil candidates from the TMVP led by Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan.

President Appoints Special Committee to Bring Normalcy into Northern Province Administration

The Cabinet at its weekly meeting held on Wednesday, approved a proposal submitted by President Mahinda Rajapakse for the appointment of a special working committee for the Northern Province to look into all aspects of the implementation of resettlement, rehabilitation and rebuilding of the Northern Province. This is the first step in speedily bringing the Northern Province to a normal administrative level reverting to a full civilian administration. Deliverance of the people from the clutches of LTTE terrorism is the main target. This, special committee would comprise Minister Douglas Devananda as its head, with Minister Rishad Badiutheen and Parliamentarian Basil Rajapaksa as members of the committee.

Newly opened “uStrike” Bowling Alley in Wales – an alley to launder LTTE funds

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lankan Tamil sources in London charged that the State of the Art ten-pin Bowling Alley newly opened in Montgomeryshire, Wales at the expense of millions of pounds is actually an alley established to launder terrorist funds of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The four lane bowling alley, officially managed , by Devika Muraleetharn , wife of one LTTE suspect of the three arrested by the anti-terrorist units of the London and Wales Police in a dawn raid few days ago, was recently quoted in a local paper as saying,

United States Congress Rejects Burmese Military Junta’s Constitution

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The United States House Committee on Foreign Relations Wednesday, April 30 approved a Congressional Resolution, introduced by Democratic Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12), that calls for the United Nations Security Council not to accept the constitution, written by the Burmese military junta or to recognize the outcome of the May 10 constitutional referendum. Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Chairman and Senior Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, cosponsored the Resolution and it has the support of the U.S. Campaign for Burma. The resolution, which has 50 total cosponsors, awaits a vote in the House of Representatives.

Relocation of Rohingyas in a Deserted Island in Thailand

By Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

In 1852, the government of the French Emperor Napoleon III opened a penitentiary island known as "Devil's Island" which was used for the settlement of convicts ranging from political prisoners to the most hardened of thieves and murderers. More than 80,000 prisoners who were sent to the harsh conditions at the disease-infested Devil's Island were never seen again. The world history has recorded it as one of the most infamous prisons of the human society in the earth.

Iran Protests to UN over US Senator Hillary Clinton’s Provocative Remarks

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Iran sent a letter of protest to the UN and its Security Council over provocative comments recently made by the US presidential candidate Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton about Iran. The letter, dated April 30, was sent to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the Security Council by Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the UN Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi and is expected to be registered as a formal document.

Excon – one of the best construction fairs : Rajitha Senaratne

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Minister of Construction and Engineering Services at a recent press briefing described the annual trade fair of the Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) popularly known as "Excon" as one of the best examples of the focused construction fair he has ever seen. He stated that at Excon 2007 the chamber created an awareness on manufactured sand as a superior alternative to for river sand for use in the construction industry which assisted the Ministry of Construction and Engineering Services in the rehabilitation of "Devco Showa" quarry industry which was to have been sold for scrap iron at the time he took over the Ministry.

Double-Faced Zardari!

By Adnan Gill

What do you call a politician who doesn’t double-cross or lie at your face? A voter. But Asif Ali Zardari (Benazir Bhutto, BB’s widower) is neither. He is plain and simple, an opportunist. An opportunist who doesn't live by any principle or creed; he does whatever it takes to extinguish his eternal greed. If there was ever a need to doubt Zardari’s double-faced nature, Zardari’s stellar performance on Dr. Shahid Masood’s ‘Meray Mutabik’ show rudely jolted our short memories out of deep slumber.

Democracy, Presidential Election and the Lobby – Part 3

By Habib Siddiqui

Poor Senator Obama! He may identify himself as a friend of Israel, but fact remains that the Lobby does not trust him as one of their own and is doing everything possible to deny him the Democratic ticket. Perception is reality in politics. Obama is fully aware of the power of the Lobby. With a middle name Hussein and being grandson of Kenyan Muslims, Obama is asked to run the extra mile to swear his fealty to the Zionist state. He demonstrated his support for the rogue state during last year's criminal invasion of Lebanon, which killed more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians: "I don't think there is any nation that would not have reacted the way Israel did after two soldiers had been snatched.

LTTE lost Eastern Province but Retained the Capacity to mount Attacks throughout Sri Lanka: US Terrorism Report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Approximately 5,000 people were killed and many thousands more displaced as the conflict escalated between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a (US) designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. The Sri Lankan government took effective control of the Eastern Province in midyear, but the LTTE continued to control much of the north and carried out attacks throughout the country, says the United States in its annual "Country Reports on Terrorism 2007" released Wednesday, April 30 at the State Department in Washington.