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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Minister Douglas Devananda

Pro-LTTE Mayor Ken Livingstone defeated

By Walter Jayawardhana

Ken LivingstoneThe radical Labour Party Mayor of London who has been overtly sympathetic to Sri Lanka’s terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has been ousted from power after an eight year regime. In a closely contested mayoral election Mayor Ken Livingston was defeated by Conservative Party’s Ben Johnson , according to results announced by midnight, May 2. Ben Johnson polled 1,168,738 votes to Ken Livingstone's 1,028,966. "The result heaped further pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown after his party plunged to its worst council election results in four decades," the BBC said.

Ranil’s Pronouncements Debunked No Sooner They are Made

By Keith Amarasiri in Long Breach

Ranil Sri Lankan media reacted quickly to the recent statement by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that there was press freedom under R Premadasa. Of course, not today, was the implication. It is an accepted practice in politics that all pronouncements from leaders must be thoroughly researched. That was generally so most of the time. Ranil Wickremesinghe for some inexplicable reason shoots his mouth with the least amount of foresight or even some semblance of veracity.

A Genuinely Tri-lingual Sri Lanka would be Amazing to Behold: Dr. Rajakapse

Dr. Chula Rajapakse, domiciled in New Zealand, reminiscing after a recent visit to Sri Lanka states "As a student at Royal College in the late fifties and early sixties I learnt Sinhalese, English, Sanskrit, Pali and Latin. The latter three have not been of any earthly use to me for nearly half a century there after. I often lament how much more meaningful it would have been for me to have been afforded the opportunity to learn Tamil. However, what I find inexplicable is why, even fifty years later, the opportunity for Sinhalese students to learn Tamil (and possibly vice versa especially in the north), still does not exist.

Wimal and Nandana agreed to form a new political party

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Parliamentarian Nandana Gunatillake, said that they would form a new political party in the near future. He said that he has already discussed with Wimal Weerawansa about this party. The new political movement will also include those who have left the JVP in dejection, and that doors were open for any would-be deserter as well, Mr. Gunatilake said. Speaking to media regarding his talks with Mr. Weerawansa, the JVP MP said that the new movement would be launched this month.

No one has right to discredit democratically elected Government of Sri Lanka over terrorism issue - Sri Lanka Consul General

Sumane Liyanaarachchi - Sydney

Government of Sri Lanka has registered with New South Wales parliament its deep concern over using the floor of NSW parliament for a book presentation which is to be held on next Tuesday by the Centre for Just Peace and Democracy ( CJPD) for promoting terrorism by discrediting government of Sri Lanka on current armed conflict between Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE. We have already contacted the speaker of the NSW Parliament and I have written to both the Premier of New South Wales and the Speaker expressing our government’s concern over the issue, Gothami Indikadahena, the Sri Lankan Consul General in Sydney said.

U.S. President Bush Declares Burmese Referendum Based on Illegitimate Constitution

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Burmese (Myanmar) military regime continues to ignore the widespread calls from the Burmese people and the international community to adopt a political process which will produce a legitimate constitution and the reflection of the will of the people, declares President George W. Bush in a statement May 01 on eve of the referendum in Burma.

Nobody has the authority to teach journalists how to conduct their profession- Media Minister

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

Minister of Information and Media Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says nobody has the authority to teach journalists how to conduct their profession. What even the government could do is only to point out their weaknesses. The minister however said Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe at a ceremony held yesterday advised journalists how to conduct their profession. In a media briefing held in Colombo on Friday, Minister Yapa said hidden intention of the United National Party by making such remarks on the verge of the Eastern Polls could be well understood.

Economic independence key to Nagas: MC Konyak

Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Looking at the present global trend where interdependence becomes key, the question of sovereignty by any group is untenable. So also the idea of separating from the mainland India is practically not tenable as far as the present global trend is concerned, MC Konyak, Minister for Forest and Environment told "Asian Tribune" here today. He however pointed that the core issue what the people should thrust was for “economic development.” Konyak said no matter the size of the country was, they were concerned for their economic independence. Although they could not undo what the Naga underground leaders had done in the past, the minister further opined that a “total sovereignty” for the Naga people was not viable when the economic freedom was taking a “center-stage” everywhere in the world.

Election Commission invites international monitoring teams

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Commissioner of Elections has invited several international election monitoring organizations to engage in monitoring the eastern provincial council election. The organizations include monitoring bodies of the Commonwealth, the European Union and the Asian Election Superintendents Association. Monitors of the Asian Election Superintendents Association arrive in the island this Sunday. They will meet the political parties and independent groups contesting this month’s election and local election monitors on Tuesday in Colombo.

Pillaiyan says participation of UNP after having discussions with them indicated polls were not rigged

By Walter Jayawardhana

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) leader who is popularly kanown as Pillaiyan said that the very participation of the United national Party of the Opposition indicates that a fair poll will be held for the Provincial Council in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. “Before handing over the nomination papers a UNP leader had discussions with us,” Pillaiyan said. He said it was a great contrast from the time when the UNP boycotted the Batticaloa city local government elections held recently.

Vision impaired Sandru Priyangvada received cash award from Minister Douglas Devananda

Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare awarded a cash reward of Rs. 10,000/= at his Ministerial premises on 28 April, to Sandaru Priyangvada Chandrawathie a vision impaired student at Kurunegala Gettuwana Maha Vidyalaya for her excellent performance at the G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination. Minister having come to know her excellent performances at the G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) Examination through the media, awarded this reward for her higher studies.

New inventors go before Businessmen

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Around 100 new inventions by local individuals and institutions will be displayed before local and foreign buyers and entrepreneurs by the Sri Lanka Inventors Commission in next week in Colombo. The local Inventors Commission says this event will be the key path for the inventors and the entrepreneurs to discuss their future businesses to market these products and improve them.

New Evidence Disclose Detainee Abuse/Torture by U.S.: None Brought to Justice says ACLU

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The American Civil Liberties Union announced May 1 the release of newly unredacted documents from the Defense Department's internal investigations into charges of detainee abuse. Uncensored documents from the Church Report, obtained as a result of the ACLU's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, include new details exposing the role of psychologists in military interrogations. The documents also uncover new information about the failure of military medical personnel to report abuses at Abu Ghraib, the military's use of unlawful interrogation methods subsequent to a directive that was ostensibly meant to end such practices, and detainee deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Aug San Suu Kyi

Ken Livingstone

Ranil Wickremesinghe

Canada Bestows Honorary Citizenship to Burma’s Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu KyiThe Canadian Government, in recognition of her great contribution to democracy, freedom and human rights, will bestow the nation’s highest recognition, Honorary Citizenship, to Burma’s, and in fact the World’s, most famous ‘prisoner of conscience’ Aug San Suu Kyi on May 5. The Canadian Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier is scheduled to hand over the official papers to Aug San Suu Kyi’s cousin Sein Win during a ceremony in Parliament Hill.