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Now Prison Authorities Say Priyanka Never Met Nalini

By Walter Jayawardhana

PriyanakaNaliniThe already controversial issue of Priyanka Gandhi’s meeting with Nalini Murugan who was jailed for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi took a dramatic turn today when Vellore Prison Superintendent was quoted by the ‘Times of India’ as saying that no such meeting has ever taken place. Anti-Congress leaders like Subramanian Swamy have been challenging the prison hierarchy to show on what legal powers such a meeting was arranged.

Clinton's Iran Threat Contradicts Previous Position on Making Such Comments

Daya Gamage – U.S. National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton’s statement to ABC Network two week’s ago about ‘obliterating’ Iran if it attacks Israel needs to put in correct perspective. The 'Asian Tribune' ran a story on May 02 captioned “Iran Protests to UN over US Senator Hillary Clinton’s Provocative Remarks” saying “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.

JVP MP Chandrashekar Flatly Denies Any Link with LTTE Or Ellusive Under-world Figure Kumar Gunaratnam is JVP Boss

ChandrashekarRamalingam Chandrashekar, JVP National list Member of Parliament and the Deputy Chairman of Committees, told the ‘Asian Tribune’ that the "JVP flatly deny any association with one Kumar Gunaratnam, the alleged mysterious underworld figure from Australia running the JVP." He denied that Gunaratnam forged secret links between the JVP and LTTE. He added that this was well woven disinformation campaign against the JVP. He added "don't ask us why LTTE attacked all Southern politicians except those in the JVP. You have to ask LTTE that question. He went on to state, "but you should understand why the LTTE has failed to come forward to cross swords with us. We are also earlier an outfit which took up arms. Today we are one of the leading Marxist organizations in this country. We have taken adequate precautionary measures to safeguard ourselves from all sorts of terrorist clandestine attacks."

Folly in the East

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The first ever election to the Eastern Provincial Council will be held in less than a week. Given the demographics and the political balance, a clear winner with a workable majority is unlikely to emerge, if the election is free and fair. Still, whatever the outcome of the election, the campaign must not result in a further deterioration of inter-ethnic relations in this fractious district; it must not cause greater erosion in minority confidence in the Lankan state; it must not exacerbate ethno-religious suspicion, fear and hatred. There is a lesson from history which needs to be remembered at this juncture: the District Development Council election in 1981. That was before the Eelam Wars began, before Black July, when there was a real chance for a peaceful resolution of the ethnic problem. The as yet relatively non-influential Tamil militant groups demanded a boycott of the polls. The TULF defied this ban and decided to contest.

Swedish Citizens Abhor LTTE Terrorism Depicted at Multi-Ethnic Demonstration

A Multi-Ethnic demonstration against the brutal terrorist activities of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka was held at Stora Torget, Uppsala on Saturday 3rd May 2008. This demonstration took place near the Uppsala University. The demonstration was a public protest by the Sri Lankans living in Sweden to express their growing discontent with the LTTE extortion, which claims to be for improving the living standards of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka. The objective of this protest campaigning is to raise the awareness of the international community about the brutal terrorist activities of LTTE in Sri Lanka and also to make an appeal to the donors to be cautious about the charities established as front organizations by this rebel group to finance its terrorist activities.

Not by Rice Alone, W T O Also

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Fried, boiled or steamed rice is synonymous with good wholesome food and politics of rice has dominated Asia for decades. The largest rice growers in the world, China, Thailand Vietnam and Burma are getting frantic calls for rice from many countries these days. USA is the latest region to face a sharp rise in the price of rice for fifteen million people of Asian descent living here. Increased demand from rapidly developing nations such as China, the use of crops for bio-fuels, global stocks at 25-year lows and market speculation are blamed for pushing prices of wheat, corn and rice to record highs. A rice farmer in Silicon Valley in northern California reportedly made million dollars overnight as prices spiraled. The flow of rice supplies to the needy has not been properly regulated. World Trade Organization has to look into this seriously. They are meeting in May.

Eastern Elections Would Ensure Last Nail in LTTE Coffin, Minister Susil Pramajayantha

Susil PremajayanthaSusil Premajayantha, Minister of Education, heading the government campaign in the Batticaloa district told the ‘Asain Tribune’ that elections are going very much to plan. People are determined to drive out the last vestiges of LTTE rule. This is the nail in their coffin. They are aware that voting for the UNP would annul that. We are confident that the UPFA would win close to 70 percent or about 25 seats at least. The energetic campaign workers are going all out to ensure a victory for the goveernment coaltion, he said.

Priyanka Gandhi under threat from LTTE reveals prison letter admitting Priyanka – Nalini meeting

By Walter Jayawardhana

PriyankaWhile going back on their earlier written statement that Priyanka Gandhi , daughter of Rajiv Gandhi never met former Prime Minister assassination convict Nalini ,Vellore Prison Superintendent admitted that the two women actually met and Rajiv’s daughter Priyanka is protected as she faces a high level of threat from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), her father‘s killers. A second letter written by the prison authorities said, “Priyanka Vadra(Gandhi’s married name) is protected by the SPG and faces a high level of threat from various outfits, including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Moreover, the meeting was more of a personal nature.”

Obama Wins Guam Narrowly: Close Contests in Indiana and N. Carolina

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Barack Obama,The tentative results coming out as I write show Barrack Obama winning Guam by a narrow margin. Guam Pacific Daily News also indicated a very narrow win. Hillary Rodham Clinton finished with 49.9% of the vote of the Guam Democratic Caucus, just 7 votes shy of Barrack Obama's total of 50.1%. While Obama led for the vast majority of the night's tallying, Clinton needed a strong finish in the municipality of Dededo, Guam's most populous village. And she did that - gaining 61% of the 822 votes counted by the Democratic Party of Guam according to latest reports. .Obama won 14 of 21 districts.

Fraudsters target foreign students

Foreign students at Swedish universities are being targeted by fraudsters. Criminals are stealing students' identities and buying goods in their names, reports 'Dagens Nyheter.'Furthermorwe 'Dagens Nyheter' reports that a student from Pakistan, Waseem Akhtar, who came to Sweden to study to become an IT engineer at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), has been hit by fraudsters.

Goldquest operatives arrested

Seven persons including, the Chennai branch manager of Goldquest, a chain-marketing company based at Hong Kong, have been arrested on charges of fraudulent business practice and cheating. Over nine crore rupees worth gold coins were seized from its office premises Saturday. The arrested include Pushpam (30), manager of the Chennai branch, Augustine (32), Hariprasad (39), Umesh (25), Dhandapani (33), Chandrasekar (40) and Sri Vidya (28), all operators of Goldquest. Meanwhile, 35 persons believed to be operators (marketing men) of Goldquest (a network marketing scheme that sells gold coins) who tried to stage a demonstration in front of the Commissionerate condemning the arrest were also taken into custody.

Daya Gamage



Ramalingam Chandrashekar

CASTIS demonstration in Sweden



Susil Premajayantha