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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

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Government rejects UNP allegations

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Government rejects UNP allegations that there is a delay in the distribution of official poll cards for the Eastern Provincial Council Election. According to the records of the Post Master General, 95 percent of the distribution of poll cards is now complete. The Post Master General has already stated that individuals who have not received their poll card can prove their identity and obtain it from post offices. Speaking at a press briefing at the parliamentary complex today minister Dallas Alahaperuma said in any election about 10 percent of poll cards remain undelivered.

Sri Lanka Parliament prorogued

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The president has decided to prorogue Parliament from midnight May 06th, and sittings will resume on June 05th.

Srisena Cooray a new Sri Lanka’s Roving Cultural Ambassador

B. Srisena CoorayFormer Minister and the UNP stalwart B. Srisena Cooray has been entrusted with the promotion of cultural tourism in Sri Lanka. The Minister of Tourism in consultation with the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has indicated his intention to appoint Sirisena Cooray to handle an important project of great cultural significance in the Ministry of Tourism. Cooray will assist the Ministry in developing a Buddhist Pilgrim Travel Trail initially between Sri Lanka and India and later extending this to encompass SAARC, South East and East Asia.

Sri Lanka Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya Given Rousing Farewell in LA

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

A record gathering of Sri Lankans in LA agreed in unison that Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya had united them in no uncertain manner. Said one Angelino “he came, he saw and he conquered our hearts”. President of the Sri Lanka Foundation and respected community leader said it best “he revolutionized the concept of diplomacy. This man, plucked from the business world in Atlanta Georgia by the Sri Lankan President showed how a government office should be run”. We have no doubt his congenial winning ways would earn him success as our new ambassador in Washington, he added.

Basic measures have been finalized says Election Commissioner

Chithralal Jayasinghe and Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Assistant Election Commissioners of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts say basic measures have already been finalized to hold the eastern provincial council election successfully. The political parties and the independent groups have intensified the election propaganda campaign as it is to conclude by mid night tomorrow. Post Master General M.K.B Dissanayake says distribution of poll cards has been completed by now. The cards were dispatched by post from 21st April to 2nd of this month. He said persons, who do not receive their poll cards should go to the nearest post office, establish their identity and collect their poll cards.

Crux of Zardari’s Strategy!

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’s widower) is neither. He is plain and simple, a temporizer. If there was ever a need to doubt Mr. Zardari’s duplicity, his stellar performance on Dr. Shahid Masood’s ‘Meray Mutabik’ show rudely jolted our short memories out of deep slumber. In no ambiguous terms, Mr. Zardari about-faced on virtually every promise he made since he anointed himself to be the PPP co-Chairperson.

Food Crisis Escapes Security Council Scrutiny

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The food crisis that has triggered street demonstrations and riots in nearly 30 countries -- including Haiti, Indonesia, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, and most recently in Somalia -- continues to escape the scrutiny of the most powerful body at the United Nations: the Security Council. "The Security Council would be remiss in carrying out its responsibility for maintaining peace and security if it fails to take the much needed preemptory steps to stop further deterioration of the security dimensions of the global food crisis," Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, a former Bangladeshi ambassador, who once presided over Security Council meetings, told IPS.

Fruits of Liberation of East from the Tigers Seen As President Inaugurates Construction of Oluvil Port

Mahinda RajapaksaThe government was able to initiate several development programs in East after the brave and courageous operation conducted by the Sri Lankan Security Forces to bring liberation to the people in the area, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the ceremony to laid the foundation stone for the construction of Oluvil port this morning. “We are taking every possible step to enhance the living standards of the people in the East and we will never bow down to the terrorism," President added.

Lands Confiscated by Tigers will be Given Back to Muslims - Pillaiyan

PilliayanSivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliayan, leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal told the 'Asian Tribune' that all communities-Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims were determined to work together. He assured everyone that if elected as Chief Minister he would work closely with everyone. "I will solve the issues relating to land which the Muslims are perturbed. I have already listened to the grievances of the Sinhalese from the Mangalagama village when a group led by Ven Sobitha thera met me. We will work with the leaders of the Muslim community in the east and solve the land problem confronting the Muslims and Tamils in the Eastern Province, mainly in the Batticaloa district."

Presidential Nomination within Obama’s Grasp as North Carolina Obliterates Clinton

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Barack Obama It is over bar the shouting. The die is cast. Senator Barrack Obama’s crushing defeat of Senator Hilary Clinton in North Carolina by over 14 points brought his pledged delegates plus the super delegates total to within hundreds of the magical number 2025 according to most observers. As I write all TV channels have declared Obama the winner in North Carolina while Clinton was eking out a 2 percent win in Indiana. Final delegate numbers were not available as I write. The most crucially contested two weeks in primary history went Obama’s way despite the pulverizing impact of Rev. Jim Wright’s verbal onslaught few days ago. What is left now is the awaited departure of Clinton from the scene. Observers predicted that the Democratic super delegates would move en-mass to Obama’s side now.

Defer Burma's National Referendum, Deal with Cyclone First

National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) has called upon the international community to press the military regime to immediately defer the referendum in order to address the devastation left by Cyclone Nargis. After survivors’ main needs are met, the regime can proceed with a rescheduled referendum, this time under free and fair conditions, including the presence of international monitors. Furthermore, NCUB has demanded that the (officially known as ) State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) must also unconditionally release all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo, Khun Tun Oo and Min Ko Naing.

Sri Lanka to help Burma cyclone victims

The Government will make a donation of US$ 25,000/- to the Government of the Union of Myanmar to assist victims of the recent cyclone, which devastated large parts of the country, Foreign Ministry said yesterday. The Government is also contemplating sending a team of medical doctors and nurses to the cyclone affected areas to provide medical assistance and care to those in need. The Government and the people of Sri Lanka express their sympathy to the bereaved families of those who lost their lives in this natural disaster and their solidarity with the friendly people of Myanmar, in their hour of need.

Police face more gold fraud complaints

The network members, who lost their money in the Quest Net, a multi-level marketing company, are continuing to storm the Chennai Police Commissioner’s office with complaints. According to sources, the police who sealed the company’s office is planning to freeze its bank accounts and arrest its founder Vijayendran who is in Hong Kong. The case is likely to be transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further investigation. Meanwhile, Quest Net officials forwarded SMS to the network members requesting them not to file their complaints against the company, as they were innocent.

Bush food talks

By Atul Cowshish & M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

India has unanimously condemned the remarks attributed to the outgoing US president, George W. Bush, that rising prosperity of Indians was one of the causes of spiralling food prices all over the world. Days earlier the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, had spoken on similar lines. Their views are not just ill-informed and highly objectionable but betray a mindset that should be worrying. The Bush-Rice duo also lead the chorus heard in all the rich western countries that energy-starved India (and China) is also responsible for the rocketing price of petrol. Being the world’s two most populated countries—combined population of more than 2.5 billion out of about 6 billion people on earth—India and China are also mainly responsible for global climate deterioration.

Bangladesh-Malaysia Ties

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Like Malaysia, Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country with around 87 per cent of its 140 million population being Muslim, has also earned international recognition for its moderate religious and cultural ethos, social tolerance and ethnic cohesion, which characterizes Bangladesh as a liberal, tolerant Muslim country. Being co-members of OIC, NAM Commonwealth, D-8 and ARF and as strong proponents of the multilateralism, the two countries share common perception on major Regional and International issues and have been working closely in the International arena to promote peace, stability, and development. About 200,000 Bangladeshis work in Malaysia and people to people contacts between these two nations have been excellently maintained, occasional irritations notwithstanding.

B. Srisena Cooray


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