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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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Madhu Statue Taken Away will be Brought Back, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith Says in Padua

Fr. Sanjeewa Mendis - From Padua

Arch Bishop Malcolm Ranjith promised the congregation gather at the annual gathering of the Sri Lankan migrants in Italy, held on the 4th of May in Padua, that the miraculous statue of Madhu will be brought back to the Madhu Church liberated by the Sri Lankan army, once the Church comes to an agreement with both parties involved. He reiterated on the sacred obligation on our part to be united as a family and invited the media to be responsible in dealing with the present situation and be instruments of peace. As a genuine peace envoy His Grace articulated his vision this way: “If we are divided as Sinhalese and Tamils we can never speak of a united Sri Lanka. Let us extend our hands to one another. Let us heal the wounds of division and hatred. The challenge before us is not to defeat the other, but to live as sons of the same soil. Let us accept and respect the identity and integrity of one another. Let us dream for a new Sri Lanka. Ours is a beautiful island. It is blessed with numerous natural resources. Let us love this paradise which God has given us. United, let us march forward”.

Opposition against prorogation of Parliament

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Leader of the opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe says so far government has not informed him about prorogation of the parliament. He said he does not see any reason to prorogue the parliament at this moment. President issued extraordinary gazette notification to prorogue parliament from yesterday mid night. Parliament will resume its new session 5th of June. At a media briefing held in the parliament complex this morning the Opposition Leader introduced this prorogation act which suppresses the powers of the Parliament.

Masters of Conspiracies

By Adnan Gill

Secret hand at work again? Conspiracy again? Déjà vu all over again! Increasingly, it’s becoming very difficult to distinguish if its MQM or PPP that is raising hue and cry over conspiracies. As if bent on insulting our collective intelligence, every time Karachi goes through bloody carnage, the rulers of Karachi, the MQM passes the buck on to the “secret hand(s).” Their PR machine goes into high gear and comes out crying Bloody-Mary with their readymade statements: we are the victims of a conspiracy, we are the victims of the ‘secret hand’, here are the names of their victims, and etc. Their cries ring hallow, especially when MQM never gets tired of boasting their outstanding credentials in organization, discipline, and management.

Evocation-A Woman behind a Martyr

By Leel Pathirana

Aleida MarchLegendary revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara’s Widow Ms. Alida March unveiled her intimate memoir, "Evocation," recently, in which she narrates her six years with Cuba's hero before he left her for his clandestine trip to make a revolution in Latin America. Aleida March, 71, dedicated her book to 'my children, my greatest source of inspiration' and to her late husband's comrade-in-arms, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, 'to whom I owe everything.' The book already published in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Serbia also will be present in Japan soon. I wonder if there is going to be released also in US, as until now I didn’t find any source that confirms this she added.

Government is committed to consolidate law and order and peace harmony- President

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

President Mahinda Rajapakse stresses that the government is committed to consolidate law and order and peace harmony with the help of heroic forces who have already liberated the eastern province. The soldiers have rendered a priceless service to eliminate terrorism. Therefore, it is the responsibility of government to look after the welfare of the war heroes and their families. The President made these remarks at a ceremony held in Temple Trees today to declare a month for war heroes from today to June 7th.

East not Ready to Invite Tigers back along with UNP and Rauf Hakeem says Azad Moulana

The people of the East are not ready to give back their land to the Tigers along with the UNP and Rauf Hakeem. They are asking the question "What is Rauff Hakeem from Galagethera, Kandy doing in the Eastern Province? Does he think that there are no better leaders in the Eastern Province than him to interfere in the affairs of the people of the Eastern province? Azad Moulana spokesperson of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal posed the questions.

Sri Lanka: Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama meets Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General in New York

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in continuation of the regular dialogue to apprise the United Nations of the recent developments in Sri Lanka, particularly, with regard to the unfolding of the road map for the restoration of democracy in the Eastern Province. He also briefed the Secretary General on the Task Force set up to expedite development of the North. The Foreign Ministe when he met Ban Ki-moon yesterday, briefed on the process of recovery currently underway, on the directions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to empower the people of the Eastern Province following the eviction of the LTTE by the security forces and the Provincial Council Elections in the Eastern Province currently being held.

Anandasangaree - Will Talk with LTTE alone solve the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka?

V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front has posed a most pertinent question to the Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Sri Lanka, Will Talk with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist outfit alone solve the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka? He said that a resolution was unanimously adopted on the 24th of April at the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, calling upon the Central Government of India to intervene and to help to initiate talks between the two warring parties, to bring back Peace to Sri Lanka. He pointed out that it was very unfortunate that most countries and various organizations all over the world, without understanding the ground situation keep on asking the Government of Sri Lanka to stop the war and to start talks with the LTTE. The war must stop but there cannot be talks with the LTTE alone, he added.

Dr. Kohona presents the donation to the Myanmar Ambassador

Tin Oo Lwin with Dr. KohonaAmbassador of the Union of Myanmar Tin Oo Lwin met Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona at the Ministry, this afternoon. Foreign Secretary on behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka expressed deepest condolence to the victims who lost their lives by the cyclone that hit Myanmar on Saturday (03rd). Ambassador Lwin briefed the Secretary on the massive devastation caused by the cyclone in which over 22,000 lives have been lost while over 60,000 have been reported missing.

Iran’s President on South Asia Tour: Focus on Sri Lanka

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a two-day state visit from April 28 to Sri Lanka on an invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This is the Iranian president’s first visit to Sri Lanka. Ahmadinejad was accompanied by a high-powered delegation, including Foreign Minister Manouchehir Mottaki and Commerce Minister Mir Kazema and his key aides. Iran is emerging as a major economic donor in Sri Lanka which is under pressure on human rights issues as war has resumed with the Tamil Tigers. President Rajapaksa visited Teheran last November. Iran Minister of Economics & Finance Davood Danesh-Jafari already was in Colombo on January 15-17 to pave ways for Ahmedinejad’s visit and economic cooperation between the two countries and get the documents ready.

Dialog Named Sri Lanka’s Most Valuable Brand for the 2nd Consecutive Year.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider emerged at the pinnacle of Sri Lanka’s Top 100 Brand Index, for the second year in succession. Brand rankings for the Year 2007 were disclosed by Brand Finance (Lanka) together with its in-depth performance analysis and rating of Sri Lanka’s top brands. The Dialog brand reached a valuation of SLR 12,401 million, recording a value enhancement relative to its prior year value of SLR 12,324 million.

UK Businessmen line up to build houses for valiant soldiers

By Walter Jayawardhana

The United Kingdom based Sri Lankan expatriate businessmen lined up to support Sri Lanka Defence Ministry sponsored "Api Wenuwen Api" - 50,000 housing units project for the disabled as well as active soldiers fighting for the integrity of the country. The UK based businessmen showed their solidarity with Sri Lanka’s fighting men when Api Wenuwen Api United Kingdom project was ceremonially launched at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Hyde Park Gardens in London.

Tin Oo Lwin with Dr. Kohona

Priyanka signals

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

It is something that happens in the dream world of reel life rather than the hard real life that someone meets a person accused of being a part of the conspiracy to murder his or her father. So it was inevitable that the ‘secret’ visit paid by Priyanka Vadra nee Gandhi to Vellore prison to meet Nalini Sriharan, serving life sentence on charges of being part of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination plot in 1991, would attract wide attention; more so when the fact of that came to light a month later.