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Health Ministry on strike of Ratnapura Hospital

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Ministry of Health has focused its attention on the ongoing strike action at the Ratnapura Teaching Hospital. After initial investigations the Ministry transferred the nursing official concerned. As a result of the strike action three patients at the hospital have died so far. Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva gave directions today to the Director General of Health Services Dr. Ajith Mendis to provide an investigation report into the deaths.

A boquet of thanks for regaining Madhu shrine - SPUR

Ranjit Soysa, Spokesperson of the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka has congratulated and thanked the ”Ladies and Gentlemen of the Armed Forces” for regaining the Madhu shrine from the Tamil Tigers and for showing great restraint by not firing their big guns although Tigers used the Church precincts to launch their attack on the Army with field artillery.

Myanmar: Constitutional referendum flouts human rights, says Amnesty International

By A Special Correspondent for Asian Tribune

“Amnesty International is gravely concerned by the deeply inadequate or total absence of provisions for the protection of many human rights within the (Myanmar/Burmese) draft constitution and by numerous provisions which may facilitate impunity for violations of human rights. In light of the fact that the Burmese army has been responsible for widespread and systematic human rights violations spanning decades, some of which amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International is particularly concerned by the powers granted to the army in the draft constitution, which may prolong impunity for human rights violations.”

Crushing Defeat for UNP Trying to Hand-over East to Tigers Again, Says Minister Susil Premajayanatha

Susil PremajayanathaMinister Susil Premajayantha in charge of the election campaign for the UPFA told Asian Tribune that all things point to a great victory for the people of the East who are determined not to hand over the East to the Tigers again. They reacted well to the President's call to go ahead with the liberation of the East and enter the democratic process. The people will hand a crushing defeat to those trying to bring back the Tigers to the Eastern Province again, he said. Minister Premajayantha along with Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen and SLM Hisbullah participated in an election meeting in Oddamavadi. Subsequently, they had a press conference at the Batticaloa Town Hall. Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliyan, Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, SLM Hisbullah, Pradeep Master and Pirabakaran Sivakeertha, Mayor of Batticaloa participated in the press conference.

ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus Wants Member Nations to Intervene in Burmese Disaster

The Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in an appeal to Heads of State of ASEAN member nations to intervene to redress the misery visited to the millions of people of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) following the deadly Cyclone that killed an estimated 100,000. ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus has also urged that as regional leaders, ASEAN Head of States must take a principal role in sharing experiences and advice to its member state and look out for the welfare of the people in its neighboring country, especially when its own government seems unwilling to do so. We, members of AIPMC comprising of Parliamentarians from the region, appeal to you to immediately act on the situation in Myanmar.

Sri Lanka Army captures Adampan Town

Sri Lanka Government troops fighting against Tamil Tigers on the Mannar front, captured Adampan town area this morning from the Tamil Tigers, defence sources said. Government troops captured Adampan tank and two square km of ground area South of Adampan today. Army conducted operations from yesterday morning and captured the area. At least 15 Tiger cadres were killed in hours long fighting erupted between security forces and the Tamil Tigers in the area, Media Center for National Security (MCNS) said. It was reported that two army soldiers died while 7 others suffered injuries, MCNS further said.

UNP to use strong-arm methods to disrupt elections in east

Tension prevailing in the Batticaloa district as the UNP goons and the LTTE intelligence operatives are jointly attacking TMVP cadres as well as vandalizing TMVP posters. ‘Asian Tribune’ learnt that UNP parliamentarians as well as provincial Council Members have arrived in the East together with 30 to 40 of goons each from the south to attack the TMVP and Muslim youths supporting the UPFA and create disturbances in the East on the eve of the elections and on the polling day. According to TMVP spokesperson Azad Moulana, UNP goons and the LTTE intelligence group cadres are jointly roaming the Eastern province armed openly with lethal weapons. He said these UNP stalwarts who are in the East have instructed their goons to destroy posters put out by the TMVP to ensure clashes with the TMVP activists in order to discredit the elections by blaming the TMVP for clashes.

Bomb blast in Amparai

Ruwan Weerakoon, Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

A powerful bomb blast occured in Ampara town around 5.40 pm.

More details to follow.

Six civilians so far reported dead in the Amaparai bomb blast

Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

STF Officer confirmed to 'Asian Tribune' that, so far 6 people reported dead from the bomb blast, that took place today in Amparai, opposite the City Café Hotel, near the main bus stand. According to news report, Minister Ferial Ashraff had just passed through the area where an explosion had occurred in Amparai. Reports confirmed that the Minister was safe.

LTTE exploded a bomb in Amparai town killing 11 civilians

Ruwan Weerakoon reporting from Colombo

Defense sources confirmed that LTTE exploded a bomb inside the "New City Cafe" in Amparai town around 5.45 p.m today. Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanyakkara confirmed 11 death and 29 persons wounded. According to reports the bomb was a parcel bomb, which was kept in the café in Amparai town near the main bus stand.

That speech on human rights, media freedom and sins by Ranil Wickramesinghe

By S. Akurugoda

Speaking at a ceremony held to commemorate the 15th death anniversary of President Premadasa, Mr has said under the Premadasa regime, unlike now, there was media freedom and even permitted human rights organisations to visit Sri Lanka to observe and comment on the allegations against his administrations. According to the opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe , today’s media is silent about the so-called ‘violating human rights’, ‘media freedoms’ and ‘sins’ said to have been committed by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

Government supports displaced persons in Myanmar

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe says the Sri Lankan government has contributed towards relief measures for persons displaced by the recent cyclone in Myanmar. President Mahinda Rajapakse as the Chairman of the National Council for Disaster Management has provided 25 thousand US dollars to Myanmar. In addition the Ministry of Disaster Managing has made preparations to send drinking water bottles to the displaced. Minister Samarasinghe stated this yesterday at the inauguration of the 7th meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management in Colombo.

Ameer Ali Sihabdeen

Susil Premajayanatha

Gold fraud complaints pour in

More victims of the Multi-Level Marketing Company Gold Quest thronged the Chennai police Commissionerate on Thursday. Investigation is said to be getting wider after the first arrests were made a few days ago. Bhanumathi, a small- time playback singer, who had invested in the company, said, ‘I became a member of Gold Quest believing the words of a Telugu actor’s son. He convinced me by saying that I can make lakhs by just making others join the company. Now I had lost everything.’ Similarly, Jinnah, whose son is a member of Gold Quest, said,'we were cheated to the tune of Rs three lakh. The police should immediately do the needful to put tricksters behind the bars.' Many said a CB-CID inquiry should be ordered to probe into the issue.

Corridor of chaos

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Anyone who keeps his eyes wide open instead of focusing his gaze narrowly would have anticipated the outcry that followed the completion of a 5.6 km stretch of the Bus Rapid Transport corridor in south Delhi. It is quite common in Delhi (and dare one say the rest of the country) for the government to take up what they think are people-oriented projects and discover their flaws only after executing them. Nobody cares to take a full-vision, broader view at the inception stage. To illustrate the point recall the number of big residential complexes built in Delhi by government agencies that quickly attracted a lot of flak the moment people started occupying the houses.

Sri Lanka morning show wins Australia’s prestigious Antenna award 2008

Sumane Liyanaarachchi - Sydney

Melbourne based “Sri Lanka Morning Show” Television program was awarded “ the prestigious Antenna 2008 award at the award presentation ceremony which was held recently at the spectacular BMW Edge , Federation Square Melbourne. The Antennas are Australia’s annual National Community Television Award, recognizing the contribution of volunteer community television makers from all parts across Australia. The Antennas celebrate diversity and harmony by bringing many disparate communities together to celebrate their cultures, interests and perspectives.

CMEV monitors EP election and Launches a blog

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) will monitor the Eastern Provincial Council Election on 10 May 2008. CMEV is currently constituted by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) the Free Media Movement (FMM) and INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre. Set up in 1997, CMEV has monitored every election since then. It observed the elections to local government authorities in the Batticaloa District in April 2008. CMEV will deploy 330 stationary monitors within selected polling centres across the Eastern Province and an additional 49 Mobile Teams.

EU wants Sri Lanka to receive again GSP+ - Julian Wilson

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

European Union wants Sri Lanka to receive GSP+ again for coming three years. Sri Lanka will get GSP + again if it meets the eligibility criteria .The government can meet criteria if it wants to and the EU is working closely with Sri Lankan government to that end, said Julian Wilson, EU Charge de Affairs in Colombo. Speaking at the EU's 51 birthday held on Thursday in Colombo he said that he is not going to bore with Sri Lanka further detail on GSP+.