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Sri Lanka's Political and Economic Progresss Outstanding, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama

Rohitha BogollagamaMinister of Foreign Affairs giving a comprehensive account of the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka to the Asia Society in New York, asked them to judge how progress has been achieved. He added "Today the investment in terms of capital projects are at the highest level like in the refineries where over billion Dollars being invested through the partnership with Iran, a recent visit by the Iranian President to Sri Lanka and in the Hydropower and in the coal projects we are investing over Two Million US Dollars within the next three years.

President Rajapaksa condemns LTTE's barbaric attack: People will not be intimidated by such tactics

President Mahinda Rajapaksa condemned the barbaric act of the LTTE of exploding a bomb targeting innocent civilians at a cafe in Ampara town. He said he was confident that the people of the East would not be intimidated by this low degrading act of the Tigers and the political parties supporting the outfit, at a time the people were about to enjoy the fruits of democracy by electing a true leader to guide their destinies. The President reiterated that when everything has been finalized for today's poll and at a time when the people were getting ready to exercise their franchise, such an act could in no way undermine the democratic victory achieved by the people of the East.

Splintered Leadership of Ranil-Rauff Coalition Would not Lead the People of East - Basil Rajapakse MP

Basil RajapakseSpeaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ Basil Rajapakse MP said that it is very clear that Ranil-Rauff coalition who are splintered and incapable of keeping their own members in the fold, could not be expected to lead people of the East. Defeat is staring them in the face because the people know that United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has freed them from the clutches of the ruthless LTTE terrorists. He said that the election campaign went on very well as the awareness level of the people reached a high level. They fully understand what is at stake in this election.

Disruptive Tactics by LTTE-UNP Underground Elements to Thwart Will of the People will Fail

The LTTE suicide bomb, sickeningly described by them as “the enchanting weapon of noble purpose” has been used to rescue the Ranil - Rauff UNP coalition when defeat was staring in the face. "Asian Tribune" reported few hours ago, that underground goons of the doomsday coalition were using terrorist tactics to disrupt the elections in the East. The prediction came true as a bomb detonated in a café in Ampara killing 11 innocent people. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP preaching democracy and freedom from the roof tops were now locked in an unspeakable attempt to thwart the will of the people. The LTTE is using terror to sabotage the elections. This is doomed to fail as the people are fully aware of these tactics and will go to the polls no matter what obstacles are put in their path.

Tigers fired mortar and killed 4 innocent villagers in Amparai district

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist Tamil outfit, in a desperate bid to interrupt the polling in the East Provincial Council has fired mortars towards the Village of Namal Oya located in the Amparai district, killing 4 innocent villagers and injuring many. Our reporter in the east further reported that security forces have discovered two claymore bombs in Valaichaenai.

East Provincial Council: First result of the polling expected by 12.30 midnight

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe - Reporting to Asian Tribune

Returning Officers of Amparai, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts reported that polling continues very peacefully without any major incidents in their respective districts. They did not disclose details of the percentage of voting in their districts. But PAFREL said that in the morning session an average of 40 % of total voters have cast their votes in the three districts. In the meantime, Correspondents of "Asian Tribune" filing their reports from those districts revealed that in the Batticaloa 35%, Amparai 35% and in the Trincomalee district 55% of the voters have cast their votes by midday.

Eastern Provincial Council voting concluded peacefully

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe - Reporting to Asian Tribune

The voting for the East Provincial Council election which commenced around 7.00am this morning at 1,070 Polling Stations in the three districts, concluded peacefully at 4.00 pm today. Reports arriving from the east, officers in charge of polling booths are making arrangements to take the ballot boxes to the counting centres in the three districts. Also it was reported that counting centres in the three districts have started counting the postal votes. According to election commission, total number expected postal votes are 2333 and already a 20362 postal votes have been cast.

British Authorities Missed Opportunity to File Criminal Charges Against Karuna: Human Rights Watch Flabbergasted

Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, known as Colonel Karuna Amman has escaped prosecution. Shame says Human Rights Watch. It should have been tried for crimes against humanity no matter where they occurred. The British government's failure to file criminal charges against a former Tamil Tiger leader for grave human rights abuses in Sri Lanka is a tragic missed opportunity to bring a notorious rights abuser to justice, Human Rights Watch added. In spite of strong efforts by the Metropolitan Police, on May 9 the United Kingdom government announced that the Crown Prosecution Service found there was "insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for any criminal offences in the UK" against Karuna Amman. "Britain is missing a golden opportunity to show that human rights violators like Karuna will be tried for grave abuses, no matter where they took place," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "If he escapes prosecution, it will be a tragedy both for his many victims and for international justice."

Minister Devananda Initiates Programs to Uplift Living Standards in Killinochchi and Mullaittivu

Minster Douglas Devananda, Chairman of Presidential Special Task Committee, appointed for resettlement, Rehabilitation and Developmental activities in the Northern Province, is in the process of collecting information for commencing accelerated development work for the upliftment of living conditions of the people of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mannar Districts. Minster has taken many steps to prioritize development activities stipulated in the 2008 Budget proposals as the first stage of development work in the North for the well-being of the people of the peninsula. He will launch currently identified programs for Humanitarian developmental activities first, and then proceed to complete such programs in the districts of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi which are yet to be cleared.

Excon 2008 begins

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Construction and Engineering Services Minister Rajitha Senaratne opens Sri Lanka’s premier construction exhibition Excon 2008 in Colombo on Friday. The exhibition is designed to facilitate the enhancement of industry capacities and competitiveness by promoting linkages among different stakeholders drawn from large multinationals to the SME sector. It is the gateway to the establishment of strategic partnerships and the expansion of markets. This is an ideal opportunity to promote and discover new products services and appropriate technology.

Appreciation: Prof. “Tawney” Rajaratnam was respected and loved by all

By Philip Fernando

Prof. “Tawney” RajaratnamOne of my cherished memories of the days as an under-graduate at Peradeniya was meeting Tawney Rajaratnam sub-warden of Arunachalam Hall. Tawney and our warden Prof. D E Hettiarachchi would often join us at a game of table tennis whenever we took a breather from our studies. 'Tawney' Selvaratnam Rajaratnam, born on 10 May 1928, was a senior academic in Economics at Peradeniya for a long time. He was renowned for his knowledge of the economic history of England. He entered the lecture hall without even a scrap of paper, rattled away dates with a vengeance as he walked to and fro with a slight stoop.

Prof. “Tawney” Rajaratnam

Rohitha Bogollagama

Basil Rajapakse

Will coalition survive in Pakistan…..?

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Pakistan is faced with a catch-22 situation. President Pervez Musharraf is having his bad days ahead, giving him sleepless nights and enough of cause for consternation. His ‘wings’ are likely to be ‘clipped’ by the new government. Either he will be impeached and forced to step down, or he will be reduced to a 'titular head', when an omnibus constitutional package is introduced in the National Assembly. It all depends on how the U S will act to save him.

Vinayagmoorthy Muralitharan (aka Karuna Amman) released – British High Commission

Vinayagmoorthy Muralitharan (aka Karuna Amman) was released yesterday (08 May) following his imprisonment for possessing false documents, contrary to Section 25 of the Control of Identification Documents (Offences) Act 2005. He now remains under immigration detention powers. This was revealed in a Press Release put out by the British High Commission in Colombo.

Sri Lankans in Las Vegas Initiate help for Burmese Cyclone Victims

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Ven. Arjahn ChaiyaWhen the United States news networks carried the seriousness of the deadly cyclone that hit the South East Asian nation Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, initially giving the death toll of 20,000 and displacing a million, it hit hard on the Asian community in Las Vegas in the State of Nevada. As the media outlets increased the death toll to over 100,000 and projected the images of the most serious nature of the devastation, a Sri Lankan in this Las Vegas valley activated in contacting some Burmese expatriates in Los Angeles who directed him to the Myanmar Buddhist Temple and Meditation Monastery.

Sri Lanka found Inland Oil Resources-Egypt shows interest to assist the project

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Development further strengthen its oil exploration project after the recent report on oil resources. According to the report Sri Lanka has vast inland oil resources. The Egyptian government has shown their interest to support this inland oil exploration programme and the government of Egypt has sent a group of oil experts to conduct research into this matter. Speaking to the media on Friday Sri Lanka’s petroleum Minister A.H.M.Fowzi said this team would release their detailed research report within two weeks.