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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Foteign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama

East Provincial Council: UNP leads in Trincomalee Polling Division votes count in Trincomalee district

UNP Leads in Trincomallee polling Division in the Trincomalee district with 62.26% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Trincomalee Polling Division in Trincomalee district, votes counts released. Out of the total of 91,598 registered votes in the polling division, 50,228 votes were polled. At the counting 5,020 votes were rejected. Out of the 45,208 valid votes, United National Party obtained 28,146 votes which is 62.26% of the total votes polled, followed by United People's Freedom Alliance which received 13,828 votes which was 30.59 %, and Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna received 1,408 votes which was 3.11%.

East Provincial Council: UNP leads in Muthur Polling Division votes count in Trincomalee district

UNP Leads in Muthur polling Division in the Trincomalee district with 58.08% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Muthur Polling Division in Trincomalee district, votes counts released. Out of the total of 84,175 registered votes in the polling division, 51,567 votes were polled. At the counting 3,779 votes were rejected. Out of the 47,788 valid votes, United National Party obtained 28,233 votes, which is 58.08% of the total votes polled, followed by United People's Freedom Alliance which received 18,451 votes which is 38.61 %, and United Socialist Party received 495 votes which is 1.04%.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in Seruwila Polling Division votes count in Trincomalee district

UPFA Leads in Seruwila polling Division in the Trincomalee district with 61.47% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Seruwila Polling Division in Trincomalee district, votes counts released. Out of the total of 66,690 registered votes in the polling division, 38,835 votes were polled. At the counting 3,185 votes were rejected. Out of the 35,650 valid votes, United People's Freedom Alliance obtained 21,915 votes which is 61.47% of the total votes polled, followed by United National Party which received 10,855 votes which was 30.45 %, and Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna received 2,886 votes which was 6.41%.

An Election for Province that was Under Fascism with 60 % Turnout, a Great Success – Foreign Minister

By Walter Jayawardhana

Rohitha BogollagamaIt is a great success of the government’s policy when it holds an election with a voter turn out of sixty percent in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka when one considers the province was ruled by a a Fascist dictatorship only six months ago said Rohitha Bogollagama , Minister of Foreign Affairs in Birmingham England on Saturday. Addressing a gathering at Jethavana Viharaya in Birmingham the visiting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka said, “ the government’s policy is to introduce true representations of the people of the Eastern Province by devolving the powers to the province under a unitary system of government protecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence after defeating terrorism prevailing in the area.”

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in Pottuvil Polling Division votes count in Amparai district

UPFA Leads in Pottuvil polling Division in the Amparai district with 58.56% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Pottuvil Polling Division in Amparai district, votes counts released. Out of the total of 133,765 registered votes in the polling division, 99,610 votes were polled. At the counting 6,344 votes were rejected. Out of the 93,266 valid votes, United People's Freedom Alliance obtained 54,619 votes which is 58.56% of the total votes polled, followed by United National Party which received 37,488 votes which was 40.19 %, and Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna received 490 votes which was 0.53%.

East Provincial Council: UNP leads in Kalmunai Polling Division votes count in Amparai district

UNP Leads in Kalmunai polling Division in the Amparai district with 66.46% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Kalmunai Polling Division in Amparaidistrict, votes counts released. Out of the total of 64,316 registered votes in the polling division, 44,354 votes were polled. At the counting 2,832 votes were rejected. Out of the 41,522 valid votes, United National Party obtained 27,596 votes which is 66.46% of the total votes polled, followed by United Peioples Freedom Alliance received 13,478 votes which was 32.4 %, and United National Alliance received 174 votes which was 0.42%.

UPFA will take control of EPC

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Political analyst say the United People Freedom Party will take control of Eastern Provincial Council. The reason is they got the huge lead in Batticaloa. The lead was 47,739 votes. In Batticaloa UPFA secured 105,341 votes while UNP secured 58,602. UPFA lost Trincomalee. The difference is nearly 10,500 votes. This result indicates Mr.Pillayan will be assumed duties as the Chief Minister of the Provincial Council.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in Amparai Polling Division votes count in Amparai district

UPFA Leads in Amparai polling Division in the Amparai district with 57.10% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Amparai Polling Division in Amparai district, votes counts released. Out of the total of 143,170 registered votes in the polling division, 90,723 votes were polled. At the counting 7,854 votes were rejected. Out of the 82,869 valid votes, United Peoples Freedom Alliance, obtained 47,319 votes which is 57.10% of the total votes polled, followed by United National Party received 31,386 votes which was 37.87.4 %, and Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna polled 3,693 votes which was 4.46%.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in Sammanthurai Polling Division votes count in Amparai district

UPFA Leads in Sammanthurai polling Division in the Amparai district with 52.22% percent, out of the total votes polled.In the East Provincial Council Election, Sammanthurai Polling Division in Amparai district, votes counts released. Out of the total of 69,057 registered votes in the polling division,49,517 votes were polled. At the counting 3,326 votes were rejected. Out of the 46,187 valid votes, United Peoples Freedom Alliance, obtained 24,119 votes which is 52.22% of the total votes polled, followed by United National Party received 21,401 votes which was 46.34 %, and Independent Group 22 polled 253 votes which was 0.39%.

UPFA won the Eastern Province Election

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Election Secretariat says the UPFA has secured majority of the EPC election a short while ago. UPFA won seven polling divisions out of 10 polling divisions of the province. The first chief minister of the EPC will assume duties under the UPFA banner.

UPFA won EP election [update]

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance has achieved an outstanding victory in the first ever provincial council election in the eastern province. The UPFA received 308,886 votes and 20 seats in the eastern provincial council. The United National Party has received 15 seats. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Tamil Democratic National Alliance have received one seat each. The UNP has received 250,732 votes and the JVP received 9,390 votes. The UPFA secured victory in seven out of ten polling divisions at yesterday’s election. These polling divisions are Ampara, Samanthurai, Potuvil, Seruvila, Kalkuda, Batticaloa and Padirippu. The UPFA has won the districts of Ampara and Batticaloa.

Partnership against Terrorism Wins East as Pillaiyan Delivers Blow to “Blossoming” Ranil-Rauff Coalition

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

PillaiyanTerrorism failed. Unity and ethnic partnership message of President Mahinda Rajapaksa was heard very well in the East. UPFA secured a majority and according Asian Tribune analysts Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims rallied to form a viable administration. Pillaiyan would most likely be the Chief Minister once the preference votes are counted. Talk of David and Goliath! The new kid on the block gave a deadly blow to the Ranil-Rauff coalition.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in Padiruppu Polling Division votes count in Batticaloa district

UPFA Leads in Padiruppu polling Division in the Batticaloa district with 42.89% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Padiruppu Polling Division in Batticaloa district, votes counts released. Out of the total of 81,830 registered votes in the polling division,38,822 votes were polled. At the counting 5,293 votes were rejected. Out of the 33,529 valid votes United People's Freedom Alliance received 14,379 votes which was 42.89 % of the total votes polled, followed by United National Party 11,829 votes, which was 35.72% and Tamizh Democratic National Alliance received 3,594 votes which was 10.72 %.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in Batticaloa Polling Division votes count in Batticaloa district

UPFA Leads in Batticaloa polling Division in the Batticaloa district with 58% percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Batticaloa Polling Division in Batticaloa district, votes count released. Out of the total of 154,761 registered votes in the polling division, 97,563 votes were polled. At the counting 9,011 votes were rejected. Out of the 88,552 valid votes United People's Freedom Alliance received 52,053 votes which was 58 % of the total votes polled, followed by United National Party 29,770 votes, which was 33.62% and Tamizh Democratic National Alliance received 3,222 votes which was 3.64 %.

Pillaiyan

East Provincial Council Poll: Postal votes are being counted

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

The Election Commission revealed that voting ended at 4.00pm yesterday. According to reports received at the close of the poll, the estimated voters turnout was approximately 60 % and 65% of the registered voters cast their votes in Amparai district, 55% voters have cast their votes in the Batticaloa district, meanwhile 60% voted in the Trincomalee district. A total of 1342 candidates were in the fray in the East Provincial Council election. The polling took place in the Amparai, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts to elect 37 members for the East Provincial Council. A total of 982,721 eligible voters in the three districts polled to elect 14 members from the Amparai district, 11 from Batticaloa and 10 from the Trincomalee districts. The political Party or the independent group which receives the highest number of votes will receive extra 2 bonus seats.

PPP still under legacy of Bhuttoism

Asif Haroon Raja

Zardari who had thoroughly soiled his image and reputation has been comprehensively dry cleaned in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) machine invented by President Musharraf. While cleansing Zardari, Musharraf got himself grubby. The unethical NRO had actually been carved out for Ms Benazir but Zardari drew maximum benefit from it. The tragedy which befell upon the PPP as a consequence to unfortunate assassination of Ms Benazir was overcome to a great extent after the victory of the PPP. The victory shifted Zardari from the rear seat to the front seat and he become the super star. As the co-chair person of the largest political party of the country, he is now in a position to call all the shots in spite of the fact that MakhdoomYusaf Raza Gilani has taken over as the new PM with a thumping majority.

Indices volatile as investors speculate on 1st quarter earnings

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the stocks during the week traded within a narrow price range closing slightly higher WoW. The stocks got off to a modest start on Monday led by SLT and Carsons, and remained slightly lower during rest of the week. Expectations of poor 1st quarter earnings by the plantation companies dragged down the indices since the release of 1st quarter earnings of Agalawatte and Horana plantation companies. Overall the two indices closed in opposite direction with the All Share price Index (ASPI) ending up 5.5 points or 0.21 percent at 2641.2 points and the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) closing down 10.6 points or 0.33 percent at 3224.7 points.

Tweaking T20

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

If a media report is to be believed gamblers have a new obsession in the country. During the very inaugural week of the Indian Premier League’s Twenty20 matches an astronomical amount—Rs 2000 billion—had changed hands through betting, which incidentally is illegal in the country. For those who generally don’t get to handle or see any amount beyond four or five figures it is impossible to imagine where that figure will reach by the time the tournament is over. Even if the amount of betting is exaggerated, what is sure is that the IPL has shaken the world of cricket like never before.


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