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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2737

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Amnesty Appeals to British Authorities to Prosecute Karuna and Provide Protection to Prospective Witnesses

Amnesty International UK yesterday expressed disappointment that despite six months of investigation, the United Kingdom authorities have not been able to amass sufficient evidence to determine whether it is possible to mount a successful prosecution of a Sri Lankan commander suspected of torture, hostage taking and war crimes. They alleged that Vinavaamoorthi Muraliitharan, commonly known as Colonel Karuna of abducting hundreds of teenagers to serve as child soldiers, and of having tortured, taken as hostage and killed hundreds of civilians in Sri Lanka. AI urged the authorities to immediately pursue this matter. All witnesses must be given protection so that ample evidence would be forthcoming, it said.

Myanmar Junta Does U-Turn on Relief Aid

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The military government of Burma (Myanmar), in a dramatic turnaround, has offered to cooperate with the United Nations in its massive relief efforts in the cyclone-devastated country where the death toll could exceed 100,000. "Our frustration levels have been going up and down," U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told reporters Friday. "We were badly frustrated yesterday, we are a little less frustrated this afternoon, and we hope it will be better tomorrow," he added. "But we cannot afford to give up."

Immediately Dissolve West Bengal Government, States Retired Major General Vombatkere

Retired Indian Major General S.G.Vombatkere, VSM in a letter to the President of India Srimathi Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, he had called upon her to immdiately stop the violence taking place in the area of Nandigram. In letter his letter he states "It is with great pain and anguish that I have to report to you that there are happenings in Nandigram, West Bengal, that are comparable with the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 and pre-Independence British atrocities against Indians. These are criminal acts of sheer cruelty by depraved minds. In all these acts, it is women who are particularly targeted by humiliating and abusing, stripping and parading, beating, torturing and raping.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in the postal votes count in Batticaloa

In the East Provincial Council Election Postal Vote counting for Batticaloa district is over. Out of the total of 4,427 postal votes in the district, United People's Freedom Alliance received 2159 Votes and leading followed by United National Party 1282 Votes and Tamizh Democratic National Alliance received 454 Votes.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in the postal votes count in Trincomalee

In the East Provincial Council Election, Postal Votes counting for Trincomalee District has been anounced. Out of the total of 8517 postal votes in the district, 8354 votes were polled. At the counting 411 votes were rejected. Out of the 7943 valid votes United People's Freedom Alliance received 4938 votes, followed by United National Party 2481 votes and Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna received 411 Votes.

East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in the postal votes count in Amparai

In the East Provincial Council Election, Postal Votes counting for Amparai District has been anounced. Out of the total of 9468 postal votes in the district, 9189 votes were polled. At the counting 641 votes were rejected. Out of the 8548 valid votes United People's Freedom Alliance received 4722 votes, followed by United National Party 3401 votes and Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna received 353 Votes.

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

UPFA Leads in Kalkudha in the Batticaloa district with 66.81 percent, out of the total votes polled. In the East Provincial Council Election, Kalkudah Polling Division in Batticaloa district, votes count released. Out of the total of 94,359 registered votes in the polling division, 61,556 votes were polled. At the counting 6,778 votes were rejected. Out of the 54,900 valid votes, United People's Freedom Alliance received 36,731 votes which was 66.81% of the total votes polled, followed by United National Party 15,673 which was 28.51% votes and Eelam Democratic Front received 1,421 votes which was 2.58 %.

East Provincial Elections: Official final results

From Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The first ever election in the demerged eastern Province was held yesterday (10) to elect 37 members to the provincial Council.


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