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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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The greatest victory of President is the victory achieved at the EPC Election says SLFP

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Minister Maithreepala Sirisena says the greatest victory of President Mahinda Rajapakse during his rule of two and half years is the victory achieved at the Eastern Provincial Council Election. He further says it is not a victory of the masses in the east, but of the entire nation. The Minister at a media briefing in Colombo today said the UNP is making many accusations in order to cover its defeat at the election. One of their charges was that the election was fraudulent. Minister Sirisena pointed out however, the inquiries conducted by the Elections Commissioner and the PAFFEREL have proved that the election was free and fair.

Wimal faction make arrangements to register a new political party

Parliamentarin Nandana Gunathilaka today produced the documents at the Elections Commissioner's Secretariat to register a new party behalf of the Wimal Weerawansa faction . The party is named the National Freedom Front(NFF), colour Gold and the emblem the crown. According to the party sources that it was not a carbon copy of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.Speaking to media a spokesman of the forthcoming party said that the new political movement will however follow the original strategies of the JVP, formed by Rohana Wijeweera.The party’s doors will be open to anyone who is patriotic and progressive regardless of class, opening up opportunity for open dialogue.

Sri Lanka’s home grown solution more pragmatic than compromise with terrorists Minister Bogollagama

By Walter Jayawardhana

Rohitha BogollagamaAfter having lived with the false belief that a compromise could be brought about through negotiations with the terrorists for almost thirty years Sri Lanka took a more pragmatic home grown solution of annulling the fruitless Ceasefire Agreement, defeated terrorism in the East and introduced true representation for the people and installed a democracy which the people embraced readily said, Rohitha Bogollagama, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister. He was addressing a ceremony at the Birmingham Budddhist Maha Vihara presided over by Dr. Vitharandeniye Kassapa O.B.E. to celebrate the Vesak organized by a multi-ethnic communities of the area. The liberal democratic member of Parliament John Hemmings also graced the occasion.

Sri Lanka has Weathered Terrorism Well and Maintained Stable Political Environment - Bernard Goonatilleke

Ambassador Bernard GoonetillekeIn an era of instability, Sri Lanka has successfully maintained a relatively stable political environment, despite the long drawn out armed conflict. As one of South Asia’s oldest democracies, Sri Lanka has consistently supported democracy, and most importantly, the international struggle to contain terrorism. Sri Lanka is a party to all the major United Nations Conventions relating to terrorism as well as human rights said Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Benard Goonatilleke in his addressed to Sixth Annual Juneau World Affairs Council Forum, Juneau, Alaska.

Election results show people's mandate to government policy against terror - President

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The results of the elections to the first Eastern Provincial Council show the people's endorsement of the government's policy of restoring democracy and normalcy to areas hitherto controlled by the terrorists, and the overall development programme already initiated in the Eastern Province said President Mahindha Rajapaksha issuing a press statement.

Tourism earnings should flow down to the local community

By Quintus Perera from Colombo

F De S Palitha Gurusinghe, President Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation, at a function to meet Ms Marion Hammerl, President, Global Nature Fund, said that though the government collected money in dollars from foreign tourists in various like National wildlife concervation parks, the government did not think it that is its responsibility to pass on at least a part of it to the community living around those tourist destinations. The meeting was held at Mount Lavinia Hotel.

UNP plans to file a court case against the government?

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The United National Party says the entire polls of the Eastern Province were corrupted and the party will take legal actions against the responsible authorities. Speaking to media General Secretary of the party Tissa Attanayake said the UNP has a number of evidence against poll rigging, assaulting and threatening of members of the party, destroying properties of its activists.

Food Crisis

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The two pictures are puzzling and offer a sharp contrast. One day the Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar, asks some states to arrange for import of grain, clearly indicating that the situation on the food front is not very rosy. Then a day later P.K. Mishra, the secretary in his ministry, presents an optimistic picture of food production in the country. According to him the ‘third estimates’ of grain production in 2007-08 suggest that the country could expect a 10 million tonne increase over last year’s grain production.

CTC involves in reforestation

By Quintus Perera

Disaster is forced on earth as in addition to vociferous natural disasters like, Tsunamis, earth quakes, cyclones, floods, droughts etc, man-made disasters are also harming the mother earth equally and harshly. One other such man-made disasters is the removing the natural forest cover in one way to accommodate massive development projects and also by illegal methods. This has contributed to climate change and consequently global warming. All these disasters added together, would leave the earth uninhabitable and if these nature violations are not stopped the living beings would be wiped out from the earth.

PPP-MQM marriage of convenience

Asif Haroon Raja

Ever since the MQM has become the predominant political party in urban Sindh, Karachi has lost its peace and tranquillity. The city of lights has turned into city of darkness and vandalism. Hardly a day passes when there is no incident of rape, burglary, kidnapping, car and mobile snatching, bank robbery, murder and extortion of money. The armed masked men riding on motorcycles are often seen roaming the streets unchecked. The pillion riders spray bullets at the selected prey during broad daylight and after performing their job with precision they melt away. Such lawless activities reach a crescendo when MQM is in power in Sindh. However when in opposition, its militant wing never hesitate from using the language of gun while the leaders keep wailing about victimisation.

Pillayan tops preferential votes in Batticaloa

PillaiyanTMVP leader Pillayan has got the most number of preferential votes for the UPFA in Batticaloa with 38, 718 votes while J. S Mohomad came second with 34,782 votes and M.L.A.M Hisbullah came third with 34,581 votes.

Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke

A policeman shot and killed and another sustained gun shot injuries in Batticaloa town

Suspected LTTE gunmen shot and killed a policeman and injured another, around 7PM at the Batticaloa town centre, near the main Police station in front of the Commercial Bank, located in the main street.