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Minister Sarath Amunugama meeting Mr. Kuruda.

AEO says the Eastern Provincial Council Election was free and fair despite Opposition allegations

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Asian Election Observers Society says the Eastern Provincial Council Election was free and fair. Head of the observers Tericita Liyoko says the people in the province voted in the election with much eagerness. She pointed out the people in the province has realised the importance of restoring democracy in the area. Mrs. Liyoko made these remarks at a media briefing held in Colombo this morning.The observers group includes members from ten countries.

To boost Ayurvedic Tourism in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine jointly has organized a workshop on 12th May at the Auditorium of Sri Lanka Tourism to explore the possibility of working together to evolve a new concept 'Ayurvedic Tourist'. Ayurvedic Tourism seems to become a booming industry in the region. Large numbers of Westerners are growing disenchanted with the high cost of healthcare of their Allopathic system of medicine and its many side effects.

Pakistan Returns To Commonwealth Despite Internal Political Problems

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Pakistan, suspended from the Commonwealth six months ago, was re-admitted to the 53-nation organisation yesterday, despite reports of impending splits within the newly formed government in Islamabad. The 9-member Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) that met in London today to consider the two pending cases before it- Pakistan and Fiji- announced that Islamabad which it suspended last November 22 ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda had satisfied the conditions demanded of President Musharraf. Therefore, the suspension is being lifted and Pakistan returned to the “councils of the Commonwealth”.

Chief Minister of the Eastern Province will be named soon

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The government leaders say that the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province will be named within the next few days. The Chief Minister will be nominated after discussions with the representatives of parties who contested for the election under the ticket of United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance. President Mahinda Rajapakse is due to call discussions with the representatives shortly. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo this morning Minister Maithreepala Sirisena said an agreement was made in this regard before the election.

Tamil Democratic Alliance backs Pillaiyan for CM

The chances of TMVP chief Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan became stronger with the unqualified support extended to him by the lone council member belonging to the Tamil National Democratic Alliance (TNDA) in addition to the six Tamil members elected on UPFA ticket. Rasaiyah Thurairatnam, National Organiser of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (Vartharaja Group) who won a seat in the East Provincial Council on the TNDA list insisted that the Chief Minister for the East has to be a Tamil and no one else. In an exclusive interview with "Asian Tribune," he declared that he would support a Tamil becoming the Chief Minister of the East Provincial Council.

Dr. Jayalath Jaywardena MP Slanders Sri Lanka Falsifying Situation of Tamils in the Country

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

In a bizarre twist of sabotage against Sri Lanka, Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena M P has dashed off a letter to countries in the West about an alleged situation in Sri Lanka on behalf of Ms. Parameswary, that she is being persecuted by the government because she is a Tamil. First, this is blatantly false as the Tamils in the Eastern Province voted in large numbers for the Mahinda Rajapaksa government on Saturday. Second, Dr. Jayawardena has damaged Parameswary's case beyond repair by political contamination he injected into simple grievance ventilation. As a Member of Parliament Dr. Jayawardena should have known that political differences with the government do not permit him to slander the good name of Sri Lanka, his motherland.

Pillaiyan thanks Tamils for helping him to defeat for the first time Vanni Tigers democratically

PillaiyanSivanesathurai Chandrakanthan popularly known as Pillaiyan told Asian Tribune that he wanted to convey his thanks to the Tamils who are in fact 48 percent of the total population in the East, for helping him and his party to defeat the Vanni Tigers for the first time democratically. He added, I bow my head to the people in the East for helping us to grow democratically to this height. Pillaiyan said that by taking over the Provincial Council, we will be able to fulfill the political aspirations of the people of the East.

Response to cyclone in Myanmar ‘unacceptably slow’ – UN Sec-Gen

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday registered his “immense frustration” with the pace of relief efforts following the cyclone in Myanmar last week, and called on the Government to do everything it could to prevent the disaster from becoming even more serious. “I want to register my deep concern – and immense frustration – at the unacceptably slow response to this grave humanitarian crisis,” Mr. Ban said today, speaking at a press conference in New York. “Unless more aid gets into the country – very quickly – we face an outbreak of infectious diseases that could dwarf today’s crisis,” he added.

Sri Lanka: Appeal for Assistances to help cyclone-hit Myanmar

The All three chapters of Maha Sanga have appealed for urgent assistance from the public to help people of Myanmar affected by the recent cyclone which caused severe destruction to life and property. A special committee consisting of Aggamahapanditha Kotugoda Dammawasa anunayaka, Ittapana Dammalankara, Brahmanawatte Sivalee, Prof. Bellanwila Wimalarathana, Maduluwawe Sobitha, Muruttetuwe Anannda, Daranagama Kusaladamma and Thiniyawala Palitha theros had been appointed to collect donations and to coordinate with relevant authorities.

Democratic Race: Obama Cruises Along As Super Delegates Join Him

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Irrespective of the West Virginia primary outcome on Tuesday, where polls indicate a good win for Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Barrack Obama has garnered largest number of pledged delegates-close to 1,840. He also has 273 super delegates on his side, the same number Clinton had on her side. The contest now seems almost out of reach for Senator Clinton according to most observers. Barrack Obama painted himself as the new kid on the block. His self-revelatory style on race dynamics is refreshing, which helped wipe out his some what lack of experience.

First of Three Planned U.S. Relief Flights Brings Aid to Burma

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The first U.S. military plane loaded with relief supplies arrived in Burma Monday, May 12 as members of Joint Task Force Caring Response prepared to dispatch two more relief flights to the cyclone-stricken region, the United States Department of Defense announced. A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft loaded with emergency relief supplies arrived Sunday, 11 May at Rangoon International Airport in Burma, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. After delivering its load -- 8,300 bottles of water, two pallets of mosquito nets and a pallet of blankets -- to Burmese military officials for distribution, the plane returned to Utapao Thai Royal Navy air base in Thailand, Defense Department further said.

Minister Sarath Amunugama meets Asian Development Bank Chairman at the ADB Meeting in Madrid

Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion participated in the Asian Development Bank’s 41st Annual Meeting held in Madrid, Spain representing Sri Lanka.

President will address the Oxford Union

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Mahinda in LondonPresident Mahinda Rajapakse will address the Oxford Union tomorrow on the invitation of the Oxford Union and the Sri Lanka Society of Oxford University. The topic of his address will be the “strategy towards empowering the rural economy of Sri Lanka”. President Rajapakse will be the first Head of State of Sri Lanka and a Sri Lankan statesman who had not previously held office in the Oxford Union to address it as a guest speaker.

National Security, Intelligence and Media

By - Ravin Edirisinghe

The two words, "National Security" has been in the forefront of various discussions in this country especially during the last couple of years. Even though many think that this term is directly referred to the threats that the country is facing from LTTE, in broader picture it is not so. We have seen during the last couple of months secrets which considered to be of national interest had been intentionally leaked out to the hands of certain individual journalists who merely survives on such information to make their living. I should make this very clear and that is, in no case I'm targeting the much respected journalists in this country.

Letter by Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena