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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

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Tamil Nadu minister resigns trying to 'save a relative in corruption case

By Asian Tribune Special correspondent

Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna resigned May 14 in the wake of accusations that she had tried to influence a vigilance probe 'to save her relative' involved in a corruption case. She submitted her resignation to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi even as Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and other opposition leader demanded her scalp. Swamy released two days back an audio CD with a recording of a telephone conversation allegedly between Poongothai and the vigilance chief S.K.Upadhyay.


Wahab vs Pilot

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Correspondents who wrote to various newspapers after a spat between a Rajya Sabha member from Kerala, K.P. Wahab, and Rajat Rana, an Indian Airlines (now called Air India) pilot, found fault with the MP. That was hardly surprising. But the real surprise will come if in the end the pilot is not made to suffer in whatever form, whether or not he was at fault. In India when two elite sections fight the verdict is generally in favour of the one who is comparatively lesser privileged. The MP will surely continue to fly smilingly in machines run by people he contemptuously calls ‘glorified drivers’.

Indo-Western Psychological Warfare Threat

Asif Haroon Raja

India’s RAW strictly abides by tactics taught by Chanakya 2500 years ago. Arthashastra gives copious lessons how Chanakya used to overcome his foes through deceit, guile and hypocrisy. Having reaped rich harvest in 1971, RAW is continuing to follow the same themes and techniques against all its neighbours. Strategically, India supports and spreads the idea of secessionist bodies in Pakistan. She is leaving no stone unturned to promote dissension and animosity among different communities inhibiting Pakistan and thus destabilise Pakistan politically and make it economically and militarily weak. Her psychological experts employ themes for Sindhi, Punjabi, Pathan, Mohajir, Baluchi and Saraiki audiences separately.

Ceyva Fund expands its services to serve rural masses

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Ceyva Fund expands its arm to serve rural masses providing energy, clean drinking water, basic healthcare, and affordable housing coupled with business solutions .Its CEO Mr. Arvind Navaratnam said the Ceyva Fund empowers and strengthens underserved segments of the Sri Lankan population by using entrepreneurial solutions to catalyze rural development while providing philanthropists and the Sri Lankan Diasporas an opportunity to transparently invest in and support apolitical, sustainable, rurally-oriented enterprises.

Crime against Humanity Vs Humanitarian Intervention

Prof. Kanbawza Win

It seems that that the civilized international community will have to choose between the brute (the Burmese Junta) that is committing a crime against humanity or to launch a humanitarian intervention. Even though the Burmese army had been killing its people and committing gross human right violations for the past 46 years (since 1962) their figure could not top more than 100,000. Now by withholding the massive aid donated by the international community to the storm victims, it is in a position to kill millions of the people of Burma, a clear case of crime against humanity.

Tell the world the real situation in Sri Lanka – President urged the Sri Lankan expatriates

President Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking to Sri Lanka Freedom Party supporters in London yesterday, said that it is the due responsibility of all patriotic Sri Lankans to convey to the international community the real situation in Sri Lanka as the LTTE is carrying an international false propaganda campaign distorting the image of the nation.

Palestine – SL tourism to receive boost through trade promotion

Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dr Anwar Al-Agha, Ambassador, State of Palestine expressed his hopes in improving tourism between Sri Lanka and Palestine, based on the positive response received from a tour group which visited Sri Lanka recently. He expressed this view when he paid a courtesy call at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), where he met Prema Cooray, Secretary General/CEO, Mahen Dayananda, Chairman and Harin Malwatte.

Will Indian government arrest those who discuss government decisions?

By Bobby Ramakant

A human rights activist was arrested in Manipur for discussing a state government's decision in a public forum. Sapam Kangleipal Meitei, 27 years, was discussing the impact of arming the civilians with weapons on the conditions prevalent in Manipur state. The state government had decided to give 500 gun licenses to natives of two villages in Manipur state. State government decided to hand over 500 gun licenses to civilians because armed cadres of People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), an armed opposition group in Manipur, had reportedly shot-dead two girls and a boy while seriously injuring the eyes of another girl on 24 March 2008. So the civilians of these villages were demanding arms for self-defense.

Packed audience

Question time

Mahinda Rakjapaksa presents souvenier

Maheswary Velayutham


M.L.A.M Hisbullah

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse at Oxford

Sri Lanka President being recieved