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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2833

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Muthuvel Karunanidhi’ Birthday

LTTE banned for another year in India

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be banned for another one year until May 14, 2009, the Indian government announced. Ever since the LTTE had been banned in India in 1992, the proscription has been extended every year. India decided to ban the outfit initially following a LTTE suicide bomber killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Chief Ministership of East: TMVP Proposes Compromise Formula, Decision Squarely on UPFA’s Court

By Our Political Correspondent

The impasse prevailing in the East Chief Ministership stakes may cause the six members of the TMVP led by Pillaiyan to resign their seats. 'Asian Tribune' has learnt that the TMVP has proposed that as a compromise, TMVP be given the Chief Ministership and another Ministership position , the Muslims be given two Ministership position and the post of Speaker, and the Sinhalese one Ministership and post of Deputy Speaker. It is further learnt that TMVP awaits for the final decision of President Mahinda Rajapakse. It is further learnt in case an agreement is not reached the the sis members of the TMVP might tender their resignations and keep away from provincial council affairs in the future.

TN Congress wants extension of ban on LTTE

By Asian Tribune Special Correspondent

Muthuvel KarunanidhiTamil Nadu Congress party wants the ban on LTTE to continue. "The Karunanidhi government should recommend to Delhi extension of the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam," the Congress Legislature Party leader D. Sudarssanam told the Assembly in Chennai. Pointing out that the ban on LTTE imposed by the Centre under the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act since 1992 would end shortly, Sudarssanam urged the DMK government to act against organizations organizing meetings and rallies in support of the LTTE. He was participating in the debate on the demand for grants to the Home, Prohibition and Excise Department. He appealed to the State government not to allow extremist elements to grow in the State.

The LTTE Threat: Rest of 2008 and Beyond

By Ranjith Gunaratna

This year, both Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE] and the Government of Sri Lanka entered a new phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka that stretched more than three decades costing lives of around 70,000 people. During the period, the lasting damage the conflict did to the fabric of the Sri Lankan society is massive and not easily recoverable. The war devastated the country and consumed much needed resources for the development process. In this context, the underpinning objective of this article is to sketch out a landscape based on the events unfolded in the recent past leaving rooms to fill in the gaps with suitable colours in the future.

A delegation of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce is in town today

A four member delegation from the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Jeddah is is in Sri Lanka on a four day visit from today until 18th May. The visit of the delegation which is initiated and organized by the Consulate General is being headed by Mr. Mazen Mohamed Batterjee, Vice President of JCCI who is a prominent businessman. The other members include Mr. Mustafa Ahmed Kamal Sabri, Secretary General of JCCI and prominent businessmen Mr. Ziad Bassam M. Al-Bassam and Mr.Khaled Abdul Kader M. Naseef who are members of the JCCI.

Assasinated Maheswari Velaytham to be cremated today at the Borrella General Cemetery

Maheswary Velayutham, currently the nominee of the EPDP to the APRC. She was the legal adviser to the Douglas Devananda, Leader of the EPDP, and was a lawyer and forceful Human Rights Activist. She was assassinated by suspected LTTE gunmen on 13 May at her mother’s house located in Karaveddy. In a statement released by Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare, said that the remains of Late Miss Maheshwari Velayutham, Advisor to Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and General Secretary of EPDP, will be kept at EPDP Head office, 121, Park Road, Colombo 05, for public to pay their last respects.

NPM divided into two groups?

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

National Patriotic Movement [NPM] is divided into two groups. Gunadasa Amarasekara and some of leading figures of NPM are supported Werawansa and Rev.Dambara Amila and some regional leaders of the PNM support the Somawansa faction.It came to light today at the inaugural meeting of the JNF [political party of the Wimal Weerawansa faction] held in Colombo.

CIMA Inaugural World Conference in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Inaugural CIMA World conference has been scheduled in Sri Lanka from 28 to 31 May, 2008 and this four day CIMA International event is expected to attract approximately 1200 delegates including around 200 from CIMA’s global membership, business and a diverse group of corporates, business leaders and professionals. At a Press Conference held for the purpose of announcing the modalities of the event, Aruna Fernando, President, CIMA Sri Lanka division explained that the conference itself was unique as it was based on a focused theme of 4 pillars – peace building, innovagtion, global branding and leadership are highly relevant in today’s context.


EP Chief Minister will be named tommorrow

PillaiyanThe Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council will be named tomorrow. A special discussion in this regard was held this afternoon under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Speaking at the cabinet press briefing in Colombo this evening Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said with regard to the new Chief Minister what is important is not the individual but creating an environment where all communities can live freely. He firmly rejected UNP allegations that the government is creating racialism. He stressed that the aim of the government is to provide equal rights to all communities with Sri Lankan identity.