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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

Madhu Controversy and Duplicity by Bishop Rayappu Joseph Revealed to Padua Catholic Congregation in Italy

By Mendis Surweera of Naples to Asian Tribune

How Bishop Rayappu Joseph and the Bishops’ Conference failed to get the LTTE to declare Madhu Church a no conflict zone when the LTTE was in occupation of that area has come to light. The demand by Bishop Joseph that a peace zone be declared in Madhu now that it has been cleared of the LTTE terrorists is puzzling to everyone. This is nothing but duplicity and down right complicity with the Terrorist by Bishop Joseph. The factual situation is now crystal clear. Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith assured the gathering at Padua that the Madhu Statue would be returned and exhorted the people to be restrained and not agitated, to avoid divisions among the Catholics. He appealed to the media for restraint.

President Must Weigh Pros and Cons Fairly: Cabinet Post for Pillaiyan, One Way Out

By Our Political Correspondent

PillaiyanSeveral options are available to President Mahinda Rajapaksa to solve the deadlock regarding the Chief Ministership of the Eastern Provincial Council. The obvious one is to make Pillaiyan the Chief Minister, according to most observers. If not he should be offered a Cabinet post after nominating him to Parliament. Some observers already believe that a Muslim Minister from the East would be asked to resign and Pillaiyan nominated under the National List. It is said that many of the present Muslim Ministers were elected on the tree symbol of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in the last Parliamentary General elections held on April 2004. Then nominating one of them who resigned from the SLMC would be made by the SLMC and not by any others.

Multi-pronged offensive launched in Jaffna, Vanni

A multi-pronged offensive launched in Jaffna and the Vanni continued yesterday resulting in a heavy beating to the enemy yesterday, the Defence Ministry said. According to the finalized report received from the warfront several LTTE cadres were killed or wounded following the clashes while two soldiers were killed. In Jaffna one soldier was killed in a confrontation that took place in Kilaly. In Vavuniya troops attacked a group of LTTE cadres at Palampiddi. Troops confirmed that three LTTE cadres were killed in the incident, the Defence Ministry said.

India extends ban on LTTE by 2 more years

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

India has issued a notification extending formally the ban on the Tamil Tigers for another two years, until May 14, 2010, and directed its Navy, Coast Guard and intelligence agencies to step up vigil along the Tamil Nadu and Kerala coasts. The ban on LTTE first imposed in 1992, is periodically extended every two years as provided under the provisions of the Indian law that seeks to check unlawful activities The Interior Ministry said in a notification that the decision to continue the ban on LTTE has been taken after taking into several factors.

New East Provincial Council CM to be sworn in at 4 PM today

The latest reports reveal that the new Chief Minister of the Eastern Province will be sworn in today at 4 PM Sri Lanka time. Still Presidential secretariat has not anounced the name of the Chief Minister designate. So who is he? – Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan nom de guerre Pillaiyan? or M.L.A.M. Hizbullah? At present President Mahinda Rajapakse is meeting all the 18 newly elected UPFA members of the East Provincial Council.

Bomb Explosion in Colombo

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

A bomb exploded near Lake House, in Fort, at around 12noon Sri Lanka time. Casualty figures are yet to be known. It is learnt that almost all telephones lines in the capital city are jammed. More information will follow.

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Seven killed -50 injured

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

A bomb exploded near Lake House at around 12noon, today (May 16). According to the available information, a motor bike riding LTTE suicide bomber had rammed into a bus carrying Police personnel at the Ceramic Junction, near Lake House. Around fifty people injured and seven were killed due to the bomb blast.

Colombo bomb blast: 9 killed and 90 injured

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Nine police personnel were killed and over 90 casualties reported, following the LTTE suicide bomb attack near Lake House at around 12noon, today (May 16). According to the available information, a motor bike riding LTTE suicide bomber fitted with a bomb rammed into a bus carrying Riot Control Police, opposite the Sambodiya Temple, located in the Lotus Road, killing at least 6 riot police personnel, 3 civilians and injuring around 90 people. The police personnel were on their way to provide additional security as the swearing-in ceremony of the Eastern Province Chief Minister, which is to take place as scheduled today at 4:00 p.m.

Colombo Bomb Blast (Update) : 9 killed, 30 policemen and 3 soldiers injured out of a total of 90

Latest casualty’s figures reveals that out of the 9 people dead, 2 were civilians and 7 were policemen. Furthermore out of the 7 policemen killed, 3 of them were Policewomen constables and 4 were policemen. Colombo National Hospital Director Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said 30 policemen and 3 soldiers were wounded. One of injured police men speaking to 'Asian Tribune' from the hospital bed said he saw a light brown Bajaj Motorcycle ramping into the police bus.

Colombo Bomb Blast (Update): Death toll rises 10 killed and 96 injured

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Police say around 96 people were injured and 10 were killed due to the suicide bomb blast .The bomb squad said that the motorcycle which was fitted with 7kg of explosives was driven into a parked police bus carrying policemen to provide security for the UNP protest to be held today at Maradana. The police confirmed that 9 including 7 police personnel were killed. Minister Gamini Lokuge’s driver is also among the dead.

Colombo Bomb Blast (Update): A heart-wrenching story of the death of the driver of Minister Gamini Lokuge

Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

This is the tragic story of the death of a driver of the Gamini Lokuge, Minister of Sports and Public Recreation, in the bomb explosion this midday, around, at Lotus Road, Colombo. Minister Gamini Lokuge speaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ from Colombo National Hospital said that this morning his driver was one of the bomb blast victims, who was killed when he went to deliver a letter to a guest staying at the Galadari Hotel, after dropping him at his Ministry.

Wanton savagery demonstrated LTTE’s total commitment to achieve its separatist goals – Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse condemned the bomb attacked carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam this morning in Colombo. He said “I hasten to unreservedly condemn the latest act of cowardice and brutality by the LTTE, in exploding a bomb that has killed and injured many civilians and police personnel, in Colombo, today.” While extending his sincere condolences to bereaved families of those killed, President Mahinda Rajapakse expressed his condemnation on the wanton savagery of the LTTE on a busy street in Colombo.

Government to bring about consensus on the appointment of Pillaiyan as the Chief Minister of East

A very fluid situation prevails as the Government has shown its desire to appoint Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan who is popularly known as Pillaiyan, the leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. In the meeting of the elected UPFA members of the East Provincial Council, it is learnt the government is trying to work out a consensus in the midst of the members, on the appointment of the Chief Minister. The swearing in ceremony scheduled for 4 PM today is said to be delayed due to the delay in bringing about a consensus, a government spokesman told the 'Asian Tribune.'

EPDP activists in Paris defy LTTE

Enraged moderate Tamils in Paris pasted photographs of Jaffna peace activist Ms Maheswary Velautham in front of several Tamil shops in La Chappelle area in the Paris capital to protest against the brutal killing of Ms Velautham by the Tamil Tigers. The activists, though only less than two dozens of youths, ignored the objections by the LTTE supporters and pasted posters of Ms Velautham on the shop windows of La Chappelle, known as little Jaffna. Moderate Tamils in Paris expressed profound regrets over the murder of Ms Velautham who was shot dead by LTTE gunmen when she visited Jaffna to see her sick mother. Maheswary has been described as an individual who, martyred to terrorist intransigence. The barbaric act occurred just after the election of a Provincial Council that should be able to fulfill the diverse demands of development in the East, whilst maintaining the unity of the country.

Tea and Sympathy in the Great Nation of German for Ambassador Maduwegedera

Sri Lankan Ambassador in Germany Tikiri Bandara Maduwegedera got a sympathetic hearing and made the best use of it according to German Media. He told the unique story of the success achieved by one of the four largest tea exporters in the world, HEWA Tea. German media wrote endearingly of the ambassador and the Tea Company. Hewa tea, & More founded in 2003, in a small warehouse at Märkische Straße, reaped success quickly. It moved to Herpinger Weg in 2006. Today the manager and his six-member team are looking after 2,500 clients in all over Europe. The Russian market is to be opened up through a branch office. Another branch office is planned for Canada. “A great success”, says Ambassador Maduwegedera.



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