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Pillaiyan with President

Colombo Bomb Blast: Police begins investigations

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Extensive investigations are now being held on the suicide bomb attack occurred at Colombo Fort this morning. Police Media spokesperson Senior DIG N.K. Ilangakoon said the Colombo Crime Investigation Division and the Fort Police conduct investigations according to the instructions of CID. The Government Analyst has also concluded his investigation. It is being identified the motorbike which the suicide bomber had travelled has been registered in the Eastern Province. The registered number of the bike is EP MX 3875.

An Imam and a Rabbi: A Dialogue of Civilizations

Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan

Recently, I moderated a dialogue at the University of Delaware, with an Imam and Rabbi. The speakers at the event were Rabbi David Kalender, a senior Rabbi from the congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax, Virginia and Imam Muhammad Magid, the Imam of ADAMS Center in Northern Virginia and the Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America. It was enriching and frighteningly frank at the same time. The principal participants later confided to me that this was one of the more enlightening and candid dialogues they had engaged ever participated in.

EROS Condemns Bomb Blast in Colombo

In a press release Nesan Shankar Raji, Senior Leader & spokesperson for the Eelam Revolutionary Organization (EROS) said that Eelam Revolutionary Organization (EROS) and the political wing, Eelavar Democratic Front (EDF) condemn those responsible for the latest bomb blast near Lake House in Colombo on 16th May. In the statement Nesan Shankar Raji said “This latest attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The suicide bombers have killed 10 policemen and injured 70 others in this deadly attack."

Eastern Province Ministers took oaths before Sri Lanka President

Sunil C.Perera and Cithralal Jayasinghe

Pillaiyan with PresidentSivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan was sworn-in as the Chief Minister for the Eastern Province before President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday evening. Three other provincial councilors also took their oaths, as cabinet of ministers despite M.L.A.M Hisbullah was absent. They are T.Navaratnarajah, Wimalaweera Dissanayake and M.Uduma. After the swearing in ceremony Minister Athaullah welcomed the newly appointed Chief Minister.

UN Urges Myanmar Government to allow Humanitarian Workers into Affected Areas – No Implementation of R2P

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

With aid arriving in Myanmar in increasing quantities, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator urged the country’s Government to allow international relief workers into the area affected by the recent cyclone, in order to distribute supplies and coordinate assistance.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa Took Oxford by Storm

By Philip Fernando in L A for Asian Tribune

Mahinda Rajapakse President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the Oxford students last week took the students by storm. Letters sent to Asian Tribune after the President’s speech had one common theme:” he charmed the audience with his sincerity.” The question and answer session at Oxford was most scintillating according to the letters sent here. President may have been buoyed by the recent Eastern elections. He had established a good rapport with the students. Sri Lankan Society President Dilan Fernando and his members were joined by Pakistani, Chinese, Palestine, Indian and Thai Society members in felicitating the President. Sarah Iqbal of the Oxford Indian Society presented the President with a bouquet of flowers.

PPP-PML-N Alliance in doldrums

By Asif Haroon Raja

Quirk of fate brought the two mainstream political leaders Benazir and Nawaz back to the country after nine and eight years of exile respectively. Till mid 2007, none could think of such a scenario even in his wildest stretch of imagination because of far too many complications involved. For seven years Musharraf and his handmade legislature had condemned the two leaders in severest words. He had vowed not to allow the corrupt leaders to return who had robbed the nation. He vehemently brushed aside all suggestions of reconciliation saying that he could not break bread with looters.

Time Ripe for Banning LTTE IN Australia: High Commissioner Balapatabendi

Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia K. Balapatabendi, PC made a convincing case for proscribing the LTTE in Australia. In a well argued brief sent to the Australian government he stated that the recently concluded elections to the Provincial Council in the East where the LTTE held sway for decades showed that the people have rejected terrorism. He added "The results of the elections to the Eastern Provincial Council distinctly show the peoples endorsement of the Government's policy of restoring democracy and bringing normalcy to areas that were suppressed by the terrorists during the last three decades."

Foreign Minister Bogollagama Strongly Condemned Bomb Attack by LTTE in Colombo

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack by the LTTE in Colombo today (16 May 2008), which claimed the lives of seven police officers and two civilians, as well as causing serious injuries to scores of civilian bystanders. He said "This cowardly and brutal attack on a police bus, is but the latest atrocity unleashed by the LTTE on security personnel and civilians. It is a sign of utter desperation of the terrorists, in the face of their complete defeat in the Eastern Province, both militarily and politically and their imminent annihilation in the North."

United States Delivers Nearly 100 Tons of Supplies to Battered Burma

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S. military has flown nearly 100 tons of humanitarian relief supplies into Burma to assist its cyclone-stricken people, a senior Pentagon official said on Thursday. 15 May, five more plane loads of relief supplies were delivered by U.S. military aircraft as part of Joint Task Force Caring Response, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. That makes for a total of about 98 tons of U.S. military-delivered supplies to Burma, including water, food, blankets and more, Whitman said.

Take LTTE to Task Now, Anandasangaree Urges International Community

Anandasangaree,President of the President TULF strongly condemned the bomb attack on innocent civilians in Colombo by the terrorist LTTE. He called upon international community to take the ruthless terrorists to task for this barbaric act. Hhe pointed out that that within two days of the assassination of Ms. Maheswary Velauthan of the EPDP, the LTTE has once again shown its atrocious feat in the heart of Colombo.

Child soldier turned Chief Minister to build harmonious relationship with Muslims and Sinhalese

Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan "All necessary measures will be taken to bring about peace and harmony in the East. will take all required steps to embrace Muslims and Sinhalese living in the East and ensure their security. As a first step, I will be making arrangements to meet the Muslim leaders of the East to dispel if and any doubts that loom in their hearts and minds about my genuine love and brotherly affection towards them, especially of those in the East, said Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, the just sworn-in Chief Minister for the Eastern Province. The child soldier turned provincial Chief Minister was speaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ just after he was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, 33 years old youngest Chief Minister, was earlier a child soldier, abducted at his tender age of 14 years and given arms training by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and trained as another killing machine.

Sri Lanka welcomes India's decision to extend ban on LTTE

By Asian Tribune Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Sri Lanka has welcomed India's decision to extend the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and described it as New Delhi's policy of not extending support to terrorism. "This is in keeping with India's tradition of not endorsing LTTE's separatism and support for terrorism", officials in Presidential secretariat were quoted as saying in Colombo.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the brutal killing of Maheswary Valautham

In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the brutal assassination of Ms. Maheshwary Velautham by the LTTE on 13 May 2008. The statement adds that the cowardly incident took place while Ms. Velautham was visiting her ailing mother in her native village of Karaveddi in Jaffna. According to the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Ms. Velautham served as the Advisor to Minister Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP).

Burma: Aid at the Point of a Gun

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Aid at the point of a gun to the disaster-struck Burmese people and the implementation of the 2006 United Nations’ Responsibility To Protect resolution, popularly known as R2P, are being mentioned in responsible circles in Washington, New York and in several European Capitals. ‘Aid at the Point of a Gun’ is the title of the Op-Ed piece carried in May 14 "New York Times." Aung Din Executive Director of U.S. Campaign for Burma, an organization founded by the Burmese dissidents in the U.S., confirmed that efforts by the UN Security Council to order humanitarian aid into the Southeast Asian country of Burma over the objections of the ruling military regime have reached a dead end.

Swearing-in Ceremony at the Temple Trees

Mahinda Rajapakse at Oxford