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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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In Sri Lanka tourism boost in Middle-east market

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

At the monthly media discussion with the Tourism Ministry, it was revealed that the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau with SriLankan Holidays announced that prominent hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka is extended a value-added benefit for Middle East travelers by offering a free stay for two children below the age of 12 years sharing the parents’ rooms as an industry standard during the summer months commencing in June and ends up in August.

Democracy: The Double Standards of Democracy : Ambassador Mr Robert Blake - Please think twice before you speak out.

By Garvin Karunaratne

The other day, I was stunned by what I saw on the television. I watched the dead body of a Puerto Rican soldier, who had been killed in Iraq being handed over to his parents. The body was laid in a casket draped with the American flag. The Puerto Rican mother in sheer anger tore the American flag out of the casket and cast it on the ground. Out of nowhere she plucked a Puerto Rican flag and draped it on the casket bearing the remains of his dearest son. Many do not know that though Puerto Rica is a State of the USA, the people though accepted as citizens of the USA cannot vote to elect the US President. Our Ambassador should know that in the case of Sri Lankan elections every citizen has an equal right to vote, wherever they live in the country.

Sri Lanka “Shilpa Sayura” wins The Stockholm Challenge Award 2008

The Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 has been awarded to “Shilpa Sayura”(Sea of knowledge) Project presented by Sri Lanka under education category. A total of 145 outstanding ICT projects from all over the world under six categories were selected as finalist. All finalists were invited to Stockholm and participated in the Challenge Week, held from May 19 – 22 in Kista, North of Stockholm City. The Awards ceremony took place in the evening on May 22, in the Blue Hall, venue of the Nobel Banquet. The winning projects in each category were announced and presented with the Challenge Trophy and a check of Euros 5,000.

National Patriotic Movement will be divided

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Patriotic Movement is likely to be divided due to the recent clash between Wimal Weerawansa faction and Somawansa faction. Speaking to media Rev.Dambara Amila thero who represents Somawansa faction said today that Wimal faction did not allow them to enter the executive meeting of the NPM, which was held at the NPM headquarters in this morning. Wimal faction ordered the Somawansa faction to limit their participation for the exco meeting and allowed only five members to participate in the meeting. After that both parties had tense argument.

Another custodial death in Gampaha Police

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

There is information that a suspicious death of a young man in the Gampaha Police Station on 7th April after he was arrested. The deceased Sureen Kinson has left his home around 6.30 pm on 4th April to meet a friend, but did not return home that night. At around 9am, next day, the friend informed the deceased’s grandmother that police officers attached to the Gampaha Police Station had arrested the deceased and had taken him to the police station. On receiving this information, the deceased’s grandmother went to the police station to find the deceased in the lock up room where she was able to speak to him. Sureen has told her that while returning from his friend’s house, he was arrested on ‘suspicion’.

Maheswary Velayutham remembered in Canada - a prey to LTTE child soldiers

Maheswary VelayuthamGlowing tribute was paid to the memory of the assassinated Human Rights Activist Maheswary Velayutham in Toronto. The memorial meeting was held at 31 Glen Watford in Scarborough, Canada on May 24, 2008. The meeting was organized by the Canadian Democratic Tamil Cultural Association. The meeting was attended by a large gathering, including Maheswary’s relatives. Maheswary Velayutham was killed at her home in Karaveddy while caring for her ailing mother on her death bed, on May 13, 2008 by LTTE assassins. Speaker after speaker recalled her courage and the selfless services she rendered to the Tamil people for over 30 years of her political and social activism. Speakers related so many incidents where the media, HR organizations and NGO’s laid the groundwork for the dirty work of the Tigers by not putting the situation in proper perspective and accused them of appeasing or working for the Tigers.

“Batticaloa situation is under control for the time being” – Minister M.L.A.M Hizbulla

Situation in Batticaloa has been brought under control after the release of the two Muslims who were abducted yesterday afternoon by the boys of TMVP, said Minister M.L.A.M Hisbullah . He said that subsequently those two Muslims were released yesterday at the Eravur Police station. In the meantime, Azad Mowlana spokesperson of the TMVP said that things are under control in Eravur, but no movements in the streets were visible as if though an unofficial curfew has been imposed by the police. He also raised suspicion that it is still unclear to conclude whether it was the TMVP cadres or some other forces are involved in creating disturbances in the Batticaloa district.

Bomb Explosion in Colombo

By Sunil C. Perera and Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Bomb blast in Panadura bound train, a short while ago. The blast occurred at the Dehiwala Railway station. Many causalities, said the sources. Details will follow.

Bomb explosion in Dehiwala [update]

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

A bomb explosion occurred in side the Colombo-Panadura train while it reaching to the Dehiwala railway station around 4.45 p.m. According to the available information the explosion took place around 4.55 p.m and the victims were being rushed to the hospitals. Our sources said around four persons were killed and another 27 were injured.

Five killed -25 injured in Dehiwala bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Five persons were killed and another 25 were injured due to the Dehiwala Bomb blast. Security forces say a search operation is underway around Dehiwala area. The bomb was hidden in a train apartment, said the Police sources. Injured were admitted to the Kalubowila General Hospital. Hospital sources said around 62 injured were admitted to the Kalubowila hospital. Most of them received minor injuries, our sources said.

Bomb explosion in Dehiwala [update]

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Bomb had exploded 4.55pm and bomb according to report was kept on the top of the luggage rack of 3rd compartment. According to the available information the explosion occurred inside the 3rd carriage of the Panadura bound train which leaves the Maradana railway station around 4.25p.m. Senior Military officer said there are 5 dead bodies inside the Train Compartment, 3 female and 2 male and more than 67 people wounded and admitted to Kalubowila Hospital

Military spokesman requests the public to continue to be vigilant

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara requests the public to continue to be vigilant and immediately inform the nearest police station or security units on any suspicious factor they come across. Defense Ministry has appealed to the general public to cooperate with the Government to provide whatever information they have on the suspicious movement or activities of anti- social elements and terrorists who works against the country.

Sri Lanka dispatched urgent relief items to China

Urgent relief items dispatched by Sri Lanka to China have arrived in Chedugu, Capital city of Sichuan Province yesterday morning. On last 12th May Sichuan Province was affected by an earthquake. In the Earthquake of 12th May, the official figures as of May 25, stated that 62,664 people were are confirmed dead, including 62,161 in Sichuan province, and 358,816 injured, with 23,775 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people homeless. It was the deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed at least 240,000 people.

Sycophancy Indian style

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

It is a debate that erupts all too frequently and yet it so engrosses the sanctimonious and the morally sapped political class in the country. The union human resource minister, Arjun Singh, may or may not have spoken as a ‘sycophant’ when he pitched for Rahul Gandhi as prime minister, but the eagerness with which his words were lapped up by his detractors in and out of his party for a display of serial indignation looks totally out of place. And to draw parallel with pets is debasing a discourse that many already consider ribald.

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