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Bomb explosion in Dehiwala: Nine killed and 73 injured

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara says 9 persons have been killed in the blast that occurred on a train travelling from Fort to Panadura yesterday evening. Acting director of the Colombo South General Hospital Dr. Wilfred Kumarasiri said 73 injured persons have been admitted to the hospital. He said six bodies also lie at the hospital. The blast occurred at around 5.00 this evening just as the train was leaving the Dehiwala Railway Station. Police say the bomb was in the hood rack of the 5th compartment of the train.

Cater’s and Tutu’s statements are biased

By Leel Pathirana – Asian Tribune

The recent vote to oust Sri Lanka from the 47 member world body, UNHRC was another the international conspiracy against the Government of Sri Lanka at the time it was involved in waging the war to end terrorism that is plaguing the country for the last two decades. Most of the political analysts say loosing the seat in the UNHCR is not a major setback as at present the majority of the Sri Lankans are with the Government in order to support the War against terrorism despite the highest cost of living that continues to rock the country.

Results of the Eastern Provincial Council Election are a severe blow to racism

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Dilan PereraMinister Dilan Perera says results of the Eastern Provincial Council Election are a severe blow to racism. The Minister participating in a live radio programme of the SLBC on Monday he further said, people in the east through their verdict have conveyed the message that they desire democracy. He has also pointed out that attempts made by certain media to carry bogus propaganda regarding the Eastern Provincial Council Election have turned futile with the election of Mr. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan to the post of Chief Minister.

Kudos to US Ambassador; Rotten Tomatoes to Bruce Fein

Respectfully Stephen Long from Los Angeles, California

Robert BlakeI was happy to read that yesterday the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, the Robert Blake, has asked the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, to give up his demand for a separate Tamil state. He said he thinks that “95% of them (Tamils) support a solution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka.” Mr. Blake said giving up the idea of a separate state would give Prabhakaran "lots of credibility to respond to lots of skepticism here in the South (Sri Lanka) that the LTTE would never negotiate with the government." He also said, "I always remind people who are visiting from US that Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims lived together and continue to live peacefully together.

Alleged fundraiser of LTTE in Vancouver to be charged for financing terrorists organization

By Walter Jayawardhana

Prapaharan Thambimuttu of Toronto Canada who was arrested last Friday was scheduled to be charged before a court in Vancouver for raising money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the British Columbia area among Tamils. The Vancouver Sun newspaper said that this is the “first time in Canadian history, a man has been charged for financing terrorists..” Canadian Mounted Police Superintendent Lloyde Plante said "He was soliciting funding that was to be utilized to support the LTTE that was the allegation."

Trial by media – wither journalistic ethics

By Janaka Perera

Trial by media seems to have become the rule rather than the exception in Sri Lankan journalism these days. There is no question that the press in a democratic society has the right to criticize governments, individuals or organizations on political, social or economic issues or terrorist-related activities. But do the media have the right to make one-sided, unsubstantiated charges of corruption, embezzlement or sexual misconduct against a clearly identified individual, giving that person no chance to defend himself?

Kennedy Assassination Furor Ignites Puerto Rico Primary

By Philip Fernando in L A for Asian Tribune

Hillary ClintonThe dreary days of a winding down primary season got awakened as Senator Hillary Clinton mentioned the Bobby Kennedy assassination in June of 1968. Senator Obama already getting additional secret service protection seemed unruffled by all that talk. Clinton immediately plunged into a full-scale damage control effort as critics assailed her remarks being in poor taste and uncalled for. She insisted that she was misconstrued when she evoked the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in 1968, as a reason for fighting on for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. She added "I want to set the record straight: “I was making the simple point that given our history, the length of this year's primary contest is nothing unusual."

Sri Lanka President vowed to defeat terrorism

President Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka President vowed that he will not stop till terrorism in the country is defeated. He pointed out LTTE is trying to whip up communal strife and take the country back to the situation as in 1983. He emphasized that the Sri Lanka Government would not allow the emergence of such a situation in the country. “I will not stop till terrorism is defeated,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Sri Lankan media commenting on the bomb blast by the LTTE on a train at Dehiwela yesterday. The President reiterated, “My Government and I are committed to defeating terrorism. No one should have expectations that there will be a let up in the battle against terrorism because of the frenzied attacks by the LTTE. I will leave no room for terrorism in this country.”

Government paid compensation for victims of the Dehiwala bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Ministry of Disaster Relief Services and Resettlement has paid Compensation for victims of the Dehiwela bomb incident today. One hundred thousand rupees has been paid for the family of married person and 50 thousand for unmarried who was died at the bomb blast. The compensation scheme is operated under the directives of President Mahinda Rajapakse. Under the first phase of the compensation 15 thousand rupees was given for funeral arrangements.

Police deploys special investigation teams on Bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Police media spokesmen SSP Ranjith Gunasekara says a five prong investigation is being conducted into the bomb explosion on a commuter train near the Dehiwala railway station yesterday evening. Several investigation teams have been deployed in this regard. Initial investigations revealed that the bomb was made of one and a half kilograms of high power explosives. Security units say the damage was less because the bomb did not consist of metal balls.

Video surveillance cameras in private buses

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Installation ofo surveillance cameras in private buses to detect un-disciplinary activities and financial frauds has commenced. Two such cameras were installed in two private buses plying between Colombo and Badulla. The cameras record all visual and audio information from the start to the end of the journey. President of the Inter-provincial Bus Owners’ Association and Basnayake Nilame of the Sri Saman Devalaya in Mahiyanganaya, Ranjith Amarasinghe in whose buses the cameras were installed said the cameras also records the persons who place parcels in the buses and the exact time of such placements.

Poverty Thrives Amid Unprecedented Prosperity

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

Global poverty is thriving -- rather ironically -- amidst one of the most prosperous times in human history. Kul Chandra Gautam, a former assistant secretary-general and deputy executive director of the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, points out that world economic output was never more prodigious: last year it hit the 60-trillion-dollar mark. At this time of unprecedented global prosperity, in which someone becomes a new billionaire every second day, "We have the contrasting situation of nearly one billion people living on less than a dollar a day and 800 million going to bed hungry every night," he added.

Emergency aid from the People of Sri Lanka air dashed to the People of Myanmar.

Emergency aid from the People of Sri Lanka to People of Myanmar has been air dashed to Myanmar. Ministry of Health helped for the transportation of the consignment up to Katunayake and Mountain Hawk Express Ltd, Licensees for FedEx international Courier Service helped with the logistic service for the Myanmar relief. Earlier all three chapters of Maha Sangha have appealed for urgent assistance from the public to help people of Myanmar affected by the recent cyclone and community and Business sector given good respond on the Maha Sangha's request.

Nimal Siripala De Silva

Minister Dilan Perera

Ambassador Robert Blake

Senator Hillary Clinton

President Mahinda Rajapakse