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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2902

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Somawansa Amarasinghe the Leader os the JVP

Change of food prices is imminent in the world

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Large number of people’s organizations. Organizations protecting and working for the welfare of farmers and several prominent personalities in a joint statement point out that Sri Lanka food prices have beaten the world food prices as while the world food prices were increased by 40 percent last year, Sri Lankan prices are much more higher. The statement indicated that in this worst phenomenon prices of essential food items such as rice, bread and milk increased two or three times and the impact is greatest on the poor who s p end about 80 percent of their income on food. In this global crisis people are finding it difficult to feed themselves and their children.

Sri Lanka Navy Participate in the "7 Annual-Future Plans & Requirements 2008" in UK

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Participating at the 7th Annual " Future Naval Plans & Requirements 2008" in UK which held form 20-22 May, Sri Lanka Navy Commander discussed the "overview of current projects and plans of the Sri Lanka Navy, the role of the Sri Lanka Navy in a local and global context and also took the opportunity to analyse the future strategies for the naval fleet". Eleven leading naval powers in the world took part in this annual event in order to share their experience in order to see that the future plans and requirements are aimed at making the maritime environment safe around the world.

Canadian Tamil sympathizers did not give to the heart’s content - Soosai Sea Tiger Boss

By Walter Jayawardhana

SoosaiTrue, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was bankrolled by Canadian sympathizers. But despite the millions they gave they did not give to the heart’s content of Sea Tiger boss Soosai. According to documents released by the Canadian Federal government officials Soosai once told three Canadian Tigers, Mrs. Shakila, Mr. Xavier and Mr. Kathirvelupillai Sithamparanathan, President of the Montreal chapter of the World Tamil Movement, that there were "insufficient activities of the branches in Canada and England, " but he was expecting, “a huge sum of money” and “most of the promises made by foreign supporters” “ended up as fiction.”

Sanath Jayasuriya SAARC Goodwill Ambassador – Uniting for HIV and AIDS

Sanath JayasuriyaSri Lanka's star batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya and Ms. Shabana Azmi were selected as SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors for the programme " Uniting for HIV AIDS" by the selection committee at a meeting held at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu recently. This prestigious honorary title is for a period of two years and the Goodwill Ambassadors are expected to travel to all SAARC member States. The overall goal of the Goodwill Ambassador is to garner enhanced response to the fight against HIV/AIDS within the Member States through advocacy and public mobilization efforts at the regional level.

Sangaree condemns killing of innocent civilians

The claymore mine attack at Murugandy in Kilinochchi on Friday 23 May and the bomb blast in a crowded train on Monday 26 May are both condemnable. On the last Friday, in the Claymore mine blast, 16 innocent men, women and children were killed and also left 3 seriously injured. Again in the Dehiwela station bomb blast of Monday it left 9 killed, 73 injured. V. Anandasangaree, President – TULF, says in a statement released to the press that he strongly condemns both these atrocious acts.

Negotiations with Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers: US Ambassador Blake Writes One Thing and Says Another

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake categorically expressed in an interview given to Sri Lanka’s Sunday Observer on May 25 that the U.S. does not advocate Sri Lanka to enter into negotiations with separatist Tamil Tigers (LTTE). But the official report about his Mission’s role in promoting democracy in Sri Lanka as part of the overall State Department report on Advancing Freedom and Democracy, which was sent under his own signature to Washington, released Tuesday May 27 says that “U.S. government efforts to promote human rights and democracy focus on working with partners to broker a lasting peace agreement between the government and the LTTE.”

Minister charges that the UNP is rejoicing over fuel hike

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Minister YapaMinister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa observes that the UNP is rejoicing on the suffering of the people caused by rising petroleum prices. At a recent media briefing UNP parliamentarian Thalatha Athukorala said the cause of rising fuel prices is the lack of proper economic management by the government. She had also charged that the government is increasing prices of goods without any compassion for the people. Issuing a statement today Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa informs the MP that the government cannot control international petroleum prices.

Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma’s independent leader’s House arrest extended

By Leel Pathirana

Aung San Suu KyiDespite the heavy devastation caused by the recent Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country from top to bottom and left 134,000 people dead or missing, Myanmar's Military junta leaders yesterday extended yet by another year, the house arrest of the opposition leader, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. This act was condemned by the Western nations who promised millions of dollars in aid after people killed by the cyclone. Officials of the junta drove to Suu Kyi’s lakeside house in Yangon and read the one year extension of the house arrest, despite the strong resistance by her supporters who gathered outside her compound. However, a Yangon-based diplomat said the extension of the house arrest was for a year. Normally House arrest extension used to be renewed annually.

LTTE made 21 brutal attacks targeting civilians

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said at the media briefing the terrorists have attacked 21 brutal attacks for the last five months targeting civilians. 149 civilians have died in these attacks and 500 were injured. The security forces have successfully in liberating 600 square kilometers of land in Vavuniya from terrorists. Five major locations of the terrorists were attacked by the air force in the past week. The operation was carried out by the 57 battalion.

Eenie Meenie Miney Mo – UNHRC counts Sri Lanka out

By Shenali Waduge

Interestingly enough this age old counting system was responsible for the elimination of Sri Lanka from re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Yet, there were many others who thought it was their internationalized anti-Sri Lanka campaigns that triggered the loss of votes to Sri Lanka. Some of those happy faces are Desmond Tutu, former US President Carter & Argentinean Aldolfo Perez Esquivel & how could we not miss the NGO coalition. So proud are they of their fete accompli vis a vis Sri Lanka that they seem not to care that States with more questionable human rights abuses have found their way to the UNHRC & they in fact out number the democracies on the 47 member Council.

Despite Landmark Treaty, Children Still Under Siege

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which came into force in September 1990, has been described as a landmark treaty ensuring the human rights of the world's 2.2 billion children. But despite the fact the treaty has been ratified by all of the world's governments -- with the exception of the United States and Somalia -- about 218 million children still suffer the worst forms of child labor, while 250,000 to 300,000 have been forcibly pressed into military service as child soldiers.

President Mahinda Rajapakse


Sanath Jayasuriya

Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa

Aung San Suu Kyi

Somawansa remains as the leader of the JVP-Wimal axed

Somawansa the LeaderSomawansa Amarasinghe remains as the leader of the JVP, while Tylwin silva was appointed as the General Secretary by the Central Committee of the JVP at their fifth convention held in this evening at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo. Wijitha Herath was appointed as the Propaganda Secretary by the central committee and Anura Kumara Dissanayake is now holding Parliamentary group leadership.

Irony of soaring oil prices

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Early in January this year the world was shaken when crude oil touched $100 a barrel. The frightening prospect of oil prices hitting $200 a barrel looms large. That dreadful day was not expected before 2010. But when oil prices crossed $ 135 a barrel in May it began to look as though the $200 a barrel ceiling will be hit much earlier—perhaps before the year ends. The galloping pace of oil prices is a cause for much worry in a country like India which imports more than 70 per cent of its need. A rise in petroleum product prices is inevitable; the only question is what will be its extent. Frankly, it is not easy to define the acceptable petroleum price cap from both the political and economic points of view.