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UN Humanitarian Chief condemns targeting of civilians in attacks in Sri Lanka

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today condemned the continuing targeting of civilians in Sri Lanka. Since the beginning of the year, more than 200 civilian lives have been lost in bombings in Sri Lanka. Attacks have targeted mass transport facilities and busy public areas in both the immediate conflict areas and population centres. “The targeting of non-combatants is a contravention of International Humanitarian Law, for which those responsible must be held accountable,” Mr. Holmes said. “This despicable behavior must stop,” he added.

Democratic National Committee Ruling on Florida and Michigan Expected on Saturday

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

As Democratic Party National Committee (DNC) readies itself for a ruling on how many delegates would be assigned to Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the states of Florida and Michigan, the nomination process seemed almost a foregone conclusion. The steady endorsement of Obama by more super-delegates poured in. Such old-time Clinton backers as Roger Altman and Sarah Kovner stated that the battle is over. Nobody has any doubts about who will be nominated, which makes the DNC Rules and Bylaws committee decision expected on Saturday rather anti-climactic.

Education Survives Amid Separatist War in Sri Lanka

An Asian Tribune U.S. Bureau Presentation by Daya Gamage

This is an amazing story Asian Tribune laid its hand about the remarkable survival of education amid a separatist war going on in Sri Lanka between the government and the Tamil Tigers. Education has been the top priority of all Asians who are domiciled in the United States, and statistics clearly show how the children of Asian dissent match or most of the time surpass the Americans in the field of education and acquiring highly paid professional jobs in the U.S. entering the highest income bracket.

Teaching languages in schools - a measure to bridge communication gap in the midst of communities in Sri Lanka

Minister Education Susil PremajayanthaTeaching of Sinhalese language in Tamil Schools and Tamil in the Sinhala medium schools is a measure taken by the Ministry of Education to bridge communication gap that prevails for decade in the midst of students of Tamil and Sinhala ethnicity. After 1956, when the Official Language Act was introduced making Sinhala the official language of the country, the communication gap between the Tamil and the Sinhalese speaking people emerged and began to grow wider by leaps and bound. In 1987, when the 13th amendment to the constitution was effected, Tamil was also granted the status of the official language of the country. Unfortunately, it only remained in paper, but no action was made to implement the official language clauses enshrined in the constitution of the country.

Government plans to construct another flyover in Nugegoda

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasignhe

Minister of Road Development T.B. Ekanayake says the construction of the flyover in Nugegoda will commence next month. The 300 meter bridge will contain four strips. It is the plan of the Ministry to conclude the construction work within 90 days. The British government is funding the project. Meanwhile the second phase of the Kelaniya flyover is now in progress. The construction work of the Panadura flyover is also to be completed within this year. Speaking to media the minister disclosed 16 flyovers are to be built through out the Island.

Notes from Islamabad

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

In a world where there has been a lot of antagonism towards Islam and Muslim nations, Pakistan, a prominent Islamic country which is also the only nuclear power in the Islamic world, has been undergoing turmoil of a serious nature with anti-Islamic forces fueling sabotage activities even from across the borders and trying to halt its economic and social progress. But the politicians continue to harp on issues that would negatively affect Pakistan's stability.

Colombo District Court issues an interim injunction on UNP - Mangala agreement

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Colombo District Court has issued a standing interim injunction informing the suspension of the implementation of the agreement signed by MP Mangala Samaraweera with the United National Party. This order was given at the interim verdict of the petition filed by former UNP parliamentarian Anura Bastian and Western provincial councilor Anil Kumara Wijesinghe.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister on the important role of SAARC

The Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Dr. Sheel Kanta Sharma, called on Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama, on 26 May at his official residence. Secretary General Sharma was accompanied by the Director (Sri Lanka) of the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu during this visit. Minister Bogollagama and the Secretary General discussed issues of relevance and significance of the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Colombo and broached and mapped out other pertinent areas and sectors with high potentiality.

Canada’s Liberal Party daily reminded of its unholy alliance with Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Hardly a day passes these days in the Canadian press reminding the people of Liberal Party’s unholy alliance with the supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. David Astor, replying to an alleged security scandal brought against the Canadian government by the country’s Liberal Party said that this was the same party who mollycoddled, Tamil Tigers who are "one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations in the world." Writing in the National Post newspaper Astor said, "Give me a break. This is the same party that coddled the Tamil Tigers' Canadian supporters as part of its larger plan to ingratiate itself with targeted ethnic communities."

Sri Lanka spends Rs. 350 Billion to import oil

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasignhe

Minister Bandula Gunawardena Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Affairs said a barrel of crude oil has risen to 136 dollars today from the price of 29 dollars in 2003. In the year 2003 the government spends only 838 million US dollars to import oil. Minister Gunawardena has pointed out however; this expenditure has been increased to 2497 million US dollars by last year.

American Politics, Terrorism and Islam

By Habib Siddiqui

Over the years, America has evolved into the most dominant power in our planet, now much touted as the only super (or more appropriately, hyper) power. Her powerful navy roams around all the seas unhindered and unchallenged. To dominate the oceans and seas of the world, America has more than a dozen naval task forces built around aircraft carriers. She has military bases in all the continents of the world. According to the Defense Department's annual "Base Structure Report" (2003), which itemized foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon owned or rented 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and had another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories.

Sri Lankan Minister of Science and Technology visits AIT in

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

On 20 May, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) welcomed Professor Tissa Witharana, Minister of Science and Technology, Government of Sri Lanka, who was accompanied by Professor J.B. Disanayaka, Ambassador Sri Lanka to Thailand and also an AIT trustee; and Professor Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson, National Science Foundation Sri Lanka. The visit of Minister Witharana to AIT was to explore possible collaboration between AIT and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka.

Hopes & despairs of India-Pak dialogue

By M Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Islamabad has come at a time when there was a strong resentment in India against Pakistan, believed to be fostering, abetting and inciting terrorist violence against its eastern neighbour. This was because of the Jaipur serial blasts which claimed about 70 innocent lives and repeated bids of infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir and at least three major violations of the cease fire on Indo-Pak Border. In fact voices were being raised that India should call off the visit would not serve any purpose.

Minister Education Susil Premajayantha

The Security forces capture a main LTTE camp in Mullaitivu

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Security Forces have captured a major terrorists' camp in Mulativu. Our sources say the captured Munnagam Base is regarded as a main supply and administrative centre of Tiger terrorists. The camp comprised of a complex of fortified bunkers and buildings erected according to much planning. There is a network of underground tracts and a 75 feet long tunnel in the sprawling camp located in an area of half an acre. The Army Headquarters say the camp has also maintained three centers to issue commands, which were made of concrete. In addition, there were two observation posts and a luxury house.