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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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UNP plans to launch an island wide protest campaign

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka's main opposition the United National Party has decided to launch an island wide protest campaign against government's unreasonable fuel price hike. According to the Secretary General of the UNP Tissa Attanayake the UNP will request all vehicle owners to stop their vehicles and blow the horns and glare the lights for five minutes from 12.00 a.m. on Tuesday 3rd June. "This campaign is to be covered island wide ", said Mr.Attanayake.

Clinton Failed to Get Full Florida and Michigan Pledged Delegates Counted

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Senator Hillary Clinton’ last ditch effort to seat all of the delegates from Florida and Michigan failed as Democratic Party Rules and Bylaws Committee decided to allow only half the number of pledged delegates to be eligible as both states violated the calendar set for primaries by the party. The number of super delegates will not change. Senator Barrack Obama currently has a lead of 201 among all pledged and super delegates. It was a testy and contentious DNC Rules committee meeting as both Obama and Clinton sides argued the final numbers from Florida and Michigan. It belied party loyalists’ call for unity.

Business of the East Provincial Council to be conducted in Tamil

The business of the East Provincial Council will be conducted in the Tamil language. At the same time translation also would be provided in the Sinhala language for the benefit of the Sinhala speaking Members of the Council, said Rear Admiral Mohan Wijeyawickrema, Governor of the Eastern Province. Rear Admiral Mohan Wijeyawickrema said that the inaugural session of the Provincial Council will be held on 4th of June.

Sri Lankan Tamil couple arrested for allegedly killing their two children and grievously hurting other by stabbing (Update 1)

A young Sri Lankan Tamil couple were arrested by the New Scotland yard police for the suspected murder of their five year old boy , four year old girl and grievous hurt of a six month old baby girl, by cutting their throats the police said. "The matter is being investigated by our child abuse unit and not by the terrorist unit right at the moment," a spokesman for the New Scotland Yard said. He said the woman was also treated for minor injuries and both of them are in the custody of different police stations until the investigations are over and charges are framed. They would be eventually produced in a court of law after that.

Kul Gautam of Nepal to Receive Audrey Hepburn Award

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced that its former Deputy Executive Director Kul Chandra Gautam, a national of Nepal, will receive the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, at its annual meeting in Atlanta on June 19. The award, named for UNICEF’s legendary and highly esteemed Goodwill Ambassador and a renowned Hollywood actress, is given to individuals who have demonstrated visionary and transformative leadership on behalf of children and women worldwide.

Bush Lied about Iraq War, Stunning Revelations by Former Press Secretary Scott McClellan

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Former Presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s memoir is a scorching tells all revelation that President George Bush told bald faced lies why he was invading Iraq in 2003. Washington press corps now believes that McClellan had to step down as press secretary because he told damning face lies so often that after a while everybody just laughed at him. He was waffling every time someone asked questions like "Why did this administration cherry pick intelligence and lie us into war in Iraq?" and "Why is your statement today different from the one you gave us last week?" McClellan’s book is a telling indictment of how Bush administration cooked up a false pretext for going to war.

President Mahinda Rajapakse met the members of the governing party of the eastern province at Temple trees on Saturday

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

At the meeting, Hassen Maulavy was chosen as the Leader of the House of the Eastern Provincial Council while Thuraiappa Navarathna Raja was appointed as the chief organizer of the ruling party. Mr. Faiz was proposed as the Chairman of the Council and N.K.D.S. Gunawardena was named as the Deputy Chairman of the council. Provincial Minister M.A.L.M. Hisbulla proposed to hold a workshop on administration for the members of the Eastern Provincial Council.

27,000 persons affected by flood in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Around 27,000 persons of nearly six thousand families have been affected by flood conditions that prevailed during the last two days. The National Disaster Relief Services Centre says the highest number of the affected persons is reported from the Kalutara district. Over 22 thousand persons are affected in the Divisional Secretariat of Palinda-Nuwara and Bulathsinhala which are the worst affected. The Divisional Secretariats of Ayagama, Kalawana and Kuruvita of the Ratnapura district are also seriously affected. The Baduraliya town has been completely submerged.

A dead body of a Muslim recovered in Kalladi, Batticaloa

Tension again raised its ugly head one more time in Kaththankudi, an area majority of the residence are Muslims, as the police recovered a dead body of a Muslim at Kalladi located South of Batticaloa this afternoon. The body was identified as that of Abdul Farook Mohamed Kuthoos, 45 a native of Eravur.

Father released without charge but mother remains in custody in the Sri Lankan Tamil double murder of children (Update - 2)

By Walter Jayawardhana

The 39 year old Sri Lankan Tamil father, Navaratnarajah who was arrested together with his wife for the murder of their five and four year old children and cutting the throat of their six months old baby girl has been released without charge by the police. He has been also bailed out on a different matter and the police refused to comment on it. The injured baby girl whose throat has been slit was operated on by surgeons during the night of Saturday and the Police said the baby is in critical but stable condition.

17 thousand families have been affected by floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

More than 17 thousand families have been affected by floods in five districts in the island. Director of the Disaster Relief Service N.D. Hettiarachchi said the affected persons in numbers were nearly 80,000. The Gampaha district was affected severely by floods. 45 thousand people have been influenced by under water in divisional secretariat areas of Dompe, Biyagama, Attanagalla, Kelaniya, Ja-ela, Minuwangoda and Gampaha. This has resulted the over flowing of Kelani Ganga and Attanagalu Oya. It is reported that more than 22 thousand people were displaced in Kalutara district. 18 thousand people were affected by floods in Palinda-Nuwara divisional secretariat division.

IFC sponsored Banking Road Show in Matara

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

International Finance Corporation (IFC) the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is organizing a banking road show for SMEs to be launched in Matara at the Lalitha Hotel on June 6 – 7, 2008. This is a unique concept which has been very successfully implemented earlier in Colombo and Hambantota. This programme is sponsored by the South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) of the IFC. A multi donor agency, IFC promotes sustainable private sector development in developing countires with a particular focus to promote economic development by encouraging the growth of productive enterprise and efficient capital markets in member countries.

East Chief Minister readying to run the east provincial council

ChanthirakanthanBoard of Ministers of the Eastern Provincial Council are expected to take over their Ministries on 3rd June. Eastern Provincial Council Secretariat and Ministries are located at the port city of Trincomalee. Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan has told his ministers to be in Trincomalee for the taking over their respective ministries by 3rd June. It is learnt that except for the Chief Minister, other ministers have not appointed their personal and political staffs. They are expected name their staffs after taking over their respective ministries.

Sri Lankan Tamil couple arrested for allegedly killing their two children and grievously hurting the other by stabbing

By Walter Jayawardhana

A young Sri Lankan Tamil couple, said to be from Chunnakam in the Jaffna district, were arrested by the New Scotland Yard Police for the suspected murder of their five year old boy , four year old girl and for grievously hurting of a six month old baby girl , by stabbing them the police said. “The matter is being investigated by our child abuse unit and not by the terrorist unit right at the moment,” a spokesman for the New Scotland Yard said. He said the woman was also treated for minor injuries and both of them are in the custody of the police until the investigations are over and charges are framed. They would be eventually produced in a court of law after that.

S. Chanthirakanthan

Kul Chandra Gautam

Coulsdon murder scene

Double murder scene at Coulsdon


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