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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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To make again the East a granary of Sri Lanka – Dr. Navaratnaraja, East Provincial Council Minister

Speaking to Asian Tribune, the newly sworn in East Provincial Council Minister Dr. Thuraiappa Navaratnaraja, said that it was the greatest ambition of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal to make East again the granary of Sri Lanka. He said that he has had discussion with the Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan regarding the portfolios allocated to him and finalized to focus more attention in the agricultural promotion. At the discussion with the CM he said that it has been decided to take necessary measures to put all the agricultural lands available in the East, mostly in paddy cultivation.

Federalism to be ‘fixed’ in rich ‘continent’ of Australia

By Ranjith Soysa – Melbourne

Kevin Rudd, the newly elected Australian Prime Minister recently convened a gathering of “best and the brightest “in Australia to discuss main issues facing the country. ‘The 2020 Ideas Summit’ was hailed by many as a path breaker and focussed on vital areas, threw up new opportunities to the policy makers and citizens. Two of the favourite agenda items of Mr Rudd was climate change and urgent need to fix the federation. Reforms to federation and federalism in regard to governance and economics received the attention of the summit.

Hectic Primary Season Ends on Tuesday as Montana and S. Dakota Poll

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

The mechanics of getting elected is through the winding 50-state primary route. A dozen candidates each from the Republican and Democratic parties took the plunge in November of 2007. It came down to two, most likely Senator John McCain and Senator Barrack Obama. Senator Hillary Clinton who won the Puerto Rican primary on Sunday is hoping that a miracle of mass-scale Obama desertions would give her the party nomination.

Mother detained under Mental Health Act., Baby girl critical but in stable condition (Update 3)

By Walter Jayawardhana

Baby girlThe mother of the Sri Lankan Tamil toddlers who have been murdered by slitting their throats has been detained by the Scotland Yard under the mental health Act, police sources said. The 35 year old woman from Chunnakam in Jaffna District in Sri Lanka, Sasikala Navaneethan was also treated for suspected self-inflicted minor injuries while her six month old baby daughter, remained in a South London Hospital after having undergone emergency surgery.

Anandasangaree level charges against EPDP leader Douglas Devananda

The following is the first of a two-part letter Mr. V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front, wrote to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week. "With all respect to you, I wish to lodge my strong protest against the setting up of a Special Task Force with Hon. Douglas Devananda as its Head, to administer the Northern Province. I have a right and also a sacred duty to my country to bring to your notice my protest. I have very many justifiable reasons to do so. The reasons for this belated protest are due to your being kept fully occupied in the Eastern Provincial Council problems and the assassination of Ms. Maheswary Velautham, a key Member of the EPDP of which Hon. Douglas Devananda is the Leader about whom this protest is being lodged.

Sri Lanka President arrives in Rome

President in RomeSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Da Vinci Airport, Italy a short while ago (6.00 am Italian Time). He was met and received at the Airport by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya and by officials of the Italian Government. The President is on a short visit to attend an FAO conference on world food security focusing on the challenges of climate change and bioenergy in Rome from June 3-5, 2008 upon the invitation of UN Secretary Genera, Ban Ki-Moon.

Army and Navy commenced special operations to help those affected by floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Army and the Navy have commenced special operations to help those affected by floods in Ratnapura, Galle and Kalutara Districts. Navy Media Spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake told that more than 120 Naval personnel and 16 life saving boats are engaged in relief operations in Neluwa, Thawalama, Udugama, Kalawana, Hakmana and Badureliya. The Media Centre for National Security says the Army has commenced life saving operations in Kuruvita, Nivithigala, Ayagama, Kiri Ella and Elapatha.

Mother of murdered children to be sent a psychiatrist hospital following primary assessment – Update 4

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mother of two Sri Lankan Tamil children who were killed is scheduled to be sent to a secure mental health facility police sources said. "She was detained under the Mental Health Act during the night of June 1,"a police spokesman added. The mother of the Sri Lankan Tamil toddlers who have been murdered by slitting their throats was detained by the Scotland Yard, will be sent for further assessment of her mental health.

Palestinians Trapped at Crossroads

By *Nicola Nasser

Firing home-made primitive rockets at Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip, the mass sweeping through the Palestinian – Egyptian border crossing of Rafah in January and the series of ongoing peaceful demonstrations at Gaza’s crossing points with Israel are not an aggressive demonstration of self-confidence, but more a show of defensive despair and weakness against the tight Israeli military siege, as much as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ threats to resign are passive defensive reaction to the political siege imposed on him by the United States and Israel, who so far fail to deliver on their promises to bring about an agreement to create a Palestinian state by the end of 2008.

G.L.meets officials of the USA and the World Bank

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Minister Professor G.L Peris meets with the senior officer of the USA and the World Bank. The minister is currently on a visit to Washington to enlighten US officials on Sri Lanka’s present political situation. According to a communiqué issued by the Ministry of Export Development and International Trade the minister is also to enlightenment to the relevant officials on the possibilities of foreign investment in Sri Lanka at an international business summit in Washington.

Baby girl critical but in stable condition

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“LTTE engaged in transnational terrorism” – Sri Lanka’s experience in countering terrorism

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister while delivering an address underlining Sri Lanka’s experience in countering terrorism, pointed out that Sri Lanka terrorist organization is involved in transnational terrorism. He appealed to countries in the Asia Pacific region to show greater vigilance and come forward to police the sea lanes to deter and impede the arms supplies and the movements of terrorist activists by sea. He sought greater assistance and cooperation to halt the LTTE’s arms shipments transit through many countries in this region, very often with absolutely no cognizance to the authorities in those countries. Sri Lanka Minister also emphasized his deep concern over money laundering and hawala banking functions carried on by the terrorists’ organizations.

Tigo introduced mobile telephone incoming free first in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Tigo would utilize a substantial amount of funds for the development of their mobile phone network and they are in all emerging economies. The amount so utilized for the year would be one billion dollars. Eric Van Vulpen, appointed as the Chief Commercial Officer, Tigo Sri Lanka in a press conference held in their head office in Colombo last week said that mobile telephone operators who have brought the future apparently is too early and due to that they paying for it as it is too early for Sri Lanka.

DMC provides relief for flood victims

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Disaster Management Centre yesterday provided relief to a large number of families, rendered homeless due to heavy rains experienced during the past two days. According to the centre around 4000 families have been displaced due to the flood. The Centre said six boats were sent to the flood affected districts last morning and also provided dry rations and other food items with the assistance of area Divisional Secretaries.

Government takes immediate measures to provide relief for those affected by floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed relevant sources to provide speedy relief to those affected by floods. The President before leaving for the World food and Agricultural Organization's summit of Heads of State in Rome has given these instructions. Director of the Centre for Disaster Relief Services N.D.Hettiaratchchi says 34 thousand families or more than one hundred and fifty thousand families were affected by floods in many parts of the Island.