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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 105

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Brigadier Balraj

Needed facilities to schools in the East will be provided soon – East Provincial Council Minister

East Provincial Council Chief Minister Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliyan is a kind man. I love to work with him, said East Provincial Council Minister Wimalaweera Dissanayaka. He said the 20 years of war came to an end and East is now liberated. In this liberation battle Pilliyan played a big role. We people are thankful to Pilliyan’s greatest contribution, Minister Dissanayaka said. He added “I will work very closely with all the three communities in the East and treat all equal without showing partiality or discrimination.

Sri Lanka born EU MP provides 6000 tents to earthquake victims of China

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka born EU legislator Nirj Deva said he would provide 6000 tents for earthquake victims in China. Mr. Nirj Deva, Chairman of the EU-China Friendship Group in the European Parliament said these tents would be useful affected Chinese families which amounts five million. Louis Michel, Commissioner of Development and Humanitarian Aids in the European Commission assisted to provide tents after the request of Mr.Deva. These tents will be delivered through the Red Cross.

Her First Court Appearance : Khaleda Zia wants emergency to go by June, polls by Oct 2008

In her first appearance at the court since her arrest, former premier of Bangladesh Begum Khaleda Zia demanded withdrawal the state of emergency by June and general elections by October this year. She came down heavily on the caretaker government, saying it is hatching conspiracy to make the country "dysfunctional" instead of holding the polls, its main task. The BNP chairperson was hauled before the Special Court-9, set up on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises, on a blue jeep amid tight security. Detained former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is accused in three cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the rule of the interim government.

US agrees to expand trade and investment with Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

The meeting between Sri Lanka and United States at the sixth US-Sri Lanka Trade and investment Framework Agreement Council meeting held in Washington deepened both countries’ commitment to expand bilateral trade and investment said John K. Veroneau. The US delegation was led by Deputy US Trade Representative John K. Veroneau. Gamini Lakshman (G.L.) Peiris, Minister for Export Development and International Trade, led the Sri Lankan delegation. “We are honored to play a role in supporting Sri Lanka’s economic development by enhancing opportunities for trade, particularly in the wake of the tsunami that devastated so much of Sri Lanka in late 2004,” Ambassador Veroneau said.

Foreign Minister shares Sri Lanka's experience with many Asian defence ministers in Singapore

Indi’s Minister of State for Defence, M.M. Pallam Raju, expressed satisfaction to Sri Lanka’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama of the manner in which the Eastern Province elections were conducted and the restoration of normalcy and democratic process. Minister Bogollagama explained the recent successful conclusion of the Provincial Council elections in the East of Sri Lanka and the manner in which the milieu was created to hold elections, general political developments in the country as well as in the region, bilateral economic and investment issues, the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Colombo and issues related to terrorism as well as cooperation in the realm of defense among others.

UNP has no right to launch a protest campaign against current fuel crisis- says JVP

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The JVP said the UNP has no right to launch a protest campaign against current fuel crisis in Sri Lanka and said the UNP was responsible the present fuel crisis. General Secretary of the JVP Tylwin Silva said the UNP had closed government owned fuel related businesses during their regime. They also introduced open economy which brings worst results for the local businesses and industries. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo on Monday he said JVP would launch an agitation campaign against the current fuel crisis. Replying media he said the JVP ready to face any kind of election in any time. "We will organize a common collation to defeat opponents. We never join with the UNP but looking a partnership with progressive patriotic allies, he said.

Needed Local Intelligence Network, Not Federal Crime Bureau

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The Jaipur bomb blasts have set up an unseemly controversy between the State Government of Rajasthan and the Centre over the collection and dissemination of intelligence about likely terrorist attacks. It needs to be made amply clear to both that it is their respective responsibilities –the State Government within its borders and the Central Government under the Constitution ambit to ensure security of the nation’s territorial integrity. More and more territorial integrity is being sought to be suborned from within through sleeper cells and long-range suicide missions.

Selvi killed in the battle

Mystery deepens on the death of Balaraj and on the selective leaks of LTTE leaders’ movements

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Brigadier BalrajThe year 2008 so far has proved to be a bad year for the LTTE. In this year two prominent LTTE leaders and one of the most senior LTTE female leaders got killed in the battle within the LTTE control area. The LTTE had announced that its number two or overall operations commander Balraj died of a heart attack. However, well informed sources from Tiger territory said Balraj died in a clandestine claymore bomb attack at Pallamadu in north Mannar. After the Sri Lanka Army advanced on three fronts from January this year to the LTTE controlled area, LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran is said to have appointed battle-hardened Balraj to supervise the three battle fronts in North Mannar, Vavuniya and Welioya.