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Hillary Clinton Endorses Obama Uniting Democratic Party

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Senator Hillary Clinton is expected to endorse the presumptive Party Nominee Senator Barrack Obama at a rally in Washington D.C. today. The two met at the residence of mutual friend Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who said that the meeting between Obama and Clinton resulted in a "positive discussion." Most believe that Democrats will unite as the grueling five-month election campaign began. Feinstein said that she hosted the secret meeting at her Washington home Thursday night. But she said it was private and wasn't going to discuss what Obama and Clinton talked about. She said the two met alone in the living room of her residence near American University.

U.S. Treatment of Apprehended Child Soldiers in Iraq Dismal: Sets Bad Example to Others – HRW & UN

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"The US has been a leader in changing its military deployment policies to keep soldiers out of combat until age 18," said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocate for Human Rights Watch. "However, its treatment of children apprehended on the battlefield sets a bad example for the rest of the world and violates children’s rights." The United States is currently detaining more than 500 Iraqi children as "imperative security risks" in Iraq, where they are subject to interrogations, have no access to lawyers, and sometimes are held for more than a year without charge, in violation of the United States’ own regulations.

Impartial investigation on Jeyaraj killing

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The government pledges to conduct impartial investigation into the assassination of late Minister Jeyeraj Fernandopulle. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva made this remarks to a statement made by parliamentarian Vijitha Herath in parliament yesterday. The Minister said certain web sites friendly to the LTTE has attempted to justify the killing. JVP MP Vijitha Herath on Thursday raised suspicion over the murder of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in light of the death of one of the suspects in police custody. The government responded saying that the CID should question Mr. Herath over his allegations.

Hilton Colombo offers 21 scholarships to locals

In their quest to help the local community Hilton Hotel Colombo offers 21 scholarships to the students of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), to further their professional knowledge.William Costley, General Manager, Hilton Colombo at a special function congratulated the selected SLITHM students for their being selected for the scholarships as this is a very special career programme they are imparting. He stressed the value of education and experience in a field that is all about pleasing people.

Three special teams conduct extensive investigations on Friday bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

DIG C.D. Wickremaratne says three special teams are conducting extensive investigations on Friday bomb blast in Katubedda. Police media spokesman and senior SP Ranjith Gunasekera says a high powered claymore bomb was found hidden in Dehiwela. A micro pistol and bullets were also found. Initially investigations have revealed that a claymore bomb weighing five kilos was blasted using a remote controller.

Financial management mess in CEB

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

An electricity consumer telephoned me the other day and in a threatening mood told me that there were five electricity power failures so far on that day and each time power goes he incurs a loss of Rs 35,000. This was what Udayasiri Kariyawasam, Chairman, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), revealed when he delivered the Keynote address at the 4th Key Persons Forum organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and the Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED). SMED is the SME arm of the FCCISL which was established by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung in 1989. The Forum was held at Trans Asia Hotel Colombo.

Government decided to provide more relief to flood victims

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Minister Rishad Badiudeen says steps have been taken to provide more relief to those affected by floods. He said the Government has set aside 50 million rupees to grant immediate flood relief work in the affected districts. Twenty deaths have been reported so far with some person missing. A total of 91,976 families and over 400,000 people have been rendered homeless. The displaced persons have been housed in 116 welfare camps.

AIT in Thailand to offer ‘Unified International Bachelor-Master’s Degree Program’ with Indian universities

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), together with two of India’s leading universities, has launched a five-year unified international Bachelor’s – Master’s Degree Program that provides a fast-track way for students to complete an undergraduate degree in India, followed by a postgraduate master’s degree in Thailand, in five years rather than six.

Sympathy for the Devil

By Stephen Long, Los Angeles

What really gets me is how could there possibly be anyone alive on the planet that would still have sympathy for a notorious devil like Prabhakaran, leader of the LTTE murder cult. After that senseless wasting of human lives in Moratua, what did it gain him? What was the purpose, other than to demonstrate his twisted will? Doesn’t everyone see that his perverted ego is the motivating force behind the killings; his ego and the delusional vision he has of himself at the helm of an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka? How can anyone still support him and his cause after yet this latest senseless act of cold-blooded murder?

Sri Lanka Ambassador Maduwegedera renewed the invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to visit Sri Lanka

Pope Benedict XVI emphasized it is encouraging that the Sri Lankan Government had set up a special Commission of Inquiry to investigate cases of alleged violations of human rights. He pointed out that every effort shall have to be made to ensure that the Commission would complete its work expeditiously so that the truth will be revealed. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Germany, T.B. Maduwegedera who is concurrently accredited to the Holy See, presented his credentials to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony in the Vatican on 29th May 2008.

Police arrested 45 suspects on Friday Bus bomb

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said 45 suspects have been arrested on Friday’s bus bomb in Katubedda. "They are under interrogation, he said. Meanwhile Deputy Inspector General of Police Western Province South Division C.D. Wickremarathne said three special teams have been deployed for the investigation activities. Director of the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital Dr. Wilfred Kumarasiri said 21 persons have been killed by the claymore mine attack that targeted a passenger bus at the Piliyandala-Katubedda road.

Message from Jaipur blasts

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Serial bomb blasts in Jaipur on May 13, 2008 is a wakeup call. The auspicious Tuesday for Hindus became inauspicious when the Pink City, which had so far been spared from such barbaric acts, was laundered into Red City, just within ten minutes of obnoxious happenings. One blast after another rattled the city. It might be the 21st blast outside militancy-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir since jihadis’ attack in Ayodhya in July 2005, but it will be more cringing if Indians in unison do not take up the terrorists’ gauntlet seriously.

One million to repair terrorist damaged Nippon Hotel

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Tourism Board donated Rupees one million to Hotel Nippon for reconstruction work due to the damaged caused by a bomb attack by the suspected terrorists. The Ministry of tourism has taken into consideration the fact that this Hotel is one of the long-standing historical tourist hotels in Colombo and the assistance is for Nippon to restart to cater to tourist and leisure business in the city.