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Sri Lankan war heroes will be remembered as fighters against international terrorism – Mahinda Rajapakse

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lankan war heroes who are fighting to safeguard a parliamentary democracy from Fascist agents of terror will be also remembered as heroes fighting to put a stop to international terrorism said President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka. Celebrating the national War Heroes Day near the parliamentary complex in the historic Jayawardhanapura near Colombo, June 7, the President said, "The importance of having this memorial near the legislature is understood when one realizes the service of our War Heroes to safeguard justice and fair play in a country that was about to be subjugated by terrorism and the law of the jungle, in place of democracy. Now, the representatives of the people will also have the opportunity to pay their respects to the heroes who are protecting democracy before they enter the shrine of democracy."

Ranaviru Commemeration in New Zealand

A gathering of about one hundred Sri Lankans met at the Stokes Valley Buddhist Monastery in Wellington, yesterday to honor the memory of the 20,000+ fallen heroes of Sri Lanka's security forces and show gratitude for the ultimate price they paid in defending the integrity of Sri Lanka.

U.S. to deny Military Assistance to Nations that aid and abet recruitment of Child Soldiers

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A bi-partisan bill, Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2007, is now before the United States Senate designed to encourage governments to disarm, demobilize and rehabilitate child soldiers from government forces and government supported militias. Using the Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights as a barometer, this bill would place limits on the provision of U.S. International Military Education and Training (IMET), Foreign Military Financing and other defense-related assistance in U.S. foreign operations program for countries in violation of the bill’s standards.

U S Electoral College Map Indicative of Fierce Battle between McCain and Obama

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

The Electoral College determines the U S Presidency and not the popular vote. When people vote for Barrack Obama or John McCain in November 2008; in fact, they will be voting to elect an electoral college. For example, if sixteen million California voters give a majority of votes to Obama, he would be entitled to 55 Electoral College votes and McCain zero. Electoral College favored George Bush in 2004 as he won a majority of 286 Electoral College votes from 31 states, while John Kerry won 251 votes from 19 states. These Electoral College delegates met in the first week of January 2005 in Washington D.C. and declared George Bush President. Representative democracy through an Electoral College is unique to America.

Elections in Sri Lanka to be held according to schedule – Minister Maithripala Srisena

Elections in Sri Lanka will be held according to the schedule. There is no need to advance the date of any elections. Minister Mithripala Srisena , General Secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party speaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ said that there is no need for the Government to change the schedules of the elections in the country. He said that the elections for almost all the seven Provincial Councils will be held in 2009, according to the schedule. Furthermore, there will not be any change in the date of the Parliamentary general elections, he emphasized. Maithripala Srisena who is also Minister of Agriculture Development and Agrarian Services said that the Parliamentary general elections will be held in 2010 as scheduled.

Heavy casualties on the LTTE in confrontations in Welioya: Civilians displacing from north and south of LTTE area

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Troops have inflicted heavy casualties on the LTTE in confrontations in Welioya and Vavuniya. Five LTTErs were killed and nine reported injured during operations conducted by the Army in north Kiriibanwewa and north Janakapura areas in Welioya yesterday. The media centre for national security said eight soldiers were also reported wounded in action. However, the LTTE Peace Secretariat reveals that Civilians are displacing from north and south of LTTE area. Eight LTTErs were killed and one was reported injured during a series of confrontations with Troops yesterday in the areas of Navathkulam, Periyamadu, Chettiyakulam, Nandakandal and Periyapalimollaithottu and Vavuniya.

Main challenge country now faces is to identify strategies employed by LTTE - NLF

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinhe

Wimal WeerawansaThe National Freedom Front which headed by former JVP members points out that the main challenge the country now faces is to correctly identify strategies employed by the LTTE due to its severe defeat and respond to these strategies appropriating. The party points out that the present moment is not a suitable occasion to act based on various other agendas. National Freedom Front parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa stated this at a press conference held in Colombo this morning.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in London for a special Commonwealth Summit

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in London this morning to participate at a special Commonwealth Summit where a group of leaders will discuss reform of international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The summit, to be chaired by Gordon Brown and will take place at the Marlborough House, London on June 9 and 10. The meeting will focus on practical steps which Commonwealth member states can take to achieve reform and coherence of global institutions. Its three-part focus will be on the international financial institutions, global environmental governance and the UN system.

More Food Summits, But Less to Eat

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

After two major U.N. food summits, one in 1996 and the other in 2002, the international community pledged to alleviate hunger and reduce malnutrition. And a world conference on food back in 1974 went one better: it even promised to eradicate hunger "within a decade". But most of the promises at the three U.N. talk-fests never came to pass -- despite the fact that the two summit commitments were made by world leaders.

ICICI Bank receives award for Remittance Business

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

ICICI Bank has won an award from The Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services programme for the bank’s outstanding performance in its remittance business in 2007. The award was made by the Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services 2007 in conjunction with the region’s most prestigious retail banking event, the Excellence in Retail Financial Services Convention which was held at The Westin Grande Sukhumvit hotel in Bangkok.

Wimal Weerawansa

Kingsbury Temple

Kinsbury Temple 2

Democratic Nomination

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Despite fairly regular if somewhat abridged reports in the Indian media on the pyrotechnics on display in the US for the party nominations in the Presidential race, most Indians seem to have only a limited interest in the ‘heats’ before the actual thing this coming autumn. Arguably, Hillary Clinton’s presence in the race is a matter of some interest in India. Though it may not be very accurate, most Indians are led to believe that the Clintons, Hillary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are quite fond of India. In the US, the Clintons do appear to be the favourite of many rich and influential Americans of Indian origin who support them and their Democratic Party with hefty cash donations that raise some eyebrows.

Indices fluctuated amidst cautious trading

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market during the week moved further into the negative territory on relatively thin volumes. The indices picked up on Thursday after being in the red during the first three days of trading, but were unable to keep the positive momentum going. Overall the two indices ended down with benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI) shedding 38.8 points or 1.53 percent to 2499.6 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) closing down 61.7 points or 2.01 percent at 3005.2 points.

Ali Ba Ba and Four Hundred Thousand Thieves

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

Abhorrence and horrified, the international community look on at the unfolding of modern Arabian Knights in changing the Burmese natural disaster into a human catastrophe. Not that the words of Edmund Burke, an 18th century Anglo Irish philosopher words, "All that necessary for the evil to triumph is for good men and women to fold their arms and do nothing about it," proves to be true, but irresoluteness of the world particularly that of the West which championed democracy and human rights did nothing, except their megaphone diplomacy of loud rhetoric not followed by any action conceded to this crime against humanity. The classic example is the withdrawing of the Western flotilla, which the Generals are so paranoid as this is the only language they understands, prove that action is much needed in that sad country where crime against humanity has triumph.

Please Save the Children!

By Malinda Seneviratne

The worst thing about abuse, and especially child abuse, is that on most occasions the crimes are perpetrated by people the victim’s look to for love and protection and indeed those who profess to love and protect their victims, look after their interests fight for their ‘birthright’, redress their ‘grievances’ and deliver their ‘aspirations’. Like Prabhakaran and his Baby Brigade.

Maha Thera tells expatriates to cut down on parties and donate money to help patriotic soldiers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Kingsbury TempleVenerable Galayaye Piyadassi Maha Thera said Sri Lankan expatriates should slow down on expensive parties on their cocktail circuit and contribute, at least, part of that money for the mother who nourished them, and brought them to the present affluence in the first world.