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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 84

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The convicted Tamil gang members

Sri Lanka – The Island that evolution left behind

By Geoffrey Evarts

The developed world is poised to take its next evolutionary step. The most powerful nation in the world is showing that its racist roots have withered - A young coloured immigrant with an Islamic background is poised to take the chair as the most powerful man on earth… Even if Barak Obama loses the US presidential election, his very nomination from the worlds’ oldest political party (The US Democrats) signals that the American nation is rising from its petty racial and religious differences, and is truly evolving into a multicultural, multi-religious, multiethnic super-nation that is set to dominate Earth for the next century (in the least).

Rohitha Bogollagama invited Indian leaders for the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo

Bogollagama with Dr. Manmohan SinghForeign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met in Delhi on 16th June with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and with Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of External Affairs of India. The Minister handed over to the two Indian leaders the letters inviting them to the 15th SAARC Summit and its antecedent meeting of the Council of Ministers to be held in Colombo from 31st July to 3rd August 2008, while also briefing them of current developments in Sri Lanka and consulting on the key issues before SAARC.

National Freedom Front leaders met the President

Asian Tribune -Sri Lanka Bureau

President Mahindha Rajapaksa agreed to summon other political parties and discuss the proposal put forward by the National Freedom Front on safeguarding the country and the people. Senior leaders of the party met the President at the Temple Trees yesterday morning. A senior spokesman of the NFF said Wimal Weerawansa, Nandana Gunathilaka and Piyasiri Wijenayake, leaders of the National Freedom Front, briefed their proposals to the President.

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Peace Quest Deserves the Nobel Prize

By Keith Amarasiri in Long Beach

President Mahinda RajapaksaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa’s peace quest deserves recognition. The 'Asian Tribune' made a noteworthy statement when it boldly advocated the Nobel Peace Prize for President Rajapaksa. The recipients of this great award were personalities who did not fear to take bold steps in the name of peace. After a bitter war in Vietnam Henri Kissinger advocated peace. After the US-Afghanistan war Jimmy Carter sought peace and later brought about an accord between Egypt and Palestine. President Rajapaksa defended Sri Lanka militarily because he had to fend off terrorist attacks. He never took his eye off the goal of achieving peace. He brought piece to the Eastern province with grace. He will do so in the North too.

Four Tamil gang members convicted for the murder of a Tamil youth by stabbing him 31 times in a London street

By Walter Jayawardhana

Four Tamil gang members were convicted for the murder of another Tamil youth by stabbing him 31 times on a London street in the most insensate manner and the Old Bailey said they will be sentenced July 7. The police said violent Sri Lankan Tamil gangs in South London area, where illegal fund raising activities of the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are quite rampant are "constantly tooled up" and "ready to go", for such crimes. “There have been a number of violent clashes involving groups involving Tamil men in Croydon and other parts of south London in recent years”, said a local newspaper "Wandsworth Borough News."

Dinesh Gunawardena, new Chief Government Whip

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Close associate of the President Rajapaksha, a veteran Parliamentarian and Minister Dinesh Gunawardana has been appointed as the Chief Government Whip in Parliament at a meeting of the Government's Parliamentary Group held at Temple Trees. Currently he holds leadership of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna.

NGOs as saviours of LTTE terrorism Stabbing Sri Lanka in the back with a vengeance

The World Alliance For Peace in Sri Lanka and many other like minded organizations signed a statement urging the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate into the improper conduct of NGOs in relation to the authorised codes of conduct, registration regulations and country’s criminal code. The statement further appealed to monitor into their on-going activities stringently requiring them to conform to audit and accountability requirements as imposed on governmental and private companies. Ranjit Soysa the spokesperson of WAPS in his request has underlined that transparency of NGO’s dealings with regular reporting to a government institution under the purview of the President and/or the Ministry of Defence.

Peace Eludes U Thant

U Thant gave ten year of his life working for peace and goodwill among men, but he himself become the subject of a bloodbath that sent shock waves across the Burmese capital of Rangoon. What made this sad irony of history even sadder was that the famous mediator could barely utter a word as his body lay inert and helpless while blood flowed freely and violence raged unchecked around him, in his own motherland to which he had finally returned to rest in peace.

U Thant

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Canada Outlaws LTTE Front Organization – World Tamil Movement

A Toronto non-profit group that has long been accused of raising money to arm Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas was added to Canada's list of outlawed terrorist organizations Monday. The decision to designate the World Tamil Movement (WTM) a terrorist "entity" marks the first time the Conservative Cabinet has used its Anti-Terrorism Act powers against a registered Canadian community group. "This is something we've done with care and caution," Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said here at a news conference. He accused the WTM of using threats and intimidation to raise money for the Tamil Tigers, and noted 100 people had been killed and 260 injured in recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.