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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Demise of Dr. Richard Pathirana – Sri Lanka President paid his last respect

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid his last respect to Late Dr. Richard Pathirana at the S.L.F.P party office today. Richard Pathirana was a MP and Minister of Education. Former Minister of Education and a veteran Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) politician Richard Pathirana passed away on 3rd evening at the age of 70. He was a student of Richmond College Galle. He entered Parliament in 1983 wining a by-election held for the Akmeemana electorate.

Sri Lankan Envoy Barred from Israeli-Occupied Territories

Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN and chairman of the UN's Special Committee on Israeli Practices, was barred once again from entering the occupied Palestinian territories, including the West Bank and Gaza. He said the Israeli authorities prevented him and his three-member committee "from seeing the reality." As a result, he said, the Special Committee had to rely on consultations with witnesses to the "human symptoms developing among many of Gaza's children."

UPFA and UNP hand over nominations

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance has handed in nominations for the Ratnapura district in the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Election. The UPFA has nominated Mohan Saliya Ellawala as its team leader for the Ratnapura area. The opposition party, UNP also has handed over nominations for three districts on Thursday for the forthcoming provincial council election. The districts are Polonnaruwa, Kegalle and Ratnapura. The party will hand over nominations for the Anuradhapura district Friday. Along with the two major political partiers, Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF), New Left Front (NLF) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in addition to three independent groups too handed over their nominations.

Three Special Police Teams Investigate Latest Attacks on Journalist

Neville de Silva, Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Media representatives have alerted the British Government and multilateral organisations here to the latest physical attack on a Sri Lanka journalist by still unidentified assailants which also saw a local official of the British High Commission in Colombo injured. It is understood that questions are to be raised with the British authorities about what the government expects to do about the violence which has now targeted, inadvertently or not, a Sri Lankan attached to the high commission in Colombo.

UK: Failure to protect witnesses allows suspected war criminals to avoid prosecution

Amnesty International today expressed disappointment at the deportation from the UK of Sri Lankan national Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, known as Colonel Karuna. Colonel Karuna has been accused of torture, hostage-taking, and the recruitment and use of children as soldiers in combat. Amnesty International wrote to the Metropolitan Police raising concerns about the investigation on 14 May and again on 4 June 2008 but has not yet received any replies to these letters. Together with a number of organisations, Amnesty presented information to the Metropolitan Police relating to grave allegations of human rights abuses committed by Colonel Karuna.

Election Commission recognized National Freedom Front led by Wimal Weerawnsa as a political party

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The National Freedom Front led by Wimal Weerawnsa was registered as a political Party yesterday by the Election Commissioner. Speaking at a press briefing Wimal Weerawansa said his party plans to recruit over one million members to the party. He said membership drive will be launched soon and the NFF will request the Speaker of the Parliament to give equal status for the NFF as given to other political parties, which operate in parliament.

Karuna deported back to Sri Lanka

Vinayagamoorthy alias Karuna Amman, Leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal was deported back to Sri Lanka yesterday. He arrived at the Katunayake International Airport on 03 July, around 3 PM. His arrival to Colombo was confirmed by Azad Moulana, Coordinating Secretary to the Chief Minister of East Provincial Council, who revealed to press that Karuna contacted him over the telephone from the Katunayake airport. Karuna was arrested in London on 02 Nov 2007, for travelling on a forged passport following a joint operation by the London Police and the Border and Immigration Agency.

Senior U.S. State Department Official Visited Sri Lanka and Maldives

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Evan Feigenbaum visited Sri Lanka June 30 and July 1 as part of the U.S. Government’s regular, ongoing consultations with the Sri Lankan Government. During his visit, Feigenbaum met with senior Government of Sri Lanka officials, including Acting Foreign Minister Hussein Bhaila, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Foreign Employment and Defense Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, Secretary of Defense Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, and Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona. He also met with representatives of Sri Lanka’s leading political parties.

U.N. Lacks Muscle to Fight Sexual Abuse in Peacekeeping

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the United Nations Security Council adopted a key resolution last month critical of violence against women, the condemnation was also directed at the increasing number of peacekeepers, mostly soldiers, expelled from U.N. missions on charges of rape or sexual abuse. Since the United Nations has no political or legal authority to penalize these offenders, complains one U.N. official, most of them escape punishment for their criminal activities because national governments have either refused or have been slow in meting out justice within their own court systems.

Maoists Masters in Nepal

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

The Himalayan Hindu kingdom has now become a republic King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah (60) is an ordinary citizen now, for his malevolence. Literally he has been put on the ‘wheelchair’ in the pink-hued palace at Nagarjuna forests that used to be his summer retreat. Luckily, he bowed to the decision of the Constituent Assembly, and to the wishes of his people, finally making room for abolishing monarchy after 240 years. The regime-change enactment of epochal importance in Nepal culminated just after ten years of insurgency, led by Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who goes by the nom de guerre ‘Prachanda’ (fearless), at the cost of 13,000 lives. The call for republicanism would not have fructified, had Gyanendra not retreated gracefully under people’s pressure.

Nominations for the Two Provincial Councils Over - No major incidents

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The elections secretariat anounced that provincial council’s elections for the north central and sabaragamuwa provinces will take place on the 23rd of next month. Political parties already filed their nomination papers for the North Central Provincial Council and the Sabaragamuwa Provinicial Council. A number of Independent groups also submitted their nomination papers and there is no major incidents reported from these provinces.