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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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Sri Lanka Foreign Minister in Pakistan

President Rajapakse urged Tamil medias to avoid creating hatred in the midst of the Tamils

Those journalists who were attacked must come forward to identify their attackers and come forward to give evidences. In the event evidences are provided about the allegations of attacks on any journalists, actions will be taken immediately, said President Mahinda Rajapakse. Government has anounced a reward scheme for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the attack of Namal Perera of the Sri Lanka Press Institute and on Ratnaweera, of the Political section of the British High Commission in Colombo. President also said that "I welcome the recent attack on the helicopter targeting me. I am ready face such challenges. But the Tamil Tigers should stop targeting the innocent civilians and cause dissension, division and hatred in the midst of the ethnic groups in the country."

Nemesis: Karuna and Pillaiyan - shirkers and movers of East

Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan, popularly called Pillaiyan told ‘Asian Tribune’ that Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman contacted him after he arrived in Colombo on Thursday afternoon. He said that Karuna Amman, the former leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal was brought to Sri Lanka on an escorted service by the British police and handed over to the Sri Lanka Police. In Sri Lanka, though Muralitharan was deported by the British immigration authorities, he was allowed to leave the airport without any let or hindrance. The Chief Minister of the Eastern Province told 'Asian Tribune' that Muralitharan contacted him over the telephone and indicated his desire for a meeting. He also said that after returning back to Sri Lanka, it seems he has contacted almost everyone over the telephone.

Two thousands Civil Vigilant Committee members will assist the Police during the Perahera period.

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Two thousand Members of the Civil Vigilant Committee of the Kandy area will be deployed to protect the masses during the Perahera period. Additional Police personnel will be also deployed for the security of this Esala Pageant. Speaking to media in Friday evening, D.IG. of the Central Province Kingsly Ekanayake said all security arrangements are finalized and he seeks public vigilance and support to protect the masses. The Perahera of the Kandy Esala Festival commences on the 2nd of next month.

Tamil Tiger Mafia, a major threat to French society – Jérôme Pierrat

“Tamil mafia works in hand-in-glove with the Tamil Tigers in their campaign to extort money from unwilling Tamil citizens in France and the mafia gangs keep a percentage and pass on the ransom collection to Tamil Tigers”. This is how the top French author Jerome Pierrat described the fund raising activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with active collaboration with Tamil criminal gangs like Mukkapola, Minnale, Viluthu and Vennila. In the latest best-selling book on French criminal gangs titled ‘Mafias Gangs et Cartels: La criminalite internationale en France’ (Mafias, Gangs and Cartels – International criminality in France), Jérôme Pierrat reveals the underworld activities of the Tamils in France and their close links with the LTTE.

Sri Lanka denied harassment of Indian fishermen

The Government of Sri Lanka strongly refuted allegations contained in certain foreign media reports that the Sri Lanka Navy had detained and harassed Indian fishermen aboard fishing trawlers which had been detected poaching in Sri Lankan waters. In this regard, the Foreign Ministry wishes to state that the Sri Lanka Navy shore based radars at Talaimannar and Delft island detected approximately 300 Indian fishing trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters close to Talaimannar and Delft island, heading towards the uncleared area of Vidithalthivu around 11.30 hours on 02 July 2008.

Bio-Fuels increased world food prices by 75 % claims World Bank

By Walter Jayawardhana

Contradicting US claims, bio fuels, mostly made out of grains which otherwise consumed by humans, have shot up food prices by 75 per cent, according to a confidential World Bank report. In an exclusive lead story by Aditya Chakrabortty , Britain’s Guardian newspaper said “bio-fuels have forced global food prices up by 75% -far more than previously estimated” according to this report.

Foreign Minister invites Pakistan Prime Minister to attend SAARC Summit

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama arrived in Pakistan on 2nd July to invite the Prime Minister of Pakistan on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo. The Minister handed over the invitations to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani , and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Iconic Army Chief

By R.K. Bhatnagr - Syndicate Features

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, India’s Iconic Army Chief who led the country to victory in the 1971 war that culminated in the creation of Bangladesh, died at the Military Hospital in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, half an hour after midnight on June 26, 2008 at the ripe age of 94. He was the first of the only two Indian military officers to hold the rank of Field Marshal, the other being Field Marshal K M Cariappa.

India Under Siege

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

At the height of the Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan a friend from Jaipur was on a holiday in the southern states. He had planned his journeys on train and that included a return to his hometown. But the last part became difficult because the agitators had blocked the train track. So he arrived in Delhi to spend some unplanned days with his son. ‘At this time the shortest train route from Jaipur to Delhi is via Thiruvananthapuram,’ he wryly remarked.