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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

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Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat

Vinayagamoorthi Muralidaran sworn in as Member of Parliament

Leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), Vinayagamoorthi Muralidaran, was sworn in as a Member of Parliament of the United People's Freedom Alliance by Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara a short while ago, reveals a press release put out by the Sri Lanka Government’s Information Department. Muralidaran is the first member of the TMVP to enter parliament. The TMVP was formed by a break-away faction of the LTTE led by Muralidaran, a former military commander of the LTTE in the Eastern Province.

Future of the LTTE after the Military Defeat

By Ranjith Gunaratna

More than three decades, the LTTE has been trying to weaken the democratically elected government in Sri Lanka, primarily using an intelligently crafted terror campaigns and adroit propaganda campaigns, intermittingly switching into political negotiations, however, without any firm commitment, to achieve its messianic goal of carving of a separate state for the Tamils in the north of Sri Lanka. The LTTE, which started its campaign as a small vanguard movement of Tamil insurgency, later developed into a powerful and highly structured terrorist organization with international offices. Over the years it secured adequate support for its activities from the Tamil community and others.

EU condemns Anuradhapura bomb blast

Asian Tribune -Sri Lanka Bureau

Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, condemns the suicide blast in Anuradhapura (Sri Lanka) which killed 27 and injured more than 80 people. "I am deeply shocked by the suicide attack at the United National Party office in Anuradhapura this morning. I condemn in the strongest possible terms this appalling act of terrorism which cannot be justified under any circumstances. I send my sincere condolences to the relatives of those killed and injured and sympathy to the Government and people of Sri Lanka for the tragic loss of life," she said.

Judicial process would be followed in the extradition of Ex- Premier Thakshin – Thai PM

Somchai Wongsawat Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in –law of the former Prime Minister Thakshin Shanawatra, who is a fugitive before the law in Thailand said on Monday that he would not obstruct any plan to extradite Thaksin Shinawatra from Britain to stand trial in a Thai court on graft and corruption charges. Somchai, also the defence minister, when answering to a question said he still had no knowledge whether Thaksin and his wife Pojaman have applied for political asylum in Britain as reported by the press.

Assassination of General Janaka Perera and others carry all hallmarks of the Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

K.P.P.Pathirana , the Deputy Inspector General of Police, in charge of the North Central Province under whose guidance all the police investigations into the assassination of the late Major General (retired) Janka Perera are being investigated said the evidence bared so far indicate the brutal killing of the opposition leader of the North Central Provincial Council, his wife and twenty five others carry the hall marks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group.

Sri Lanka media organizations mourns the demise of Journalist Rashmi Mohamed killed in Anuradhapura Bomb Blast

Five Sri Lanka media organisations expressed their deep sorrow over the sudden demise of TV journalist Rashmi Mohamed, who was killed in a bomb blast, yesterday morning in Anuradhapura. Rashmi, the provincial correspondent of Sirasa TV, was killed when he was covering the opening ceremony of the new office of the United National Party (UNP) in Anuradhapura, close to the old bus stand. In a statement jointly released by Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), Federation of Media Employees Trade Union (FMETU), Sri Lanka Muslim Media Forum (SLMMF), Sri Lanka Tamil Journalists Alliance (SLTJA) and Free Media Movement (FMM) while expressing deep sorrow over death of the TV Journalist Rashmi Mohamed also have one more time retaliated their stance, that they completely reject the use of violence as way of resolving social and political issues.

Zardari as the twelfth President of Pakistan

By Asif Haroon Raja

No sooner Musharraf tendered his resignation on 18 August; Zardari left the nation gaping with amazement when he hastened to float his name as a prospective presidential candidate. This move was made to distract the attention of the public from the burning issue of judges over which Zardari had brazenly backtracked. The way Zardari and his legal team went about confusing and complicating the judges’ issue was simply disgusting. Their trickery looked more repugnant when each PPP leader soured his/her throat to defend wickedness and in the same breath vociferously assuring the nation that all the judges will be restored in accordance with the promise made by Zardari.

US condemned the terrorists attack in Anuradhapura

United States has strongly condemned terrorist attacks in Anuradhapura which led to the killing of the Northern Provincial Councilors and others. In a statement released by the US Embassy in Colombo said, that "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack on October 6 in Anuradhapura that claimed the lives of Major General (retired) Janaka Perera and Dr. Raja Johnpulle and their spouses.

A Sri Lanka that could be….

By Shenali Waduge

For the convenience of Governance, systems have been set in place globally. Some of these systems are democratic, some not so democratic while some are outright dictatorial. Nevertheless, people live within these systems – some feel it a waste of time to contest the systems while others are willing to challenge the status quo. In summary, there is no perfect system out there & there is unlikely to be, just as much as there are unlikely to be a world without differences which necessitates for people to look beyond wanting or desiring for their “self-determined” spaces or “separatist” state thinking that this would be the answer to all the ills that prevail.

'New' twists in the relations with Nepal

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

Days before he had arrived in India on his first official visit as prime minister of Nepal, Push Kamal Dahal, alias Prachanda, had said in an interview to an Indian television channel that he wanted a ‘new’ relationship with India built on a ‘new’ basis that reflected the current realities. It can be presumed that he explained to Indian leaders when he did come to India and held talks with them what kind of ‘new’ relations he had in mind.

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At the site of Carnage

Anuradhapura Bomb Blast: 15 death persons so far identified

The death toll in Monday (6) morning suicide attack on Major General Janaka Perera (Retd) at Anuradhapura rose to twenty-seven, the Police have appointed several top level teams to commence investigations into the tragedy. The suicide attack injured as many as ninety-four which included seventy men and twenty-four women, but the hospital reports further revealed that some more people have approached Out Patient Department (OPD) directly for treatment since they had received minor injuries.