Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

Monthly archive

Arjuna Ranatunge

New Prime Minister sworn in, three-member cabinet formed in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

The newly elected Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal was sworn in Monday. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav administered him the oath of office and secrecy amidst a special function organized at Presidential Palace in Shitalniwas. Top leaders of all political parties, government officers, diplomats and security officials, among others, were present during the sworn in ceremony. Nepal, who is a senior leader of Community Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), was elected unopposed on Saturday. He was backed by 22 of the total 24 parties in Nepal’s parliament.

"The End Game - Defeating Terrorism and Winning the Peace"

Dr. Kohona"Once the decision to engage the LTTE militarily was made, the Government made a firm policy decision to clearly underline the distinction between the terrorist LTTE and Tamil civilians. This was an important strategic decision, as it helped to create political space for the non-LTTE Tamils to support the Government, or at least stay neutral and brought home its significance to the international community," said Dr Palitha Kohona. In a keynote address recently made at the Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association of University of Colombo, Dr Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs further said, "The international community could now maintain or impose new proscriptions on the LTTE, because there was no possibility of mistaking these proscriptions as being actions taken against the Tamil community."

Suspend Myanmar from ASEAN - Call Parliament Members

The Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) has called on ASEAN to suspend Myanmar’s membership in the regional bloc if the country’s military regime continues to detain its democracy leader, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. ASEAN Inter- Parliamentary Mayanmar Caucus pointed out that Aung San Suu Kyi’s unjust current six-year house arrest is due to expire on 27 May 2009, but the military regime has brought on further trumped-up charges against her and is likely to detain her for a further three to five years. Already, several ASEAN member states have expressed deepening concern about the regime’s detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. However, ASEAN leaders have failed to take the measures necessary to compel the regime to end violations of human rights.

On Prabhakaran death: Elegy of Tamil Ndu Leaders

Hardly 24 hours could end, after LTTE head of international relations, Selvarasa Padmanathan acknowledged "with heavy hearts" the death of their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, here comes objections and counter statement from Pazha Nedumaran, convenor of the Sri Lankan Tamils Protection Movement and MDMK general secretary Vaiko. Dismissing the statement of Padmanathan that LTTE chief was killed, as "an act of betrayal" Vaiko asserted that Prabhakaran is very much alive. In a statement Vaiko said "Prabhakaran, the hero of world Tamils, is very much alive and he has not even an iota of doubt in it. The LTTE supremo will emerge at an appropriate time to win Tamil Eelam." It was an act of betrayal on the part of Padmanathan to make a volte face, after having announced in Channel-4, a London based TV, that Prabhakaran was very much alive, he said

DMK’s hectic parleys end; ready with names for Tuesday’s swearing-in

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

M.K.Azhagiri, DMK south secretary and CM’s son, who is tipped to become a cabinet minister, was the first among those probables to reach New Delhi today with his family members and supporters. This is following the acceptance of the Congress formula of three cabinet slots and four Ministers of state after two days hectic parleys within the party. Besides Azhagiri, Dayanidhi Maran and former union minister A.Raja are tipped to join the central government as cabinet ministers, filling the three cabinet berths offered to the DMK. It is indicated, as per the latest information, Azhagiri may take over Chemicals and Fertilisers, Maran Textiles and Raja IT and Communications, the portfolio he handled in the last government.

Sri Lanka filed legal action against LTTE's Daya Master and George Master

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Colombo Chief Magistrate Nishantha Hapuarachchi has ordered that Daya Master and George Master of the LTTE be held for further questioning by the CID and they be produced in the Court again on June 26. This is the first instance of judicial proceedings being initiated against LTTE activists, after the routing of the LTTE in the North. In a report to the Chief Magistrate yesterday (25) the CID has stated that Daya Master and George Master had been responsible for media announcements of the LTTE to foreign countries and to the local press.

Sri Lankan Patriots USA hails Lanka victory over terrorism

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

In a special congratulatory message to Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Los Angeles-based Sri Lankan Patriots USA, an organization that has been active in conducting anti-LTTE rallies, seminars to make Americans knowledgeable about the situation in Sri Lanka and holding demonstrations in front of pro-LTTE US Congressmen says the darkest days of Sri Lanka’s recent history during which the nation was held hostage by a band of separatist terrorists was over.

Maltese Apostolic Nuncio for Sri Lanka

Fr.Neville Joe Perera reporting from Malta.

Mgr Joseph SpiteriThe Episcopal Ordination of Mgr Joseph Spiteri, Apostolic Nuncio in Sri Lanka and Titular Archbishop of Serta, was held at St John's Co-Cathedral at Valetta , Malta on 24th May Sunday, in the presence of bishops from as far a field as Sri Lanka, S.E.Mgr.Ranjith Malcolm Secretary to the congregation for divine worship, Mgr.Vianney Fernando President of the Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka and Mgr.Harald Perera the new Bishop of Kurunegala and presided over by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Sri Lanka turned to China for arms after India refused supply

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Gen.FonsekaSri Lanka had turned to China for military purchases only after India had refused to supply offensive weapons to the island's military during its critical campaign against the LTTE, said Army Commander Gen. Sarath Fonseka, in an interview with NDTV. "India had told us they were not in a position to sell or send offensive weapons or even equipment like radars and basic communication equipment to meet our requirements," he has told NDTV. This, he said, had led Sri Lanka to approach countries like Pakistan, China and Russia for meeting its urgent military needs.

Poster comes up against Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

A poster attacking the opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has appeared all over the Colombo city on Monday. The poster had a picture of Mr. Wickremesinghe with the slogan 'Sneak go away’. The Opposition Leader was on a tour of Europe. His visit took him to Belgium, Norway and Britain when the armed forces defeated the LTTE. He returned home unnoticed yesterday (24).

Myth of 'Living Prabhakaran'

While the top diaspora members fight over the future strategy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Tamil professionals and commercial establishments in Europe have expressed disgust over 'utterly selfish motives' of the LTTE’s Department of Diaspora Affairs (DDA). They were referring to the DDA’s statement that the 'LTTE leadership is safe and it will re-emerge when the right time comes.' "The DDA has kept on feeding us stories that Tigers would fight back and deal a fatal blow to the Sri Lankan army and collected thousands of EUROs for various emergency funds," stated Gopal Sivarasa, a trader in Tamil predominant La Chapelle in Paris. "Even last week we donated funds after the tiny beachhead of Mulaithivu was encircled by the Sri Lankan army.

Orchid Society Of Great Britain Strikes Chelsea Gold In Partnership With Sri Lanka

The Orchid Society of Great Britain in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism won a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for their exhibit, "Orchids in a Natural Setting". Sri Lanka is the home to more than 170 species of orchids, 74 of them found nowhere else in the world. On her tour of Chelsea, British Queen visited the display and was introduced to Sanjika Perera, Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau – UK & Ireland, the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka and his wife, and Mr. Wanigatunga, the Horticultural Adviser to the President of Sri Lanka who presented the Queen with a bouquet of flowers of "Dendrobium" Queen Elizabeth II, a new hybrid orchid created by Mr. Wanigatunga and named after the Queen.

Ranil the Sneak

Dr. Palitha Kohona

Gen. Sarath Fonseka,

Anandasangaree demands the resignation of TNA MPs

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

V. Anandasangaree, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front has demanded the resignation of all Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs from Parliament for having represented the now defeated LTTE, locally and internationally. "Such persons should no longer represent the Tamil community, and they should now resign and go home", he has told the media. The Tamil National Alliance is the proxy political party of the LTTE. It was formed as an amalgamation of moderate Tamil political parties as well as a number of former rebel groups. The TNA Members contestred in the 2004 Parliamentary elections in the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi and subsequently they claimed themselves as Tamil National Alliance.

Removing Ethnic-Based Political Parties in Sri Lanka

By Shenali Waduge

There are 61 registered political parties in Sri Lanka of this number 22 parties carry ethnic-based political names. 15 of these parties carry a separatist Tamil agenda & with the cleansing of LTTE terrorism from Sri Lanka and the President’s call that Sri Lanka will no longer refer to each other as majority and minority, the most important step is to legally remove all these "ethnic-based" political names and request them to rename their political parties. It is also suggested that any reference to "ethnicity" or "separatism" should not be mentioned in Sinhala or Tamil as well as in its English translation.

Vietnam Provides Emergency Assistance Of US$30,000 To Sri Lanka

On 21 May 2009, in response to correspondents’ question over Vietnam’s reaction to Sri Lanka’s completion of the military campaign to wipe out the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Vietnam's Foreign Affairs Spokesman Le Dung said: Vietnam welcomes the recent victory of the Government and people of Sri Lanka. This victory will create favorable conditions for Sri Lanka to concentrate on the cause of national construction and development, contributing to peace, stability and development in the region. Vietnam believes that the friendship and cooperation relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka will further develop in the coming time.