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Duplicate Prabhakaran was a rich businessman in Colombo

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

A certain photograh of the late LTTE leader Prabhakaran with a person resembling him in facial features and in the physical build has been found to be that of a ‘double’ for Prabhakaran. This photograph was discovered by the Army in a bunker at Kilinochchi where Prabhakaran was hiding for some time, while the Army was combing the bunker for secret information about Prabhakaran. Police have now found out that this duplicate Prabhakaran was Satgunarajaha a certain rich businessman from Kotahena in Colombo who had been transporting goods to the North by lorry. After the facsimile photograph was discovered Satgunarajah has fled to India recently.

Bangladesh to form an all-party committee to look into the disputed Tipaimukh barrage of India

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that her government would form an all party committee to report on the proposed Tipaimukh barrage in India, prior to taking a decision on the disputed project. The prime minister told the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarti, about the plan when Chakravarti visited Hasina, her press secretary told reporters after the meeting. Tipaimukh is located 500 metres downstream from the confluence of the Barak and Tuivai rivers and lies on the south-western corner of the Indian state of Manipur.

International pressure mounts to release Suu Kyi

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The trial of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi continued Wednesday, the sixth anniversary of her latest round of detention. In a statement released by the White House, US President Barack Obama condemned Aung San Suu Kyi's continued detention, and urged Burma's military junta to release her immediately and without conditions. Obama said her current trial is a "show trial based on spurious charges." Britain's prime minister has added his name to a new campaign for the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the sixth anniversary of her latest round of detention.

Terror strikes again in Lahore

By Farzana Shah, Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Terror strikes again in Lahore as a devastating suicide blast imploded Rescue-15 building adjacent to CCPO Lahore office. Death toll has risen to 24 in this stern incident, in provincial capital of Punjab, and 286 injured are lying in hospitals in Lahore. Many of the injured were buried under rubble of imploded building of Rescue-15 and were recovered from debris after hours of search and rescue work. Blast occurred at 10:17 AM yesterday, when terrorists stepped out from a car and opened fire on police personnel present at traffic barriers just outside the Rescue-15 building, police opened a retaliated fire on terrorists who were trying to enter Rescue-15 building.

First woman Home Minister in Andhra Pradesh

By Gopal Ethiraj

Patlolla Sabitha Indra Reddy (46) became the first woman Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh after Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy allocated portfolios to all the 35 members of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. The three-time legislator Sabitha had served as the Mines and Geology Minister in the earlier government. She will head the 80,000-strong police force in the State at a time when the anti-naxalite operations has reached a decisive stage. Incidentally, her husband late P. Indra Reddy was also Home Minister in the N. T. Rama Rao Cabinet.

Fish count at Kerala's Vembanad lake

By Gopal Ethiraj

The freshwater fishes of Vembanad Lake in Kochi (Kerala), was assessed for its “species diversity” and “population density”. The survey focused on the lake at the southern side of Thanneermukkam bund. Three cruises were organised on Wednesday and fishing using various gears carried out to collect fish samples, said Latha Bhaskar, coordinator of the project. Jointly organised by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment; the Kerala State Biodiversity Board; Regional Agricultural Research Station of Kerala Agricultural University; Vembanad Nature Club and the Kayal Samrakshna Samithis, this is the second edition of Vembanad fish count.

Prime Minister Singh finalizes his team, all DMK nominees in, Tharoor made a minister

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune,

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday finalized his ministerial team. In addition to the 19 he took in on May 22, 14 cabinet ministers and 45 junior ministers will be sworn in. Breaking with tradition, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) released the names of the new ministers, 29 of them are making it to the ministry for the first time. The announcement robbed the ministry making of its beauty, the animated suspense it generates till the actual swearing in takes place. But it has introduced a new element of transparency.
Amongst the new cabinet ministers are three former chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh, Virbhadra Singh (both Congress) and Farooq Abdullah (National Congress).

The Sri Lankan Government scored a victory at the UNHRC

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

The expanded draft resolution, “Assistance to Sri Lanka in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights,” co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, was adopted with 29 votes in favour at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session yesterday. However, 12 countries, including the EU, Mexico, Japan and Chile, voted against the resolution, while 6 countries abstained. Among those 29 countries which voted in favour of the Sri Lankan resolution were China, Russia, India, Indonesia and other Asian countries. Countries in the African bloc also supported the Sri Lankan resolution.

Clinton criticizes North Korean activities

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Hillary Rodham ClintonSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today reiterated US commitment to South Korea's and Japan's security in light of what she called North Korea's "provocative and belligerent" activities and rhetoric. While not discussing details of North Korea's nuclear and missile tests conducted this week in violation of a United Nations resolution, Clinton noted that the international community is coming together to condemn them. "North Korea has made a choice," she said. "It has chosen to violate the specific language of UN Security Council Resolution 1718. It has ignored the international community. It has

'Slumdog' makers fly down to help Rubina, Azhar

Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Slumdog makers"Slumdog" director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson flew in here to Mumbai today as soon as they heard about their child stars’ plight. Last week, Rubina Ali and Azhar were thrown in the street when their shanty homes were demolished by the city authorities as part of pre-monsoon clearance drive, and it created a big hue and cry, and got full media attention. Two child actors from the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" will soon get permanent homes, officials said on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka to recall Tamil refugees languishing in India

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

ChidambaramThe Sri Lanka Government has indicated to the Indian Government that it is agreeable to call back all Tamil refugees languishing in India, after the humanitarian exercise in resettling the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North is completed.
This was disclosed by Foreign Ministry sources today. The recent pronouncement of the Indian Congress party appointed Union Minister of Home Affairs P. Chidambaram that he intends to send back all Sri Lankan Tamil refugees languishing in India has prompted the Sri Lankan Government to accept this proposal.

LTTE’s women’s political wing head Thamilini in Police custody

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

ThamiliniThe LTTE’s women’s political wing head Subramaniam Shivathai, alias Thamilini, was taken into custody giving her a surprise yesterday (27), by a special police team, at the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Vavuniya, while she was in the camp with her mother and sister, pretending to be an ordinary civilian, a senior police officer said. Thamilini had come to the government controlled area with the people escaping from Puthumathalan which was a No Fire Zone at the time. She had told the police that she threw away her cyanide capsule and her pistol and passed off as a displaced person.

Sri Lanka Tamil minority driven toward LTTE due to long abuse by Sinhalese majority, says ‘New York Times’

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune: A Political Note

What is striking in the May 27 editorial of The New York Times is not its advocacy of an international probe whether Sri Lanka committed war crimes; or GSL refusal of international plea for a cease-fire to let civilians escape from the northern war zone; nor the editorial’s condemnation for denying access to outside aid workers; or its honest expression that a ruthless leader and his vicious outfit was destroyed. The salient point for Sri Lanka to take note of the New York Times editorial is (1) minority 12% Tamils in Sri Lanka were long oppressed by the Sinhalese majority (2) most were driven to the guerrillas as a desperation move after decades of abuse (3) until the government treats all of its citizens fairly, there is no chance for the peace (4) more autonomy in provinces where historically they (Tamils) have lived.

Sri Lanka condemns attack on Canadian Mission

Sri Lanka has vehemently condemned the attack by a group of unruly demonstrators on the Canadian High Commission in Colombo on Wednesday (27th May 2009). In a Statement, Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama has called the attack on the Canadian Mission as a "senseless and unlawful act of violence", which he deplored in the strongest possible terms. The Minister stated that this attack has taken place at a time the Government had implemented special measures to provide adequate security to diplomatic missions in Colombo in the aftermath of similar attacks on its own missions abroad.

A new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Patricia ButenisUS President Barack Obama has named Patricia Butenis, a career diplomat who has previously been posted in Baghdad, Pakistan and New Delhi, as ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. She succeeds Robert O' Blake, who has been appointed as Asistant Secretary of State for South and South East Asia. President Obama also named ambassadors for Japan and India.

UN Human Rights Chief gives legitimacy to terrorism

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The UN Human Rights Commission has given legitimacy to the LTTE by suggesting that the Commission should examine possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE during the recently concluded battle between the two parties. A legally elected democratic government which has the right to defend its sovereign territory has been pitted alongside an illegal terrorist outfit that occupied the sovereign territory of that country by force. This is probably the first time in the world that a country that fought to regain its own territory taken by force by terrorists is being hauled before a UN agency for alleged human rights violations and war crimes.

'Link aid to Lanka with devolution of powers'

Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Prof. V.Suryanarayan, senior research fellow, Centre for Asia Studies and a keen watcher of Sri Lankan affairs, said here on Tuesday that the "aid" to Sri Lankan government for rehabilitation should be linked to devolution of powers. He was speaking on the topic "Sri Lanka after LTTE Reverses," at a programme jointly organised by the Centre for Asia Studies and Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Madras. He said massive rehabilitation was necessary for rebuilding the island nation which was war torn. For this, the Sri Lankan government should seek the support from the international community, including India.

CCC to hold a seminar on breast and Gynecology cancer

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, in association with Parkway Group Healthcare Pte Ltd. of Singapore and Colombo, has organized to conduct a discussion on Breast cancer and Gynecology cancer at the Chamber Auditorium and is the first of a series of such discussions to create awareness and businesses on the advantages of having a healthy workforce. Adults with multiple risk factors for disease are more likely to be high-cost employees in terms of healthcare use, absenteeism, disability and overall productivity. Healthy employees – and those with healthy families are likely to incur lower medical costs to self and the Employer and be more productive.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton