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Portal for Kerala Christians launched

By Gopal Ethiraj

A comprehensive community portal for Keralite Christians entitled "" was launched on Wednesday, which offers the Christian community in Kerala and elsewhere a number of innovative services, linking them together. For example, if a Christian techie who has migrated to the US wants to trace his roots, there will be an option in the site. If he wants to look for alliance it is there. If he wants to news of his community back home it is there. "A unique feature of our site is that everything will be parish-based. You can register as a member only if you are a member of any of the parishes under the various Christian denominations in Kerala. The name of the parish is a mandatory field to be filled up while registering," said Johny Emmanuel, managing editor,

Nine killed over 100 injured in series of bomb blasts in northwest Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least nine people were killed and over 100 injured in series of bomb blasts in northwest Pakistan on Thursday. Two bombs exploded in famous Kisa Khwani (storytellers) Bazaar in the Frontier capital of Peshawar, killing six people. The bombs were planted on motorbikes in the vicinity of the bazaar. The first blast triggered a huge fire in Kabari Bazaar, destroying at least seven cars. Minutes later a second bomb went off in another market across the road sparking fire and gutting up to 18 electronics shops. The blasts occurred in Qissa Khwani and Kabari Bazar within two minutes of each other.

LTTE is over, left over cadres may carry out hit-and-run attacks - General Sarath Fonseka

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka said the LTTE can't regroup militarily but remaining LTTE cadres may carry out hit-and-run attacks. "We have destroyed the LTTE leadership's first, second and third rungs. The LTTE is over." he assured. General Fonseka was addressing a ceremony honoring his field commanders on Thursday evening, at the Army headquarters, which was attended by 49 officers and 1201 soldiers. This ceremony is considered first to be held, since such a ceremony was held just after the Second World War. The commands were performed by Major General Kamal Gunaratne.

Documentary on Gemini Ganesan to be released soon

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Gemini GanesanA multi-lingual documentary is being made on the late top actor Gemini Ganesan, who dominated Tamil filmdom for more than five decades, and it would be released soon. Produced in English, Tamil and Telugu, the 90-minute film is produced by Ganesan's daughter Kamala Selvaraj and directed by Venkatesh. The documentary has 30 eminent film personalities narrating their experiences of working with the actor, Kamala Selvaraj said. "The film dwells on my father's personal and professional life. It took more than six months to produce this documentary," she added.

Pakistan seeks English version of information India provided on Mumbai attacks

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday sought English translation of information India provided about Mumbai attacks in order to begin prosecutions of suspects. India handed over new material on May 20 in response to Pakistani questions. But Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit in a regular briefing on Thursday, said most of the new information was in either the Hindi or Marathi languages. ‘Unfortunately, most of the material which has been given to us is in languages other than English and Urdu,’ Basit told the briefing.

'Team Manmohan' gets portfolios with several surprises, DMK smiles with relief

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

DMK nominees in Team Manmohan got the portfolios Muthavel Karunanidhi was promised – Textiles (Maran), Raja (IT), Azhagiri (Chemicals and fertilizer) at the cabinet level and S.S. Palanimanickam (finance), D. Napoleon (Social Justice and Empowerment), Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan (Information and Broadcasting) and S. Gandhiselvan (health). Muthavel Karunanidhi and his daughter Kanimozhi were not present at the swearing in ceremony though his wife, daughter –in-law enjoyed the media focus on the first Dravidian family. Shipping on which the DMK had set its eyes has remained with in Tamil Nadu ambit with Congress leader G K Vasan appointed the new Shipping Minister.

U.S. Urges the Sri Lankan Government to Grant the International Community Access

State Department Press spokesman Ian Kelly confessed today that he did not know how the US voted on the Sri Lanka resolution at the Human Rights Council session which considered the subject on May 27. A diplomatic source commented: "Master Kelly can wait for a 100 years, if that is possible, but he will never know how the US voted. The US is not a member of the Council, ergo, not entitled to vote." Ian Kwelly also reiterated , we welcome the end of the fighting and we look forward to helping, any way we can, building a lasting peace based on national political reconciliation and the full respect of human rights.

LTTE’s two failed attempts to assassinate President Mahinda Rajapaksa unraveled

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Mahinda RajapaksaIntense questioning of a certain Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant Colonel now under custody of the Army Intelligence Unit has revealed that an attempt was made to attack the helicopter in which President Mahinda Rajapaksa travelled to attend the passing out function at the Diyatalawa Army complex on December 20 last year. The Lt. Col. had confessed that he had personally transported a LTTE suicide bomber from Colombo to the Diyatalawa Army camp with his suicide gear, and that the suicide bomber had managed to enter the Army camp at Diyatalawa on that day.

Rs 3 million worth items to Northern IDPs by Sri Lanka Don Bosco Salasian

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Don Bosco Salasians – a Catholic Order – carries a consignment of essential items to the North for the use of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) worth more than Rs 3 million. Rev.Fr.Anthony H.Pinto, Provincial Superior, Don Bosco Salasians, Sri Lanka told the Asian Tribune that these contributions are collected by Don Bosco Salasian Fathers, Sisters and Brothers who work in several provinces in the country. He said that they are taking several truck loads of clothes and other essential items worth over Rs 3 million

Several Sinhala journalists were in the payroll of the LTTE – IGP

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

"According to some latest investigations of the police, several journalists , mostly Sinhalese, were in the payroll of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)". This was revealed by the Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickramaratne, in an interview with ITN late last night(28). "They betrayed the noble profession of journalism and not only distorted and misreported against Sri Lanka but also worked for cash and other fringe benefits like fully funded foreign trips", he said, "Although the Police now know more details of this treason, I do not like to reveal all of them since it might obstruct further investigations. Most of the evidence makes me ashamed since they were mostly Sinhalese "journalists", Wickramaratne said.

US more secure under new administration, says James Jones

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

US President Barack Obama's national security adviser is rejecting recent charges made by ex-Vice President Dick Cheney that Obama's policies have made the nation more vulnerable to terrorists. Speaking in Washington before members of the Atlantic Council, retired Marine General James Jones said the new president's leadership, both at home and abroad, has not only made the United States safer, but more secure. "United States is not only safe, but it will be more secure, and the American people are increasingly safer because of the president's leadership that he's displayed consistently over the last four months, both at home and abroad," he said.

DNA test carried out by the Army confirms the death of Prabhakaran

PrabhakaranThe military in Sri Lanka said Thursday that the DNA test carried out by the Army has confirmed a match between the Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony, both killed by the Army in their final onslaught on the Tamil Tigers last week. "Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test conducted by Sri Lanka Army Medical Corp on Charles Anthony and Prabhakaran re-affirmed both of them have been identified as father and son after matching," said the Ministry of Defense in a short statement. The statement said the authorities after referring the samples to scientists conducted a match on both of them. Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony were reportedly killed by Colombo troops in their final operation against the Tamil Tigers a week ago in the Island's north-east.

At least 16 people killed at a road mishap in a district of Bangladesh

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

At least 16 were killed and 20 injured as a bus and truck collided on Dhaka-Bogra Highway in Sirajganj district on Thursday. Highway police officials said the crash occurred at around 5.00pm in Pachalia at around 6:00 pm after the Natore-bound bus collided head-on with the truck coming from Dhaka to Natore. On the other hand, the bus was coming from Sirajganj.Most of the dead were bus passengers, the police sources said. The Highway police sources said that 13 people died on the spot; two others, the bus driver Reza (40), and his assistant Babu (30), died on the way to hospital and another victim died at Sirajganj Sadar Hospital.

Ministry inclusion: dust settles in Delhi, raises in Chennai

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

A 79- strong jumbo Union cabinet has been sworn in at the Centre in two installments, with Congress’ state alliance partner Dravidar Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) bagging seven ministerial berths. Whereas only two Congress members from the state could make it to the central government—P. Chidambaram and G.K.Vasan. Congressmen here are sour at this poor representation. If DMK has not sent any women member from the state in its list, it was thought at least from Congress some women would be selected to the cabinet. Although no woman member was returned to the Lok Sabha on Congress ticket from Tamilnadu, some woman Rajya Sabha member might get the mantle, it was thought.

Security forces enter Bahrain in northwest Pakistan; 13 militants killed

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Security forces on Thursday entered Bahrain area of militancy plagued Malakan division in the northwest province. In lower Dir 13 militants while in Swat seven were killed in the ongoing operation against Taliban. DG ISPR, Major General Athar Abbas said on Thursday that seven militants were killed, while four were apprehended in various areas of Swat. According to ISPR press release, four soldiers martyred and 12 soldiers were injured in last 24 hours. Security forces in Peochar carried out cordon and search operation in village.

Gemini Ganesan

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