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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

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David Miliband, remarked the defeat of LTTE a massive achievement

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who was on a two day visit to the UK had talks recently in London with David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs . Foreign Minister Bogollagama said that elimination of terrorism from Sri Lanka has paved the way to take the political process forward as well as holistic engagement with the international community and his first visit to the United Kingdom is a part of such a process. While extending warm greetings to the Sri Lankan Minister, Foreign Secretary Miliband stated that after the conclusion of 28 years of armed conflict now the time was now opportune to reflect on the basis for rebuilding and reconstructing of the war ravaged areas of Sri Lanka. He said that the defeat of the LTTE was a massive achievement by the Sri Lankan Government and none in the British Government would shed any tears for these terrorists.

Akashi to arrive in Colombo tonight

By our Colombo Correspondent

Japanese special envoy,Yashushi Akashi is scheduled to arrive in Colombo tonight for further talks with Colombo on the post war situation,Foreign Ministry sources in Colombo disclosed. Akashi is expected to call on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow morning before he meets up with Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremenayake. The Japanese envoy will have elaborate discussions with Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama on arrival before meeting with the Head of State and the Prime Minister. He will visit the internally displaced in Vavuniya to collect first hand information on the post war rehabilitation and resettlement procedures.

Justice Ashoka de Silva replaces the controversial Justice Sarath Silva as the 32nd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka

Justice Ashoka de Silva takes oathJustice Ashoka de Silva has been sworn in as the 32rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees, Colombo, this Morning. Justice Asoka N. de Silva, is one of the most senior Judge of the Supreme Court and he is an expert on Sri Lankan as well as international law, He succeeded the outgoing controversial Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, who retired from service after reaching the retirement age of 65 years. Justice Ashoka de Silva is an an old boy of the St. Anthony's College, Kandy.

New born in Jaffna not named-'Prabhakaran'

By Our Colombo Correspondent Prasad Gunewardene

Prabhakaran discarded The name -'Prabhakaran'- is likely to fade away from the Register of Births in the Jaffna peninsula and other parts of the Northern Province. According to hospital sources from the peninsula, no male child born after May 18,the day Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed had been given the name Prabhakaran. In Tamil, language experts say that 'Prabhakaran' is a name without a proper meaning though LTTE supporters attempted to indicate that 'Prabha' was referred to as the 'Sun'. In reality the other part of that name-'Karan'- has no meaning at all, Tamil language experts said.

Normal life hit-hard due to Maoist-called general strikes in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Normal life in various 10 districts in central region of the country was badly affected due to a general strikes called by Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on Sunday. While vehicles chose to remain off the roads, businesses, factories and academic institutions remained shut for fear of vandalism in the districts including Kavre, Sindhupalchwok, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Sidnhuli, Dhading, Rasuwa and Nuwakot. Clashes erupted in several places where the Maoist cadres tried to enforce general strikes against what they called ‘extra-constitutional’ move of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to reinstate army chief Rookmangud Katawal early last month.

Is 13th Amendment to the Constitution practicable?

By S. Akurugoda

At his last official press briefing at the Ministry of Justice last week, outgoing Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva described that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution as ill-conceived and hurriedly pieced together by picking bits and pieces of the Indian Constitution in keeping with the Indo-Lanka Accord and hence was not practicable. Since India was a large country, devolution of power was essential for her but it was not so for a small country like Sri Lanka, the Chief Justice said adding that devolution of police and land powers was not at all suitable for Sri Lanka. Expression of personal judgment on the 13th Amendment, in his capacity as Chief Justice, is timely. Although the statement is not a court ruling, the statement is an eye opener to those politicians (including government ministers) who blindly parroting the words "the implementation of the 13th Amendment" without knowing what is in it.

Nepal Govt lifts ban on bird flu

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Nepal government has lifted ban on farming and transporting of poultry products in a bordering village in eastern parts of the country nearly three months after the first case of bird flu was detected. The newly formed cabinet took the decision after two surveillance teams comprising experts and technicians found no sign of the avian influenza in Mechinagar Municipality that borders with India. The first case of bird-flu was detected on January 16 in a small non-commercial poultry farm. Officials at Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) said the decision was taken as per the ministry’s proposal to ease poultry farming and movement of poultry in the affected area. "We did not find bird flu during 90-day surveillance," said Dr Hari Dahal, spokesperson of the MoAC.

Chidambaram to Lanka: Use funds for Tamils; their rehabilitation

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

ChidambaramThe Sri Lankan government should take immediate measures to rehabilitate the Tamils in the island nation and the funds announced by India should be properly utilized for the purpose, said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram here on Sunday. After his meeting for half-an-hour with Chief Minister M Karunanidhi yesterday, Mr Chidambaram told media persons that he discussed with Karunanidhi the issue of immediate rehabilitation to be taken up for the Lankan Tamils. He took up with Karunanidhi the issue of the Lankan government allegedly misusing

Tamil parties divided over Jaffna mini poll

By our Colombo Correspondent

D.Siththarthan Many Tamil political parties representing the Northern people are yet undecided over the formation of a political pact to contest the forthcoming mini poll to the Jaffna Municipal Council, known as the key political body of local administration in the peninsula. With ten days to go for nominations, the EPRLF, PLOTE and TULF are still engaged in discussion to form a pact while the TNA led by veteran Tamil politician, R.Sampanthan now overseas, stand undecided whether or not to go for the mini poll.

Sri Lankan Minister Thondaman revived the invitation to Karunanidhi to visit Sri Lanka with an all party delegation

Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Thondaman KarunanidhiSri Lankan Minister Arumugam Thondaman revived the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha’s invitation to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi to visit Colombo, with all-party representatives to review the Tamils’ situation, when he met the latter on Sunday at his residence in Chennai. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister responded that he will be able to consider such an invitation if that is channeled through the India’s Ministry of External Affairs. Minister Arumugam Thondaman who is also the leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress explained the situation in the camps where Internally Displaced Persons are presently housed.

Isolating Burma Isn’t Helpful

By Nehginpao Kipgen

The reclusive Burma, a Southeast Asian nation, has once again made headlines in international newspapers and television networks with the arrest of John William Yettaw, an American man on May 6, and the subsequent events. The charges leveled against Aung San Suu Kyi and her arraignment at the notorious Insein prison has drawn the attention of the world. The detention of Suu Kyi, general secretary of the National League for Democracy, was set to expire on May 27. Although the whole purpose of the secretive visit has not yet been fully disclosed, it is very likely that the man might have wanted to write about the ordeals Suu Kyi went through during the years of her house arrest. It could also be that the man wanted to know the lady’s views on the future of Burma, especially before the scheduled 2010 election.

India President’s address, did not address Sri Lankan Tamils problem: Thirumavalavan

By Gopal Ethiraj

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) chief Thol. Thirumavalavan, who is alliance partner of the Congres-led UPA government at the Centre, said he was disappointed with the President’s address to Parliament. Addressing the media persons here, Thirumavalavan said the address lacked solutions to Sri Lankan Tamils problem and the fate of the Sethusamudram project.

Pathetic Ban Ki-moon : Let us investigate him

A Commentary by L. Jayasooriya

The announcement by the Secretary General of the UN Mr. Ban Ki-Moon that Sri Lanka should stop celebrating its victory over the elimination of the terrorists that ruined this country for nearly three decades is not only insulting to us but stupid in its contents that one wonders whether he could have made that statement on his own volition but considering the fact that Ban Ki-Moon did not accept two invitations extended to him by our President to come and see things for himself leads us to the possibility that he may have swallowed all the hearsay concerning Sri Lanka and did not want to see or hear any thing against what he has come to believe.

Global job losses – world aghast – ILO meets to discuss the issues

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a communiqué issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Sri Lanka it was indicated that some 4,000 representatives of government and employers’ and workers’ organizations are to meet in Geneva on 3-19 June to search for an effective response to the growing impact of the economic and financial crisis on employment, social protection and the world of work. It indicated that the annual Conference ILO has been called on to discuss ways and means to protect workers, families and enterprises from the effects of the crisis and to promote rapid economic and employment recovery. ILO will feature on 15-17 June an ILO Summit on the Global Jobs Crisis. This Summit will be addressed by some ten Heads of State and Government, a panel of Vice-Presidents, and Labor Ministers and employers’ and trade unions’ leaders from the 183 ILO member States.

Sri Lanka Calls For The Revision of Travel Advisories

Ambassador AryasinhaSri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxemburg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha has called on Governments of EU Member States, to facilitate change of perception on Sri Lanka through an early revision of travel advisories, taking into account the significantly changed security situation in Sri Lanka. He also called on them to encourage trade and investment with Sri Lanka by their business sectors, as this would be a meaningful way of ensuring economic empowerment and the restoration of normalcy in the lives of particularly the people of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

Pakistani tribesmen attack Taliban to avenge mosque blast

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Hundreds of armed tribesmen attacked Taliban strongholds in a troubled northwestern region to avenge a deadly suicide bombing at a local mosque, said Atifur Rehman, the district coordination officer Sunday. Hundreds of armed people of Hayagai Sharqai, Kilot, Doon and Man Doog attacked six villages of Doog Darra harbouring the Afghan militants affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, killing several of them besides torching their houses.

According to reports the tribal lashkar killed at least 13 militants including foreigners.

CMA boost to those fail to get university places

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said that management accountants would play a leading role in the economy, particularly after the eradication of terrorism in the country, but warned eradication of terrorism alone would not be the answer to all the problems in the country. The neglected society has to be developed and the answer to that problem is to provide facilities to the Nation by bringing up the standard of living of those people and allowing them to enter the normal benefits that "You and I are enjoying in Colombo". Mr Wickramanayake was speaking at the launch of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA).

Brilliant success in Malakand Division has upset plans of adversaries

By Asif Haroon Raja

The gang of conspirators in Kabul is keeping its fingers crossed and watching unfolding of events in Pakistan with mixed feelings. On one hand they are happy that they succeeded in pushing Pak army into the hellhole in greater strength thereby weakening its military strength in critical eastern sector. They were optimistic that battles on three fronts of Lower Dir, Buner and Swat would be hard nuts to crack, given the state of ground preparations, war munitions and level of motivation of the militants under Fazlullah. They were expecting that once the army got bogged down probably in the valley of Swat where main battle was to be given, it would be impelled to further thin out its strategic reserves. Activation of Upper Dir, Batkhela and Shangla was part of plan to effectively pin down corps plus size force in this region.

French Tamils reject LTTE proxies for EU Parliament

By Our EU Special Correspondent

French voters elected 78 MEPs for EU Parliament including 14 each from the Green Party and the Socialists, but outright rejected the LTTE backed Tamil candidates who fielded under independent group for Ile de France district that includes Paris. EPP topped the list with 30 seats while the Liberals came fourth with 6 seats after the Greens and the Socialists. The Tamil origin French voters from Sri Lanka, Mauritius, East Africa and India cast their votes in favour of socialist and left parties. The Tamil group backed by the front organizations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was routed in the election.