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Unrest in Iran: Obama on the fence but US Congress condemns abuse of vote

Daya Gamage – U.S. National Correspondent Asian Tribune - The United States House of Representatives on Friday, June 19 in support of the rights of protestors to challenge the election results in last week’s disputed Iranian presidential election overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning the Iranian government for violence against the demonstrators.

Will Pakistan Mend Its Ways?

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features - There could not have been a more blunt and straightforward way for Dr. Manmohan Singh to bring home the point to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on how serious and painful India is about the lackadaisical attitude adopted by it with regard to the terror outfits in Pakistan targeting India. One hopes Zardari took the message. The 40- minute meeting between Manmohan Singh and Zardari in Yekaterinburg, Russia, did break the ice in the otherwise stressful relations between the two countries following the Mumbai attacks in November last. The handshake that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Zardari had on Tuesday flashed across the television screens. But how firm was the handshake and whether it would be enduring is the moot point.

EFD moots a democratic approach

By Fathima Razik in Colombo - The Indo Lanka Peace Accord of July 1987 was the turning point for the revolutionary group, EROS that was operated in the north and east of Sri Lanka along with similar groups – all of whom were agitating for self determination. The members of EROS decided to take a democratic approach to win their rights and demands by surrendering their arms.

Prabhakaran death inside work’, Needle of Suspicion point to Pottu Amman

By a Special Correspondent -New evidence is surfacing to show that the death of Prabhakaran, the LTTE supremo was a ‘retribution killing and that it was an ‘insider’ job. It negates the view held thus far that Prabhakran was killed by an army bullet. But it is still not clear who killed him and why though the needle of suspicion points to Pottu Amman. Surprisingly, Amman’s whereabouts are known. The Army claims that he too could have been ‘eliminated’. There are no ready takers for the view. Moreover, Pottu Amman’s body is not yet traced.

BJP tries to hold without ejecting Hindutva; Advani calls for grooming youth

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune -India’s main opposition is tying to reinvent itself with soft Hindutva even as its fault lines and ego clashes refusing to go off the headlines. At its two day national executive meeting which ended here on Sunday, the leadership decided to shun radicalism. And return to the basics of reestablishing contact with the electorate.

UNIDO Supports EP farmers with Rs 100 million worth machinery

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune - United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has come in on a strong way to help the Eastern Province farmers with Post harvest machinery worth Rs 100 million to increase productivity under the accelerated development programme. UNIDO Sri Lanka National Director, Nawaz Rajabdeen said that project is organized by UNIDO with the Ministry of Industrial Development as the main counter part and this farmer support programme is carried out through the Batticaloa and the Trincomalee Chamber of Commerce.

Varun ‘hate’ speech comes back to haunt BJP: Tries to hold Advani with soft Hindutva

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune - Varun Gandhi’s poll –eve ‘hate’ speech against the Muslims has come to haunt the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Forensic experts have said the hate speech CD, is not doctored as claimed by Varun Gandhi and a section of the BJP leaders. There is unaninimity now in the BJP that the Varun Speech had cost the party dearly at the hustings.

Putting (More) Lipstick on a Pig

By Max Seelhofer - In a press release, the Zurich (Switzerland) based NGO Interchurch Aid (HEKS) announced that one of its post Tsunami reconstruction projects, the Mirissa Central College (Matara District), was inaugurated on 13 June 2009, in the presence of Ms. Ruth Flint (Ambassador of Switzerland in Sri Lanka), Mr. Ueli Locher (CEO HEKS) and Mr. Walter Rüegg (President of Swiss Solidarity Chain [Charity Fund Raising Foundation of the public Swiss radio and TV-Stations]), as well as some high government officials of Sri Lanka. The press release also mentioned HEKS was "in close co-operation with the SDC". (SDC =Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation).

Mercy Mission ship shown mercy: its crew supplied water

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai -The humanitarian aids carrying vessel, M. V. Captain Ali, to the Internally displaced persons in the north Sri Lanka, from the Tamil diaspora in Europe, is yet to reach the beneficiaries. After being refused entry to Colombo Port to offload its relief material by the Sri Lankan government, the ship is anchored over ten nautical miles from Chennai port.

Lanka: Political parties in the final stages of filing nominations for the northern local council elections

From Our Correspondent - The Tamil political parties are busy making final arrangements to contest in the Jafnna Municipal Council and Vavuniya Urban Council elections, as the filing of nominations will close by 12 midday on the 24tth of this month. Already an independent group has filed its nomination for the Jaffna Municipal Council.

Unrest in Iran: Obama on the fence but US Congress condemns abuse of vote

Daya Gamage – U.S. National Correspondent Asian Tribune - The United States House of Representatives on Friday, June 19 in support of the rights of protestors to challenge the election results in last week’s disputed Iranian presidential election overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning the Iranian government for violence against the demonstrators.

LTTE's Eelam without borders

S Murari, Chennai - With the Sri Lankan armed forces having wiped out the LTTE and brought the war for an independent Eelam to an end, the rebel group's international relations head Selvaraja Pathmanathan has announced a plan to set up a Provisional Trans-national Government of Tamil Eelam with the support of 800,000 Lankan Tamils living all over the world.

EFD moots a democratic approach

By Fathima Razik in Colombo - The Indo Lanka Peace Accord of July 1987 was the turning point for the revolutionary group, EROS that was operated in the north and east of Sri Lanka along with similar groups – all of whom were agitating for self determination. The members of EROS decided to take a democratic approach to win their rights and demands by surrendering their arms.

Putting (More) Lipstick on a Pig

By Max Seelhofer - In a press release, the Zurich (Switzerland) based NGO Interchurch Aid (HEKS) announced that one of its post Tsunami reconstruction projects, the Mirissa Central College (Matara District), was inaugurated on 13 June 2009, in the presence of Ms. Ruth Flint (Ambassador of Switzerland in Sri Lanka), Mr. Ueli Locher (CEO HEKS) and Mr. Walter Rüegg (President of Swiss Solidarity Chain [Charity Fund Raising Foundation of the public Swiss radio and TV-Stations]), as well as some high government officials of Sri Lanka. The press release also mentioned HEKS was "in close co-operation with the SDC". (SDC =Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation).

Lanka: Political parties in the final stages of filing nominations for the northern local council elections

From Our Correspondent - The Tamil political parties are busy making final arrangements to contest in the Jafnna Municipal Council and Vavuniya Urban Council elections, as the filing of nominations will close by 12 midday on the 24tth of this month. Already an independent group has filed its nomination for the Jaffna Municipal Council.

UNIDO Supports EP farmers with Rs 100 million worth machinery

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune - United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has come in on a strong way to help the Eastern Province farmers with Post harvest machinery worth Rs 100 million to increase productivity under the accelerated development programme. UNIDO Sri Lanka National Director, Nawaz Rajabdeen said that project is organized by UNIDO with the Ministry of Industrial Development as the main counter part and this farmer support programme is carried out through the Batticaloa and the Trincomalee Chamber of Commerce.


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