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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1527


Do not betray victory of the nation - Mahinda Rajapakse

“I ask all political parties including the opposition, and various other organizations not to betray the victory we have won as a nation. If anyone tries to destroy this, it would amount to destroying a great mansion built upon the aspirations of the people,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his address at the National War Heroes Day celebrations at Sri Jayawardenapura – Kotte, today (June 07). He called upon the people to “look at the great commitment and sacrifice of our troops, and calmly and courageously extend all your support to the security forces, the police and the government.” The President also said that today even innocent children who know nothing of race, ethnicity or caste are being attacked by terrorists. The unarmed and innocent civilians are attacked. The terrorists are trying to get us entrapped. They are trying to provoke the people, fan communalism and benefit by it.

Heavy fighting continues in Mullaithievu war theatre, One four Base of the LTTE about to fall

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

The Sri Lanka Army’s 59th Division commanded by Brigadier Nandana Udawatte yesterday approached the LTTE main ‘One Four Base’ situated in thick jungle in Mullaithievu and which has many satellite camps. Yesterday around 6.00 a.m. troops sneaked towards the LTTE controlled Mullaitivu area from Weli Oya through a region heavily infested with Jony mines. Specially trained infantry troops backed by artillery and mortars advanced and were met with heavy resistance from LTTE cadres until evening. The LTTE fired 130 mm artillery and also mortars while troops retaliated in kind.

UPA Progress Card

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Publicity has become an essential survival mechanism of political parties and so they always look for ways to draw attention to themselves especially when they celebrate any ‘anniversary’. It was therefore only to be expected that the fourth anniversary of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government rule provided it an opportunity to blow its own trumpet, all the more necessary as it is almost certain that the next Lok Sabha poll will be held before the next anniversary of the alliance.

Maha Thera tells expatriates to cut down on parties and donate money to help patriotic soldiers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Kingsbury TempleVenerable Galayaye Piyadassi Maha Thera said Sri Lankan expatriates should slow down on expensive parties on their cocktail circuit and contribute, at least, part of that money for the mother who nourished them, and brought them to the present affluence in the first world.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in London for a special Commonwealth Summit

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in London this morning to participate at a special Commonwealth Summit where a group of leaders will discuss reform of international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The summit, to be chaired by Gordon Brown and will take place at the Marlborough House, London on June 9 and 10. The meeting will focus on practical steps which Commonwealth member states can take to achieve reform and coherence of global institutions. Its three-part focus will be on the international financial institutions, global environmental governance and the UN system.

Heavy casualties on the LTTE in confrontations in Welioya: Civilians displacing from north and south of LTTE area

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Troops have inflicted heavy casualties on the LTTE in confrontations in Welioya and Vavuniya. Five LTTErs were killed and nine reported injured during operations conducted by the Army in north Kiriibanwewa and north Janakapura areas in Welioya yesterday. The media centre for national security said eight soldiers were also reported wounded in action. However, the LTTE Peace Secretariat reveals that Civilians are displacing from north and south of LTTE area. Eight LTTErs were killed and one was reported injured during a series of confrontations with Troops yesterday in the areas of Navathkulam, Periyamadu, Chettiyakulam, Nandakandal and Periyapalimollaithottu and Vavuniya.

U S Electoral College Map Indicative of Fierce Battle between McCain and Obama

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

The Electoral College determines the U S Presidency and not the popular vote. When people vote for Barrack Obama or John McCain in November 2008; in fact, they will be voting to elect an electoral college. For example, if sixteen million California voters give a majority of votes to Obama, he would be entitled to 55 Electoral College votes and McCain zero. Electoral College favored George Bush in 2004 as he won a majority of 286 Electoral College votes from 31 states, while John Kerry won 251 votes from 19 states. These Electoral College delegates met in the first week of January 2005 in Washington D.C. and declared George Bush President. Representative democracy through an Electoral College is unique to America.

U.S. to deny Military Assistance to Nations that aid and abet recruitment of Child Soldiers

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A bi-partisan bill, Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2007, is now before the United States Senate designed to encourage governments to disarm, demobilize and rehabilitate child soldiers from government forces and government supported militias. Using the Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights as a barometer, this bill would place limits on the provision of U.S. International Military Education and Training (IMET), Foreign Military Financing and other defense-related assistance in U.S. foreign operations program for countries in violation of the bill’s standards.

Ranaviru Commemeration in New Zealand

A gathering of about one hundred Sri Lankans met at the Stokes Valley Buddhist Monastery in Wellington, yesterday to honor the memory of the 20,000+ fallen heroes of Sri Lanka's security forces and show gratitude for the ultimate price they paid in defending the integrity of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan war heroes will be remembered as fighters against international terrorism – Mahinda Rajapakse

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lankan war heroes who are fighting to safeguard a parliamentary democracy from Fascist agents of terror will be also remembered as heroes fighting to put a stop to international terrorism said President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka. Celebrating the national War Heroes Day near the parliamentary complex in the historic Jayawardhanapura near Colombo, June 7, the President said, "The importance of having this memorial near the legislature is understood when one realizes the service of our War Heroes to safeguard justice and fair play in a country that was about to be subjugated by terrorism and the law of the jungle, in place of democracy. Now, the representatives of the people will also have the opportunity to pay their respects to the heroes who are protecting democracy before they enter the shrine of democracy."

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