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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1586


DMK snaps ties with PMK, No threat to Karunanidhi Government

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

True to expectations, DMK Tuesday evening announced an end to its alliance with the PMK at the end of a long meeting of party seniors chaired by patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi. The charge: the party father- son has violated the coalition dharma, a charge the doctor duo had leveled against the Karunanidhi government itself. PMK, a party of mainly Vanniyars, is a key constituent of DMK led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) of Chief Minister Karunanidhi in Chennai and the Congress led United Progressive Alliance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi. It has 18 MLAs but is not a member of the Karunanidhi cabinet. It has however two Ministers in Delhi, one of them Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The party has 6 MPs.

LTTE adamantly rejected to surrender or decommission arms as precondition for talks

By Walter Jayawardhana

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) refused to surrender or decommission arms as precondition for any peace talks with Sri Lanka government. The Sri Lanka government said earlier that if they wanted to start peace negotiations once again the LTTE should surrender or de-commission their arms. The LTTE’s rejection of the government proposal means that the military conflict between the government and the separatist terrorists would continue.

UNP Executive Committee temporarily resolved its internal crisis to strengthen the future Party activities

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The UNP Executive Committee resolved its internal crisis to strengthen the future Party activities .The Working Committee appointed a Committee comprising Senior members of the party which included Parliamentarians, Joseph Michael Perera, John Amaratunge, Jaywickrema Perera , Amara Ratnayake and Renuka Herath to look into and strengthen the future activities of the Party. The heated Executive Committee meeting of the United National Party (UNP) that took place yesterday ended up with a decision to pass the party leadership crisis to a council of senior members.

Don Bosco Salasians to go back to their roots to save youth and children

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a communiqué sent by Don Bosco Salasians Sri Lanka indicated that Rev Fr Anthony Humer Pinto, Sri Lanka Country Director/Provincial Superior has attended the 26th General Chapter of Global Don Bosco Salasians in Rome and in his address to the 26th General Chapter has said that Sri Lanka which is universally known as the pearl or the tear drop in the Indian Ocean, today drenched in tears and could now be identified as a valley of tears, smeared with blood.

Umbrellas with Tamil Eelam logo a new source to raise money for LTTE war-chest

By Walter Jayawardhana

Umbrellas are the latest tool the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is going to use to raise money in the United Kingdom. The British Tamil Forum (BTF) members were seen promoting the multi-colored umbrella at a recent rally against Sri Lanka. Mustachioed Tamil men were seen holding them, even though there was no rain, at the recent LTTE rally during the Commonwealth Mini Summit in London.

European Commission funds the Tsunami affected Vakarai Maha Vidyalayam

Asian Tribune -Sri Lanka Bureau

Reconstruction works on the Vakarai Maha Vidyalayam complex started early this month in the Batticaloa District under the European Commission's Tsunami assistance programme for Sri Lanka. This school complex, is being financed from the EC’s overall post-tsunami aid package of EU Dollar 147 million (approximately LKR 24.2 billion) which covers not only affected districts in the South and East, but also has provision for support to the affected districts in the North.

'Somali Cause' raises doubts on the recent Somali Peace Agreement in Djibouti

Somali Cause in a press statement has alleged that despite the desirable effort by United Nations to help end the Somali crisis, the last Djibouti conference, held between May 30th and June 9th, 2008 did not address the core causes of the Somali plight. It added that the peace agreement resulting from this effort was too vague and ambiguous. There are no concrete measurements or milestones. Also lacking is oversight and a clear mandate.

Canada Outlaws LTTE Front Organization – World Tamil Movement

A Toronto non-profit group that has long been accused of raising money to arm Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas was added to Canada's list of outlawed terrorist organizations Monday. The decision to designate the World Tamil Movement (WTM) a terrorist "entity" marks the first time the Conservative Cabinet has used its Anti-Terrorism Act powers against a registered Canadian community group. "This is something we've done with care and caution," Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said here at a news conference. He accused the WTM of using threats and intimidation to raise money for the Tamil Tigers, and noted 100 people had been killed and 260 injured in recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka – The Island that evolution left behind

By Geoffrey Evarts

The developed world is poised to take its next evolutionary step. The most powerful nation in the world is showing that its racist roots have withered - A young coloured immigrant with an Islamic background is poised to take the chair as the most powerful man on earth… Even if Barak Obama loses the US presidential election, his very nomination from the worlds’ oldest political party (The US Democrats) signals that the American nation is rising from its petty racial and religious differences, and is truly evolving into a multicultural, multi-religious, multiethnic super-nation that is set to dominate Earth for the next century (in the least).

Rohitha Bogollagama invited Indian leaders for the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo

Bogollagama with Dr. Manmohan SinghForeign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met in Delhi on 16th June with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India and with Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of External Affairs of India. The Minister handed over to the two Indian leaders the letters inviting them to the 15th SAARC Summit and its antecedent meeting of the Council of Ministers to be held in Colombo from 31st July to 3rd August 2008, while also briefing them of current developments in Sri Lanka and consulting on the key issues before SAARC.

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