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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059


Ultimatum to Sonia and Manmohan Singh: Stop the war against Pirapakaran in two weeks otherwise MPs from TN will quit

M.KarunanidhiWily old fox M.Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the leader of Dravida Munnetra Kazhgan (DMK) had the last laugh, when the All Party Meet on Sri Lanka Tamils resolved that all the 39 Members of Parliament from Tamil Nadu would quit within a fortnight, if the Centre did not take action in stopping the Sri Lankan army offensive in Tamil areas of the island against Pirapakaran and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Sources told "Asian Tribune" that the octogenarian DMK Leader had a hearty last laugh when he outsmarted the eight political parties from Tamil Nadu.

Jayalath J in last ditch attempt to save Kilinochchi

Sri Lankan politician and one of the leaders of the United National Party , Dr Jayalath Jayawardana MP, has arrived in the Swiss capital in a last ditch attempt to prevent the fall of Tamil Tiger bastion - Kilinochchi to the rapidly advancing Sri Lankan security forces. Reportedly, Dr Jayawardana, immediately on arrival in Geneva, met the head of Swiss Tamil Forum, which is a front organization of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Dr Jayawardane sought appointments with several top executives of the United Nations institutions in Geneva, reliable sources said.

Post Conflict Development in Sri Lanka - Rohitha Bogollagama

Rohitha Bogollagama Sadly, it was just a fewc days ago, the LTTE carried out a suicide bomb attack in Anuradhapura, which claimed the lives of Major General Janaka Perera, a former High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Australia, his wife Vajira Perera, Dr. Raja Johnpulle, a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Soviet Union, and his wife Dr. Jenny Johnpulle, as well as several others. This was pointed out by Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama , M.P. when addressing the Press Club in Canberra on Sunday. Sri Lanka Minsiter also said, "Now, I turn to the other major challenge that Sri Lanka faces - eliminating the scourge of terrorism from our land. In this endeavor, the government is very much on top of the situation."

Fix a time and eliminate Nuclear Weapons - Professor Tissa Vitarana

Professor Tissa Vitarana, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Science & Technology who participated in the conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency emphasized on the importance of IAEA which undertakes its role to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, based on the safe use of technology for economic and social development. "We believe that balanced, impartial and non-political pursuit is essential to ensure global peace, security and sustainable development in partnership with all the member states. It is heartening that the IAEA withstood much of these pressures and acted in an impartial and objective manner." said Sri Lanka Minister.

Wap is a period to strengthen the ties between the Bhikkus and the laity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Today is the Wap Full-moon Poya. While Lord Buddha was living in the Veluwanaramaya Viharaya which was built and donated by King Bimbisara in the Rajagaha Nuwara (City) called upon all the Bhikkus to be within their temples during the Vas period. Ven Niwandama Samitha Thero, Viharadhipathi, Niwandama Dipaduththamaramaya Purana Viharaya explaining the significance of the Vap Full Moon Poya said that it is within the Vas period. He said that there are four Pasaloswaka Poyas - Esala, Nikini, Binara and Wap and it is a four month period.

'All Party Meet' a Non-Event: ” A flop" - Dr. Subramanian Swamy

All Party Meet organized by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on Sri Lankan Tamils, has suddenly become a non-event, when the principal opposition party of the state, AIDMK led by the former Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha made a public announcement that she will boycott it and called it ‘a hoax on the public.’ Also a lesser figure Actor Vijayakanth also said that his party will not participate in the all party meet. In the meantime Dr. Subramanian Swamy in a statement released to 'Asian Tribune' said after the boycott of Jayalalitha , the meeting as it now turns out is a gathering of parties who have been rendered by the Tamil Nadu public as agents of the LTTE. Sources said all those political parties in the pay roll of the LTTE are meeting today at the Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers Secretariat, however this meeting is not taken seriously by the people of Tamil Nadu.

Thaksin volunteers to hand back his diplomatic passport

Thaksin and his wife PojamanWhile Opposition leaders in Thailand are urging the Government to seize the diplomatic passport issued to the ousted Thai Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatara, but reports reveal that he himself has volunteered to surrender his diplomatic passport to the Thai Foreign Ministry. Thaksin and his wife Pojman left Thailand in early August and attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. The couple then departed for London after jumping bail and failing to report for court hearings on corruption charges, prompting the court to issue arrest warrants.

Sti Lanka Minister Milinda Moragoda meets Telugu Desam Party Leader Chandrababu Naidu

Milinda Moragoda with Chandrababu Naidu Minister of Tourism Mr. Milinda Moragoda met with leader of the opposition of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu in his office with the senior officials. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu is also the founder of Heritage Foods. He is currently the president of Telugu Desam Party, the second largest legislative party in Andhra Pradesh. The two held bilateral discussions which focussed on cultural, economic and tourism issues. They agreed that further meetings between their respective officials should be held to pursue a number of areas of mutual interest. Minister Moragoda briefed on the measures taken by Sri Lanka to develop the tourism sector, with private-public sector partnerships. India he said is one of the largest markets for Sri Lanka’s tourist industry, providing around 20% of visitor arrivals.

Narayanan Again

By L. Jayasooriya

Mr. Narayanan the National Security Advisor for India has summoned our Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi to the Indian External Affairs Ministry and having expressed India’s concerns about the growing civilian casualties in the war has called for greater restraint by the army. Now Mr. Narayanan, these "growing civilian casualties" you refer to are our citizens that the LTTE is using as shields to prevent the army from entering Kilinochchi to end the war.

9th IFMA India National Muaythai Championships 2009 at Jammu

9th IFMA India National Muaythai Championships will be held from April 6 to 9, 2009 at Jammu in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Championship will be organized by Jammu and Kashmir Muaythai Association (JKMA), an affiliated unit of Muaythai Federation of India (MFI) and Amateur Muaythai Association of India (AMAI). Around 300 players and over 50 officials from the 30 MFI-affiliated units from across the country will take part in this mega National Muaythai Championships at Jammu.

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