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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1390

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PPP-PML-N Alliance in doldrums

By Asif Haroon Raja

Quirk of fate brought the two mainstream political leaders Benazir and Nawaz back to the country after nine and eight years of exile respectively. Till mid 2007, none could think of such a scenario even in his wildest stretch of imagination because of far too many complications involved. For seven years Musharraf and his handmade legislature had condemned the two leaders in severest words. He had vowed not to allow the corrupt leaders to return who had robbed the nation. He vehemently brushed aside all suggestions of reconciliation saying that he could not break bread with looters.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa Took Oxford by Storm

By Philip Fernando in L A for Asian Tribune

Mahinda Rajapakse President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the Oxford students last week took the students by storm. Letters sent to Asian Tribune after the President’s speech had one common theme:” he charmed the audience with his sincerity.” The question and answer session at Oxford was most scintillating according to the letters sent here. President may have been buoyed by the recent Eastern elections. He had established a good rapport with the students. Sri Lankan Society President Dilan Fernando and his members were joined by Pakistani, Chinese, Palestine, Indian and Thai Society members in felicitating the President. Sarah Iqbal of the Oxford Indian Society presented the President with a bouquet of flowers.

UN Urges Myanmar Government to allow Humanitarian Workers into Affected Areas – No Implementation of R2P

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

With aid arriving in Myanmar in increasing quantities, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator urged the country’s Government to allow international relief workers into the area affected by the recent cyclone, in order to distribute supplies and coordinate assistance.

EROS Condemns Bomb Blast in Colombo

In a press release Nesan Shankar Raji, Senior Leader & spokesperson for the Eelam Revolutionary Organization (EROS) said that Eelam Revolutionary Organization (EROS) and the political wing, Eelavar Democratic Front (EDF) condemn those responsible for the latest bomb blast near Lake House in Colombo on 16th May. In the statement Nesan Shankar Raji said “This latest attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The suicide bombers have killed 10 policemen and injured 70 others in this deadly attack."

Colombo Bomb Blast: Police begins investigations

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Extensive investigations are now being held on the suicide bomb attack occurred at Colombo Fort this morning. Police Media spokesperson Senior DIG N.K. Ilangakoon said the Colombo Crime Investigation Division and the Fort Police conduct investigations according to the instructions of CID. The Government Analyst has also concluded his investigation. It is being identified the motorbike which the suicide bomber had travelled has been registered in the Eastern Province. The registered number of the bike is EP MX 3875.

Sri Lanka welcomes India's decision to extend ban on LTTE

By Asian Tribune Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Sri Lanka has welcomed India's decision to extend the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and described it as New Delhi's policy of not extending support to terrorism. "This is in keeping with India's tradition of not endorsing LTTE's separatism and support for terrorism", officials in Presidential secretariat were quoted as saying in Colombo.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the brutal killing of Maheswary Valautham

In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the brutal assassination of Ms. Maheshwary Velautham by the LTTE on 13 May 2008. The statement adds that the cowardly incident took place while Ms. Velautham was visiting her ailing mother in her native village of Karaveddi in Jaffna. According to the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Ms. Velautham served as the Advisor to Minister Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP).

Burma: Aid at the Point of a Gun

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Aid at the point of a gun to the disaster-struck Burmese people and the implementation of the 2006 United Nations’ Responsibility To Protect resolution, popularly known as R2P, are being mentioned in responsible circles in Washington, New York and in several European Capitals. ‘Aid at the Point of a Gun’ is the title of the Op-Ed piece carried in May 14 "New York Times." Aung Din Executive Director of U.S. Campaign for Burma, an organization founded by the Burmese dissidents in the U.S., confirmed that efforts by the UN Security Council to order humanitarian aid into the Southeast Asian country of Burma over the objections of the ruling military regime have reached a dead end.

Pillaiyan – The Chief Minister of East

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

PillaiyanSivanesthurai Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan, Leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Eastern Provincial Council, before President Mahinda Rajapakse today (16th) evening.

Government to bring about consensus on the appointment of Pillaiyan as the Chief Minister of East

A very fluid situation prevails as the Government has shown its desire to appoint Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan who is popularly known as Pillaiyan, the leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. In the meeting of the elected UPFA members of the East Provincial Council, it is learnt the government is trying to work out a consensus in the midst of the members, on the appointment of the Chief Minister. The swearing in ceremony scheduled for 4 PM today is said to be delayed due to the delay in bringing about a consensus, a government spokesman told the 'Asian Tribune.'

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