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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1314


Government is committed to consolidate law and order and peace harmony- President

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

President Mahinda Rajapakse stresses that the government is committed to consolidate law and order and peace harmony with the help of heroic forces who have already liberated the eastern province. The soldiers have rendered a priceless service to eliminate terrorism. Therefore, it is the responsibility of government to look after the welfare of the war heroes and their families. The President made these remarks at a ceremony held in Temple Trees today to declare a month for war heroes from today to June 7th.

Evocation-A Woman behind a Martyr

By Leel Pathirana

Aleida MarchLegendary revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara’s Widow Ms. Alida March unveiled her intimate memoir, "Evocation," recently, in which she narrates her six years with Cuba's hero before he left her for his clandestine trip to make a revolution in Latin America. Aleida March, 71, dedicated her book to 'my children, my greatest source of inspiration' and to her late husband's comrade-in-arms, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, 'to whom I owe everything.' The book already published in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Serbia also will be present in Japan soon. I wonder if there is going to be released also in US, as until now I didn’t find any source that confirms this she added.

Opposition against prorogation of Parliament

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Leader of the opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe says so far government has not informed him about prorogation of the parliament. He said he does not see any reason to prorogue the parliament at this moment. President issued extraordinary gazette notification to prorogue parliament from yesterday mid night. Parliament will resume its new session 5th of June. At a media briefing held in the parliament complex this morning the Opposition Leader introduced this prorogation act which suppresses the powers of the Parliament.

Dialog Named Sri Lanka’s Most Valuable Brand for the 2nd Consecutive Year.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider emerged at the pinnacle of Sri Lanka’s Top 100 Brand Index, for the second year in succession. Brand rankings for the Year 2007 were disclosed by Brand Finance (Lanka) together with its in-depth performance analysis and rating of Sri Lanka’s top brands. The Dialog brand reached a valuation of SLR 12,401 million, recording a value enhancement relative to its prior year value of SLR 12,324 million.

UK Businessmen line up to build houses for valiant soldiers

By Walter Jayawardhana

The United Kingdom based Sri Lankan expatriate businessmen lined up to support Sri Lanka Defence Ministry sponsored "Api Wenuwen Api" - 50,000 housing units project for the disabled as well as active soldiers fighting for the integrity of the country. The UK based businessmen showed their solidarity with Sri Lanka’s fighting men when Api Wenuwen Api United Kingdom project was ceremonially launched at the Sri Lanka High Commission in Hyde Park Gardens in London.

Who is behind factional violence: Dr Shurhozelie

Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Minister for Urban Development and Higher Education Dr Shurhozelie while criticizing the mindless act of factional killings in the state warned that if the present rate of factional violence continued, the “Nagas cannot survive.” Talking to "Asian Tribune" here today, the minister said “Even if these two underground factions are allowed to fight each other for 100 years to come, they know they cannot finish one another.” So what was the intention behind this kind of fighting amongst them, he asked adding, “The big question is who is behind it.”

People of the East now enjoy the benefits of freedom and democracy now says, Sri Lankan President

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapakse says the benefits of the development activities enjoyed by the masses in the South will reach the people in the East. The people of the East now enjoy the benefits of freedom and democracy now. The President further said many; including religious leaders lost their lives in the hands of LTTE. The security forces were able to liberate the whole Eastern Province after the operations held at Maavil Aaru. The President was speaking at a meeting with the people of three villages in the Eastern Province through satellite.

Sri Lanka to help Burma cyclone victims

The Government will make a donation of US$ 25,000/- to the Government of the Union of Myanmar to assist victims of the recent cyclone, which devastated large parts of the country, Foreign Ministry said yesterday. The Government is also contemplating sending a team of medical doctors and nurses to the cyclone affected areas to provide medical assistance and care to those in need. The Government and the people of Sri Lanka express their sympathy to the bereaved families of those who lost their lives in this natural disaster and their solidarity with the friendly people of Myanmar, in their hour of need.

Presidential Nomination within Obama’s Grasp as North Carolina Obliterates Clinton

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Barack Obama It is over bar the shouting. The die is cast. Senator Barrack Obama’s crushing defeat of Senator Hilary Clinton in North Carolina by over 14 points brought his pledged delegates plus the super delegates total to within hundreds of the magical number 2025 according to most observers. As I write all TV channels have declared Obama the winner in North Carolina while Clinton was eking out a 2 percent win in Indiana. Final delegate numbers were not available as I write. The most crucially contested two weeks in primary history went Obama’s way despite the pulverizing impact of Rev. Jim Wright’s verbal onslaught few days ago. What is left now is the awaited departure of Clinton from the scene. Observers predicted that the Democratic super delegates would move en-mass to Obama’s side now.

Lands Confiscated by Tigers will be Given Back to Muslims - Pillaiyan

PilliayanSivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliayan, leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal told the 'Asian Tribune' that all communities-Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims were determined to work together. He assured everyone that if elected as Chief Minister he would work closely with everyone. "I will solve the issues relating to land which the Muslims are perturbed. I have already listened to the grievances of the Sinhalese from the Mangalagama village when a group led by Ven Sobitha thera met me. We will work with the leaders of the Muslim community in the east and solve the land problem confronting the Muslims and Tamils in the Eastern Province, mainly in the Batticaloa district."

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