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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1223


Drop terrorism and choose the path of democracy tells Minister Rambukwella

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka government is only ready to start peace negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) if the warring rebels are ready to give up terrorism and choose a democratic path said Minister Keheliya Rambukwella the government’s cabinet defence spokesman. "The government security forces are currently taking a definitive action to install democracy in areas where it is not available and rid the same of terrorism," Rambukwella said. He said under no circumstances of peace, terrorism cannot be allowed and the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity could be compromised.

Pro-LTTE MDMK Leader Gopalswamyand UNP's Dr Jayalath Jayewardene held meetings with LTTE leaders in London

Fresh from their honeymoon with Minister Eric Solheim, Tamil Nadu's pro-LTTE maverick politician V. Gopalswamy, (VAIKO) leader of the MDMK party along with UNP's Dr Jayalath Jayewardene arrived in the UK on 15th April and held several meetings with LTTE leaders and their fund raising sympathizers based in London. Foreign sources have informed 'Asian Tribune' that both MDMK Leader Gopalswamy and UNP's Dr Jayalath Jayewardene were picked up from London Heathrow airport upon their arrival from Norway by Mr. Thilagaraja of the LTTE's (UK) branch otherwise known as the British Tamil Forum (BTF).

Development Financing Still Gender-Blind

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held a special high-level meeting to discuss the new challenges facing the international community, the focus was largely on the credit crisis, rising commodity prices, declining development aid and the devastating impact of climate change on developing nations. But one of the gender-sensitive issues -- the feminization of poverty -- was left out in the cold. "While we are pleased that some governments stated that gender equality must be incorporated into development cooperation strategies, there were no proposals on how this actually would be achieved," Nadia Johnson, Economic and Social Justice Coordinator at the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), told IPS.

Clinton Winning as Mistakes Became Gaffes in Pennsylvania

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for Asian Tribune

Barrack Obama’s snafu about Pennsylvanian small-towners disparaging about their plight and resorting to guns and religion resonated all week and judging by the latest polls, Hillary Clinton would win that state by a slender margin. Polls predict a five point spread between Obama and Clinton. This was the breather that Clinton needed, said one observer. The entire weekend campaign news cycle was dominated by the fallout from an inaudible tape of Obama speech leaked to the website the ‘Huffington Post’, on which Obama can be heard lamenting to a closed San Francisco fundraiser the plight of rural Americans. Obama tried his best to repair the damage quickly.

London IBC Radio - LTTE Propaganda mouthpiece continuously spews rabid anti Sri Lanka campaign

The Sri Lankan High Commission in London which has come under heavy scrutiny recently over the management has failed to get the LTTE's IBC Tamil radio station shut down and get it off the air. By the blatantly ignorant approach, Sri Lanka mission in London have simply ignored the LTTE's main media propaganda radio station notwithstanding the fact that the IBC Tamil radio station is run by LTTE agents committing acts of terrorism against the Sri Lankan state. Most recently, the IBC Tamil radio has made several broadcasts referring to Sri Lanka’s senior Cabinet Minister Douglas Devananda, Minister for Social Service and Social Welfare, in Tamil as “Sri Lanka Government’s Paramilitary Weapons Chief”.

Anandasangaree – Liberate Vanni, but stop air raids in the night

While urging Sri Lankan President to desist from air raids in the night in Vanni, V. Anandasangaree, President – TULF categorically told that People in Vanni should be liberated. He has said, "I myself had made several requests to have the people in the LTTE controlled areas, liberated. The people there cannot bear the atrocities of the LTTE any more. They can’t afford to lose their children in their hundreds at the battle front any more." Anandasangaree has pointed out that the people in Vanni living under the control of LTTE are prepared to welcome a friendly army that will liberate them without causing loss of life and destruction to property. He further adds, he had made a similar request once to Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Government reiterates guaranteed price for rice comes in to forces from today

Secretary to the ministry of trade R.M.K Rathnayaka reiterates that the government declared guaranteed price for rice comes in to forces from yesterday. According to gazette notification, the maximum retail price for a kilo of samba rice is 70 rupees. For a kilo of Naddu rice, the guaranteed price is 65 rupees. The maximum retail prices for a kilo of red and white Kakulu rice are 65 and 55 rupees respectively. The consumer authority requests the general public to inform of any instances of selling rice above the guaranteed price to the telephone number 011-2 321 696.

LTTE's first ever Grandma Brigade

By Shenali Waduge

When the LTTE launched its baby brigade it caught international headlines. Years later, the UN the custodian of world peace is yet to take stern action against the LTTE for forceful recruitment & use of children as child soldiers. It is perhaps why the LTTE has decided to go a step further by introducing another brigade known as the Grandma Brigade. If action against the LTTE's use of child soldiers has yet to see results we can imagine the state of the Grandma Brigade as well.

Jayantha Wijesekara MP further remanded till 21st April

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna Member of Parliament Jayantha Wijesekara who surrendered to Police in connection with hijacking vehicles has been further remanded till 21st April. The courts also returned the 3 stolen JVP vehicles to the registered owners on a bond.

Sri Lanka imposes price control on retail and wholesale prices of rice

The Government imposed price control over retail and wholesale prices for rice with effect from midnight yesterday (April 16). Trade, Marketing development, Co-operative Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this decision was taken following a meeting at Temple Trees under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa with Agriculture, Nation Building and Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operative Development and Consumer Affairs Ministers and Ministries secretaries.

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