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Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry bares the vicious campaign of local print media on the recent UN Security Council meeting

United Nations Security Council at a recent meeting contrary to reports in the local print media which implied that the Security Council had focused its sole attention on Sri Lanka, but only held an open debate, focusing on protection of civilians in conflict situations in general, and specifically on situations which are on the agenda of the Security Council. No formal decision or resolution was adopted by the Council at this meeting, a Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry press release revealed.

Reggie Ranatunga, MP passed away

Reggie RanatungaReggie Ranatunga, MP for Gampaha (United People's Freedom Alliance), passed away at a private hospital in Colombo, a short while ago in a private hospital. He was ailing for some time. A staunch SLFPer and he held important posts in the party and the Government. The former Governor of Sabaragamuwa Province last entered Parliament after fellow parliamentarian from Gampaha, Sripathi Sooriyarachchi died in a car accident a few months ago.

Sri Lanka Cabinet Minister leads ‘Death to America’ Demonstration

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune News Analysis

When a senior Cabinet Minister of Sri Lanka Government leads a demonstration calling for the demise of the United States in front of the American Embassy in Colombo the U.S. State Department, the foreign policy and foreign relations arm of the U.S. Government, seriously considers it an expression of the Sri Lanka government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The report of the demonstration received here in the State Department describes the organization Sri Lanka Palestinian Solidarity Association as a group that has been associated with Rajapaksa for more than thirty years.

Limelight Falls on Colorful Puerto Rican Primary

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Puerto Ricans are in the limelight as the Democrats hold their primary on Sunday, where 55 delegates are at stake. It is going to be very colorful-schlepping through caminatas, a kind of political parade that requires candidates to walk through neighborhoods, and hiring the right tumbacocos, trucks loaded with giant speakers that blast campaign propaganda loud enough to knock coconuts out of trees, which is how they got their name. Senator Hillary Clinton is favored to win. The outcome would not change the dynamics of the race as Senator Barrack Obama has a comfortable delegate lead now with the last two primaries left on Tuesday June 3rd.

Thunder of LTTE suicide bombers and showers of steel pellets, a challenge to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty – Dr. Palitha Kohona

Dr. Palitha KohonaTerror and violence unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam a ruthless terrorists outfit in Sri Lanka is a challenge to the country’s democratic way of life and its sovereignty. Sri Lankan State’s ability to act abroad is constrained for obvious reasons and it must deploy its diplomacy to contain the efforts of the LTTE. It is a challenge to Sri Lanka’s very existence as country, its democratic way of life and its social fabric, said Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Secretary, to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Suicide bombers have mercilessly unleashed their lethal cargo on innocent civilians irrespective of their ethnicity or creed. Trains, buses and shopping centres have been drenched with the blood of women, children and other non-combatants. To the utter disbelief of a population regularly subjected to the thunder of suicide bombers and death and injury by showers of steel pellets, Dr. Kohona added.

CCC launches Trade Point Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce launched Trade Point Sri Lanka this week, as a gateway to global trade and business contacts to promote and facilitate international trade in Sri Lanka. CCC was granted operational status as a fully operational trade point administrative centre and was given rights to operate as a member of the World Trade Point Federation (WTPF) in December 2007. The World Trade Point Federation (WTPF), an international non-governmental organization, established in 2000, was initiated by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

May UNP – SLMC combine to boycott EPC inaugural session?

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake says the elected UNP candidates of the Eastern Provincial Council will take oaths within next few days. Replying to media he said the UNP and the SLMC would decide soon regarding participating in the inaugural sessions of the EPC. However unconfirmed reports of the SLMC said opposition may be boycott the inaugural meeting of the EPC. The sources said the Government has failed to stand by its promises made at the recent Eastern provincial Council (EPC) elections to bring peace and prosperity to the people of the East. Due to this the SLMC is considering boycotting the inaugural sittings of the EPC.

Stop wanton attacks on free media – CCC implores

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in a communiqué indicated that CCC condemns the crude attempts at violating press freedom and implores that democratic principles relating to responsible coverage by the media are respected. It calls upon the law enforcement agencies, and the IGP, in particular, to expeditiously act on complaints made on such threats, intimidation and violence, as public confidence depends on it. Civil society has been viewing, with mounting alarm and concern, the wanton attacks on media personnel. Threats and violence directed at journalists, including abductions and murder, unfortunately feature with increasing regularity in the news.

Rice at concessionary price from next week

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasignhe

The Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs says rice will be sold at concessionary prices through cooperatives from next week. The rice stocks of the Food Department will be released for this purpose. The Secretary of the Ministry R.M.K. Rathnayake said there are over ten thousand metric tons of rice at the Department. The consumers could buy a kilo of rice at a price lower than 65 rupees. He further said most of cooperatives are now generating more income due to concessions given by the government.

Message from Jaipur blasts

By J. N.Raina - Syndicate Features

Serial bomb blasts in Jaipur on May 13, 2008 is a wakeup call. The auspicious Tuesday for Hindus became inauspicious when the Pink City, which had so far been spared from such barbaric acts, was laundered into Red City, just within ten minutes of obnoxious happenings. One blast after another rattled the city. It might be the 21st blast outside militancy-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir since jihadis’ attack in Ayodhya in July 2005, but it will be more cringing if Indians in unison do not take up the terrorists’ gauntlet seriously.

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