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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1228


A new thinking cap needed to break Wanni-Colombo logjam

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune, New Delhi

Two developments in the Sri Lankan theatre need to make Delhi and other world capitals, particularly Washington and London, sit up and end the dichotomy that has characterised their reaction to and relations with Colombo. Firstly, senior Lanka Minister Jeyraj Fernandopulle, the only Roman Catholic in the Rajapakse government was assassinated just outside Colombo. His religion had lost relevance for the LTTE as he facilitated the Pillayan Group’s entry into mainstream politics. Otherwise they would not have eliminated him so soon after the Madhu church episode exposed the clergy for yet another time to the criticism that the Church in Tamil belt remains sympathetic towards the Tigers.

Sri Lanka-Egypt Bilateral Trade Chamber Council will Foster Increased Trade and Tourism, Foreign Minister Bogollagama

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama discussed with Rashid Mohammed Rashid, Minister of Trade and Industry, issues related to the expansion of trade and investment between the two countries. The highlight of Minister's visit to Egypt was the signing of an MOU relating to tourism and agreement concluded between the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, which facilitated the establishment of an Egypt- Sri Lanka Bilateral Chamber Council. The Minister remarked that the Agreement would pave the way for increased ties between the private sectors of the two countries.

Will Societies Bend, or Snap in the Storm?

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A new risk-analysis of the negative consequences of climate change warns of potential "devastation and violence (worldwide) jeopardizing national and international security to a new degree." The threats to international security and stability, says the study, could be triggered by a possible increase in the number of weak and fragile states, directly resulting from global warming. The report, titled "Climate Change as a Security Risk" and released by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), identifies several areas with "potential for political crisis and migratory pressure".

Violence rise in Nepal ahead of the Election

Jimmy Carter in NepalWhen the long awaited election of Nepal, believed to be an end- of an- era of the Royal Family of the Himalayan kingdom, scheduled for today - 10th April, and election related violence has erupted in several district. It is reported on Monday, the last day of campaigning, two bombs exploded in two key cities wounding at least 13 people. In another incident, motorcyclist threw a bomb near the site of an election rally in Katmandu. The protesters were defying a curfew imposed in the area following the killing on Tuesday. The slain candidate, Rishi Prasad Sharma, was a candidate of the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist), a political party that rivals the Maoists.

Four LTTE suspects arrested with large haul of plastics explosives in Kandy

By Walter Jayawardhana

Three days after the killing of the senior government Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber, the Police have discovered a large haul of plastic explosives in the Kandy District ,and arrested four people in connection with the find , police said. A police officer in the investigations said that, "probably these explosives are meant for another suicide attack" in the Kandy area. Kandy is a city, where many VIP’s travel often from Colombo for varied purposes and is the hill capital of the country, where the famous Temple of the Tooth is located.

Sri Lanka's Premier Mass Communication Technology Conference

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s premier mass communication technology conference and exhibition – Broadcast Sri Lanka 2008 is scheduled to be held on 12th and 13th June at the BMICH where critical issues of national importance will be addressed for the first time and will be held in conjunction with the Sumathi Awards 2008. To announce the modalities of the exhibition and other matters involved with such issues like migrating from Analogue to Digital Television a Press Conference was held last week at Sumathi Court Bambalapitiya with Dr D B Nihalsingha and Thilanga Sumathipala among others.

UNICEF welcomes child recruit releases by the TMVP

UNICEF the UN agency looking after the welfare of children today welcomed the release of 11 children from the ranks of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal as a "positive step towards ending the use of children by armed groups in Sri Lanka." Speaking from Colombo, the head of the UN children’s agency in Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle, highlighted the important role played by the government in securing the release of the children, and encouraged the TMVP to pursue the release of all children in its ranks. “Whilst this is an encouraging development, we continue to look forward to the release of all children in the ranks of armed groups in Sri Lanka,” he said.

Sri Lanka Government extends State of Emergency

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

The motion to extend the State of Emergency by another month was passed in Parliament today by a majority of 78 votes. 93 votes were received in favor of the motion, while 15 votes received against it. The JVP voted for the proposal along with the government and the Tamil National Alliance, the proxy LTTE party voted against it, while UNP and other opposition members abstained from voting. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake presenting the motion to extend the State of Emergency by another month in Parliament today said that the Government will successfully implement the program to establish democracy in the country by defeating terrorism in the country.

USAID and Hellenic Aid Join Together to Help Tsunami-Affected Trincomalee

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Hellenic Aid, the development agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, inaugurated the newly rebuilt Anuradhapura Junction Public Market in Trincomalee on Friday, April 4. Officials from the two donor agencies, which jointly funded the project, were joined at the event by Trincomalee District Government Agent, Major General T. T. R. De Silva and Trincomalee Urban Council Chairman G. Mugunthan. The joint $700,000 grant funded the rebuilding and expansion of the dilapidated market, one of the main markets in Trincomalee town. As the last component of the grant, implementing partner People in Need (PIN) will now provide training to vendors and local authorities on market management and maintenance and hygiene promotion.

Sri Lanka PM reiterated the urgent need to defeat terrorism and establish Democracy.

BY Chithralal Jayasingha and Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake presenting a motion in Parliament today to extend the State of Emergency by one month said the Government will successfully implement the program to establish democracy in the country by defeating terrorism. He added that the people in the newly liberated Eastern Province are now enjoying their democratic rights. The Prime Minister has recalled how the late Minister Jayaraj Fernandopulle has pointed out the need in and out of the Parliament to defeat terrorism and establish democracy.

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