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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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Splintered Leadership of Ranil-Rauff Coalition Would not Lead the People of East - Basil Rajapakse MP

Basil RajapakseSpeaking to ‘Asian Tribune’ Basil Rajapakse MP said that it is very clear that Ranil-Rauff coalition who are splintered and incapable of keeping their own members in the fold, could not be expected to lead people of the East. Defeat is staring them in the face because the people know that United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has freed them from the clutches of the ruthless LTTE terrorists. He said that the election campaign went on very well as the awareness level of the people reached a high level. They fully understand what is at stake in this election.

President Rajapaksa condemns LTTE's barbaric attack: People will not be intimidated by such tactics

President Mahinda Rajapaksa condemned the barbaric act of the LTTE of exploding a bomb targeting innocent civilians at a cafe in Ampara town. He said he was confident that the people of the East would not be intimidated by this low degrading act of the Tigers and the political parties supporting the outfit, at a time the people were about to enjoy the fruits of democracy by electing a true leader to guide their destinies. The President reiterated that when everything has been finalized for today's poll and at a time when the people were getting ready to exercise their franchise, such an act could in no way undermine the democratic victory achieved by the people of the East.

Minister Devananda Initiates Programs to Uplift Living Standards in Killinochchi and Mullaittivu

Minster Douglas Devananda, Chairman of Presidential Special Task Committee, appointed for resettlement, Rehabilitation and Developmental activities in the Northern Province, is in the process of collecting information for commencing accelerated development work for the upliftment of living conditions of the people of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mannar Districts. Minster has taken many steps to prioritize development activities stipulated in the 2008 Budget proposals as the first stage of development work in the North for the well-being of the people of the peninsula. He will launch currently identified programs for Humanitarian developmental activities first, and then proceed to complete such programs in the districts of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi which are yet to be cleared.

Excon 2008 begins

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Construction and Engineering Services Minister Rajitha Senaratne opens Sri Lanka’s premier construction exhibition Excon 2008 in Colombo on Friday. The exhibition is designed to facilitate the enhancement of industry capacities and competitiveness by promoting linkages among different stakeholders drawn from large multinationals to the SME sector. It is the gateway to the establishment of strategic partnerships and the expansion of markets. This is an ideal opportunity to promote and discover new products services and appropriate technology.

Sri Lanka found Inland Oil Resources-Egypt shows interest to assist the project

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Development further strengthen its oil exploration project after the recent report on oil resources. According to the report Sri Lanka has vast inland oil resources. The Egyptian government has shown their interest to support this inland oil exploration programme and the government of Egypt has sent a group of oil experts to conduct research into this matter. Speaking to the media on Friday Sri Lanka’s petroleum Minister A.H.M.Fowzi said this team would release their detailed research report within two weeks.

Sri Lankans in Las Vegas Initiate help for Burmese Cyclone Victims

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Ven. Arjahn ChaiyaWhen the United States news networks carried the seriousness of the deadly cyclone that hit the South East Asian nation Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, initially giving the death toll of 20,000 and displacing a million, it hit hard on the Asian community in Las Vegas in the State of Nevada. As the media outlets increased the death toll to over 100,000 and projected the images of the most serious nature of the devastation, a Sri Lankan in this Las Vegas valley activated in contacting some Burmese expatriates in Los Angeles who directed him to the Myanmar Buddhist Temple and Meditation Monastery.

United Nations Agency says TMVP has released child soldiers and no longer carrying arms in public

By Walter Jayawardhana

The United nations office for the Cordination of Humanitarian Affairs in a statement issued from Batticaloa , a day before the elections said the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) the political party which is transforming itself from an armed group to a party contesting elections released 39 child soldiers to a government led rehabilitation program and restricted its armed recruits to interior forests in the Eastern Province and they no longer travel public carrying guns in view of the elections. The UN body also reported that Pillayan, the TMVP leader has pledged publicly that would not allow any child recruitment to the group.

LTTE exploded a bomb in Amparai town killing 11 civilians

Ruwan Weerakoon reporting from Colombo

Defense sources confirmed that LTTE exploded a bomb inside the "New City Cafe" in Amparai town around 5.45 p.m today. Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanyakkara confirmed 11 death and 29 persons wounded. According to reports the bomb was a parcel bomb, which was kept in the café in Amparai town near the main bus stand.

Six civilians so far reported dead in the Amaparai bomb blast

Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

STF Officer confirmed to 'Asian Tribune' that, so far 6 people reported dead from the bomb blast, that took place today in Amparai, opposite the City Café Hotel, near the main bus stand. According to news report, Minister Ferial Ashraff had just passed through the area where an explosion had occurred in Amparai. Reports confirmed that the Minister was safe.

Bomb blast in Amparai

Ruwan Weerakoon, Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

A powerful bomb blast occured in Ampara town around 5.40 pm.

More details to follow.

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