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Sonia Gandhi visit to Tamil Nadu: Police launched surveillance operation to monitor Sri Lankan Tamil refugees

By Walter Jayawardhana

Special surveillance methods have been utilized by the Police to monitor Sri Lankan Tamils in refugee camps in Central and Southern Tamil Nadu since Congress President Sonia Gandhi is visiting the state, police said. There are 108 Sri Lankan refugee camps existing in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and many of them are infested by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE). The leader of the Tamil Tigers and his intelligence Chief have been convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , who was killed in the suburb of Siriperumbudur, near the city of Chennai. It is believed some refugee camp residents also were connected to the plot.

Ranjith Page clinches top award of 'Business Leader of the Year'

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Ranjith Page, Chief Executive Officer at Cargills (Ceylon) Ltd was honoured with the ‘Business Leader of the Year’ (Large Scale Organisation) Gold Award at the glittering CIMA Janashakthi Pinnacle awards held at the Cinnamon Grand on Wednesday 02 April 2008. The most distinguished honour on offer, this national level award is held in high esteem by the business community and recognises leaders who have made a significant contribution not only to their organization, but also to the business community. The Gold Award winner of the Business leader will receive a scholarship to the Annual Programme on “The Job of the Chief Executive” at the Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore.

Burmese Continues Pre-Referendum Arrests,says US

Daya Gamage - US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States April 2 vehemently denounced the Burmese ruling military junta for continuing to arrest political dissidents who are peacefully opposing the draft constitution. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack issued the following statement at the daily briefing. "We condemn the Burmese regime’s continued arrests and attacks on peaceful political activists. On March 29, Burmese authorities arrested six youth activists who had participated in a peaceful rally against the regime’s draft constitution. The following day, five Muslim community leaders in Rakhine state were arrested, reportedly for peaceful political activities."

Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 7

By Habib Siddiqui

Muhammad (S) holds a unique position among the founders of world's major religions. Unlike Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Rama and Krishna, his life is not shrouded in myths and legends, conjectures or hearsays. He lived in the limelight of history. From his birth to death, everything was documented and preserved with a trustworthy chain of narrations that trace such information back to the original sources.

Muhammad (S) was born 53 years before the Hijri (BH) of the Islamic calendar (570 CE) in the illustrious family of the Quraysh that claimed as its ancestors several apostles and prophets of God. He was a descendant of the Prophet Isma'il (Ishmael) alayhis salam (AS), the son of the Babylonian Abraham (Ibrahim (AS)) and the Egyptian Hagar. He was born in the Holy City of Makkah that housed the Ka'bah, the oldest House of Worship of God on earth. His family was the custodian of the Ka'bah.

Haditha Massacre in Iraq and Muttur Massacre in Sri Lanka: Putting US/Sri Lanka Investigations in Proper Perspective

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

Two brutal incidents, one occurred in Haditha, Iraq and other in Muttur, Sri Lanka, the former in November 2005 and the latter in August 2006, can now be connected to ascertain how official investigations are conducted on such brutal massacres done in two countries. At one end of the scale is the United States a country that has assumed the global responsibility of passing judgments to the rest of the world on human rights practices. At the other end of the scale is the small South Asian island-nation Sri Lanka which is militarily battling a ruthless separatist/terrorist organization to safeguard the nation’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and democracy while endeavoring to strike a delicate balance between national security and civil liberties/rule of law.

If Elected, Obama Wants Al Gore in Cabinet Level Position

By Philip Fernando on LA for Asian Tribune

Sen. Barack ObamaDemocrat candidate Barrack Obama would most likely want former Vice President and Noble Peace Prize winner, Al Gore in a key Cabinet position in the Obama administration, according to all major news sources today. A supporter asked Obama the question at a town hall meeting that if elected president, whether he would consider getting Gore into his team or an even higher level office, to address global warming? Obama straight away said “I would, not only will I do that, but I will make a commitment that Al Gore will be at the table and play a central part in us figuring out how we solve this problem. He's somebody I talk to on a regular basis. I'm already consulting with him in terms of these issues but climate change is real."

Sri Lanka Calls for Better Trade and Market Access to Achieve UN's Development Goals

Prasad KariyawasamThe 192-member General Assembly held a two day thematic debate on the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) -- focusing on its successes and failures. The meeting also consisted of panel discussions on poverty, hunger, education, and health-- four of the eight MDGs. Addressing the General Assembly, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, while reflecting on progress made so far by Sri Lanka in reaching the targets set by the MDGs and steps being taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that Sri Lanka achieves the MDG targets by 2015, called for better terms of trade and market access for products and services of developing countries. He also stressed the importance of greater coherence and predictability in global financial and commodity markets for developing countries like Sri Lanka to reach the MDG targets.

UN Poverty Goals Face New Threats

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), aimed primarily at reducing poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, are being undermined by a rash of new problems threatening to cripple the ongoing efforts by developing nations to reach their targets by 2015. With less than seven years to meet the deadline, the failures seem to far outweigh the limited successes achieved so far.

Muslim Congress MPs Resigning Their Seats, Sure Indication of Government's Success in Liberating the East, Basil Rajapakse

Basil Basil Rajapakse, a senior Presidential advisor and Member of Parliament speaking to “Asian Tribune” said that Rauff Hakeem, Basheer Segu Dawood and Hassan Alili from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress by resigning their parliamentary seats and coming forward to contest in the provincial Council elections has vindicated the position of the Government. He added, that shows that the liberation of the east is now working in the way government expected and democracy has dawned in the East. That is why Rauff Hakeem and his other two party members resigned the parliamentary position and came forward to contest in the provincial Council elections. Basil Rajapakse pointed out that this shows people believe that provincial Council has real powers and that to be a member of the Provincial Council seems more powerful than to be a Member of Parliament.

Infant Girl Forcibly Exploited as a Suicide Bomber, Main Attraction at Durham Film Festival: LTTE’s Sinister Plot

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

This is outrageously sinister: Exploitation of the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment, the LTTE has brazenly portrayed a 12-year old Tamil girl’s path towards becoming a suicide bomber, trained and brained washed by the terrorist organization described as the most vicious in the world by the FBI. LTTE website has unashamedly admitted how she was forcibly kidnapped as an infant for the ignominious role of being a suicide bomber. The movie has no qualms about glorifying suicide bombing in all its gory details. The Full Frame Film festival in Durham is now using this film as an attraction for viewers to enjoy the Film Festival at Durham, North Carolina.

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