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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1619

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LTTE to protest tomorrow against Sri Lanka President, British PM and 10 Heads commonwealth countries

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a display of its strength and solidarity to the United Kingdom political establishment, as well as to the international community, has come forward to demonstrate tomorrow against Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, British Prime Minister Gordan Brown and 10 heads of commonwealth countries. Along with NSSP (Nava Sama Samaja Party UK) LTTE Tamil Youth Organization) - South Asia Solidarity Group British Tamil Forum a proxy of the LTTE has decided to stage a protest demonstration outside Marlborough House, London on June 10 from 12 Noon till 3 pm.

Electoral College: McCain and Obama Battling for Supremacy in Eight States

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

U S Electoral College and its role in electing a president were discussed in the last article. The contests between Senator John McCain and Senator Barrack Obama in the East, North-east and Middle American states are reviewed here. The Eastern coastal belt has favored the Democrats traditionally. Middle America is strongly Republican. There are eight key states many consider consequential to the final outcome in 2008: namely Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The battles being waged in these states will keep everyone engrossed. The match-up is fascinating and 107 delegates are at stake. In 2004 John Kerry won the coastal states but George Bush held his own in Middle America.

Sinnah Jeyam reveals of Pillaiyan’s Vow – not to marry until Tigers are chased out of East

In an interview with ‘Asian Tribune,’ Nagalingham Thiraviyam, also called Sinnah Jeyam, said that Chanthirakanthan Sivanesathurai, alias Pillaiyan vowed not to marry and settle in life, until the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is chased out of the East. Sinnah Jeyam, one of the senior commanders of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal and also one of the three elected members of the East Provincial Council from the Batticaloa district, when contacted said that it was Chanthirakanthan who was mainly responsible for organizing and building up the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal as a democratic organization.

Ceylon Electricity Board financial management, a mess

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

An electricity consumer telephoned me the other day and in a threatening mood told me that there were four electricity power failures so far on that day and each time power goes he incurs a loss of Rs 35,000. This was what Udayasiri Kariyawasam, Chairman, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), revealed when he delivered the Keynote address at the 4th Key Persons Forum organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and the Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED). SMED is the SME arm of the FCCISL which was established by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung in 1989. The Forum was held at Trans Asia Hotel in Colombo.

United Nations Humanitarian Office condemns Katubedde and Polgolla attacks on civilian buses

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Katubedde and Polgolla bus attacks blamed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are against all standards of international humanitarian law and all principles on which the United Nations is based, said the UN office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs(OCHA). "The targeting of non-combatants is a contravention of international humanitarian law, for which those responsible must be held accountable," OCHA’s news service IRIN quoting a UN official said.

Sri Lankan Expatriates Worldwide Commemorate Ranaviru

By Narada Gangadhara - California, USA

Col. Lalith Gunaratna speaking.June 7th is National Ranaviru Remembrance day in Sri Lanka. On this day, a very solemn National Ranaviru Commemoration Ceremony is held with the incumbent President participating as the Chief Guest. Rana Viru Seva Authority was formed in the year 2000 by President Chandrika Kumaratunga and she declared June 7th as the Ranaviru Commemoration Day. Over and above the National Commemoration which is held at the National Ranaviru Remembrance Park in Mailapitiya in the Kandy district, Rana Viru Seva Authority organizes various commemorative events in all districts of the Nation. On this day, The Sri Lankan public is also urged to light a lamp at 7:00pm and commemorate the 22,000 Killed in action and at the same time bless those who were disabled due to terrorist activity, and those presently serving in the armed forces.

Delmege Interiors and Gerflor promote healthcare and sports flooring

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Delmege Interior Décor are the sole agents for the Gerflor – world leader in the range in contract, healthcare and sports flooring and recently Bertrand Chaumet, Managing Director, Gerflor Asia, visited Sri Lanka and made a presentation to a cross section of architects, contractors and developers of hospitals, sports centres etc at Hilton Residencies. Gerflor is France’s largest manufacturer and a world leader in contract, healthcare & sports flooring.

Do not betray victory of the nation - Mahinda Rajapakse

“I ask all political parties including the opposition, and various other organizations not to betray the victory we have won as a nation. If anyone tries to destroy this, it would amount to destroying a great mansion built upon the aspirations of the people,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his address at the National War Heroes Day celebrations at Sri Jayawardenapura – Kotte, today (June 07). He called upon the people to “look at the great commitment and sacrifice of our troops, and calmly and courageously extend all your support to the security forces, the police and the government.” The President also said that today even innocent children who know nothing of race, ethnicity or caste are being attacked by terrorists. The unarmed and innocent civilians are attacked. The terrorists are trying to get us entrapped. They are trying to provoke the people, fan communalism and benefit by it.

Heavy fighting continues in Mullaithievu war theatre, One four Base of the LTTE about to fall

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

The Sri Lanka Army’s 59th Division commanded by Brigadier Nandana Udawatte yesterday approached the LTTE main ‘One Four Base’ situated in thick jungle in Mullaithievu and which has many satellite camps. Yesterday around 6.00 a.m. troops sneaked towards the LTTE controlled Mullaitivu area from Weli Oya through a region heavily infested with Jony mines. Specially trained infantry troops backed by artillery and mortars advanced and were met with heavy resistance from LTTE cadres until evening. The LTTE fired 130 mm artillery and also mortars while troops retaliated in kind.

UPA Progress Card

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Publicity has become an essential survival mechanism of political parties and so they always look for ways to draw attention to themselves especially when they celebrate any ‘anniversary’. It was therefore only to be expected that the fourth anniversary of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government rule provided it an opportunity to blow its own trumpet, all the more necessary as it is almost certain that the next Lok Sabha poll will be held before the next anniversary of the alliance.

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