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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1387

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Lands Confiscated by Tigers will be Given Back to Muslims - Pillaiyan

PilliayanSivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliayan, leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal told the 'Asian Tribune' that all communities-Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims were determined to work together. He assured everyone that if elected as Chief Minister he would work closely with everyone. "I will solve the issues relating to land which the Muslims are perturbed. I have already listened to the grievances of the Sinhalese from the Mangalagama village when a group led by Ven Sobitha thera met me. We will work with the leaders of the Muslim community in the east and solve the land problem confronting the Muslims and Tamils in the Eastern Province, mainly in the Batticaloa district."

Fruits of Liberation of East from the Tigers Seen As President Inaugurates Construction of Oluvil Port

Mahinda RajapaksaThe government was able to initiate several development programs in East after the brave and courageous operation conducted by the Sri Lankan Security Forces to bring liberation to the people in the area, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the ceremony to laid the foundation stone for the construction of Oluvil port this morning. “We are taking every possible step to enhance the living standards of the people in the East and we will never bow down to the terrorism," President added.

Food Crisis Escapes Security Council Scrutiny

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The food crisis that has triggered street demonstrations and riots in nearly 30 countries -- including Haiti, Indonesia, Cote d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, and most recently in Somalia -- continues to escape the scrutiny of the most powerful body at the United Nations: the Security Council. "The Security Council would be remiss in carrying out its responsibility for maintaining peace and security if it fails to take the much needed preemptory steps to stop further deterioration of the security dimensions of the global food crisis," Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, a former Bangladeshi ambassador, who once presided over Security Council meetings, told IPS.

Basic measures have been finalized says Election Commissioner

Chithralal Jayasinghe and Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Assistant Election Commissioners of Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts say basic measures have already been finalized to hold the eastern provincial council election successfully. The political parties and the independent groups have intensified the election propaganda campaign as it is to conclude by mid night tomorrow. Post Master General M.K.B Dissanayake says distribution of poll cards has been completed by now. The cards were dispatched by post from 21st April to 2nd of this month. He said persons, who do not receive their poll cards should go to the nearest post office, establish their identity and collect their poll cards.

Government rejects UNP allegations

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Government rejects UNP allegations that there is a delay in the distribution of official poll cards for the Eastern Provincial Council Election. According to the records of the Post Master General, 95 percent of the distribution of poll cards is now complete. The Post Master General has already stated that individuals who have not received their poll card can prove their identity and obtain it from post offices. Speaking at a press briefing at the parliamentary complex today minister Dallas Alahaperuma said in any election about 10 percent of poll cards remain undelivered.

Government extends state of emergency

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The motion for the extension of the state of emergency by one month has been passed in parliament this afternoon by a majority of 59 votes. In todays voting, 76 votes were cast in favor of the motion. The JVP voted in favor of the motion together with the government. The TNA voted against the motion while the UNP abstained from voting. At the parliamentary debate for the extension of the state of emergency by one month, Minister Milroy Fernando said that the tribute of all Catholics is extended to the President, the Government and the Security Units for freeing the Madu Church from the terrorists.

Eastern Election, Northern Task Force

- Dayan Jayatilleka

In his soaring ‘rap on race’ – his initial response to the Jeremiah Wright controversy – a speech that should be studied by every reflective Sri Lankan (I watched it twice myself, having read the text once), Barack Obama drew his fundamental demarcation from his former pastor. He said that Rev Wright’s main error was in assuming that racism in America was endemic and in failing to recognise that US society was capable of change for the better; of evolution. This, said Barack, was the major difference between Rev Wright and Rev Martin Luther King the 40th anniversary of whose assassination had been commemorated throughout the US just months earlier.

MPs debate on motion to extend emergency

Chithralal Jayasinghe and Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The motion to extend the state of emergency by a month is being debated in parliament today. Presenting the motion in parliament Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake said all patriotic forces should be united to defeat the terrorism in this juncture. Already several such forces have assembled with the government in this task and so achieved some victories.

U.N. Bodies Under Fire for Food Crisis

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) readies for a summit of world leaders next month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday defended the Rome-based U.N. agency, which has come under fire for its failure to help meet the growing challenges of hunger worldwide. The harshest attack came last week from Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who described the FAO as a "bottomless pit of money, largely spent on its own functioning, with very little effective operations on the ground."

Piliyandala Bomb Suspects Arrested: Sinister Plan to Kill Civilians And Unleash Operation Chaos Revealed

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Prabhakaran's sinister plot is revealed. Three men suspected of bombing recently at the Piliyandala bus stand have been arrested, who were alleged to be entrusted by the Tamil Tiger Supremo to continue with ‘Operation Chaos’ by killing innocent civilians to bring about ethnic tension and instability in the country. Police arrested Vasanthan an LTTE intelligence operative with his LTTE ID bearing No: 12212-I. But his Sri Lankan National Identity Card in his possession showed him as Lawrence David Prakash, however he is also called as Sitththiyanathan Ananthan Suthakaran. But Vasanthan was the given name by the LTTE.

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