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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1226


Sri Lanka Foreign Minister urges international community to treat LTTE as a terrorist organization

By Walter Jayawardhana

The reckless killing of a senior politician who represented a minority Tamil Christian community together with five athletes at a district marathon with a coach of national eminence by a walking bomb has once again drawn the attention to the fact that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has to be dealt with in a manner terrorists deserve, Foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama told the BBC in Cairo. He said he would draw the attention of the international community to this unmistakable fact once again.

He Cried for Joy Predicting Blue Skies for People of Eastern Province Trumping the Shackles of Terrorism

Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister, peoples' representative and decent human being. We heard him cry for joy predicting blue skies in the East under which, Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese would blossom into a sustainable democracy. His last interview to Asian Tribune still reverberates. Behind that optimism was the lingering fear of internal and external forces thwarting the will of the people. He died on the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, martyred for dreaming that we be recognized not by the color of our skin but the content of our thoughts: anathema to the scores of ruthless racists still running amok. A suicide bomber in disguise, hall mark of the ruthless but dwindling Wanni Tigers masquerading as freedom seekers, killed a decent human being in cold blood in Weliweriya, Gampaha where peace loving people were celebrating a Sinhala-Tamil New Year celebration event.

Under globalization competitive edge is the key to economic development

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

For the first time in Sri Lanka, this year, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) is organizing a Competition among the Chambers, where national level and regional level Chambers could compete with each other with project initiatives taken by them under seven different categories. Explaining the purpose of this important competition, Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL said that competition in every sphere and at every level have become the very vital key to merchandise, manufacture and exports. He said that for economic survival of the country, there is no turning back from maintaining a competitive edge as the entire world has now become one whole marketplace.

Governor Moulana Remembers Fernandopulle - a Witty person but not Petty

Alavi Moulana, Governor of the Western Province and the most senior member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party commenting on the death of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle stated that “Jeyaraj Fernandopulle treated everybody alike. He had the command of all three languages. He was appreciated by all peoples of Sri Lanka irrespective of race, religion and cast. Loosing him at this juncture is a great blow for us, particularly for the Government Party and for peace in this country. Furthermore he said that Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was a very nice gentleman and a father of two children. Alavi Moulana added “Furthermore, on 3rd of April I traveled with him to Trincomalee when nominations to the Provincial Council elections were accepted. He was in charge generally and I was there to look after the interest of the Muslim community. We had a plan to go again tomorrow together to Trincomalee. It was very unfortunate that he is no more with us.

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa Condemns LTTE Brutality in Targeting a Catholic Leader

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa while condemning the LTTE suicide attack which killed Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and 12 others yesterday morning said "The LTTE has repeated its brutality targeting a leader of the Catholic and Christian communities of Sri Lanka, who played an important role in bringing about greater understanding among the different communities of our country". He added “Our thoughts first go to the family of Mr. Fernandopulle and to the families of all others who were also killed and injured in this act of savagery, whose grief we share with them."

Buddhism fastest growing religion in West

By Janaka Perera

Buddhism is being recognized as the fastest growing religion in Western societies both in terms of new converts and more so in terms of friends of Buddhism, who seek to study and practice various aspects of Buddhism. Dr. Ananda Guruge, leading Buddhist Scholar and former Sri Lankan Diplomat made this observation during a public lecture at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall Colombo on Friday, April 4. The lecture titled, "Role of the Sri Lankan Leadership in the Protection of Buddhism" was delivered under the auspices of the Buddhist and Pali University, All-Ceylon Buddhist Congress and the Buddhist Times Trust.

Final rites of Fernandopulle on Thursday

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Final rites of the slain minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle will be conducted in Katana on Thursday with full state honors. The body is to be brought to his official residence at Sarana Road in London Place around 7.00pm yesterday. Remains of the late minister will lie there till 10.00am tomorrow. The body will be brought to Parliamentary tomorrow at 10.30am and kept there till 12.30pm for ministers and MPs to pay their last respect.

NSB offers Kehel Kole for New Year

National Savings Bank (NSB) which offers gifts every Sinhala and Hindu New Year tries to make these gifts to be something innovative and useful for the winning customers. This year NSB offers six piece cutlery set in the shape of Banana leaf as Aluth Avurudu gift to all those customers who deposit Rs 15,000. If anyone deposits Rs 15,000 or more in an ‘Avurudu Wasana Patha’, that depositor would receive this ideal cutlery set. There are two sets that go together and it would be ideal that the depositor obtain both, by doubling the deposit. In fact each cutlery set would be worth around Rs 3,000.

Jeyaraj no more

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Image at the scene of the bomb blastChief Organiser of the government and Minister of Highways Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was killed in an LTTE suicide bomb attack this morning. The blast occurred at around 7.30 am while the Minister was at a marathon race in a Weliveriya. Sources say the Minister arrived at the starting point of the Marathon to give the starting signal when the blast occurred. Police say the Minister was killed at the site and 11 others have also been killed. 99 persons were injured in this morning’s blast. Hospital sources say 92 persons are receiving treatment at the Gampaha District Hospital. The condition of ten is critical. Three patients have been transferred to the Ragama Hospital. Four others are receiving treatment at the Accident Ward of the Colombo National Hospital.

Death Wishes of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

By. K.T. Rajasingham

Jeyaraj FernandopulleAsian Tribune was in touch with Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. He used to call Asian Tribune almost every other day and discuss the political development in the country. Some conversations were off the record. Ony those meant for publication appeared in print. Asian Tribune recorded his interviews judiciously. The last time Asian Tribune spoke with the late Minister was on Saturday (April 5th) around 9.30 PM, Sri Lanka time. He was talking about the trip he took to Trincomalee on the 3rd, to participate in the filing of the nomination papers of the UPFA in the provincial Council Elections.

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