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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 913

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Ja-ela Bomb Plot: Minister Dassayake’s Killers Targeted a Key Senior Minister in the Government

LTTE did not target Minister D M Dasanayake. Inelegance sources who wish to remain anonymous told "Asian Tribune" that wayside bomb was meant for an important politico, a senior, Minister and a key personality in the Parliament. The alleged plotters as they waited allowed four ministers convey to pass the Tudella-Rukmani Devi junction on the Negombo Road that morning. Their target never turned up. Dissapointed, they decided to trigger the bomb when D M Dassanayake’s convoy passed that point. "Asian Tribune" further learnt that a Tamil person working in the Parliament office, in the payroll of the LTTE when contacted by the plotters told them that he has just received the call from the intended target, the senior minister, that he will not be attending the parliament that day.

U S Elections: Big Winners Emerging with January 19 Primaries: Billionaire Bloomberg Hovering in the Background

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Democratic Party front runners are emerging in the US primary election process. It will either be a woman or a black candidate, Hillary Clinton or Barrack Obama, while the Republicans are still having McCain, Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani and Thompson vying for top honors, according to most polls. Primaries in Nevada and Michigan (19 January) and South Carolina (19 Jan for Republicans, 26 January for Democrats) could reduce the field of candidates to just one or two per party. Meanwhile, New York Mayor, a Republican billionaire Bloomberg entering the fray is being talked of. He will be a logical rallying point if Republicans are divided.

First Asia Business Forum 2008 in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Asian region is becoming the engine of growth and industrial hub of the whole world with such enormously developing markets like India and China and the Western countries would not be able to maintain their economic prosperity without these Asian Markets. This was said by Prof K Kamalgoda, President, Asian Marketing Federation (AMF) at the Press Briefing held last week at Hotel Galadari to announce the “Asia Business Forum 2008” that will be held at Water’s Edge on 26th January.

If apprehended, LTTE Chief Prabaharan would be handed over to India

Sri Lanka Government would willingly hand over Velupillai Prabakaran to India, if he was apprehended and if New Delhi made such a request, said Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse. “If they ask for him, I will send him there... Why not? He has killed so many people. If India wants him, certainly I will send him to India,” the Sri Lankan President said. He said Prabhakaran, who is accused of being behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, would not be granted pardon by India.

Fifth CIMA-Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hallmark of leadership is a combination of ambition, determination and achievements, in addition to talent, skill and experience, said Aruna Fernando, President, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division, speaking at the Press Briefing to give details about the CIMA – Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards 2007, last week at Trans Asia Hotel. The CIMA- Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards which was started five years ago, is one of the leading annual business events to celebrate business excellence, leadership, management and teamwork at highest standards and to recognize and reward excellence in professionalism among the cream of Sri Lanka’s business community.

Ned for the role of Norway to continue as negotiator and meet with LTTE - Tokyo Co-Chairs

In a joint statement, Tokyo Co-Chairs (Norway, Japan, US and EU) expressed the need to continue with Norway’s role as peace negotiator and also the concern about the termination of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement by the Government of Sri Lanka. These concerns have already been expressed in individual statements. They requested the Government of Sri Lanka to provide them access to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Kilinochchi for representatives of the Co-Chairs and the facilitator to continue as negotiators.

Without CFA Negotiated Settlement and Lasting Peace Harder to Achieve in Sri Lanka: U S Ambassador Robert Blake

By Our Political Correspondent

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to terminate the often violated cease fire agreement will make a negotiated settlement and lasting peace harder to achieve stated United States Ambassador Robert Blake at the International seminar on Human Rights held at Hotel Renuka Colombo on January 11, 2008. Ambassador Blake also emphasized the need for a deep respect for human rights in Sri Lanka. He also added that because of our concerns about the escalating conflict and significant human rights problems such as forced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and challenges to media freedom, the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Board of Directors decided in December not to select Sri Lanka as a country eligible for a Millennium Challenge Account compact in fiscal year 2008.

Given the present situation, travel industry satisfactory

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ten thousand members of the Bohra community from all over the world coming to Sri Lanka to celebrate the 10 day Ashara Mubaraka ceremony to mark the Martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson is ample testimony to prove the foreign tourist confidence that Sri Lanka is a safe destination said Fizer Musthapha, Deputy Minister of Tourism, at a Press Briefing held at the Tourism Ministry. His Holiness, Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb, spiritual leader of the International Dawoodi Bohra Community arrived in Sri Lanka last Sunday from Bombay to attend the 10 day Ashara Mubaraka ceremony to mark the Martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson.

United States does not tolerate use of Charities to Promote Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"Today's verdict is a milestone in our efforts against those who conceal their support for extremist causes behind the veil of humanitarianism. For years, these defendants used an allegedly charitable organization as a front for the collection of donations that they used to support violent jihadists. This prosecution serves notice that we will not tolerate the use of charities as a means of promoting terrorism," said Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

No shelter in India for fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents - Defence Minister A. K. Antony

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

India’s Defence Minister A.K. Antony has assured that no fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents escaping from the onslaught of the Sri Lanka armed forces will be allowed to take shelter in the coastal areas of India. “There will be no compromise on the safety of the country“, he said addressing the DRDO Golden Jubilee celebrations in India, referring to India’s fear that Tamil Tigers would once again become a trouble in India harming Indian citizens. In the past a Tamil Tiger woman assassin, entered India and killed Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , and scores of other Indian citizens near Chennai by exploding herself. Earlier, there had been many more violent crimes perpetrated by the Tamil Tigers on the soil of India.

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