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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1191


Film Director to flies back to Chennai to obtain robbed film ‘Prabakaran’ taken by a mob

By Walter Jayawardhana

The director of the film entitled Prabhakaran, gave up his hospital bed protest fast and proceeded to Gemini Color Laboratories, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to obtain his robbed film by a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) instigated mob. Sri Lankan government sources said he traveled to Chennai with special security provided by the Indian government on the request of the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. Sources close to his family said the Indian Central government intervened on behalf of the victim and instructed the Tamil Nadu authorities to obtain the film snatched from the hands of the director, Thushara Peiris at the Gemini Colour laboratories by the mob.

Foreign Ministry expands Consular Services

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama officially opened the Consular Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry, today, at its new premises at No. 14, Sir Baraon Jayathilake Mawatha, Colombo 01. The refurbished Consular Affairs Division is geared to provide efficient services to the Public. While addressing the gathering, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama stated that the consular activities which are now being centralized only to Colombo will be expanded to provincial levels in the future by opening provincial consular affairs offices.

Discussing traitors past and present

By Janaka Perera

A new school of academics are busy seeking a re-colonization of Sri Lanka by foreign powers. Social Scientist Dr. Susantha Goonatilake made this observation at the Second Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) held at the Mahaweli Centre, Colombo on March 28-29. Dr. Goonatilake, who is the Convener of the Research Conference Committee, presented a paper on 'Colonial Knowledge Transactions – Early 20th Century and Early 21st Century.' The paper examines and contrasts the colonial intellectual project of some of the original RASSL European writings with the re-colonization writings of the new school.

Muthulingham, Deputy Chairman of Moneragala, shot and killed by suspected LTTE assassins

By Walter Jayawardhana

A.N. Muthulingam, Deputy Chairman of Moneragala Pradeshiya Sabha, a local government authority bordering Eastern Province has been assassinated by suspected assassins of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Moneragala, although not in the Eastern Province, but in the Province of Uva, where places like Buttala, Katharagama and Moneragala have been the target of the Tamil Tigers who are supposed to be hiding in the adjacent Eastern jungles after the Tigers lost Eastern Province.

Netherlands Ex-MP Williams Got His Facts Mixed Up: Reply from Ira de Silva

In replying to Mr. Paul Williams, Ex-MP Netherlands, “Asia Tribune” reader Ira de Silva writes "The Sri Lankan government ended the ceasefire in January 2008; the LTTE had ended it in 2006 with the statement from its leader. The government merely gave notice that it was formally ending it because there was no ceasefire to maintain which is a fact that all those in the so-called international community had recognized, even the Norwegian facilitators. Paul Williams got his facts wrong.” She adds "In this regard, I am surprised that you missed the fact that the LTTE had asked the foreign monitors to leave, had asked foreign NGO's to leave and declared war over the past two years. Rather than being an "irresponsible policy" it was a responsible policy of the Sri Lankan government as the foreign interventionists would be the first to fault the government if it failed in it's duty to do everything in it's power to combat terrorist acts and do everything in it's power to protect the population.”

Otara animal lover programme first anniversary

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Project – Embark – was launched to prevent cruelty to animals by Ms Otara Gunawardena, Chairperson, Odel and Patron, Embark one year ago. At the Press Briefing held to announce the anniversary celebrations at Odel Colombo Ms Gunawardena said that the intention of the project has been to protect and prevent cruelty to animal. She said that she was impressed of the support that Embark has received from the public, animal welfare groups and the corporate sector. She said that 1363 cats and dogs were treated through sterilization and vaccination campaigns, during the last one year and she was happy of the high number and said that it was the determination and hard work of their Team.

Italians Rally Round Sri Lankan Ambassador Warnakulasuriya to Fight LTTE Propaganda

Italians have expressed full confidence in the Sri Lankan Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya who had done a marvelous job in countering LTTE propaganda in Italy. He has summoned the support of the Sri Lankans and they have all responded very well. The LTTE propaganda machine has met its match. “Asian Tribune” is able to report that the embassy in Rome has taken the correct stand in fighting LTTE propagandists. How the ambassador has acted is a lesson to all others in trying to ward off the LTTE menace of blatant lies and deception.

A UNICEF Consultant found with possession of Heroin fined by a Sri Lankan courts

A UNICEF staff, a US national was fined by courts in Sri Lanka for in possession of heroin and she subsequently left the country. Accordingly, the Country Office of UNICEF in Sri Lanka informed the Foreign Ministry that the service of Ms Lisa Woods, a Communication Consultant who was fined by the Courts for being in possession of 80 mg of heroin was terminated. Consequently she left the country on 28th March 2008. Ms Wood, a US national, had arrived in Sri Lanka on 5th March this year to work with the UNICEF on a 4-month assignment to assist the updating of the UNICEF website and to write donor reports.

Visa rejected to pro-Tiger activist Pala Nedumaran to enter United Kingdom

NedumaranLTTE Terrorist Campaigner and President of the World Tamil Movement Pala Nedumaran's visa to enter into the United Kingdom have been rejected by the UK Home Office. Nedumaran was due to arrive in London on 28th March 2008 in order to give a speech at the Muthu Mari Amman Temple in Tooting London, run by the Siva Yogam Trust which was investigated by the UK's Charity Commission and Scotland Yards Anti-Terrorism branch recently over its links with the LTTE.

India Must Stop LTTE's Sinister Attempt to Threaten Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Sri Lanka

LTTE in the Eyes of Tamil NaduLetting the disruptive pro-LTTE forces in Tamil Nadu get away with impunity the outrageous acts against the existing Indo-Lanka friendship and cordial relations has been disappointing for citizens of both countries. It will sow the seeds of dissent that will ultimately threaten the territorial integrity even of India, according to most observers who are shocked beyond belief that the Indian central government and Tamil Nadu government have not reprimanded Dr. S.Ramadoss, Thol. Thirumavalavan and others who were involved threatening the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai from functioning peacefully.

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