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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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French LTTE leaders

Wide popular interest, deep political tensions dominate French presidential election

The French presidential election is dominated by a deep contradiction. Broad layers of the population reject the current state of society and are looking for a progressive alternative. The past ten years have witnessed a series of strikes and mass protests, often lasting for weeks and involving hundreds of thousands if not millions of people. Yet this popular oppositional sentiment finds no reflection in official politics. Without exception, France’s political parties are moving inexorably to the right. This contradiction lends the election campaign a highly tense, politicized and unpredictable character. Although the presidential election has dominated the media for many weeks, and will continue to do so right through the first round on April 22 and the second round on May 6, followed by parliamentary elections in mid-June, political interest remains high.

SAARC Summit Under Terrorism Shadow

By M Rama Rao & Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

The 14th SAARC summit is talking place in New Delhi literally under the shadow of terrorism not only of Al Qaeda – Taliban variety but also of LeT, LTTE, Hizbut Tahrir, Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and Left wing extremists. It is natural therefore to expect the summit leaders to come to grips with the problem and go beyond the usual polemics and pious homilies the grouping has come to stand for. The summit marks the entry of Afghanistan as a full-fledged member of the SAARC community to cement further the long-standing ties of culture and history that Kabul shares with other members of the SAARC countries.

Negombo identified as a 'Tourist Zone' by the Ceylon Tourist Board

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Though the travel industry in Sri Lanka has jolted due to terrorist activity, the industry people are fully geared to face any tourist inflows and are hoping for the better with an enormous investment expecting adequate returns. In the same way Negombo a major tourism stop is also fully geared to take in the influx tourist whenever they arrive.

Some Tamil journalists in Tamil Nadu in the pay of LTTE

Editors of the print versions of the Tamil daily newspapers published from Chennai in Tamil Nadu are paid Rs.50, 000 per month by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. A slush fund to make payment to the Editors are reported to be handled by Subaveerapandian, General Secretary of the Tamil Deshiya Iyakkam (Tamil Nationalist Movement) led by P. Nedumaran. Subaveerapandian was one of those arrested earlier under now defunct POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act of 2002), for speaking in favor of the Tamil Tigers at a meeting in Chennai on April 13, 2002. He was in jail for 19 months before securing bail.

Keells Supermarkets on minimizing polythene use

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

In Sri Lanka there are problems in recycling polythene bags etc and considering this factor and to minimize the polythene bag menace, Keels Super Market Chain introduces to their customers a reusable ‘Red Bag’ and each time customers brings the bag to their outlets for purchases, they would be offered an incentive. The Red Bag was introduced at the Keells Super Outlet at the Crescat Boulevard last week and at the Press Briefing along with the launch, Sumithra Gunasekera, Director John Keells Holdings said that the introduction of the bag is a part of their CSR programme and a fulfillment of their commitment to be an environmentally friendly organization.

12 LTTE cadres killed in Mannar

By Walter Jayawardhana

Twelve LTTE cadres were killed in a small arms confrontation when they clashed with the Sri Lanka Army in Mannar District along the North Western coast of Sri Lanka. The April 1 clash happened when the LTTE challenged an army search group working in the terrorist infested area. Four LTTE cadres were killed at the initial stages of the confrontation and the battle was prolonged when the Tamil Tigers called for reinforcements.

More raids on Tiger premises by French Police

French LTTE leadersThe seventeen Tamil Tiger cadres arrested in Paris on the April Fools day are expected to be produced today in a Paris court. Those 17 Tigers arrested in theTamil Coordination Committee office, Tamil Rehabitation Organization office, Maariamman Hindu Temple, People shop run by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and a few were arrested in the suburban areas of Paris are stil kept under police custody.