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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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More than 30 dead at Virginia Tech Worst shooting incident in US history

In a tragic episode Monday morning, the worst shooting incident in American history, a gunman shot and killed at least 32 students and faculty and wounded dozens of others on the campus of Virginia Tech university in Blacksburg, Virginia. In the end, the gunman turned the gun on himself. It is too early to draw any specific conclusions about the incident, the identity of the killer has not even been established. One can only express horror at the event and sympathy for the victims and their families. Thousands of lives have been changed permanently and the peaceful university town will never be the same again.

Italy and USA together monitoring flow of funds and weapons to LTTE – Foreign Ministry

Italy and United States of America are together monitoring the flow of funds and weapons to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Italy has sought the assistance and support to curb intimidation and extortion form the Tamil Diaspora and fundraising by the LTTE and its front organizations in Italy. Italy also has categorically condemned all forms of terrorism including indiscriminate attacks on civilians. Massimo D’ Alema, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Vice Prime Minister of Italy assured to the visiting Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama that Italy will continue to closely collaborate with Sri Lanka in combating narcotics and human trafficking, money laundering, etc. in keeping within the local as well as EU laws.

Douglas Devananda expects some breakthrough on devolution issue by month end

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Douglas DevanandaSri Lanka Minister Douglas Devananda is hopeful that a breakthrough of the much talked devolution package is in sight. In an informal chat with this correspondent over telephone, he said on Monday that the ruling SLFP will be coming up with its considered proposals towards April end, may be early May. Once that is done it will see the progress of the issue which was remitted to an all party committee to thrash out a consensus. Douglas, who considers himself as a humanist rather than as a practicing Hindu, did not see anything wrong in President Rajapakse going to the Vatican to meet the Pope.

Pillaiyan, Commander of Karun group, targets proxy MPs of the Tamil Tigers

PillaiyanIn a counter-attack on the pro-Tamil Tiger parliamentarians of the east who had accused the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) led by V.Muralitharan (Colonel Karuna) of preventing them from visting their electorates, Pilliyan, the Commander of the TMVP. told the Asian Tribune that this is a tactic of the Tamil Tigers to divert attention from their practice of killing all Tamil MPs in the democratic stream and threatening the lives of others like Douglas Devananda and V. Anandasangaree, the leader of the TULF. When the Asian Tribune asked for Pillaiyan comments on this charge, he said that T. Jeyanandamoorth, who is proxy MP of the LTTE and now acting as the as the webmaster updating the TamilNet for his LTTE pay masters based in Oslo, Norway, has fabricated false allegations to cover-up for the atrocities committed by his political masters in the LTTE.

Chandrika Kumaratunga likely to stage a comeback to Lanka political scene

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

ChandrikaThere is renewed talk about the return of Chandrika Kumaratunga, former Sri Lanka President, to active politics. There is no official word from Chandrika camp as yet and all this talk in Sri Lanka political circles is no more than a rumour at present. Interestingly, the rumour is gaining fresh currency by each passing day with rival politicians adding a new dimension to the possibilities. President Mahinda Rajapakse gave currency to the 'rumor' in a manner of speaking when he told ruling party lawmakers that his predecessor could enter Parliament's entry to Parliament.

Sri Lanka must have hotel accommodations to cater the distinct needs of the Saudi Muslim tourists

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka can increase present percentage of Saudi tourists, if it provides suitable locations which protect customs and practices of Saudis culture. Commercial Division of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said about 75 percent of Saudis prefer to travel with their big families and to be in an isolated place with their family members. They like to stay in apartment type hotels and expect facilities like separated swimming pools. The Commercial Division of the Embassy said therefore, it is necessary to encourage investors in the tourism sector to build apartment type hotels in order to attract tourists from Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

The fear of federalism and the ambition for Eelam

By Oscar E V Fernando.

The two communities, Singhalese and Tamils that once lived together, played together and won together, are now estranged, with Tamils quoting history to point out that the land in the north they have inhabited for generations past, is their homeland and Singhalese quoting history to show the whole of Sri Lanka has been their homeland also for generations past. History is opined differently; both are but views held as probable: an arbitrator may give a verdict on this tussle—but here again, could it not be only a view held as probable?

Uganda Indians in trouble again

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The violence against the Indian community in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, that resulted in the lynching of Devang Rawal of Ahmedabad and two Ugandans in a police firing, was as agonising and surprising as it was worrisome to most Indians who were under the impression that Uganda has erased memories of August 1972 when the country’s military dictator--and a cannibal to boot--Idi Amin had asked the British passport holding Asians to leave the country within 90 days after dubbing them as bloodsuckers’. The surprise was all the more because in recent years Uganda has also been touted as one of the rare ‘success’ stories in Africa with the World Bank heaping special praise on the country. Uganda has also been hailed, comparatively speaking, as a more stable and peaceful country than most others in the continent.

Scandal, political tensions spur demands for Wolfowitz’s ouster at World Bank

Pressure for the resignation of Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank escalated over the weekend in the wake of a Group of Seven (G7) finance ministers meeting in Washington, where several participants suggested his position was untenable. French Finance Minister Thierry Breton, for example, declined to say whether he believed Wolfowitz should be ousted but declared that the World Bank should be “ethically irreproachable,” an obvious reference to the seedy scandal involving a hefty pay raise and promotion for Wolfowitz’s girlfriend, Shaha Riza, a Libyan-born British citizen who was a career bureaucrat at the World Bank before US President George W. Bush appointed him to head the agency a little over two years ago.

Douglas Devananda


Breaking News: Shut down of Tigers' main propaganda arm in Europe imminent -- Globecast

Tamil Television Network, the main TV channel owned by the Tamil Tigers, will be close down any time, according to Globecast spokesperson.This is a big blow to the Tiger propaganda network in Europe. When Asian Tribune contacted, the subsidiary of the French telecom which uplinks the TTN channel in the Hotbird satellite, a spokesperson told that we have decided to stop broadcasting the TTN channel.