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

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'Focus of Pope- Rajapakse meeting is country's civil war'-Lanka's Apostolic Nuncio

Lanka's Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Mario Zenari speaking to Union of Catholic Asian News (UCANews) today said "The holy father is fully aware of the Sri Lankan conflict." Archbishop Mario Zenari also hoped that the talks "would bear fruit." Adding that the talks will also focus in particular on the displacement of people, violation of human rights, and discuss the case of a missing priest Fr. Jim Brown, he stressed "His holiness mentioned Sri Lanka four times in his recent messages." The Jaffna Diocesan Priests' Union, in a statement to the pope April 19, expressed deep concern about the disappearance of Father Jim Brown and his lay assistant, who have been missing since Aug. 20 in Jaffna, 400 kilometers north of Colombo.

Sri Lanka inflation a genuine concern - ESCAP survey

The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2007, "Surging Ahead in Uncertain Times" was launched in Sri Lanka today. The "UNESCAP's" 2007 report contains several issues relevant to Sri Lanka such as poverty reduction, gender and rural infrastructure. The ceremony was held at UN HQ in Colombo and presided over by Abu Selim UNDP’s Country Director, Dr.Muhammad Hussain Malik, Economic Affairs Officer of ESCAP in Bangkok and Dr.Saman Kelegama, Director of Institute of Policy Studies in Sri Lanka. Representatives of several leading civil society organizations and members of the media attended the event.

Guilty Norway targets its citizens, Rovik, for exposing Norway's partisan role

Fearing a backlash from the seminar on "Norwegian support to the LTTE terrorists” scheduled to be held in Colombo today Norway has launched an attack on the keynote speaker Falk Rovik who has accused Norway of (1) financing Tamil Tiger terrorism; (2) training Tamil Tiger soldiers and Tamil Tigers of selling stolen Norwegian passports to Al Qaida. Erik Solheim, the Minister of International Development, considers Rovik as a new headache he has to face, according to "Aftenposten," the Norwegian daily. Rovik's accusations of arming and financing the Tamil Tigers were confirmed even by Karuna. Erik Solheim just dismissed them as "lies" at the time.

Greece assures its support to Sri Lanka to curb terrorism

Greece has assured Sri Lanka of its fullest support to curb terrorism. Greece Foreign Minister Dora Bokayannis said Greece is presently working with the European Union and the United States in the exchange of information to curb terrorism. “We will do whatever possible to not allow terrorists or their front organizations to raise funds and to include the LTTE in the list of terrorist organizations”, Minister Bokayannis said. With the vast experience in the field of Shipping and Naval activities the Government of Greece also assured support for the Sri Lankan Government in Coast Guard training and related fields. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Dora Bokayannis during his official visit to Greece.

After All, Sri Lankans Held Their Lion Flag High In Las Vegas to Mark Buddhist -Hindu New Year and Depict Unity

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune – A Commentary

When Las Vegas Sri Lankans gathered last Sunday to celebrate the Sinhala -Hindu New Year in hundreds with their children at a local park here representing the small Sri Lankan community, their main motivation was to rally under a single banner that was offered by the organizers: The Lion Flag. What struck this writer was that this gathering, unprecedented in recent history of Sri Lankan assemblies, is that they rallied round the Lion Flag the organizers offered, organizers who are well known for their philanthropic skills and organizational abilities, held well above their heads that showed a contrast to that of parochial divisions engineered by a handful of renegades.

Tamil Tiger agent invaded the cricket pitch in Grenada to support Amnesty International campaign against Sri Lanka

"I did not encounter any problem at the Pearson International Airport, Toronto when I arrived," said Maiyooran, who was deported from Grenada to Canada for invading the cricket pitch during the World Cup Super eight cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia on April last 16th St. Georges, Grenada. He was arrested by the police and subsequently deported to Canada. On April 16th when Sri Lanka was fielding in the match between Australia and Sri Lanka, Maiyooran ran across the field holding the Tiger flag over his head. This was a move to glorify Tamil Tiger terrorism, an act banned international law.

World Alliance for Peace says it is up to the Norwegians to clear their own sullied image

In a press release, the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) says that "it is up to the Norwegian authorities to clear Norway's sullied image" adding that "it is on record how Norway arranged the LTTE delegation to meet in Oslo soon after the Geneva discussion to plan collection of millions of dollars with Norway as the centre for disbursement of payments for arms." The WAPS statement comes just prior to conference organized by WAPS in Colombo today with Falk Rune Rovik, who WAPS calls as a 'leading Norwegian Anti-Terror activist.' Organised by WAPS with Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) and Snasadaya, the conference is scheduled to be held at 5 pm at the Mahaweli Auditorium, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.

Kalpitiya police launch pre-dawn operation to find two unidentified light aircraft

The Kalpitiya police on April 19 launched a pre-dawn search operation for two unidentified light aircraft that reportedly landed in the Illakkandiya sea. Some men who landed from the planes thereafter landed at the shore using small boats, according to the tip-off to police, reported "Lankadeepa" the Sinhala language broadsheet published in Colombo today. Kalpitiya, 103 miles (165 kms) from Colombo, is a predominantly Muslim fishing community strategically located at the mouth of the Puttalam Lagoon. Kalpitiya is located at the mouth of the lagoon, beyond which lies the Gulf of Mannar.

Caritas Australia, Australian government hopeful of Pope's mediation for resumption of talks

Pope"We welcome the opportunity for a return to peace initiated by the Pope, in his meeting with the President of Sri Lanka", said Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia on Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse's visit to Italy to receive an audience from His Holiness Benedict XVI. "Where talk of peace in Sri Lanka is seen as grounds for treason amongst some protagonists in the conflict, we see the initiative of the Catholic Church to invite President Rajapakse to meet with the Pope as highly significant", Mr de Groot of Caritas Australia emphasised.

Aviation blues

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

The merger of two private airlines has hogged more limelight than the malfunctioning of two aircraft of the national carriers in quick succession resulting in a narrow shave for some 300 passengers. The unrelated events bring into focus two important aspects of the aviation scene in the country--and also how it has remained neglected for long. One, the safety concerns arising out of the ageing fleet of Indian (formerly Indian Airlines) and Air India, which are awaiting merger; two, the slow pace of fleet replacement.

French presidential election: Extreme right candidate Le Pen profits from the bankruptcy of the “left”

The vote for the extreme right-wing candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen is tensely awaited in Sunday’s first round of the French presidential elections. During the last presidential election five years ago the success of the leader of the National Front in the first round of voting unleashed a political earthquake. None of the polls had forecast such a result for Le Pen, whose entry into the second round in 2002 represented a humiliating and lasting blow for the Socialist Party and its candidate former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.


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New Year at Nevada

Sri Lanka map showing the location of Kalpitya