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Chance arrest of a pro-LTTE Sinhalese man exposes existence of "Revolutionary Liberation Front"

A chance arrest of a pro-LTTE Sinhalese man in Gampaha on May 3 has exposed "Revolutionary Liberation Front" (RLF), a rebel movement quietly preparing for an insurrection to topple the Government of Sri Lanka, the police said. The Sinhalese members of the RLF were trained at the LTTE's Elephant Pass camp with the aim of assisting a future power grab in South, the police said. Elephant Pass, located at the entrance to the northern peninsula of Jaffna, was one of the most fortified Army Camps in Sri Lanka that fell to LTTE in a crucial victory in the battle for Jaffna of 2000.

Sarkozy sweeps to French presidential victory

Nicolas SarkozyRight-winger Nicolas Sarkozy scored an emphatic victory in the French presidential election Sunday, trouncing Socialist rival Segolene Royal to win a clear mandate for tough economic and social reforms. Wild celebrations erupted among Sarkozy supporters in Paris as soon as polls closed and projections said the 52-year-old former interior minister had around 53 percent of the vote against Royal's 47 percent. There was a high turnout estimated at about 85 percent by polling institutes which highlighted the widespread interest in the election of a new generation of French leaders after President Jacques Chirac's 12 year rule. Delirious members of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) chanted "Nicolas - President!" as champagne bottles popped at the party's campaign headquarters.

Major attempts to save the Sri Lankan travel industry

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The under-estimation of enemy power and the over emphasis of government forces warfare tactics have created a doubtful situation in Sri Lanka and some attempts by the rebels to attack the Bandaranaike International Airport – the only air-entry point to Sri Lanka has resulted in some airlines pulling out from Sri Lanka and the government limiting the time for aircraft operations from 4 am to 10 pm only. The sum total of all these incidents has left the already ailing travel industry the major casualty. All the stakeholders of the travel industry have now panicked and are frantically attempting to find out ways and means to resurrect this already dying industry. The industry people indicated that the country has faced worst situations earlier, but the industry ably faced such situations and steadily survived and therefore they are optimistic that tourism could be revived at this occasion too.

Sarkozy supporters cry victory in French election

Nicolas SarkozySupporters of Nicolas Sarkozy erupted in cheers Sunday, celebrating unconfirmed reports of a resounding victory for the right-winger over Socialist Segolene Royal in France's presidential election. After a day which saw a huge voter turnout at the climax of the hard-fought campaign, supporters chanted "we won!" at a Paris concert hall where Sarkozy was to deliver a speech after the official results were given. The mood was grim at the Socialist Party headquarters where about 300 Royal supporters waited. French law forbids the publication of projections until the last polling stations close at 1800 GMT although the figures are distributed to media and party headquarters up to 90 minutes in advance.

Nepalese novice receives higher ordination in rural West Virginia

By Walter Jayawardhana

The higher ordination of a Nepalese novice bhikku became the highlight of the Vesak celebration on May 6 at the Bhavana Society Forest Monastery in rural West Virginia in the United States. The Vesak marks the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha. The residents and Board of Directors of the Bhavana Society said the higher ordination of the novice bhikky Kirthi Maharjan took place as the 25th higher ordination of this serene forest monastery, which is becoming a leading meditation practice center of the United States.

Nations Trust Group first quarter performances up by 76 percent to Rs 102 million – profit after tax

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Nations Trust Group comprising the Nations Trust Bank and its fully owned subsidiaries reported 76 percent increase of the profits after tax over last year same period, to stand at Rs 102 million for the three months ended March 31, 2007. The Group Profit before Tax and after Tax were Rs. 174.079 million and Rs. 102.031 million respectively for the first quarter of 2007 as against Rs. 99.759 million and Rs. 58.124 million. respectively for the corresponding period of 2006, recording 74 percent and 76 percent increase. The improvement in the profit of the Group for the quarter compared to the corresponding period in 2006 was facilitated by an all round improvement in performance compared to the corresponding period in 2006.

Collapse of exile politics

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It was a plunge that many Indians will find more dramatic than the steep rise and fall of Sensex that they periodically witness. In a matter of one week towards the last days of April the politics of exile being played out on India’s two flanks, Pakistan to the west and Bangladesh to the east, was heading for collapse. The end of Benazir Bhutto’s ‘voluntary exile’ in Dubai and London never looked more certain. In Bangladesh the military-backed government rescinded its order that had banned the return of Shaikh Hasina Wazed, daughter of the founder of Bangladesh, to the country.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy

Exclusive: Police due to swoop on Tigers in Tamil Nadu

Intelligence reports received by “Asian Tribune” reveal that Tamil Nadu police is preparing to launch a combing operation on the suspected LTTE supporters and Sri Lankan Tamils living in the Tamil Nadu without proper documentations. Police suspect that there are elements in Tamil Nadu involved in protecting and promoting the activities of the Tamil Tiger -- a terrorist organization banned in India after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi when he was electioneering in Tamil Nadu.