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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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The French “far left” learns nothing from the presidential election

Initial statements issued by the Ligue communiste révolutionnaire (LCR—Revolutionary Communist League) and Lutte Ouvrière (Workers Struggle), components of the so-called “far left” in France, indicate that these organizations have neither understood nor learned anything from the presidential elections. On Sunday right-wing candidate Nicholas Sarkozy of the UMP (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire—Union for a Popular Movement) defeated the Socialist Party’s Ségolène Royal by a 53-47 percent margin. Voter turnout reached a record 85 percent. Both the LCR and Lutte Ouvrière supported Royal in the second round of the presidential election.

Arrests of Sinhalese Pro-LTTE "RLM" movement increase to 13, some flee to LTTE areas - They distrust women

The number of arrests by Sri Lanka police on the Sinhalese Pro-LTTE "Revolutionary Liberation Front" (RLF) movement has increased to 13 while police sources also saying that many Sinhalese RLF members have fled to LTTE controlled uncleared areas. Reports said the RLM members "unlike their Tamil counterparts, do not recruit women fearing that women would leak out information. They did not trust women."

LTTE fundraising activity in the United Kingdom encourages war, not peace.

Sri Lanka ‘s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama that Dr Kim Howells had clearly pointed out “LTTE fundraising activity in the United Kingdom encourages war, not peace.” He added British Minister Dr Kim Howells had recently met British security authorities “to discuss how we [the U.K.] could counter the bullying, threats and acts of fraud that are used regularly to extract money from the Tamil population and others in the country”. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told parliament yesterday that the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave no room for any foreign countries to interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka or to compromise by letter or deed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

Computer Crimes Bill before Sri Lanka Parliament

Jayantha Fernando, Legal Advisor, ICTA

The Draft Legislation on Computer Crime was presented in Parliament on 23rd August 2005. Background work on the present Bill was originated by the CINTEC Committee on Law & Computer. It is appropriate that this Bill is being introduced by the Hon Minister of Justice at a time when significant advancements are being made in the field of Information and Communication Technology in Sri Lanka. The Draft was modified by the Ministry of Justice with inputs from an Advisory Committee appointed by the Hon Minister of Science & Technology to review and examine the Draft.

In desperation, missing Eastern University Vice Chancellor's family turns to Richard Boucher for intervention

Desperate family members of Prof. S. Raveendranath of Eastern University, who has been reported missing since Dec.15, 2006, have now decided to appeal to Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs of US Department of State visiting Sri Lanka at present. His visit, which is the third to Sri Lanka, is scheduled to be over on May 10. Prof. S. Raveendranath was abducted on December 15, 2006 after attending a Science Forum at SLAAS, Vidya Mandiraya, Vidya Mawatha, Colombo-07, a high security area in Colombo. Since then the family members of the Professor failed to come into any contact with him.

BJP increasing, not vanishing: MC Konyak

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Senior BJP MLA and Parliamentary Secretary MC Konyak termed as “ridiculous” the statement of the NPCC President Hokheto Sumi that BJP would be vanishing in the coming general elections in the State. He said, “It is increasing and not vanishing.” Sumi on Monday, while reacting to the earlier statement of Konyak that the BJP would win around 15 seats in the coming general elections in the State, said the party (BJP) would be rather vanishing in the coming general elections in Nagaland.

Historic Northern Ireland self-rule

The direct rule over Northern Ireland by London ministers officially ended at midnight Monday, giving way for a new life of self rule in NI effective from yesterday, international media reported. The CNN/Reuters reported that "Northern Ireland's Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders launch a new power-sharing, home-rule government on Tuesday designed to put a final end to decades of sectarian conflict." The report added: "Hardline Protestant cleric Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, former arch-foes, will be sworn in as heads of the government in the British province that has been battling to cement political stability since a 1998 peace accord.

Road Development Authority Chief proposes to discourage usage of motorcars in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Road Development Authority’s chief B.M.S.Fernando proposes to further increase Petrol prices to discourage use of motorcars and improve public transport system in Sri Lanka. Explaining his views, he said a number of government officials including high rankers use official cars and also represent the Government transport Committee to decide future transport projects and solutions for the prevailing transport problems.

Iconic Tamasha

By Atul – Cowshish - Syndicate Features

It was a good thing that India crashed out of the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies at the initial stage otherwise Indians would not have known how to cope simultaneously with two major publicity blitzkriegs in the later part of April, that is to say cricket plus ‘the wedding of the century’. (Or, is it millennium?) Yes, the tying of knot by former world beauty queen Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachhan, the son of Bollywood ‘Shanshah’ Amitabh Bachhan, better known as Big B. It was difficult to decide if the coverage of the wedding was entertainment or a big advertising campaign, although it was reported that the wedding celebration was a ‘low profile’ affair because of Big B’s mother is hospitalised.

U.N. Rights Monitors Under Threat, Say NGOs

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A move to create a "code of conduct" for the U.N.'s 41 independent monitors -- whose investigations include torture, racism, extra-judicial executions and violence against women -- has triggered fears of possible restrictions on their existing rights and mandates. The investigations and the monitoring system, officially called "special procedures", have resulted in strictures against several U.N. member states for human rights violations and other abuses.