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

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Assam- Protest March 2

Lanka Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella to be impeached, says UNP

The UNP and the Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that the UNP will bring an impeachment motion against Sri Lanka Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella for misleading the Parliament by statement "the Tamil eviction of Colombo was done since they were supporting the LTTE" and "the Tamils went willingly." Mr. Wickremesinghe said that the Minister, despite stating this to the Parliament, did not state the same to the Supreme Court when Dr. Paikiyasothi Sarawanamuttu's Centre for Policy Alternatives plead for a stay order from the Supreme Court on Tamil expulsions.

Dr. Wachs attack on German monk “influenced by a hidden hand” -- a correspondent

The controversy over the role of Ven. Nyanatilloka Maha Thero continues with more witnesses from Sri Lanka – the spiritual home of the German Buddhist scholar – providing testimony to the pioneering contributions made by the Monk to Theravada Buddhism. Correspondent Ms. Ramani Wickramaratne writes: I have read through all postings in the “Asian Tribune” regarding the role played by erudite German Buddhist Monks starting from the late Ven.Nyanatilloka Maha Thero and Ven.Nyanaponika Thero and other westerners who came to Sri Lanka subsequently and spent their Bhikkuhood in Sri Lanka and their invaluable contributions towards the dissemination of Theravada Buddhism to Germany and other western countries.

Lanka CID grills ex-airman Gajanayake: Reports reveal Karuna Group as one of the three groups very active in abduction

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Sri Lanka has grilled ex-airman Nishantha Gajanayake on the night of June 9 at his hotel room No. 706. Gajanayake was accused by the UNP Parliamentarian Laxman Seneviratne on June 6 as the team leader of an abduction and killing ring in Sri Lanka. Also on June 8, Sri Lanka Defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella informed the press that the CID had obtained a statement from him on the allegation that members of his security detail extorted ransom from a top Muslim businessman in Colombo, reported daily Lankadeepa, the Sinhala language broadsheet published in Colombo today.Previous reports have identified the Karuna Group as one of the three groups 'very active' in abduction and killings of persons, especially Tamils.

Karuna continues to threaten Editor, Asian Tribune

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Karuna group has continued with its death threat calls to the editor of Asian Tribune and has demanded that the news website should stop publishing the group’s forced child recruitment activities for war, its fratricidal killings against members of it own group and activities of abducting people for ransom to raise money for the paramilitary group. Asian Tribune’s editor K. T. Rajasingham, a man hailing from the war torn Jaffna peninsula in Sri Lanka told this correspondent that he has been threatened by an anonymous caller this time who said he was calling on behalf of the Karuna group.

Tamil Tiger supporters facing stringent measures in France

French Police has planned to collect information regarding those leaving from France to Switzerland to participate in the protest march organized by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to be held today. One of the measures is to photocopy passports and travel documents of Tiger supporters traveling from France to Geneva. The protest march timed to be held on 11 June, the opening day of the 5th session of the Human Rights Commission (June 11 to 18.) Tigers are making arrangements to bring their supporters in hundreds from all the European Union countries to Geneva to participate in the protest march. Pro-LTTE news portals reveal that in Denmark LTTE is chartering a flight to take their supporters to Geneva.

New Book Outlines Negotiations with Tigers

Dr. John GooneratneDr. John Gooneratne, a senior foreign service officer and a former Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), has written what is described as the first authentic, undiluted account of negotiations between the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Titled 'Negotiating with the Tigers," the book covers the period from the emergence of the United National Front Government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in December 2001 to the end of the administration of President Chandrika Kumaratunga in November 2005.

Thoppigala capture is done without Karuna’s help

By Walter Jayawardhana

Karuna - a spent force?Sri Lanka Army and the Special task Force has come to the conclusion that it is useless to wait any longer for Karuna’s men to make a forward thrust in the Thopigala jungle terrain and to follow it up with a large contingent of regular armed forces to flush out the remaining Tiger cadres in the East. “Asian Tribune” leant that Karuna came forward to send his cadres as advance force in the Thoppigala jungle region prior to the split with Pillaiyan before 04 May. After the split more than 850 armed cadres left Karuna and joined Pillaiyan in Trincomalee. Karuna was left with a balance of 300 cadres out of which a majority of them are underage recruits who have been forcefully recruited by Jeeventhiran and Thileepan.

Terrorist roots of human rights violations

By Janaka Perera

Evicting Tamil lodgers from Colombo and the Supreme Court ordering an immediate halt on their eviction has no doubt pushed the government into a difficult and embarrassing position. Already it is being claimed that the eviction of Tamil lodgers to their native places in the North and the East would legitimize the claim for a separate state or homeland in the eyes of the world. The eviction has even been called ethnic cleansing. If that was the case the government would have forced not merely lodgers but all Tamil citizens in the South to move into the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

What is the Legacy of Percy Mahinda Rajapakse?

By Geoffrey Evarts

During the last Presidential elections, the UNP camp whipped up sentiments that Mahinda Rajapakse is a “Sinhala nationalist” since he had the backing of the JVP and the JHU. However, most of the intelligentsia and the people who personally and indirectly knew Rajapakse discarded this view as being mere propaganda cooked up by the UNP to discredit and defeat the man who now holds absolute power. Those who knew and watched the inner workings of power believed that Mahinda Rajapakse was using the JVP and the JHU as a spring-board to power. Indeed he did. (“Pragmatic” was the word most commonly used)

Tension in Assam: Thousands of AUDF supporters arrested.

M. Burhanuddin Qasmi – Editor, Eastern Crescent

Maulana Syed Mahmood Madni General Secretary Jamiat Ulama-I Hind, a Rajya Sabha MP, and Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi President Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) have been restricted to enter Samaguri and 144 is imposed in part of Nogaon district of Assam yesterday. Thousands of AUDF supporters have been arrested by the local police in Rupahi, Samaguri and Nogaon to undone the massive agitation 'March to Samaguri' called by the AUDF in protest against physical assault by the Congress goons on two of the AUDF MLAs Hafiz Bashir Ahmad Qasmi and Dr. Adtiya Langtasa on 29 May at the instigation of Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain, Samaguri MLA.

General and the army: what a fall

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

Pakistani media never had it so good. It is having a field day in reporting on everything under the sun including Pakistan’s reputed to be gigolo prime minister and his megalomaniac boss. Expression of free views and whatever—on matters that were once untouchable with a barge pole have become domains where everyone with a pen is having a swipe at. The perpetual fear that marred robust and incisive journalism has been thrown to wind. Notoriously known “no go” areas in media enforced at gun point in Karachi by its ethnic mafia, have become free zones for reporting though not yet without risk.

Dr. John Gooneratne

Karuna - a spent force?

Assam Protest March 3

Assam Protest March 1

Lanka police now looking for the second bomb laden truck, first truck could have blown half of Colombo

The Police in Sri Lanka are now looking for a truck laden with over 1,000 kg (2,200 pounds) of explosives, enough to blow up half the Capital city, reports said. The lookout follows the June 1 detection of a truck laden with similar amount of explosives by police. The chance detection of the truck with 1,052 kilograms of C-4 explosives hidden under a pile of coconuts at the Palugashandiya checkpoint has led to the search for 'the second' similar truck as information to this effect has been received, reports said.