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

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US Congressmen Pallone and Weller make a Dramatic Discovery:Existence of other Sri Lanka Tamil groups beside LTTE

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent "Asian Tribune"

In a resolution authored by United States Congressmen Frank Pallone and Jerry Weller, Co-Chair of Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka, moved in the House on June 18 for a debate on a later date has made a dramatic discovery; that besides the separatist Tamil Tigers, there exist other minority Tamil groups that have stakes in Sri Lanka’s National Question. Pallone last September was echoing the sentiments of Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher who espoused a ‘Tamil Homeland’ in this South Asian island-nation of 19 million which is the size of US state of West Virginia.

Chulalongkorn University attempt to victimise Associate Professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn

Chulalongkorn University authorities are attempting to victimise the anti-military junta academic, Associate Professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn. Earlier this year Chulalongkorn University authorities ordered the university bookshop to refuse to sell Professor Ungpakorn's book "A Coup for the Rich". The book, by the Political Science Professor, criticised the military coup and the destruction of democracy in Thailand. Professor Ungpakorn made repeated attempts to obtain an explanation from the university authorities about why they banned the sale of this book.

UK anti-errorist police strike at LTTE

Fifty-one year old A.C.Shanthan, a relative of LTTE leader Pirihaparan's wife Mathivathani by marriage and formerly closely associated with "Col Kittu" who committed suicide when confronted by the Indian navy, was arrested early yesterday morning by the British anti-terrorism police and intelligence agents at his house. More than 20 armed policemen has surrounded his house and arrested Shanthan in connection with LTTE activities which are prohibited in the UK because the LTTE is a proscribed organization. Shanthan is the President of the British Tamil Association but the police think that he is the LTTE's UK head.

Disappearances: US Style – 39 Persons Unaccounted in name of Counter Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

In the most comprehensive accounting to date, six leading human rights organizations in early June 2007 published the names and details of 39 people who are believed to have been held in secret US custody and whose current whereabouts remain unknown. The briefing paper also names relatives of suspects who were themselves detained in secret prisons, including children as young as seven. In a related action, three of the groups filed a lawsuit in US federal court under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking the disclosure of information concerning “disappeared” detainees.

Two top Tamil LTTE leaders arrested under UK Terrorism Law

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Two leading office bearers of the British Tamil Association (BTA) were arrested early morning by the UK's counter terrorism command and are now being held in Police custody. AC Shanthan, president of the BTA, believed to be the LTTE's top man here and the association's head of finance Goldan Lambert were arrested in connection with the demonstration held at Hyde Park last July at which cutouts of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran were displayed on the stage and flags with the LTTE emblem were flown. Lambert was arrested at Heathrow Airport as he returned to the UK from Dubai.

Can’t wait till terrorism is solved to develop – Cabraal, Governor of Central Bank, Sri Lanka

In his keynote address to the Fiji Institute of Accountants Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, asked whether the people have to wait till the terrorist problem is solved to build a new school, build a new bridge for farmers to bring their produce to the market or to build a new port to develop infrastructure. Answering the question he said: “We Sri Lankans had consistently used, perhaps unintentionally, the terrorist problem as the convenient scapegoat when explaining as to why we were not able to do many things.”

A response to Prof. Nalin De Silva and Mr. Udaya Gamanpila by Dr. S. Thavarajah on behalf of EPDP at the APRC

Dr. S. ThavarajahWhat I could derive from Mr. Chelvanayagam's speech is that he expounded very clearly the fear of the minorities with regard to the trends that were developing as a result of ethno-majority rule. Mr. Chelvanayagam at the time was a member of the Tamil Congress led by Mr. G.G. Ponnampalam. Even though, the two legislations, the Indian Residents (Citizenship) Bill and the Indian and Pakistani (Residents) Citizenship bill that were passed in parliament in1948 and 1949 respectively had no direct impact to the Ceylon Tamils, they felt that it was an un-fair treatment for the fellow humans, the Indian Tamils, who had laboured for about eight decades turning the jungle lands in to economic hubs.

Sino-Lankan joint venture to provide high quality refrigeration equipment.

Sunil C. Perera - in Colombo

China’s Yantai Moon Company Ltd. and Lanka Industrial Services Agencies (Pvt) Ltd. have entered into a joint venture project to make available high quality and advanced refrigeration equipment to the Sri Lankan market. This event marks a significant step in the field of refrigeration and brings Sri Lanka on par with other countries enjoying similar facilities. Present on the occasion were the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Felix Perera and key industry stake holders

Breaking News: LTTE's A.C Shanthan & TYO's G Lambert Arrested in London

The LTTE's AC Shanthan and the TYO (Tamil Youth Organisation's) G Lambert have been arrested by the Metropolitan Police here in London on 21 June (yesterday). A C Shanthan was arrested at his house by the Police. More details will follow.

No Greenhouse Targets For G 8

By Tukoji Pandit - Syndicate Features

Some faint echoes of the loud shouting by much of the world about climate change measures seem to be finally reaching the ears of President George W. Bush of the US. At the G 8 summit in a German Baltic resort town, he, though somewhat condescendingly, agreed that the US does have a role to play in containing global CO2 emissions. That is, of course, some change of heart considering that nearly 18 months ago the American delegate had walked out of UN talks on climate change. But the point is that the US, world’s largest polluter, will still not agree to any specific targets for cutting greenhouse emissions.

Thai junta cracks down on ousted Prime Minister

In the latest effort to tighten its grip, the Thai military regime has brought corruption charges against ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and ordered him to return to Thailand by June 29 to attend a court hearing. Thaksin, currently in London, went into exile after the armed forces led by General Sonthi Boonyarathkalin seized power last September. Sunai Manomaiudom, director general of the special investigations department, told Associated Press on Tuesday the police had strong evidence that Thaksin and his wife had secretly and illegally held stock through nominees in a real estate company. Sunai warned he would issue an arrest warrant for the former prime minister if he did not return next week.

London LTTE chief arrested

By Dushy Ranetunge in London

A.C.ShanthanThe long standing chief of the LTTE in London A C Shanthan alias A Krishanthakumar was arrested by New Scotland Yard at approximately 3.45pm on Thursday evening under the British Terrorism Act 2000. His arrest under the Terrorism Act 2000 is significant in that he can be held for up to 28 days. He is spending the nights these days in a cell at the Paddington Green Police station in central London where all the high profile terrorists including the ones from the IRA were held.