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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2057


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Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 09:27
Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London...
Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, has set a precedent on many fronts and there is no sign that he is going to slow down anytime soon. There are not many instants in the world, where a leader, after serving the legally-allowed terms in office by the constitution in one country, then heads towards a neighbouring, independent state in order to elevate political ambitions in the.....Read More...
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 09:42
By *Nava Thakuria
The mainstream media in Assam (or India) today faces enormous credibility crisis, but has it turned such low that a young State civil service officer could out rightly slam the ‘men in the medium’ with the help of alternate media? Is it the beginning of the end for media, particularly the free-to-air news channels in Assam or one more example to reckon with the future course of wider journalism?.....Read More...
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 09:19
By S.H.Moulana
The faces of five women who have spoken out about sexual harassment appear on Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ -2017- front cover along with a mystery right arm. But whose is it? The editorial of the magazine says that belongs to an anonymous young hospital worker from Texas. Once again Donald Trump has failed to be named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’. In September Washington Post poll, two-.....Read More...
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:41
The proposed meeting of TELO with Leader of the Opposition has been postponed for tomorrow at 10 AM at the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Colombo. Asian Tribune’’ learnt that initially the meeting was scheduled to be held today at 6 PM in the evening. Later the schedule was changed for 8 PM. As the TELO delegates arrived in Colombo this evening only by 10 PM from Jaffna and the.....Read More...
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 19:15
Bangkok Military Court on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to prosecute a prominent historian and social critic 84-year-old Sulak Sivaraksa who suggested that a famed duel on elephant-back won by a Thai king against a Burmese prince 500 years ago may not actually have happened. Sulak Sivaraksa was charged by police last October under the country's draconian lese majeste law that protects.....Read More...
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 12:48
President Donald J Trump - your unilateral declaration that Jerusalem should be made the capital of Israel, amounts to a declaration of war against the entire Muslim population across the world. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka has stated this in an open letter addressed to US President Donald J Trump and added that they with serious concern rejects his declaration that Jerusalem should be.....Read More...
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:11
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. took part in the Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase held on December 6 at the International Trade Center in Washington D.C. Now in its sixth year, the Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase has proven to be a vibrant and successful platform for countries represented in the U.S. capital to project and promote their cultural and culinary traditions.....Read More...
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 17:26
The US House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 90,( 115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/90 ) which condemns the Burmese military’s ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calls for an end to the attacks and immediate restoration of humanitarian access to Rakhine State. During debate of the measure on the House floor Tuesday, Chairman Ed, Royce delivered the following remarks (as.....Read More...
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:19
By *M. Burhanuddin Qasmi
The supreme court of India has allowed on 5 December 2017, certificates issued by Gram Panchayat (GP) or executive magistrate to be used as supporting or linkage documents for claiming citizenship by a person in Assam during NRC (National Registration of Citizenship) process. The apex court has set aside the order of Gauhati high court dated 28 February 2017, by which it had invalidated these.....Read More...
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:52
From Malladi Rama Rao
Malaysia hosting Zakir Naik, wanted in India for fomenting militancy, should not come as a surprise since he was granted permanent resident (PR) status five years ago. Naik has made Malaysia his transitory home during his world tour as an Islamic televangelist, long before he grew controversial in India and attracted the ire of the authorities. He is not a Malaysian citizen. Although Malaysia has.....Read More...
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:53
Sri Naga Vihara ‘Uduvap’ Maha Perahera organized by the Army paraded in the streets in Jaffna last Sunday evening for the first time in the history of the Peninsula. On the direction and patronage of Major General Dharshana Hettiarachchi, Commander Security Forces – Jaffna, Major General Marvyn Perera, General Officer Commanding 51 Division and Brigadier Sarath Dissanayaka Commander 512 Brigade.....Read More...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 16:42
of Finace has denied that this government has not given approval to use rice as a raw material to produce sprits. Finance Ministry in a press release has stated that there is no truth in the allegation made by Mr. Bandula Gunawardena MP to the effect that this government has given approval to use rice as a raw material for the production of alcohol. The Ministry pointed out: “in fact the.....Read More...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 14:32
A delighted musician, Yanni, had this to say soon after his highly successful concert in Riyadh; ‘I am so happy and relaxed, more than my other concerts. The way people look at me makes me smile because they are very welcoming and gentle.’ He said that you have to come to Saudi to feel this and to witness the changes. He is really amazed by the speed how things have changed here. Yanni’s concert.....Read More...
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:54
On December 4, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Atul Keshap and Secretary of Civil Aviation Mr. G. S. Withanage signed an agreement to amend the U.S.-Sri Lanka Open Skies Agreement of 2002 to facilitate the movement of cargo goods more efficiently and profitably. The amendment strengthens global express delivery cargo networks, enhances bilateral connectivity and competitiveness, and.....Read More...
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