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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2194


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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 10:27
The Politburo of the United National Party (UNP) yesterday has decided on the new appointments to the top positions in the party. The UNP Politburo discussed extensively on the main office-bearers when it met for the second consecutive day yesterday. The meeting headed by Prime Minister and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe commenced at 5 pm and lasted until about 7.30 pm at Temple Trees. Prime.....Read More...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 18:57
By Ishaal Zehra
In the changing geopolitical scenario, President Trump’s Afghanistan policy signifies tougher times for an already fallen regime. The US urgency for an exit from this decades’ old Afghan war is being felt by the policy thinkers and onlookers though there is no working time line given by the President Trump. Determining the cost and productiveness of the troops in Afghanistan, the businessman.....Read More...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 18:49
By Manjari Peiris
A new study published in Tobacco Control which is a publication of the British Medical Journal, examining how changes in the price or tax of all 10 types of non-cigarette tobacco products, vi bidis, cigars, little cigars, roll your own, smokeless tobacco, kreteks, water pipes, pipes, electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches, and to ascertain the impact of the demand for these products reveals.....Read More...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 00:38
The President's Media Unit yesterday denied claims that President Maithripala Sirisena's delegation to London consisted of 120 members. Issuing a statement, the PMU said apart from President Sirisena and his wife, the official delegation consisted of several Cabinet Ministers including Ministers Thilak Marapana, Nimal Siripala de Silva, the President's personal physician and the President's.....Read More...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 23:53
Massive dust storm lashed Riyadh city and its suburbs in the late afternoon on Monday,rendering traffic snarls due to low visibility on the roads. Based on a weather forecast from the Presidency for Meteorology and Environmental Protection (PME), the Civil Defense Directorate in Riyadh region has called on everyone to take precautions, as some parts of the region, including Dawadmi and the.....Read More...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 23:38
The Government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded scholarships to 182 meritorious Sri Lankan students of A’ levels under prestigious Jinnah Scholarship programme. The award ceremony was held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on April 23, 2018 with the presence of a large gathering including Vice Chancellor University of Sri.....Read More...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 00:01
President Maithripala Sirisena today signed a gazette notification mentioning that the next Parliamentary session would be convened at 2.15 pm on May 8, President’s Media Division (PMD) said. President who was in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting returned to Sri Lanka this morning. Earlier, the Secretary to the President Austin Fernando issued an Extraordinary.....Read More...
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 23:33
Today marks one year since the brutal murder of human rights defender and prominent writer, Yameen Rasheed, in the Maldives. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Maldivian authorities to ensure his killers are brought to justice through a transparent and credible investigation and judicial process. Yameen Rasheed was one of the most prominent bloggers and.....Read More...
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 07:01
State Minister of Finance Mr EranWickramaratne speaking at the G-24 Ministers and Governors meeting held ahead of the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington on April 19 said that there was a risk from growing debt vulnerabilities in many countries, particularly in low income countries. The Minister opined that building capacity for public.....Read More...
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 08:44
By Manjari Peiris
Dr. Rakesh Mahajan Gupta, Deputy Director of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Punjab, India, says that there is ample scientific evidence available about the harms of nicotine and that is the reason it is unapproved under the Drugs Act except as nicotine gums and patches which are approved for cessation. "Nicotine is also banned under the Poisons Act and Pesticides Act, so why do we.....Read More...
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 08:11
Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
The movement that began as #Metoo, involving female stars in the showbiz industry, who had been at the mercy of predatory top men in the field, shows no sign of abating. On the contrary, it is gathering momentum, leaving no organization being immune to the reach of its highly-agile tentacles. On Friday, the news spread from a source where you least expect the existence of Weinstein phenomenon –.....Read More...
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 08:47
UThe United Nations Development Programme in Sri Lanka together with the Ministry of Disaster Management, launched a project at the Ministry premises to support the Government’s vision of resilient recovery from Disasters, to help Sri Lanka build back better in times of a disaster. Exactly one year ago, heavy rainfall and high winds triggered by the Southwest monsoon caused severe floods and.....Read More...
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 08:38
Responding to the caning of several people – including unmarried couples, punished for showing affection in public, and two women sex workers – in Aceh on Friday. Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid said:“Caning is an inhuman and degrading form of punishment that may amount to torture which should never be used in any circumstances. The Aceh authorities’ decision to.....Read More...
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 08:24
Under the guidance of the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, as Minister of Defence, 683 acres of land for resettlement has been released by the Ministry of Defence and Sri Lanka Army with District Secretary, Jaffna to the owners of the land who are living with friends and relatives and in welfare camps. This will enable to resettle 964 families of which 316 families are living in.....Read More...
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