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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1007


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Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:02
By Philip Fernando
The decision to enact a Freedom of Information Act is a laudable and constructive step. FOIA is an invaluable asset for the media and the public as all governments by nature abhor too much probing. A good start must be made when FOIA comes into effect or else, there would be a flood of frivolous requests that may suffocate the system. FOIA would enable the full or partial disclosure of.....Read More...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 08:04
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant officials not to let any foreign national or a foreign company to mine gems in Sri Lanka. The President said the government is not ready to endow the local gem industry to foreign companies and instructed the officials to refuse requests for gem mining. Assuming duties as the Mahaweli Development and Environment Minister.....Read More...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 07:56
Hemantha Abewardena writes from London…
The no-non-sense Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, went on record in 2014 by making the distinction between two of the most widely used terms in Economics – inflation and deflation: “If inflation is genie,” she said, “then deflation is orgy that must be fought decisively.” This is exactly what the ECB, European Central Bank, did on Thursday, while taking the entire, global.....Read More...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 07:52
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Last month on December 22 I received a call around 10:30 p.m. from my niece Tanita that my mom had been hospitalized. It was dreaded news for which none within our family was prepared. I remember talking with her a few hours before she went to sleep that night. She sounded cheerful in the presence of my younger brother Shameem who was visiting her. I quickly called his wife Sabina in Houston to.....Read More...
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 07:44
he Central Committee of the SLFP met on Friday (January 23) for the first time under the Chairmanship of President Maithripala Sirisena. Parliamentarians S.B. Dissanayake and Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena were appointed as Vice-Chairmen while Dilan Perera and Mahinda Samarasinghe were appointed as Deputy Secretaries. However, according to Dilan Perera, the appointments were made as these positions had.....Read More...
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 09:29
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed profound concern that a new law restricting religious conversions, passed earlier this week by the upper house of Burma’s parliament, would be a major setback for religious freedom and human rights in the country. If implemented, the law will require anyone wishing to change their religion to apply for permission to an 11-member committee,.....Read More...
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 09:02
President Maithripala Sirisena visited the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo and expressed his condolences upon the death of Saudi King Abdullah who was also the Custodian of the two holy mosques. President Maithripala Sirisena was accompanied by Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday to the Saudi Embassy in Colombo, to condole on death of Saudi King Abdullah. They are seen here conveying.....Read More...
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 08:31
S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
King Abdullah’s death has been mourned not only by the Saudi citizens but by the entire Muslim nation. From the moment he took over in 2005 after the death of king Fahad he became extremely popular with the local population. Out of his numerous achievements the one internationally acclaimed was his establishment of inter-faith dialogue to unite people of all faiths. The gigantic development.....Read More...
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 08:17
By K. Ratnayake
Fresh evidence has emerged pointing to a concerted international effort behind the defeat of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in the country’s presidential election on January 8. Reuters reported on Sunday that the Colombo station chief for India’s external spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was recalled to New Delhi before the election, following complaints by the Sri Lankan.....Read More...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 22:55
President Maithripala Srisena appointed several heads of the state media organizations. Professor D.G. Dissanayake has been appointed ITN Chairman, while Dhanushka Ramanayake was appointed a Working Director, Government Information Department said. Furthermore, N. Muruttettuwegama was appointed SLBC Chairman, Professor Sunil Shantha as Director General of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.....Read More...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 22:50
President Maithripala Srisena appointed three more provincial Governors today. K.C Logeswaran has been appointed Western Province Governor, Hemakumara Nanayakkara has been appointed Southern Province Governor while Amara Piyasili Ratnayaka was appointed Governor of North Western Province, the Division said President’s Media. Already the prominent Sri Lankan diplomat and former Foreign Secretary.....Read More...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 22:50
President Maithripala Srisena appointed three more provincial Governors today. K.C Logeswaran has been appointed Western Province Governor, Hemakumara Nanayakkara has been appointed Southern Province Governor while Amara Piyasili Ratnayaka was appointed Tribune -Governor of North Western Province, the Division said President’s Media. Already the prominent Sri Lankan diplomat and former Foreign.....Read More...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:57
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Major Gen (Retd) Qasim Qureshi called on the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, at the Ministry of External Affairs. They discussed a range of issues encompassing the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, including ways and means of sustaining and further building momentum in bilateral cooperation. The High Commissioner also.....Read More...
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:51
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) condemned the rape and murder of two Kachin women in their church compound on the night of 19 January, and called on the government of Burma to immediately stop its military offensives in ethnic areas and bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. The two women, Maran Lu Ra, aged 20 and Tangbau Hkawn Nan Tsin, 21, were teachers from Myitkyina,.....Read More...
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