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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1196


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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 20:15
In pursuance of the good governance concept introduced by the new government by alleviating the corruption and fraud that prevailed during the last ten years of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, the total government revenue during the first quarter of the year 2015 has increased by 16.4 percent to Rs 285.6 billion. The Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake elaborating on the economic.....Read More...
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 08:26
Mathias Keitel - Tubingen, Germany
I watched Sri Lanka pull itself out of hopeless depths of desperation, largely through its own efforts in May 2009. To my amazement, I observed the country dust itself and very quickly surge ahead economically, even leaving behind other developing countries. As a long time critical student of Sri Lankan affairs, I was delighted by its dramatic change of fortune since the debilitating conflict.....Read More...
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 08:16
Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
With the parliamentary election in Sri Lanka in full swing, conventional news websites have been forced to compete with an inevitable offshoot of what Al Gore once called, Information Superhighway, in mid- nineties, which eventually became the internet as we know of it today – propagating gossip. Even the well-known TV channels and traditional newspapers are slowly entering the fray, somewhat.....Read More...
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 08:08
By Oken Jeet Sandham
When 19-Member Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC) of Nagaland met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Delhi, he told them, “You expect 100. (But) If I give you 80%, doesn’t mean I will not give 20%.” Interestingly, this “80%” had prominently dominated in the two-day discussion on the Naga political issue from July 23 to 24, 2015 in just concluded Nagaland Assembly Session. Strangely enough, nobody.....Read More...
Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 07:53
By Manjari Peiris
The negotiations of Trans-Pacific Partnerships (TPP) are in the final stages this week in Maui – the tobacco industry and its political allies have stepped up their fight against any safeguard for tobacco control measures by claiming it would harm tobacco farmers. It is a shame that tobacco companies are hiding behind tobacco growers to disguise their own wrongful and abusive behavior, states.....Read More...
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 14:37
By Dr. Abdul Ruff
Former Indian president Dr. Abdul Kalam, who passed away upon accomplishing his life mission, is a historic phenomenon. Born in Muslim fishermen family (Marakkar) and sold newspapers to add to his father’s income, Kalam rose to become first ever poor citizen to decorate Indian presidential palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan). The final journey of a great Indian by name APJ Abdul Kalam who died on July 27.....Read More...
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 08:32
Armed men opened fire at the group of UNP supporters yesterday morning killing one woman and injuring more than 16 others in the Kotahena area. According to reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire at a large group of UNP supporters engaged in election related campaigning for UNP Colombo District candidate Ravi Karunanayake . The attack began at 11.10 am and lasted close to five minutes. At.....Read More...
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 08:01
Unleashing his party ACMC to the Eastern province for the first time, ACMC’s leader Rishad Bathiudeen has moved his battle right into the political fulcrum of the East: Ampara, which is also considered as the home turf of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC). Meanwhile, some breakaway Eastern Muslim factions are expected to announce their ACMC backing tomorrow 01 August after Friday Mosque sessions.....Read More...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:12
By Ira De Silva - Canada
Ms. Ira De Silva in her letter to the Editor Asian Tribune has pointed out that , “The TNA has not changed it's goal and have made it abundantly clear. It is now the turn of all political party leaders to respond so that voters know if they agree with the TNA or not. “ “It is the responsibility of the media to highlight important issues and ensure that the electorate is well informed, Ira De.....Read More...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 08:37
By Oken Jeet Sandham
We have been seriously discussing on the coal mining issues – whether there are legal or illegal – taking place in Nagaland particularly in Mon district. The random coal mining sans following guidelines has destroyed the environment and eco-system in and around the coal mining areas. The mining has also caused severe damage to the land resources of the area. We must know that we have to clear the.....Read More...
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 08:28
By Kanbawza Win
With the Nationwide ceasefire and elections approaching, an average non-Myanmar ethnic nationality will be conjecturing of which one is of the lesser evil, since he has to choose between the two Myanmar groups to be his boss, either the Tatmadaw backed USDP or the pro democratic forces led by NLD? No doubt both of them harbour a chauvinistic attitude towards a non-Myanmar ethnic nationalities and.....Read More...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 23:18
By Raj Gonsalkorale
The direct and indirect motive of territoriality and challenges to the belief that territorial integrity is more important than self-determination has led to more conflicts within many states The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of Sri Lanka, the dominant Tamil political grouping in the North of Sri Lanka, and to a lesser extent in the East of Sri Lanka, has reiterated the premise that a solution to.....Read More...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 15:05
More than 400 Buddhist families of Welioya Sinhala Division were assisted by Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen to take part in the grand scale Pichchamal Pooja event held in Anuradhapura. The devoted families of Welioya who were looking forward to attend 25 July grand scale Pichchamal Pooja event (Jasmine Flower offering event) in Anuradhapura found they were unable to.....Read More...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 08:50
The Litro Gas Lanka Ltd refuted allegations that the government has signed a MoU with Shell Gas Ltd to purchase Gas at US D 105 per MT, contrary to international tender procedures. This allegation was leveled by former Minister Bandula Gunawardena. He also alleged that the Government has approved the privatization of the Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. But the Litro Gas issued a statement said that “it.....Read More...
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