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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1391

Timing is Everything: A Look at the Executive Presidency

There has been a great deal of discussion in Sri Lanka recently about abolishing the Executive Presidency. When the new constitution was adopted during the presidency of J. R. Jayawardane, it created the Provincial System of governance and the position of the Executive President; both have their inherent merits and flaws, many of which have been revealed as we have lived with the new system over time. Most people agree that many aspects of our current system need to be reviewed and ultimately fixed, but I contend that the fixing can only be done at the right time. This is simply the way life works: to attempt a fix at the wrong time – even if it is for the right reasons – will only produce wrong results.

Ven. Dr. Agamaha Pandita Walpola Piyananda
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High Level Discussions on the Maritime Silk Road

The Pathfinder Foundation (PF), with the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), is organizing a high level Panel Discussion and Roundtable on 21st November, involving political leaders, senior officials, businessmen, academics and the media from Sri Lanka and China.

Mr. Zeng Peiyan
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Pakistan successfully test fires Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) Missile

Shaheen-II Missile capable of carrying nuclear, conventional warheads to range of 1500 km.

Pakistan successfully test fires Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) Missile
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Zeliang Government sliding back

The general publics in Nagaland had not thought that they would enjoy a better living condition and see better governance when TR Zeliang took over as new chief minister (CM) of the state from Neiphiu Rio, who became the lone Nagaland Member of Parliament, on May 24 this year. There was no jubilation among the large sections of the people in Nagaland either when such change of guard took place.

T.R. Zeliang - Chief Minister, Nagaland
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Yonkers Cardiologist Convicted of Fraud Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to Three Years in Prison.

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Rohan Wijetilaka was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti in White Plains federal court to three years in prison for health care fraud.

Yonkers Cardiologist Convicted of Fraud Sentenced in White Plains Federal Court to Three Years in Prison.
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Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya: Obama’s Duty is ASEAN’s Shame

With Barack Obama gracing the halls of Naypyidaw this week, the world has quite rightly been calling loudly for the President of the United States of America to raise concerns regarding the backslide in human rights and democracy in Myanmar, not least of which being the institutionalized persecution and ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya minority.

Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya: Obama’s Duty is ASEAN’s Shame
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First Leg of Motorcade Taking Procession of Casket of Omniscient Sacred Relics commenced

The religious motorcade taking in procession the casket of Omniscient Sacred Relics up to Sandahiru Stupa commenced its first leg in the auspicious time at the President's House, Colombo this morning.

First Leg of Motorcade Taking Procession of Casket of Omniscient Sacred Relics commenced
First Leg of Motorcade Taking Procession of Casket of Omniscient Sacred Relics commenced
First Leg of Motorcade Taking Procession of Casket of Omniscient Sacred Relics commenced
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Northern Expressway Work to Commence this 14th

Construction work on the first phase of the proposed expressway to the North is scheduled to commence this week, the Project Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping Nirmala Kotelawala said.

Minister  Nirmala Kotelawala
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Saudi denies it may relax ban on women drivers

Local media in Saudi Arabia have said a story published by the Associated Press news agency stating that the advisory council to Saudi Arabia's king had recommended easing a ban on women driving in the country is a "fabrication".

Saudi Woman at the wheel - File Photo
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The Supreme Court conveyed its determination “Yes” or “No” to President contesting for a third time

The Supreme Court conveyed yesterday afternoon to Sri Lanka President its decision by a full Bench of its Judges on the referral by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on whether there was any impediment for him to contest the Presidential election for a third time.

The Supreme Court  Full Bench
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Arab and Western artists’ combination brings success

Desert Rose is a highly popular number in the West as well as in the Arab World.

Cheb Mami of Algeria
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