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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1169

Building feminist movements to stimulate change

Grassroots women of the Asia Pacific region have borne the brunt of the unrelenting global desire for increased consumption and accumulation of wealth by a tiny minority. Their aspirations and livelihoods are regularly trampled upon in this new Asian century, prompting thousands of women to be at the forefront of leading movements in their communities for social justice, economic equity and accountability.

Building feminist movements to stimulate change
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Sri Lanka - Petition to BAN Bodu Bala Sena & Co

Voices against Bodu Bka Sena is growing louder and louder and it is being urged that the militant Buddhist outfit be banned forthwith.

Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero
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U Wirathu to Visit the Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka

It seems like a new alliance of what I term ‘Ethnocentric Buddhism’ is beginning to take shape in South and Southeast Asia. It is reported in 'Ceylon Today' that the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) have invited U Wirathu, leader of the 969 movement in Burma, to visit them in Sri Lanka.

U Wirathu to Visit the Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka
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Letter from America: Shaykh Sa’di

Shaykh Sa’di was one of the greatest sages of the Muslim world. Growing up as a child in Bangladesh, I first came across a story about this great scholar in my text book. It was an intriguing piece which never escaped from my mind.

Letter from America: Shaykh Sa’di
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The Plight of Women in South Asia

In the ascending order of brutality, the murder of two Dalit teenage girls in a down-on-the-luck village in Uttar Pradesh, UP, India and that of the pregnant 25-year- woman in Lahore, Pakistan expose the existing inertia of the collective soul of South Asia in treating the women as equals, while on its bumpy voyage into the 21st century.

The Plight of Women in South Asia
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Gender Justice to be at the heart of development justice

The Asia and the Pacific region contain some of the world’s most powerful economies and the 21st Century is often touted to belong to this region. Yet the region is home to 66% of the world’s poorest poor.

Gender Justice to be at the heart of development justice
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Now it is Amma’s turn to meet Modi on June 3

With back channels doing the home work, the stage is set for the first formal meeting of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jaya “Amma” Jayalalithaa with Prime Minister Narendra Modi early next week.

Modi greeting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister - Amma. (File Photo)
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Contours for a political solution in Sri Lanka – Point of view from a moderate member of the Tamil Diaspora

This article is about suggestions made by a moderate member of the Tamil Diaspora for a political solution in Sri Lanka. The person concerned is a professional and someone who loathes the extremist elements within the Diaspora as much as he loathes similar elements within the Sinhala community.

Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy
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Lanka rides $60Bn global FOSS wave to help exporters, aiming cost advantage

Sri Lanka has a favourable ‘per container cost to export’ rate of only $ 595. After reporting $1.07 Bn record exports in March, the country is now mulling a new high tech initiative to help exporters to lower this rate for added competitive advantage-while eager Lankan exporters are already testing to avail themselves to a portion of $60Bn global savings from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

Sujatha Weerakoone (DG-EDB) addresses the “Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions for Lankan Exporters” session held on 29 May in Colombo as Dr A Ruwan Weerasinghe (Senior Lecturer-University of Colombo School of Computing-seated second from right) and Dr Yousuf Maraikkar (ED-EDB, seated far right) look on.
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2nd APFF 2014: Creating Waves, Fostering Movements

The 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (2nd APFF 2014), organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) kick started in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It has brought together nearly 300 feminists from 30 countries of the five sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific as well as global allies.

2nd APFF 2014: Creating Waves, Fostering Movements
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Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage visits Swiss Canton of Neuchatel

On invitation by the Swiss President of the Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, the diplomatic corps accredited in Switzerland undertook a visit to the republic and canton of Neuchatel in Switzerland.

Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage visits Swiss Canton of Neuchatel
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Fund for Media personnel, Artistes and Writers

Cabinet approval was granted yesterday (May 29) for creating a fund for media personnel, artistes and writers.

Fund for Media personnel, Artistes and Writers
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Vaiko set to mend fences with Modi

After a public spat with Narendra Modi and skipping his swearing in ceremony on May 26, Vaiko and his MDMK party appear to be set on mending fences with the Prime Minister.

Vaiko set to mend fences with Modi
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