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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1494

Troubled Canal Cruise

It was in 1976 that the chief ministers of the time in Punjab and Haryana, Giani Zail Singh and Banarsi Das Gupta, exchanged letters on constructing a canal to link the basins of the Sutluj and Yamuna rivers. It was to boost irrigation facility in the two premier agriculture producing states of India and reduce dependence on tube wells.

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s maiden speech in parliament is indeed an eye-opener to all our Sri Lankan citizens, without any exception. This comes from no less a personality than the person who was in the frontline - battlefront and in the forefront holding the position of greatest importance and advancement. He is well aware of all the elaborate and systematic plans of action and schemes perpetrated by the previous regime, their goons and henchmen.

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka in the centre making the maiden speech in parliament
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BHC supports professional development of the Sri Lankan Police Force

The UK will continue to support the development of the Sri Lankan police, Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies says.

Deputy British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Laura Davies
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The current Sri Lankan government can be toppled and fresh elections held

Contrary to what Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has stated, his government can be toppled as per the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and an election held.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe
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Cricket With Pakistan Is Politica After All

There is no dearth of people who would advise us against mixing cricket (sport) with politics, particularly in the context of the traditional India-Pakistan rivalry. The more we hear this homily the more we see the distasteful mixture of the two. This unpalatable truth was again in evidence in Kolkata where the two unfriendly neighbours played a T20 cricket match on March 19.

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Double Comet Encounter: third closest fly-by in the history takes place today

A pair of rare celestial event takes place on Monday and Tuesday with two comets flying past the Earth, while recording the third closest approach since records began.

Double Comet Encounter: third closest fly-by in the history takes place today
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Government can never be effective in absence of Opposition, and ultimate casualty will be the citizens

The popular saying goes: “Opposition makes the Government.” One of the finest stages, if I am asked to say in a Parliamentary Form of Government,” will be “Question Hours during the Parliament and Assembly Sessions.”

Government can never be effective in absence of Opposition, and ultimate casualty will be the citizens
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President Obama in Cuba

Today, President Obama is scheduled to land in Havana, the capitol of Cuba, while making history on many fronts while defying the conventional political wisdom that rules out such an ideologically-toxic event, especially in the last few months left in one’s presidency. It is the first trip of its kind for a sitting president to make in almost 90 years – a very historic event, indeed.

President Obama in Cuba
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‘They Hate Us’ – Really? - Part 1:

Donald Trump said on March 9, 2016 that he thinks "Islam hates us," drawing little distinction between the religion and radical terrorism by some misguided and angry Muslims.

‘They Hate Us’ – Really? - Part 1:
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Will not have international judges on the bench for the investigation into allegations of human rights violations – Sri Lankan President

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena once again has emphasized that he will not have international judges on the bench for the investigation into allegations of human rights violations during the final stages of the war between government troops and the LTTE.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena (File Picture)
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Is Sri Lanka sinking and Ranil Wickremasinghe’s conservative economic thinking a thing of the past?

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe should perhaps take a leaf from what the Australian Labour Party Leader Bill Shorten said at a recent National Press Club speech. Mr Wickremasinghe though has to be given credit for not pretending to be who he is not. He has always been a conservative when it comes to his economic thinking.

Is Sri Lanka sinking and Ranil Wickremasinghe’s conservative economic thinking a thing of the past?
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Trump Factor in U.S. and Rajapaksa Factor in Sri Lanka

One could see some similarities in billionaire-businessman Donald Trump's ascendency to the front-runner position in the nation-wide primary elections to secure nomination to be the Republican Party presidential candidate for this November U.S. election and former Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa's display of his nation-wide mass base and his commanding position in his party in recent times.

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Europe's most wanted terrorist captured

Europe's most wanted man was captured after a shootout in Brussels in a major coup for authorities investigating November's Islamic State attacks on Paris.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, has been on the run for months since the attacks in November in Paris which left 130 people dead
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Private-Public partnership to drive active style to spruce GDP growth Global food giant Nestle partner Lanka Sathosa

In a unique Private- Public partnership that Sri Lanka has not seen before Global food giant Nestle partnered largest retail chain of Sri Lanka ' Lanka Sathosa', to drive nutrition among the mass market consumer in the C1, C2 and D SEC consumer groups of Sri Lanka. The launch was held at the flagship Lanka Sathosa outlet in Welisara under the leadership of Minister for Industry and Commerce Hon Rishad Bathiyutheen and the Chairman Lanka Sathosa Dr Rohantha Athukorala.

Minister Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathyutheen addressing the parents & kids
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Swings in US-Pak relations

The United States generally, and the U.S. State Department in particular, seem perennially unwilling to grasp the realities of Pakistan. Refusing to recognize that Pakistan pursues ideological goals through the use of terrorism under its ever-expanding nuclear umbrella, the United States persists with the same strategy it has always used to handle the “Pakistan problem” – namely, attempt to induce better Pakistani comportment through handsome allurements.

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