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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2833

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Indian Volleyball Comes Of Age

Ramu Sharma - When Belarus defeated India in one of the earlier pool league matches of the 2009 FIVB Junior World Volleyball Championships at Pune last fortnight, nobody would have given the country a chance of qualifying for the last eight. But the team surprised everybody by ending as the fourth, after champions Brazil, runners up Cuba and Argentina. Incidentally all the three are from the Americas. The Indians' run was amazing as apart from Cuba it was the only team to stretch champions Brazil to five sets.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka versus secularism

Janaka Perera - On Pakistan’s 62nd Independence anniversary last week her High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Shaheen A Gilani issued a statement that is of special significance to us in South Asia. He said his government and the Pakistani people are committed to achieving the goal of making their country a moderate, progressive, democratic, self-reliant and Islamic welfare state.

UN-backed nuclear treaty ratification nears milestone of 150 countries

The total number of countries that have ratified the United Nations-backed Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) has inched closer to 150, after Liberia ratified the agreement this week.

The Crimes of the RDA Against the Nation

L. Jayasooriya - Sabotaging the Mahinda Chintana’ was the title of a feature article I wrote in the Daily News that was published in three instalments on June 27th, 28th and 30th of 2008. What I exposed there is a horror story which has been stated several times before both in the Daily News and the Island. The purpose of this article is to let the public know about the latest crime the RDA has done but before that I will have to give a brief summary of what has taken place before.

India: Jaswant expelled from BJP for ‘eulogizing’ Jinnah and ‘denigrating’ Patel

M Rama Rao - India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday axed one of its senior leaders, Jaswant Singh, who is also a close aide of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for writing the biography of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah, ‘Jinnah – India-Partition-Independence’ and then going to the town that he had been inspired by the ‘self-made’ leader of Muslim League.

Mubarak, Obama express optimism on ME peace?

Wajid Ali Syed - US President Barack Obama and Eygptian President Hosni Mubarak have expressed optimism about the possibility of moving toward Middle East peace. Their comments came after Mubarak's first visit to the White House in more than five years.

India pledges Rs 32 billion aid to Nepal

Kosh R. Koirala - India has assured to provide all kinds of financial assistance including a massive Rs 32 billion aid package for the development of Nepal. Indian Union Finance Minister for Finance Pranab Mukherjee made the announcement during his meeting with Nepal’s Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Thursday morning. Officials said the assistance will be used for the establishment of police booths, highways construction, railway link and setting up unified security posts in Biratnagar and Birginj, among others.

Prime Minister Nepal is currently on five

Media Minister Questions on Sri Lanka’s Marxist Party’s Moral Right

Anjana Jayashan - Sri Lankan Government stresses that abolishing the executive presidency or amending the country’s Constitution will only be decided under the majority of the peoples’ mandate at an election. Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena speaking to the media personnel yesterday (August 19) in Colombo said that the government will take decisions on abolishing the executive presidency or amending the Constitution only with general public’s consent. Media Minister made these observations following the country’s Marxist party, People’s Liberation Front known as Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)’s assertion that the President Mahinda Rajapaksa has no moral right to hold another Presidential election as he had already pledged to abolish the Executive Presidency before his term ends.

Romesh Jayasinghe - the new Secretary to the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry

Highly placed sources revealed that C.Romesh Jayasinghe is tipped to be the next Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Floods kill one, displace thousands in Nepal

Kosh R. Koirala - Flood triggered by incessant rainfall for the past four days in various parts of the country has displaced thousands of families in Nepal.