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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

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Lanka and Myanmar: Challenges ahead

The Sri Lanka visit (Nov. 12-15) of Myanmar’s Head of State Senior General Than Shwe came in the wake of allegations being made over the past six months against the Rajapaksa regime that it was moving away from the ‘democracies’ and getting closer to 'dictatorships.'

Sri Lanka to Treat Kidney Patients with Latest Technology at Maligawatthe

Sri Lanka goes for a new state-of-the-art institute which is fully equipped with facilities for diagnosis of kidney diseases, dialysis and kidney transplant surgeries as the National Institute of Nephrology, Dialysis and Kidney Transplant at Maligawatthe was opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (November 14).

Ban urges support for developing countries in combating diabetes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater support to developing countries in preventing diabetes, which kills at least one million people every year, and in increasing access to health care.

Unfunny Experience of a Couple – making love at fever pitch to lose peace on a sour note

The case made British legal history on 27 April 2009; Mrs Carol Cartwright was jailed for breaking an ASBO – anti-social behaviour order – which had been served on her just 10 days before the fateful day, for making excessive noise during daily love-making sessions with her husband of 24 years, Steve.

Children have right to surrogate mother's citizenship, says Indian court

Here is a puzzle: if your father is from one country and your surrogate mother from another, where do you belong? In a case concerning a German whose children born to an Indian surrogate mother were denied indian citizenship, the Gujarat High Court has said surrogate mother is the "natural mother" and her nationality should decide the citizenship of the children.

The President and the General

Last Thursday, General Sarath Fonseka got a taste of what it is like to be an opponent of the Rajapakses. When the General went to the Kelaniya temple for religious observances, after handing in his letter of resignation to the President, a mob appeared, as if out of thin air, obstructing his motorcade and jeering at him.

Karunanidhi regrets Supreme Court delaying Mullaiperiyar verdict

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has regretted the decision of a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court to refer to a Constitution bench the suit filed by the State against a Kerala law that seeks to nullify the February 2006 order of the same court permitting raising Mullaiperiyar dam's height to 142 ft from 136 ft.

Islam is not about fundamentalism

Shortly after the Ford Hood shootings in which the lives of 13 US Army personnel were senselessly wasted by a killing rampage of one of their own, a US radio commentator called me up for my take as an Arab and a Muslim on the incident.

For whom will the archbishop vote?

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Colombo has a vote at the Presidential Elections. So have I and I will vote for MR even though I have no access to Temple Trees but unlike insignificant me the most reverend Archbishop has direct access and he is warmly greeted by the President.

U.S. Court Allows Human Rights Suit Against former Bolivian President and Defense Minister to Proceed

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida ruled November 9 that the claims for crimes against humanity and extrajudicial killings could move forward in two related U.S. cases against former Bolivian president and former Bolivian defense minister.

Andhra Opposition ready to fight Janardhana Reddy

Karnataka Tourism Minister G Janardhana Reddy, who rose against the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and cowed him down recently, is being fingered in Andhra Pradesh for his alleged illegal mining of iron ore by Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC), owned by them.

Letter from America: Free Market Capitalism

Is free market capitalism failing? Do we need a new economic system? Twenty years ago when the Berlin Wall collapsed and the Cold War ended, the mere suggestion that something was wrong with capitalism might have sounded preposterous, absurd, and almost insane.