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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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How nice, if a Lankan cabinet meet held in erstwhile war zone

On the lines of Nepal and Maldives holding their respective cabinet meetings differently, why not Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha think of holding his cabinet meeting somewhere in the North of the island to infuse confidence that all is going well in the North where governance and power of the government did not reach for long.

Sarath Fonseka returned with a whimper

Sarath Fonseka who went to India with a bang, has returned to Colombo quietly with a whimper.

Plurality of Americans says ‘U.S. Should Mind its Own Business Internationally’

In the midst of two wars abroad and a sour economy at home, there has been a sharp rise in isolationist sentiment among the American public. For the first time in more than 40 years of polling, a plurality (49%) says the United States should "mind its own business internationally" and let other countries get along the best they can on their own.

High altitude cabinet meeting issues 10-point Everest Declaration

The much-hyped cabinet meeting at the base camp of the Mount Everest concluded on Friday, issuing a 10-point Everest Declaration.

Douglas Devananda Is Wasting His Time And Energy

Mr. Douglas Devanada (DD) stated on television on Friday night (Dec. 04) that he has decided to support Mahinda Rajapakse provided the latter satisfied 10 conditions. This reminds me of Mano Ganeshan speaking of another number of conditions that Sarath Fonseka must satisfy for his party to support Sarath Fonseka.

By way of Internet: Mahinda could have easily fired Sarath Fonseka

Mahinda could have easily fired Sarath Fonseka. Could Sarath taken over the country through a coup, no. If he could have done this, the best time would have been just after war.

36 killed including army officers and kids as terrorists struck Pakistani city

36 people were killed and about 75 injured on Friday when terrorists stormed a packed mosque near military barracks in Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi, firing on worshippers and detonating explosives, according to an ISPR statement.

Success in Afghanistan is Critical for Obama’s Presidency

In less than a month from his visit to Asia in November, president Barack Obama announced 30,000 troops’ increase in Afghanistan on the night of 1st December. Obama, who is the most traveled U.S. president in the first year in White House, indicated his administration’s commitment to the war in Afghanistan during his recent visit to Asia.

Sri Lanka Navy: The First Guardian Of The Emarald Island

History of the Sri Lanka Navy runs back to as far as 1937. In January 1938 the first Officers were commissioned (two English and Two Sri Lankan) and subsequently with an Officer intake of experienced British seamen and a greater number of Ceylonese followed by an intake of Signalman Gunners paved way for the establishment of the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force (CNVF). On 31st August 1939, the CNVF was mobilized for war duties.

Pondy CM becomes first to declare his assets

The Puducherry Chief Minister, Mr V. Vaithilingam, on Thursday created history of sorts by openly declaring assets held by him and his wife Mrs V. Sasikala. He became the first Chief Minister of any state to do so under the revised code of conduct rules of the Union Home Ministry.

Division Remain Deep On Eve Of Copenhagen Climate Conference

In late November the news on climate change has been on the downgrading of expectations for the Copenhagen conference in December. This is a surprise to those who have been involved in or following the UNFCCC climate talks.

Take steps for reconciliation, India tells Lanka

India told Sri Lanka on Friday that the time had come for it to start the process of reconciliation of the ethnic issue and heal the wounds of war now that the decades of armed struggle had come to an end.

The "Elders" Statement on IDPs in Sri Lanka - Sadly outdated and Inaccurate – Dr. Kohona

In a statement Dr. Palitha Kohona has pointed out that "The Elders Foundation, based in London, has issued unfortunate statement dated 26.11.2009 containing highly inaccurate and outdated information on the IDP situation in Sri Lanka."

Government to relax checking at the Mannar bridge entrance

Up to now those entering the Mannar Island are stopped near the bridge entrance, checked and their National Identity Cards retained before allowing them to enter Mannar.