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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2672

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Visa On Arrival?

The government is reported to have decided to grant visa on arrival to citizens of five countries—Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Luxembourg and Finland. The idea of granting visa on arrival sounds great from the point of view of encouraging tourism but the reasons for the choice of the quintet of nations is not very clear.

Blake lauds Lanka on IDP resettlement

United States Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake has said he is impressed with the arrangements being made by the Government of Sri Lanka for the resettlement of internally displaced persons.

U.S. Prefers Regime Change in Sri Lanka – Part Three - Regime Change: An American Addiction

It didn’t start with the U.S.’s Neoconservative-inspired invasion of Iraq in March, 2003. Whether knowingly or not, the morally bankrupt Bush-Cheney Gang was following an imperial script which is over 110 years old. During that period, the U.S. has “overthrown fourteen governments that displeased it for various ideological, political and economic reasons,” writes Stephen Kinzer, a former New York Times foreign correspondent in his riveting book, “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.”

Lalin’s Coloumn: Military men as heads of state (HOS)

There is much talk just now about foreign military men who have become heads of state. Eisenhower and de Gaulle were offered as examples, hopefully not only because they were white. Of the 2 de Gaulle takes centre stage having been baptized in the fire of WW1 and bringing back to France much of its past lost glory.

Nepali journalists on war path over 'attempted murder' of their colleague

Journalists across Nepal have taken to the streets demanding punishment to the guilty involved in thrashing journalist in a remote Rukum district on Monday.

Sri Lanka: 'Battmobiles' by Browns

Those motorists in 22 cities in Sri Lanka could get their vehicle battery stabilized when they are in trouble by just calling Browns BattMobile on their hotline 0777 714714 between 7 am to 7 pm. Brown Exide announced the launch of their 25 fully operational BatMobiles to provide the public with on the spot assistance for all their vehicle battery needs.

General Fonseka’s entry into politics will create a dictatorship in the country

The entry of retired General Sarath Fonseka into the presidential fray backed by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) and the People’s Liberation Front (JVP) was a move to put a full stop to the country’s democracy and a birth for a dictatorship, said by Mass Media and Information Minister and Freedom Alliance Government Cabinet Spokesman Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, while addressing the media personnel at the weekly cabinet briefing held at the Government Information Department.

Allegory about Afghan Shura and Al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Like the myth of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda headquartered in FATA which I discussed in my previous write up, another absurd claim has been made that Mullah Omar along with his Shura is based in Quetta. This story woven by spin doctors has caught the imagination of policy makers in Washington and they are playing it impishly. Pakistani leaders already harassed by never ending allegations are at a loss how to respond to the latest assault since denials make no impression on the accusers.

Srisena Cooray pledged his support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa

The former UNP ‘King Maker’ Sirisena Cooray is now with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Chinese labour invades local labour market

The 14th Annual Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Awards organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka was held at the BMICH last week with Prof Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Science and Technology as the Chief Guest and Ruwan Edirisinghe, Chairman, RN Constructions (Pvt) Ltd was adjudged the 2008 Entrepreneur of The Year.

Telangana tension ends as Centre relents, KCR ends fast

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao called off his 11-day hunger strike shortly after midnight yesterday, following Central government’s acceptance for the formation of Telangana state.

‘Sri Lanka Day’ in Kuwait brings joy and opportunities to all

The “Sri Lanka Day” organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy Seva Vanitha Unit attracted a large gathering of Sri Lankans and well-wishers from all walks of life amidst benefits and opportunities to all and sundry.

Help farmers to reduce over production and waste

One of the attempts of Sri Lanka Food Processors Association (SLFPA) is to prevent over production and waste by creating opportunity for the farmers to meet the food processors to tell the farmer what the food processors’ exact needs.

Decision on separate Telangana has a domino effect

In unilaterally and hastily conceding the demand for a separate Telangana to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh in view of the deteriorating health of Telangana Rashtra Samiti leader K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Government of India has opened a can of worms.