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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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LTTE elements behind TNA's decision to support General Fonseka

While most of the Sri Lankan Tamil media have, for some unknown reason, failed to report the Presidential election rally held by the Tamil National Alliance in Vavuniya on Tuesday to canvass support for former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, BBC Tamil Service carried excerpts of speeches made by Messrs Sambanthan, Mavai Senathirajah and Suresh Premachandran asking the Tamil voters to defeat Mahinda Rajapakse.

Generals in soup over land scam

It is not often that names of army generals crop up in media, unless they happen to get gallantry awards. But in a shocking disclosure, some top army officers are facing serious action over their role in facilitating a dubious land deal near an army base in Sukhna, West Bengal.

Mahinda urges Hindus to participate in building a new future for their children and for all Sri Lankans

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Thai Pongal message pointed out that, “I am glad that on this Thai Pongal day our Hindus can, in addition to their expectations for the future, also give thanks for the peace that has been won and their participation in the building of a new future for their own children and all of Sri Lanka.”

Postal Voting Ends with No Major Incidents

Postal voting for the Presidential elections 2010 which took place on January 12 and 13 ended with no major incidents having voted more than 80 percent, the National Polls Observation Centre and the People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) announced.

Cold Start: Indian Threat to Pakistan & China

In 2005 India announced a new military doctrine called Start Cold mainly targeting Pakistan as its potential enemy. In November 2009, Indian army chief made a statement that there is a possibility of a limited war between Pakistan and India in a nuclear overhang. In December 2009, Indian chief announced that India is ready to take on both Pakistan and China in a ‘two front war’ simultaneously. These statements spurred a quick reaction in Pakistani media and military establishment.

Indian hockey crisis blown over, the players go for World Cup camp

The Indian hockey, which was plunged in crisis last nearly one week with a stand-off between the game's administrators and the striking players, found a solution and the national team has called off its strike on an assurance that the players will be paid their dues at the earliest.

Maldives Matters: President Nasheed’s love-hate media relationship

Perhaps, there has never been a person who “courted” the media so much and stood up for their rights like Mohamed Nasheed, in the then opposition MDP. Clad in his party colour, yellow, none could fit in so well with the slogan shouting youngsters in the media, like he did.

New policy to allow Non Resident Nepalis buy property and enter Nepal without visa

Nepal government has introduced a new policy that will enable Non-Resident Nepalis (NRNs) living across the globe to own limited amount of property in Nepal and also enter their country of origin without any visa requirements.

How to demonstrate independence, accountability and transparency in corporate boards

Today's corporate boards find themselves under pressure to demonstrate independence, accountability, and transparency.

Candidate Sarath Kongahage Files Fundamental Rights Petition Challenging Sarath Fonseka's Candidature

Presidential candidate Sarath Kongahag has filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court on Wednesday (January 13), challenging the candidacy of the opposition candidate, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka in the upcoming Presidential election.

Cheaper sugar in a week, assures Govt

The UPA government has been under attack for the past few weeks over spiralling prices of essential commodities like sugar and pulses. The food inflation has been shooting up as a result of sugar touching Rs 50 per kg and pulses ruling around Rs 90 per kg in open market, making a simple meal of “dal-roti” an expensive affair for the common man.

CCC affiliation to National Agribusiness Council

The National Agribusiness Council received affiliated status with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on the 1st of January 2010 and is now housed at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce building at 50, Navam Mawatha, Colombo 2.

Hindu-Muslim antagonism

The first brick of Hindu-Muslim antagonism was laid when Muhammad Bin Qasim raised the banner of Islam in Sindh in 712 AD and tens of thousands of lower caste Hindus and Buddhists suffering under the tyrannical yoke of Raja Dahir embraced Islam.

CACCI to hold its Conference in Colombo to coincide SL Economic Summit

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Sri Lanka Convention Bureau together organized the Planning Committee Meeting of the Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

All Sri Lankan Peace-Keepers in Haiti are Safe - Military Spokesman

An All Sri Lankan soldier on a peace-keeping mission in the Latin American country of Haiti are safe and has not suffered any mishaps.

Reporters Without Borders Welcomes Tamil Journalist Tissanayagam’s Release

Reporters without Borders welcomes Tamil journalist J. S. Tissainayagam’s release on bail on Wdnesday, pending the outcome of his appeal against a 20-year jail sentence on a trumped-up charge of supporting terrorism. His release was ordered on 11 January by a Colombo appeal court .

Two Kalki ashram inmates found dead

Two inmates of an ashram in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, run by Kalki Bhagwan, self-proclaimed avatar of Lord Vishnu who has a world-wide following, were found dead in an open rice field, about one kilometer away from the ashram, late on Monday night, a local daily has reported.