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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Sri Lanka: Faced with SLMC’s loss, Ranil turns to JVP for solace

Faced with the imminent crossing over of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC)- largest constituent partner of the main opposition- United National Party; opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, has requested two party front-liners to woo the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Democratic National Alliance (DNA), in a desperate bid to keep the opposition in order.

Visa denial to Indian Commander: Permission for Chinese officers withheld

Angry over the denial of a visa by Chinese authorities to the Northern Commander Lt. Gen. B.S. Jaswal, India took quick retaliatory action on Friday and put all defence exchanges with China on hold till the matter is sorted out.

Burma’s Aggressive Generals Start the Game of Changing New Face

Burma’s junta is to hold parliamentary elections on Nov. 7. According to the 2008 Constitution, the country has a bicameral parliament at the national level and a regional parliament in each of the seven states and seven divisions.

‘Buddha For Sale’

In the shadow of the violation of the Prophet of Islam by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, a similar attack on the ”founder” of Buddhism is taking place. This violation of Buddha is not occurring in the pretext of a Western right to publish insulting material of non-Christian persons of prominence.

“Saffron terror” remarks land Home Minister in trouble

Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s remarks on “Saffron terrorism” sparked a major uproar with parties like the BJP and Shiv Sena besides Hindutva outfit Vishwa Hindu Parishad demanding he should apologise for the statement.

Italy relaxed Travel Advisory on Sri Lanka: Deleted references about presence of paramilitary groups in Jaffna.

The Italian Travel Advisory Authorities has deleted references about the presence of paramilitary groups in the Jaffna Peninsula.

Thai woman arrested at airport for smuggling out tiger cub

There was an “unusual luggage,” a woman was found carrying heading to Iran from Thailand. She was arrested at Bangkok’s airport. The thing she was smuggling out was a live two-month-old tiger cub hidden amongst soft toys in her checked in luggages.

Middle class slowly disappearing in Kingdom

Saudi Arabia can boast of being among the few countries least affected by the global financial crisis. However, a large number of citizens have still become the worst victims of the price rises that came from the credit crunch.

Bill to hike MPs’ salary three-fold passed

The bill to hike salaries of MPs by over three times from Rs16,000 to Rs50,000 and doubling two of their key allowances to Rs40,000 each was passed in Lok Sabha on Friday.

President urged to enact Animal Welfare Bill

President of the Dharma Vijaya Foundation Olcott Gunasekera has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa requesting him to explore the possibility of enacting Animal Welfare Bill without further delay.

Italian film on the Sri Lankan community in Naples selected at the 67th Venice Film Festival

An Italian film depicting the excellent integration of the Sri Lankan community in Naples with Italian society has been selected for screening at the 67th edition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival, on 7th September 2010.

“Climate Champions” kicked off in Maldives

The British Council has launched the Climate Champions programme in the Maldives.
“The programme launched in the Maldives will select three young Maldivians as new International Climate Champions,” a statement said.