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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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Judges want terms “illegal” and “indecency” clarified

Is it an offence to cohabit with a woman after inducing a belief of marriage in her? Is it an offence to back out of such a relationship? Supreme Court (SC) judges Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra are divided and want a larger bench to decide the matter.

The Rise and Fall of Celtic Tiger – Ireland

History is awash in rags-to-riches stories; they not only inspired generations of would-be entrepreneurs by offering a formula for success, but also provided the world with remarkable iconic figures to look up to.

Crucial border talks with China ahead of Premier Wen visit to New Delhi

Special representatives of India and China will hold the crucial 14th round of border talks in Beijing on Monday to resolve the long-running boundary dispute between the two countries, ahead of a key visit of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao to New Delhi.

Devolution for political expedience will exacerbate the ethnic divide in Sri Lanka

The visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has raised the issue of devolution as a political solution to the ethnic conflict with the Tamils of Sri Lanka. If this suggestion came from a credible honest broker, it would have had to be taken with due care and seriousness.

Of Cabinets and Kings

President Rajapaksa defeated the Tigers. He won the presidential and parliamentary elections and is still popular in the South because he defeated the Tigers. But that historic victory does not entitle him to a permanent carte blanche, to do with Sri Lanka as he wishes, to treat the country as his and his family’s private fiefdom.

Maoists decide to go for revolt if no constitution on time

The main opposition party Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has decided to go for revolt if there was no new constitution in the stipulated deadline of May 28, 2011.

India’s Consulate General’s Office inaugurated in Hambantota

S.M.Krishna, India’s Minister of External Affairs, inaugurated the office of the Consulate General of India, Hambantota. Prof. G.L. Peiris, Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs also attended the inauguration.

Cabinet endorsement wrangle goes to Supreme Court

The Maldives Parliament is still in a tug o’ war over the contentious cabinet endorsement, with the matter now being referred to the Supreme Court.

Sri Lanka to double its Colombo Bourse’s Market Capitalisation to $ 38 billion

Sri Lanka which has been mapped by global bullish investors as a frontier market and an emerging market, is planning to double its stock exchange’s capitalization to US $ 38 billion by 2012, from its present standing at US $ 19.8 billion; according to island nation’s Central Bank Governor.

Rahul compares CM Modi with Mao

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has a penchant for off the cuff remarks that invariably kick off a controversy.

Right To Sight (RTS) committed to eliminate avoidable blindness

Three-quarters of all blindness can be prevented or treated. Avoidable blindness poses an enormous challenge to healthcare system, particularly in low- and middle- income countries.

Court directs Delhi police to file FIR against Arundhati Roy, Separatist leader Geelani

A Delhi court on Saturday ordered registration of FIR against Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, writer Arundhati Roy and five others for their speeches made at a meeting in New Delhi on October 21.

The Holy Father Creates Twenty four New Cardinals - A Red Letter day for Sri Lanka


The consistory to create 24 new cardinals which took place on Saturday and Sunday, November 20 and 21 -- the red biretta was given on Saturday, the cardinal's ring on Sunday -- was memorable, punctuated by torrential rain, distinguished by large and excited crowds including many Sri Lankans, and ending in warm sunshine at the Pope's Angelus on Sunday at noon.

Mumbai Adarsh housing society scam: Key papers missing

Crucial papers possibly pertaining to top leaders’ involvement in Adarsh housing scam are missing leading to doubts about deliberate destruction of evidence as CBI and some agencies have begun investigations in which Ashok Chavan was a casualty and lost his job.

Letter from America: Thanksgiving – the real truth

Thanksgiving Day is the most observed holiday in the USA, which is celebrated by people of all races, colors, ethnicities and even religions. It is a day in which family members gather to eat turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving holiday falls on the last Thursday of November.

Sri Lanka: Minster call for state officials to work to grab the investor opportunities wisely

While emerging under a new economic boom in a new power regime, Sri Lanka’s Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa recently said that many government officials in the country need to think wise, as many offices in the government sector is always bound to the rules without understanding the real opportunity that country could benefit especially in matters related to foreign investments.

Opposition unhappy on budget 2011

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presided when Parliament met at 9.30 am on Saturday. After the presentation of papers and oral questions, Parliament took up the adjourned debate on the second reading of the Appropriation Bill 2011 for the fifth day.

Palestine: The Holy Land is vanishing and shrinking

Palestine solidarity workers all over the world will be marking yet another international solidarity day on 29th November in keeping with the declaration made by UNO.


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