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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2729

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Congress leader sparks row over “threats” to top cop killed in 26/11 attack

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday landed himself in a blazing row with remarks on 26/11 terror strikes that riled the BJP and forced the Congress to distance itself from him.

Janashakthi’s rating upgraded

RAM Ratings Lanka has upgraded Janashakthi PLC’s claims-paying ability rating to A- from BBB+ ; the outlook is stable. The rating upgrade is premised on Janashakthi’s strong performance since the previous review, underpinned by its ability to improve its expense ratio and maintain a better claims ratio.

SC rules Parliamentary approval must for cabinet

The Maldives Supreme Court ruled that cabinet ministers not endorsed by Parliament cannot remain in their posts, meaning President Mohamed Nasheed now has to nominate seven new ministers and get them approved again by a brutally divided, opposition dominant Parliament.

Sri Lanka value added tea exporters receives Iran’s market access

Sri Lanka’s sixth largest trading partner, Iran has recently offered the Sri Lankan exporters to pack and sell tea despite Iran’s restrictions on import of value added teas. The opportunity has come in to light for island nation’s tea exporters under a preferential tariff quota scheme offered by Iran.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party all set for Sunday’s Convention

Sri Lanka’s main opposition- the United National Party will hold its much-awaited Party Convention today, December 12, which will pave way for wide-ranging party reforms.

Cancun climate deal sealed midst Bolivian protest - A Commentary

The UN conference on climate change ended Saturday early morning midst a plan to create a $100 billion fund to help developing nations to fight global warming – but a replacement for the legally binding Kyoto protocol remained elusive.

US diplomat summoned over “pat-down” check of Indian envoy

India on Saturday lodged a strong protest with the US for subjecting ambassador Meera Shankar to 'pat-down' security check at an American airport as deputy chief of US embassy in Delhi was summoned to the ministry of external affairs.

Agitated Disciples of a Digital Messiah – Hactivists

Julian Assange, the Australian-born, classified-information leaker, currently on remand in a segregated unit in Wandsworth prison in south London, England, is someone who is exploring every feasible avenue to block him being extradited to Sweden to face rape charges. The stubborn refusal of Mr Assange to say – or leak for that matter - any details surrounding his own private life, has in fact turned what had been shrouded in mystery, into a jigsaw covered by layers of concrete.

Wikileaks, Assange and Sri Lanka’s Granny Trial

Emperors are almost always naked. We think they are garbed in regal attires because of the collective psychological blinkers imposed on us, the ruled, by dominant ideologies. Those who take upon themselves the necessary task of exposing the structural nudity of Emperors risk imperial wrath and vengeance. So it was then. So it is now. So it is everywhere, even in the liberal heartland.

End of finding Walawe Raja – The Tusker is getting closer

Asian Tribune earlier detailed the whole episode of the search of the Walawe Raja – the elephant which is with long tusks and went missing for the last one year in its usual habitat.

Uphold Human Rights While Defending Democracy

The Bali Democracy Forum should adopt a human rights based approach in dealing with democracy and be more open to engagement with all stakeholders in democratization, a group of Asian non-governmental organizations (NGO) made the call yesterday on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day.

Trade, UN Council reforms to top Manmohan Singh—Angela Merkel talks

Trade, UN Security Council reforms and anti-terrorism strategies will be high on the agenda when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and German chancellor Angela Merkel hold their summit meeting against the backdrop of the two countries getting elected as non-permanent members in the United Nations Security Council.

Sri Lanka: United National Party ready for special convention

Main opposition United National Party (UNP) completed the final arrangements for today’s special convention, which will be held at the Sirikotha, the party head quarters in Pitakotte.

Market in the red

Acuity Stockbrokers Research Ltd in their market review indicated that the week continues in downward momentum indicating significant reduction in sector indices.

Game of punches

Delivering a surprise punch to an unsuspecting person is not difficult. In most cases, the punch lands at the right place because of surprise factor. What is difficult is to counter the retaliatory action of the one who has received the punch.

Sri Lankan Navy attacks Tamil Nadu fishermen: Fishing Boats damaged near Katchatheevu

A group of fishermen from Rameswaram reported that they were beaten up and their boats damaged allegedly by Sri Lankan naval personnel near Katchatheevu, official sources said on Sunday.