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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Letter from America: Will Mubarak’s Regime Survive?

Old order changeth yielding place to the new. Are there changes in the horizon across the Arab world? Two weeks ago, Tunisian strongman Zine el-Abidine ben Ali fled the country following weeks of street protests.

Crisis in Egypt: the Most Significant Litmus Test for Despots in the Arab World

The omens don’t look good for Hosni Mubarak, the 82-year-old president of Egypt, who has been ruling the country for three decades without facing any serious challenge. His liberal instincts won him friends in the West, especially in the US, for being the best conduit to reach out to the Arab world, which normally look at the former with a suspicious eye.

Bruce Fein to Sri Lanka: “I’m Back!!”

As former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced in “Terminator 2,” our old friend Bruce Fein announced to Sri Lanka that he was back in full-swing when he filed a lawsuit against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Texas this past week while the President was on a private visit to see his family.

Yellow banners won’t restore people’s confidence: Thasmeen

No amount of yellow banners ahead of local polls will restore the lost confidence of people in the government, Opposition DRP Leader Thasmeen Ali said.

Indian MEA advisory on visiting Egypt

India on Saturday said its nationals in Egypt, which is witnessing violent protests since last four days, are safe but advised its people against travelling to that country.

Sri Lanka to issue new currency notes series next month

Sri Lanka’s banking watchdog- Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) is to release the twelfth Series of Sri Lankan Currency Notes including the brand new Rs. 5,000 note, next month.

Sri Lanka pioneers in world’s first carbon neutral certified Tea Company


The legendary V.T. V. Deivanayagam Pillai was born in 1919 in South India. Orphaned at the age of 12, he moved to then colonial Ceylon and began his working life as a shop boy. From such a beginning, through honesty, ethics, hard work and spirituality became the leader of one of the most respected trading houses established in 1943 in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan people nor President Mahinda Rajapaksa intimidated by war crime suit - Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Sri Lankan Government continues to work closely with the US Department of Justice and other agencies in identifying front organizations of world’s most ruthless terror outfit- Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States of America, Jaliya Wickramasuriya noted.

Adarsh building scam: Ex-CM Ashok Chavan, bureaucrats named by CBI

The CBI on Saturday registered a case against some retired Army officials and bureaucrats of Maharashtra government in connection with the Adarsh housing society scam.

Sri Lanka's healthcare spending is expected to continue strengthening over the coming years

The most significant change in the country's performance in BMI's Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business Environment Ratings (BERs) this quarter has been a substantial drop in its country risks score to 48, down from 63 in the previous quarter. Sri Lanka's country risks score is now no longer above the regional average, which stands at 58 this quarter, the report adds.

A Political Avalanche

Tunisia’s unexpected mass uprising which overthrew the 23 year tyrannical rule of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali is becoming a trendsetter across the Arab world. Suddenly democracy is both the fashion and the passion of the Arab street. In country after Arab country, people are coming out on to the streets, demanding a change.

Duped Indian students in US humiliated, forced to wear radio collars

After being left high and dry, duped by a California-based "sham" university, scores of Indian students in the US are now enduring the ignominy of being forced to wear radio collars around their ankles so that authorities can keep track of their movements.

‘This isn’t demonstration but revolution,’ - protesters say

The total upheaval of Egypt happened with alarming speed; Friday afternoon, the government was still able to monitor and control the protests, only to have the calm shattered that evening.

Pandey lauds Isak’s acknowledgment of Center’s sincerity

As underground-related violence has drastically reduced to an all time low, coupled with NSCN (IM) chairman Isak Chishi Swu’s recent acknowledging the Government of India’s “positive” attitudes in finding lasting solution to the Indo-Naga political issue, the Center was hopeful that a “permanent peace” would come to Nagaland as early as possible.

Sri Lanka, India to organize International Buddhist Confab in March 2011

Indian government will organize an International Buddhist Conference in March 2011 in Sri Lanka’s hill country capital of Kandy.

India’s NSA has talks with Hillary Clinton, top officials

India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon discussed bilateral and regional issues, including the upcoming Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and his American counterpart Tom Donilon when he met them in Washington.

US covertly aided Egyptian protest leaders for regime change, secret December 2008 WikiLeaks cable reveals

The United States has been covertly preparing a regime change in Egypt for the last two years secretly assisting the leaders who were preparing a blueprint to bring representative government to Egypt now emerged as leaders or organizers of the mass uprising that the world is witnessing today.


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