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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 730

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On the Road to Perdition

The desecration of a cremation-site and an abject apology for the exercise of a parliamentary right: two blazing signs of the times. The bodies of three dogs had been left at the cremation-site of Vellupillai Pirapaharan’s mother, in the military-controlled Jaffna peninsula.

Sadhvi Pragya held for murder of suspect in Samjhauta Express blast

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, a key accused in 2008 Malegaon blast case, has been placed under arrest by Madhya Pradesh Police in connection with the murder of Sunil Joshi, a suspect in the Samjhauta Express blast case who was killed at Dewas in December 2007.

Sri Lankan fishermen captured by Somali pirates return to the island

Sri Lankan fishing vessel “Ocean 4” along with five fishermen captured by Somali pirates returned to the Beruwala fisheries harbor (54 kilometers South of capital Colombo) Friday morning (February 25, 2011).

Yoga with a mission to save country


Noted Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev said he would continue his crusade against corruptions and asked citizens to join the movement. Talking to pressmen after his historic Yoga Class here at 16 Assam Rifles ground was over on Saturday, the Yoga Guru also hinted launching of his own political party in near future to fight the scourge of corruption in the country.

Sri Lanka: Union Bank IPO attracts Rs.84 billion becoming largest oversubscribed IPO ever in the country

Sri Lanka’s one of the smallest commercial banks, Union Bank of Colombo, which underwent a series of capital infusions in the past had now attracted a whopping Rs.84 billion, exceeding 7 times of its current public deposit value, through its initial public offering that concluded recently.

Political Tsunami across the Middle East


Col Gaddafi, the embattled Libyan leader, is emulating his last idol at the moment, the desert fox, in a last ditch attempt to stop his grip on power collapsing from within. His second speech in the Green Square of Tripoli, in stark contrast to the first speech made by telephone since the troubles began, sounded a bit more conciliatory, yet shed ample light on his style of governance during the past 41 years: not only has he mastered the art of carrot and stick, but also showed the world what he could do when there is no more carrot left – use brute force regardless of the potential consequences against his own people.

Nepal loses battle for UNGA President

As a manifestation of the country’s poor diplomacy over the past few years, Nepal’s bid to chair the upcoming 66th session of UN General Assembly was thwarted by Qatar during a secret voting of Asian Group of countries held in New York, Friday.

Letter from America: Allegations of Torture in Bangladesh

My attention was recently drawn onto a report in the Guardian - Bangladeshi MP 'tortured' by British-trained paramilitary unit. While torture in any form is unacceptable and should never be tried by any government it is a sad reality of our time that all governments - illiberal and liberal democracies alike, including the British government, are guilty of this crime.

Row erupts over release of Maoists to free abducted Collector

A controversy has erupted over the steps taken by the Orissa government to secure release of a Collector from the clutches of the Maoists, with the opposition BJP asking for a probe into the entire incident.

Sri Lanka concludes 46th South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Governors’ Conference

The 46th Conference of the Governors’ of The South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre, High Level Seminar and 30th Meeting of the SEACEN Board of Governors were held from 25-26 February in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Railway Budget to woo West Bengal voters-not for the Nation: Jayalalithaa slams

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) supremo and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa accused the union Rail Way Minister Mamtha Banerjee prepared the Railway budget to satisfy the people of West Bengal to woo them in the eve of the assembly poll sheduled in May.

Sri Lanka: Retail rally continues

Acuity Stockbrokers Research Ltd in their market review indicated that the All Share Price Index ( ASPI) gained 39.13 points or 0.51% during the week’s trading to close at 7711.62, while Milanka Price Index ( MPI) lost 72.81 points, amounting to 1.01% to close the week at 7242.16.

TN Elections 2011: IT department will function as watchdog to monitor money laundering

The Income Tax Department (IT) all sets to watch the all attempts to bribe voters in the run-up to the Assembly election in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. IT officials plan to keep a close watch on the movement of cash and possible gifts.

ILO Director General concerned of the workers in Libya

A dispatch from the International Labour Organization (ILO) Sri Lanka office indicates that Juan Somavia, its Director-General of the ILO, Juan associates himself fully with the grave concern and condemnation expressed by the Security Council and the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the dramatic situation in Libya.

Fighting tuberculosis in prisons is a smart choice

Fighting tuberculosis (TB) in prisons is a smarter choice for governments from economic, social justice and public health criteria. In India, the government was asked to cough up INR 300,000 (USD 6000) as compensation to be paid to the wife of the TB prison inmate who died inside Howrah Jail (source: The Times of India, 22 February 2011).

Global Compact Sustainability Knowledge Hub to be in Sri Lanka

The inaugural event of the Global Compact Sustainability Knowledge Hub titled ‘Driving Economic Growth Sustainability’ took place at the CIMA auditorium. Over the hundred senior management, sustainability champions and corporate and public sector executives attended the forum which focused on Social and Environmental Sustainability for the corporate sector.

Filipinos the architects

How could one forget the Filipinos, who showed the world that what ‘people power’ could do when they are united? Now, they are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their EDSA, which ousted the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.

Lalin’s Column: The Major who tried to control Muamar Gaddafi in Sri Lanka (1976)

Colonel Gaddafi visited SL in 1976 for the Non Aligned Conference in 1976 and was an immediate hit because of his maverick behaviour. His first personal contact with SL officials was at the previous Non Aligned Meeting in Algeria. He sent out an invitation to Mrs Bandaranayke the Prime Minister to have afternoon tea with him.


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