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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

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India can play constructive role in Afghanistan: US

The US has said India can play a constructive role in Afghanistan and it will welcome New Delhi's involvement in the war-torn nation.

Sri Lanka’s Global Energy to set up first-ever private refinery in Trinco

Sri Lanka’s Global Energy & Industrial Operations, Inc. is to construct the first-ever private oil refinery in Sri Lanka, under which a plant twice the size of the current state-run Sapugaskanda Refinery will be built in Trincomalee.

“Bring back peace and tranquility to Sri Lanka” - Anandasangaree appeals to Jayalalithaa

President of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree has felicitated the decisive landslide victory of Jayalalitha Jayaram, the AIADMK supremo in the Tamil Nadu state Assembly held recently and appealed to her to, “Bring back peace and tranquility to Sri Lanka.”

Sale of SKYPE: Business Hype and Ground Realities

Corporate acquisitions, especially in the digital age, always have the potential to send out ripples way beyond the hypothetical boundaries of the very industry in question. In that context, the media frenzy over the acquisition of SKYPE, the web-based audio-video service – or the best known VOIP service – is fully understandable, despite being relatively subdued in comparison to what we witnessed in the recent past.

Letter from America: Can America Learn From Others?

In the March 3 issue of the Time magazine Fareed Zakaria analyzed America’s status in the world. To his own rhetorical question – ‘is America?’ he answered: “Yes, the U.S. remains the world's largest economy, and we have the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly entrepreneurial climate.”

Tamil Nadu people throw Karunanidhi to third place: Actor Vijayakanth all sets to hold opposition leadership


The angered people of Tamil Nadu thrown out the Chief Minister Karunanidhi's DMK in to mud and gave opportunity to actor turned politician Vijayakanth to function as the main opposition party leader in the state.

Jayalalitha to meet Governor today to stake her claim to form the next government in Tamil Nadu

All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo Jayalalithaa will meet Governor Surjit Singh Barnala on Sunday to stake her claim to form the next government in Tamil Nadu.

DMK’s last gasp

The May 13, 2011 results of the elections held on April 13, 2011 to the Tamil Nadu Assembly are historic in more than one sense: The J Jayalalithaa led AIADMK front decimated the DMK and its allies with such a landslide majority that it may be well neigh impossible for these parties to remain relevant in Tamil Nadu politics or rear their heads in the near future:

Tamil Nadu Elections and Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Problem

As a one-time leading lady of Tamil cinema, theatrics would come naturally to Jayalalitha Jeyaram. An avowed opponent of the LTTE for many years, she did a volte face and adopted a soft stance on the Tigers and a tough one on Colombo during her long stay in opposition. Not doing enough for Lankan Tamils was a good stick to beat her arch rival, Chief Minister Muttuvel Karunanidhi, with and she did it with customary gusto.

Prayers at over 100 centers for highest level reconciliation meet

The Naga people in more than 100 prayer centers across the Nagaland State have been praying for 3 days to make the proposed high level meeting of the Naga political groups---NSCN/GPRN, GPRN/NSCN and FGN---a success. A special prayer as part of these mass prayers would also be held here at “Sisa Hoho” wherein leaders of the Naga political groups had been requested to attend without fail, Neingulo Krome, member of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) told NEPS here Saturday.

Pakistan: a hireling government in the dark

Islamabad has been serving the needs of all parties from terror organizations to governments of high caliber principle and integrity since 9/11 and it was government for all. During General Perves Musharraf’s reign, the only senior dignitaries of the state of Pakistan were middlemen between US and Taliban, the US knew Taliban was a creation of Pakistan; hence, is influenced by Pakistan to greater degree and trusted them to supply only the truth but the truth but the US seems to be cheated as the bitter facts of intelligence surfaced after the death of Osama Bin Laden Pakistani soil; nevertheless, if Islamabad fought against Alqaeda, in 2001 they would be a thing of the past.

Sri Lanka: Tourist Arrivals up by 67%

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rose by 67% Year-on-Year in April 2011 compared to April 2010.

India: Steepest petrol price hike by Rs 5

In the steepest hike ever, state-owned oil companies have increased petrol price by about Rs 5 per litre with effect from Saturday midnight.

Dubai-Sri Lanka trade exchange reach Rs.38.8 billion in 2010

Trade exchange between Middle eastern Economic hub Dubai and Sri Lanka had shot up by 8% in 2010 with Rs.38.8 billion (Arab Emirati Dirham-AED 1.3 billion) compared to Rs.35.8 billion (Arab Emirati Dirham-AED 1.2 billion in 2009), revealed Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Executive Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Dubai Customs.

Sri Lanka: Activity levels static

Acuity Stockbrokers Research Ltd in their market review indicated that it was a week of mixed reactions at the Colombo Stock Exchange. The previous week’s rally continued with both indices adding points at the start with a dip midweek only to be recovered towards the end.


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