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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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Strengthening Horizontal Democracy Can be a Way of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

The holding of elections for local government institutions in Sri Lanka has opened up considerable opportunities to strengthen ‘horizontal democracy’ in the country as a way of reconciliation of the ethnic conflict and addressing the grievances of minority and other local communities. The first round of elections was held on 17 March 2011 and the second round will be held on 23 July.

Cabinet Decisions: Ministers approve development of Greater Hambantota as a Commercial and Industrial City, and several other proposals

With the development of the International Sea Port and the International Air Port in the Hambantota District, the area identified for Central Business Activity and Industrial Activity is also to be developed.

Communal riots: Gujarat CM flayed for destroying records

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi came under fire from the Congress and lawyers of 2002 post-Godhra riots victims on Thursday for destroying vital State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) records pertaining to the clashes, calling the action a “criminal conspiracy.”

Sri Lanka releases: 23 TN fishermen returned to Rameswaram


The Tamil Nadu fishermen who arrested and released by the Sri Lankan government has arrived Rameswaram on Thursday along with five mechanized fishing trawlers.

Activist Hazare fails to get Sonia Gandhi appointment

Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, as was widely expected, refused to meet civil society activist Anna Hazare who wanted to discuss with the her the party stand on the Lokpal issue of fighting corruption.

Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Son’s Wedding


The wedding of Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's son Manoj Rajapaksa and Sewwandi Liyanarachchi was took place at the Hilton Hotel Colombo, yesterday (30th).

Purulia arms-dropping case: Danish Davy can’t be extradited

Danish citizen Kim Davy cannot be extradited to India to face trial for his alleged involvement in the sensational dropping of arms in Purulia in 1995 with the High Court in Denmark on Thursday rejecting a plea by the government there.

Sri Lanka: Commemorative coin to mark the 50th Anniversary of the People’s Bank


To mark the Sri Lanka’s second largest state own bank , People’s Bank’s 50 years of operation, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will issue a selective gold plated, frosted proof, crown size, silver commemorative coin in the denomination of 1000 rupees.

Dayanidhi Maran meeting with PM raises speculation

Amid questions over his continuance in the Union Council of Ministers, Textiles Minister and DMK nominee, Dayanidhi Maran, on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

Nafeek, the Sri Lankan maid, I never met

When I first heard of the death of a Saudi infant at the hands of a Sri Lankan maid named Rizana Nafeek about four years ago, I looked at the word “child abuse” and what it meant.

Sri Lanka: Strict action against material harmful to human health from today

Sri Lanka’s Health authorities have decided to ban all activities which cause an alteration to the quality or appearance of food items which is harmful to the health ,effective from today.

Sri Lanka: Deputy Minister Neomal Perera launched computerised system at the Consular Affairs Division


The Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera successfully launched the computerized system at the Ministry’s Consular Affairs Division yesterday in the presence of the Ministry officials and a large gathering of public.

Bringing pressure on Sri Lanka: Now UN human rights chief Pillai warns

In the heat of the United States warning Sri Lanka that the ‘international community’ may take Sri Lanka to the international court if alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law were domestically not robed, the United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillai on Thursday 30 June made the same warning.


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