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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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We Can Pray In The Streets And Not In Barracks: We Live In India

France has shown the political courage to first ban the regressive burqa this year, and now the offering of prayers by Muslims in the French streets—given the fact that it is home to Europe's largest Muslim population. I wonder what would be the reaction of Mr Nicholas Sarkozy if he had to deal with not just the religious/social leanings of the Muslims, but of the Hindus, Sikhs and myriad other communities as well, as in India.

Spectrum scam: Pranab Mukherjee questioned Chidambaram role

An official Finance Ministry document has cast doubts over the role of Home Minister P Chidambaram, who was then Finance Minister, in the January 2008 decision of former telecom minister A Raja to issue 2G spectrum licences.

No new staff, posts or replacing vacancies, state institutions told

Tightening austerity, the Maldivian government announced a freeze on hiring additional staff, creating new posts and replacing vacancies in all state institutions, trying to plug a budget crisis.

Court critical of TRAI assessment of “zero loss”

Telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) report purportedly assessing zero loss in 2G spectrum allocation during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A Raja on Wednesday came under sharp criticism of the Supreme Court which questioned the functioning of the autonomous body.

Sri Lanka’s award winner veteran Actor Joe Abeywickrema passed away

Sri Lanka’s award winner veteran Actor Joe Abeywickrema has passed away last night at the age of 78 after a brief illness. Born on 13 June 1933 in the village Lellopitiya near Ratnapura, he entered the film industry in the year 1957 in his debut appearance in “Devasundari” (Godly Beauty).

Can one survive on Rs 25 a day in India?

It was a statement that would have evoked laughter if a standup comedian had cracked the joke. But how does one react when the Planning Commission tells the Supreme Court that an individual income of just Rs. 25 a day constitutes adequate “private expenditure on food, education and health in India!”

Lanka’s Northern Province to get full cancer treatment facility through Lions

A fully fledged cancer treatment facility for the Northern Province is on the cards. “An MoU between the Northern Provincial Council and Dehiwela Metro Lions Club for this first ever treatment facility for the Northern Province is now approved by the Vavuniya District Coordinating Committee (DCC). This will enormously help more than 700000 northerners” announced Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce on Monday 19 September.

Protest against TN n-plant called off

The 11-day-old fast by locals demanding the scrapping of the Kudankulam nuclear power project was called off on Wednesday after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa agreed for a Cabinet resolution to request the Centre to halt the project.

Lalin’s Column: Appreciation - Late Cyril Herath

Most Defence Forces officers of the 1970s first came into contact with then DG NIB Cyril Herath at the briefing sessions for the Military Liaison Officers (MLOs) to the 5th Non Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in 1976.

Sikkim quake damage estimated at Rs one lakh crore

The loss from Sunday’s devastating earthquake in Sikkim is estimated to be around Rs one lakh crore, Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said on Wednesday, while urging the Centre to grant a special package.

International groups attempt to revive separatism in the country - Minister Basil Rajapaksa

Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, declaring opening the Negombo Water Supply Project, said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa made the country peaceful for everyone to live on equal status and the International Groups and NGOs which do not like to see a conflict free country in Sri Lanka are making various baseless allegations to revive ethnic tensions and separatism in the country.