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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 915

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Bilateral issues identified during Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit to Lanka


Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai who arrived on Saturday on a familiarization visit, wrapped it up on Monday after meetings with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

UPFA landslide; humility in victory

The UPFA imprimatur throughout Sri Lanka is near complete now. Except in some areas in the North and to a lesser extent in the East of the country, the UPFA has established itself as the dominant political entity in Sri Lanka.

Government Ministers ask UNP to comment about their downfall in several decades old political fortresses

The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has been able to get the highest victory that a political party has obtained in the history of the local government elections in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Swamy plea to probe Chidambaram: Supreme Court reserves order

The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its orders on pleas seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s role as the then Finance Minister in the 2G Spectrum case and the day-to-day monitoring of investigations by two independent people.

CBI not to oppose Kanimozhi bail plea

After being in jail for nearly six months, DMK MP Kanimozhi may finally get some relief on October 17 when her bail plea would come up for hearing as CBI has decided not to oppose it.

India to undertake repair of 79 schools in Northern Province with a total outlay of SLR 187 million

As part of its development partnership with Sri Lanka and in response to requirements projected by the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of India is undertaking a project to repair 79 damaged schools in the three districts of Kilinochchi, Mulaittivu and Vavuniya.

Uruguay to accredit its mission in New Delhi to Sri Lanka


Deputy Minister Roberto Conde Carreras appreciated the comprehensive briefing made by Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister Perera on the factual situation in Sri Lanka, and was pleased to hear that the reconciliation process was progressing well. "Uruguay wishes Sri Lanka peace and democracy", stated the hosting Deputy Minster.

Legendary Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh passes away

Legend, Ghazal king, the man with the golden voice and a mesmerising singer-- were some of the terms used on Monday to describe Jagjit Singh as tributes poured from the country's leadership to the film industry and his fans.

How a good an old baila came to my rescue!

It was in mid-nineties we decided to visit Istanbul after reading a lot about this historic city from the literature provided by the Turkish embassy in Riyadh. This beautiful city half of which lies in Europe and the other half in Asia is fabulously rich with historic monuments.

Sri Lanka arrives in world’s largest F&B show, Ceylon Cinnamon’s Int’l launch on Tuesday in Cologne


The top level Sri Lankan team for Germany’s Anuga Trade Fair has already left Colombo on the morning of Sunday October 09. The lead team is headed by Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry & Commerce along with Janaka Ratnayake, the Chairman of Export Development Board (EDB) and officials of the EDB.

Supreme Court stays hanging of Mumbai attacker Kasab

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the death sentence handed down to the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, pending an appeal hearing.

Sri Lanka continues to experience upsurge in Tourist Arrivals and hotels construction

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka have increased by 27.2 percent to 60,219 in September compared to the tourist arrivals for the same period last year. The Sri Lanka Tourist Authority said that this increase was helped by a surge in trourist arrivals from India and China, although there was a decline in British visitors during the period. In the nine months up to September 2011, Sri Lanka’s total tourists’ arrivals have increased by 34.3 percent to 598,006.

A monument of Eternal Friendship: Pakistan Pavilion at the International Buddhist Museum Kandy


In response to the proposed plans for establishment of an International Buddhist Museum, the Government and people of Pakistan has established the historic Pakistan Pavilion at the Sri Dalada International Museum of World Buddhism Kandy.


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