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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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Lalin’s Column: SLC-After ‘5 years’ only shame (lajja) will remain

The new boss of SLC is quoted by BBC (Sandeshaya) as saying that the financial woes of SLC will not be solved for another 5 years. The Minister is however quoted as saying he will correct (‘teach him a lesson’?) Dharmadasa , when he meets him at SLC HQ. Dharmadasa is also a very prominent businessman and unlike the Minister understands financials. Is the writing on the wall?

“Responsibility to Protect: Asian-African Perspectives”


"Before I discuss the concept of the R2P I would like to remind this audience of my own inability to be absolutely precise in differentiating between subjective assessment and objective assessment or absolute truth and virtual truth. I suppose that is why judges too are considered fallible and sometimes judgments are reversed" – said Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Justice of Sri Lanka.

Probe premature, court relief to Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday got a major relief from the Supreme Court which stayed the ongoing probe by the Lokayukta police against him in an alleged illegal mining case during his tenure as Karnataka Chief Minister saying the proceedings were "premature".

Sri Lanka donates US $ 50,000 to the Philippines for flood victims


Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Nawalage Bennet Cooray handed over a donation of US $ 50,000 to that country’s Foreign Minister, Albert F. Del Rosario recently for relief operations in the wake of the enormous natural disaster suffered by the Philippines in recent weeks.

Desperate BJP clings to temple agenda in UP

The BJP has revived its divisive agenda of a Ram temple in Ayodhya in a pathetic attempt to woo the Hindu vote bank in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
The party has been struggling hard to regain its pre-eminent position in Uttar Pradesh, has promised construction of a “grand temple in Ayodhya if voted to power.”

Are you ready for Sunday’s tennis final?

Djokovic beats Murray in five set thriller in the semi-final of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Thank God, this epic match was played on a Friday, enabling the tennis fans in the gulf to watch this ‘do or die’ battle between two talented young players, which lasted four hours and 50 minutes.

Congress promises 20 lakh jobs, minority quota

Fighting elections in Uttar Pradesh where it has been out of power for over two decades, the Congress party on Friday promised to create 20 lakh jobs, provide sub-quota for most backward classes and eliminate corruption.

Professor Peiris meets Indian Minister and Envoys in New Delhi


Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris, on a two-day visit to New Delhi, held discussions on Monday (23) with over seventy Envoys accredited to Sri Lanka who are resident in New Delhi.

Ceylon Institute of Builders trained 400 youths from Jaffna for the second successive year

The Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) ,the Training Partner of JITF 2012 has announced that the planned Training Programs have been successfully completed at the Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF 2012) for the second successive year held from 20th to 22nd of January 2012, at the Duraiappah Stadium,Jaffna .

Manipur Assembly polls today

Manipur goes to polls on Saturday in the shadow of bomb attacks by militants to mark the start of crucial Assembly elections in five states including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Iran Condemns EU For Imposing Sanction On Oil

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a communiqué on Monday condemning European Union's imposed sanctions on Iranian oil, stressing that such moves would bear bitter fruits of EU.

Sri Lankan Ambassador at the Sri Lanka Briefing’ convened by the Friends of Sri Lanka’ group of the European Parliament


Brussels, 28 January, (Asiantribune.com): At the outset, I wish to thank Geoffrey and the ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ for this timely initiative of convening this ‘Sri Lanka Briefing’, and for all those who have taken time out on a busy afternoon to be present here today said Ravinatha Aryasinha, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU.

Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva, selected to the Special Advisory Group on UN Peace Keeping Operations

Ambassador Major General Shavendra Silva, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations has been selected to the Special Advisory Group on Peace Keeping Operations established by the UN Secretary General to advice on rates of reimbursement to troop-contributing countries and related issues.


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