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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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What Octave Mirabeau Said About Ceylon!

Octave Mirbeau’s "The Torture Garden" is undoubtedly a classic novel, but a controversial one. Different people appreciate it for different reasons. Sadistic beauty or cruelty, literary brilliance, poetic humour, powerful critique against politicians and bureaucracy are some. He was also sarcastic about scientists and intellectuals. It was once described as “the most sickening work of art in the nineteenth century.”

Congress Troika attack opposition over FDI

The Congress Troika of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi took on the opposition, blasting them on issues of FDI and corruption at a mamooth rally at Ramlila Grounds in New Delhi on Sunday.

Norwegian PM promises supporting peacemaking-process in Burma

Burma’s President Thein Sein received Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace on Saturday, the state-run New Light of Myanmar said today.

BJP calls Congress rally “anti-people”

Sniping at the Congress, BJP on Sunday said its rally was “anti-people” for defending price rise and intended to create a false bravado for the demoralised cadre of the ruling party which has failed to address serious concerns over corruption and multiple scams.

Patients Overturn First Ever Product Patent On Medicine In India

The growing trend by Asian countries to allow local production of cheap generic drugs got another feather in its cap recently in India. In a landmark victory for patients’ groups fighting against patents to ensure access to medicines, the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), while holding that a patients’ group can challenge the validity of granted patents, has revoked a patent granted in India to Roche for pegylated interferon alfa-2a (a medicine used to treat Hepatitis C).

74 per cent voting in Himachal assembly polls

After a sluggish start to polling in the 68 assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh, the State saw 74 per cent voting on Sunday.

Kogelo comes to life again!

Kogelo is a small village in Western Kenya, near the shore of Lake Victoria, where its residents gathered four years ago to keep vigil and to pray for the first ever victory for a black president, in the US.

Advani backs activist for tweeting against Chidambaram’s son

BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday came out in support of S Ravi, an IAC activist who had tweeted against Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son, and said he should not have been arrested till a court had found him guilty.

Burma: Continued Violations of Fundamental Freedoms and New Forms of Control Expose the Empty Façade of Reforms

Human rights protection in Burma will remain illusory if fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association are not properly safeguarded in the current legal reforms in Burma, warned the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) after concluding a fact-finding mission in Burma.