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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1831

News Analysis

On the Road to Perdition

The desecration of a cremation-site and an abject apology for the exercise of a parliamentary right: two blazing signs of the times. The bodies of three dogs had been left at the cremation-site of Vellupillai Pirapaharan’s mother, in the military-controlled Jaffna peninsula.

The Blame Game: Who Gains?

Odisha's Malkangiri District Collector Vineel Krishna and engineer Pabitra Majhi were captured by Maoists and are in their custody. The Maoists are demanding the release of their cadres held by the state in exchange for the two government servants they hold hostage.

Weekly Spotlight: The inauguration of the Maldives’ first national university

The inauguration of the Maldives’ first national university early this week was a milestone in a country that never had a university before. Both President Mohamed Nasheed and Vice President Dr. Mohamed Waheed addressed the inauguration, citing its mammoth benefit to the country.

Sri Lankan war probe call renewed by pro-LTTE British Lawmakers

Asian Tribune time and again has shown subtle and clandestine efforts of pro-LTTE sections of the Tamil diaspora and Tiger-sympathetic Western countries, calling for so-called ‘independent’ war crime investigations on Sri Lanka.

The Unreality Of Our Real Life

Two events, occurring in quick succession in the recent past, have been very disturbing. One is the sounding of death knell by Mark Thompson (director general of British Broadcasting Corporation), of the Hindi radio service of BBC. And the other is an unabashed reality show doing its rounds on a popular FM Radio channel for the selection of the biggest lout of the city of Lucknow.

Smugglers switching to human cargo after loss of LTTE arms business- Canadian Minister

The smuggling syndicates lost the lucrative business of arms when the war ended in Sri Lanka so they switched to human cargo, using the expertise and government contacts they had developed, stated Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Breaking the silence against rising violent attacks on women

It was the voice of women in Uttar Pradesh that found an expression at a silent march organised by women's organisations working for women rights in Lucknow on 12 February 2011.

Military rule in Egypt (July 1952-February 2011)

In Egypt, Till very recent President Hosni Mubarak was flying high and leading an exhilarating life with no worries. Having ruled with full authority for 30 years and having amassed a fortune of over $40 billion and owning posh mansions in several western countries and counting himself among the richest men of the world, he was now looking forward to the coming elections in September 2011 in which he was all set to get his son Gamal elected and succeed him so that he could lead a quiet and comfortable retired life.

Buddhists decry drift towards multi-faith state in Sri Lanka

A resolution vehemently condemning government’s nonchalance in retaining Sri Lanka’s Buddhist image was unanimously adopted at a largely attended meeting held at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo on February 11. The issue is a covert move by the Prime Minister to promote a multi-religious program on the pretext of commemorating the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi (Anniversary of the of Siddhartha Gauthama’s attainment of Buddhahood).in May, 2011.

Arabs’ Got Talent

The Arab version of the Got Talent series, Arabs’ Got Talent, kicked off on MBC 4 from mid-January, featuring on every Friday (18.00 Hrs. KSA Time). Got Talent is a British TV format conceived and owned by the ‘American Idol’ fame Simon Cowell.

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