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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1944

News Analysis

Sri Lanka’s Gentleman Diplomat – Ranjit Uyangoda

It is now confirmed that Ranjit Uyangoda, Additional Secretary attached to the Ministry of External Affairs, a career diplomat, will be the next Sri Lanka’s Ambassador for China.

Rethinking Devolution in Sri Lanka

Devolution undoubtedly is a good form of governance even for a small country like Sri Lanka if the functions devolved and the political structures setup are realistic and rational and suit the circumstances under which the system is implemented.

A Toast To Hundred Years Old Struggle

The 8th of March 2011 marks the centenary of the very first International Women's Day which was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, when more than one million women and men attended International Women's Day rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, and end discrimination. The UN theme for International Women's Day 2011 is: "Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women."

Ananda and Nalanda–A symbol of Sri Lankan Cricket

Last Sunday I saw a significantly small article written at one of the leading Sunday national news paper in English, on the annual battle between Ananda and Nalanda. This is very common in last decades. But again we can observe more articles (especially in English) which went for pages written on other big matches played in Sri Lanka.

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.

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