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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2005

News Analysis

Empowering Rural Women

A Regional Women Leaders' Convention is being held on 24-25 March 2011, in Mau, UP, as part of the Empowering Rural Women (ERW) programme, which has been operating in 253 Gram Panchayats (village councils) of 10 districts of UP, since December 2007.

Radioactive isotopes from Japan nuclear plant may reach U.S. West Coast Friday 18

Small amounts of radioactive isotopes from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant are being blown toward North America high in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and will reach California as soon as Friday, according to experts.

Towards a Rational System of Devolution in Sri Lanka

There are three major reasons why devolution of governance is necessary in Sri Lanka: ethnic reconciliation, economic development and democracy. Giving political space for the ‘minority’ communities may outweigh the other two reasons of development or democracy while the former is related directly to the latter. All three reasons are interlinked and interrelated.

Every Sri Lankan should have equal stake in the nation’s future – Robert Blake

Commending the post-war colossal economic development work the Sri Lanka administration has undertaken, and recognizing the importance of economic development to uplift the standard of every citizen in the country, America’s former ambassador to Sri Lanka and now head of the South and Central Asian affairs Bureau at the State Department Robert Blake highlighted that economic dividends can be meaningful when a political climate is ushered in for every Sri Lankan to feel he or she has equal stake in the country’s future and the ability to realize their potential in an open and just society.

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.

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