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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1915

News Analysis

Sri Lanka: The EU Hands Itself a Red Card

A red card is a serious matter in football. The Europeans who are football mad know its significance. If a player is handed a red card, he is sent out of the game.

How legitimate are the recommendations of the “Elders”

A former presidential spokesman has forwarded a list of recommendations given in a statement issued on 3rd August 2010 by “The Elders” calling upon the Governments of India, Japan, China and US to impress upon GOSL to implement 7 remedial steps that 14 members of the retired “elders” club have drawn up.

‘Vapas chalo’ Accord & Hariharan

Col R Hariharan (HR) formerly of the IPKF that was amongst others cursed and hated by the Northern Tamils appears to be fixated with a ‘until death do us part’ wish to exculpate the performance of that force in SL in 1987-90.

Minister ties official to a tree: With friends like these, who needs enemies?

The contemporary public perception about politicians in Sri Lanka is that getting into politics is an investment for their future, and not the future of the country they profess to serve. This cynicism seems well founded and well established, not for specific reasons of truism, but because very few politicians have demonstrated otherwise.

US targeted assasinations: “US Government cannot act as judge, jury and executioner”

The most outspoken congressman in the United States Dennis Kucinich who opposed the invasion of Iraq and the expansion of the military battle in Afghanistan while vehemently being critical of some of the provisions of the PATROT Act brought after the 9/11 attack as violating fundamental rights has presented a bill in the House prohibiting killings or assasinations of Americans suspected of working with terrorist groups.

Hambantota International Harbour - A Dream Come True

At a time when news about disasters all around take priority over development news, the appeal of that indefatigable young engineer Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema, Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority calling the people of Sri Lanka to visit Hambantota harbor site and see the brown virgin earth getting covered with sea water brought tears to my eyes.

The ‘uncrowned king’ and Indian antics

There is a pithy Sinhala saying that even if you open your mouth to lie, your tongue cannot lie. A person’s true intentions will come out sooner or later.

GDP has no link to social welfare integration

The Right to Information (RTI) has normally been achieved due to constitutional crisis or during a political crisis and Gross National Product (GDP) does not reflect the true integration of social welfare to the people as exampled by China where on their own statistics of Chinese Government the country has the maximum number of social riots, said Dr Gopakumar Thampi, CEO, Affiliated Network for Social Accountability of South Asia and the Global Partnership Fund, Bangladesh, at a lecture given by him on “Right to Information” organized by the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, last week in Colombo.

Should tuberculosis (TB)-preventive therapy (IPT) be given to all?

A raging issue on the first day of XVIII International AIDS Conference was whether Isoniazid (INH) Preventive Therapy (IPT) be given to all –regardless whether people have TB or not?

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