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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2373

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Letter From America - The World Disorder : Who would have imagined this?

Who would’ve imagined that Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist who had been living in the U.S, would be killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul? But now we know better. Thanks to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince MBS, such has become a reality.

 Letter From America - The World Disorder :  Who would have imagined this?
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Nepal - China Abracadabra

Nepal and China entered into a Transit and Transportation Protocol (TTP) almost a month back but it has failed to generate much enthusiasm amongst traders, importers and exporters and the business community at large in Kathmandu. They have not intrinsically reacted to it as an alternate cost effective transit route for their third country trade, which is presently through Indian ports of Haldia (Kolkata) and Visakhapatnam.

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Through the haze, a better democracy

Although you wouldn’t know it from the rhetoric and actions of the Trump Administration, the U.S. is part of the global society. And while most of the U.S. was focused on a Supreme Court nomination that shook our democratic institutions, a watershed moment for democracy quietly took place half a world away. For those in the U.S. seeking evidence that a truer democracy can be realized, recent developments in the advancement of the World Health Organization's (WHO) global tobacco treaty offer much needed hope.

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Buying Russian Missile System Despite US Sanctions Threat

Has India cocked a snook at the US by clinching a crucial $5.4 billion s-400 Triumf missile defence system with Russia that can potentially place India under severe US sanctions under CAATSA? It appears so at the outset.

Buying Russian Missile System Despite US Sanctions Threat
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The SP, BSP Conundrum

The poll season has been well and truly announced along with the forecasts of the pollsters and pundits. ‘Trouble’ in the Opposition camp is currently a news staple while the BJP with Narendra Modi as its flag bearer is being presented as even more invincible than before.

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No Will To Curb Violence By Vigilantes

The Supreme Court of India has asked Parliament to enact a law to deal strictly with the ‘horrendous’ crimes committed by various vigilante groups—mostly related to the holy cow. The court has obviously expressed its displeasure against our law makers in no uncertain terms for their failure to protect human lives but there was something that was perhaps more serious in the court’s observation. It was the expression of absolute shock at the silence—indifference—of the civil society over the rise of mob lynching in the name of certain specific crimes like cow protection and, lately, child lifting.

No Will To Curb Violence By Vigilantes
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Queuing Up with Cap in Hand before the IMF: simmering, questionable forecasts come to the boil amidst strengthening dollar

After months of deliberations, Pakistan is left with no choice but to turn to the IMF, the lender of last resort, for a bailout, seeking a staggering loan, $8 billion – for the 19th time.

Queuing Up with Cap in Hand before the IMF: simmering, questionable forecasts come to the boil amidst strengthening dollar
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G-24 Chief, Mangala calls for greater global trade to counter economic risks

In his capacity as G-24 chairman, Sri Lanka's Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, called on developed countries to reinforce global trade and action to contain global economic risks.

G-24 Chief, Mangala calls for greater global trade to counter economic risks
G-24 Chief, Mangala calls for greater global trade to counter economic risks
G-24 Chief, Mangala calls for greater global trade to counter economic risks
G-24 Chief, Mangala calls for greater global trade to counter economic risks
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Sri Lanka Plans to outline its position in the annual gathering of Groups of 24 developing nations

Global finance and reserve bank chiefs will gather this week in Bali, Indonesia for the annual gathering of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank amid rising concern over trade war and risks of global economic crisis.

Sri Lanka Plans to outline its position in the annual gathering of Groups of 24 developing nations
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MR Off Course On Trump

It always alarms me when our leaders misunderstand something as important as basic economics and technology. That tells its own story. On the subject of US President Trump, the rise of the almighty Dollar and his economic policies that have brought such an economic transformation to the US economy, first it should be said that he has some really top-notch economists at his elbow. They speak common-sense about the US economy.

MR Off Course On Trump
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