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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2588

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Sri Lanka to be Declared as a Mine-Free Country by 2020

Sri Lanka acceded to the Mine Ban Convention very well known as the Ottawa Convention in year 2017 which came into force from June 1, 2018.

Sivangnasothy at the Mine Ban Convention at th Geneva based UN Convention hall.
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BJP Banking On Symbolism

Narendra Modi can pat himself on the back after inaugurating the world’s tallest statue—that of Iron Man Sardar Patel in the interior of Gujarat. It is one of the very few promises he made during the 2014 Lok Sabha poll campaign that he has been able to deliver while promises relating to ‘mundane matters’ like better governance, eradication of corruption, poverty and militancy have been made contingent upon his continuing in office for at least till 2050!

PM Modi, dedicated to the nation a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the tallest in the world and said it will be a reminder about the courage of a man who thwarted efforts to disintegrate India.
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Thaw In India- Pakistan Relations

Kartarpur Corridor heralds a new but unexpected thaw in the frosty relations between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. Sikhs in India have been demanding the corridor for several years. It will enable them to reach the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan. It is believed to be the first Gurudwara ever built; it is also the place where Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism died and hence a must visit for every devout Sikh.

Thaw In India- Pakistan Relations
Gurdwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan
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“In Memory of the Heroic Freedom Struggles of 1818 and 1848”

Today we look back on a heroic struggle that our ancestors waged 200 years ago against the mightiest empire that the world had known up to that time, to regain their freedom and that of a nation that had remained unbowed for over 2300 years. Unfortunately, it was a heroic but unequal struggle with a much more powerful and vengeful colonial power which had also through unscrupulous manipulation succeeded in splitting the Kandyan people in to factions suspicious of each other and diluted the centuries old bonds that bound the nation together.

“In Memory of the Heroic Freedom Struggles of 1818 and 1848”
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Letter From America: A Reminder on the Essence of Genuine Leadership

Elections are held in many parts of our globe for a plethora of reasons – from electing the head of an organization (including but not limited to social, cultural, financial, business) to the head of a state. Not all elections are fare though and not all elected leaders are good for their constituencies either.

Letter From America: A Reminder on the Essence of Genuine Leadership
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Lalin's Column : Biography of Gen Denis Perera VSV

The biography of General Denis Perera VSV ‘General Denis’ was launched on 29 Sep 2018 at Suhurupaya, Battaramulla . This 328 page hard cover book with plenty of photographs was produced by the Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO), partly funded by Army HQ. It is a timely, very readable book.

Lalin's Column : Biography of Gen Denis Perera VSV
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Letter From America : Uneasy Future Ahead

As expected the Democratic Party won the majority in the US congressional elections, while the Republicans held on to their majority position within the Senate. As a result, President Donald Trump is on a weaker position today than ever before in his nearly two-years in office, which has been highly divisive and polarizing for the voters. The 2018 midterm election results were truly a verdict on his presidency than anything else.

Letter From America : Uneasy Future Ahead
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Sri Lankan Political Crisis: will President Sirisena go for the nuclear option – in the end?

The rapidly evolving political situation in Sri Lanka, with its corresponding twists and turns, is slowly heading towards the precipice of multiple uncertainties – at a critical time, when we can least afford it.

Sri Lankan Political Crisis: will President Sirisena go for the nuclear option – in the end?
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Abomination- Will Saudi Arabia pay for Khashogii’s death?

Never after Hitler has a nation acted like Saudi Arabia’s Royal leaders when they carried out the barbaric pre meditated murder and disposal of Jamal Khashoggi in their Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. Khashoggi was a Saudi citizen.

Abomination- Will Saudi Arabia pay for Khashogii’s death?
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The Unthinkable: are Arab-Israel ties going to be normalized in 2019?

In August, 2017, Mubarak Al-Fadil Al-Mahdi, the Sudanese minister for investment, caused an uproar in the Arab world - and beyond – when he said, “Normalization of ties between Israel and Sudan is no big deal,“ while adding that the relationship with the two nations must be based on the interests of Sudan and not the emotions involving Palestinian cause, in the same breath.

The Unthinkable: are Arab-Israel ties going to be normalized in 2019?
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