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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2281


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Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 23:41
By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
One thing is clear. The government doesn’t give a fig or a jot for the Human Rights Commission Of Sri Lanka (HRCSL). It is clear that it decided to implement the death penalty after 42 years without consulting the HRCSL. The extremely late objection by the HCRSL on the absolutely indefensible decision of the government to resume executions shows that the HRCSL has been taken totally unawares. It.....Read More...
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 08:50
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded approximately 1.6 billion Sri Lankan rupees ($10,000,000) in grant assistance to Global Communities on 16th June, to engage local communities in reconciliation activities. This three-year initiative will partner with the Government of Sri Lanka and local civil society to address underlying challenges to reconciliation. The.....Read More...
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 08:31
The Thai authorities must recognize that the death penalty has no place in any criminal justice system and halt any plans to carry out further executions, said Amnesty International, a month after the state carried out its first execution in almost nine years. On 18 June 2018, Thailand executed a 26-year-old man for aggravated murder in the country’s first execution since August 2009, which.....Read More...
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 08:48
By K.T.Rajasingham
One might wonder whether a road that cut across ones’ land would make people’s lives miserable? In fact, that is the truth and nothing less than the truth and this is what the B 380 Road is doing for the people in Valikamam...Read More...
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 07:21
In the vernacular, a hangman is referred to as 'thhokilidupavan' in Tamil or 'vadhaka', commonly known as ‘alugosuwa’, a word which is of Portuguese origin (algoz). The main criteria for selection as alugosuwa were that applicants shall be five feet and four inches in height, psychologically and physically fit and they should pass a medical test. The hurried moves to find an executioner comes.....Read More...
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 20:49
Sri Lanka remains a priority country in the United Kingdom’s Annual Human Rights Report 2017. Sri Lanka is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance. The report acknowledges that there has been limited progress in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka......Read More...
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 20:36
Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera regretted over his inadvertent mention about Rotarians and Lion Clubs. “I understand that my comments would have resulted in causing pain of mind to many. To all of them, I express my sincere apologies,” Minister Mangala Samaraweera emphasised. In a press release Minister Mangala Samaraweera in response to a question on the restoration of Capital.....Read More...
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 08:54
Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, yesterday, ordered the State Translation Department to render into Sinhala and English the speech made by State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran regarding the resurgence of the LTTE at a public gathering held in Jaffna. Addressing an event held at the Weerasingham Hall in Jaffna on July 2, the former State Minister had allegedly said she would like to see.....Read More...
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 08:37
By Oken Jeet Sandham
While you are trying to complete your writings projects, why are you worrying about the words, phrases and beautiful words? Forget all these things as they are the ones hindering your writing progress and journey. You go ahead with the simplest words you already have and complete what you wanted to write. It doesn’t matter as long as you express simply what you wanted to. Readers are not reading.....Read More...
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 10:28
Non Communicable Disease (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases and cerebrovascular diseases have increased in the recent past in Sri Lanka due to apparent epidemiological, socio- economic and demographic transitions. According to the statistics of the World Health Organization 75% of the mortality in Sri Lanka is caused by NCDs and cardiovascular diseases in particular are the leading cause of.....Read More...
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:32
President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has extended the terms of office of Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army by one more year with effect from August 19, the Military Secretariat announced. Lt. General Senanayake was appointed as the Army Commander on July, 4, 2017 and was due to retire on August 19, this year. Lieutenant General N.U.M......Read More...
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 09:22
Amnesty International has shown stiff opposition to the statement made by the Sri Lankan President that, he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers, who carried out large-scale drug smuggling operations, while in detention. President Maithripala Srisena made this statement at the opening of the ‘Schools to Boost Fight Against Drugs’ campaign at.....Read More...
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 07:40
By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
What a shindig in SL that excites itself thoroughly on the cheapest of thrills. An artless monk dropped a clanger at a private function telling the former defence secretary GR that “some describe him as a Hitler”! In SL people are described as honest too. This does not make them that. The priest added that GR should go for it and govern effectively. GR however is still not a politician. The.....Read More...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 08:16
Yesterday (10th July) , at the meeting with the President, a decision has been made to increase the fuel prices of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO), stated Minster Rajitha Senaratne. The price hike will be in effect from yesterday midnight. The decision was taken at a meeting with the President. Accordingly, the new CEYPETCO fuel price revision has increased Petrol 92 Octane by Rs 8,.....Read More...
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