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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 829

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Lanka exports clinch hat trick win in first half
Sri Lanka’s exports sector has clinched a triple win for 2014 1H (January-June) –a first time event. “Latest reports are good news for our $20B goal. We should commend our committed exporters for this achievement” said an upbeat Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka) on 2...
31.07.2014 - 09:10
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Claiming award for war criminals!
I came across an interesting news item in one of the Western media and it read: ‘Last week when Israeli ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, addressed a ‘Christian (Evangelical) for Israel’ Summit, in Washington, he said that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) should be given the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ for f...
31.07.2014 - 08:22 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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The Glascow Games: Showcasing The Commonwealth’s Strengths
Last week, 6,500 world-class athletes from 71 nations gathered in Glasgow for the start of the 20th Commonwealth Games. Over a week and a half, hundreds of millions of spectators will watch these athletes display their skill, strength and endurance in seventeen different disciplines. As I watched...
31.07.2014 - 08:12 By Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP
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Israeli holocaust in Gaza endorsing terrorism
On 30 July 2014, a complete family consist of seven members were killed in Israeli bombardment on a house located in Southern city of Gaza “KhanYunis”. The death toll touched to 1362 that include 312 children, 178 women and left more than 7050 injured in 23 days of Israeli brutality against Gazans....
31.07.2014 - 08:04 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Multipurpose prevention technologies for HIV and STIs in spotlight at AIDS 2014
Women of reproductive age have a need for prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and family planning methods. More importantly, women need prevention tools/methods that are under their control and do not leave them at the mercy of their partner, in as far as their sexual...
31.07.2014 - 07:59 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s many legacies: Full Parliamentary democracy to follow ending 30 years of Tamil Tiger terrorism?
No governance system is perfect and different models suit particular circumstances and particular times. While President J R Jayewardene is roundly criticized for introducing the Executive Presidency, the positive aspects of the governance model embodied in the 1978 constitution is often overlook...
30.07.2014 - 09:55 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Malaysia Airlines to change name
Disaster struck Malaysia Airlines reeling under pressure is considering a name change and restructuring of routes in a bid to repair its reputation, a media report has said. The Malaysian flag carrier, majority-owned by the government, is likely to change its name as part of a radical overhaul...
30.07.2014 - 08:30
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Dates confirmed for Pope Francis' trip to Sri Lanka, Philippines
The Holy See Press Office issued a comunique Tuesday confirming the dates of the Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father in Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Accepting the invitation from the civil authorities and the Episcopate, His Holiness Francis will make an Apostolic Trip to Sri Lanka from 12 to 15 J...
30.07.2014 - 08:06
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Japan positive on FTA, wants economic regime strengthened
As Sri Lanka-Japan bilateral trade jumped $890 Mn and edged to $ 900 Mn mark, a keen Japan signalled towards a Lanka-Japan FTA for the first time-albeit with a qualifier. “In terms of country risk and future potential, I believe Sri Lanka is quite promising. We consider that FTA and EPAs as very use...
30.07.2014 - 07:49
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A never ending indoor Test match!
The feud between the mothers and daughters-in-law is compared to a never ending indoor Test match and it is hard to predict the ultimate result. I read the news report about the release of a new book, 'The Mother-in-Law', with great interest. However, I believe the feud between mothers and daughter...
30.07.2014 - 07:37 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Tamil Sai devotees ‘walkathon’ to Shirdi
A group of thirteen Sai Baba devotees from Chennai walked all the way to Shirdi with "Sai Baba’s palanquin". On their arrival in Shirdi on July 27, Deputy Executive officer of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Appasaheb Shinde warmly welcomed and congratulated them for their 31-day feat. This is not fo...
29.07.2014 - 17:13
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The peace that prevails in the country today has contributed to facilitating religious practices such as Eid ul-Fitr
The peace that prevails in the country today has contributed to facilitating their religious practices, and should be strengthened to help in the progress of society and in the country’s development said Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksha. President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in a message to ma...
29.07.2014 - 09:02
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Northern Provincial Council Chief Secretary to enjoy her constitutional guarantees
The Supreme Court today reserved its order for July 30 on the fundamental rights petition filed by Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Ramesh Northern Province Chief Secretary challenging the Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. The petition which alleged interference with her employment and his bid to remove her from...
29.07.2014 - 08:15
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'Roti' On The Firing Line
Whoever imagined that the humble ‘roti’ could be seen as an instrument in efforts to divide the voter on communal lines? That the word, roti, was almost universally used in news reports instead of the elegant ‘chapati’ is beside the point. A widely aired TV footage showed a Shiv Sena MP, Ranjan Vich...
29.07.2014 - 07:36 By Tushar Pandit* – Syndicate Features
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Jaffna – Colombo Train Services from 15 September
Colombo Train Services from 15 September as the reconstructed railway line up to Jaffna would be completed by September. The train services which were suspendeed for nearly 30 years due to LTTE terrorists activities expected to resume its normal operations from 15th September, the Ministry of Trans...
29.07.2014 - 07:29
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Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Calls on President Rajapaksa
Japan's State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Kazuyoshi Akaba called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this evening. The primary focus of the discussion was enhancing the trade and economic relations between the two countries. "We'd like to see new Japanese investors come...
28.07.2014 - 21:05
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Not a single Indian fishermen killed in SL waters since 2011 – Indian Defence Minister
Arun Jaitly India’s Defence Minister categorically stated that No cases of deaths of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters have been reported since April 2011. The Defence Minister reminded the Lok Sabha that the Indian government, while keeping in mind the humanitarian and livelihood dimensions of...
28.07.2014 - 06:51
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Today - Eid celebrations in Saudi Arabia
Elaborate arrangements have been made by the authorities to celebrate Eid Al Fitr festivities, which falls on today (Monday 28 July). The Riyadh Governorate, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance and the Riyadh Municipality have made elaborate civil and security arrangem...
28.07.2014 - 06:26 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Letter from America: Israeli Jews, Hate Crime and Hate Speech
In the last two days I have almost stopped watching TV news. It has been too painful to watch the gory scenes of the massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. How could any democratic government, which touts itself as the protector of its civilians, living the Jewish moral codes, commit such horrend...
27.07.2014 - 12:35 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Debate about the Ideal Woman Body Shape – curve or hourglass
In the modern world, it is almost accepted as gospel truth: the ideal shape of a woman is slender, either with an hourglass shape or a curve. As an inevitable psychological effect of a somewhat questionable cause, most women tend to question themselves whether they got such a figure or not – in meta...
27.07.2014 - 08:40 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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