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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1225

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A coalition government is not a national government
The attempts being made to form a UPFA/UNP government should not be and cannot be called National government, as such a government will require the participation of all political parties which have secured seats in the parliament. What is being discussed between the UNP and the UPFA is a coalition g...
26.08.2015 - 08:23 By A Special Correspondent
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Sri Lanka inks three ground breaking export pacts in one go
Advancing further on its market diversification efforts on Asia, Sri Lanka’s apex exports body EDB broke fresh grounds on 24 August when it successfully inked three Asian cooperation pacts in one go on 24 August in Colombo. “Today you are taking part in this important forum at a time when trade prom...
25.08.2015 - 22:31
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United States Supports Resettlement Efforts in Sampur
As President Sirisena said last Saturday at a land-return ceremony in Sampur, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka’s efforts has attracted support from the international community. The United States joined other international donors and will provide $1 million to support resettlement efforts in Sampur as part of...
25.08.2015 - 22:18
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World should take notice of cancellation of talks by India: Sartaj
Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has asked the international community to take notice of the cancellation of talks by India with Pakistan. In an interview, he said Kashmir is part of all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India. Sartaj Aziz said terrorism, which In...
25.08.2015 - 08:03
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Saman Ekanayake appointed as Secretary to the Prime Minister
Mr. Saman Ekanayake has been appointed as Secretary to the Prime Minister by President on the recommendation of Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister. Mr. Ekanayake held the same post since January this year. Mr. Ekanayake is an officer of the Special Grade of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service....
25.08.2015 - 07:52
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Four army officers arrested, still no clue whether 'Ekneligoda alive or dead?'
Two Lt. colonels, a staff sergeant and corporal had been arrested by the CID yesterday over the disappearance of cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekera said. Earlier, already, two rehabilitated LTTE cadres and a retired army sergeant had been arrested, the ASP said....
25.08.2015 - 07:38
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Blair volunteered Sri Lanka to help negate misconceptions being spread about the country
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is in Sri Lanka on a private visit, met President Maithripala Sirisena today and assured he would speak on behalf of Sri Lanka, to help negate misconceptions being spread about the country. The Former British Prime Minister elaborated on the possibilit...
24.08.2015 - 23:24
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Two defeated candidates for TNA national list
Tamil National Alliance has nominated as National List MPs, former MP K. Thurairatnasingam from Trincomalee and Shanthi Sriskantharajah from Vanni - the two defeated candidates. Asian Tribune learnt that the TNA came to this decision after long discussions held at R. Sampanthan's residence in Tr...
24.08.2015 - 23:09
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Three Cabinet Ministers took oath
Former ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and D.M. Swaminathan were today sworn in as ministers of the new government by President Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. Samaraweera was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Rajapakshe as Justice Minister and Mr. Swaminathan as Resettlement Mi...
24.08.2015 - 17:52
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TULF requests the TNA to join the National Government forthwith
The Secretary General V. Anandasangaree, Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the National Government. The Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front Anandasangaree, in a letter to TNA leader R. Sampantha...
24.08.2015 - 11:44
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5800 Jaguar Land Rover cars destroyed in China explosions
Thousands of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) cars worth hundreds of millions of pounds are feared to have been destroyed in the huge dockside explosions that ripped through the Chinese port of Tianjin last week. These vehicles, shipped to China recently, had been stored at various locations in Tianjin, the...
24.08.2015 - 09:27
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Cricket: Lankan bowlers promote Indian batboys!
It was indeed a anti-climax as Sri Lanka defeated a much better looking India on India’s independence day on August 15, in fact making the celebrations in India by cricket fans who were expecting a fantastic win in Colombo, less glamorous and meaningless. In the ongoing test match series between Ind...
24.08.2015 - 07:56 By Dr. Abdul Ruff (Specialist on sport fixings)
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Three int’l MoUs at first Colombo ATPF Today
The first ever series of international MoUs to blossom under Sri Lanka’s new consensual government are scheduled to go live tomorrow 23 August in Colombo-and the historic pacts are centred around none other than Sri Lanka’s global trade. “Sri Lanka EDB is proud to host the 28th CEO meeting of the As...
24.08.2015 - 07:32
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Rishad suspends party Secretary
The ACMC has decided to suspend the Party Secretary from holding his chair and has appointed a special review committee to as well. “The supreme council of ACMC, by a majority decision this morning tentatively suspended the party Secretary YLS Hameed. We are temporarily appointing (medical) Dr L. Sh...
23.08.2015 - 21:14
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Notorious SLFP Jaffna candidate put on national list after election loss – Tamil Guardian
Tamil Guardian, a pro-LTTE , pro-Tamil nationalistic news website has gone hammer and tongs on the appointment of Ankajan Ramanathan who has been rejected by Tamils as the national list MP. The SLFP's Jaffna organiser Angajan Ramanathan was selected as a national list member of parliament by the UP...
23.08.2015 - 15:02
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TULF requests the TNA to join the National Government forthwith
In an open letter to R. Sampanthan, it has been urged that, “The TNA also must take a quick decision and voluntarily join the National Government. That is what the Tamil people want and it is for that reason the Tamil People voted for the TNA. Since thirty to forty political parties, with varying p...
23.08.2015 - 13:33
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Letter from America: War and its profiteers
Who benefits from war? In the last three decades, I have tried to find the answer to this perennial question. All my research have pointed to the merchants of war, or those who are affiliated with the merchandising weapons that kill. War was at one time a matter of necessity much like life and death...
23.08.2015 - 08:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Mahinda Rajapakse pays the ultimate prize for defying Indian interests? A response to Malladi Rama Rao
It may be too early to write of Mahinda Rajapakse’s legacy. However, if one attempts to do that based on his performance to date, one could say he does have a mixed legacy, and is remembered principally for ending 30 years of terrorism and war, for launching an economic revival unparalleled in the h...
22.08.2015 - 22:44 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Discriminatory ‘Race and Religion’ bills in Myanmar: Threaten to fuel tensions ahead of elections
The Myanmar Parliament’s passage of two bills targeting religious minorities constitutes an attack on religious freedom and threatens to stoke inter-communal tensions and violence less than three months ahead of critical general elections, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today....
22.08.2015 - 09:05
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Sri Lanka President to present three national program to the first cabinet meeting
President Maithripala Sirisena says he would present the proposals related to national programs to be implemented for local food production, environment preservation and drug eradication, to the first cabinet meeting. He made these remarks at a meeting with the members of the Task Forces of above pr...
22.08.2015 - 08:51
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