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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1069

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Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Evening to be held on Saturday, 22nd March 2015
The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association (SLPAFA) in collaboration with Pakistan High Commission Colombo will be organizing a fun-filled Fund Raising Friendship Evening on 21st March 2015, at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Fort, Colombo 1 for the 3rd consecutive year. The event is expected to draw...
19.03.2015 - 07:05
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Brussels taskforce in Colombo next week for GSP+ redux
As bilateral trade with EU crossed the $5Bn mark for the first time and after months of speculation and vibes on the coveted GSP Plus, EU announced on 18 March the actual start of the recovery process will commence right here in Colombo as early as next week-and setting the record straight on the GS...
18.03.2015 - 18:06
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Lanka calls its R&D to push for Mod-Trad food
In an effort to overcome issues posed by rising fast food lifestyle to its consumers, Sri Lanka called its R&D players in food sector to focus on more and more Mod-Trad innovations-and the Lankan customers consume almost 7000 tonnes of food items annually, as announced on 16 March. “Increased...
18.03.2015 - 09:35
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President Maithripala Srisena – “Preferential Voting System should be changed”
President Maithripala Sirisena held talks with leaders and representatives of political parties on the proposed changes to the electoral system where he said that he is of the view that Preferential Voting System should be changed and moves are underway to introduce a new system as per the election...
18.03.2015 - 09:07
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Burma: Use of religious defamation laws indicate deterioration in fundamental freedoms
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed that it, “continues to be deeply concerned about the violations of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Burma, amid growing religious intolerance, as illustrated by two current cases of “religious defamation.” In a press relea...
18.03.2015 - 07:52
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Freedom of Expression is not free; but no free media, no true democracy
Hours after the unfortunate March 5 lynching incident at Dimapur, the Government of Nagaland quickly admitted total failure to law and order. Almost all the sections of the people had taken the state government to task for its incompetence in tackling the situation. While admitting their total failu...
18.03.2015 - 07:32 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Maldives says Indian behavior hurts!
Maldives has voiced its 'hurt' at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not visiting the island nation during his recent trip to the Indian Ocean region even as it sought to allay India's concerns over the imprisonment of former President Mohammed Nasheed. Reacting to the response of international com...
18.03.2015 - 06:17 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Russian short novelist Valentin Rasputin is no more!
Known for his excellent prose narration and character portrayal, especially on Russian village life and conflict, one of the best known and highly talented Russian writers in modern times Valentin Rasputin has passed away in Moscow on March 14 at the age of 77. A part of treasure of world literatur...
17.03.2015 - 13:19 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Ranil Reiterates: 'Sri Lankan Navy Has the Right to Shoot Anyone Entering Its Waters'
Sri Lanka and India are working to resolve the fishermen's issue, but the country's navy has the right to shoot anyone who intrudes into their territorial waters, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has told NDTV. The reiteration of the controversial comment comes on the heels of Prime Mi...
17.03.2015 - 07:36
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Indian High Commission Calls for Applications for BE, MBBS and B.Pharm courses
Indian High Commission has called for Applicationsfrom Sri Lankan students (excluding PIO, OCI Card holders & NRIs) for nominations to undergraduate course in Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Medicine (MBBS) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) under the Self-Financing Scheme for the academic year 2...
17.03.2015 - 06:48
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CM Vigneswaran Hits Out at PM’s Comment on Indian Fishermen
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jaffna, C.V. Vigneswaran , Chief Minister of Jaffna – the Tamil-majority region in Sri Lanka, hits out at Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe for his controversial comments on shooting trespassing Indian fishermen. Talking to CNN-IBN CV...
16.03.2015 - 10:29
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Lalin’s Column :Field Marshal - SL has a date with Geneva in September
There is a lot written and spoken about Field Marshals (FMs) just now. The latest is about the privileges that FMs should apparently have. It appears Hitler’s Germany is the source for these anachronistic examples. The privileges it gave FMs were ‘compelling and influential role in military matters,...
16.03.2015 - 10:41 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Special Cabinet Meeting: No consensus on the Parliament Dissolution
The cabinet, which had a special meeting yesterday (on Sunday 15th March), has approved the draft bill on the 19th Amendment to the constitution and will submit it to Parliament for approval, but there is no unanimity on the date regarding the dissolution of the present Parliament on April 23. It...
16.03.2015 - 08:27
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Indian PM Modi returns to Delhi from his Sri Lanka visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Saturday night after wrapping up his two-day Sri Lanka visit as part of his five-day three-nation tour. In Seychelles, apart from bilateral talks, four agreements were signed. In Mauritius, he met with that country's leadership, was present at the signin...
16.03.2015 - 07:55 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Letter From America: Be on guard if you are visiting Belgium
Last Monday, March 9, I was on a flight from Philadelphia to Brussels. The reason for my business trip: I was to host a business workshop in Antwerp on Wednesday and present a talk there, too. My British Airways flight left on time in the evening of Monday to arrive the next morning in London’s Heat...
16.03.2015 - 07:28 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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US gave refuge to El Salvador war criminal for decades: US role in war crimes
While the US. Department of State spokesperson in the daily media briefing in Washington March 12 hailed the upholding of human rights by Sri Lanka's new administration in releasing a Tamil human rights activist Balendran Jeyakumari, it was revealed on the same day that the U.S. had allowed an El Sa...
15.03.2015 - 08:44 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Implement the 13th Amendment in full and then go further Modi tells Sri Lanka: How long is a piece of string Mr Modi?
The national question in Sri Lanka will never be solved if India keeps pouring fuel into the fire. While the principle of political devolution is now part of the Sri Lankan constitution, it is still not in the heart of the Sri Lankan electorate, especially amongst communities perhaps with the except...
15.03.2015 - 08:31 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sham Trial of Former Maldives president Nasheed ends with 13 years jail sentence
The sham trial of the former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed came to an end as the first democratically elected leader of the Maldives was convicted of a terrorism charge by a criminal court and sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday. The verdict is likely to worsen the acute political instab...
15.03.2015 - 07:40
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Lalin’s Column: General RWD (Daya) Ratnayake WWV RWP RSP USP
Gen Daya Ratnayake WWV, RWP,RSP, USP Commander of the Army of Sri Lanka, retired in February 2015 after 36 years of distinguished service. He was promoted to 4 star rank on retirement. Unfortunately as it happened shortly after the new government took power, his retirement may have be seen as a poli...
15.03.2015 - 15:50 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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ICC World Cup: Sri Lankan Cricketers can unify the Nation by singing the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil
The game of cricket has been the greatest unifying symbol for Sri Lankans of all ethnicities, before, during and after the armed conflict with the LTTE. It is played in every nook and corner of the country and there are no barriers as to who plays with whom in whatever nook it is played. However, in...
14.03.2015 - 20:26 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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