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Butterfly; The sad story of LTTE Child soldiers – A film by Vishnu Vasu
Excerpts from 'Ground Views' Kamaya Jayatissa’s review of Vishnu Vasu’s film Butterfly in quoted here for the benefit of Asian Tribune readers. This masterly crafted film has received rave reviews from film critics as well as scholars. It has examined a subject as horrific and painful as the inhuma...
27.10.2014 - 05:49 By A Special Correspondent
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President Pranab releases commemorative stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala
President Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative postage stamp on Saturday on Anagarika Dharmapala, considered one of the founding contributors of Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism and a pioneer in the revival of Buddhism in India, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the...
26.10.2014 - 17:25 From Gopal Ethiraj
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A Sinhala Diaspora Fund to support the livelihood of Tamils in the North and the East?
The recent EU court decision in favour of the LTTE terrorists and their Diaspora supporters has re-ignited the debate about the re-emergence of violence as a means of achieving the ultimate goal of the LTTE, a separate State for Tamils in the North and the East. Those who opine that the LTTE support...
26.10.2014 - 15:46
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The Birth of iPod: watershed moment of digital music industry
When Steve Jobs, the then CEO of Apple, took the stage at Apple Head Quarters for a low-key Apple music event on October 23, 2001, the collective mood of the venue was already sombre, as the Americans were still reeling from the horrors of 9/11 on home soil. Mr Jobs, however, had something up his...
26.10.2014 - 15:37 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Burma: Will government look into extrajudicial killing of a journalist?
Burma’s self-styled political reform currently is at a track of turnaround. The civilian government led by ex-General Thein Sein wants to maintain the country under make-believe democracy while the majority population desires a genuine change. In particular, citizens are demanding freedom of express...
26.10.2014 - 07:50 By – Zin Linn
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Sweden to recognize the state of Palestine
Sweden’s new center-left government has announced that it has decided to recognize the state of Palestine, the new prime minister, Stefan Lofven, said during his inaugural address to Parliament on Friday. Mr. Lofven leads a minority government made up of his Social Democrats and the Greens that is...
26.10.2014 - 07:40
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Music: The most powerful weapon!
This is with reference to the news report in the foreign media captioned: ‘Arabs from Israel risk arrest for ‘Arab Idol’ show’, where two outstanding Arab talents from Israel, Manal Mousa and Haitham Khalaily are facing arrest for no crimes committed but for taking part in an audition for a talent c...
26.10.2014 - 06:50 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Sri Lanka Embassy in Stockholm celebrates “Deepavali” Festival at the “Ganesh” Temple
The Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Sweden, Mr. Oshadhi Alahapperuma, together with the staff of the Embassy, celebrated “Deepavali”, at the Ganesh Hindu Temple in Farsta, Stockholm on 22nd October, 2014. Large number devotees of Sri Lankan origin irrespective of their cast, creed or religion joined h...
25.10.2014 - 15:47
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Canada to strengthen prevention of terrorism laws
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Canadian Parliament and in the vicinity on Wednesday, Stephen Harper's Canadian administration is taking positive measures to strengthen its laws for the prevention of terrorism on its soil and threats from abroad. Canada’s Minister of Public Safety j...
25.10.2014 - 09:34 Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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A wonderful wedding anniversary gift!
Until we actually became grandparents we could not possibly have imagined the joy grandchildren would bring and the fun it would create and the pleasurable experiences we would have. Grandchildren are everything for grandparents, in every way. They are loving spirits, innocent, beautiful, precious a...
25.10.2014 - 09:05 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Tamil cinema’s yesteryear actors SSR passes away
Tamil cinema's yesteryear actor SS Rajendran, popularly known as SSR passed away today (Oct. 24). He was 85. He was battling for life at a private hospital, where he was admitted on Thursday and breathed his last on Friday. His last rites took place same day evening. Leading film industry and pol...
25.10.2014 - 08:56 From Gopal Ethiraj
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Bangladesh War criminal Ghulam Azam dies in Prison
The ex-Jamaat ameer serving 90yr jail term was on life support since 9:00pm Thursday Convicted war criminal Ghulam Azam has died. The former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, aged 92, was kept on life support as his physical condition deteriorated. Brigadier (retd) Abdul Mazid Bhuiyan, director of Bangaba...
24.10.2014 - 14:55 From Diplomatic Correspondent
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Very disturbing to see increasing terrorist acts in many countries, now in Canada – Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed his concerns over increasing terrorist activities in several countries, including Canada. The President, in a twitter post, yesterday, expressed his concerns and disappointment over this matter, stating every party should work together to being th...
24.10.2014 - 07:38
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Yuwanjana Wanasundera Wijayathilake was sworn in as Attorney General
Solicitor General Yuwanjana Wanasundera Wijayathilake was sworn in yesterday as the 28th Attorney General of Sri Lanka this afternoon before President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He became an attorney in 1979 and joined the legal department as an attorney-at-law in 1980, and up to date he has completed 34 y...
24.10.2014 - 07:29
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INOC chairman meets Rahul Gandhi
George Abraham, Chairman of the Indian National Overseas Congress, USA met with Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of the All India Congress Committee in New Delhi and briefed him on the perspectives from the Diaspora on the recent election reversals. Mr. Gandhi credited NRIs for their contributions...
24.10.2014 - 07:08 By Prakash M Swamy
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The Congress is a ‘Head’-less Party
The outcome of Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana is out. As projected by political experts; the actual results rightly are; the Indian National Congress (INC) bites dust in both the states and the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) makes sweeping victory in Haryana (47 out of 90) and ‘historic’...
24.10.2014 - 06:59 By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi
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No longer business as usual: Out of the box solutions needed to end TB
In May 2014, the World Health Assembly approved the WHO's new post-2015 global TB strategy and targets for tuberculosis, which aims to achieve the targets for 2035-- 95% decline in TB deaths and 90% decline in TB incidence rate compared with 2015--less than 10 TB cases per 100, 000 population, and t...
24.10.2014 - 06:47 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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What happened to the balance gold jewels? Has Mahinda disposed them? – M.A. Sumanthiran
What happened to the balance gold jewels? Has Mahinda disposed them? This question was posed publicly by M.A. Sumanthiran, the ‘Green Horn’ to Sri Lanka Politics, who has been planted as ‘Party List MP,’ in the midst of Tamils, by R.Sampanthan, Leader of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi and Tamil...
23.10.2014 - 11:05 By K.T.Rajasingham
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Stakes higher for Opposition due to reignited terror debate
The electoral dynamics of Sri Lanka changed with the European Union de-proscribing the LTTE on a technicality, reigniting the debate of yesteryear, a hornet’s nest hard for the Opposition to put away but an unexpected windfall for the government. People turn out to vote for two reasons: They care...
23.10.2014 - 08:45 By Philip Fernando
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Hectic preparation to celebrate “50 Years Anniversary of Nagaland Legislative Assembly” underway
Hectic preparation is underway to celebrate the “50 Years Anniversary” of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) at its Complex at 10 AM on November 29 next month. Speaker of Lok Sabha Smti Sumitra Mahajan will be the Chief Guest, while Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang will give “Greetings” to th...
23.10.2014 - 08:18 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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