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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1166

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Hypocrisy Over Dress Code
Two district collectors in Chhattisgarh have earned the wrath of the chief minister, Raman Singh, for not being properly attired when they met the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the state on a day when the sun god was not in a merciful mood. They were sent ‘waning letters’ for not...
04.06.2015 - 08:25 By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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Sri Lanka’s O-Fish surging further upstream
Sri Lanka’s ornamental fish sector is basking in the glow of international spotlight having bagged many top awards for its diversity-and O-Fish sector is one of highest return on investment sectors, as revealed on 03 June in Colombo. “On behalf of the government of HE the President Maithripala Siris...
04.06.2015 - 08:16
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After Modi's Yatara To China
After his three –city (Xi'an, Beijing, Shanghai) three-day (May 14-16) visit to the land of the Great Wall, admirers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are in an over drive claiming that he has surpassed all expectations in dealing with India’s relations with the world, including the two hostile neighb...
03.06.2015 - 07:44 By Tushar Charan & Malladi Rama Rao - Syndicate Features
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Takht-i-Bhai: A Buddhist monastery in Mardan
The ostentatious structure and imposing relics of the Buddhist monastery Takht-i-Bhai (Throne of Origins) has captivated a large number of locals and tourists who have flocked to see the ancient site which dates back to early 1st century AD. Listed in the World Heritage List, it is considered one...
03.06.2015 - 07:30
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‘Appointing a Committee on CAA vehicle issue’-Rishad
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, in his statement, says that some weekend press reports about him using vehicles of Consumer Affairs Authority ‘are false’ -and appointing a Committee to look into it. The statement of Minister Bathiudeen is reproduced in full below: 1. During t...
02.06.2015 - 10:07
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Is the Fraud & Corruption Investigation Division (FCID) agenda the mother of all political witch hunts in Sri Lanka?
The Sri Lanka Gazette notification 1901/20 dated the 13th February 2015 setting up the Fraud & Corruption Investigation Division (FCID) within the Sri Lankan Police Department (as per copy below) is unambiguously clear that it will investigate complaints forwarded to it by the Secretariat establ...
02.06.2015 - 09:38
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Enchanting dance recital by Nandini
in association with Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple hosted eminent Mumbai-based Bharathanatyam dancer Nandini Ganesan for a dance recital in Hanuman temple auditorium in Glen Oaks in Long Island, New York this weekend. Nandini commenced with a vibrant Oothukaadu Venkata Subbayar composition Ananda Nart...
02.06.2015 - 09:26
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Google Maps to go offline – finally, the long wait is over!
Google announced on Thursday that its immensely popular map app, Google Maps, will be available offline this year, much to the amazement of millions of daily global users, who rely on it to a range of tasks from simple navigation to exploring business connections. With the availability of Google Map...
02.06.2015 - 09:17 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka takes a lead in Multi-lingual Internet Initiatives
Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said Sri Lanka had taken a lead in multi-lingual Internet initiatives, by putting in place technical conditions to facilitate the presence of its local languages on the Internet and encouraging the development...
02.06.2015 - 09:10
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Hitting roadblocks to tobacco endgame
With one person dying every six seconds from a tobacco-related disease -- almost 5.4 million deaths per year of which more than 600,000 are of non-smokers due to secondhand smoke-- the tobacco epidemic is a global public health threat. If current trends continue, by 2030 nearly 8 million people are...
02.06.2015 - 08:40 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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Letter from America: Assad’s latest war crimes
There are not too many governments in our time that massacres its own people just to stay in power. Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is one such criminal government – outside those of Myanmar and China – that has not learned to alter its hideous means that have served it quite well to hang on to po...
02.06.2015 - 08:42 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Sri Lankan politics at a critical juncture!
President Sirisena is striving hard to be the erstwhile dedicated egalitarian leader propelled into power in January due to the fractious nature of politics now: the passage of 20A is in the balance and the date of next election has receded as a pall hangs over the careers of MPs unsure of getting n...
02.06.2015 - 08:46 By Philip Fernando
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Today (May 31st) is World No Tobacco Day. The theme for this year is “Stop Illicit Tobacco Trade”
The illicit trade in tobacco products is a threat both to government finances and to public health. Illicit tobacco trade; a)Deprives governments of much needed revenues; b)Undermines efforts to reduce tobacco consumption, particularly through the imposition of high levels of tobacco taxation. Alth...
02.06.2015 - 08:52 By Manjari Peiris
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Unpredictable political future looming in Nagaland
Now that the NPF crisis has been resolved, the general expectation is development should start taking place in the state. Precious one year has been wasted when Chief Minister TR Zeliang was struggling to save his moribund Ministry. But all is not going well as dissident leaders could not get back t...
02.06.2015 - 00:06 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Will countries 'walk the talk' to end the tobacco epidemic?
Despite unprecedented pressure from tobacco industry to delay, dilute or thwart progress on a range of tobacco control measures globally, considerable achievements have been made by governments over the past years to protect public health. The global tobacco treaty, which was the first corporate-acc...
02.06.2015 - 01:17 By Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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T.U.L.F. lauds the good gesture of the President
The country as a whole applauds the good gesture of the President Maithiripala Srisena for ignoring the protocol and travelling without any Minister to Jaffna to express his sympathies and that of his government’s, personally to the grieving family, that lost a very dear one Vithya, abducted gang r...
30.05.2015 - 15:05
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The theme for World No Tobacco Day this year (31st May) is “Stop illicit trade of tobacco products”
The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, this epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80 percent of these preventable deaths will be among...
30.05.2015 - 10:56 By Amal Udawatte
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President castigates children live in a world of mobile phones and laptops very often neglect their parents
President Maithripala Sirisena says moral values in society are deteriorating and there are occasions where he came across elderly parents who had held very good jobs and who worked and sacrificed a lot for their children’ languishing in elders’ homes. He also said that that some sections of the...
30.05.2015 - 10:49
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Issues before Indian PM Modi as he visits Bangladesh on June 6-7
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Bangladesh on June 6 to a red carpet reception to be accorded for two days by the Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina who is eager to use the occasion to settle score with her political opponents led by Khaleda Zia. Reports suggest the West Bengal chi...
30.05.2015 - 10:30 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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‘Overnight Vigil’ May 30 leading nowhere
From the end of April through this month the world including Sri Lanka observed anniversaries marking the end of several armed conflicts – Vietnam War (April 30), fighting in the European Theatre of World War II (May 8) and the LTTE’s separatist insurgency (May 19). Some ‘pundits’ in SL however wer...
30.05.2015 - 09:15 By Janaka Perera
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