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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1013

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Historic media Serendipity for Lankan Muslims unveiled in Colombo
As the promoters of the pioneering venture declared that their effort would remain independent and apolitical, Sri Lanka’s first mass media outlet aimed at the country’s 1.9 Mn Muslim community was unveiled on 16 December in Colombo-and Muslim Media Forum, an influential Muslim community voice in Sr...
16.12.2014 - 22:44
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Health care is a civil right, says Dr Ramanathan Raju
Healthcare is a fundamental right of every citizen and more of a civil right, a human right and a constitutional right for all happening this country. “Only the way to improve the health for all is to provide adequate access not only to healthcare but also equal opportunities in education wealth hou...
16.12.2014 - 08:42
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Lalin’s Column: Carolinas and Georgia (USA) holiday
I visited the USA for the first time at the age of 75, last July (2014). Greenville County, South Carolina once known as the textile capital of the world was the base. It has a population of 451,225 people and spends US $ 426m on education (SL with 21 m people spends US$ 415m). It is beautifully gre...
16.12.2014 - 08:33 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Malaysia Deports Sri Lankan National Wanted In India To Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan national wanted in India for allegedly plotting terror strikes at American and Israeli consulates in the country has been deported by Malaysia to the island nation notwithstanding India's plea for his extradition to unravel key aspects of the conspiracy. Highly-placed sources here said th...
15.12.2014 - 07:28
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"Global South must reflect on 'how' development is done, not just 'what' is done"- Ambassador Aryasinha
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global South must continue to reflect on 'how' development is done, not just 'what' is done. He made this observation, when in his capacity...
15.12.2014 - 07:32
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Thalassaemia on the blind spot? Call to improve prevention, treatment and care
"It is not only about preventing new births of thalassemic infants; about chelation, about blood transfusion and about availability of services needed; but also about preventing complications related to Thalassaemia. We cannot take half baked measures. Because if the patient dies prematurely, it wil...
15.12.2014 - 05:59 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS
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The Dawn of Drone Era
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14.12.2014 - 08:25 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter from America: The Rohingyas of Myanmar – When will their tragedy end?
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) are the most oppressed people in our planet. They face elimination in the Buddhist majority country, which is rightly called the ‘den of hatred and intolerance’ in our time. Not a single day goes by when their community members don’t face repeated pers...
14.12.2014 - 07:53 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Sri Lankan Presidential election; Foreign policy implications of a Sirisena Presidency
To state that the common Opposition is short on substance and loud on rhetoric is an understatement. The substance attributed to the common candidacy is based on the MOUs signed by Mr Sirisena with the UNP and the JHU respectively, which are not the same. The JHU MOU appears to appease their consti...
13.12.2014 - 07:27 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Speaker dismissed Governor’s branding of state politicians as corrupt
Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly Chotisuh Sazo dismissed the wild allegation of the State Governor PB Acharya that the state politicians had indulged in “rampant corruption.” The Speaker said he could not buy the Governor’s idea of branding all the state politicians as “indulging in rampant...
13.12.2014 - 07:19
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Belarus bells ring for Sri Lanka
In the aftermath of the successful Lanka-Belarus Trade talks on 09 July in Colombo, comes the first ever trade breakthrough, as revealed on 11 December- and the first beneficiary of Belarus’ is no less than Lankan exporter. “Our Joint Commission talks in July have brought results. I welcome the Gove...
13.12.2014 - 07:06
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Stop water privatization and strengthen public water supply
A new report by Corporate Accountability International uncovers how the World Bank uses ponzi-style marketing tactics to sell privatization projects around the globe that it is also positioned to profit from. "Water privatization has been a disaster,” said Dr Sandeep Pandey, Magsaysay Awardee and na...
13.12.2014 - 06:57 Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Sri Lanka participates in International Charity Bazaar 2014 – SHOM in Warsaw
The Sri Lanka Embassy in Warsaw, participated in the International Charity Bazaar 2014, organized annually by the Association of Spouses of Heads of Missions (SHOM) Warsaw. Sri Lanka marked its participation for the 10th consecutive year at the Charity Bazaar of the SHOM. The Charity Bazaar is a...
13.12.2014 - 06:48
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This Election Is Significant Since It Will Decide The Future Of The Country – President Mahinda
The January 8, 2015 Presidential poll is not a mere election but will decide the future of the country which is on a progressive track after the nation was liberated from the nearly three decade terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Speaking at the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) maid...
13.12.2014 - 06:33
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World’s top ICT economy in rare opening for Lankan start-ups
In a major renewal of its economic cooperation with Sri Lanka, World’s ICT innovation leader has announced that it is ready to form a joint Business Council with Sri Lanka for the first time, as revealed on 04 December-and Lankan ICT start-ups have received a breakthrough invitation to showcase them...
12.12.2014 - 14:54
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A Small Aircraft Belongs To Sri Lanka Air Force Crashed
A military aircraft has crashed in Athurugiriya, a short while ago. Fire Reported. Initial reports suggest the aircraft appears to belong to the Sri Lanka Air Force. The Civil Aviation Authority confirms that the plane is an Antonov and that it is an aircraft belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Forc...
12.12.2014 - 10:05
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What is wrong with a rights-based approach to TB care?
Well nothing! In fact it is the most correct approach to deal with the global TB crisis of epidemic proportions. In 2013, TB killed 1.5 million people out of the estimated 9.0 million people who developed it. Many social, economic and structural barriers drive the TB epidemic in high TB burden count...
12.12.2014 - 08:18
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“Invest Sri Lanka” – Investment Promotion Event Concludes in Berlin
The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) with the co-sponsorship of Sri Lanka Embassy in Berlin organized a successful seminar with the participation of over 40 potential investors, bankers and logistic operators in Berlin on 28th November, 2014. BMWi identified Sri Lanka as target...
12.12.2014 - 08:00
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SLAF transports equipment to repair desalination plant in Male in a special humanitarian operation
Continuing Sri Lanka’s assistance to Maldives to address the ongoing water crisis in the capital, Male, the Sri Lanka Air Force in a special humanitarian operation today (11 December 2014), transported from Singapore to Maldives, the essential spares and accessories for repair of the desalination fa...
12.12.2014 - 07:52
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Tower Of Babel In Sri Lanka – A Tragic-Comedy By Common Deceit Company
The simple and obvious answer one could give to the absurd and confused tragi comedy now being enacted on the political stage today in Sri Lanka by the so called common opposition that has nothing in common except vengeance, is that this troupe is enacting the well-known Biblical story "Tower of Bab...
12.12.2014 - 07:43 By Dr. T. Jayasinghe - Fmr. Ambassador to State of Palestine
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