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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 723

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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 2
The term illiberal democracy was first used by Dr. Fareed Zakaria (of CNN’s GPS program) in a 1997 article in the Foreign Affairs journal. By this he meant a governing system in which, although elections take place (a necessary requisite for democracy), citizens are cut off from knowledge about the...
17.03.2014 - 01:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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How come MP Rathika meets banned LTTE leaders in Tamil Nadu after her so called ordeal in Sri Lanka?
More revelations of MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan's visit to Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu, South India have now surfaced. She claimed that her private visit to Sri Lanka after some 27 years was to meet with relatives and see her former home in Jaffna and engage in some charitable work just before the March 2...
15.03.2014 - 09:58 By Mahinda Gunasekera - Toronto
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It’s a false alarm!
It is learnt that a hoax e-mail telling people they may have cancer has been in circulation in many parts of the world. The messages appear to be from the National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE), but the organization’s chief executive, in UK, has personally warned people that the e-m...
15.03.2014 - 06:41 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Diplomats briefed in New Delhi on World Conference on Youth 2014 to be held in Sri Lanka
Representatives of over 100 diplomatic missions in New Delhi met on 11th March 2014 at a briefing on the World Conference on Youth which will be held in Sri Lanka this year in May. The conference will come to Asia for the first time and the focus will be on young people’s role in the creation and i...
15.03.2014 - 06:24
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Donation of 50,000 MTs rice from the people of Sri Lanka to the World Food Programme
Sri Lanka yesterday donated 50,000 metric tons of rice to the World Food Program (WFP) for free supply to 10 countries in Central Africa and South Asia. President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a symbolic handover of the consignment of rice to the WFP Representative and Country Director Ismail Omer at the...
15.03.2014 - 06:11
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Health Ministry distributes ambulances to 7 provinces
The Ministry of Health has distributed eighty six (86) brand new ambulances with intensive care facilities to hospitals in seven Provinces in Sri Lanka, namely the Northern, North Central, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Uva and Eastern Provinces. The ambulances were handed over at a ceremony...
15.03.2014 - 05:59
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“My highest regard for the Judiciary” - Rishad
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen expressed his highest regard for the Judiciary. “I express my highest regard for the Judiciary. I regret for the unauthorised use of the telephone” said Minister Bathiudeen on 14 March in Colombo. Minister Bathiudeen was addressing a special pres...
15.03.2014 - 05:55
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Sri Lankan Community in US Rallied Against Unfounded US/UN Allegations
Over one hundred Sri Lankan Americans from the Houston region attended a protest rally to voice their strong opposition to the ongoing aggressive stand by the United States of America against Sri Lanka. The protest rally was organized Sri Lankan Americans for Unity and Prosperity and held a prote...
14.03.2014 - 16:19
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Part IV: Indo Lanka Relations before China War and After
The post war period, last three years especially, Indo-Sri Lanka relations were seen going through a period of stress. The first manifestation of this came with India extending support to a Resolution that US along with European Union succeeded in passing at the UNHRC in Geneva in 2012 and again in...
14.03.2014 - 14:22 By Bandu de Silva
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French Ambassador on a fact finding visit to the North
The Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Mr Jean-Paul Monchau, was on a fact finding official visit to the Northern Province between the 9th and the 11th of March 2014. In Jaffna, Mr Jean-Paul Monchau held a meeting with the Governor of the Northern Province, Mr G. A. Chandrasiri...
14.03.2014 - 12:54
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Let’s Strengthen Ideology of Pakistan
Allama Iqbal Ideology of Pakistan has been truly translated when Quaid-e-Azam demanded a separate country for the Indian Muslims. At that time, the Qauid also assured the world that minorities and all sects will live freely according to their religious obligations, norms and services. However, the...
14.03.2014 - 08:58 By Zaheerul Hassan
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Belgian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Pays Farewell Call on the President Rajapaksa
Ambassador of Belgium designated to Sri Lanka (resident in New Delhi) Pierre Vaesen paid a farewell call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Thursday (13) morning. During the meeting, overall bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed. President Rajapaksa also...
14.03.2014 - 05:13
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Minister Samarasinghe says Sri Lanka’s Opposition to the Resolution was a fight on a matter of Principle
Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe has said Sri Lanka’s opposition to the Resolution being moved by the US, UK and a few other countries against Sri Lanka was a fight on a matter of principle and that Sri Lanka would not comprom...
14.03.2014 - 04:51
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Sri Lanka to Host International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in September
Sri Lanka will be hosting the next International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) Sept. 18- 21, 2014, with the opening ceremony scheduled to take place Sept. 19. The preparations were finalized when the secretary-general of the ICAPP Standing Committee Mr. Chung Eui-yong met President...
13.03.2014 - 18:13
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Izdihar opens its ambitious ultra modern banquet hall
Izdihar Holiday Inn in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, opened its ambitious ultra-modern banquet hall with a gala dinner on Wednesday 12 March. It was attended by a large distinguished crowd. Michel Jreiji, the Assistant General Manager of the hotel, welcoming the guests gave a brief speech in explaining th...
13.03.2014 - 18:03 By S.H.Moulana - Riyad .
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47th Commonwealth Day Reception
The 47thCommonwealth Day Reception was hosted on 10th March 2014 by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka in New York in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Malta and the United Kingdom at the premises of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York. Heads of Missions a...
13.03.2014 - 17:55
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Who’s Vested Interest in DHA & ETPB Issue
Real estate business in a very short span of time dominated others businesses that created interest of multiplication of wealth amongst all segments of the society starting from individual to the institutions. DHA is one of the institutions that really brought revolution in real estate business t...
13.03.2014 - 07:41 By Zaheerul Hassan
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GOSL Statement on Developments in Ukraine
Sri Lanka Government has categorically pointed out that the unconstitutional removal of President Viktor Yanukovych from office is regretted, and has aggravated the present political uncertainty in Ukraine. In the statement released by Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry, it has said, “In kee...
12.03.2014 - 16:43
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Part III - Indo Lanka relations before China War and After
India’s shift of policy towards Sri Lanka from a positive one to a negative one, can then be traced to the ascendancy of the opposition to power under Mr.Jayewardene, replacing Mrs.Bandaranaike. Shift of Policy The Indian government watched his inclinations, his criticism of the predecessor’s poli...
12.03.2014 - 16:00 By Bandu de Silva
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Two passengers who used stolen passports to board the Malaysia Airlines flight were Iranians
Interpol said yesterday that the two passengers who used stolen passports to board the Malaysian flight were Iranian seeking asylum in Europe. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished from radar screens early Saturday local time with 239 people on board, shortly after takeoff from Kuala Lumpur. Interp...
12.03.2014 - 10:16
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