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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1224

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Two defeated candidates for TNA national list
Tamil National Alliance has nominated as National List MPs, former MP K. Thurairatnasingam from Trincomalee and Shanthi Sriskantharajah from Vanni - the two defeated candidates. Asian Tribune learnt that the TNA came to this decision after long discussions held at R. Sampanthan's residence in Tr...
24.08.2015 - 23:09
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Three Cabinet Ministers took oath
Former ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and D.M. Swaminathan were today sworn in as ministers of the new government by President Maithripala Sirisena. Mr. Samaraweera was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Rajapakshe as Justice Minister and Mr. Swaminathan as Resettlement Mi...
24.08.2015 - 17:52
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TULF requests the TNA to join the National Government forthwith
The Secretary General V. Anandasangaree, Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has urged the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to join the National Government. The Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front Anandasangaree, in a letter to TNA leader R. Sampantha...
24.08.2015 - 11:44
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5800 Jaguar Land Rover cars destroyed in China explosions
Thousands of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) cars worth hundreds of millions of pounds are feared to have been destroyed in the huge dockside explosions that ripped through the Chinese port of Tianjin last week. These vehicles, shipped to China recently, had been stored at various locations in Tianjin, the...
24.08.2015 - 09:27
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Cricket: Lankan bowlers promote Indian batboys!
It was indeed a anti-climax as Sri Lanka defeated a much better looking India on India’s independence day on August 15, in fact making the celebrations in India by cricket fans who were expecting a fantastic win in Colombo, less glamorous and meaningless. In the ongoing test match series between Ind...
24.08.2015 - 07:56 By Dr. Abdul Ruff (Specialist on sport fixings)
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Three int’l MoUs at first Colombo ATPF Today
The first ever series of international MoUs to blossom under Sri Lanka’s new consensual government are scheduled to go live tomorrow 23 August in Colombo-and the historic pacts are centred around none other than Sri Lanka’s global trade. “Sri Lanka EDB is proud to host the 28th CEO meeting of the As...
24.08.2015 - 07:32
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Rishad suspends party Secretary
The ACMC has decided to suspend the Party Secretary from holding his chair and has appointed a special review committee to as well. “The supreme council of ACMC, by a majority decision this morning tentatively suspended the party Secretary YLS Hameed. We are temporarily appointing (medical) Dr L. Sh...
23.08.2015 - 21:14
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Notorious SLFP Jaffna candidate put on national list after election loss – Tamil Guardian
Tamil Guardian, a pro-LTTE , pro-Tamil nationalistic news website has gone hammer and tongs on the appointment of Ankajan Ramanathan who has been rejected by Tamils as the national list MP. The SLFP's Jaffna organiser Angajan Ramanathan was selected as a national list member of parliament by the UP...
23.08.2015 - 15:02
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TULF requests the TNA to join the National Government forthwith
In an open letter to R. Sampanthan, it has been urged that, “The TNA also must take a quick decision and voluntarily join the National Government. That is what the Tamil people want and it is for that reason the Tamil People voted for the TNA. Since thirty to forty political parties, with varying p...
23.08.2015 - 13:33
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Letter from America: War and its profiteers
Who benefits from war? In the last three decades, I have tried to find the answer to this perennial question. All my research have pointed to the merchants of war, or those who are affiliated with the merchandising weapons that kill. War was at one time a matter of necessity much like life and death...
23.08.2015 - 08:36 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Mahinda Rajapakse pays the ultimate prize for defying Indian interests? A response to Malladi Rama Rao
It may be too early to write of Mahinda Rajapakse’s legacy. However, if one attempts to do that based on his performance to date, one could say he does have a mixed legacy, and is remembered principally for ending 30 years of terrorism and war, for launching an economic revival unparalleled in the h...
22.08.2015 - 22:44 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Discriminatory ‘Race and Religion’ bills in Myanmar: Threaten to fuel tensions ahead of elections
The Myanmar Parliament’s passage of two bills targeting religious minorities constitutes an attack on religious freedom and threatens to stoke inter-communal tensions and violence less than three months ahead of critical general elections, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today....
22.08.2015 - 09:05
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Sri Lanka President to present three national program to the first cabinet meeting
President Maithripala Sirisena says he would present the proposals related to national programs to be implemented for local food production, environment preservation and drug eradication, to the first cabinet meeting. He made these remarks at a meeting with the members of the Task Forces of above pr...
22.08.2015 - 08:51
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New envoys congratulate President for holding democratic elections
Three new Ambassador presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (August 21). Those who presented credentials -new US Ambassador Athul Keshap, Italian Ambassador Paolo Andrea Bartorelli and the Netherlands Ambassador Joanne Doornewaard. Presid...
21.08.2015 - 22:50
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UNP & UPFA finalized their respective national list
The United National Party (13) and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (12) have finalized their national list and forwarded to the Election Commission for issuing appointment and names gazette. United National Party (UNP) The United National Party (UNP) today named the MPs who will enter Parliame...
21.08.2015 - 20:09
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MOU between UNP & UPFA
UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and SLFP Acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake signed a MoU pledging to work together at the next parliament. This MOU is expected to pave the way for UNP and UPFA to come to terms with a National Government.allows UNP and UPFA to form a National Governme...
21.08.2015 - 18:32
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UN Secretary-General’s telephone conversation with Mr. Maithripala Sirisena
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the new government in Sri Lanka under United National Front (UNF) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to make further progress on good governance, accountability and reconciliation. The Secretary-General had a phone conversation with the President of Sri Lanka, Mr...
21.08.2015 - 10:48
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Hillary Clinton opposes Arctic drilling!
The Arctic is a unique treasure and USA is keen to drill it for oil. Recently, the President Barack Obama administration granted the Shell the final permit it needed to drill deep into the waters off the Alaskan coast—a move that stoked the outrage of green groups nationwide. Many prominent American...
21.08.2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Ranil to be sworn in Tomorrow
: Incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe, Leader of the United National Party, returning to the office for a fourth term after his party won the closely contested general election by winning 106 seats in Monday's parliamentary election, just 7 short of a simple majority in the 225-member assembly, is to be...
20.08.2015 - 17:58
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Sri Lankan Politics – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Countries all over the world have their assortment of citizens - the good, the bad and the ugly. The “ugly” here refers to the demeanor, deportment and behavioral attitudes of certain individuals. It is the shared psychological attributes of humankind that are assumed to be shared by all human bei...
20.08.2015 - 09:02 By M. Zulkifli Nazim
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