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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1196

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Cry (Again!) My Beloved Country
I watched Sri Lanka pull itself out of hopeless depths of desperation, largely through its own efforts in May 2009. To my amazement, I observed the country dust itself and very quickly surge ahead economically, even leaving behind other developing countries. As a long time critical student of Sri La...
02.08.2015 - 08:26 Mathias Keitel - Tubingen, Germany
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With the parliamentary election in Sri Lanka in full swing, conventional news websites have been forced to compete with an inevitable offshoot of what Al Gore once called, Information Superhighway, in mid- nineties, which eventually became the internet as we know of it today – propagating gossip....
02.08.2015 - 08:17 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Nobody knows what Prime Minister Modi’s exact “80%” formula to Nagas is!
When 19-Member Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC) of Nagaland met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Delhi, he told them, “You expect 100. (But) If I give you 80%, doesn’t mean I will not give 20%.” Interestingly, this “80%” had prominently dominated in the two-day discussion on the Naga political i...
02.08.2015 - 08:08 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Must Protect Nations’ Right to Enact Measures to Reduce Tobacco Use
The negotiations of Trans-Pacific Partnerships (TPP) are in the final stages this week in Maui – the tobacco industry and its political allies have stepped up their fight against any safeguard for tobacco control measures by claiming it would harm tobacco farmers. It is a shame that tobacco companie...
02.08.2015 - 07:53 By Manjari Peiris
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End of era of a patriotic phenomenon called Bharat Ratna Dr. Abdul Kalam!
Former Indian president Dr. Abdul Kalam, who passed away upon accomplishing his life mission, is a historic phenomenon. Born in Muslim fishermen family (Marakkar) and sold newspapers to add to his father’s income, Kalam rose to become first ever poor citizen to decorate Indian presidential palace (R...
01.08.2015 - 14:37 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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UNP supporters attacked - 1 killed, 16 injured
Armed men opened fire at the group of UNP supporters yesterday morning killing one woman and injuring more than 16 others in the Kotahena area. According to reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire at a large group of UNP supporters engaged in election related campaigning for UNP Colombo District c...
01.08.2015 - 09:07
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Rishad moves east, takes battle to SLMC home turf
Unleashing his party ACMC to the Eastern province for the first time, ACMC’s leader Rishad Bathiudeen has moved his battle right into the political fulcrum of the East: Ampara, which is also considered as the home turf of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC). Meanwhile, some breakaway Eastern Muslim fac...
01.08.2015 - 08:02
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Will Political Party Leaders Respond Whether They Agree With TNA Or Not? - Ms. Ira De Silva
Ms. Ira De Silva in her letter to the Editor Asian Tribune has pointed out that , “The TNA has not changed it's goal and have made it abundantly clear. It is now the turn of all political party leaders to respond so that voters know if they agree with the TNA or not. “ “It is the responsibility of...
31.07.2015 - 10:12 By Ira De Silva - Canada
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Government should enforce guidelines in coal mining
We have been seriously discussing on the coal mining issues – whether there are legal or illegal – taking place in Nagaland particularly in Mon district. The random coal mining sans following guidelines has destroyed the environment and eco-system in and around the coal mining areas. The mining has...
31.07.2015 - 08:37 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Which is lesser of the Two Evils?
With the Nationwide ceasefire and elections approaching, an average non-Myanmar ethnic nationality will be conjecturing of which one is of the lesser evil, since he has to choose between the two Myanmar groups to be his boss, either the Tatmadaw backed USDP or the pro democratic forces led by NLD? N...
31.07.2015 - 08:35 By Kanbawza Win
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Disambiguation of Self-determination: What exactly does the TNA want? Do they have an ulterior motive?
The direct and indirect motive of territoriality and challenges to the belief that territorial integrity is more important than self-determination has led to more conflicts within many states The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of Sri Lanka, the dominant Tamil political grouping in the North of Sri La...
30.07.2015 - 23:19 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Rishad assists Welioya devotees for Jasmine Offering
More than 400 Buddhist families of Welioya Sinhala Division were assisted by Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen to take part in the grand scale Pichchamal Pooja event held in Anuradhapura. The devoted families of Welioya who were looking forward to attend 25 July grand scale Pich...
30.07.2015 - 15:06
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The Litro Gas refutes Bandula Gunawardena’s allegations
The Litro Gas Lanka Ltd refuted allegations that the government has signed a MoU with Shell Gas Ltd to purchase Gas at US D 105 per MT, contrary to international tender procedures. This allegation was leveled by former Minister Bandula Gunawardena. He also alleged that the Government has approved...
30.07.2015 - 08:50
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President signs Condolence Book
Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, today visited the High Commission of India in Colombo to convey his condolences on the demise of the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. President Sirisena signed the Condolence Book and fondly recalled his meeting with Dr. Kalam last...
29.07.2015 - 23:08
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ISIS and ISIL Terrorism – A Scourge on the Muslims and the world
The world is struck with fear, dread, shock and consternation in witnessing a gory, sanguinary behavior on a daily basis, by a group of psychopathic murderous debauched maniacs calling themselves, Islamic State in the hope that they could empower themselves by the recruitment of the morally corrupt...
29.07.2015 - 09:16 By M. Zulkifli Nazim
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Monitoring tobacco use is central to understanding and reversing the tobacco epidemic
A compilation of national survey data of adults 15 years and over collected in 22 low and middle income countries between 2008 and 2013 reveals that monitoring tobacco use is central to understanding and reversing the tobacco epidemic. Countries can use the Global Adults Tobacco Survey (GATS) Atlas...
29.07.2015 - 09:07 By Manjari Peiris
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Over 110 civil society organizations, political parties and trade unions signed an agreement with United National Front for Good Governance
Over 110 civil society organizations, political parties and trade unions yesterday signed an agreement with the UNP led United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) to defeat the reactionary forces striving to reverse the victories gained by the people in the aftermath of January 8 Presidenti...
29.07.2015 - 09:04
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“My memory of the last day with the great Kalam sir,” - former President's aide
This was posted on Facebook at 4 am by the former President's aide, Srijan Pal Singh. Here is the full text of the post: What I will be remembered for... my memory of the last day with the great Kalam sir... It has been eight hours since we last talked - sleep eludes me and memories keep flushing d...
29.07.2015 - 00:11 By the former President's aide, Srijan Pal Singh.
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Sri Lankan President Condoles the Death of Dr A P J Abdul Kalam
I am deeply saddened by the demise of former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, an outstanding visionary, a great teacher and an unparalleled human being, said Sri Lanka President Maithripala Srisena. In his condolence message Sri Lanka President pointed out, “During his visit to Sri Lanka la...
28.07.2015 - 22:57
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Deceitful Alliance in Search of Good Governance
A new alliance has been forged by the United National Party (UNP) with some other political groupings under the banner United National front for Good Governance (UNFGG). All component parties of UNFGG are well established in Parliament for a number of years either as the main ruling party or as coal...
28.07.2015 - 15:53 By Dr.M.A.Mohamed Saleem
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