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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 974

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Launch of President Mahinda’s election manifesto postponed
Launch of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election manifesto has been postponed. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reportedly planning in releasing his policy statement for the 2015 Presidential election after handing nominations on the 8th of this month. President Rajapaksa in 2005 presented the Mahin...
22.12.2014 - 07:37
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Zeliang opens his mind
It may be remembered that when the DAN came to power in 2003, the state’s accumulated deficit amounting to Rs 365 crore was wiped out through a One Time Grant (OTG) given by Atal Behari Vajpayee’s NDA government at the Center and that was how the state could start with a clean slate. Neiphiu Rio rul...
22.12.2014 - 07:00 Zeliang opens his mind
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 1
For many Christians around the globe, Christmas is linked with the birthday of their lord Jesus Christ. They believe that he was born on or around December 25 of 1 C.E. (Common Era). It is inconsequential to them that the story in the Gospels is often utterly divorced from all historical contexts. T...
21.12.2014 - 16:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Tablet Challenge: is the crown of iPad under threat?
I recently met an elderly couple of Pakistani origin at their home, who were watching a movie on TV while controlling it with the aid of a tablet. The tablet in question was not something that I was familiar with; nor did it carry the brand name of star players currently in the market. Much to my su...
21.12.2014 - 08:01 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka Investment & Business Promotional Seminar 2014 in Stockholm
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden organized an Investment & Business Promotional Seminar on 27 November 2014 in Stockholm. The Seminar was held at the IFS office Conference room in Stockholm under the theme: “Sri Lanka-the Global Sourcing Destination & the Most Attractive Investment Desti...
20.12.2014 - 09:02
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At Last Dhanuna Thilakaratne Surfaced In The Court: Granted Bail
Colombo High Court Judge Irangani Perera this morning granted bail to former army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s son-in-law Dhanuna Thilakaratne on Rs 400,000 cash with two sureties for Rs 5 million on each of them in the HiCorp case.The judge said the sureties should be his parents. The accused was a...
20.12.2014 - 10:04
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Cardinal talks about the pope, politics and the future
Interview: The prelate spoke to Églises d’Asie in late November ahead of an Apostolic visit by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, 67, the archbishop of Colombo since 2009, made a cardinal the following year and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, is a centra...
20.12.2014 - 07:00
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Sri Lanka - German civil aviation relations - Establishing direct Air Links between Berlin and Colombo
Sri Lanka Ambassador to Germany Karunatilaka Amunugama met Director General Gerold Reichle of the Department of Aerospace of the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure of Germany on 17th of December 2014 in Berlin, and discussed in detail the strengthening Sri Lanka - German civil...
20.12.2014 - 06:39
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In Kilinochchi: President Mahinda Appeals To Tamil Leaders To Join Hands To Developed The Country
This area was enveloped in darkness for 30 long years which spread differences in nationality and religion. An era which we should erase from our memory, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the UPFA public rally in Kilinochchi on Thursday (18). It had bad roadways and no electricity. Today i...
19.12.2014 - 22:59
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What is the cost of a regime change by a multiple headed coalition? Should Sri Lankans cut the nose to spite the face?
On the 8th of January 2015, Sri Lankans will have their opportunity to decide whether to give President Rajapaksa a third term in office or elect the common candidate Maithripala Sirisena nominated by a multiple headed coalition of disparate individuals, to the highest office in Sri Lanka. They coul...
19.12.2014 - 17:10 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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“Vote for the United People's Freedom Alliance. Make this country victorious" – President Mahinda in Mullaitivu
President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing a public rally of the UPFA yesterday at Mullaitivu e ago said that the victory of the UPFA is a victory of the people. He recalled that the past 30 years had been a period of distress, terror and darkness for everyone, but now the war is over and the country h...
19.12.2014 - 10:08
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Two Presidential Rallies in the North
Two main public rallies of the United People's Freedom Alliance will be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, today in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. Altogether UPFA has organized to hold 33 public rallies island wide to consolidate the victory of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the f...
18.12.2014 - 16:01
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Top team from the Hague starts Lanka’s first Chem sessions
Sri Lanka has kicked off its first ever industrial chemical technical sessions on 17 December-and a top team from the Hague’s (Netherlands) OPCW- which conducted widely publicized Syrian chemical weapon inspections in October 2013–is here to upgrade Sri Lanka’s industrial chemical expertise to the n...
18.12.2014 - 07:43
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Diplomatic Coup of the Decade: US and Cuba to Normalize Relations
President Obama pulled off a enormous diplomatic coup on Wednesday while declaring the commitment of his administration to normalize the relations with its geographically-nearest foe, Cuba, in a seismic shift in the US policy – ending Cuba’s isolation that spanned over five decades. This is not som...
18.12.2014 - 07:14 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Land Grabbing Attacks on Minorities By Bengali Settlers Continues
On 16 December 2014, when whole country was celebrating the victory day of the country, indigenous houses and shops were burnt down by Bengali settlers in Bagachari area under Burighat union of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district. The arson attack by Bengal settlers was made allegedly in connec...
18.12.2014 - 06:53
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Taliban attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar: Over 100 students killed - 200 reportedly wounded
Taliban attacked an Army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday, officials and militants said, with over 100 students killed and another 200 reportedly wounded. Five or six militants wearing military uniforms entered the Army Public School, reportedly through a graveyard located behind the school, accord...
17.12.2014 - 09:26
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Sri Lanka Express Satisfaction Over The Release of 30 Fishermen & 19 Boats By Tamil Nadu
The Government of Sri Lanka notes with satisfaction the several media reports on a communication to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O. Panneerselvam informing of the decision to release on 22nd December 2014, thirty (30) Sri Lankan fishermen and nineteen (19) bo...
17.12.2014 - 09:02
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LTTE wants a ‘Greater Tamil Nadu,’ including North-East of Sri Lanka - Tamil Nadu Government
While seeking to extend the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Indian Centre and the Tamil Nadu government told a tribunal that the banned outfit nurtures an idea of “greater Tamil Nadu, which includes the state of Tamil Nadu, part of Kerala, part of Karnataka, part of Andhra Pr...
17.12.2014 - 07:22
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Sri Lanka Condemns Act of Terror in Sydney
The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the siege by a gunman on Monday 15th December at a café in Sydney’s central business district where 17 people were held hostage and resulted in the death of two hostages and injured five including a policeman. The people of Sri Lanka who have suffered...
17.12.2014 - 07:04
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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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