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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1015

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No H.E For Me -- President
President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday requested that the honorary title Athi Garu (His Excellency) or Uthumanan (Your Highness) which were commonly used over the past years to address Presidents, not be used with reference to him. He also asked not to use the term Aryawa when referring to his w...
02.02.2015 - 08:43
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Girl Power: Kim Sears and incomplete art of lip reading
Kim Sears, the girlfriend of Andy Murray, the British tennis player, has been grabbing the headlines during the past few days, much more than the share of her man on the tennis court while playing the game in the Australian Open – for being on the focus of television cameras at the wrong time for al...
01.02.2015 - 08:44 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Lalin’s Column: Reflections on Obama’s “No boots on the ground” and Imperial Hubris
When Barack Obama was elected President of the USA, the world, pleasantly surprised and amazed, rejoiced. It awaited a more friendly America. Nowhere was the event more greatly welcomed than in the former non white colonies of the West. No better example of country’s maturity could ever have bee...
01.02.2015 - 08:17 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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‘Strongly praise budgetary support for exports’–Rishad
Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka-right) discusses latest proposals on exports with his Ministry Secretary SS Miyanawala (left) on the eve of 29 January. The latest measures relating to exports introduced by 29 Thursday’s interim-budget are praiseworthy-and the Minis...
01.02.2015 - 07:57
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US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal Travel to Sri Lanka
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 2–3. Joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Atul Keshap, she will review bilateral and regional issues with the new Sri Lankan government, civil society...
01.02.2015 - 07:50
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Indian politics: Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress party, blames Rahul Gandhi!
Fall of the India’s oldest party national Congress associated with Indian freedom movement was speculated even before the 2014 parliamentary poll on account of rampant corruption of the Manmohan government. But the way it got decimated in the poll to the advantage of the Hindutva BJP which won natio...
01.02.2015 - 07:45 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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'Yahapalanaya' - Another ‘decapitation drama’
Soon after the Prabhakaran-Ranil Pact (MoU prepared by the notorious 'Peace Maker' Norway and initiated by the so-called international community) was signed , I remember, an article written by Dr Gunadasa Amarasekara titled ‘Sama Diyareddde’appeared on a newspaper (in March 2002). For those who...
01.02.2015 - 07:24 By S. Akurugoda
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Wirathu - the pit bull of Myanmar regime
Myanmar's terrorist - Buddhist monk Wirathu is untouchable inside the country. In 2003 he was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was released in 2010 along with other political prisoners. Most keen observers knew the reason as to why this anti-Muslim zealot was freed by the regime. He was to serve...
01.02.2015 - 07:16 By Dr. Habib Sidddiqui
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Richard Armitage lays down trajectory for Sri Lanka: Reviving US relations
In an OP-ED contribution to Wall Street Journal January 28, former United Stated Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, along with Kara Bue and Lisa Curtis strongly advocates "the U.S. should move quickly to take advantage of the opening presented by the newly elected government (of President...
31.01.2015 - 08:23 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Political Note
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Hugo Swire meets new Sri Lankan President
British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has concluded his second visit to Sri Lanka, in the first Ministerial visit since the formation of a new government. Mr Swire called on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and other senior ministers – including the Minister for...
31.01.2015 - 07:04
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Justice K. Sripavan today took oaths as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka
Justice K. Sripavan today took oaths as the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena. Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake yesterday retired from service, after the resumption of office the previous day as the Chief Justice. Dr. Bandaranaike (57) was appointed to the Supreme Court...
30.01.2015 - 22:28
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Washington sends Nisha Biswal to Sri Lanka
The U.S. assistant secretary of state for South Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Bishwal will visit Colombo for talks with the new Maithripala Sirisena administration. She will be in Sri Lanka from 31 through February 2 and scheduled to visit Jaffna. She is expected to discuss a range of bilateral issues,...
30.01.2015 - 18:12 Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune US National Correspondent
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Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Retired After Holding Office For A Day
Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake retired from service yesterday , after the resumption of office as the Chief Justice the previous day. Dr. Bandaranaike (57) was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1996. She was impeached by Parliament in 2013. Yesterday, she publicly announced her retirement at a ceremoni...
30.01.2015 - 10:37
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Sri Lankan national question: When the State failed its Tamil citizens
Many Tamils of Sri Lanka have endured the indignity and the physical and mental anguish of being verbally and physically attacked simply on account of their ethnicity. It has happened several times in the post-independence period culminating in the disgraceful pogrom against them in July 1983. While...
30.01.2015 - 09:04 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Tobacco smoking ruining lives: Lung cancer rates alarming
Many engage in smoking just for the fun of it and unfortunately get caught in the nicotine addiction trap such that they cannot do without a certain number of puffs per day. Smoking has had a great adverse impact on many communities and has been directly responsible for the plight of those who are s...
29.01.2015 - 08:07 By Clarity Sibanda, Citizen News Service – CNS
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Shirani Bandaranayake Resumed Office as Chief Justice: Appointing Mohan Peiris instead was null and void in law
Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake returned to Supreme Court yesterday afternoon, after President Maithripala Sirisena restored her to office and requested her to resume duties as the country’s lawful Chief Justice. President Sirisena wrote to controversially-appointed Chief Justice Mohan Peiris yesterday,...
29.01.2015 - 07:59
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2015 a ‘Once in a Generation Opportunity’ for Sustainable Development
The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that while there is tremendous volatility and turmoil around the world, this year presented a unique opportunity to eradicate poverty and agree on a path for sustainable development. “At UNDP, we see 2015 as a huge opportunity to...
29.01.2015 - 07:28
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It is not wise to wait to get things out of our hand?
It is very unfortunate that even after 3 weeks of political crisis that erupted from the major ruling party, Naga People’s Front (NPF), there is no let-up in the crisis. The leadership issue within the NPF has badly affected almost all the institutions in the state and the worse sufferers are the co...
29.01.2015 - 07:16 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Burma: Chin State Government Orders Removal Of Cross, Elder Prosecuted
An ethnic Chin elder is due to appear in court today on trumped-up charges which Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) believes are connected with his involvement in the planting of a cross on a hill in Hakha town, Chin State, in April last year. The Chin State government has ordered the 54 foot-hig...
29.01.2015 - 07:08
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Sarath Fonseka – restored with All Ranks, Pension and Privileges
All ranks, privileges and pension have been restored for the former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka following the full Presidential amnesty granted to him by the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lanka Army said. The Ministry of Defense has accordingly confirmed that he is entitled to...
28.01.2015 - 21:26
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