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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 828

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Lalin’s Column: Check Point Pasyala killing
A motor cyclist Subash Jayasinghe, father of one child was shot dead at a police ‘check point’ at Pasyala, Nittambuwa on 11 June 14. The agony of the distraught and devastated father, seen going down in shock on TV , then worshipping the authorities even calling them ‘gentlemen’ (hamuduruwo) and...
22.06.2014 - 02:15 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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India not to issue immigration clearance for Iraq
India has decided to not issue immigration clearance for travel to Iraq for the next one month in view of prevailing uncertain conditions with the jihadi militants on a rampage. Already some forty Indian workers are held hostage near Mosul and efforts to secure their release have not made much headw...
22.06.2014 - 01:52 By Malladi Rama Rao
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More Mountain Warriors
The defence ministry issued the ‘formal sanction letter’ for the raising of a Mountain Strike Corps last November to guard the Himalayas from Ladakh in the west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east. Hopefully the last hurdle has been crossed for creating an adequate fighting force to keep the increasing...
22.06.2014 - 01:44 By Eklavya* - Syndicate Features
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Muslim Owned Nolimit Store In Panadura Set On Fire
In the ongoing violence targeting Muslims, a Muslim owned fashion store in Sri Lanka's Panadura town in the outskirts of Colombo district was set ablaze in the pre-dawn hours of today. The burnt shop belonged to the Nolimit fashion network owned by Muslims. It reported that the multi-storey fashio...
21.06.2014 - 16:52 By A Special Correspondent
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Violence against Muslims threatens secularism in Sri Lanka
Constituency politics, the bane of Sri Lanka’s democracy has prevented important issues being discussed openly as political parties have not taken the initiative to do this fearing a loss of votes from their constituencies. This inaction has left these issues to simmer beneath the surface and mutate...
21.06.2014 - 08:35 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Sri Lanka Briefed Human Rights Council Action Taken By Government To Bring Back Normalcy To Aluthgama and Beruwala
Sri Lanka informed the Human Rights Council that prompt action had been taken by the government to bring back normalcy to Aluthgama and Beruwala, the areas affected by recent incidents of the communal violence. This observation was made by Ms. Manisha Gunasekera, Deputy Permanent Representative to...
21.06.2014 - 08:25
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Modi defers Tokyo visit to early August
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deferred his second foreign visit to early August. He was scheduled to meet the Japanese leadership in Tokyo on July 3-4. An advance team is already in the Japanese capital to prepare for the visit. “The visit has been postponed in view of the budget session which o...
21.06.2014 - 08:13 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Junket Culture
It is surprising that a government that is run by the champions of ‘Indianness’ and ‘swadeshi’ culture had decided that six legislators, three of them ministers, from the BJP-ruled Goa will be sent on a ‘videshi’ (foreign) junket, to far away Brazil to watch the world cup football matches. The spor...
21.06.2014 - 08:03 By Tushar Culture - Syndicate Features
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Britain Urges Sri Lanka To Cooperate With International Investigation
Britsain has called on Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international investigation mandated by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March, and to fully implement the specific recommendations in your own Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission report, including on accountability and ensurin...
21.06.2014 - 07:57
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Kidnapped Indians in Iraq “safe”; One has managed to escape
Indian foreign ministry is working overtime to rescue the 40 construction workers mostly from Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, who are reportedly held by the ISIS militants near Mosul. The Iraqi government reportedly conveyed to Delhi that the Indian construction workers were being held along with work...
20.06.2014 - 15:14 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Protest in Jaffna supporting Muslims in Aluthgama & Beruwela
A protest calling attention to atrocities committed against Muslims at Aluthgama and Beruwela was held this morning in Jaffna . The protest was organized by the Tamil National Alliance and it was held , opposite the Jaffna bus stand, for two hours from 9 am to 11 am this morning. A few-dozen...
20.06.2014 - 14:46
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Modi Lays Maculay To Rest
The 19th century British historian, educationist and politician, Thomas Babington Maculay evokes two kinds of contradictory feelings in India. He is denounced for his supercilious colonial outlook which obliged him to ridicule India and its literature and culture. But a lot of Indians think that Ind...
20.06.2014 - 09:09 By Atul Cowhish - Syndicate Features
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100th Birth Anniversary of Edirweera Srachandra: Commemorations at UNESCO
The 100th birth anniversary of Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra was commemorated at UNESCO on 10th June 2014 under the auspices of the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova and the Minister of Culture, T. B. Ekanayake. The recognition and commemorations of the centenary birth anniversary of t...
20.06.2014 - 08:16
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Investigate all extremist groups and ban those carrying out a campaign of hate, intimidation and violence – Muslim Council
: Muslim Council in a public appeal has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to immediately investigate the actions of all extremist groups and ban those who have been carryout a campaign of hate, intimidation and violence against Muslims, Christians and other religious minorities. The appeal signed...
20.06.2014 - 08:05
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FIFA World Cup 2014: England face the early elimination scenario
Uruguay beat England, 2-1, in the latest Group D match in Brazil last night that enhanced the embarrassing spectacle of early exit for England from the tournament. Ironically, it was a Uruguayan player - who plays for Liverpool Football Club, a major English club – who was instrumental in bringin...
20.06.2014 - 07:37 By our sports correspondent…
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Dick Cheney's 'cocky' prediction!
Former vice president, under George Bush’s presidency, Dick Cheney soon after conquering Iraq boasted in an announcement that ‘My belief is we will be, in fact, greeted as liberators!’ The truth of this statement was publicly proved when George Bush made an unannounced visit to Iraq in 2008. A r...
20.06.2014 - 07:30 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Pakistan navy is fully prepared and geared up to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests: Nawaz Sharif
Our navy is fully prepared and geared up to safeguard Pakistan’s maritime interests including the defence of sea frontiers”, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister of Pakistan. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that our naval forces are fully prepared to guard our maritime frontiers and...
20.06.2014 - 07:17
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Ending Sexual Violence In Conflict Requires Us To Break The Mould
Imagine witnessing a member of your family taken from your home by armed men and raped, or sold into sexual slavery, or imprisoned and tortured sexually. Imagine that happening to tens of thousands of other women, men and children in your country, for years on end, and living in that dangerous and...
20.06.2014 - 07:12 By William Hague - Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Special Envoy
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Rishad’s ACMC skips Parliament vote
The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Rishad Bathiudeen (MP Vanni District and Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka) has boycotted the Parliamentary vote of 18 June. The 18 June vote was taken on the resolution to not to allow the UNHRC team into the country to investigate alleged...
19.06.2014 - 08:03
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FIFA World Cup 2014: reigning champions, Spain, out
Chile managed to create the most shocking development so far in the tournament by showing the world cup holder, Spain, a humiliating exit. The 2-0 victory by Chile over Spain was stunning: Spain were outplayed from the outset; the men of Vicent Del Bosque did not seem to have a game plan for this...
19.06.2014 - 07:56 By our sports correspondent…
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