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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 876

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Indian Rly Budget investor friendly, Gets thumbs up from Jaya Amma
Proving market watches right, the Modi government today presented railway budget that opened doors for investors from home and abroad saying that there is no other mantra to put the cash strapped network on track once again. The Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda was very candid. Saying that he neede...
09.07.2014 - 10:11 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Sri Lankan Exhibitors Of Ceylon Tea At America’s Food And Beverage Fair 2014
“Let’s work together for an ambitious plan for doubling current market share of Ceylon tea in the US market”, stated- Sri Lanka’s new envoy to USA, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam. Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC a...
09.07.2014 - 07:49
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No legal sanctity to fatwa if it affects rights, Indian apex court rules
The Indian Supreme Court has ruled fatwas, as decrees issued by Muslim clerics and Islamic religious institutions are known, have no legal sanctity if they tread on the rights of an individual. The judgment came on a nine-year-old petition that questioned the legality of the Sharia courts like Daru...
09.07.2014 - 07:31 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Historic Lanka-Belarus trade meet starts in Colombo today
First ever bilateral trade meet between Sri Lanka and a key member of upcoming Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) starts today 09 July in Colombo. “Our newest trade effort with Balarus strengthens the historic relations and more importantly, gives us direct access to the world’s newest single economic m...
09.07.2014 - 07:22
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South African Deputy President in Town
South Africa’s Deputy President, Special Envoy to Sri Lanka and the Deputy President of the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees last evening. The Deputy President of South Africa, Cyri...
08.07.2014 - 08:50
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New vehicles to Northern Province Chairman and Ministers
An event to hand over new vehicles for Ministers and the Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council was held on Saturday (05) at Governor’s Secretariat in Jaffna. The Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri handed over the keys of the vehicles to the responsible officers of each provinc...
08.07.2014 - 07:55
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'Dasa Mudalali', Passed Away
'Dasa Mudalali', passed away yesterday evening and President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid his last respect yesterday. S.D Gunadasa, who is widely known 'Dasa Mudalali' was the inventor of Super Market concept in Sri Lanka and was a staunch supporter of former prime minister the late Sirimavo Bandaranai...
08.07.2014 - 07:28
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Government Initiates Livelihood Assistance Programmes for Women-headed Families in War-affected Areas
The Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs, together with the Divi Neguma Department of the Ministry of Economic Development, is implementing a programme to provide livelihood assistance to women who have been widowed due to the armed conflict. The first phase of the programme is currentl...
08.07.2014 - 07:15
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Lanka dives head-first into $20B target
A determined Sri Lanka has dived head-first into achieving its $ 20 B export target by 2020 on 01 July and tasked an international consultancy firm to produce an initial way forward blueprint -as early as this August. “Today we are launching the first step of EDB’s Strategic Plan creation which ai...
08.07.2014 - 07:10
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Two recent contrasting discussions on - Destruction of Sri Lanka’s Ancient Economic Water Heritage
It is generally well known that Sri Lanka’s ancient irrigation systems have been studied and documented over the years by scholars like R L Brohier and others. D S Senanayake as Minister of Agriculture under the Donoughmore reforms commissioned publication of Brohier’s classic Ancient Irrigation Wor...
08.07.2014 - 07:02 By Eng. D L O Mendis
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Sri Lanka’s Smile – Photographic Exhibition by Knut Stritzke in Leipzig, Germany
The Grassi Ethnological Museum in Leipzig has inaugurated a photographic Exhibition named “Sri Lankas Lächeln” – Sri Lanka’s smile – on 23rd May 2014 and will host this exhibition up to 23rd August 2014. The Exhibition consists of photographs taken by the renowned German Photographer Knut Stritzke...
08.07.2014 - 06:54
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Dalai Lama urges Buddhists to halt Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka/Myanmar
The Dalai Lama Sunday reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims, in a speech to tens of thousands of devotees to mark his 79th birthday. In front of the massive crowd that included Hollywood film star Richard Gere in northern India, the Dalai Lama...
07.07.2014 - 13:38 Asian Tribune Presents AFP Report
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June 2014 violence against Muslims is frightening and unsettling minorities in Sri Lanka
While minorities in Sri Lanka will justifiably be frightened and unsettled as a consequence of the violence against Muslims in 2014 in Aluthgama and Beruwala, they need to be assured that the overwhelming majority of the majority community, the Sinhalese, had no part either in the violence agains...
07.07.2014 - 06:56 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Shani's column : Bodhi puja
Culture and Religion are in most cases intertwined. Many people, even though they belong to different religious groups participate in each other’s cultural and religious events world over and at the Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka there is no exception. The Ministry’s staff are predominan...
07.07.2014 - 06:49 By Shani Calyaneratne Karunaratne
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TR Zeliang should show something on the ground
Ever since the TR Zeliang government came in a little over one month back, the overall administration and political environment continues to remain still unpredictable. No major programs and policies are initiated and the state government machineries are still visibly weak. Things are increasingl...
07.07.2014 - 06:32 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Freed Indian nurses from Iraq reach Kochi
Forty-six nurses from Kerala, whose fate in strife-torn Iraq had kept the entire nation on tenterhooks for the past few days, and who were freed by Iraqi insurgents, arrived at Kochi on Saturday (July 5) to a grand welcome, ending days of tension and uncertainty. As the special Air India flight f...
06.07.2014 - 07:24 From Gopal Ethiraj in Chennai
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Rapidly-Chaotic Collapse of the Cradle of Civilization
The visuals that come from Mosul, the town that is under the complete control of ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant - are pretty disturbing for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike; apart from endless human suffering, the well-orchestrated destruction of ancient mosques, shrines and churches,...
06.07.2014 - 07:10 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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India brings back 46 nurses from Tikrit
A special flight of Air India, the national carrier brought home today 46 Kerala nurses who had been briefly held hostage by the ISIS militants as they were working at a 600-bed hospital at Tikrit more than a week ago. Officials of the foreign ministry are tight-lipped on how these nurses ha...
06.07.2014 - 07:18 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Letter from America: 935 Lies – Book Review
Recently in an interview to Chinese news agency, US Secretary of State, John Kerry said he had termed the decision of former President George W. Bush going for war on Iraq a grave mistake. As I have pointed out in some of my writings, the invasion of Iraq was not just a mistake it was a crime of th...
06.07.2014 - 06:56 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil and Germany in semi-finals
Brazil and Germany sent Colombia and France packing respectively, before being qualified to the semi-finals in the current tournament. The heated match between Colombia and Brazil was the focus on Friday, as it truly was a match between the two equals: the former had been the best team up until Fr...
05.07.2014 - 08:16 By our sports correspondent….
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