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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1046

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Stop Murder, Stop Sexual Violence And Impunity In Burma
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) condemned the rape and murder of two Kachin women in their church compound on the night of 19 January, and called on the government of Burma to immediately stop its military offensives in ethnic areas and bring the perpetrators of sexual violence to justice. The...
23.01.2015 - 08:51
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Brigadier K.J Jayaweera – New Military Spokesman
Brigadier K.J Jayaweera, the present Director, Directorate of Media at Army Headquarters has been appointed temporarily as new Military Spokesman, Director Training & Coordination and Spokesman-Media Centre, Ministry of Defence and Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS) with immediate eff...
23.01.2015 - 08:43
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Kumarasinghe Sirisena – Brother of President, New Telecom Chairman
President Maithripala Sirisena’s brother Pallewatta Gamaralalage Kumarasinghe Sirisena has been appointed as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom and according to sources he has already assumed duties. Kumarasinghe Sirisena was the CEO/General Manager of the State Timber Corporation from 2006 to D...
23.01.2015 - 08:37
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Good governance in Sri Lanka; Should Yahapalanaya begin at home with the government?
Hound dogs are out in Sri Lanka seeking those who may have committed acts of corruption, human rights abuses and even war crimes, and unduly influenced the dispensation of justice and maintenance of law and order. Indeed, for the sake of good governance, those responsible must be brought to justice....
22.01.2015 - 20:53 By A Special Correspondent
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New Sri Lankan Government yet to appoint new governors
Governors of all nine provinces in Sri Lanka have resigned by tendering their resignation to the President Maithripala Sirisena. The last one to go was Alavi Moulana of the Western Province. There were all sorts of reports about Alavi Moulana’s resignation. Reports revealed that he was being press...
22.01.2015 - 14:37
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Chief Justice Mohan Peiris Resigns
Chief Justice Mohan Peiris has agreed to resign from his post with immediate effect and had communicated his decision to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Sri Lanka's 44th Chief Justice Mohan Peiris yesterday handed his letter of resignation over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. Mr. Moha...
22.01.2015 - 12:32
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Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka acquitted, civic rights restored
Former Sri Lanka Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has been acquitted of all charges filed against him under the previous Government and has been granted complete amnesty by President Maithripala Sirisena, the President’s Media Division said. In keeping with his election pledge President Maithripala S...
22.01.2015 - 08:46
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New Ministers sworn-in before the President
A Cabinet Minister, a State Minister and four Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena this afternoon at the Presidential Secretariat. The Ministers are as follows: Cabinet Minister Abdul Haleem Mohamad Hazeem – Muslim Reliigious Affairs and Posts State Minister Mohamad...
22.01.2015 - 08:26
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Sri Lanka Government Reduced Prices of Fuel
The Government announced the reduction of fuel prices with effect from midnight yesterday. Accordingly – A litre of Petrol (92 octane) has been reduced by Rs. 33 A litre of petrol (95 octane) has been reduced by Rs. 30. A litre of Lanka Auto Diesel has also been reduced by Rs. 16 A litre of Lank...
22.01.2015 - 07:52
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Biggest duty and responsibility of the Government is to fulfill promises given to the people
Today, the biggest duty and responsibility of the Government is to fulfill the promises given to the people. Our agenda should not limited to a one political party, it should be focused on the country and its people and be a national agenda, said President Maithripala Sirisena at a special reception...
21.01.2015 - 09:30
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Stop Political Revenge - Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday asked the new government to stop "political revenge", a day after his country home in the southern province was raided by police. "Our family has been in politics since 1931. But never our homes came to be searched. I ask them to stop this political reve...
21.01.2015 - 07:42
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Sri Lanka committed to further strengthen relationship with Pakistan: Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe
The High Commissioner of Pakistan Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at Temple Trees on 19 January 2015. The Prime Minister and the High Commissioner exchanged views on further promoting bilateral ties between the two countries. Qasim Qureshi congratulated the...
21.01.2015 - 07:43
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Thy freedom is divine, my freedom is vice!
Freedom of speech or freedom of expression is the phrase popular in the Western part of our planet in the recent weeks. People are dancing, singing and crying; on streets, market places and at newsrooms, for a single thing – they call freedom of speech. They say it is their ‘democratic value’, some...
20.01.2015 - 07:09 By *M. Burhanuddin Qasmi
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Lalin’s Column: First 100 days -short list of priorities
Steps to be taken towards national reconciliation should be at the top of the President’s list of things to be done in the first 100 days. It is suggested that the following also be accommodated under the 100 day action plan that is meant to prepare the ground for the promised future. Reconciliation...
20.01.2015 - 07:00 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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The Pope said it all...........
Under no circumstances one has the right to take the life of another, even under the worst provocation, having said that I would like to bring to the attention of a brilliant cartoon posted on the internet on the Paris attack, which had a journalist lying in a pool of blood and an armed terrorist wh...
19.01.2015 - 17:22 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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S L Gunasekara: Officer (Nationalist) and Gentleman (British)
I cannot quite remember when I first met S L Gunasekara. As I recall,it was a few decades ago at an embassy cocktail party, at a time when heads like me of scientific associations were also invited. He recalled his correct stand at the Thimpu talks which I had dismissed as Indian interference after...
19.01.2015 - 17:09 By Susantha Goonatilake
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US: Election has brought hope of "Inclusive Future" for Sri Lanka
The United States gave strong message to Sri Lanka from the premises of the latter's diplomatic mission in Washington: The message the January 8 presidential election in Sri Lanka gave was that the nation expressed hope for an inclusive future, meaning an inclusive society. The significance is the...
18.01.2015 - 15:07 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Political Note
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Google Glass: paralyzed, dead or to be resurrected later?
When Google announced that it was to stop producing Google Glass, the wearable ‘computer’ in the form of a pair of glasses, any more in its present form, the startling news raised many questions rather than responding to the existing core one – what really went wrong in a relatively short time? The...
18.01.2015 - 08:31 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Sri Lanka-born American Diplomat Connects China and the United States
Sri Lankan-born American UNESCO Commissioner Dr. Patrick Mendis recently met with Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, the U.S. Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris. They were in Washington for the annual meeting of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and to welcome the Director-General Irina Bo...
18.01.2015 - 08:23
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The Paris March – A Sign of Bold Freedom or Pharaonic Arrogance?
Paris has recently witnessed the targeted assassination of eight Parisian journalists. Many see their execution as terrorism. Some see it as a justifiable act of avenge or retaliation for insulting Islam and its revered Prophet (S). And then there are many others who are not sure how to categorize t...
18.01.2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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