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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1007

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SASEAN Set To Enhance Cooperation Between SAARC And Asean
The inaugural of South and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defence Chiefs' Dialogue- 2014 in November (2014) was held in Colombo. SASEAN Defence Chiefs Dialogue 2014 came to a close on 29 November 2014 at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The conclave was held from 27th to 29th November at the Kin...
01.12.2014 - 04:01
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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
First of all, I am deeply indebted to you for inducting two dynamic BJP MPs from Northeastern India, Sarbananda Sonowal from Assam and Kiren Rijiju from Arunachal Pradesh, as Ministers of State, into your Council of Ministers. They have been given Ministers in-charge of Sports and Home. By inducting...
30.11.2014 - 19:50 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Sri Lanka joins the Abu Dhabi Dialogue to protect migrant workers
A series of initiatives aimed at boosting protection and improving conditions of employment for millions of foreign workers in the Gulf have been agreed upon at the Third Ministerial Consultative Meeting of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue (ADD) comprising Asian countries sending and receiving labour, which c...
30.11.2014 - 16:55
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Sri Lankan Presidential Election: creation of a benign hybrid by political cloning
The emergence of Mr Maithripala Sirisena, former health minister, as the common, opposition presidential candidate, has changed the political landscape in Sri Lanka beyond recognition, which up until two weeks ago, had been relatively static against a backdrop of a catalog of outcomes of region...
30.11.2014 - 11:27 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Dr Lorna Devaraja – The uncrowned queen of the Muslims
Dr Lorna Srimathie Dewaraja, the brilliant historian of repute who did not receive the recognition that she rightly deserves in her life time for her contribution to the Muslims of Sri Lanka should be engraved in their hearts and minds for her contribution with her luminous academic research and pub...
30.11.2014 - 11:21 By Hilmy Ahamed
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Obama’s Foreign Policy Failure or Paying Back in Their Own Coins? Myanmar or Rohingya
On the day that President left Rangoon for Australia came the announcement that Burma signs $ 7.8 billion deal with China on energy, agriculture, telecommunications and infrastructure maybe including the controversial 3.6 billion Myitsone dam project of with 90% going to China. A clear indication th...
30.11.2014 - 04:03 By Kanbawza Win
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Letter from America: Reflections on my latest trip to Bangladesh
I was in Bangladesh recently visiting my relatives and friends. The air flight from Philadelphia was long via the Qatar Airways. Previously, like many airlines Qatar Airways did not have a direct flight out of Philadelphia. Now it does, which allowed me to avoid traveling to nearby JFK airport in NY...
30.11.2014 - 03:39 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Fishermen from the North benefit by Coast Guard Awareness Program
Coast Guard personnel attached to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) Northern Region recently conducted an awareness program for fishermen at Point Pedro. The awareness program was held for fisher folk in Kottadi, Point Pedro. The program was conducted to educate fishermen on duties of Coast Guard, i...
29.11.2014 - 14:44
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Sri Lanka Marks 29th November – Intl. Solidarity Day With Palestine
This year too Palestine solidarity workers in Sri Lanka will be joining millions of friends of Palestine from all over the world in marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people declared by United Nations Organization. In 1977 General Assembly of United Nations called for t...
29.11.2014 - 08:06 By. Dr.T.Jayasinghe - Fmr Ambassador to the State of Palestine
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Parliamentarian A H M Azwer Resigns to pave way for Ameer Ali
United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian A H M Azwer has resigned from the Parliament today, it is learnt to pave way for Rishad’s Ameer Ali. Eastern Provincial politician Ameer Ali of Vanni MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s ACMC, has been proposed for the vacancy created in Parliament by the resigna...
28.11.2014 - 19:29
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Shuffling of Army Generals
Major General K. Jagath Alwis has been appointed as the new Commander, Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), effective from Friday (28) by the Commander of the Army. He is also to take over as the Colonel Commandant, Military Intelligence Corps beginning 10 December 2014. According to Sri L...
28.11.2014 - 17:14
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Sri Lanka Regime Change: Leads to Bifurcation
"The issue at the forthcoming presidential election is not the replacement of incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa with opposition common candidate Maitripala Sirisena; the larger scenario is whether the people of Sri Lanka are prepared to allow the strategy manipulation of the Tamil Tiger professi...
28.11.2014 - 11:56
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Dr. Swamy predicts 40% Tamil votes to Mahinda
Dr. Subramanian Swamy in a twitter message said 40 percent of Sri Lankan Tamils will vote for President Mahinda Rajapaksa this time. Tamils voted 0 per cent last time and added that once President Mahinda Rajapaksa wins the Presidential election, he (Swamy) would take the Devolution issue and help S...
28.11.2014 - 21:56
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B’Deshi biz steps in to accelerate historic trade pact
As both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka moved closer to their historic trade pact, the process took a new turn as a keen Bangladeshi private sector itself stepping in to accelerate it on 27 November, a rare development in an on-going Lankan trade negotiations-and bilateral trade between both countries has...
28.11.2014 - 07:59
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UK Trade Mission In Sri Lanka
The inauguration of the UK trade mission to Sri Lanka, "Putting British Business on the Front Foot", was held on Thursday, 27 November, 2014 at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. Organised by the UK Trade & Investment section of the British High Commission, Colombo, the trade mission saw representative...
28.11.2014 - 07:48
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SAARC Leaders Offer Best Wishes for President Rajapaksa’s Re-election and Express Confidence on His Victory
Many of the leaders President Mahinda Rajapaksa met for bilateral discussions on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit offered their best wishes for his re-election bid at the forthcoming presidential election and expressed confidence on his victory. During his discussion with President Rajapaksa...
27.11.2014 - 22:16
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President Meets Leaders of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal in Kathmandu
President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with several leaders from SAARC countries during his stay in Kathmandu. These included Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Bhutan Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Nepal Prime M...
27.11.2014 - 22:05
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Sri Lanka Army to Return More Gold Jewellery To Northern Owners
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake on Wednesday (26) at the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, announcing the release of another stock of gold jewelleries to 1960 more identified rightful owners in the North at a ceremony on December 4, headed by Pre...
27.11.2014 - 09:20
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Ambassador D. S. de Silva presents credentials to the Polish President
Sri Lanka's Ambassador-designate to Poland, D.S. de Silva presented his credentials to the President of Poland Bronis?ow Komorowski at a ceremony held at the official residence, "Belvedere" in Warsaw, on 07th November 2014. The Ambassador was invited to a private meeting with the President, where h...
27.11.2014 - 07:38
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Russia approves import of fish and fish products from Sri Lanka
As a result of the untiring efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka through the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation, the Federal Service of Veterinary Surveillance under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation has granted approval on 12th November 2014 to import fish and fish...
26.11.2014 - 22:25
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