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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 728

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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – 1
Being a minority is never a pleasant experience for most people in our globe unless one is part of a dominant or domineering group. But even in the latter case when a minority is dominating a majority – as it has happened throughout history with colonial enterprises, to protect its privileged sta...
09.03.2014 - 13:48 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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British Firms issue Toilet Etiquette to Foreign Staff
It was reported this week in the media that some British firms had taken the toilet habits of certain foreign workers, especially from the continental Europe, quite seriously, having faced with a series of damages to the lavatory properties, especially where the posterior receives a frosty reception...
09.03.2014 - 07:24 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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No More Holding Back Women
Two thirds of countries globally now have laws against domestic violence with several significant transformations in legal frameworks in Asia and the Pacific. This significant shift over the last decade has not only led 15 countries in East Asia and the Pacific to enact domestic violence laws but si...
09.03.2014 - 06:11 By Swapna Majumdar, Citizen News Service – CNS
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RANA Convention to be held in NY in July
The Rajasthan Association of North America, NY (RANA) is hosting its Fourth Rajasthani International Convention from July 3 to July 6 at the Islandia Marriott Long Island, New York. The President of RANA, Dr. Narendra Hadpawat is the convener of the convention along with three co-conveners – Naveen...
09.03.2014 - 05:59
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Unbeaten Sri Lanka wins the Asia Cup
Sri Lanka’s cricket team beat Pakistan in the Asian Cup final in Dhaka on Saturday. Sri Lanka was the only unbeaten team in the run up to the final, while the host Bangladesh remained win less. This is Sri Lanka’s fifth win in the ‘Asian Derby’ since 1985. India also has won a similar number while...
09.03.2014 - 05:56 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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The Landmark Encyclopedia of the Sri Lankan Diaspora is Released
The recently published study in The Encyclopedia of the Sri Lanka Diaspora is the most comprehensive analysis of over one million people of Sri Lankan-origin living outside of their homeland. A joint publication between the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) at the National University of Sing...
09.03.2014 - 05:45
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A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy
A Malaysian court convicted opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy and sentenced him to five years in prison on Friday. Three judges at the Court of Appeal unanimously voted to overturn Anwar's acquittal two years ago. The former deputy prime minister, who was previously jailed for six years on...
08.03.2014 - 12:22
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Draft resolution of core group violates the constitutional provisions of Sri Lanka - Ambassador Aryasinha
Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, has said "the draft resolution on Sri Lanka deposited with the Human Rights Council by a core group comprising - the USA, UK, Mauritius, Montenegro and Macedonia, violates the constitutional provisions of Sri La...
08.03.2014 - 08:45
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Six Academics vie for the Jaffna University VC post
Six Jaffna Academics including one from the States is vying for the Jaffna University Vice Chancellor post, Jaffna University circles revealed. A member of the University Council privy to the developments informed that the applicants include the current VC Prof Vasanthy Arasaratnam, Dr P. Alvapil...
08.03.2014 - 08:34
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The Myths about Modern China; A Peep into Tom Doctoroff’s writings
My recent article “What the Chinese Want: A Prelude to understanding China’s growing relations with Sri Lanka” I might have appeared a skimpily tailored because its scope was confined to addressing a question which had become urgent. That was in consideration of views being expressed that there wer...
08.03.2014 - 08:17 By Bandu de Silva
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We are stronger in the places that we’ve been broken
March 8th marks international women’s day, as a woman I am not sure whether I should be happy or saddened by the fact that we have been allocated a special day to praise and glorify our gender and place in this society. As Muhammad Ali Jinnah stated,< it is a crime against humanity that our women...
09.03.2014 - 02:48 By Tharany Rajasingham M.Sc
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UNHRC Resolution: Will opening old wounds, rewrite history and advance reconciliation in Sri Lanka?
The very constructive counter resolution on Sri Lanka introduced by eleven US Senators under pins the basic thrust of the US Foreign Relations Committee report on Sri Lanka 4 years ago when its chairman, the current Secretary of State, John Kerry cautioned against precipitative action that would...
08.03.2014 - 07:40 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Who can forget the Cuban missile crisis?
I am reading with great interest how the Western media is presenting the Ukraine issue. While reading it, surprisingly, I am reminded of that great hit number of the popular British singer, Phil Collins ‘The both sides of the story’. Margaret Thatcher of Britain was hailed as 'Iron Lady' when she oc...
08.03.2014 - 07:31 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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New State NCP President prioritized of party activities
Newly appointed President of the Nagaland Unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Imtilemba Sangtam, MLA, has called upon the party’s rank and file to unitedly work to strengthen the party. In a felicitation program held here at State NCP office Conference Hall today, many party leaders lauded Im...
08.03.2014 - 07:16 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Will Sri Lanka end up in a Sierra Leone type Situation? Darussaman Panelists Feed the Conspiracy Theory
Whether Sri Lanka will have to finally face a Sierra Leone like situation depends on what the UNHRC decides on the draft Resolution which was finally submitted to the Council yesterday (March 7th ) in the original form with no major modification of its Clause Three. The original Clause 3 led India...
07.03.2014 - 18:42 By Bandu de Silva
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Kamalendran and other two suspects remanded till 20 March
Kayts Magistrate S. Lenin Kumar further remanded the three accused persons - Kandasamy Kamalendran, Leader of the Opposition in the Northern Provincial Council and Lundan Sasindran and Rexigan's wife Enida Rexigan for the fifth time, until 20h March in the murder of Delft Pradeshiya Sabha Chairm...
07.03.2014 - 08:29
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Child Friendly School
Benjamin Disraeli once said that “the youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity”. Any investment in the empowerment of youths will always add value to a Nation especially to one like Sri Lanka. A tool to eradicate vendetta and retaliation in a nation after a long ethnic war is through awarene...
07.03.2014 - 08:12 By Tharany Rajasingham
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Disproportionate negative attention is making the task of reconciliation difficult in Sri Lanka – Prof. G.L. Peiris
Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris has said, the highly prejudiced actions taken by a few countries and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to give disproportionate negative attention to Sri Lanka, has made the separatist Tamil elements in Sri Lanka an...
07.03.2014 - 07:57
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Excavation in Mannar Mass Grave Site Stopped, on the Orders of Police Magistrate.
The excavation works at the Mass Grave site, Mannar have been stopped effective from Wednesday - 5th March, subsequent to the decision arrived at a discussion held yesterday near the Grave Site presided over by Mannar Magistrate Ms. Ananthi Kanagaratnam. The meeting was held at the Mass Grave...
06.03.2014 - 10:07 By K.T.Rajasingham
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President and BIMSTEC Leaders Pledge to Strengthen Bilateral Relations
President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with several leaders on the sidelines of the third BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar. During these discussions leaders agreed to strengthen existing relations both within and outside the BIMSTEC framework in all areas where there is potential for cooper...
06.03.2014 - 07:50
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