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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 915

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Bihar signals a new churning in Indian politics
A new churning appears to be taking place in Indian politics with signals from Bihar that Congress party of Sonia Gandhi, and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and the ruling Janta Dal (United) led by Nitish Kumar have decided to cement their recent truce in...
07.09.2014 - 14:35 From Malladi Rama Rao in New Delhi
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Lanka vying for $3B rubber sector
As the first ever Global Rubber Confab to be held in Sri Lanka is announced on 28 August, the country positioned its historic rubber industry to be a $ 3B sector. And a top global rubber body voiced that rubber prices would recover ‘before very long’. “We are now aiming at an ambitious $3B rubber...
07.09.2014 - 12:57
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Amma inducts former, axes a present
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa made yet another routine induction and axing in her three-old ministry. Milk and dairy development minister ‘Madhavaram’ V Moorthy was dropped on Saturday. In his place, Tiruvallur MLA B V Ramana, who was once a minister, was inducted, signalling his return t...
07.09.2014 - 12:25 From Malladi Rama Rao
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“A Leftie who hates the poor:” former French First Lady Blasts her ex-partner, President Hollande
Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet, may not be the best man to analyse the virtues of institution of marriage, yet he appeared to have got the above one-liner right, when it comes to the exposure of endless dramas of catfights surrounding a man - often involving high profile cases in public. This week, th...
07.09.2014 - 07:48 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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To Signify Stronger Relations – Spain To Open Embassy In Colombo
Minister of External Affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris, held bilateral discussions on Saturday with Mr. José Manuel Gracia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Spain. Minister Peiris said that the growing strength of the bilateral relationship between Sri Lanka and Spain is indicated by t...
07.09.2014 - 07:35
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South Asia’s first SME issue & biz mood trackers unveiled in Colombo
The backbone of Sri Lanka’s economy received a fresh boost as a pioneering initiative to automate their issues and measure their pulse received prompt government backing on 28 August. And this is a first-for the entire South Asian region. “I am pleased that the first and pioneering online issue trac...
07.09.2014 - 07:28
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Senior Japanese Diplomat Yasushi Akashi Meets President Rajapaksa
Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Mr. Yasushi Akashi called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow (Sept. 7). President Rajapak...
06.09.2014 - 23:02
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Spain Understands the Impact of Terrorism, Spanish Foreign Minister Tells President Rajapaksa
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Mr. José Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning. The discussion focused on strengthening both diplomatic and economic relations between the two nations. The Minister also spoke of S...
06.09.2014 - 18:20
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Tomorrow: Japanese PM arrives in Sri Lanka
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive tomorrow morning – 7th September, in Sri Lanka with a special delegation on an official visit. His visit is in response to an invitation extended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his official visit to Japan in March 2013. Abe will be the first Jap...
06.09.2014 - 08:47
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Lanka-China FTA electrifies $8B global apparel giant to action
The forthcoming Lanka-China FTA has electrified no less than a $8B global apparel giant who is also the world’s largest shirt maker. “We are very excited about the forthcoming Lanka-China FTA; having duty free market access to China is very important for us as an apparel sourcing firm and the benefi...
06.09.2014 - 08:21
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Cycling Tour 2014: Cycling for Peace and Development
‘Cycling Tour 2014: Volunteering to Make a Difference’, a project initiated by the United Nations Volunteers programme in Sri Lanka was pre-launched on the 12th of August 2014, coinciding with the International Youth Day. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and Mr...
06.09.2014 - 07:02
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A Letter That “The New York Times” Refused To Publish
The New York Times has sailed under the well-known slogan of: “All the News that’s fit to print”. Not surprisingly, when it’s distortions are pointed out it is not considered news fit to print. The following letter was sent in response to its misleading editorial. Needless to say it was not publis...
06.09.2014 - 06:54
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Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama presented his Letter of Credence to the Federal President Joachim Gauck at his official residence (Palace), the Schloss Bellevue in Berlin, on 2nd September, as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Federal Republic of Germany. Ambassador Amunugama conveyed warm best wi...
06.09.2014 - 06:44
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Our trade future looks good!’-Seychelles
Enhanced trade cooperation cemented by a new Joint Trade Committee will open the Sri Lanka’s anticipated trade volumes with Africa said Seychelles on 27 August. And Lankan exports to Africa’s top blue economy as well as transit passenger volumes to Colombo is now on the increase as a result of recen...
06.09.2014 - 06:19
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How Hindus became minority in East Bengal turned Bangladesh?
Mahatma Gandhiji’s Noakhali Diary gives us many woeful details. His peace mission has not yet fulfilled. M A Jinnah’s Pakistan is now a utopia and turned to Quid to al-Quida and Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla is struggling for democracy, rule of law social justice, and principles of war of liberation....
06.09.2014 - 06:09 By Rabindranath Trivedi
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‘Five million families benefit thanks to Basil’-Rishad
More than five million poor families are set to benefit from government’s latest micro credit initiative launched island-wide on 01 September-rewarded with no less than spot cash. “It is thanks to Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa that Divi Neguma scheme arrived in Mannar for the first t...
05.09.2014 - 20:52
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How Hindus became ‘minority’ in East Bengal turned Bangladesh?
In 1947, Great Britain granted independence to India and established Pakistan as an independent Muslim country. “Hence, what the *Bengali elite (*Hindu) adamantly refused when imposed by the British (in 1905), they were obliged to accept four decades later as the price of independence. ‘Within 36...
05.09.2014 - 08:49 By Rabindranath Trivedi
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Prime Minister Abe’s Visit: An Opportunity to Make up for Lost Time.
The Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Sri Lanka offers the chance to reflect upon the fact that Japan has been a steadfast and generous partner throughout Sri Lanka’s post-independence era. The Prize on Offer. At the San Francisco conference Sri Lanka drew upon Lord Buddha’s teachings to plead for th...
05.09.2014 - 08:31
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New U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Application System
The United States Embassy in Colombo is transitioning to a new online appointment service for the non-immigrant visas starting September 7, 2014. The new process is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly and has been implemented at U.S. embassies worldwide. In addition, call center repr...
05.09.2014 - 08:16
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Bala Tampoe’s Funeral tomorrow
The funeral of Bala Tampoe is to be held tomorrow at the Borella cemetery. Bala Tampoe a nonagenarian, he is one of the great figureheads of the Sri Lankan labor movement, and was the general secretary of Ceylon Mercantile Union (CMU) passed away at a private hospital in Colombo on 1 September...
04.09.2014 - 18:55
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