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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1009

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India’s National Security Advisor Calls on President Rajapaksa
India’s National Security Advisor Mr. Ajit Doval paid a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s House in Colombo. Mr. Doval, who is in Sri Lanka to attend the Galle Dialog 2014, congratulated Sri Lanka on hosting the conference and for the international recogniti...
02.12.2014 - 15:15
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Church denied claims by an opposition lawmaker that the Pope Francis had cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka
The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka denied claims by an opposition lawmaker that the Pope Francis had cancelled his January 13-15 visit because a presidential election was being held just days earlier. The statement issued by the church referred to a statement allegedly made by chief Opposition whi...
02.12.2014 - 07:55
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Don’t Vote For Traitors - Sajin
Many have betrayed the country in the past. President Ranasinghe Premadasa supplied weapons to the LTTE. Opposition leader Ranil Wikremesinghe’s UNP regime too played into the hands of the LTTE terrorists, because these leaders did not show any concern for public well-being, External Affairs Ministr...
02.12.2014 - 07:35
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Pakistan Awards Fully Funded Scholarships to Sri Lankan Students in the field of Medicine and Dentistry
The Government of Pakistan has awarded fully funded higher education scholarships to six Sri Lankan students, five in the field of Medicine and one in Dentistry. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Maj Gen ® Qasim Qureshi met the selected students at the High Commission of Pakistan and co...
02.12.2014 - 07:19
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Ancient Irrigation Works Must Be Restored And Not Destroyed
The government has commenced a project to divert the waters of Yan Oya with Chinese aid. The proposed reservoir of this project will not only inundate a large extent of paddy lands which are presently irrigated by ancient irrigation works but will also inundate some of the ancient ruins in this ar...
01.12.2014 - 04:27 By Lt Col (Rtd.) Anil Amarasekera
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Will Burma’s constitutional crisis crack up its reform?
The people of Burma have been wishing for a peaceful and flourishing country since the 1948 independence achievement. But unfortunately, the nation’s independence hero General Aung San was assassinated a year ahead of independence. As a result, civil wars throughout the country occurred in the midst...
01.12.2014 - 04:06 By - Zin Linn
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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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