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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 820

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Voices of dissent growing in Congress; two critics suspended
Voices of dissent are growing in India’s Grand Old Party (GOP), the Congress over Rahul Gandhi, who is also party’s Vice President after the drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections. The latest to go public with his critique is Bhanwar Lal Sharma, a six-term lawmaker in the Rajasthan Assembly. Yesterd...
02.06.2014 - 07:51 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Let it not be just one of those ‘days’!
Once a year we celebrate ’Mothers’ Day’, ‘Animal Day’ and various other so called ‘days’. Thus the heat of which usually lasts only for 24 hours and then conveniently forgotten thereafter. Now, we are in the process of marking a very important ‘day’, ‘No Tobacco Day’, which involves the life and d...
02.06.2014 - 07:41 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh
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Building feminist movements to stimulate change
Grassroots women of the Asia Pacific region have borne the brunt of the unrelenting global desire for increased consumption and accumulation of wealth by a tiny minority. Their aspirations and livelihoods are regularly trampled upon in this new Asian century, prompting thousands of women to be at th...
02.06.2014 - 07:34 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Sri Lanka - Petition to BAN Bodu Bala Sena & Co
Voices against Bodu Bka Sena is growing louder and louder and it is being urged that the militant Buddhist outfit be banned forthwith. A petition campaign has demanded, “Stop the extreme group of monks called Bodu Bala Sena who ignites the religious hatred, enmity and violent oppression against M...
02.06.2014 - 07:24
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U Wirathu to Visit the Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka
It seems like a new alliance of what I term ‘Ethnocentric Buddhism’ is beginning to take shape in South and Southeast Asia. It is reported in 'Ceylon Today' that the Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) have invited U Wirathu, leader of the 969 movement in Burma, to visit them in Sri Lanka. Galago...
01.06.2014 - 20:32 By Paul Fuller
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Letter from America: Shaykh Sa’di
Shaykh Sa’di was one of the greatest sages of the Muslim world. Growing up as a child in Bangladesh, I first came across a story about this great scholar in my text book. It was an intriguing piece which never escaped from my mind. Shaykh Sa’di was once invited to a wealthy man’s mansion. He goes...
01.06.2014 - 11:57 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Plight of Women in South Asia
In the ascending order of brutality, the murder of two Dalit teenage girls in a down-on-the-luck village in Uttar Pradesh, UP, India and that of the pregnant 25-year- woman in Lahore, Pakistan expose the existing inertia of the collective soul of South Asia in treating the women as equals, while on...
01.06.2014 - 08:55 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Gender Justice to be at the heart of development justice
The Asia and the Pacific region contain some of the world’s most powerful economies and the 21st Century is often touted to belong to this region. Yet the region is home to 66% of the world’s poorest poor. Denouncing such stark disparities, the 1st plenary session at the 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist...
01.06.2014 - 06:43 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Now it is Amma’s turn to meet Modi on June 3
With back channels doing the home work, the stage is set for the first formal meeting of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jaya “Amma” Jayalalithaa with Prime Minister Narendra Modi early next week. The Chief Minister will meet the Prime Minister at his South Block office in New Delhi on June 3, a state g...
31.05.2014 - 01:41 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Contours for a political solution in Sri Lanka – Point of view from a moderate member of the Tamil Diaspora
This article is about suggestions made by a moderate member of the Tamil Diaspora for a political solution in Sri Lanka. The person concerned is a professional and someone who loathes the extremist elements within the Diaspora as much as he loathes similar elements within the Sinhala community. He...
31.05.2014 - 01:28 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Lanka rides $60Bn global FOSS wave to help exporters, aiming cost advantage
Sri Lanka has a favourable ‘per container cost to export’ rate of only $ 595. After reporting $1.07 Bn record exports in March, the country is now mulling a new high tech initiative to help exporters to lower this rate for added competitive advantage-while eager Lankan exporters are already testing...
31.05.2014 - 01:14
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2nd APFF 2014: Creating Waves, Fostering Movements
The 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (2nd APFF 2014), organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) kick started in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It has brought together nearly 300 feminists from 30 countries of the five sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific as well as global allies...
31.05.2014 - 01:04 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Ambassador Sarrath Kongahage visits Swiss Canton of Neuchatel
On invitation by the Swiss President of the Confederation, Didier Burkhalter, the diplomatic corps accredited in Switzerland undertook a visit to the republic and canton of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Sarath Kongahage, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Germany, was part of the delegation including Mr. Burkh...
31.05.2014 - 00:56
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Fund for Media personnel, Artistes and Writers
Cabinet approval was granted yesterday (May 29) for creating a fund for media personnel, artistes and writers. The cabinet Proposal for this was submitted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The main intend to establish this fund was to give assistance to media personnel, artistes and writers who have g...
31.05.2014 - 00:49
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Vaiko set to mend fences with Modi
After a public spat with Narendra Modi and skipping his swearing in ceremony on May 26, Vaiko and his MDMK party appear to be set on mending fences with the Prime Minister. And it is now back to donning the mantle of BJP ally in full public view, though only three days back it was staging noisy demo...
30.05.2014 - 09:58 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Connecting the dots: Tobacco use, diabetes, and tuberculosis
Tobacco related illness kills nearly 6 million people each year, accounting for 1 in 10 of all deaths globally. More than 5.4 million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. In fact tobacco is a risk fact...
30.05.2014 - 07:27 By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Jan-April exports trounce seasonal downturn, sustain Q1 surge levels
Despite the regular annual seasonal pullback, Sri Lanka’s January-April exports have successfully sustained its Q1 surge. “The usual April seasonal export slowdown did not affect our exports. In fact, today we are seeing a periodic rise of 15%” said a satisfied Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industr...
30.05.2014 - 12:40
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Sri Lanka to Expand Co-operation with Spain
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris had bilateral discussions with Mr. Manuel Garcia Marfil, Minister of Foreign Affairs Spain, on the sidelines of the 17thMinisterial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers on Wednesday. Minister Peiris briefed his Spanish counterpart on Sri Lank...
30.05.2014 - 07:04
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Modi retains Varanasi seat
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been elected from two seats to the 16th Lok Sabha today decided to retain Varanasi seat and relinquish Vadodra seat. The decision is seen as a strong signal that the Modi and his BJP party have set their eyes on the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, and would lik...
30.05.2014 - 06:58 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Turkey Commends Progress In Sri Lanka
Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, held bilateral discussions with Mr. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 17th Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Algiers. Minister Davutoglu paid tribute to the resilience S...
30.05.2014 - 06:50
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