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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1259

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Report on Sri Lanka to be released on Wednesday - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today while making his opening address at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that he will release his report and recommendations on Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Al Hussein added that there were serious violations an...
14.09.2015 - 17:36
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Repression of foreign Sponsored Resistance in Balochistan
Recently, Dr. Muhammad Taqi has written an article “Repression, resistance, rapprochement” that was published in renowned English daily of Pakistan. In his article, Dr. Taqi twisted the historical facts and tried to link Geronimo movement with Baloch rebels. He stated that Geronimo led a tiny band...
14.09.2015 - 08:58 By Zaheerul Hassan
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USA, China debate on cyber security issues!
The cyber security issue is one of top concerns of the Obama government and Americans blame China for all cyber related security problems USA is facing. The White House said that the senior American and Chinese officials concluded four days of meetings on 12th September on cyber security and other i...
14.09.2015 - 08:51 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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As a goodwill gesture: Sri Lanka to release Indian fishermen held for poaching in Lankan waters.
The government has decided to release 16 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody in view of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s official visit to India. This will be the first official overseas trip by Wickremesinghe since he assumed office of Prime Minister. His wife Maithree will accompany him....
14.09.2015 - 08:40
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Trincomalee: memorable visit to a tourist paradise
With a depreciating rupee on the horizon while exporters feeling the pinch on many fronts, despite the theoretical advantage offered by the former, there is no more crucial time for an island nation like Sri Lanka to get its tourism strategy right – before it is too late. At present, in the picture...
13.09.2015 - 08:11 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from Trincomalee…
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Letter from America: Combating bigotry in Europe
I have noted in the past how religious extremism is on the rise around the globe, which is making the lives of most minorities difficult. It needs to be defeated. So, does fascism. It is worth recalling that fascism happens when a culture fracturing along social lines is encouraged to unite against...
13.09.2015 - 08:03 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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USAID Project Garners Prestigious International Energy Award
Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum (LRWHF) this week received the prestigious 2015 Energy Globe National Award to celebrate its work on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resource conservation initiatives. The project was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (US...
12.09.2015 - 08:30
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Indo-Lanka trade in remarkable turnaround
As Indo-Lanka YoY annual trade reported a remarkable turnaround, the umbrella exporters body of India made its entry into Sri Lanka on 11 September with no less than a mini Indian exporters’ fair in Colombo-and India now claims the bulk of Colombo port’s total container transshipment, as revealed on...
12.09.2015 - 08:24
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At least 65 persons die in crane crash at Mecca Grand Mosque!
As Muslims from all over the World are arriving in tens and thousands for annual Holy Hajj, sadly, more than 6o persons have died in the Grand Mosque owing to a crane crash. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported that at least 65 several people were killed and over 30 others injured when storm...
12.09.2015 - 08:16 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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U.S. Embassy Encourages U.S. Businesses to Expand Trade and Investment
On September 10, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap briefed a visiting delegation of U.S. business executives about opportunities to expand trade and investment between the U.S. and Sri Lanka. In his remarks to the visiting executives, Ambassador Keshap urged their companies to seize the “golden moment o...
12.09.2015 - 07:58
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After Foot march, straight to Geneva to canvas support for international probe on war crimes
M.K.Sivajilingham and Ananthi Sashitharan – the two Northern Province Councilors from the Tamil National Alliance were on the second day of their protest foot march – Patha yathira, demanding an international war crimes probe in the final stages of the military conflict which lasted up to 19 May...
11.09.2015 - 23:16
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Sri Lanka: Sirisena’s experiment is bound to retard democracy, not advance it
A new ministry with 90 ministers (48 cabinet ministers, 19 Ministers of State and 23 Deputy Ministers) has taken over the running of the government along with an Executive President who is also the head of the government. Those who vociferously and rightly criticized previous jumbo ministries are mo...
11.09.2015 - 20:04 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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“Sri Lanka: The Search For Justice” – a new film by Callum Macrae
Callum Macrae the man behind the controversial Emmy-nominated feature documentary “No Fire Zone: – credited with playing a key role in convincing the international community to take action over the Sri Lankan massacres of 2009, in which tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died – have now launch...
11.09.2015 - 13:56
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Four PSD Officers Killed And Another Six Injured In A Multi-Vehicle Accident
Four presidential Security Division (PSD) officers were killed and another six injured when the defender they were traveling collided with two private buses in Yagodamulla area in Minuwangoda. The accident took place this morning in the Colombo-Kurunegala road. One of the private buses involved in t...
10.09.2015 - 23:07
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Rishad kick-starts third Lankan Industry & Commerce sprint
Sri Lanka is mulling a bigger role for private sector in the planned industry and commerce reforms-and Lankans of all hues are rallying round the leaders of the new consensual government, as declared on 09 September. “I look forward to an increased role and support of the Lankan business, exports an...
10.09.2015 - 22:21
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Finance Ministry denies increase of special tax on nine food items
The Ministry of Finance today said that special commodity levy has been increased on potatoes and sugar only. An official of the Finance Ministry denied the media reports that special commodity levy has been increased on nine food items. Further clarifying the situation the official said that this...
10.09.2015 - 22:12
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Wake up call on asthma in children: New data must drive well-coordinated action!
If we listen to asthma experts and look at evidence, one reality becomes starkly clear: we have neglected asthma in children for far too long! "I think we have 'gone to sleep a bit' on asthma in resource-limited settings. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and...
10.09.2015 - 13:02 Ramakant, Citizen News Service (CNS)
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Three more new Cabinet Ministers sworn in
Three new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at the Presidential Secretariat. The speculation and rumors which circulated in the media on the appointments of Douglas Devananda of EPDP and that of Arumugan Thondaman as Ministers with Cabinet status were a...
10.09.2015 - 11:06
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The SATF Congratulates Opposition Leader Sampanthan
The South African Tamil Federation places on record its congratulations to the TNA leader Hon R. Sampanthan leader of the TNA on being recognised as the official opposition leader in the Sri Lankan Parliament. The SATF has held many meeting with Mr. Sampanthan in South Africa, and we found him to be...
09.09.2015 - 08:47
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Lalin’s Column : Absolutely Foreign Affairs (final3) 8 Sep 2015)
SL’s Foreign Minister (FM) is taking giant strides to make a good impression with the West that looks for weaknesses in ‘unfriendly’ (to the Western ‘World’) governments like SL’s last one. He seems to be succeeding. After the Presidential Election (Jan 2015) he together with the Justice Minister sa...
09.09.2015 - 08:35 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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