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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1391

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Charlie Hebdo does it again!
Charlie Hebdo is never out of ideas to stoke up the flames of racism, bigotry, intolerance and hatred. Remember Aylan Kurdi, the two-year-old, whose picture lying face down on a beach in Turkey caused an international outcry over the human cost of the migrant crisis? The magazine’s latest cartoon i...
18.01.2016 - 06:08 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Flickering Fortunes By Lakshman Ratnapala
Flickering Fortunes By Lakshman Ratnapala will be launched on Thursday, 28 January 2016 at 6.00 p.m. in Jubilee Room of the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo under the patronage of Minister Sarath Amunugama. Minister Amunugama will deliver the keynote address, followed by a presentation by Rev. Marc P. Bi...
18.01.2016 - 05:35
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A new constitution for Sri Lanka; a misplaced priority
Sri Lanka seems destined to engage in yet another mix up of priorities. Since independence in 1948, the country has been grappling with constitutions or major changes to administrative regulations and not economic priorities. The result has been that a country that was more economically advanced at...
17.01.2016 - 22:08 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Oil Price Crash: $10 a barrel is no longer consumers’ wishful thinking
Up until extreme rationalists started looking down on them, there had been folks in Wales, Great Britain, who used to believe that the sound of an owl amongst their houses was a harbinger of an unmarried woman losing her virginity in the village. Since the belief had the potential to book a place in...
17.01.2016 - 08:54 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed allowed to travel to UK for treatment
Jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed has been granted permission to seek medical treatment abroad, government announced Saturday. Nasheed had sought permission to go abroad for a surgery on his back, but Correctional Service had repeatedly denied the request insisting that the surgery could be d...
17.01.2016 - 08:06
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Letter from America: Jewish Settler Movement
The Jewish settler movement has been growing like a cancer for decades. It is partly organic and partly inorganic, made up of Jews born inside and outside Israel, respectively. It has become a real threat to peaceful solution of the Palestinian problem. As I have noted a few times before many of the...
17.01.2016 - 07:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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Akhand Bharat Possible in a Different Form
Not many are likely to buy the ‘clarification’ given by the RSS that it supports the idea of an ‘Akhand Bharat’ in the cultural sense, not a forcible reunification of the sub-continent that was divided by the British before they left in August 1947. Ram Madhav, the BJP general secretary appointed to...
17.01.2016 - 07:35 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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Pakistan Single Country Exhibition 2016 opens in Colombo
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Commerce Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan along with Sri Lankan Minister for Commerce and Industry Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade Mallik Samarawickrama, CEO TDAP S M Munir, Secretary TDAP Ms Rabia Javeri and High Commissioner...
16.01.2016 - 07:56
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41 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka Next Week
41 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 19th January 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. They are scheduled to arrive through Mihin Lanka (MJ 308) at 10.25a.m from Madurai and MJ 130 at 12.20 a.m from Chennai. D.M.Swaminathan, Min...
15.01.2016 - 09:44
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Sri Lanka selected one of the four pilot countries for WIPO Project on Intellectual Property, Tourism and Culture
Sri Lanka has been selected as one of the four pilot countries to participate in a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Project titled “Intellectual Property, Tourism and Culture.” This Project will contribute to promoting awareness of the role of IP in Sri Lanka and supporting the tour...
15.01.2016 - 09:34
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Pak Commerce Minister arrives in Colombo to Open Pak Single Country Exhibition
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Commerce, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan arrived in Sri Lanka today on a two days visit along with senior officials. Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan will be formally inaugurating Pakistan Single Country Exhibition 2016 in Colombo’s Bandaranaike Memorial International Conferenc...
15.01.2016 - 08:03
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Betting To Save Indian Cricket Image!
A three-member panel that was appointed by the Supreme Court last summer and headed by R.M. Lodha, former chief justice, has made many important suggestions to revamp the much maligned BCCI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. One of these suggestions is interesting but may prove to be contro...
15.01.2016 - 07:06 By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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Torture in Iraq: British soldiers go scot-free but funds to 'reform' Lanka military
The British Foreign Office State Minister for Asia Hugo Swire arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka January 14 with 6.6 million Sterling Pounds (US$9.5 million or Rs. 1.36 billion), a Conflict Stability and Security Fund, as mentioned by Mr. Swire in an official letter to another British parliamentarian Sio...
14.01.2016 - 22:19 By Daya Gamage - Asian Tribune Foreign Affairs Note
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Hugo Swire – UK Foreign Office Minister for Asia visits Sri Lanka
Hugo Swire – UK Foreign Office Minister for Asia’s visit is the latest in a series of high level engagements between the governments of the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka over the last year. Relations between the two countries have been reinvigorated since the election of President Sirisena in Janu...
14.01.2016 - 11:26
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World’s largest shipper Maersk & global diabetic warrior Nordisk readying Sri Lanka entry
Boosting Sri Lanka’s international investment profile, two top global multinationals are moving for Sri Lanka entry –they are the world’s largest shipper Maersk Line and the front line warrior battling the global diabetes pandemic, Nordisk A/S-and yet to be identified two other giants in green-tech...
14.01.2016 - 09:56
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Famous Pakistani scientist Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman in Sri Lanka
Famous Pakistani scientist Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman is currently visiting Sri Lanka to attend 1st International Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology – 2016 under the theme of “Molecular Life Science for the Development in the 21st Century”, from January 12-13, 2016, organized by Faculty of App...
14.01.2016 - 09:47
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Over 300 companies to participate at Jaffna International Trade Expo in January
For the 7th consecutive year, the Jaffna International Trade Fair (JITF 2016) is scheduled to be conducted from the 29th – 31st of January 2016 in Jaffna. This event is considered by the people in the north as the largest exhibition and consumer fair. The Exhibition which has grown to a ‘must atten...
14.01.2016 - 09:12
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Science Conference A 'Circus'
Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan thinks that the annual Indian Science Congress (founded in 1904) is nothing but a ‘circus’ where back-scratching talks defy the purpose of a gathering of over 1000 scientists. Those who express their anger at ‘manufactured’ anger of writers and decry the tribe...
13.01.2016 - 09:51 By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features
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Sri Lanka’s Travel Hot Spots showcased in North America’s Largest Travel Show
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington,organized a Sri Lanka travel booth at the New York Times Travel Show from January 08-10, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York with participation of 10 destination Management companies and Sr...
13.01.2016 - 08:56
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Consultative Meeting on the Launch of GSI Programme.
Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI) a multi-faceted programme with its Head Office if Jaffna held a consultative meeting on the launch of programme. The launching event was was held at Nallur on last Sunday and the event was presided by Professor S. Mohanadas. After the welcoming speech...
13.01.2016 - 08:45
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