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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 731

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Will Burma Army stay away from parliamentary politics?
Nowadays, the most serious question of all in Burma (Myanmar) probably is the constitutional amendment dilemma. Almost all political parties, civil societies, government institutions including the defense services and law professionals have put forward suggestions to a parliament-appointed panel st...
02.04.2014 - 09:14 By - Zin Linn
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Is feminism a dirty word?
We are being bombarded with debates, blogs and articles on sexism, feminism, women’s right and gender equality on every other form of media. Although women empowerment and feminism is debated throughout the year and will be debated until the day women are treated an equally empowered human beings bu...
03.04.2014 - 12:12 By Tharany Rajasingham M.Sc
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Dawoodi Bohra head visits Sri Lanka
The Spiritual Head of the lnternational Dawoodi Bohra Community His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin arrived in Colombo on Monday evening for a short visit in the island. This is the first visit by His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin after he became the 53rd Dai-ul-Mutlaq, after the sad demis...
02.04.2014 - 08:21
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Order under UNSC Resolution 1373 signed by Minister Peiris
An order, designating persons and entities in terms of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing has been signed by Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, and will be published in the Government Gaze...
02.04.2014 - 08:09
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Sri Lanka takes over the first Australian Custom Vessel 'Corio Bay' gifted by Australia
The Sri Lankan flag replaced the Australian Border Protection Command flag on board the Australian Custom vessel ‘Corio Bay’ amidst the playing of the two National Anthems to symbolize the handing over of the above vessel to the Sri Lanka Navy on the 30th March 2014 at the Port of Cairns in a simpl...
02.04.2014 - 08:03
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Authentic Sri Lankan Cuisines in Mumbai
The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Mumbai in collaboration with Hotel Trident, Mumbai and Hotel Mount Lavinia, of Sri Lanka organized a Sri Lankan Food Festival from 7th -14th March 2014 at the Frangipani restaurant, Hotel Trident, Mumbai with the objective of promoting tourism between India and Sri...
02.04.2014 - 07:50
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Two huge Baobab trees - in Tamil Peruku Maram
Two huge Baobab trees (Adansonia digitata) , in Tamil Peruku Maram and Ali gas in Sinhalese are found in Neduntievu (Delft Island) and in Pallimunai, Mannar. These two are the oldest , largest and huge Baobab trees found in Sri Lanka. This tree, amazingly found on the island of Delft stands i...
01.04.2014 - 11:13 By K.T.Rajasingham
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National Youth Council delegation welcomed by High Commissioner I. Ansar in Malaysia
The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Malaysia, Ibrahim Ansar, received a three-member National Youth Council delegation from Sri Lanka on 27th March at the High Commission. The delegation is currently visiting Malaysia during their 40-day tour of 18 countries to promote the World Conference on Y...
01.04.2014 - 06:59
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The Multinational Planning Augmentation Team - Tempest Express Workshop Commences Today
The Multinational Planning Augmentation Team (MPAT) Tempest Express - 24 Staff Planning Workshop in Colombo will take place from today, April 1, 2014 to April 9, 2014 at Galadari Hotel. This multinational exercise will be co-hosted by the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff on behalf of the Minist...
01.04.2014 - 06:53
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Abstention louder than any vote
With India’s abstention vote, it would seem that South Block is wresting back control of its decision-making authority from that domestic sphere that has ridden roughshod over several foreign policy decisions Sometimes, the loudest sound can emanate from the sidelines. At the U.N. Human Rights...
01.04.2014 - 06:45 By Suhasini Haidar
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Afghanistan opens embassy in Sweden
Afghanistan is to open up its New Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden on 1st April. The Afghanistan’s Embassy will be declared opened by Ershad Ahmadi, Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister of Ershad Ahmadi is visiting Sweden on 31 March to 2 April on the occasion...
01.04.2014 - 06:21
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"Has the mighty USA labored and delivered a toothless mouse, having taken our Tamil brethren for a ride?"
For weeks if not months, the USA and the UK threatened that they would move a Resolution before the UNHRC to establish a 'robust mechanism' leading to a possible hauling of GOSL before an International War Crimes tribunal. The vaunted threat only provided the GOSL the opportunity of proclaiming 'I w...
31.03.2014 - 07:43 Sunil de Silva</b - a former NSW Crown Prosecutor and former Attorney General in Sri Lanka
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Alone in the race, Rishad’s ACMC clinches surprise victory in WP elections
Political newcomer All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) radiated with sudden joy on 30 March as it bagged an immediate election victory in its first ever election tussle outside North and East. "I and my party thank the people of Colombo District for placing their confidence on us. This victory tells u...
31.03.2014 - 07:07
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Letter from America: The Question of Minorities – part 4
In 1909, a Hindu communalist by the name of Colonel U.N. Mukherji wrote a pamphlet Hindus: A Dying Race. His projections, based on the study of census data between 1881 and 1901, suggested that Hindu demographic share was declining with every passing decade. Col. Mukherji met Swami Shraddhanand of...
31.03.2014 - 06:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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Several countries expressed their support to Sri Lanka’s efforts at achieving national reconciliation
Sri Lanka’s efforts at achieving national reconciliation and significant progress in many spheres received support from countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America during the adoption of the resolution on 27 March 2014 and consideration of the High Commissioner's Report on Sri Lanka on 26 March 2014...
31.03.2014 - 06:30
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Civil society participation vital for public health programming
“We have always known that alongside scaling up diagnostic and treatment services, engaging communities is vital for the success of disease control efforts. This is especially the case for tuberculosis (TB) – an ancient disease surrounded by stigma, discrimination, and misconceptions. The Knowledg...
31.03.2014 - 06:15 By Rahul Kumar Dwivedi, Citizen News Service – CNS
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Conscious Uncoupling: Divorce Minus Drama
“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” announced Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin this week that took both the world of showbiz and fans by surprise – which is not complete. Because, the couple has just started following a trail, which is well trodden by many in the sa...
30.03.2014 - 08:22
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Pakistan's resolution against drones passed by the UN HRC
Pakistan's resolution against drone strikes has been passed by the HRC. The votes were: in Favour: 27, Against: 6, and Abstentions: 14 The countries who voted against were: the US, the UK, France, Japan, South Korea and Macedonia. Abstentions were: UAE, Austria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d' Ivoire...
30.03.2014 - 06:28
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Another "LLRC" Type Investigation Needed Urgently
Another LLRC type investigation is needed urgently is the view of many Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka and overseas. India abstained from voting against Sri Lanka possibly because in the past two months, when Sri Lankans were aware that India would not support Sri Lanka because of it's domestic politics w...
29.03.2014 - 10:32 By Ira de Silva, London, Canada
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UNHRC Resolution vote: A Pyrrhic victory for the West
For several reasons, the UNHRC adoption of the resolution against Sri Lanka is a pyrrhic victory for those who voted for it. The cost of this victory is manifold. It has created a serious fissure within the international community on how to address human rights issues in member countries, with half...
29.03.2014 - 07:12 By A Special Correspindent
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