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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1012

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Did Burma close down the democratic reform in 2014?
Citizens of Burma or Myanmar remain skeptical of political transformation under the existing President Thein Sein’s regime that claims itself as a reformist government. The reason is that the regime just changes its clothes rather than its undemocratic mind-set. People believe country’s sovereignty...
31.12.2014 - 07:17 By - Zin Linn
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M.S. Dhoni retires from test cricket
MS Dhoni has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect following the drawn Test against Australia in Melbourne. Virat Kohli will take over as India captain for the final Test of the series, which India have already lost, in Sydney. “One of India’s greatest Test Captains under whose leadership...
30.12.2014 - 22:44
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The TULF wants the TNA not to interfere with the Tamil Voters Sangaree
The Tamil Uunited Liberation Firont has some very justifiable reasons for asking the Tamil National Alliance not to interfere and to leave it to the Tamil people to decide on their own and cast their vote. V.Anandasangaree , Secretary General-TULF in a statement has pointed out that the TNA, mor...
30.12.2014 - 22:12
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Pakistan: 99 percent of Hindu girls raped, converted are under 13 years of age
As many as 99 percent of Hindu girls who are converted to Islam and forcibly married are under 13 years of age, leader of the premier Hindu organization in Pakistan said Friday. “As many as 20 new cases have been registered in courts in the last two months alone,” Ravi Dawani, general secretary of t...
30.12.2014 - 07:47
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The people should decide whether Country should go forward or slide backwards at the January 8, Presidential poll
The people have to decide whether the country should go forward or slide backwards at the January 8, 2015 Presidential poll, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. President Rajapaksa said the January 8 Presidential poll is not a mere election but will decide the future of the country, which is on a prog...
29.12.2014 - 15:21
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Russian Economic Crisis – is it getting out of hand?
The combined effect of plummeting oil price and Western economic sanctions appears to be taking its toll on the Russian economy – finally. According to some government ministers’ own admission, the economy will soon be in the doldrums with a sharp increase in inflation –certainly in recession too, u...
28.12.2014 - 08:32 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Mattala Int’l Airport – A Dire Need And A Wise Investment
The second International airport (MRIA) built at Hambantota district (Sri Lanka) continues to draw malicious attacks from political opponents even though they are fully aware of the dire need for this airport. Obviously petty politics had taken priority over development. At the moment more and more...
28.12.2014 - 06:16 By Dr. T.Jayasinghe
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Letter from America: From Christ to Christmas – a historical analysis – Part 2
No one would dispute that what we call today Christianity – in all its manifold and often irreconcilable forms – is the result of a prolonged, gradual, often haphazard process involving much trial and error, much uncertainty, much schism, much compromise, much improvisation, much a posteriori accret...
28.12.2014 - 05:58 By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
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The Government Committed To Create Better Future For Younger Generation
The government is committed to creating a better future for the future generation, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said the country's younger generation should be ready to conquer the world utilising resources provided for education. The President was speaking at a UPFA election rally in Galle...
27.12.2014 - 09:01
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December 30 – Last Chance For Postal Voters
Those who failed or missed to cast their votes through postal voting on December 23, 24 or 26 can do so on December 30 at the District Elections Office, the Elections Department stated in a release yesterday. The release added that the last date for marking of postal ballot papers for those who cou...
27.12.2014 - 08:44
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Bush Senior Hospitalized – Spends Christmas in Hospital
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush remained hospitalized on Thursday near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week, and was in "great spirits," Reuter's news wire service reports. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday. Spokesman Ji...
26.12.2014 - 08:43
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Ten years on from the 2004 Tsunami: Remembering India-Sri Lanka solidarity
On 26 December 2004, an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean, and caused one of the biggest humanitarian disasters in living memory. Thousands of people in India and Sri Lanka were among the victims of this...
26.12.2014 - 08:25
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Christian message of love, tolerance – World Could Greatly Benefit - Mahinda
The Festival of Christmas that is celebrated today by the Christians of Sri Lanka marks the nativity of Jesus Christ, President Mahinda Rajapaksa states in a message to mark Christmas. The message: "It is the belief of Christians that the birth of Jesus. Christ paved the way for the liberation of hu...
25.12.2014 - 08:34
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The visiting Pope apologises?
In 2013, the Royal Asiatic Society RASSL (of which I am the current president) awarded its “gold medal” to Father Dr. Vito Perniola. Although he was proficient in several fields, our main consideration was his 19 volume documentation on the history of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. To indicate...
25.12.2014 - 08:16 By Susantha Goonatilake
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The country to be developed through our own model – President
The country has to be developed only through our own Sri Lankan model – President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. Addressing a UPFA election rally in Monaragala, the President said the government relies on our own development model even though the common candidate trusts a foreign model. The rally was orga...
24.12.2014 - 10:20
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James Dauris - new British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Mr James Dauris has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and British High Commissioner to the Republic of Maldives in succession to Mr John Rankin, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Dauris will take up his app...
24.12.2014 - 09:12
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Candlelight vigil held in Colombo for victims of Peshawar Terrorist Attack
A candlelight vigil was organized by the Sri Lankans and Expat Pakistanis based in Sri Lanka to express solidarity with the victims of Peshawar school carnage. A large number of people representing cross section of society including children participated in this memorial ceremony. The High Commiss...
24.12.2014 - 08:48
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Risath Bathiyutheen crossover condemned
The crossover of Rishad Bathiyutheen, the former Minister of Commerce and Industry will not affect the vote base of the UPFA said UPFA General Secretary and Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha at a press a media conference at the SLFP Headquarters yesterday. Participating...
24.12.2014 - 08:16
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Both countrymen made happy!
Normalization of relations between the US and Cuba is something to rejoice about for both countrymen. Crippling economic embargo and sanctions slapped on its tiny neighbor of just 11.1 million people by the mighty super power of 316.1 people, for 47 long years, did not make the little one to surrend...
23.12.2014 - 08:26 By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh.
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Launch of President Mahinda’s election manifesto postponed
Launch of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election manifesto has been postponed. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reportedly planning in releasing his policy statement for the 2015 Presidential election after handing nominations on the 8th of this month. President Rajapaksa in 2005 presented the Mahin...
22.12.2014 - 07:37
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