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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2527

A Burmese Perspective - Mass Rape as a Weapon of War

After seven long years of peace negotiations with the Myanmar army (Tatmadaw), the latest round of peace talk failed to produce anything, so it is time for the non-Myanmar ethnic nationalities of Burma (Shan, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Mon and Rakhine) including all the pro-democracy 8888 generation and patriotic Myanmar to identify themselves on the side of Justice, Truth, Equality (federalism) and Democracy and throw their lot with the civilized world headed by the United Nations.

A Burmese Perspective -  Mass Rape as a Weapon of War
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Letter From America: Speaking Truth to Power – the case of Ilhan Omar

Truth and justice have always been an anathema to the despots around the world who resort to torture and oppression to silence their adversaries. They are not oblivious of the truth but are averse to it being afraid of its impact that may weaken their control over the people. They like to conceal the truth.

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN)
Letter From America: Speaking Truth to Power – the case of Ilhan Omar
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Bhagat Singh Puram inaugurated in Helboda, Nuwara Eliya

In a special event held on March 24, 2019, at Helboda Estate in Nuwara Eliya, 98 houses built under the Indian Housing Project were handed over to the beneficiaries jointly by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Minister of Finance of Sri Lanka Hon. Mangala Samaraweera in the presence of Palani Digambaram, Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Gayantha Karunathilake, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, and Radhakrishnan, Minister of Special Area Development.

Bhagat Singh Puram  inaugurated in Helboda, Nuwara Eliya
Bhagat Singh Puram  inaugurated in Helboda, Nuwara Eliya
Bhagat Singh Puram  inaugurated in Helboda, Nuwara Eliya
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Western Province Governor in alms-giving ceremony to mark ‘Tripitakabhivandana’ Week'

A total of 100 members of the Maha Sangha were hosted at a massive alms-giving ceremony at the Kalyani Raja Maha Vihara in Kelaniya on last Wednesday here.

Western Province Governor in alms-giving ceremony to mark ‘Tripitakabhivandana’ Week'
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Pakistan’s 79th National Day celebrated in Sri Lanka

The High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka celebrated the 79th National Day of Pakistan with traditional fervour and resolve to make Pakistan a strong, vibrant, progressive, democratic and welfare state.

Pakistan’s 79th National Day celebrated in Sri Lanka
Pakistan’s 79th National Day celebrated in Sri Lanka
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Speaking Truth to Power By Habib Siddiqui The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and re

The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and requires moral courage and deep conviction. Thus, it is not difficult to see the rarity of such a trait in today’s human beings who seem to be motivated more by material gains than what’s morally right and just.

Speaking Truth to Power By Habib Siddiqui The people who are either in power or with wealth and influence like to be followed or obeyed and usually don’t like detractors challenging their wrong views or opinions. Speaking truth to power is not easy and re
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Trudeau speaks his heart out!

The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, never hesitate to express his sincere and frank view on any global issue.

Trudeau speaks his heart out!
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It’s Time to bend the curve sharply to #endTB

Although governments of 193 countries had promised way back in 2015 to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the global annual rate of TB decline since then has been much less than what is required. The rate of TB decline which is currently hovering around 1.5%, should catapult to over 10% by 2025 globally, in order to end TB by 2030. But some countries do give hope; like Thailand, which has already achieved a TB decline rate of around 10% (source: WHO Global TB Report 2018). The number of drug-resistant TB cases also saw a 13% reduction in Thailand in the past year.

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Indo-Pak Modi Misadventure may lead to Nuclear War

Pakistan has returned Wing Commander Abbinandan Varthaman an Indian pilot on 1st March 2019 at Wagah border crossing of Punjab at Lahore. He was shot down during the first publicly acknowledged dog fight between two neighboring nuclear states in 48 years on 27 February 2019. Reportedly, New Delhi has also removed Air Marshal Harikumar from Western Air Command, on 28 February 2019.

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U Turns Are Difficult

USA and Sri Lanka need to recalibrate their respective foreign policies. On both ends of global power scales, I suspect the world superpower and the small southern Indian Ocean island both require a realist re-framing of their foreign policy. This is also suggested by Stephen M.Walt in his 2018 publication titled ‘The Hell of Good Intentions’.

U Turns Are Difficult
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Uni Lanka Ltd arraigns Hayleys Ltd: Breach of obligation costs Rs 5 million

Colombo High Court awarded Rs 5 million to Uni Lanka Distributors (Pvt) Ltd from Defendant Hayleys Consumers Products Ltd for acting in breach of obligation entered into a purchase agreement.

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