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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2490

Victory for democracy – ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen MP

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) yesterday welcomed the Supreme Court stay order on the dissolution of Parliament on 13 November.

Victory for democracy – ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen MP
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Sri Lanka awaits verdict on legality of dissolution

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court adjourned till 13 November to give its verdict on Fundamental Rights Petitions on the sudden dissolution of Parliament.

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U.S. MCC Grant to Sri Lanka could be in danger if rule of law is diluted

Since the constitutional upheaval emerged in Sri Lanka unilaterally replacing Ranil Wickremasinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa by the country’s President Maitripala Sirisena followed by a political turmoil with the suspension of its Parliament, the Asian Tribune has been in contact and conversation with many U.S. lawmakers holding prime and influential positions, who directly combine US aid recipient nations’ governance and foreign economic assistance, expressed dismay of the manner in which the constitutional provisions were handled by Sri Lankan governing authorities. In Colombo September 2018. Acting US ambassador Robert Hilton in the middle
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MCC Chief Jonathan Nash meeting Sri Lankan premier Ranil Wickremasinghe
In Colombo September 2018. Acting US ambassador Robert Hilton in the middle
The criteria that made Sri Lanka eligible for MCC Grants
The criteria that made Sri Lanka eligible for MCC Grants
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Sri Lankan Political Crisis: will President Sirisena go for the nuclear option – in the end?

The rapidly evolving political situation in Sri Lanka, with its corresponding twists and turns, is slowly heading towards the precipice of multiple uncertainties – at a critical time, when we can least afford it.

Sri Lankan Political Crisis: will President Sirisena go for the nuclear option – in the end?
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Abomination- Will Saudi Arabia pay for Khashogii’s death?

Never after Hitler has a nation acted like Saudi Arabia’s Royal leaders when they carried out the barbaric pre meditated murder and disposal of Jamal Khashoggi in their Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018. Khashoggi was a Saudi citizen.

Abomination- Will Saudi Arabia pay for Khashogii’s death?
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Chennai Sweets Add Flavor To American Diwali

More than 3000 kilograms of pure ghee sweets specially made for Indian Americans were airlifted to 21 states in the US in the last five days to help them celebrate Diwali in traditional style with Indian flavor. They were delivered to the doorsteps in less than 48 hours across the US, thanks to the support of US Border and Customs that recognized the importance of celebrating Diwali with India-made sweets.

Balaji Pattappa with gift box ready to be shipped to the US
Table full of freshly made laddus
Handmade Jangiris ready for delivery in the US
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The 2018 American Elections

American voters go to the polling booths this coming Tuesday to cast their ballots in what is described here in the USA as the mid-term elections. Usually, the mid-term elections are boring events in which only a small fraction of the eligible voters, mostly comprising of the die-hard party supporters and retirees, cast their votes. But this time, it is different. There is excitement in the air. We are told that more money has been spent in ad campaigns this year than ever before in midterm elections. Forecasters are predicting that turnout could end up approaching 50%, “levels not reached since the midterms between 1962-1970 - years, perhaps not coincidentally, that spanned a political turbulent era”, the Associated Press reports.

The 2018 American Elections
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The Unthinkable: are Arab-Israel ties going to be normalized in 2019?

In August, 2017, Mubarak Al-Fadil Al-Mahdi, the Sudanese minister for investment, caused an uproar in the Arab world - and beyond – when he said, “Normalization of ties between Israel and Sudan is no big deal,“ while adding that the relationship with the two nations must be based on the interests of Sudan and not the emotions involving Palestinian cause, in the same breath.

The Unthinkable: are Arab-Israel ties going to be normalized in 2019?
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