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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610

Fostering nationalism through general election

Amidst all criticisms for majority based politics, Hindu-centric propagandas vertically dividing the country and one man worship, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) triumphed again in the recently concluded national elections of India (historically known as Bharat or Hindustan). With an undercurrent of cautious nationalism, the NDA crossed the tally of winners up to 353 in the 543 member Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament.

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Targeting Youth through social media

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids of Washington and other organizations recently called on the tech companies to revise their policies around the marketing of cigarettes and related products on their platforms. They cited a Reuters report exposing Philip Morris International Inc's use of young and attractive models and personalities to promote its tobacco products as the impetus for the action.

Targeting Youth through social media
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10 model schools for students from all faiths to be set up in Western Province

On an initiative made by the Western Province Governor,Azath Salley, 10 model schools will be set up to accommodate students from all faiths to enable the children to study in a conducive classroom environment supported with goodwill and understanding among them.

10 model schools for students from all faiths to be set up in Western Province
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Easter Sunday – Caring for the survivors

The Government of Sri Lanka is totally responsible for the 250 dead and 500 wounded in the 21 April 2019 Easter Sunday atrocities. It received a full operational intelligence report from India that gave every conceivable detail of the impending attack including day, time, locations and who would carry it out. The government sat on the information.

 Easter Sunday – Caring for the survivors
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Challenges confronting Buddhists in Asia, with special reference to South Asia and South-East Asia

Speech delivered by Indian lawyer Mr. Shridhar Prabhu entitled ' Challenges confronting Buddhists in Asia, with special reference to South Asia and South-East Asia ' at the Ariyapala Hall, All - Ceylon Buddhist Congress on December 29, 2017.

Challenges confronting Buddhists in Asia, with special reference to South Asia and South-East Asia
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With back against wall, tobacco industry tries to co-opt World No Tobacco Day

On Friday 31 May, the globe will unite for World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) for the 31st year to raise the visibility of tobacco related disease and prevent the spread of the epidemic. But this year, Philip Morris International (PMI) one of the chief profiteers and drivers of the tobacco crisis is trying to co-opt the day as a marketing stunt for its newest tobacco product.

With back against wall, tobacco industry tries to co-opt World No Tobacco Day
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Arrest warrant issued for Myanmar firebrand monk Wirathu

Myanmar police has issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday night for an ultra-nationalist monk known as the “Buddhist Bin Laden” for his vitriol against Islam and particularly the Rohingya Muslim community. Myanmar nationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu delivers a speech in Yangon. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest." class="caption" align="right" />


Myanmar nationalist Buddhist monk Wirathu delivers a speech in Yangon. Police have issued a warrant for his arrest.
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SriLankan Attacks Linkage to International Terrorism

Sri Lanka has ramped up security nationwide as fears grow for its minority Muslims could face severe religious violence in the worst turmoil erupted after Easter bombings occurred this April. The authorities were forced to block ‘Facebook’ and ‘WhatsApp’ to stop people inciting further violence and imposed curfew after aggressive attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses by mobs.

Zohran seen standing among few other masked men standing against the backdrop of IS flag.
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Soup of the soup....

During my school days I was a very frequent visitor to the Colombo Public Library and my preference there was to read always humor filled stories as I liked comedies in films and dramas. We all know how the Ukrainian people preferred to elect a Comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky as their current president, who won a resounding victory. They did not stop there and went onto seizing corrupt politicians and throwing them into big garbage bins.

Mulla Nasreddin -  Turkish born satirist
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Sri Lanka is to host the 2021 Annual meeting of the ADB

The 54th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank is to be held in Colombo, in May 2021.

Sri Lanka is to host the 2021 Annual meeting of the ADB
Sri Lanka is to host the 2021 Annual meeting of the ADB
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Brazil Files Historic Lawsuit to Hold Global Tobacco Companies Responsible for Health Harms

In historic action to protect the lives and health of Brazilians, Brazil’s Office of the Attorney General (Advocacia-Geral da União) filed a lawsuit against multinational tobacco companies to recover funds spent on the treatment of tobacco-related diseases in Brazil’s health care system. The suit is the first of its kind for Brazil and a significant step towards holding the two major tobacco companies who do business in Brazil and their parent companies responsible for the enormous financial and health burdens caused by tobacco use.

 Brazil Files Historic Lawsuit to Hold Global Tobacco Companies Responsible for Health Harms
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Niqab- When Religion Becomes a Matter of Dress

There has perhaps been no garment that has aroused so much controversy as the Niqab or face-veil worn by a small minority of Muslim women. Although worn by only a very small percentage of women, it is conspicuous as can be and grabs attention wherever it is worn, making one wonder whether it is really for modesty as it is made out to be, or for attention.

Niqab- When Religion Becomes a Matter of Dress
Niqab- When Religion Becomes a Matter of Dress
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