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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2524

Retail Apocalypse: Suffering of store chains to continue as Christmas sales did not buckle the trend

Struggling Store Chains in Britain that pinned their hopes on Christmas sales to revive their businesses do not seem to have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Instead, they are bracing themselves for more shocks and tribulations in the New Year, as the collapse of yet another major chain, HMV, the music and film retailer, was announced just after the Christmas.

Retail Apocalypse: Suffering of store chains  to continue as Christmas sales did not buckle the trend
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Letter from America: Being Mindful – an Islamic Perspective

Today we live in a hyper-connected world where we are continuously distracted by our thoughts and technological comforts. It is rare for one to have their mind in the present 100% of the time – in fact, on average we spend 41% of our time with our mind lost in our thoughts – thinking about the future and the past, but rarely the current moment.

Letter from America: Being Mindful – an Islamic Perspective
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Flip-side of Nepal’s ban on high value Indian currency

Nepal government’s decision not to allow high denomination Indian rupee notes has shocked the India bound patients and disappointed Kathmandu casino bound Indian tourist alike. Expectedly, the move has created ripples all the way from Kathmandu to Terai and beyond in Kolkata, Patna and Varanasi which are frequented by Nepalis in large numbers every day. Also amongst Indians visiting Pasupatinath temple and those on their way to Kailash. It has brought back into focus the dark memories of India’s tryst with demonetization two years ago.

Nepal bans high value Indian currency notes
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Two Sri Lankan Ministers assigned large number of institutions

Sri Lanka has finally gazetted institutions falling under various Cabinet Ministries, and two Minsters in the new government appear to be overloaded.

Mangala Samaraweera - seen as the topmost critic of President Maithripala Srisena
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Corruption is a cancer they say

‘Say no to corruption’ is one of many songs against corruption in India. They have a vigorous campaign against this cancerous disease there.

Joe Biden  -  former vice president of US,
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Local leaders from Asia Pacific nations commit to #end Tobacco and #beatNCDs

Earlier in December 2018, several local leaders from Asia Pacific nations unanimously adopted a strong Declaration to combat tobacco use and the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Governor, Mayors, Vice Mayors and Vice-Governor, in the presence of several Members of Parliaments, national government representatives, and public health experts from over a dozen countries in Asia Pacific region, adopted this AP-CAT Declaration at the 3rd Summit of Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and Prevention of NCDs (AP-CAT) in Singapore.

Local leaders from Asia Pacific nations commit to #end Tobacco and #beatNCDs
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As Sri Lanka SLFP vetoes coalition govt, return of failed PM Rajapaksa looks real

As pressure from Sri Lanka's ruling UNF increased on failed PM Rajapaksa to vacate his Parliamentary seat, the Rajapaksa camp, in a countermove is reportedly busy on getting him back as PM- but this time around, through the "front door."

Mahinda said this photo showed him applying for SLPP membership
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UNP says National Govt did not end, readying for post-April polls

The UNP said that the National Government with UPFA and SLMC has not ended. UNP also said that the Party is positioning for Post-April elections.

UNP says National Govt did not end, readying for post-April polls
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Letter From America: 'Isa (AS) in the Qur'an

Jesus or ‘Isa in Arabic (alayhis salam, meaning: peace be upon him) is of great significance in both Islam and Christianity. However, there are differences in terms of beliefs about the nature and life occurrences of ‘Isa (AS). Every year millions of Christians celebrate December 25 as the Christmas, the day Jesus, the son of Mary (Ar. Maryam), was born. Christian children are also lied that Santa Claus would bring gifts for them when they go to sleep at night on the eve of Christmas.

 Letter From America: 'Isa (AS) in the Qur'an
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Indian super luxury DEMU train arrives in Jaffna

The first of the two new super luxury passenger trains imported from India to Sri Lanka has reached Jaffna terminal on 19 December.

Indian super luxury DEMU train arrives in Jaffna
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