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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 852

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Letter from America: The War Party is Alive and Kicking - 1

If you thought that with the defeat of the Republicans in the last U.S. presidential election you had seen the last of the War Party, you are wrong. They are alive and kicking, and have been so for quite some time. They have been behind all the hoopla about Iran’s so-called nuclear program so that the USA government can again be pushed to open up a new front against Iran.

A Daredevil Disrupted Annual Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race

As the President of the Oxford University Boat Club put it, “My team went through seven months of hell to reach the pinnacle of our careers,” to highlight the sacrifice made by the team to leave their mark on the sporting world. However, for a man who was determined to risk his life to launch a protest – and to be branded as an attention-seeker by the boat racing lovers - it just took a few minutes to ruin the very dream in the full glare of publicity on Saturday.

US continues to highlight civilian deaths in Sri Lanka: advocates global probe as devise for accountability

The Office of Global Criminal Justice of the U.S. State Department, in its 04 April 2012 report on 'measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate and hold accountable violators of international humanitarian and human rights law', dealing extensively on civilian casualties during final months (Jan-May 2009) of the battle does not fully believe the interpretation given by the LLRC report that the GSL took efforts to safeguard civilians.

Focus on bilateral issues during PM, Zardari talks

Focus will be on bilateral issues when Prime Minister ManmohanSingh has a one-on-one meeting with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is making a three-hour stopover in Delhi on Sunday before flying to Ajmer to pay obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja MoinuddinChishti.

England wins and levels the series


England won by 8 wickets against Sri Lanka in the second and final Test match of the Just Retirement Series at Colombo. England’s win had leveled the series 1-1 and grabbed their first win of the winter season. Andrew Strauss and his men remain on top of the ICC test ranking by sealing a victory against Sri Lanka.

Stuntman dies, actress hurt in Mall inauguration tragedy

Twin tragedies struck the inauguration of a mall in NOIDA on Saturday when a bungee jumping trainer fell to death while performing a stunt and Bollywood actress Sayali Bhagat suffered fractures in a car racing event.

Sinhala-Only National Anthem, Buddha Statues, Beheaded Images and Other Omens

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa does not want the national anthem to be sung in Tamil. Two more Buddha statues are being erected Jaffna by the Lankan Armed Forces. The statues of two Tamils, one Indian and one Englishman, located in the Batticaloa town High Security Zone, have been beheaded.

Executives Trained For Development Endeavors


Well-known scholar from the University of Westminster in the UK, Professor Abdel-ilah Bennis addressed senior executives in a workshop organized by Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University (PMU). Themed on the role of executives in leading development endeavors to accept new challenges; this workshop focused on the key growth perspectives.

Bias of mainstream English language press on religious issues in Sri Lanka

On April 5, 2012 the ‘Island’ editorial echoing the views of a well-known University teacher and a Buddhist, Dr. Attanayake M. Herath called for the banishing of male chauvinism from the Sri Dalada Maligawa and its precincts and stated that since a woman bore Prince Siddhartha who as the Buddha gave utmost respect to women there was no reason why women should be debarred from taking care of the Buddha’s tooth relic.

Delay in Law to Implement Pictorial Health Warnings: Attorney General’s Department to be blamed?


The Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena stated that the law to be implemented on ‘Pictorial Health Warnings’ had been already recommended and submitted to the Attorney General’s Department and action would be taken to implement them as soon as they are received from the AG’s office.

Indian PM, Pakistan President Zardari keen to improve ties


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday signalled a positive movement forward, with both the leaders saying they were keen on improving relations between the two neighbours.


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