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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2681

News Analysis

Debate on Child Marriage and Polygyny

During the past two weeks or so, we have observed the electronic and print media verbalizing and writing about bringing in improvements in Muslim marriage laws and customs.

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Sri Lanka all set for a retail boom?

While Sri Lanka has been witnessing a noticeable growth in per capita income over the past couple of years, its retail industry still remains underpenetrated. However, this is set to change as the sector is about to witness a phase of enormous growth. Currently, the size of the Sri Lankan retail market is estimated to range between USD 25-30 billion and it is expected to deliver early double-digit growth in the short term.

Sri Lanka all set for a retail boom?
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Tamil Nadu leaders meet President Pranab over Cauvery issue!

Apparently, the federal government led by Narendra Modi of BJP is not keen to see the orders of Supreme Court on Cauvery water dispute are implemented. This unwillingness on the part of the government to secure justice and water to Tamil Nadu has put Tamil Nadu and Karnataka state into a collision course. People protested in states, disturbing peace and tranquility between the two neighboring states.

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Islamic faith and the purpose of Holy Hajj

Muslims need to be very very cautious about performing Holy Hajj. Many Muslims keep performing Holy Hajj almost every year because they have money. Those Muslims who follow the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAS) would perform Hajj only once in life. Performing a second or subsequent Hajj would mean the first Holy Hajj is cancelled which could be serious sin committed by Muslims unknowingly.

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Time for India to Act, Not Talk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given notice of getting tough on Islamabad in a manner no previous Indian government has been. There are critics of this new tough line but most Indians would think that it was long overdue. Pakistan has long derived advantage from the Indian refusal to compete with it in propaganda warfare.

Time for India to Act, Not Talk
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South India: Dravidian parties outmaneuver other parties in Tamil Nadu!

Recent state assembly election in Tamil Nadu has explicitly showed that the two main Dravidian parties one led by J. Jayalalithaa, and other by M. Karunanidhi have come to stay as the sole political expressions of Tamilians and there seems to be no way any other party, either regional or national- can replace them as the dominant or ruling party of the state.

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Strategizing Indo-Sri Lanka Symbiosis

"Sri Lanka needs to strategize and place on track an India Policy" is what Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne, former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India, onetime Director-General Central Cultural Fund and former Professor of Archaeology at Sri Lanka's premier university Peradeniya advocates . Professor Seneviratne says "In his own way, Kadirgamar was working towards this goal".

Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne, former Sri Lanka High Commissioner to India
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Islam: Ramadan fasting brings change in the mind and life of Muslims!

A month of a serious intense religious-spiritual exercise Holy Ramadan has done marvelous impact on the life of Muslims for over 1400 years, although for many Muslims the fasting from dawn to dusk maybe more a mere routine formality than a serious spiritual exercise to strengthen Islamic faith for life time.

Islam: Ramadan fasting brings change in the mind and life of Muslims!
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Breixt and Sri Lanka Exports

Popular topic within the international community during the last few months was on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) campaigned as short ward BREXIT. After having long dialogue on this issue, a Referendum was held on June 23, 2016 in a bid to test the will of the British people either to remain or exit the European Union. As a result, British people have now voiced their final decision with 52% to 48 % percent to quit the EU.

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ISLAM: Importance of mosques for imparting proper Islamic worship and knowledge!

A mosque is generally a very symbolic place for a Muslim, being a humble way for Muslims to recreate pure divine presence on earth. The primary purpose of the mosque is to serve as a place where Muslims can come together for prayer. Nevertheless, mosques are known around the world nowadays for their Islamic architecture but most importantly for its general vitality to the Muslim Ummah (community).

Muslim pilgrims performing Tawaf (circumambulating) the Kaaba. (Photo by Muhammad Mahdi Karim: Courtesy of WikiCommons)
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