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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Dangers of smoking

The message that ‘smoking is bad for you’ is an old one, so not everyone gives it his full attention. Cigarettes contain 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances. The products that are most damaging are tar-a carcinogen that causes cancer, nicotine- addictive and increases cholesterol and carbon monoxide- reduces oxygen in the body.

Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger terrorist/genocidal acts 1983-2009: IHL applicability

The issue that was discussed in Part One of this series was whether International Humanitarian Law’s (IHL) applicability to Armed Non-State Actors (ANSAs) and armed conflicts in which they are parties.

Professor Sivathambi’s Demise – A great Loss to the Tamil Literary World

Ina statement released by V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front revealed that the sudden demise of Professor Karthigesu Sivathamby is a great loss to the Tamil World.

Watch Your Tongue Mr Minister

India's Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, has landed himself in an unhealthy soup (pun intended) and earned enough raps on the knuckles of his country, by his regressive statements. His sick proclamation at the recently held National Convention of Parliamentarians on HIV/AIDS, which was attended by senior ministers, parliamentarians, and zila parishad chairpersons and mayors, invited a global outrage of indignations, and rightly so.

Applicability of IHL provisions to LTTE violent acts: Why was the West silent?

In Part One, it was noted that Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger movement fell into the category of ‘Belligerents’ under the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

Sambuddhatva Jayanthi – apt time for new Animal Welfare Act

“Without enforcing the law to guarantee the animals’ right to life and ensuring their freedom from human cruelty and ill - treatment, putting up posters, banners and boards at public places, preaching ahimsa (non-violence) and exhorting Buddhists to observe the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi through practice is mere rhetoric that serves no practical purpose.”

European Monetary Union in Crisis

"EU is the largest economy according to CIA facts book, but it has the weakest Central Bank in compared to the Federal Reserve of the U.S. or the Bank of England or Japanese central bank because European Central (ECB) set up to depend on its capital rather than the ability of creating money which other central banks can do as they are backed by a taxation authority (i.e. a proper government). Rather than Greece the issue of ECB must be the priority issue for finance ministers of the EU".

“Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” , the documentary to be screened in Four Corners on ABC 1

Earlier LTTE in their long drawn armed movement was well known for filming their battles with the Sri Lankan government forces. They were their filming their activities as in the past, to utilize these films for their propaganda purposes. They have published them in their TV / Radio channel called Tamil Eelam National TV, Tamil TV Network and Voice of Tigers (VOT) and screened especially at their combat training camps as a tool to inspire their cadres, pointed out Mahinda Attanayake (President SPUR NZ)

The shame of July 1983; Righteousness and not political expediency must guide Sri Lankan reconciliation efforts

Sri Lanka is on the path towards reconciliation after more than 30 years of conflict and war, and it faces challenges to this effort from several fronts, both national and international. These multi dimensional challenges require multi dimensional responses, but a single dimension goal; Reconciliation based on righteousness.

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