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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2428

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China and Sri Lanka: A History that Stretches Back into the Mists of Time – Trade, Religion and Diplomacy

Sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of India and the meeting point of the monsoon winds, and swirling ocean currents, Sri Lanka occupies an enviable strategic geographical position. A blessing that, with judicious handling and long term vision, can be leveraged to contribute to its aspirations to achieve prosperity but, mismanaged, a curse that has and will attract the unwelcome attentions of global and regional powers seeking to use the island's incomparable location to their benefit, especially to dominate the Indian Ocean.

Dr. Palitha Kohona
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Naga political talks in an advanced stage, solution soon: Ram Madhav

BJP National Secretary in-charge of Northeast and J&K, Ram Madhav said the ongoing Naga political dialogue for settlement of the Naga issue was in an advanced stage and expressed the hope that it would be resolved soon.

National Secretary in-charge of North East and Jammu & Kashmir, Ram Madhav at the Heliport, Kohima on September 15, 2018. (NEPS Photo)
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Bangladesh: The story of Sheikh Hasina’s rampant corruption

During the election campaign in December 2018, Sheikh Hasina, President of Bangladesh Awami League (BAL), one of the largest political parties in Bangladesh were violent criticizing failure of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for its failure in resolving the power crisis during its tenure from 2001 to 2006.

Sheikh Hasina - President of Bangladesh Awami League (
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Pakistan rides on camel’s back

Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, a heavily Islamist inclined politician has been ‘elected’ in a controversial election and finally found his way as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Pakistan rides on camel’s back
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Tablighi Jamaat – Preaching Jihad

Tablighi Jamaat [Conveying Group] is a Muslim missionary and revival movement. Their activities are not limited to the Deobandi community.

Tablighi Jamaat – Preaching Jihad
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Rosh Hashanah and something for the peace

Jewish festivals are mostly unknown in the Muslim world, especially the non-Arab Muslim nations, though Christmas, Easter and Halloween are greatly known and even celebrated by the Muslims.

Rosh Hashanah and something for the peace
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What the Kashmiris exactly want?

Eminent Indian writer and journalist Late Mr. Kuldip Nayar commenting on the issue of Kashmir wrote, “The Kashmiris’ protest, more or less peaceful, is Islamic in tone and tenor. But it seems as if it is a way of expression, not the content. The content is that the Kashmiris want a country of their own.”

Late Kuldip Nayar
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Turning a Peninsula into an Island: Saudi Qatar rivalry takes a new turn

Qatar, the tiny gulf nation that has been subjected to a 14-month-long, air and land embargo by its powerful neighbours, may be forced to brace itself for yet another trouble – this time, on its south-western border.

Turning a Peninsula into an Island: Saudi Qatar rivalry takes a new turn
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Israel displays more respect for the civil rights of its Muslim citizens than they receive in Saudi Arabia

Antisemitic and anti Israel forces spread rumors claiming Muslims are barred from entering the Temple Mount; while in reality, Israeli government allows only Muslims to legally enter the Temple and offer prayers in order not to offense Islamic sensibilities. Despite the Temple Mount being Judaism’s holiest place, the site is managed by an Islamic religious committee [Waqf] with a history of destroying priceless Jewish artifacts unearthed at the site.

Israel displays more respect for the civil rights of its Muslim citizens than they receive in Saudi Arabia
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Lalin's Column : Late Lieutenant Colonel V Ramanathan SL Artillery (1931-2018)

Lt Col Vallipuram Ramanathan, late SL Artillery, died in Australia on 4th August 2018 aged 87. He was in the first intake of officer cadets from Ceylon to be trained at the Royal Military Academy (RMA) Sandhurst in 1951.

Lalin's Column : Late Lieutenant Colonel V Ramanathan SL Artillery (1931-2018)
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