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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1530

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Deputy Minister Thewarapperuma hospitalized after a failed attempt to commit suicide
Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma, who attempted to commit suicide at a school in Mathugama, has been hospitalised. The Deputy Minister is currently receiving treatments at the Nagoda hospital. The Deputy Minister who had been protesting opposite the Matugama Zonal Educational Office as ten...
01.07.2016 - 04:10
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ASEAN MPs call on Thai authorities to allow for free expression in advance of constitutional referendum
Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia expressed disappointment at yesterday’s ruling by the Thai Constitutional Court upholding Article 61 of the Constitutional Referendum Act. The clause outlaws the distribution of information intended to influence voters in advance of a referendum on the dra...
01.07.2016 - 03:42
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Why the emphasis on tobacco taxation?
The Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic of the World Health Organization(WHO) shows that raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce consumption of products that increase mortality , while also generating substantial domestic revenue for health and other...
01.07.2016 - 03:35 By Manjari Peiris
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Signals from NSG slugfest
Only one country, China stood at the NSG gate obstructing the entry of India into the 48-member elite nuclear trading group when they met in Seoul. The Chinese stance did not come as a surprise though its recourse to high moral ground with insistence on NPT was neither nor there more so as Beijing w...
01.07.2016 - 03:21 By Malladi Rama Rao
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Pakistan High Commission hosts Iftar Dinner
The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka hosted the grand annual Iftar reception in Colombo recently. The event was attended by the a large number of dignitaries from all segments of society, including Government Minister, parliamentarians, Chief Ministers, Diplomats, Businessmen, academician...
01.07.2016 - 03:11
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A Burmese Perspective: What Lessons do Burma learn from Brexit?
The English has chosen to be Little England rather than Great Britain by a thin margin of 51.9% to 48.9% of not staying in the European Union is popularly known as Brexit (British Exist) which has ramifications throughout the world. This is but, the working of a genuine Democracy and very different...
30.06.2016 - 18:49 By Kanbawza Win
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Declining of Hindu population in Bangladesh?
“.The way the religious minorities are being treated, I don't think the state response to that is adequate. If it goes on, I think within 15 years there will be no Hindus in Bangladesh. “Outgoing chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Prof Mizanur Rahman's shared his invaluable experience...
30.06.2016 - 13:42 By Rabindranath Trivedi
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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...
30.06.2016 - 08:59 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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There cannot be another Isak Chishi Swu
The death of Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman, NSCN (IM), at Fortis Hospital, Delhi on June 28, is, undoubtedly, a major blow to the ongoing political negotiations between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM). It was so unfortunate that Swu could not attend the historic signing of the “Framework Agree...
30.06.2016 - 08:41 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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Modernization and Reactivation of Thickkam Palmyrah Distilleries
Palmyrah sector contributes significantly to the livelihood development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. Due to the three-decade old war, this sector has been neglected and the palmyrah toddy tapping community which is an under-privileged community with high incidence of poverty h...
30.06.2016 - 08:30
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China reorganises PLA with an eye on Tibet, Xinjinag
China’s perceptions about the world around it have had an important influence on its recent decisions to reform its military. Also, the reforms are aimed at maintaining the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) whose primary responsibility is to ensure single-party rule in China. So surpris...
29.06.2016 - 03:15 By *Malladi Rama Rao
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Transforming the Political Culture: illusion to Reality
A singular significant achievement of the Sirisena - Wickramasinghe administration was the passing of the Right to Information Bill few days ago, a decade overdue. This is the scaffolding to preserve people’s democratic values and build the tower of democracy. With this in full operation the citize...
29.06.2016 - 03:07 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
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Rishad & Co meet Iraj’s Ice Bucket at Vihara Mahadevi park
: Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen, taking up singer Iraj Weeraratne’s social media challenge issued recently, planted a red sandalwood bud at Vihara Mahadevi Park on 27 June. “This is a positive challenge. We need to plant more buds to safeguard loss of trees” said Minister Bathi...
29.06.2016 - 02:50
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Iftar in Sri Lanka
U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap hosted leaders from the Sri Lankan Muslim community, government officials, civil society activists, and media representatives for an Iftar last night in Colombo. This is one of three U.S. Embassy-hosted Iftars in Sri Lanka during the month of Ramadan this year, including...
28.06.2016 - 22:25
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Holy Relics of Lord Buddha returns to Pakistan with veneration from Millions of Lankans
The most sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Taxila Pakistan were taken back to Pakistan after conclusion of a month long exposition at various locations around the island nation. The most sacred relics were handed over by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe to the High Commiss...
28.06.2016 - 10:17
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Owing to smoking bans - tobacco industry is shrinking
A study led by Professor Driffield of Warwick Business School, Jo Crotty of Aberystwyth University and Chris Jones of Aston Business School with 141 companies across 20 countries over a 10 year period has found smoking bans in a country where the firm was based, reduced the likelihood of them invest...
28.06.2016 - 09:53 by Manjari Peiris
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India: A cold-blooded murder at Chennai railway station: Is Chennai unsafe for women?
A 24-year-old woman employee of Infosys S. Swathi was hacked to death by a hitherto unidentified young man in Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai city in public view on June 24 morning between 6.45 and 7 00 am. According to eyewitnesses, Swathi was waiting on Platform No. 2 to take a Chennai Bea...
28.06.2016 - 09:43 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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U.S. Government Trains Sri Lankan Officials on Counter- proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
The U.S. Government recently concluded a five-day workshop in Colombo from June 13-17 for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Led by U.S. military experts fro...
28.06.2016 - 08:33
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‘It’s a ‘Remain’ for Brexit!’
Despite the sudden uncertainty in European market, Sri Lanka is eager for opportunities unfolding in the Brexit aftermath-and Sri Lanka’s leading international trade agency DoC successfully enlists WTO to unravel new global opportunities for the country’s growing service exports. “The new changes fr...
28.06.2016 - 08:25
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36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Tamil Nadu arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June
36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 28th June 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. They are scheduled to arrive through Mihin Lanka Airlines (MJ 130) at 11.45 a.m from Chennai D.M.Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabi...
27.06.2016 - 16:15
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