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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1384

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein arrived in Sri Lanka
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein arrived in Sri Lanka, on a four-day official visit. Zeid will be in the island from February 6 to 10 to see what is being done to implement the UN Human Rights Council’s October 1 resolution on Sri Lanka, according...
06.02.2016 - 11:15
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Sri Lanka lifts ban on Tamil version of national anthem!
In an effort to achieve reconciliation with the ethnic minority community possibly in a step by step manner, the Sirisena government of Sri Lanka has lifted an unofficial ban on Tamil version of national anthem. Sri Lanka marked the country's Independence by reintroducing Tamil version of the isla...
06.02.2016 - 07:37 Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Town
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake yesterday on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka. Earlier on Friday, she was received on her arrival here by her Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera. Minister Swaraj...
06.02.2016 - 07:17
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Now the mosquitoes are terrorizing the world!
While ISIS and Al Qaeda are terrorizing Asia and Africa, ‘Zika’ is terrorizing the South and North America and now Europe too where isolated cases have been found. It is the same mosquitoes that devastated us with dengue and chikungunya in Sri Lanka and Asia are now armed with a new weapon called....
06.02.2016 - 06:15 By S.H.Moulana
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Modi is action king: Kailash Vijayvargia
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has enhanced the image of India in the comity of nations resulting in larger Foreign Direct Investment and drastic improvement in credit ratings. “We have proved that this is the government that works for the welfare of nation unlike the corrupt Congress Government. Modi...
05.02.2016 - 09:04 By Prakash M Swamy
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Eighth Int’l Footwear & Leather show opens today
The Footwear and Leather Fair 2016, the eighth in its successful series, opens tomorrow 05 February morning at BMICH. The Footwear and Leather fair series is a joint effort of Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade, Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), the Ministry of Indu...
05.02.2016 - 07:49
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Kashmir In A Limbo
While the Modi government busies itself in an unseemly political war in Arunachal Pradesh because of alleged defiance of ‘beef’ ban and a reported plot by the ousted chief minister to harm the state governor and his family, it would be well advised to attend to a more urgent problem in another state...
05.02.2016 - 07:43 By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
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Beleaguered Yahapalanaya regime brings in heavy artillery: Enter the Field Marshal
Sri Lankan political scene resembles a jungle in disarray. It appears that a no holds barred battle is on for the survival of the fittest. There is President Sirisena, obviously keen on being the King of the jungle now, and beyond his self-declared one term Presidency, surrounded by some who resembl...
04.02.2016 - 09:50 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Iowa Primary Polls: Republican Victory Evolves into Controversy
No sooner had political pundits across both sides of the divide flocked together to write down the political obituary of Donald J Trump in the aftermath of his defeat at the hands of Ted Cruz, the darling of evangelists of the American public, than the former saw an opportunity belittle the victory...
04.02.2016 - 09:44 Hemantha Abyeywardena writes from London…
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II extends best wishes
The Queen’s message was released in all three languages by the British High Commission in Colombo today. The Full Text of the Message: “It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency Maithripala Sirisena my congratulations on the celebration of your National Day, together with my best wishes f...
04.02.2016 - 09:31
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International Seminar and Photographic Exhibition to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day in Sri Lanka
Kashmir Solidarity will be observed on 5th February throughout the world to express unity with the people of occupied Kashmir in their fight against Indian subjugation. The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka will mark Kashmir Solidarity Day by holding an International Seminar on the genesis a...
04.02.2016 - 09:22
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‘Padma is O.K., You Keep Shri’
Late David Abraham, a Jew by faith, a loveable Bollywood character and a sport referee (probably weight-lifting) who died in Canada in 1981 after migrating from India when it was not considered ‘intolerant’, had reportedly said something to the effect when informed by a government official that he h...
04.02.2016 - 08:58 By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features
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BJP Loves To Invite Trouble!
It makes little sense for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to go on inviting trouble and still hope to make India ‘Congress-Mukt’, or at least decimate most of the forces opposed to it. While the storm over the suicide of a Dalit student of Hyderabad Central University, Rohith Vemula, was sti...
03.02.2016 - 09:24 By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features
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Forecast 2016: A Roadmap for Sri Lanka
In ‘Sri Lanka: A Silent Revolution’, the 02 February 2015 entry for IPCS column Dateline Colombo, authored after the victory of incumbent Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, this author identified a few areas focus on which would improve the state of the nation at the time, and stated that "S...
03.02.2016 - 09:17 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera
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The Genesis of Kashmir issue
It is a historical fact that India had forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir by landing its troops in Srinagar on 27th October, 1947, against the will of the Kashmiri people and in total disregard to the Partition Plan of the subcontinent. According to the Plan, the Princely States were offered the op...
03.02.2016 - 09:05 By Muhammad Raza Malik
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Pakistan Sri Lanka Continue to Enjoy Excellent Relations: Pak Envoy
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Major Gen(R) Syed Shakeel Hussain said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka continue to enjoy excellent relations as there is a strong will on both sides to further develop and promote these relations. Pakistani envoy said this while briefing a delegation of I...
02.02.2016 - 09:32
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Indian politics: a new alliance launched in Tamil Nadu to fight assembly poll without truck with major parties AIADMK and DMK!
Indian politicians might claim their birth right to seek bribes, promote corruption, to cheat and deceive people; promote the interests of corporate lords that aid speedy rampant corruption in the country.  The corruption phenomenon thrives in Indian society because the state and government tactfull...
02.02.2016 - 09:38 By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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Rising tensions: NATO-Turkish radars detected Russian jet's airspace violation, Turkey warns Russia!
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on 31 January that both Turkish and NATO radars detected a Russian jet violating Turkish airspace, refuting Russian claims that the violation was "pure propaganda." Latest reports suggest Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov d...
01.02.2016 - 17:17 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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One sided justice in Sri Lanka could justify a UNHRC international enquiry
Ironically, the tactics of the regime to target the Rajapaksa’s as evidence that the justice system is independent and is working in Sri Lanka, might prompt the very person who they are targeting to call for an international enquiry as he too would not have the confidence that those who fought and r...
01.02.2016 - 08:46 By A Special Correspondent
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Arrest of Yoshita a political witch hunting: Police denied allegation
“Political revenge and witch hunting should be confined to politicians and not be extended to their families”, said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday after he visited his second son, Yoshitha, remanded at the Welikada Prison since Saturday night, on a charge of violating the Money Launder...
01.02.2016 - 08:25
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