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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1795

The SATF Congratulates Opposition Leader Sampanthan

The South African Tamil Federation places on record its congratulations to the TNA leader Hon R. Sampanthan leader of the TNA on being recognised as the official opposition leader in the Sri Lankan Parliament.

 The SATF Congratulates Opposition Leader Sampanthan
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Lalin’s Column : Absolutely Foreign Affairs (final3) 8 Sep 2015)

SL’s Foreign Minister (FM) is taking giant strides to make a good impression with the West that looks for weaknesses in ‘unfriendly’ (to the Western ‘World’) governments like SL’s last one. He seems to be succeeding. After the Presidential Election (Jan 2015) he together with the Justice Minister said there had been an attempted Coup. Large numbers believed them. The PM said nothing. Nothing happened.

 Lalin’s Column : Absolutely Foreign Affairs (final3) 8 Sep 2015)
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44 New Secrearies to Ministries Appointed: Karunasena Hettiarachchi appointed as the new Defence Secretary.

The Secretary to the President Mr. P. B. Abeykoon announced the appointments of 44 new Secretaries to the Ministries today (Sep. 08) at the Presidential Secretariat. Karunasena Hettiarachchi was appointed as the new Defence Secretary.

44 New Secrearies to Ministries Appointed: Karunasena Hettiarachchi  appointed as the new Defence Secretary.
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US Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage meets Sri Lankan President

Former United States Deputy Secretary of State Mr. Richard L. Armitage (2001 to 2005 in the Bush administration) met President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today.

US Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage meets Sri Lankan President
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Japanese Lions Help Rural School in Sri Lanka

The Ryugasaki Kikyo Lions Club of Japan recently teamed up with the Lions Club of Biyagama North to help uplift the standard of the Kimbulgoda Maha Vidyalaya at Wathurugama in the Gampaha district.

The Ryugasaki Kikyo Lions Club of Japan recently teamed up with the Lions Club of Biyagama North to help uplift the standard of the Kimbulgoda Maha Vidyalaya at Wathurugama in the Gampaha district.
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The LTTE Nediyawan Faction to Continue the Fight: Launches a new Tamil TV channel 'Deepam'

The LTTE has launched a new Tamil Television channel Deepam targeting European, Sri Lankan and South India Tamils. The station is run by Nediyawan, the LTTE leader based in Norway, who coordinated LTTE activities overseas on behalf of the LTTE International Secretariat.

Perimpanayagan Sivaparam known widely as Nediyawan
The LTTE Nediyawan Faction to Continue the Fight: Launches a new Tamil TV channel 'Deepam'
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Stabbed Maldives opposition lawyer to get treatment in Colombo

Maldives’ opposition aligned lawyer Mahfooz Saeed was to arrive in Sri Lanka last evening to receive further treatment for injuries sustained in the recent stabbing, his family has said, reported the Haveeru online.

Opposition MDP lawyer Mahfooz Saeed pictured after emergency surgery.
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Pacific approach to deal with the dual burden of TB-diabetes

Many of the 22 countries that comprise the Pacific Islands region have very high rates of type-2 diabetes (upto 37% prevalence in adults) and high rates of TB as well (upto 343 cases per 100000). In fact 7 of the world’s top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes are in the Pacific Islands region: Tokelau, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Island, Nauru, Micronesia and Kiribati. Similarly, some countries also have very high TB rates. It is no wonder then that the problem of TB-diabetes co-morbidity afflicts this region as well.

Dr Richard Brostrom
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50th Defense Day of Pakistan Celebrated in Colombo

The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka celebrated the 50th Defense Day of Pakistan last evening in Colombo, to commemorate the 1965 war events and sacrifices rendered by valiant Pakistan's armed forces.

50th Defense Day of Pakistan Celebrated in Colombo
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'Don't rock the boat baby!'

'Don't rock the boat baby' was a hit number during our youth and I am reminded of this song nervously to see the ever increasing new cabinet!

 Sri Lanka's Old Parliament - A majestic and imposing aechitecture
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Sri Lanka: keeping the Rajapaksa dynasty happy can harm President Sirisena’s reconciliation policy!

Obviously, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is just down but not fully out. This comfort could offer him some extra hopes for his political future and he certainly looks for fatal mistakes and wrong moves by the Sirisena government so that Singhalese could leave the trust zone created by president Sirisena, opting for him once again.

Sri Lanka: keeping the Rajapaksa dynasty happy can harm President Sirisena’s reconciliation policy!
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Letter from America: Are we witnessing resurrection of fascism in Hungary?

Nearly 70 years ago, Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) wrote a poem about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

Letter from America: Are we witnessing resurrection of fascism in Hungary?
Hungarian brutality against migrants
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