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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1526

The unseen hand of Mahinda Rajapaksa

Over 6.4 million people gave a mandate for the President, the government and the Cabinet of Ministers. The people can be asked to give a fresh mandate, if somebody has any reservation over the mandate that the existing government has” - Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

The unseen hand of Mahinda Rajapaksa
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Sashi Weerawansa further remanded

Chief Magistrate of Colombo, Gihan Pilapitiya, yesterday ordered former Minister Wimal Weerawansa's wife, Sashi Weerawansa, who has been taken into custody by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for allegedly submitting false information to the Department of Emigration and Immigration and obtaining a passport as well as for preparing false documents, be detained until 4 March.

Sashi Weerawansa further remanded
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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen visits Pakistan

In the midst of heightened political confusion in Maldives, following the arrest and ongoing trial of former president Mohamed Nasheed, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom will be in Islamabad on 25 February on a two-day official visit. During his first ever visit to Pakistan, President Gayoom would meet his counterpart Mamnoon Hussain and would also call upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Maldives President Abdulla YameenAbdul Gayoom with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.
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Ambassador Amunugama meets German State Secretary Markus Ederer

Ambassador Amunugama met State Secretary Markus Ederer at the Federal Foreign Office today (23rd Feb.2015) to brief him on steps that have been taken by the current Government to establish good governance, national reconciliation as well as strengthening democratic institutions and rule of law in Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Amunugama meets German State Secretary Markus Ederer
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Sri Lanka Vs. Bangladesh: will this be the turning point for Sri Lankan cricket to win ICC world cup 2015?

Cricket is all about excitement, uncertainty and fun. There are many arguments on recent “form” of Sri Lankan cricket. Anyway Sri Lanka will get an opportunity against Bangladesh and this match can be really critical for our cricketers to prove their potential to win ICC world cup 2015.

Sri Lanka Vs.  Bangladesh: will this be the turning point for Sri Lankan cricket to win ICC world cup 2015?
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UN Senior Official to Visit Sri Lanka

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will arrive in Sri Lanka on Saturday, 28 February. He plans to meet with senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, political parties and civil society groups.

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman
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Twenty years of Students Exchange Programme - Students from St. Thomas Mt. Lavinia visiting Germany

Ten students from St. Thomas College, Mt. Lavinia are presently in Germany on a three-week study tour organized by Mr. Manfred Moeller, Teacher and Coordinating Director of Gymnasium Isernhagen.

Twenty years of Students Exchange Programme - Students from St. Thomas Mt. Lavinia visiting Germany
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Palitha Kohona: An Extraordinary Diplomat for Sri Lanka; His address on Biological Diversity to FAO

As Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative in the United Nations, Dr. Palitha Kohona was a prominent voice within the Global Body on equality for women, global security, prevention of violence against girls and boys, getting the UN to recognize Youth Year and holding it in his native Sri Lanka, and now, on his way out as Sri Lanka's ambassador, his achievement - as the co-chair of UN Ad Hoc Committee on Biological Diversity Beyond National Jurisdiction is remarkable.

Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona
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The Netherlands will host the fourth Global Conference on CyberSpace (GCCS 2015) on 16-17 April 2015 in the World Forum in The Hague.

Government officials will meet with representatives of the private sector and civil society to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, enhance the building of cyber capacity, agree on norms for responsible and acceptable behaviour online, and explore ways to protect freedom and privacy in cyberspace.

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Amid public protests, the Modi government introduces Land Acquisition Bill crippling farmer rights

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare launched on February 23 his protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill, even as the budget session of Indian Parliament began with President Pranab Mukherjee's address to members of both the houses of Parliament. The budget session contains 44 items of financial, legislative and non-legislative business, including Land Acquisition Bill which the government is eager to pass with the support from Congress party.

Amid public protests, the Modi government introduces Land Acquisition Bill crippling farmer rights
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Singapore would continue to cooperate with Sri Lanka at international forums- Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore K. Shanmugam praised the new Sri Lankan government’s efforts for development and reconciliation. Stating this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (February 24) he said that Singapore would continue to cooperate with Sri Lanka at international forums. " class="caption" align="right" />

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore K. Shanmugam paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (24th). (Pix By : Sudath Silva)
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Storm Brewing In East: 6 UPFA Councilors To Withdraw Support To Muslim Congress

Latest development reveals that already 6 out of 14 UPFA Eastern Provincial Councilors have indicated their intention to withdraw their support given to Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to form the Government in the Eastern Provincial Council.

Storm Brewing In East: 6 UPFA Councilors To Withdraw Support To Muslim Congress
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Inter religious harmony: Muslims in Norway protect a synagogue!

When ordinary humans make a promise and keep their word, fulfilling the pledges made to others in real terms, they indeed become true, great humans. It is indeed incredible and commendable that Muslims in Norway have come forward to perform that secret duty.

Norway Muslims Encircle Synagogue to Support Jews
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