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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1557

Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena

Europeans are gearing themselves up for a rare set of celestial phenomena with a major solar eclipse at the centre of the spectacle today. By complete coincidence, the Moon is going to be a big moon, known as Supermoon, owing to its position being the closest to the Earth while in orbit – and hence, the size; in addition, tomorrow is spring equinox – the duration of day time being the same as that of night time.

Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena
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Foreign Minister Mangala Ssmaraweera on money laundering and financing of terrorism

Presenting amendments to the United Nations Act giving effect in Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council Resolutions against money laundering and financing of terrorism, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera made a Statement in the Parliament on March 18, 2015.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera
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28 School children admitted to hospital due to poison in drinking water

Twenty eight students of Erlali Sri Murugan School, located at Chunnakam were being treated at the Telippilai and Jaffna hospitals after they had consumed poisoned water in the morning. The students are out of danger as the water in the tank had not been fully poisoned.

28 School  children admitted to  hospital due to poison in drinking  water
28 School  children admitted to  hospital due to poison in drinking  water
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General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) promoted to the rank of Field Marshal

: Yesterday, Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who has been earlier virtually drummed out of the Army, has been yesterday promoted to the rank of Field Marshal by President Maithripala Sirisena.

General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) promoted to the rank of Field Marshal
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First Reforms, Dissolution Later – President Maithri

President Maithripala Sirisena said the top priority of the government is to fulfill the promise of constitutional reforms and the process has already been initiated with the presenting of the 19th Amendment. He added the dissolution of Parliament could be decided after the amendments to the constitution are enacted.

 President  Maithripala Srisena Meets Editors and Media heads  at Janadhipathi Mandiraya in Fort
President Maithripala Srisena addressing Media Heads
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Where there is a will there is a way: Teeja Devi

55 years old Teeja Devi was born in village Bargadavaan in a family of farm laborers. The youngest of 4 siblings, her father died even before she was born. A father less Teeja had a tough childhood. She grew up amid fields, and from early childhood farming became part of her daily life. Teeja studied till class 5 and then was married in a rural household of a nearby village. Teeja reminiscences--“I was too young when I got married-- perhaps a child bride. I have no recollections of my marriage. The only thing I remember is that I was brought in a bullock cart to my in-laws house”.

Teeja Devi
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USA, Iran close in on deal, despite differences!

The six top world powers - United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany are trying to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran on behalf of UNSC that would lift sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program. The parties have set a June 30 deadline to finalize an accord, but hope for a political framework agreement by the end of March.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif (C) at nuclear negotiations in Montreux, Switzerland. (photo credit:REUTERS)
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Sri Lanka leads the International Women’s Day celebrations in Cuba

On the occasion of the “ International Women’s Day 2015 “, the Asian Ladies Association ( ALA ), comprising the spouses of Ambassadors and diplomats based in Cuba under the Chair of Mrs. Ramanika Dissanayake, wife of the Sri Lankan Ambassador, organized 2 mega events, namely a “ Walk Rally “ and an “ Official Ceremony cum Gala Dinner, “ in Havana on 07th and 09th March respectively.

Sri Lanka leads the International Women’s Day celebrations in Cuba
Sri Lanka leads the International Women’s Day celebrations in Cuba
Sri Lanka leads the International Women’s Day celebrations in Cuba
Sri Lanka leads the International Women’s Day celebrations in Cuba
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Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Evening to be held on Saturday, 22nd March 2015

The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association (SLPAFA) in collaboration with Pakistan High Commission Colombo will be organizing a fun-filled Fund Raising Friendship Evening on 21st March 2015, at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Fort, Colombo 1 for the 3rd consecutive year.

Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Evening to be held on Saturday, 22nd March 2015
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Brussels taskforce in Colombo next week for GSP+ redux

As bilateral trade with EU crossed the $5Bn mark for the first time and after months of speculation and vibes on the coveted GSP Plus, EU announced on 18 March the actual start of the recovery process will commence right here in Colombo as early as next week-and setting the record straight on the GSP+, EU also revealed that the process is not simple and much more ‘complicated than it appears’.

Minister of Industry & Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen meets (HE) David Daly (EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka) in Colombo on 18 March.
Minister of Industry & Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen in discussions with (HE) David Daly (EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka-left) in Colombo on 18 March.
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Lanka calls its R&D to push for Mod-Trad food

In an effort to overcome issues posed by rising fast food lifestyle to its consumers, Sri Lanka called its R&D players in food sector to focus on more and more Mod-Trad innovations-and the Lankan customers consume almost 7000 tonnes of food items annually, as announced on 16 March. " class="caption" align="right" />

Minister of Industry & Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen addresses World Consumer Rights Day Forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies and collaborated by Consumer Affairs Authority under Minister Bathiudeen, and Kuala Lumpur based Consumer International, held on 16 March in Colombo.
Minister of Industry & Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen addresses World Consumer Rights Day Forum organised by the Institute of Policy Studies and collaborated by Consumer Affairs Authority under Minister Bathiudeen, and Kuala Lumpur based Consumer International, held on 16 March in Colombo.
From left: Dr Saman Kelegama (Executive Director of IPS), Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka), Dr. D.C. Jayasuriya and Satya Narayana (Consumer International) at the World Consumer Rights Day Forum held on 16 March in Colombo.
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President Maithripala Srisena – “Preferential Voting System should be changed”

President Maithripala Sirisena held talks with leaders and representatives of political parties on the proposed changes to the electoral system where he said that he is of the view that Preferential Voting System should be changed and moves are underway to introduce a new system as per the election pledge.

President Maithripala Srisena – “Preferential Voting System should be changed”
President Maithripala Srisena – “Preferential Voting System should be changed”
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Burma: Use of religious defamation laws indicate deterioration in fundamental freedoms

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed that it, “continues to be deeply concerned about the violations of freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression in Burma, amid growing religious intolerance, as illustrated by two current cases of “religious defamation.”

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