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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 879

NDA Appeasement Of The Akalis Is Wrong

The Hooda government has set up a separate Haryana Gurdwara Prabhandhak Committee for the state in an obvious bid to shore up the Congress party’s electoral fortunes and to create a wedge between the Akali led government in Punjab and the BJP-led government at the centre. New Delhi has put pressure on the Haryana government to revoke the bill that has placed the Sikh shrines and Gurudwaras in Haryana outside the ambit of the Amritsar-based Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee. The Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia gave his assent to the bill just days before he demitted office frustrating the BJP-Akali Dal plans to force a roll back.

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Chevening Scholarship Applications Open

Applications for the prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme for 2015/2016 from yesterday.

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'If I Could Do It, Anyone Can!'

According to a joint UN report entitled “HIV prevention, treatment and care in prisons and other closed settings: a comprehensive package of interventions,” at least 30 million men, women and children globally go through prison systems each year, and the prevalence of HIV, STIs, hepatitis B and C and TB is two to twenty times –even up to fifty times – higher in prison population than in general population. The proportion of people who use and inject drugs in prisons can reach half the incarcerated population, especially among women in closed settings. Access to health services is largely absent.

'If I Could Do It, Anyone Can!'
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US Embassy statement was judgmental based on erroneous and biased information

Colombo US Embassy statement was judgmental based on erroneous and biased information alleges Sri Lanka’s Ministry of External Affairs.

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Kunming ’14 rakes in $4.6M for Lankan biz

Sri Lanka has garnered more than $4.6 Mn orders at the recently concluded Kunming Int’l Fair in China-and this too is only from the initial overview of Kunming outcomes rather than any in-depth totals. “I am pleased of the performance of the delegation of 119 companies and businesses that I led to Kunming. I commend EDB for this successful facilitation effort” said a satisfied Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka) on 31 July in Colombo.

Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka-centre) readies to inaugurate Sri Lanka Pavilion at the Kunming 2014 expo on 06 June in Kunming, Yunnan Province.
Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka) addresses the China-South Asia Business Forum held on the side lines of Kunming event on 07 June in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.
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Sri Lanka President Meets with Officials to Discuss ICAPP Arrangements

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this evening at Temple Trees, met with officials to discuss arrangements for the next meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday evening at Temple Trees, met with officials to discuss arrangements for the next meeting of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).
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Multi-Faith Network Urges Secretary Kerry To Raise Religious Freedom Violations With Burmese Government

Members of the US-based International Religious Freedom (IRF) Roundtable, a multi-faith informal group of organizations and individuals advocating for freedom of religion or belief, have written to US Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of his visit to Burma, urging him make it a priority to discuss reported violations of freedom of religion or belief with the government.

Multi-Faith Network Urges Secretary Kerry To Raise Religious Freedom Violations With Burmese Government
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Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and Singapore consolidate strong bilateral ties

Expansion of economic relations in the atmosphere of peace and stability prevailing in the country was the central focus of the bilateral discussions which took place in Singapore on Monday 28th July 2014, between Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, and Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore.

Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and Singapore consolidate strong bilateral ties
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IMF Executive Director Calls on President Rajapaksa

The Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., United States, representing Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dr. Rakesh Mohan called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday evening at Temple Trees.

 The Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C., United States, representing Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan, Dr. Rakesh Mohan called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (July 30) evening at Temple Trees. - (Pix By : Chandana Perera)
IMF's Dr. Rakesh Mohan, commenting on the Government's initiatives toward rapid infrastructure development, said that it was a very wise decision to put in place development plans that focus on the medium and long term and not just the short term. He also said he was "delighted to see that” because it is very seldom that countries implement such long-term strategies.
The discussion between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Dr. Rakesh Mohan also focused on how Sri Lanka could benefit from BRICS. Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal was also present for the meeting.
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Lanka exports clinch hat trick win in first half

Sri Lanka’s exports sector has clinched a triple win for 2014 1H (January-June) –a first time event. “Latest reports are good news for our $20B goal. We should commend our committed exporters for this achievement” said an upbeat Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka) on 28 July in Colombo.

The trio Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka-left), Lakshman Wasantha Perera (Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce-centre) and Bandula Egodage (Chairman/CEO-EDB) share the good news in Colombo.
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Claiming award for war criminals!

I came across an interesting news item in one of the Western media and it read: ‘Last week when Israeli ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, addressed a ‘Christian (Evangelical) for Israel’ Summit, in Washington, he said that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) should be given the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ for fighting with unimaginable restraint.’

Aftermath of the strike on a UN school in Gaza City
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