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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1109

Ruptures in US-Israeli relations: Arab nations should push for Palestine state through legal means

Unfortunately, like Israeli policy, US-Israeli relations also target Palestinians and other Arabs. Hence their relationship is not genuinely legal.

Netanyahu – Obama on a damage control exercise? (File Photo)
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Defense Attorney Namal Rajapaksa representing Lanka’s global brand credibility next

The new team-lead of Sri Lanka’s foremost global accreditation agency guarding its exports in international markets is a Defense Attorney cum former Presidential candidate-and he wants a stronger global trade role for his institution, as revealed on 18 March. “SLAB is playing an important role in safeguarding Sri Lankan exports in overseas markets by its third party accreditations. " class="caption" align="right" />

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (right) appoints Attorney at Law Namal Rajapaksa as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment (SLABCA) under Minister Bathiudeen on 18 March.
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President Srisena To Visit Indonesia in April

President Maithripala Sirisena has confirmed his participation at the 60th Anniversary of the Asian-African Conference (AAC) and 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) in Jakarta, Bandung (West Java), on April 22-24.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Srisena
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Sri Lankan President commends Vietnam’s rapid agricultural growth

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said Vietnam’s rapid agricultural and industrial growth is a good example for other developing countries such as Sri Lanka to emulate. He said that Sri Lanka would like to follow the successful Vietnamese methods of utilization of modern technology to enhance agricultural growth.

Ambassador for Vietnam in Sri lanka, Madam Phan Kieu Thu paid a courtesy call on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today. ( Pix By: Nishanka de Silva )
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Patton inspected Secretariat toilets, said to privatize for the upkeep

Nagaland Home Minister Y Patton said he was contemplating to privatize cleaning and upkeep of the toilets of the Civil Secretariat Office and it’s Complex at Kohima.

Home Minister Y Patton inspecting conditions of the  Secretariat toilets
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Hold tobacco industry liable: Turn the cost-benefit ratio upside down

Despite loads of credible and scientifically robust evidence that tobacco kills and is a common risk factor for major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), public health programmes have achieved limited success in controlling tobacco epidemic. With over 6 million tobacco-related deaths every year, the world is far from eliminating tobacco deaths. Every tobacco-related death is a tragedy, because it is preventable, had rightly said US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the opening of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH 2015).

Cloe Franko, Chair of Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) and Senior International Organizer of Challenge Big Tobacco campaign at Corporate Accountability International.
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Vulnerable, flood-affected villages in Batticaloa receive clean water and sanitation assistance

The United States inaugurated today a clean water assistance program for at-risk communities in the Batticaloa district. Government Agent for Batticaloa Ms. P.S.M. Charles also attended the ceremony.

Inauguration: Pui Man Wong from the U.S. Embassy and Government Agent P.S.M. Charles discuss how USAID projects can better collaborate with local government. (Photo by U.S. Embassy)
Family Clean Water + Child Drinking: Earlier USAID grants from 2012-2014 have provided 2,762 water connections and constructed 40 wells and 420 toilets from 2012-2014 in Batticaloa. (Photos courtesy of the PALM Foundation)
Child Drinking.
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Rs 189 crore sanctioned for Medical College in Nagaland: P Longon

Minister for Health and Family Welfare P Longon informed the House that Rs 189 crore had already been sanctioned by the Government of India for the construction of the Medical College in Nagaland and for which 135.90 acres of land belonging to P Khel of Kohima Village had been acquired. He, however, said the Government of India had not yet released any fund towards this.

P Longon - Minister for Health and Family Welfare
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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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