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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1554

‘Sri Lanka pulse imports rising fast’-Rishad at Global Confab

As Sri Lankan’s hunger for pulses and lentils continues to grow, the country now annually imports pulses exceeding $70 Mn and even at 100Mn-and the bulk of it being the well-known staple ‘red lentils’, revealed Sri Lanka’s Industry and Commerce Minister on 20 May.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (seated third from right) awaits to deliver his address at the Global Pulse Convention 2016 in Sheraton-Cesme, Izmir, Turkey on 20 May.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (centre) felicitated by officials of the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC) at Hotel Sheraton-Cesme, Izmir, Turkey on 20 May.
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Sri Lanka President Arrives in Japan

President Maithripala Sirisena arrived yesterday morning (May 26) in Nagoya in Southern Japan to participate in the G 7 Outreach Summit in Ise-Shima, an exotic island south of Nagoya.

Sri Lanka President  Maithripala Srisena was received at the airport by Japanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, Hideaki Oomura, and Sri Lanka  Ambassador Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake.
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China's Complicity in Pakistan's Islamist terrorism

Hafeez Saeed needs no introduction to Americans. His name rings bells because his jihadi outfit, Lashkar-e-Toiba, (LeT), had carried out a blitzkrieg of sort on India's happening city, Mumbai, in Nov 2008, and claimed the lives of several Americans, Brits, and Israelis amongst other nationalities. Both the UN and U.S. have declared LeT a terrorist organization.

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Minister Senaratne draws attention of the World Health Assembly to the recent floods in Sri Lanka

Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr Rajitha Senaratne on Tuesday (24 May 2016) drew the attention of the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting in Geneva to the recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka that affected nearly half a million people and appreciated the expression of solidarity and support by countries, partners and the World Health Organization (WHO), to strengthen the timely health response to the affected people.

Minister Senaratne draws attention of the World Health Assembly to the recent floods in Sri Lanka
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Pavithra presents Yoga of dance at Princeton Univ.

Renowned Bharatanatyam dancer Pavithra Srinivasan of Chennai mesmerized the audience at the Whig Hall of Princeton University during a lecture and dance presentation on the Yoga of Dance last week.

Pavithra Srinivasan
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President leaves for Japan

President Maithripala Sirisena left for Japan today (May 25) to participate in the G–7 Summit to be held on the 26th and 27 in Ise-Shima in Japan.

President leaves for Japan
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Golden Jubilee Of Sri Lanka Tourism

Sri Lanka tourism celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the founding of the (then) Ceylon Tourist Board in 1966, with a commemorative event at the BMICH on Friday, May 27 and will issue a celebratory volume and a special stamp to mark the event. It has every reason for joyous celebration, for in these fifty years the national travel and tourism industry has made giant strides from being a small industry with hope, to become today the country's fourth biggest industry in terms of earnings for the national exchequer and will soon become the third biggest, with the prospect of becoming the biggest, sooner than many expect.

	Sri Lanka- PATA Tourism Stalwarts -  The late Dharmasiri Senanayake, then Minister of Tourism and a former Chairman of the Ceylon Tourist Board in conversation with then President & CEO of PATA, Lakshman. Ratnapala, himself an alumnus of the CTB, At left is George Ondaatjie, a former Chairman of the Sri Lanka PATA Chapter and at right is the late Clement Ranasooriya, a multi-term Chairman of the PATA Chapter and winner of the PATA Award of Excellence.
Picture shows, Jayantha Panabokke a recent Chairman of the Sri Lanka PATA Chapter and owner of Mahaweli Reach Hotel Kandy with Mrs. Kamalika Panabokke at the launch of the book, <i>Flickering Fortunes, </i> authored by this wrriter, at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
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Towards A One-Party Democracy

The chorus eulogising the ‘impressive’ show by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the just concluded state assembly polls will in all probability continue well into 2017 when the saffron flag, so it is hoped by the party, will be hoisted in many more other states, especially UP. The adulators obviously support the BJP goal of making India a one-party state, without which, they think, the country, still under the grip of ‘anti-national’ elements, cannot progress.

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New Left government in Kerala: CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan to be sworn in as CM today!

The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the CPM won a decisive mandate in the 16 May assembly elections with 91 out of the 140 seats. Thus the people of Kerala have removed the Congress party led UDF government that faced anti-incumbency for its corrupt governance and replaced it with the Left parties led by CPM through a direct election for the state assembly.

Pinarayi Vijayan and the party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan ponder over a few points with CPM leader V S Achuthanandan at the Cantonment House in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday
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NJ author releases book in Chennai

Uma Swaminathan, a New Jersey-based community activist and a fighter of injustice in NJ school system last week released her book “Healing with Herbs- Ancient Ayurvedic Wisdom for Health and Longevity” at a gala book signing event in Odyssey Book Store in Chennai.

Ms. Uma Swaminathan
Uma book signing - Prabhala Subash, Uma Swaminathan, Krishnamurthy, Selvaraj and Chari at the book signing event.
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Despite Assam show, BJP Can’t Shield Amit Shah

In the post-Assam euphoria, the Bharatiya Janata Party may not admit it, but it has suffered a big blow in Uttarakhand where it failed disastrously in its attempt to dislodge the Congress. A state that looked set to deal a telling blow to the Congress, the party in power, before the BJP misadventure no longer looks certain to fall into the BJP lap, if, as is being speculated, elections are held in the state before the January 2017 outer limit.

Amit Shah
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Rishad meets flood victims

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen visited Colombo’s flood affected zones in Wellampitiya and Kolonnawa on 21, 22 and 23 May.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen meets flood victims on May 23 at Wellampitiya.
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Where are we heading to? Can’t we all look back?

Our country is undergoing untold hardships politically, economically and due to National calamities off and on. We faced big crises in the government and just limping back with hopes for a better future.

Where are we heading to?  Can’t we all look back?
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Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa swings into action from Chennai fort immediately after assuming power!

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, 68, on May 23 (exactly a year since being sworn in after her stint in jail in Bengaluru in connection with disproportionate asset case), was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor K Rosaiah at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Twenty eight ministers, including her trusted lieutenant and finance minister O Panneerselvam, also took the oath with her.

Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa swings into action from Chennai fort immediately after assuming power!
Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa swings into action from Chennai fort immediately after assuming power!
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