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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1070

A National Policy to eradicate the drug menace

The Government is planning to establish a National Policy to create a drug-free Sri Lanka. A meeting was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today with regard to this policy (12).
The programme will be implemented in keeping with the pledge by the Government to the people to protect future generations from this drug menace.

President chaired a special discussion on Prevention of Drugs. (Pix By : Sudath Silva)
A National Policy to eradicate the drug menace
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Misleading news with regard to President's website and social media accounts

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday released a statement regarding the misleading news circulating on his social media sites.

President Maithripala Srisena
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Can Saudi Arabia get Russia to deal with Iran or Syria?

Middle East has been embroiled in oil problem as the region with vast energy resources remains the target of world powers. Since energy resources have become vital for the globalizing world and big powers requiring more oil and gas to sustain and cater for the demands of ever growing populations globally.

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Sri Lanka Reconciliation & South Africa: Here's what Mangala needs to know

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera, in Washington 11 February on eve of his dialogue with US secretary of state John Kerry, signaled to the American administration that the new Sirisena-Wickremasinghe regime will seriously focus to bring an accountability mechanism parallel to that of the truth and reconciliation process undertaken by South Africa, a notion the United States and other major Western powers endeavored to impress on Sri Lanka after the defeat of Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

Sri Lanka's foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera addressing 11 February event in Washington
Sri Lanka Reconciliation & South Africa: Here's what Mangala needs to know
Sri Lanka Reconciliation & South Africa: Here's what Mangala needs to know
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Namal says Yoshitha did not flee

Namal Rajapaksa MP says that his brother Yositha Rajapaksa has not fled the country but has gone abroad after obtaining due clearance from the Defence Ministry.

With former Health Minister Tissa Attanayake  in Colombo after he was released on bail. ‪
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Rishad & Gamini bulldoze a Lankan supply monopoly grip overnight

In a major development in Sri Lanka’s wholesale market pricing-and thereby the critical Cost of Living-the country suddenly routed a tight grip held on the sole and apex wholesale market entity by a select group of suppliers so that budgetary relief finally reaches the consumer -and a powerful Lankan retail supplier collective of large capacity that was excluded from the supply chain promptly lauded the government for opening the supply chains far and wide at last, as revealed on 11 February in Colombo.

Minister of Industry & Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad Bathiudeen (second from left) addresses the wholesale suppliers of Sri Lanka joined by Gamini Jayawickreme Perera (Minister of Food Security-far left) at CWE Auditorium, Colombo on 11 February.
A segment of the wholesale suppliers of Sri Lanka at CWE Auditorium, Colombo on 11 February.
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Mr. Van der Kolff - the new Managing Director of Lamudi Sri Lanka

Hugh van der Kolff has been appointed the Managing Director of Lamudi Sri Lanka (www.lamudi.lk), the leading online real estate platform. Hugh, who was previously the Business Development Manager for the Myanmar branch of the global real estate brand, has been appointed to head Lamudi Sri Lanka following the departure of former Managing Director, Wilhelm Hammes.

Hugh van der Kolff
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US arms to Ukraine could prompt rapid escalation: IISS

Leaders of France and Germany joined the presidents of Russia and Ukraine in the Belarussian capital Minsk on February 11 for a peace summit as fighting flared anew in eastern Ukraine. Key US allies in Europe are much more cautious about providing arms to Ukraine.

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) near Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, February 10, 2015.
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Noke terms as “illegal & misleading” NPF (S)’s resolutions

President of the NPF (N), Noke Wangnao, has dismissed the resolutions of NPF (S) that their 21 NPF legislators’ voting in favor of the “Confidence Motion” on February 5 in Nagaland Assembly was an acknowledgment to the leadership of NPF under the presidentship of Dr Shurhozelie.

President of the NPF (N), Noke Wangnao,
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Burma’s Union Day in the International Context

It is high time for the international community, especially the West led by the US and EU to know something about the Union Day of Burma. In other words, how modern Union of Burma came into being with a concordat and how this concord was destroyed, which is the basis of all the insurrections in the country.

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His Phd in zoology is in vain!

Parliamentary elections due to take place on 14 February have been postponed along with the presidential election in Nigeria. Thousands of people have died under Goodluck Jonathan’s rule as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency over past six years, while more than a million people have been displaced.

Goodluck Jonathan
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Tissa Attanayake and Sarana Gunawardena released on bail

Former Health Minister Tissa Attanayake was today released on bail with two sureties of Rs.1 million each. Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Ganmage fixed the next hearing for March 11.

Tissa Attanayake
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Is Indian politics changing? A few valid reasons for the AAPs miracle in Delhi!

How could AAP, a small, Delhi based new party, take on two most powerful national parties like Congress and BJP, simultaneously and win the poll in Delhi?

Arvind Kejriwal Aam Aadmi Party leader stood tall and firm
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Lung cancer: Difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, easy to prevent

Just a few days before World Cancer Day this year, an acquaintance of mine succumbed to this dreaded disease within 10 months of diagnosis, and became part of the world statistics of someone dying somewhere of lung cancer every 30 seconds. Of all known cancers, lung cancer has highest annual mortality (1.6 million) as well as incidence (1.8 million) globally, and is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 cancer related deaths.

 Dr Surya Kant
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'Declaration of Peace' pledge an important reminder of effort to seek reconciliation

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said the special 'Declaration of Peace' pledge made at this year’s Independence Day celebration in Sri Lanka was an important reminder of the concerted efforts being made in the country to seek reconciliation and to ensure that we do not repeat mistakes of the past.

 'Declaration of Peace' pledge an important reminder of effort to seek reconciliation
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