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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 823

FIFA World Cup 2014: reigning champions, Spain, out

Chile managed to create the most shocking development so far in the tournament by showing the world cup holder, Spain, a humiliating exit.

FIFA World Cup 2014: reigning champions, Spain, out
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Sri Lankan Muralitharan to join Australian coaching team

Sri Lankan spin great Muthiah Muralitharan announced Wednesday he will join the Australian coaching team for their series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Muthiah Muralitharan
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Unhealthy diets are threatening global health

An estimated 65% of the world’s population lives in countries where obesity leads to more deaths than underweight. In 2012, over 40 million children under the age of five were considered overweight or obese, 30 million of who were living in developing countries. Around 3.4 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.

Unhealthy diets are threatening global health
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ADB President Calls on President Rajapaksa

The President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Mr. Takehiko Nakao called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s House.

The President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Mr. Takehiko Nakao called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at the President’s House. (Pix By : Chandana Perera)
Senior Minister of International Monetary Cooperation Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Mr. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Economic Development Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Power and Energy Mrs. Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Mr. Dullus Alahapperuma.
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Sri Lanka President Returns From Bolivia

President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to the island yesterday (June17) after Golden Jubilee of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Group of 77 and China (G77+China).

Sri Lanka President Returns From Bolivia
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FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil and Mexico ended up in goalless draw

From spectators’ point of view it the match between Brazil and Mexico was a really exciting one indeed; it was a battle between two equals.

FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil and Mexico ended up in goalless draw
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NCEASL Condemns Violence Against Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela

The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) strongly condemns the blatant attack on members of the Muslim minority, in Aluthgama and Beruwela on the 15th of June 2014 that reportedly left Muslim-owned shops in the area torched, mosques damaged, 80 people injured with at least 7 people admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds and 3 dead.

Fire services struggling to control another Muslim shop on fire at Aluthgama
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Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thero Mahanayaka of Amarapura Maha Nikaya urges unity

The Mahanayaka of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya, the most venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thero, has called for unity among all communities in Sri Lanka.

Most venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara thero
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Sri Lankan and Bolivian Presidents Hold Bilateral Discussions

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who travelled to Bolivia to attend the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Group of 77 and China (G77 + China), held bilateral talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales on Monday (June 16) at the Presidential Palace in the city of La Paz.

During bilateral discussions between Sri Lanka and Bolivia that took place Monday (June 16), President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Bolivian President Evo Morales that this visit to Bolivia is a new beginning in diplomatic, economic and trade relations between Sri Lanka and South American nations.  (Pix - Sudath Silva)
Along with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Bolivian President Evo Morales - Also in the picture   Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena and Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga.
Bolivian President Evo Morales welcomes President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Palace in La Paz where bilateral discussions between the two countries took place Monday (June 16).
Following the conclusion of bilateral talks, President Evo Morales hosted a colorful ceremony with military honors for President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Palace.
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Sri Lanka: Pillay alarmed by intercomunal violence, calls for end to hate speech

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed her deep alarm Monday at inter-communal violence taking place in south-western Sri Lanka in which two, or possibly three, people have reportedly been killed and scores injured.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay
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Sri Lanka President in Bolivia Explains Sri Lanka’s Reality to World Leaders

President Mahinda Rajapaksa currently visiting Santa Cruz in Bolivia to attend the Golden Jubilee of the G77 held bilateral discussions with several world leaders at the Expo Cruz Export Center on Sunday (June 15) and explained Sri Lanka’s actual situation to them.

 Sri Lanka President in Bolivia Explains Sri Lanka’s Reality to World Leaders
President of Equatorial Guinea Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Prime Minister of Gabon Mr. Daniel Ona Ondo, President of Uruguay Mr. JoséMujica, and Cuban President Raul Castro met President Rajapaksa for bilateral discussions.
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Bodu Bala Sena: Freedom fighters or terrorists?

If one accepts that the end justifies the means to that end, then in principle, there cannot be a difference between the LTTE and the Bodu Bala Sena. The LTTE resorted to violence to achieve an end they believed in and the BBS seems to be resorting to means just one step away from violence, which is inciting violence, as they are doing openly.

 Bodu Bala Sena: Freedom fighters or terrorists?
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