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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1584

No 'conclusive evidence' Maldives boat blast caused by bomb - FBI

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it has found no conclusive evidence that an explosion on a boat transporting Maldives President Abdulla Yameen was caused by a bomb.

Officials carry an injured woman off the speed boat of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen (not pictured) after an explosion onboard, in Male, Maldives September 28, 2015.
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Disputed Artificial Islands in the South China Sea: the US finally calls China’s Bluff

The United States stuck to its word by openly challenging China over the artificial islands that the latter has been building in the South China Sea, while sending USS Lassen, the guided-missile destroyer, within the 12 nautical mile of one of the islands, without the prior approval from China on Tuesday.

Disputed Artificial Islands in the South China Sea: the US finally calls China’s Bluff
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Letter from America: Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine state?

The Genocide Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948 and entered into force in 1951. It declares that genocide is a crime under international law. It imposes affirmative legal obligations on states to prevent genocide from occurring and to punish perpetrators of genocide.

Letter from America: Is Genocide Occurring in Myanmar’s Rakhine state?
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Tamil folk singer Kovan held for derogatory lyrics against CM Jayalalithaa, slapped with sedition charge!

Tamil Nadu government of J. Jayalalithaa does not seem to take chances as the state is getting ready for the poll next year and it applies brakes to all possible anti-government tirades seeking to weaken her and AIADMK’s image.

Tamil singer, S Sivadas alias Kovan (45)
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The Resource Manual by ITIC is a tool for promoting vested interests rather than designed to help governments

The Bangkok-based Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEACTA) warns legislators and finance ministries against replying on this Manual which is being widely promoted by ITIC to ASEAN governments.

The Resource Manual by ITIC is a tool for promoting vested interests rather than designed to help governments
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Thirty years of HIV epidemic in India: From despair to hope

It is almost 30 years since the first case of HIV infection was detected in India in Chennai in 1986. In a recent webinar organized by Citizen News Service (CNS), Dr R R Gangakhedkar, Director-in-charge, National AIDS Research Institute, Pune (Indian Council of Medical Research), presented a vivid picture of India’s tumultuous journey in its fight against this dreaded disease.

Thirty years of HIV epidemic in India: From despair to hope
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Sri Lanka to impose fine on Tamil Nadu for damages caused to underwater marine life and pollution by fishermen

Sri Lankan government was contemplating the imposition of a fine on Tamil Nadu for the damages done to the underwater marine life and the pollution caused by its fishermen, Sri Lankan fisheries industry minister said.

Mahinda Amaraweera - Minister of Fisheries
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Finance minister says Sri Lanka a future investment destination

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ravi Karunanayake, called on Swiss investors to invest in the future investment destination that is Sri Lanka. He said that since the change of the new government in January 2015, there is a strong national oriented government in place ushering in sustainable political stability for Sri Lanka.

Mr. Ravi Karunanayake -  Sri Lanka's  Minister of Finance
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U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Highlights Women’s Roles in Economy and Reconciliation

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell departed Sri Lanka today after her two-day visit to underscore the strong U.S. commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Sri Lanka.

U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap (Left) and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell (Right) meet Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs Chandrani Bandara to discuss key concerns for women and children in Sri Lanka.
In meetings in Jaffna with civil society leaders and journalists, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell stressed, “Women in the North and East affected by the conflict can’t be left behind.”
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Sri Lanka and Ecuador to strengthen bilateral ties and friendship

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Cuba, Sarath Dissanayake presented his Letter of Credence to the Acting President of the Republic of Ecuador, Jorge David Glas Espinel on 28th September 2015, as Sri Lanka’s first Ambassador to Ecuador, at a simple but colorful ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Sri Lanka and Ecuador to strengthen bilateral ties and friendship
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Maldives foreign Minister to brief on explosion on Presidential speedboat

Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon will arrive in Sri Lanka today (29) to brief the diplomats based in Colombo and affiliated to the Maldives on the arrest of Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor.

Maldives Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon
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Douglas Devananda to stand trial for murder through video conferencing in Chennai

Former Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda is set to stand trial, through video conferencing, before a Chennai court in a 28-year-old murder case. As all 10 accused in connection with the Diwali- eve murder in 1986 are absconding with non bailable warrant (NBW) pending against them, the prosecution has sought to split the trial and hold a separate trial against Devananda.

Former Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda M.P.
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