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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1738

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

Brazil which has long been a leader in tobacco control, this month launched the first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control.

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory
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High Impact Special Projects for Palmyrah Sector Development

The Ministry of Prisons Reform, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs has provided a special allocation of Rs.160 Mn with a view to strengthen the palmyrah sector which is a predominant sector in the conflict affected Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka.

V. Sivagnanasothy,
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Should Celebrity Endorsements End?

A parliamentary committee, headed by a TDP Member, J.C. Divakar Reddy, is reported to have proposed a hefty fine (up to Rs 5o lakhs) and a long jail term (up to five years) for celebrities who ‘mislead’ consumers/ buyers with their endorsements. The proposal has not been given a legal shape yet. It has to be accepted by the government and passed by parliament to become a law of the land. Nonetheless. the recommendation needs to be considered in all seriousness and merits wide support because there have been instances when public has felt ‘cheated’ by endorsement by their favourite film star or sporting personality.

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Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy should be beneficial to NE people

India’s Look East Policy (LEP) was to foster extensive economic and strategic relations with member nations of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in order to bolster its standing as a regional power and a counterweight to the strategic influence of the People’s Republic of China.

Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy should be beneficial to NE people
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Major health, development and economic gains from tobacco tax increases

A study finding published by the World Health Organization recently reveals that tobacco tax increases can prevent millions of smoking-attributable deaths throughout the world and contribute to the achievement of global health objectives.

Major health, development and economic gains from tobacco tax increases
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Indian Navy’s Training Squadron in Colombo

Three ships from the Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron, namely Indian Naval Ships TIR and SUJATA, and Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA, are visiting Colombo from 15 – 18 April 2016.

INS - TIR
Coast Guard Ship VARUNA
INS - SUJATA
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Trump’s Imminent Triumph in New York and Lingering Republican Headache

The polls have been fairly consistent for months: Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner is poised to win New York primary decisively while bagging the majority of the 95-strong delegates in the crucial poll on Tuesday.

Trump’s Imminent Triumph in New York and Lingering Republican Headache
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Letter From America: Bernie Sanders is a better presidential candidate

Last week, I watched the debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I am glad that I had the time to do so. To me, the most important task of the President of the USA is about foreign policy, which he conducts through his Secretary of State. The debate allowed me to understand the candidates' views on Israeli state that has benefitted enormously from the US patronage since its birth.

 Letter From America: Bernie Sanders is a better presidential candidate
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Project Back To Mmahabharata With Khattar

There is no dispute that the state of Haryana, established only about four decades ago when Punjab was trifurcated, is deeply associated with the Mahabharata. The battlefield of Kurukshetra in the heart of Haryana can be called the centre piece of the epic. There are many other small towns in the state which have varied claims as contributors to India’s ‘glorious past’ and, hence, deserve to be known to the world, preferably after they have been renamed.

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Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?

Although the governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, a lot more work needs to be done to deliver on these promises by 2030. Thirty-six Asia Pacific nations had met in Thailand for Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) but largely failed to agree with consensus on a regional road-map to achieve these promises by 2030. The window of opportunity is not closed yet - Asia Pacific nations still can demonstrate leadership on implementing SDGs by agreeing on an ambitious plan to move forward.

Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?
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Indian politics: Tamils’ search for credible alternative to AIADMK, DMK misrule may stop at PWF!

As the latest Tamil political news pouring in, there is a clear indication that Vaiko led PWF is making headway in poll alliance strategy. PWF’ chief ministerial candidate actor turned politician DMDK leader Vijayakanth has begun the election campaign on April 11 in a mammoth public meeting in which Vaiko, Vasan and other leaders of the alliance also will participate to declare their joint program.

DMDK chief Vijayakant on Monday began his election campaign launching a tirade against both the AIADMK and DMK describing the May 16 election as a "war against the Dravidian majors".
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Lalin’s Column: Geneva-Not again

There was in March a surge of underworld killings, many of them in Colombo in daylight. Ubiquitous underworld hit squads, dormant for years post bellum, had surfaced with a vengeance. Was Colombo trying to become an old Chicago style mafia war zone?

Lalin’s Column: Geneva-Not again
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Wijegunasekera appointed Publicity Ambassador

Dilshan Aloka Sri Wijegunasekera, a prominent Sri Lankan journalist, has just mounted another level of success in his life as he has been given the appointment as the Publicity Ambassador for the Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a Seoul-based international peace organisation in association with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI).

Wijegunasekera appointed Publicity Ambassador
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Let us build ‘One Nation’ unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality - President Maithripala Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena in his New Year message has categorically pointed out that let all of us be determined to rise as One Country - One Nation unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality, and to build a drug-free, alcohol-free country in the New Year commencing from today.

Let us build  ‘One Nation’ unhindered by divisions or disparities but genuine peace and equality - President Maithripala Sirisena
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