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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1073

Senior Japanese Diplomat Yasushi Akashi Meets President Rajapaksa

Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Mr. Yasushi Akashi called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow (Sept. 7).

President Mahinda Rajapaksa welcomes Mr. Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka. Mr. Akashi called on President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow (Sept. 7). ( Pix By: Sudath Silva )
During the meeting, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told Mr. Yasushi Akashi that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit is an important one to Sri Lanka. “It’s a very important visit for Japan, and I hope for Sri Lanka as well,” Mr. Akashi also said, adding that Japan is “deeply grateful for your cooperation and good understanding.”
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The Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka Mr. Nobuhito Hobo accompanied Mr. Akashi for the meeting. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Japan Admiral (Redt) Wasantha Karannagoda were present for the meeting.
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Spain Understands the Impact of Terrorism, Spanish Foreign Minister Tells President Rajapaksa

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Mr. José Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa welcomes the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain Mr. José Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil who called on the President at Temple Trees this morning. Pix By: Sudath Silva
A high-member delegation, including the Honorary Consul of Spain in Sri Lanka Ms. Priya Jayawardane, accompanied the Spanish  Minister. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne were present for the meeting.
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Tomorrow: Japanese PM arrives in Sri Lanka

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will arrive tomorrow morning – 7th September, in Sri Lanka with a special delegation on an official visit. His visit is in response to an invitation extended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his official visit to Japan in March 2013. Abe will be the first Japanese leader to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years.

Japanese Prime Minister  Shinzo Abe is seen with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka and he is expected in Colombo tomorrow after the conclusion of his visit in Bangladesh.
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Lanka-China FTA electrifies $8B global apparel giant to action

The forthcoming Lanka-China FTA has electrified no less than a $8B global apparel giant who is also the world’s largest shirt maker. “We are very excited about the forthcoming Lanka-China FTA; having duty free market access to China is very important for us as an apparel sourcing firm and the benefits are great.

Mark Green (Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain of New York’s PVH Corporation-left) meets Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka-right) in Colombo on 14 August.
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Cycling Tour 2014: Cycling for Peace and Development

‘Cycling Tour 2014: Volunteering to Make a Difference’, a project initiated by the United Nations Volunteers programme in Sri Lanka was pre-launched on the 12th of August 2014, coinciding with the International Youth Day.

Cycling Tour 2014: Cycling for Peace and Development
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A Letter That “The New York Times” Refused To Publish

The New York Times has sailed under the well-known slogan of: “All the News that’s fit to print”. Not surprisingly, when it’s distortions are pointed out it is not considered news fit to print.

A Letter That “The New York Times” Refused To Publish
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Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck

Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama presented his Letter of Credence to the Federal President Joachim Gauck at his official residence (Palace), the Schloss Bellevue in Berlin, on 2nd September, as Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
Ambassador Amunugama presented Letter of Credential to German President Joachim Gauck
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Our trade future looks good!’-Seychelles

Enhanced trade cooperation cemented by a new Joint Trade Committee will open the Sri Lanka’s anticipated trade volumes with Africa said Seychelles on 27 August. And Lankan exports to Africa’s top blue economy as well as transit passenger volumes to Colombo is now on the increase as a result of recent air connectivity.

Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce–left) discusses on 27 August with Pierre Laporte (Minister for Finance, Trade and Investment of Seychelles-centre) as (HE) Waven William (Seychelles’ High Commissioner to Sri Lanka-far right) looks on in Colombo.
Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce–far right) discusses with Pierre Laporte (Minister for Finance, Trade and Investment of Seychelles-second from left) in Colombo on 27 August.
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How Hindus became minority in East Bengal turned Bangladesh?

Mahatma Gandhiji’s Noakhali Diary gives us many woeful details. His peace mission has not yet fulfilled. M A Jinnah’s Pakistan is now a utopia and turned to Quid to al-Quida and Bangabandhu’s Sonar Bangla is struggling for democracy, rule of law social justice, and principles of war of liberation.

How Hindus   became minority in East Bengal turned Bangladesh?
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‘Five million families benefit thanks to Basil’-Rishad

More than five million poor families are set to benefit from government’s latest micro credit initiative launched island-wide on 01 September-rewarded with no less than spot cash. “It is thanks to Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa that Divi Neguma scheme arrived in Mannar for the first time. " class="caption" align="right" />

Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka and MP, Vanni-third from right) hands over a Divi Neguma Credit Scheme grant to a selected recipient in Mannar on 01 September.
Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka and MP, Vanni-third from right) hands over a Divi Neguma Credit Scheme grant to a selected recipient in Mannar on 01 September
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How Hindus became ‘minority’ in East Bengal turned Bangladesh?

In 1947, Great Britain granted independence to India and established Pakistan as an independent Muslim country. “Hence, what the *Bengali elite (*Hindu) adamantly refused when imposed by the British (in 1905), they were obliged to accept four decades later as the price of independence.

Prime Minister Abe’s Visit: An Opportunity to Make up for Lost Time.

The Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Sri Lanka offers the chance to reflect upon the fact that Japan has been a steadfast and generous partner throughout Sri Lanka’s post-independence era.

Prime Minister Abe’s Visit: An Opportunity to Make up for Lost Time.
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New U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Application System

The United States Embassy in Colombo is transitioning to a new online appointment service for the non-immigrant visas starting September 7, 2014. The new process is designed to be more convenient and user-friendly and has been implemented at U.S. embassies worldwide.

New U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Application System
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Bala Tampoe’s Funeral tomorrow

The funeral of Bala Tampoe is to be held tomorrow at the Borella cemetery.

President paid his last respects to the remains of Bala Tampoe. (Pix By : Chandana Perera)
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