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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1764

China vying total mineral entry

Boosting Sri Lankan mineral sector outlook, a global industry conglomerate from China mainland announced on May 12 that it is ready to take a lead role in Sri Lanka’s strategic minerals. “We are looking for outright purchase of any mineral sands and graphite production of Sri Lanka” said a determined President of Beijing’s SSG International Holding Group’s Chen Hong on 12 May in Colombo.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (second from left) greets President of Beijing’s SSG International Holding Group’s Chen Hong (second from right) as Dr Palitha Kohona (left) looks on at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce on 12 May.
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Right to Information (RTI) send clear signals of Sri Lanka’s commitment to reform and good governance - Keshap

As the Government proceeds with discussion on the Right to Information, its work will send clear signals of Sri Lanka’s commitment to reform and good governance, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap says.

U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap
Right to Information (RTI) send clear signals of Sri Lanka’s commitment to reform and good governance  - Keshap
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31 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu are arriving Sri Lanka on 19th

According to the latest arrangement, 31 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu, India are arriving Sri Lanka on 19th May 2016 Under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme.

Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs
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Indian regional polls 2016: Tamil Nadu records 70% polling, Kerala 74 %

Tamil Nadu and Kerala went to assembly poll today the same day on May 16 for electing new governments for which all necessary arrangements have been made by the election commission, including the security of the voters.

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Vaddukoddai Resolution - 40 Years Ago - Never Received a Mandate for Eelam

Saturday, 14 May was the fortieth anniversary of the adoption of the Vaddukoddai Resolution at the 1976- special session of the Tamil United Liberation Front declaring the combined North and East of Sri Lanka as the Tamil Eelam, a separate and independent Nation of the Tamil People.

Tamil Leader S.J.V. Chelvanayakam addressing a meeting in the north of Sri Lanka
Tamil Leaders - S.J.V.Chelvanayakam & Appapillai Amirthalingham
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Tamil Nadu Goes to Polls today

Amid campaign against misuse of money,t Tamil Nadu’s 5.82 crore voters will get a chance to exercise their franchise today to elect 232 members to the assembly.

Tamil Nadu Goes to Polls today
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Tamil Nadu poll 2016: will People’s Welfare Alliance (PWA) be able win polls for Madras Fort?

Certainly, it is not easy for the new political force People’s Welfare Alliance (PWA) in Tamil Nadu to be able to win the Assembly poll, but if it does win, one can obviously expect good and honest governance in the state after several decades.

Tamil Nadu poll 2016: will People’s Welfare Alliance (PWA) be able win polls for Madras Fort?
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Trump’s Triumph and Looming Global Trade Wars

With the suspension of the campaigns by the two remaining rivals, Donald J Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the forthcoming US presidential election, has set his sight firmly on the ultimate goal – the Oval Office. If Mr Trump is the human equivalent of a hurricane, the trail of destruction left behind in his march towards where he stands now, is not short of casualties of many kinds, ranging from political pundits to the opponents in his own party.

Trump’s Triumph and Looming Global Trade Wars
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The need for the formation of the Democratic Tamil National Front - Anandasangaree Clarifies

V.Anandasangaree, Secretary General-TULF has explained the need for the recent formation of a Democratic Tamil National Front.

V.Anandasangaree,   Secretary General-TULF
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Thiyagaraja Arasanayagam is the winner of the Gratiaen Prize 2015

Thiyagaraja Arasanayagam was awarded the Gratiaen Prize 2015 for his unpublished manuscript ‘White Lanterns – Wesak 2011,’ for the best creative work in English. The annual prize recognises the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan resident and comes with Rs. 200,000 in award money.

Mr. Arasanayagam receives the award from Gratiaen Trust Chairman Walter Perera.
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Myanmar's 'Rohingya' problem

Human rights groups say the Rohingya people are one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in the world. My own research work on endangered people has also shown that they are the most persecuted people in our time. More than a million people in Myanmar from the Muslim minority are currently stateless, and genocidal violence in the country's west has put nearly 140,000 of them in internment camps.

Myanmar's 'Rohingya' problem
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All of Sri Lanka” sales roaring

Sri Lanka’s only national Gift & Souvenir Boutique has notched increased sales in Q1-and aims for huge Rs 01Bn turnover this year by leveraging the country’s growth in tourism.

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen (right) and DG/CEO of Sri Lanka Handicraft Board Laksala Ali Ahlam Nawaz (left) meet in Colombo on 11 May.
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Ten-Fold US aid for "American-leaning Sri Lanka government"

Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the U.S. Congress Foreign Relations Committee Matt Salmon acknowledged at a hearing at Capitol Hill on May 11 that "Sri Lanka's new government has been counted as more American-leaning than the previous government", and that in 2017 US budget allocations "Sri Lanka has been given a ten-fold increase."

US Assistant Secretary for Asia Nisha Desai Biswal
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Tobacco control must be a priority for health professionals

As lung cancer treatment outcomes are difficult and five-year survival is abysmally low, preventing lung cancer is a top public health priority. Up to 90% of lung cancer cases are because of tobacco use. Therefore effective implementation of evidence-based and comprehensive tobacco control policies will make a huge difference in slashing new cases of lung cancer as well as preventing a large number of other diseases, disabilities and premature deaths attributed to tobacco use” said Professor (Dr) Prakit Vathesatogkit, Executive Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation of Thailand.

Professor (Dr) Prakit Vathesatogki
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President Srisena & Opposition Leader Samanthan In Ujjain

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Srisena and the Leader of the Opposition R.Sampanthan MP are in Ujjain, to participate today in the Simhasth Kumbh Mela being held in the banks of the sacred river Kshipra in ancient and religious city Ujjain, located in Madhya Pradesh.

Srisena & Sampanthan
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