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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2396

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‘Very encouraging to see Industries driving our exports surge’ – Rishad


Sri Lanka’s January to November exports in 2011 recorded US $ 9,581.4 Mn, surging from $ 7841 Mn in the corresponding period of 2010. “As the Minister of Industry and Commerce, I am pleased to note that the exports performance has increased by 22.2% on a year on year basis. What is also very encouraging to note is that our exports surge is driven by industrial sector” said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce.

1600 cadres of nine militant outfits surrender in Assam

Militancy-hit Assam was able to shirk off this tag with the biggest surrender of over 1,600 cadres of nine outfits in a day. However, a few remnant groups, including ULFA hardliners led by Paresh Baruah, did not join the peace process.

Thai Pongal celebrated in Ottawa


The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa celebrated Thai Pongal the traditional harvest festival generally celebrated by Hindus all over the world.

R-Day honours for Late Bhupen Hazarika, actor Dharmendra and Shabana Azmi

Late Bhupen Hazarika, famous cartoonist Mario de Miranda who died recently, former Governor TV Rajeshwar are among five persons selected for Padma Vibushan award in Republic Day honours. The country’s highest honour-- Bharat ratna-- was not announced this year.

Case of NRI couple’s children held in Norwegia solved

The two children of an NRI couple who were taken away by the Norwegian Childcare Services on grounds of "emotional disconnect" will be handed over to their uncle following finalisation of an agreement between India and Norway on Wednesday.

Indonesian Foreign Minister arrived in Colombo on a two day official visit

Dr. Marty Natalegawa, Foreign Minister of Indonesia, arrived in the country yesterday on the invitation of External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris.

Former ISRO chairman Madhavan Nair hits out at present chief

Bitter over the action taken against him and three other eminent space scientists on the controversial Antrix-Devas deal issue, former ISRO chairman Madhavan Nair on Wednesday slammed it as "an act of cowardice" and accused his successor K Radhakrishnan of being behind the move and "misleading" the government.

Sri Lanka and Mali establish Diplomatic Relations

Sri Lanka and Mali established formal diplomatic relations on 19th January, 2012. Dr Palitha T.B. Kohona, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of Sri Lanka, while Mr Oumar Daou, Permanent Representative of Mali to the United Nations signed on behalf of Mali.

US Marines go scott free in Haditha massacre that killed 24 unarmed Iraqis ending war crimes trial

After dismissing charges against eight marines last year of willfully massacring 24 unarmed innocent Iraqis between the ages of five and eighty, the remaining US Marine who led a squad involved in the killing in the town of Haditha in 2005 will serve no time behind bars.


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