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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Sweden contributes to Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia

Swedish Government decided yesterday to place Swedish armed forces, comprised of a maximum of 260 people for at the most four months during 2013, at the disposal of the EU maritime operation, Operation Atalanta, off the coast of Somalia.

Sweden contributes to Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia
Sweden contributes to Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia
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Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden hosts colourful Thai Pongal celebration

On 17th January, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Stockholm organised a Thai Pongal celebration on its premises.

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden hosts colourful Thai Pongal celebration
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden hosts colourful Thai Pongal celebration
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden hosts colourful Thai Pongal celebration
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden hosts colourful Thai Pongal celebration
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Union Cabinet approves reworked Lokpal Bill to fight graft

The amended Lokpal Bill, which delinks the central government from creation of state Lokayuktas, was on Thursday approved by the Union Cabinet, paving the way for its consideration by Parliament.

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First Sri Lankan elephant born at Nagoya Zoo

Two Sri Lankan elephants in Higashiyama zoo in Nagoya, Japan delivered a female baby elephant on Tuesday 29th January, being the first Asian elephant to be born at the Higashiyama zoo and the 6th Asian elephant to be born in Japan.

First Sri Lankan elephant born at Nagoya Zoo
First Sri Lankan elephant born at Nagoya Zoo
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Supreme Court sets aside acquittals in Kerala gang-rape case

The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the Kerala High Court’s order acquitting 35 accused in the 1996 Suryanelli rape case in which a 16-year-old girl was gang-raped for over 40 days.

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Cochrane Review Gives Thumbs Up To GeneXpert Test For Detection Of MDR-TB

Researchers, from the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, McGill University and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), analysed data from 18 studies, spread over 27 distinct centres, and involving a total of 7,816 adults supposed to be having pulmonary TB or multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)-- with or without HIV infection-- with a view to assess the diagnostic accuracy of the Xpert® MTB/RIF test -- a rapid, automated diagnostic test endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010 that simultaneously detects TB and resistance to rifampicin, as an indicator of multidrug resistance.

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Pakistan - Sri Lanka organizing a joint seminar

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development in Sri Lanka Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development in Sri Lanka will deliver a keynote address at a joint seminar on “Political and Diplomatic Challenges Faced by Nations During and After Conflicts Confined to Borders.”

Pakistan - Sri Lanka organizing a joint seminar
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First Dutch Vessel Protection Team To Use Colombo As A Hub

This morning the first team of Dutch marines (Royal Netherlands Navy) departed from Bandaranaike Colombo International Airport to return to the Netherlands after disembarking from a Dutch vessel in the Colombo harbor the day before.

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Chef Buddhika Samarasekara Boosts Sri Lanka on the International Culinary Map

Sri Lankan Chef Buddhika Samarasekara paved the way for Sri Lanka to advance in the culinary world with his qualification for the grand finale of the much coveted ‘Bocuse d’Or,’ the international gastronomy competition that brings together the best chefs globally every two years.

Chef Buddhika Samarasekara Boosts Sri Lanka on the International Culinary Map
Chef Buddhika Samarasekara Boosts Sri Lanka on the International Culinary Map
Chef Buddhika Samarasekara Boosts Sri Lanka on the International Culinary Map
Chef Buddhika Samarasekara Boosts Sri Lanka on the International Culinary Map
Chef Buddhika Samarasekara Boosts Sri Lanka on the International Culinary Map
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Vasu - Do not kill Ananda Samarakoon again

In December 2010, it was reported that the Cabinet of Sri Lanka headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa had taken a decision to scrap the Tamil translation of Sri Lanka Matha at official and state functions, as "in no other country was the national anthem used in more than one language" - even though the national anthems of Canada, South Africa and those of several other countries have more than one language version.

Vasu -  Do not kill Ananda Samarakoon again
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