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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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Open Letter against the commissioning of Koodankulam nuclear power plant

In an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh with copy to Ms. J.Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India, Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere (Retd) has pointed out that the Koodankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP) going critical in contempt of people's well-founded fears for safety and health through calculated in transparency to the questions and issues raised by them.

Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere (Retd)
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Deputy Minister Faiszer Musthapha launches EU-SL Investor Dialogue in Colombo

The European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ECCSL) launched the European Union- Sri Lanka (EU-SL) Investor Dialogue under the patronage of Faizer Mustapha the Deputy Minister and in collaboration with the Board of Investment, on Tuesday 9 July 2013 at the Hilton Colombo Residence.

Faizer Mustapha the Deputy Minister
Deputy Minister Faiszer Musthapha launches EU-SL Investor Dialogue in Colombo
Deputy Minister Faiszer Musthapha launches EU-SL Investor Dialogue in Colombo
Deputy Minister Faiszer Musthapha launches EU-SL Investor Dialogue in Colombo
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Two Male Sri Lankan Illegal Workers Arrested In the UK

Five male illegal workers were detained by the UK Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers in Blackpool, England, last week, following an operation at two restaurants in the area. Among the five were two Sri Lankan men aged 21 and 22 who had both overstayed their visas and were working illegally.

Two Male  Sri Lankan Illegal Workers Arrested  In the UK
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World Bank to Focus on Large Transformational Projects

In a meeting with the World Bank’s Executive Director for Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan Mr. Mukesh Prasad yesterday (July 15), President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged the Bank to focus more on large core projects rather than smaller projects that have a lesser impact.

The World Bank’s Executive Director for Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and Bhutan Mr. Mukesh Prasad met President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (July 15) afternoon at Temple Trees. During the discussion, President Rajapaksa urged the Bank to focus more on large core projects rather than smaller projects that have a lesser impact. (Pix By : Sudath Silva)

While noting that current World Bank-funded projects are progressing well, Mr. Mukesh Prasad told President Rajapaksa that “it should be possible to do more.” Also present at the meeting were Secretary to the Treasury Dr. P.B. Jayasundera and President’s Chief-of-Staff Mr. Gamini Senarath.
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“Threat situation in Germany in Connection with Asian – Pacific Region” -

“Threat situation in Germany in Connection with Asian – Pacific Region” - Presentation of German Interior Intelligence Chief to Asian-Pacific Ambassadors accredited for Germany organised by Sarath Kongahage, Ambassador of Sri Lanka for Germany.

Sarath Kongahage  -Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Berlin
“Threat situation in Germany in Connection with Asian – Pacific Region” -
“Threat situation in Germany in Connection with Asian – Pacific Region” -
“Threat situation in Germany in Connection with Asian – Pacific Region” -
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Funny ‘Stand Your Ground’ law!

We remember what US president, Obama said on hearing the tragic death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
He said then that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin.

"Zimmerman, an adult, had a gun. Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old, had Skittles. No way you can say self-defense," said the family's attorney, Benjamin Crump.
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‘We will not ask for GSP!’-PBJ

Sri Lanka’s macro challenges have changed. And asking for export concessions only leaves the country as a subsistence economy. “The biggest block we had for our development, the war, is over. In post conflict era, the biggest beneficiary is the private sector. And today’s challenges are different. New challenges are wage rate hikes, worker unrest and even lack of workers. Also, we will not ask for GSP. We should not grow markets on the basis of subsidies. Then the country will become vulnerable,” said Dr PB Jayasundara, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning on 16 July in Colombo.

Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry & Commerce-centre) encourages Dr PB Jayasundara, (Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning-right) at the Forum on ‘Government Strategy for Industrial Development of Sri Lanka’ on 16 July held at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Colombo 3 as Anura Siriwardena (Secretary, Ministry of Industry & Commerce-left) joins Minister Bathiudeen.
Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry & Commerce-centre) and Dr PB Jayasundara, (Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Planning-right) at the Forum on ‘Government Strategy for Industrial Development of Sri Lanka’ on 16 July held at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Colombo 3 .
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Major thrust to improve responses to non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are causing two-third of deaths worldwide. There is no doubt that latest launch of a robust programme to help civil society work on improving responses to NCDs is a welcome step forward. The NCD Alliance launched a new programme, formally called "Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action" at The Economist event "New Approaches to Non-Communicable Diseases" in South Africa, where experts discussed strategies to accelerate the prevention and control of NCDs.

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US welcome Burma's Announcement To Release All Political Prisoners By The End Of This Year

The United States of America have welcomed Burma’s President Thein Sein’s July 15th speech in London in which he declared that all remaining political prisoners will be released by the end of 2013.

President Thein Sein   on  July 15 said   Thein Sein told an audience at the Chatham House think tank in London about the release of all political prisoners.
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