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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2344

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American UNESCO Commissioner Honored in Sri Lanka

Minister of Education Honorable Bandula Gunawardene has recently invited American UNESCO Commissioner Professor Patrick Mendis to Sri Lanka. The minister hosted a luncheon meeting in honor of the Sri Lankan-born American commissioner in Colombo with senior government officials and UNESCO-Sri Lanka staff. Anura Dissanayake, additional secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, also attended.

Minister  Bandula Guanwardene (right) and Commissioner Mendis and his wife with Secretary Dissanayake (left)
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Philippines Reiterates Solidarity with Sri Lanka

Vice-President of the Philippines Jejomar Binay said in Manila on 1st of August 2013 that the government of the Philippines found impressive the rapid economic progress being made by Sri Lanka, and is convinced of the unique opportunities now available for intensifying cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, investment and tourism.

Philippines Reiterates Solidarity with Sri Lanka
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Snowden gaining asylum, US-Russia relations in turmoil

With Russia granting temporary one year political asylum to US National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden on Thursday August 1, the relations between the two giants in the globe has become sour and somewhat heated with the possibility of President Obama skipping the high-level economic summit in September of G20 leaders in St Petersburg in Russia.

Obama doesn't seem to agreeing with Putin
Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer shows a copy of a temporary document granting Snowden temporary asylum
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Introduce the time tested ‘Pass’ for Lankan power consumer’ – Vienna’s Petra

Sri Lanka can introduce a time-tested method used in Europe to rationalize consumer level energy usage. “I believe that you can introduce the Energy Pass, which is widely used in EU. It will not only make the consumer to rationalise their electricity usage levels but also can become a good property valuator” said Petra Schwager (Environmental Management Branch Representative, UNIDO Vienna, Austria) on 25 July in Colombo.

Petra Schwager (Environmental Management Branch of the UNIDO in Vienna, Austria) speaks to the Ministry of Industry & Commerce Media on 25 July at the UNIDO Focal Point in Colombo.
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Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 5

According to the area historians of South Asia in ancient times the region was very thinly populated. Vast expanses of open scrubland separated countless, tiny, scattered communities of nomads, shifting cultivators, hunters, gatherers, and settled farmers, who multiplied over the centuries.

Letter from America: Why Buddhism Declined? – Part 5
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Bodh Gaya temple dome to be gold-plated, thanks to a pilgrim’s offer

The dome of Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year old Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine that was rocked by a string of bombings in July, will be inlaid with gold. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna this is following an offer made by a pilgrim.

Mahabodhi
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