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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Power and paranoia in Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena generated high expectations after his dexterous win, raising the moral compass of the voters. He has to overcome the inherently platitudinous and gridlocked paranoia.

Power and paranoia in Sri Lanka
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Austin Fernando: a model civil servant as new presidential advisor

Judging by what we have seen so far since his victory, the modus operandi of President Sirisena and that of Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, the former president, clearly seems to be poles apart. For instance, President Sirisena’s tendency to value quality over quantity is a case in point, as evidently demonstrated by the choice of close advisors for his period in office.

Austin Fernando: a model civil servant as new presidential advisor
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Washington Embassy Celebrates Thai Pongal

The end of a bountiful harvest season celebrated by the Hindu Tamil community the world over at Thai Pongal, was marked by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC on January 14, 2015 with a large gathering of guests from the Sri Lankan expatriate Tamil community, high level representatives from the US Department of State led by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal, and community leaders.

Washington Embassy Celebrates Thai Pongal
Washington Embassy Celebrates Thai Pongal
Washington Embassy Celebrates Thai Pongal
Washington Embassy Celebrates Thai Pongal
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SL President Appoints Advisors

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed former senior civil servants Austin Fernando, Thilak Ranaviraja and W. J. S. Karunaratne as Presidential Advisors.

SL President  Appoints  Advisors
SL President  Appoints  Advisors
SL President  Appoints  Advisors
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‘Lanka FTA will be very big news back home’–Yunnan Prov

As bilateral trade topped $ 3Bn, Sri Lanka’s exports sector is readying one of the strongest ever delegations to this year’s Kunming international expo while Lanka’s second largest global supplier voiced that it is increasingly upbeat on the prospective FTA between both countries-and the $ 190 Bn Yunnan province is keen for a Corporate Agreement with Lanka’s apex export entity, a first, as revealed on 13 January.

Li Jiming (Deputy Secretary-General of Yunnan Provincial Government and Director General of Yunnan International Exposition Bureau-far right) seen with a part of his delegation to Sri Lanka on 13 January at EDB in Colombo.
Li Jiming (Deputy Secretary-General of Yunnan Provincial Government and Director General of Yunnan International Exposition Bureau-seated fourth from right) and his delegation to Sri Lanka meet Sujatha Weerakoone (DG-EDB-second from left) and Dr Yousuf Maraikkar (far left) on 13 January at EDB in Colombo.
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Chitranganee Wagiswara – New Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs

Former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada Chitranganee Wagiswara is to be appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Chitranganee Wagiswara – New Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs
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Palihakkara – the new Governor of the North

H. M. G. S. Palihakkara has been appointed as the Governor of the Northern Province, according to a statement published on the news government’s official website of the Department of Information.

H.M.G.S. Palihakkara will soon take charge as Governor
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‘Will move fast on 100D push’–Rishad

Private sector is set to be the driver in Sri Lanka new phase of industry and int’l trade development–and the (new) Minister of Industry & Commerce is ready to move fast on the government’s 100–Day reforms program. “I and my Ministry shall improve on our export and industry performance further in collaboration with Sri Lanka’s private sector.

Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce) assumed duties at Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Colombo on 16 January.
Lankan Hindu reverend priest (third from left) chants as Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce-far right) assumed duties at Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Colombo on 16 January.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Champika Premadasa (left) who assumed his duties in the morning of 16 January, escorts Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce-right) to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce premises to assume duties as the Minister, on 16 January afternoon.
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