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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) promoted to the rank of Field Marshal

: Yesterday, Former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, who has been earlier virtually drummed out of the Army, has been yesterday promoted to the rank of Field Marshal by President Maithripala Sirisena.

General Sarath Fonseka (1970–2009) promoted to the rank of Field Marshal
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28 School children admitted to hospital due to poison in drinking water

Twenty eight students of Erlali Sri Murugan School, located at Chunnakam were being treated at the Telippilai and Jaffna hospitals after they had consumed poisoned water in the morning. The students are out of danger as the water in the tank had not been fully poisoned.

28 School  children admitted to  hospital due to poison in drinking  water
28 School  children admitted to  hospital due to poison in drinking  water
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Foreign Minister Mangala Ssmaraweera on money laundering and financing of terrorism

Presenting amendments to the United Nations Act giving effect in Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council Resolutions against money laundering and financing of terrorism, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera made a Statement in the Parliament on March 18, 2015.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera
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Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena

Europeans are gearing themselves up for a rare set of celestial phenomena with a major solar eclipse at the centre of the spectacle today. By complete coincidence, the Moon is going to be a big moon, known as Supermoon, owing to its position being the closest to the Earth while in orbit – and hence, the size; in addition, tomorrow is spring equinox – the duration of day time being the same as that of night time.

Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena
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Rs 189 crore sanctioned for Medical College in Nagaland: P Longon

Minister for Health and Family Welfare P Longon informed the House that Rs 189 crore had already been sanctioned by the Government of India for the construction of the Medical College in Nagaland and for which 135.90 acres of land belonging to P Khel of Kohima Village had been acquired. He, however, said the Government of India had not yet released any fund towards this.

P Longon - Minister for Health and Family Welfare
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Vulnerable, flood-affected villages in Batticaloa receive clean water and sanitation assistance

The United States inaugurated today a clean water assistance program for at-risk communities in the Batticaloa district. Government Agent for Batticaloa Ms. P.S.M. Charles also attended the ceremony.

Inauguration: Pui Man Wong from the U.S. Embassy and Government Agent P.S.M. Charles discuss how USAID projects can better collaborate with local government. (Photo by U.S. Embassy)
Family Clean Water + Child Drinking: Earlier USAID grants from 2012-2014 have provided 2,762 water connections and constructed 40 wells and 420 toilets from 2012-2014 in Batticaloa. (Photos courtesy of the PALM Foundation)
Child Drinking.
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Hold tobacco industry liable: Turn the cost-benefit ratio upside down

Despite loads of credible and scientifically robust evidence that tobacco kills and is a common risk factor for major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), public health programmes have achieved limited success in controlling tobacco epidemic. With over 6 million tobacco-related deaths every year, the world is far from eliminating tobacco deaths. Every tobacco-related death is a tragedy, because it is preventable, had rightly said US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the opening of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH 2015).

Cloe Franko, Chair of Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) and Senior International Organizer of Challenge Big Tobacco campaign at Corporate Accountability International.
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