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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1559

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Ground-breaking reforms of toxic jade business
Myanmar’s new government has announced a major shake up to licensing of its multi-billion dollar jade and gems business. This historic move follows work by Global Witness, Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG), the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and other Kachin State and Myanmar...
29.07.2016 - 09:19
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The World Hepatitis Day was commemorated on 28 July
The World Health Organization (WHO) encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis. WHO urges countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know the...
29.07.2016 - 09:03 By Manjari Peiris
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America's willingness to Work with Sri Lanka & Sri Lankans
America has indicated its willingness to work with the ordinary people, government, military, and bureaucracy of Sri Lanka. The American people are with Sri Lanka and they would come forward to work with Sri Lanka and would show their support, disclosed U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap. He was speak...
29.07.2016 - 08:57
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Launch of Emergency Ambulance Service in Western and Southern Provinces of Sri Lanka
During his visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had received a request for assistance for setting of an emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka. After the visit, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe, wrote to Prime Minister of India for support f...
29.07.2016 - 08:32
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Japan’s Citrus Kingdom opens to Sri Lanka
Japan’s Citrus Kingdom wants to establish direct trade links with Sri Lanka-starting with its globally renowned oranges and transfer of its fishery technology to Sri Lanka. “Our Prefecture is now looking for wider partnership with Sri Lanka in industry, trade, agriculture and business” said Chief...
28.07.2016 - 22:38
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Sri Lanka No: 1 in the prevalence of oral cancer in the South - Professor W.M. Thilakaratne.
Sri Lanka is in the first place of oral cancer prevalence in South, says the Dean of Dental Faculty of the University of Peradeniya, Professor W.M. Thilakaratne. The most recent data reveals that there are 2422 oral cancer patients in Sri Lanka and of them, 78 percent are men. Professor Thilakaratne...
28.07.2016 - 07:02 By Manjari Peiris
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Catch-22: the West at War with a Part of Itself
Once, a journalist asked Harold Macmillon, the former British Prime Minister, what a prime minister most feared and he instantly replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” Of course, Mr Macmillon didn’t elaborate the short phrase much, leaving it to the historians for interpretation – or misinterpretat...
27.07.2016 - 22:33 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Indian PM Modi unveils statue of Dr. Abdul Kalam, in Rameswaram TN on July 27!
Very soon a memorial, statue and library in the name of Bharatratna Dr. Abdul Kalam shall be the centre of life of his native Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Indian government led by Narendra Modi has decided to honor a great son of the nation and former President of Indian Dr. Abdul Kalam who lived fo...
27.07.2016 - 14:19 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The Foreign Minister Samaraweera Must Go
My recent visit to Sri Lanka, the country that I love most, fills me with dark foreboding as its vital interests are being systematically compromised by its buccaneering Foreign Minister. Dr Dayan Jayatilleka pointedly observed in a recent article, that Foreign Minister Samaraweera "poses an exis...
27.07.2016 - 09:27 By Dr Mathias Keitel, Tubingen, Germany.
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A service to remember for ever!
The trip to Malaysia with the family was decided soon after hearing the date of graduation of our second grandson, Adel, at Nottingham University in Malaysia. After a brief discussion it was decided to book the trip by Sri Lankan Air Line where we were in transit in Colombo for approximately one hou...
26.07.2016 - 08:03 By S.H.Moulana
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Island’s Nail soup and General George Patton’s Stone Soup (2)
The Island editorial of 15 July 16 titled “What’s Cooking“, compared US State Department’s Nisha Biswal and Mt Lavinia hotel’s chef Publis’ preparing a broth on TV to a diplomatic ‘nail soup’. The Island’s ‘nail soup’ story runs close to US General George Patton (Junior)’s favourite one of ‘rock sou...
26.07.2016 - 07:38 By A Patabendige
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Is this a process for reconciliation or a process for betraying our armed forces?
As per a Information Note Circulated by Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Prime Minister has appointed a Secretariat to seek the views of the public on so-called process and mechanisms for reconciliation in Sri Lanka and seek suggestions for 'their' design of; 1) Office of Missing Persons 2) Truth, Justice...
24.07.2016 - 15:44 By S. Akurugoda
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South Sudan Authorities Arrest Prominent Journalist Alfred Taban
Alfred Taban and Ana Namiriano, the editor of the Juba Monitor newspaper, were summoned to the headquarters of the security services in Juba on 16 July. Namiriano was allowed to leave after questioning but Taban (who founded the Juba Monitor in 2000, when it was called the Khartoum Monitor) was deta...
24.07.2016 - 07:46
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University of Nottingham graduation ceremony
The University of Nottingham in Malaysia had its graduation ceremony at Putrajaya International Convention Center, on the 23rd of July, attended by a large crowd parents as well as well-wishers. The ceremony was presided over by Chancellor, Si Andrew Witty and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Gre...
24.07.2016 - 07:31 By SHM from Kuala Lumpur
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VP pick Senator Tim Kaine came out blazing and inclusive
Democratic party VP pick, Sen. Time Kaine (D-Va.), came out blazing with perhaps the best speech I had heard, during his long political life as mayor of Richmond, Governor and senator from Virginia. The Hispanic Kaine spewed out was fluent, and the Miami Beach Cuban crowd went bonkers. Kaine will ha...
24.07.2016 - 06:39 By Philip Fernando
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Nepal PM Oli Searching For Survival Mantra
The No Confidence Motion against Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli registered on July 13 was to come up in Parliament for debate and voting on the 21 staffer it completed the mandatory weeks’ notice time. But the debate was deferred as the House could not achieve a consensus on whether to take up...
23.07.2016 - 11:24 By R. C. Saldi - Syndicate Features
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Kuwait to partner with Lankan fishery sector
Kuwait, the Persian Gulf economy with a longstanding aquaculture tradition, revealed its keenness for Lankan seafood -and also expressed its interest to partner with the Lankan fishery industry. “We import fish from other South Asian countries but not from Sri Lanka” revealed the Kuwaiti Minister of...
23.07.2016 - 11:13
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Battling with three diseases and still going strong
I met 37 years old Nqobile Zungu, at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) that is being held in Durban. And yes, her looks were deceptive in the sense that one could never guess that her outwardly healthy body and cheerful attitude masked not one but three diseases. Now a mother of two...
23.07.2016 - 11:02 Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)
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USS New Orleans Visits Colombo July 24, 2016
The USS New Orleans (LPD 18) with embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will arrive in Sri Lanka for a port visit on July 24. The ship and embarked MEU are in Sri Lanka to increase bilateral ties with the Sri Lankan Navy and provide U.S. support and training for humanitarian assistance and...
23.07.2016 - 10:14
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Clinton has to get rid of "the status quo candidate" label
Donald Trump ended his acceptance speech tagging Hilary Clinton as “the status quo candidate” in contrast to what so far had been in her resume: first lady, senator and secretary of state, a lawyer who worked on the Watergate investigation and a four-decade veteran of campaigns and a two-time presid...
23.07.2016 - 10:06 By Philip Fernando
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