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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 943

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EDB starts first ever medical tourism push
As service exports edged towards $3B, Sri Lanka’s apex export body EDB has stepped up its effort to open a new forex source on 11 September. And the 2015-‘20 National Masterplan Initiative on Medical Tourism has taken off, spearheaded by the EDB. “Professional service exports present a tremendous o...
18.09.2014 - 22:55
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Senthil Thondaman injured: Ran over by his own Driver
The vehicle belonging to UPFA Uva Provincial Council candidate and former Uva Provincial Council Minister Senthil Thondaman met with an accident in Bandarawela on Wednesday, when his driver, rammed into a crowd of supporters during an election rally in Bandarawela yesterday (17). Following the i...
18.09.2014 - 11:44
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U.S. Embassy Helps Youth Make a Difference with Youth Empowerment Grants
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison awarded $102,547 (approximately SLR 13,357,772) to 11 Youth Empowerment Grant winners for projects to help enhance their local communities. Chosen from a competitive pool of proposals, the 11 winning recipients were awarded for creative ideas that will h...
18.09.2014 - 11:20
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Nepal FM to arrive in Sri Lanka to hand over invitation for SAARC summit
Nepal's Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey will hand over Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala's invitation for the SAARC Summit to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday, September 18. The Nepal Foreign Minister has left yesterday for Sri Lanka and the Maldives to hand over the...
18.09.2014 - 09:29
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Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup Tournament in Washington
The Embassies of Cricket playing nations located in Washington, DC held their annual Ambassadors’ Cricket Cup Tournament 2014 last week with a view to further promoting friendship, cooperation and camaraderie that happily exist between Cricket playing nations in the world and extending it towards th...
18.09.2014 - 08:56
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Producers of Tamil film deny links with Rajapaksa family
On the eve of its audio launch, Tamil film, ‘Kaththi’ featuring actor Vijay has run into controversy with allegations that the Lyca Group, which is a producer and financier of the film, has business linkages with Sri Lanka’s first family. The company has rejected the allegation and termed it as t...
18.09.2014 - 03:34 From Malladi Rama Rao
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Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping : Gateway opens to New Economic Giant
The historical visit of Xi Jinping , President of the People's Republic of China on September 16 , 2014 marks a new milestone in further strengthening Sri Lanka-China strong relationship maintained over centuries ago. His visit becomes historical because it is a visit of the Chinese leadership after...
18.09.2014 - 17:43 By T.K.Premadasa
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President Rajapaksa and President Xi Commission Last Phase of Norochcholai Power Plant
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping together commissioned the last phase of the Norochcholai Lakvijaya Power Plant this evening at a joint event that remotely linked the Presidential Secretariat with Norochcholai via a fibre optic network. Work on the second phase of Sri Lan...
17.09.2014 - 07:29
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Sri Lanka GDP Grows7.8% In Second Quarter
Sri Lanka’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 7.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to same period last year, Department of Census and Statistics said in its Quarterly Estimates of Gross Domestic Product report released Monday. The total economic output in Sri Lanka, measured by...
17.09.2014 - 07:14
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“Hardened criminal” Hafeez Saeed “roams in Pak, raises India’s hackles
For the second time in his innings here as Pak envoy Abdul Basit has contributed to a “downslide” in the India-Pak relations by raising India’s hackles. At a trade chamber meet on “Indo-Pak Economic Growth”, Monday, he spoke eloquently about bilateral trade prospects and declared that Islamabad w...
16.09.2014 - 22:29 By Malladi Rama Rao in New Delhi
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Asian Pacific Postal Union EC Meeting commences
The opening ceremony of the Asian Pacific Postal Union (APPU) Executive Council Meeting (ECM), which is one of the most significant events hosted by the Sri Lankan Postal Department was held at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo under the patronage of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Minister...
16.09.2014 - 06:54
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Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake represents Sri Lanka at Regional Health Meeting in Bangladesh
The Deputy Minister of Health of Sri Lanka, Lalith Dissanayake accompanied by a senior official level delegation represented Sri Lanka at the 32nd Health Ministers’ Meeting and 67th session of the WHO’s Regional Committee for South East Asia Region (SEARO) in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 9-12 September 20...
16.09.2014 - 05:40
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Sri Lankan Film ‘Ira Sevaya’ Screened in Kathmandu
“Dhammo Hawe Rakkhathi Dhamma Chari”, this is Lord Buddha's saying that those who are committed to the path of Dhamma [Virtues] are Protected by the Dhamma itself. A Sri Lankan feature film “Ira Sevaya - Sun Rise”, (a spiritual film) was screened as its premier show on 5th September 2014 at the R...
15.09.2014 - 16:04
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No early phase out of bottom-trawlers likely
Notwithstanding Sri Lanka’s concerns over the use bottom –trawlers, Indian fishermen, particularly from Rameswaram belt are not likely to discard these vessels in the near term. They have been using the method for more than four decades and rule out abandoning them overnight. Instead they are askin...
15.09.2014 - 11:24 From Malladi Rama Rao in New Delhi
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Impasse with the TNA; A joint working Group to facilitate the development agenda in the North?
In a news report filed by Waruni Karunarathne in the Sunday Leader of the 14th September 2014, TNA MP, Suresh Premachandran has reiterated that there are different issues in the North and the East compared to other provinces as these areas had to bear the brunt of nearly 30 years of terrorism and wa...
14.09.2014 - 12:49 By Raj Gonsalkorale
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Xi Jinping - First Chinese President to Visit Sri Lanka
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to Sri Lanka would be a milestone for the bilateral ties, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao has said. The ambassador speaking at a press briefing said, Xi’s visit would be the first of Chinese president and it will set up a guideline and a b...
14.09.2014 - 06:43
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Political Asylum Seekers
Responding to a statement made by UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera challenging another UNP MP Sajith Premadasa to show his work, the latter has called the former ‘a Political Asylum Seeker’. In a lengthy statement, as appeared in 'Ceylon Today' dated 12 September 2014, Sajith recalled that it was Mangal...
14.09.2014 - 05:45 By S. Akurugoda
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Vadivel Krishnamoorthy presents credentials to Kenyan President
Mr. Vadivel Krishnamoorthy, High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Kenya, presented his letter of credentials to Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya at the State House on Tuesday, 9th September 2014. President Uhuru Kenyatta while extending his warm greetings t...
13.09.2014 - 08:06
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“ The Sky is the Limit for the Two Island Nations ” – Ambassador Sarath Dissanayake
Ambassador Sarath Dissanayake welcomes the dialogue, and has much to say, because Sri Lanka and Cuba just celebrated 55 years of diplomatic relations last 29th July. He recalled that his nation was the first Asian country to recognize and support the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, and that this is...
13.09.2014 - 07:58 By Nyliam Vázquez García
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High Court stayed disqualification of 3 NCP MLAs till next hearing
In a landmark judgment, the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court here on Friday stayed the Nagaland Assembly Speaker Chotisuh Sazo’s order disqualifying erstwhile 3 NCP legislators – Imtilemba Sangtam, Dr TM Lotha and Mmhonlumo Kikon – on August 25 last. Mention may be made that three NCP MLAs, Imtil...
13.09.2014 - 07:45 By Oken Jeet Sandham
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