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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2836

Riyadh accords fitting farewell to an outstanding ambassador

Sri Lankan expatriate community in Riyadh gathered in huge numbers to accord a grand farewell to the outgoing ambassador, Azmi Thassim, at Al Qassar Holiday Inn on Saturday the 25th January.

Riyadh accords fitting farewell to an outstanding ambassador
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Pakistan: Hindu woman abducted from wedding, forcibly converted, married off

Kishore Das, the father of Bharti Bai, said his daughter's marriage ceremony was underway when the kidnapper named Shah Rukh Gul came with several men along with policemen and took his daughter away in broad daylight.

The family of Bharti aka Bushra has demanded for her return, who they claim was kidnapped by Shah Rukh from her wedding in the presence of local police authorities. (Picture for representation: Reuters)
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Norwegian Ambassador opens Sri Lanka’s first floating solar plant during visit to North

Norwegian Ambassador Trine Jøranli Eskedal visited Jaffna and Kilinochchi from 22 to 24 January. The highlight of her visit to the North was the opening of Sri Lanka’s first-ever floating solar plant with a capacity of 42KW located at the Kilinochchi campus of the Jaffna University. " class="caption" align="right" />

Ambassador opening the solar plant
Meeting Jaffna Mayor Emmanuel Arnold
Meeting with Commander SFHQJ Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya
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A happy moment for a home vegetable grower!

Seyed Ukail who has growing vegetable at home as his passion and hobby spends his free time in taking care of this hobby. His very recent reward is from a snake gourd creeper (Pathawala in Sinhala and Podalankai) in Tamil) which he proudly showed me while I was on vacation a couple of months ago.

A happy moment for a home vegetable grower!
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India Republic Day celebrations:Enthralling Concert by “Divine Quartet”

To commemorate India´s 71st Republic Day a special cultural concert “Divine Quartet” featuring legendary maestros from India, Grammy winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Grammy nominated Pandit Subhen Chatterjee enthralled the music lovers of Colombo at BMICH on January 25, 2020.

India Republic Day celebrations:Enthralling Concert by “Divine Quartet”
India Republic Day celebrations:Enthralling Concert by “Divine Quartet”
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India honours Deshabandhu Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake from Sri Lanka with Padma Shri Awards

On the eve of the 71st Republic Day of India, Government of India has decided to confer ‘Padma Shri’ Awards on Deshabandu Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake, two women from Sri Lanka for their pioneering contributions in their individual fields of work and for strengthening India-Sri Lanka ties.

Deshabandu Dr. Vajira Chitrasena
Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake
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Love Jihad : Dhaniakhali Hindu girl brutally attacked by Muslim boy with knife. Situation critical

A Hindu girl student in West Bengal was brutally attacked by her ex-boyfriend Asgar Mallick for ending the relationship, reports Bengali news daily Sangbad Pratidin.

Love Jihad : Dhaniakhali Hindu girl brutally attacked by Muslim boy with knife. Situation critical
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Pakistan’s Naval Chief visit Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi NI (M) is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on the invitation of SL Navy commander, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva from January 25-29, 2020.

Pakistan’s Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi NI (M)
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On Gujarat Police Request: Interpol issues blue corner notice for Nithyananda

The notice makes it mandatory for member countries to share the whereabouts of a person.

Nithiyananda Swami - A File Photo
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Norwegian Ambassador to open Sri Lanka’s first floating solar plant in Kilinochchi

On Friday 24th January, Trine Jøranli Eskedal, the Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka will open Sri Lanka’s first floating solar plant in Kilinochchi.

Trine Jøranli Eskedal - Ambassador for Norway
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Indian Court Declines Mosques’ Request To Install Loudspeaker For Azaan

The Allahabad High Court has said that the ban as imposed by a SDM for mounting loudspeakers and amplifiers in mosque in a village in Uttar Pradesh, will not be lifted. The court ordered that the SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate)’s direction will not be interfered anyway with the exercise of its jurisdiction of court of law.

‘No loudspeakers for you’, Allahabad HC rejects Mosques’ request to install loudspeakers for Azaan
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Sri Lanka! Take stock of U.S. military engagement in Indo-Pacific

wo significant developments occurred last week – to be exact on January 14 – if Sri Lanka bothers to take serious note because of the two events’ implications to this South Asian nation which Washington considers strategically located in the Indo-Pacific region and US official documents have already named Sri Lanka as a “Willing Partner”.

 Mr. Trump with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in September  in Houston, USA
 President Gotabaya Rajapaksa met with Indian PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi in December
Trump White House official for South Asia in the National Security Council Lisa Curtis (right) talking to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with Alice Wells, Assistant Secretary for South-Central Asian Affairs of the State Department and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz when they met the President on January 14
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