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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2831

Lalin's Column: P S C Report on Easter Sunday (21 April 2019) Massacre

A mountain labors making fearful noises and finally cracks to allow a mouse to run out. That was the PSC consisting of the Speaker’s Own. It was a challenge to the President by his own government that was fully responsible for over 270 deaths. They were almost all Catholics, praying on Easter Sunday. It had completely destroyed the peace that had prevailed after 30 years of merciless conflict. It cannot be forgiven. The report ended by producing a conspiracy theory that was itself a conspiracy. It was ill considered, startling, outside its terms of reference and a product of a collective flight of fevered imagination.

Lalin's Column:     P S C Report on Easter Sunday (21 April 2019) Massacre
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Kerala's multi-layered approach to #endTB

As part of the #EndTB Dialogues series launched in lead up to the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health last month, we got an opportunity for exclusive interview with Dr M Sunil Kumar, State Tuberculosis Officer, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Kerala, and Dr Shibu Balakrishnan, World Health Organization (WHO) consultant with the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) in Kerala.

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Observing National Press Day in Hindustan

As we celebrate National Press Day on 16 November in Hindustan every year, let’s pay our heartiest tributes to everyone who contributed to the growth of print media and also its watchdog and mentor, the Press Council of India (PCI).

Observing National Press Day in Hindustan
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Sri Lanka’s pre-election bid to rush signing of MCC pact with US stalled

In the face of intense public pressure, the government appears to have backpedaled on its decision to hurriedly sign the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation compact with the US before the Nov.16th presidential election. Conflicting news reports indicate there is still much ambiguity as to the government’s intentions, and no clarity as to whether the deal will be brought to parliament ahead of its signing.

Sri Lanka’s pre-election bid to rush signing of MCC pact with US stalled
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Sri Lanka shares experience on Labour Migration with African Countries and International Agencies

A symposium on Cooperation between Africa and Middle East on Labor Migration Governance was organised in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration, International Labor Organization and the African Union Commission at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa on 29th October 2019.

Ambassador Sumith Dassanayake deliverign the speech
Ambassador  Sumith Dassanayake with Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Ethiopia, Dr.  Ergoge Tesfaye
Participation of the delegates to the conference
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CMC hails Sri Lanka Tamil embrace of NDF candidate Sajit

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) hailed the decision by Sri Lanka’s leading Tamil coalition to back New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajit Premadasa in the forthcoming Presidential election.

Sri Lankan Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training and Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen (left) and Leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan (far right).
Sri Lankan Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training and Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen in Salambakulam on 3 November.
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Sivajilingham Resigns From the Membership of TELO

M.K.Sivajilingham, the Presidential Candidate in the 2019 Presidential race in Sri Lanka, has tendered his resignation, from even as a basic member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, (TELO).

Sivajilingham seen pausing questions openly  to President Maithripala Srisena challenging some of his earlier utterances
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The Challenges that makes MCCC Challenging

Sudden springing of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact should not come as a surprise. It first made an appearance in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Sunday Massacres. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera introduced MCCC as the good that has come out of the 21/4 tragedy. He was obviously bowled over by the promised USD 480 million that the MCCC was to bring in to the country. At the time of this statement, Samaraweera had not realized that the loss to the country from 21/4 was far more significant than the benefits MCCC is offering.

The Challenges that makes MCCC Challenging
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China’s forced assimilation of Uyghurs is repugnant and dehumanizing

Last week, on Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2019) two groups of United Nations member states issued dueling statements over China's treatment of the predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), highlighting a global divide on Beijing's human rights record.

China’s forced assimilation of Uyghurs is repugnant and dehumanizing
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Ao Naga Choir from India performs in Colombo

The Ao Naga choir performed last evening in a Tri-Nation ‘Concert for Peace’ along with Fricilia Mixed Choir from Indonesia and the Government Girls School Choir - Visakha Vidyalaya from Sri Lanka. The performance was conducted by Mr Rohan De Lanerolle at Lionel Wendt Theatre.

Ao Naga Choir from India performs in Colombo
Ao Naga Choir from India performs in Colombo
Ao Naga Choir from India performs in Colombo
Ao Naga Choir from India performs in Colombo
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The Renaissance of Gandhian Protests

Miles Franklin, the Australian author and feminist, once said, “Heed the spark or you may dread the fire.” At present, not only do we witness the consequences of not heeding the sparks in quite a few trouble spots across the world, but also how those who are responsible, in each individual situation, have been forced to dread the fire.

The Renaissance of Gandhian Protests
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