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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

Intellectual Property vital for Socio-Economic advancement

Addressing the 59th Session of the WIPO General Assemblies on 20 September 2019, the delegation of Sri Lanka recalled how strengthened Intellectual Property systems remained critical to the effective pursuit of economic and social development, by enabling developing countries to be fully engaged in the global economy driven by knowledge and innovation.

Ambassador A.L.A Azeez,
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UK Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad Visits Sri Lanka: Announces a further £10m funding

Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon visited Sri Lanka on 1-2 October.

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon
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UNESCO warns time running out for Sri Lanka’s prized heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) expressed its interest to help secure Sri Lanka’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) on 26 September, while issuing a warning that Sri Lanka is fast losing the prized practices as they ‘are fading away rapidly.’

Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka (left) meets Sri Lanka’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training Rishad Bathiudeen at the ICTPDPCDSDVT Ministry on 26 September.
Eric Falt, Director of UNESCO,  (second from left) meets Sri Lanka’s Minister Rishad Bathiudeen (third from left), Himali Jinadasa, UNESCO Focal Point - (far left), R.D.S.Kumararatne (Director General of Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission-third from right), Nilmini Diyabedanage- Director General of the University of Vocational Technology (second from right) and Heshani Bogollagama, Chairman of the National Craft Council (far right) look on at the ICTPDPCDSDVT Ministry.
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Sri Lanka highlights importance of education in the promotion and protection of the rights of children and youth

Speaking at the 2019 Social Forum of the Human Rights Council on 1st October 2019, in Geneva, the delegation of Sri Lanka highlighted the importance of education, a fundamental human right that lies at the core of the 2030 Development Agenda, in the promotion and protection of human rights of children and youth and the transformative power it entails.

Sri Lanka highlights importance of education in the promotion and protection of the rights of children and youth
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Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Sri Lanka

To pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu unveiled a bronze bust of Gandhiji at Temple Trees in Colombo today.

Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Sri Lanka
Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Sri Lanka
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Visit of UK Home Office Representative

Ms. Lisa Corbelt met with Mr. V.Sivangnasothy and discussed current issues.

Visit of UK Home Office Representative
Visit of UK Home Office Representative
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Doors Open for Sri Lankan Construction Companies in Africa

Sri Lankan construction companies participated at the 16th Ethio-Con International Construction Exhibition held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24th-27th September, 2019, secured new business opportunities in the African Continent.

Doors Open for Sri Lankan Construction Companies in Africa
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AGM of Sri Lanka India Society- Oldest and largest friendship society in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka India Society (SLIS) held its Annual General Meeting on September 30, 2019 in Colombo. Patron of the Society, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu was the chief guest at the event.

AGM of Sri Lanka India Society-  Oldest and largest friendship society in Sri Lanka
AGM of Sri Lanka India Society-  Oldest and largest friendship society in Sri Lanka
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South Korea boosts by massive 60% the funding for new Sri Lanka Ocean University

The initial outlay on Sri Lanka’s largest vocational skilling project announced on 28 August has now increased by a huge 60% from its first value. “Due to some important revisions and re-assessments on ground, the project value has been boosted by another US $ 30 Mn to total at US $ 80 Mn.

Daekyoo Park, the Country Director of Korea Exim Bank EDCF Colombo Office (second from right) introduces his team members to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training (ICTPDPCDSDVT) Rishad Bathiudeen (far right) on 26 September at the ICTPDPCDSDVT Ministry.
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The 74th UNGA highlights the ‘disquiet’ world we live in

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened the past week amid simmering tension in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which Saudi Arabia and the United States blame on Iran. It also came just days after millions of young activists and their supporters marched in thousands of cities worldwide to demand greater action on climate change.

The 74th UNGA highlights the ‘disquiet’ world we live in
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Indians can submit US Global Entry Programme applications through the GPSP System

Indian citizens who are applying for US Global Entry Programme (GEP) membership and are residing outside of India can now submit their GEP application through the GPSP (online Passport Seva Project portal) system.

Indians can submit US Global Entry Programme applications through the GPSP System
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Indian Occupied Kashmir Is Calling Out Loud, While the World Plays Deaf

Article 370 of the Indian constitution gave special status to the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir which, at the time of partition, was annexed with the mainland India at the behest of its Hindu ruler Maharaja Hari Singh. The article 370 along with Article 35A, stated that the Jammu and Kashmir state's residents will live under a separate set of laws, including those related to citizenship, ownership of property, and fundamental rights, as compared to people of other Indian states.

Indian Occupied Kashmir Is Calling Out Loud, While the World Plays Deaf
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