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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2221

Decapitated Buddha statue

In a Letter to the Editor dated 16th March, Asoka Weerasinghe from Ottawa, Canada writes, The four-foot white Buddha statue sitting on a four-foot pedestal had been decapitated and the head was broken to pieces and strewn on the carpet of snow. This peaceful Buddhist community was in shock and numbed and some were in tears.

The decapitated  Lord Buddha's statute
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The State Of Emergency Lifted In Sri Lanka

The State Of Emergency which was declared in Sri Lanka, on the 6th of this month has been removed effective from today.

Maithripala Srisena
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Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Commences Operation

As a transitional justice arrangement OMP has been established by an Act of Parliament with perpetual succession to investigate the missing persons not only in the North and East, but also in the other parts of the country.

Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy -  Secretary, Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation.
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Historic’ plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on (FDA) last week took the first concrete action to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to make them much less addictive, opening a regulatory process described as a “historic first step” by the agency's top official.

Historic’ plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes
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Lift The State Emergency Immediately: Restore Fundamental Freedom & Rights Of The People

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to immediately lift the state of emergency and restore fundamental freedom and rights of the people immediately.

Lift The State Emergency Immediately: Restore Fundamental Freedom & Rights Of The People
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Thailand Delegation Interested in Sri Lankan Reconciliation Processes

Embassy of Thailand, Ms. Chotika Attapimon-First Secretary, Embassy of Thailand , and Ms. Nawarat Narkvichit-Policy and Planning Analyst, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Justice, Thailand visited the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation on March 12, 2018 to get first-hand information on national integration and reconciliation processes in Sri Lanka.

Thailand Delegation Interested in Sri Lankan Reconciliation Processes
Thailand Delegation Interested in Sri Lankan Reconciliation Processes
Thailand Delegation Interested in Sri Lankan Reconciliation Processes
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Our Biggest Global Challenge: Separation or Connectivity?

Even though it is very disturbing, I’m not really shocked or even surprised by the current Buddhist/Muslim conflicts in Sri Lanka and Myanmar; we’ve seen it all before – many times. To be fair, conflicts like these are not only in these two South Asian countries.

Our Biggest Global Challenge: Separation or Connectivity?
Our Biggest Global Challenge: Separation or Connectivity?
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Sri Lanka- Leading from the Rear

Sri Lanka became independent in 1948.Its politicians interpreted the fact that independence was achieved without shedding blood as a signal honor. It was the blood of the Indians who fought hard and long for their independence that ensured SL too benefitted. Without India, the 150 year British Empire collapsed. SL lost its relevance to the British and segued to independence, saving blood.

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WCTOH to ILO: cut ties with the tobacco industry

At the concluding ceremony of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), one of the declaration called upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) to "align itself with the decision of the UN Economic and Social Council and end its collaboration with the tobacco industry immediately."

WCTOH to ILO: cut ties with the tobacco industry
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New Mission Director for USAID in Sri Lanka and Maldives Arrives as New Projects Start Up

Reed J. Aeschliman assumed his duties as the new Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for Sri Lanka and Maldives on March 5, 2018. Mr. Aeschliman's arrival corresponds with the start-up of several new initiatives and more than 4.5 billion Sri Lankan rupees in programs that advance youth employability, rule of law, and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

eed Aeschliman, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, being sworn in as Mission Director for USAID/Sri Lanka & Maldives by USAID's Administrator, Mark
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“We have done our best for finding solution to Naga issue” - Zeliang

Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang said his Government had done their best for finding a solution to the longstanding Naga political issue even to the extent of passing “Resolutions” in the Assembly urging the Government of India to resolve the Naga issue before the General Elections or else defer the General Elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly till the Naga issue was resolved.

 TR Zeliang -  Leader of Opposition
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Livelihood Development for Jaffna District under reconciliation initiatives

The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation under the direction of the President as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, has initiated livelihood development programmes to support the conflict affected community which covers internally displaced persons, refugee returnees, women headed families, rehabilitated ex-combatants, families of missing persons and low income families.

Livelihood Development for Jaffna District under reconciliation initiatives
Livelihood Development for Jaffna District under reconciliation initiatives
Livelihood Development for Jaffna District under reconciliation initiatives
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