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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

SRI LANKA: THE UNTOLD STORY:Chapter 23: Srimavo's constitutional promiscuity

"The Tamil-speaking people of Ceylon believe that only a federal type constitution would enable them to look after their own affairs alone and would safeguard them from total extinction. Only under such a constitution, the Tamil-speaking people of this country could live in dignity, with our birthright to independence, as equal with our Sinhalese brethrens." This was stated in the election manifesto of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), which was released on April 4, 1970.

Srimavo Bandaranaiyake in black & white
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Who is a moron?

The challenge US president, Donald Trump, has thrown at his own Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson for an IQ test is the headline news not only in the US media but worldwide.

Mr Trump challenged Mr Tillerson to an IQ-off
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What's the link? Diabetes, latent TB, active TB disease and drug resistant TB

Incidentally, the opening day of the largest global lung health conference, also marked the World Obesity Day. One of the important highlights at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health was the study that probed if diabetes affects latent (or dormant) TB infection.

Photo caption: (L to R) Dr Mileni Romero, Jose Luis Castro, Dr Pablo Antonio Kuri Morales, Dr Leonardo Martinez
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Parole Periods Ends: Sasikala On Her Way To Central Jail

The General Secretary of the splintered AIADMK ruling Party, VK Sasikala’s, five-day parole, for visiting her husband in a hospital here, ended on Wednesday and she will return to Parappana Agrahara central jail in Bengaluru on Thursday. " class="caption" align="right" />

VK Sasikala’s seen on her way to Parappana Agrahara central jail in Bengaluru on Thursday after the completion of her  five-day parole, for visiting her husband in a hospital
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“Engagement and building trust remains a critical part of maintaining the inclusive security network” - U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift

At the Galle Dialogue 2017, held at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, on October 9 and 10 for the eighth consecutive year Admiral Scott Swift emphasized, "Engagement and building trust remains a critical part of maintaining the inclusive security network that sustains the rules-based order and helps protect freedom of the seas for the benefit of all nations."

“Engagement and building trust remains a critical part of maintaining the inclusive security network” - U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift
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Two novel TB drugs move into human studies

On the eve of the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health, being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announced the ongoing Phase-1 clinical studies for two new drugs for TB treatment, developed by it.

Two novel TB drugs move into human studies
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Minister Mangala meets US Under Secretary for Political Affairs

The Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera who is currently in Washington to attend the World Bank/IMF annual meeting, met with the US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas Shannon, at the US State Department.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera seen with US Political Affairs Ambassador Thomas Shannon
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Political Tremors in Nepal

Maoist supremo, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as Prachanda, has stunned political observers with his decision with less than a month for heralding election season; polls for the National Parliament and Provincial Assemblies are scheduled for 26th Nov and 7th Dec. Significantly, Prachanda has refused to withdraw his ministers from the ruling coalition.

Political Tremors in Nepal
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Money Laundering Case: Shalila Moonasinghe and Janaka Chaminda Nammuni till Oct 25.

Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne, taking into consideration of the seriousness of the offence of alleged money transfer of USD 1.1 million from Far Eastern International Bank of Taiwan to their personal account in Sri Lanka, refused to grant bail to both suspects - Litro Gas Chairman Shalila Moonasinghe and Janaka Chaminda Nammuni - son of retired Maj. Gen. Jaliya Nammuni, who held the post of Deputy Chief of Staff at the time he retired, were ordered to be further remanded till October 25.

Shalila Moonasinghe (left) and Janaka Chaminda Nammuni  were  brought to the Fort Magistrate court yesterday.
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Argentine Judge Summons Ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, for 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish Center Bombing

The Argentine federal judge investigating the allegation that ex-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s administration conspired with Iran to hide Tehran’s culpability for the deadly 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires announced on Monday that Kirchner has been subpoenaed to appear before him on October 26.

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
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Harvey Weinstein: the star who lost his gravity

Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax that produced a number of successful independent movies including Shakespeare in Love, which in turn won him an Academy Award, is on a downward spiral as far as what is left of reputation is concerned.

Harvey Weinstein: the star who lost his gravity
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Namal Rajapaksa & 4 others arrested, remanded till 16th October

Hambantota Electoral District Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and four others were informed to appear before Hambantota Police yesterday (10 October) to record a statement and were arrested, produced before the Hambantota Magistrate’s Court and were ordered to be remanded till October 16.

Namal Rajapaksa M.P.
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Will Australia Arrange Repatriation of the Body of 32 year Old Rajeev Rajendran to Sri Lanka?

The mother of Rajeevan Rajendran -32 year old Tamil Asylum Seeker in Australia, who died in the offshore detention centre at Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, on the evening of 2nd October, has approached the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, appealing to help in repatriating the body of her deceased son to Sri Lanka.

Rajeevan Rajendran
A hand-drawn banner, illuminated by flickering candles, spelled out the mood of the memorial.

A hand-drawn banner, illuminated by flickering candles, spelled out the mood of the memorial. In picture of Rajendran the men wrote: “R.I.P. We are all in the queue. How many more you want to kill?”
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