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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

70th Naga National Plebiscite Day - May 16, 2020

Today, 16 of May, is the 70th Naga national Plebiscite Day. Seventy years ago, on this day, the Naga people wholeheartedly gave their thumb impression in support to remain independent as in ancient time. This was conducted by the Naga National Council (NNC) in 1951 with the conception of building the Naga nation through peaceful means in a democratic way.

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Foreign Ministry and Foreign Missions contribute to COVID-19 Fund

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over Rs. 27.7 million to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (May 14th), raised through the network of Sri Lanka Missions overseas, to support COVID-19 Health Care and Social Security Fund.

Foreign Ministry and Foreign Missions contribute to COVID-19 Fund
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Reorganize Higher Education to enable graduates to find jobs - Sri Lanka President

"The higher education system should be designed in such a way that would enable graduates to find employment opportunities speedily, who enter the labor market upon completion of their university education," President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. President Rajapaksa made these remarks during a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, on 15 May with the Vice-Chancellors of Universities and the Chairman of the University Grants Commission.

Reorganize Higher Education to enable graduates to find jobs - Sri Lanka  President
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Obama's Nelson Mandela funeral oration

This is in reference to the news of erecting a statue for Nelson Mandela in Sri Lanka. I recall the memorable funeral oration made by Barack Obama on the occasion of this great man’s last journey, in front of a large crowd.

Obama's Nelson Mandela funeral oration
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“Work with My Policies Or Simply Leave …" - Sri Lanka President Tells Senior Officials

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said all state officials should work with his policies.

“Work with My Policies Or Simply Leave …"  -  Sri Lanka President  Tells Senior Officials
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COVID – 19 Fund balance surpasses Rs. 1 billion

Latest reports reveal that COVID – 19 fund balance has surpassed Rs., 1 billion.

COVID – 19 Fund balance surpasses Rs. 1 billion
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Sri Lanka: COVID 19 Positive Cases Shot Up To 935

Ten more Covid-19 infected patient were reported on the 15th May, increasing the total cases in Sri Lanka to 935, the Health Ministry said.

Sri Lanka: COVID 19 Positive Cases Shot Up To 935
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CSR activities of TI especially during COVID 19 can't be trusted

Expose Tobacco STOP explains why the tobacco industry's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, especially during COVID 19 can't be trusted. "The strategy is to use the pandemic to try and shift their image from vilified industry to trusted health partner."

CSR activities of TI especially during COVID 19 can't be trusted
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We cannot allow irrational laws to impede our economy – Sri Lanka President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that irrational laws should not obstruct the policies formulated to achieve the economic objectives of the people.

We cannot allow irrational laws to impede our economy –  Sri Lanka President
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China's commitment of firm support to Sri Lanka

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the phone on 13 May has noted the many heart-warming moves and active support from the Sri Lankan people from all walks of life to China at a critical moment of its fight against COVID-19.

	China's commitment of firm support to Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka: COVID 19 Tally Shot Up To 925 Positive Cases

Ten more persons are reported to have contracted COVID-19, yesterday (14th) according to the Ministry of Health.

Sri Lanka: COVID 19 Tally Shot Up To 925 Positive Cases
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President calls on banking sector to think out of the box to achieve economic revival

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested the banking sector to deviate from conventional thinking and practice to support the country’s striving to rebuild the economy badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

President calls on banking sector to think out of the box to achieve economic revival
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New Indian High Commissioner highlights India’s continued commitment to work closely with Sri Lanka

In his comments, the new Indian High Commissioner pointed out that today’s novel initiative underscores the significance India and Sri Lanka attach to their friendly and multi-faceted ties, and also highlights India’s continued commitment to closely work with Sri Lanka in facing common challenges.

New Indian High Commissioner highlights India’s continued commitment to work closely with Sri Lanka
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Former MP Rishad Bathiudeen, & ex-Muslim MPs petition Sri Lanka Supreme Court to quash Govt’s COVID19 body disposal order

Leader of Sri Lanka’s All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC-and former MP) Rishad Bathiudeen joined by several former MPs has filed a Fundamental Rights Petition in the Supreme Court on 14 May, citing country’s top health officials as respondents.

Former  MP Rishad Bathiudeen,  & ex-Muslim MPs petition Sri Lanka Supreme Court to quash Govt’s COVID19 body disposal order
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What is the Mentality of the Myanmar Tatmadaw?

Covid 19, originating from the home of Tatmadaw’s stepfather has been ravaging the world, is now making its presence felt in Burma with 178 cases, of six deaths and 68 recoveries,(according to the health ministry data), compelling the patriotic freedom fighters of Arakan, and Tang for a truce with the marauding Tatmadaw, but the latter categorically refused to do so and instead declared its own unilateral ceasefire over the whole country except where the fighting is the thickest in Arakan, and Tang areas, depicting to the whole world the insincerity of its moves.

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