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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2132

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Supreme Court of India to hear Perarivalan's plea

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, on a plea by convict AG Perarivalan against his conviction by the top court in 1999, ANI reported.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Supreme Court of India to hear Perarivalan's plea
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Need for urgent regional action on Rohingya crisis – ASEAN fact-finding mission

At the conclusion of a four-day fact-finding mission, Southeast Asian lawmakers urged their governments to heed calls for action to address the Rohingya crisis, emphasizing that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to take on a larger role in efforts to resolve the situation.

Need for urgent regional action on Rohingya crisis – ASEAN fact-finding mission
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Sri Lanka assumes the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament

Sri Lanka has called on member states of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) to seek to bring back the necessary attention at the highest political levels to the CD, in order to maintain the integrity and credibility of the Conference, as well as to create forward movement and momentum.

Sri Lanka assumes the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament
Sri Lanka assumes the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament
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Cruising the Islands of Jaffna

An azure sea stretches into the distance and meets the blue sky at the horizon. It is a bright morning with a few white clouds above. The modern four-cabin cruiser sails along so smoothly that the welcome drink on the table on deck remains almost still.

Mrs. Gowrie Ponniah, Vice President of Sail Lanka Charter is seen onboard the 4-cabin cruiser
Adam’s Foot imprinted on the coral in Delft is several times the size of a human foot.
The dwarf horses in Delft are the descendants of those brought to the country during the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka.
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Graceful dance by Jayanthi Srivatsan

Jayanthi Srivatsan began her concert with an invocation – Shobhillu Saptaswara - in Ragam Jaganmohini Tyagaraja kriti and choreographed by Adyar K.Lakshman. The program was organised by Brahma Gana Sabha at Pethachi Auditorium in Alwarpet on January 22.

Graceful dance by Jayanthi Srivatsan
Graceful dance by Jayanthi Srivatsan
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US Dictates to Pakistan: Complicating the Already Complexed Afghan War

The US war in Afghanistan has entered into its 17th consecutive year of dismay. It is learnt that this winter, Afghan security forces have intensified their operations against the rogue elements despite heavy snow and bitter cold instead of a usual slowdown in fighting during Afghanistan's harsh winter tide.

US Dictates to Pakistan: Complicating the Already Complexed Afghan War
US Dictates to Pakistan: Complicating the Already Complexed Afghan War
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A.E. Manoharan - Sri Lankan pop singer passed away

Tamil pop singer and actor A.E. Manoharan passed away yesterday at Chennai. He has acted in several Indian and Sri Lankan films. He is known worldwide for singing Sinhala mixed pop songs ‘Chinna Maamiye’ and ‘Surangani Surangani’.

A.E.Manoharan
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World Health Day 2018 to be celebrated in Sri Lanka – Dirctor General, WHO

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in Geneva during the 142nd Session of the Executive Board of the WHO, that the World Health Day 2018 will be celebrated in Sri Lanka. This year’s theme will be the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

World Health Day 2018  to be celebrated in Sri Lanka – Dirctor General, WHO
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Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Sri Lanka

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrived in Sri Lanka today on a three-day official visit at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
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Lalins Column: Dauris and Stalin

When the British High Commissioner James Dauris was questioned on Lord Naseby’s carefully researched statement that there were probably only 7,000 deaths in the final battle at Nandikadal (2009) and not 40,000 as avowed by well rewarded Western opinion, he craftily dodged the issue by saying ‘while a single death is a tragedy, a large number of deaths is a statistic’. Many believed Dauris was being quite smart and original too.

 Lalins Column: Dauris and Stalin
Joseph Stain & British High Commissioner James Dauris
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Thailand to assist agriculture sector through many new programmes

Government of Thailand has come forward to assist the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes.

 Thai Ambassador Chulamanee Chartsuwan greeted by Sri Lankan President Maithrpala Srisena
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Tamil National Alliance in a quandary

It is unclear - what has gone wrong with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in their local government election campaign? Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) which leads the three party alliances, has suddenly become inactive and dormant, without any major political activities planned in all the eight districts of the North and East, where their candidates are contesting.

ITAK Leadership - M.A. Sumanthiran M.P., R.Sampanthan M.P., & S. Mavai S. Senathirajah M.P.
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India, Nepal Eminent Persons Reviewing 1950 Treaty

Of late Kathmandu is abuzz rife with reports that the Eminent Persons Group, EPG, has agreed to review the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between India and Nepal. It has representatives from both countries. Set up in January 2016, the EPG term ends this July; its mandate is a review of the whole gamut of bilateral relations, including the 1950 Treaty. The group held its sixth meeting in New Delhi on the 13th of this month; they are likely submitting their recommendations after holding their seventh meeting in Kathmandu next month.

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United States Helping Sri Lanka to Counter Human Trafficking

The U.S. government will award more than 183 million rupees ($1.2 million) to counter trafficking in persons in Sri Lanka over the next three years. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs will award the new project “Equipping Sri Lanka to Counter Trafficking in Persons (EQUIP)” to the International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Atul Keshap - U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka
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