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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2370

Sri Lanka - Rotation of Pictorial Health Warnings on tobacco products

Sri Lanka initiated implementation of Article 11-Pictorial Health Warnings (PHWs ) - on tobacco products - of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the World Health Organization, early 2015. The pictures cover 80 percent of the surface area of cigarette packets, and eight pictures were introduced.

Pictorial Health Warnings
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Bangladesh: Politics of revenge and vengeance

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the largest opposition party in Bangladesh has alleged that the government has an 'evil plan' to kill its jailed Chairperson Khaleda Zia. "The family members of our leader Khaleda Zia met her in jail on Thursday. We're not only concerned, but also surprised and disappointed over what they told us about her health condition," said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters in Dhaka.

 Jailed Chairperson Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) -  Khaleda Zia
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Special counter for VAT refund to tourists at BIA from Tuesday

Sri Lanka has introduced a procedure for re-payment of 15% VAT to the foreign tourists on their departure, for the goods purchased by them during their stay in Sri Lanka which will be implemented with effect from (Tuesday - 11) today.

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Tablighi Jamaat – Preaching Jihad

Tablighi Jamaat [Conveying Group] is a Muslim missionary and revival movement. Their activities are not limited to the Deobandi community.

Tablighi Jamaat – Preaching Jihad
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Football with a mission: Roko Angami

As other parts of the world, the Naga people in this tiny State, Nagaland love football. Literally, one will find a local ground in every village in the State and this they will not only use for other villager activities but also for footfall tournaments – be it village level or inter-village level or village-school level. There is no dearth of football fans even in the far-flung areas. In fact, the football is one of the most popular games in the State. " class="caption" align="right" />

Roko Angami - Naga International Football Coach and Player
Roko Angami - Naga International Football Coach and Player2
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Rosh Hashanah and something for the peace

Jewish festivals are mostly unknown in the Muslim world, especially the non-Arab Muslim nations, though Christmas, Easter and Halloween are greatly known and even celebrated by the Muslims.

Rosh Hashanah and something for the peace
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160 Passenger Coaches to be supplied from India under Concessional Financing

A contract agreement for around US$ 82.64 million for the supply of 160 passenger coaches from India under concessional financing was signed between RITES Limited and Government of Sri Lanka in Colombo on 7 September 2018.

160 Passenger Coaches to be supplied from India under Concessional Financing
160 Passenger Coaches to be supplied from India under Concessional Financing
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Ms. Hanaa Singer Sri Lanka’s New UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

Ms. Hanaa Singer Sri Lanka’s New UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Hanaa Singer, presented her credentials to Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s President as the new United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, at his residence on Wednesday. Ms. Singer also called on Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs, earlier this week.

Ms. Hanaa Singer presenting her credentials to  Maithripala Sirisena as the new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2019

The High Commission of India, Colombo announced that the Graduate aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) 2019 is to be held between February 02 and 10th in various centres and six foreign countries including Sri Lanka.

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USAID Partners with Private Banks to Provide MSMEs with Access to Finance

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the USAID Development Credit Authority (DCA), Hatton National Bank PLC and Sampath Bank PLC have announced a new partnership for a program of up to $9 million for local financing available to private, micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) throughout Sri Lanka. " class="caption" align="right" />

 USAID Mission Director, Reed Aeschliman, with senior officials from Sampath Bank and Hatton National Bank following the launch of a partnership that provides local financing to MSMEs
 USAID Mission Director pose for a photograph following the launch of a partnership that provides local financing to MSMEs with officials from Sampath Bank and Hatton National Bank,USAID's YouLead and USAID staff
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U.S. Embassy to Launch American Corner in Matara

The U.S. Embassy signed a Memorandum of Understanding on August 30 with the Matara Chamber of Industry and Commerce to open a new American Corner in Matara. Ms. Nancy VanHorn, the U.S. Embassy’s acting Public Affairs Officer, and Mr. Metta Widanagamachchi, Chairman of the Chamber, signed the Memorandum.

U.S. Embassy  to Launch American Corner in Matara
U.S. Embassy  to Launch American Corner in Matara
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Sivathanujan – A budding Chess Maestro from the Northern Horizon

Sivanathan Sivathanujan of Chunnakam is just 17 years old, a young and budding chess maestro from the Jaffna Kokkuvil Hindu College and is now in the efficient and capable hands of the Retired Army Commander, General Daya Ratnayake, who is to shape this young man, to be the in the near future - beholden a leading Chess Grand Master in the Country.

General Daya Ratnayake presenting a Sivathanujan with  a clock – an online stop watch, at   his residence in Colombo.
Sivathanujan – A budding Chess Maestro from the Northern Horizon
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Basketball is still not popular in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka joined world basketball federation, FIBA in 1959 and our ranking was 88 and we have not taken part in any FIBA World Cup events.

Basketball is still not popular in Sri Lanka
Basketball is still not popular in Sri Lanka
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