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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2371

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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Little Iyad’s first day in kindergarten

Today we all woke up feeling emotional and hopeful. We had packed Iyad’s first school lunch pack early morning. And this morning we kissed him awake and told him it was time to get dressed.

Little Iyad’s first day in kindergarten
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What the Kashmiris exactly want?

Eminent Indian writer and journalist Late Mr. Kuldip Nayar commenting on the issue of Kashmir wrote, “The Kashmiris’ protest, more or less peaceful, is Islamic in tone and tenor. But it seems as if it is a way of expression, not the content. The content is that the Kashmiris want a country of their own.”

Late Kuldip Nayar
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$300 million assistance pledged by Saudi Arabia

At a time, we read about the US president’s discontinuance of his country’s aids to many countries including US’s close allies, the very recent one being the long standing military aid the US gave for Pakistan for $300 million, annually.

Veteran writer Seyed Hamid Mowlana hosted a special sumptuous dinner to our Ambassador Azmi Thassim and me at his palatial residence in Sulaimaniya on Saturday ! It was a seafood spread which gave a Sri Lankan touch and taste! Thanks Mowlana, your son Waqar and his family members
$300 million assistance pledged by Saudi Arabia
$300 million assistance pledged by Saudi Arabia
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Turning a Peninsula into an Island: Saudi Qatar rivalry takes a new turn

Qatar, the tiny gulf nation that has been subjected to a 14-month-long, air and land embargo by its powerful neighbours, may be forced to brace itself for yet another trouble – this time, on its south-western border.

Turning a Peninsula into an Island: Saudi Qatar rivalry takes a new turn
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Israel displays more respect for the civil rights of its Muslim citizens than they receive in Saudi Arabia

Antisemitic and anti Israel forces spread rumors claiming Muslims are barred from entering the Temple Mount; while in reality, Israeli government allows only Muslims to legally enter the Temple and offer prayers in order not to offense Islamic sensibilities. Despite the Temple Mount being Judaism’s holiest place, the site is managed by an Islamic religious committee [Waqf] with a history of destroying priceless Jewish artifacts unearthed at the site.

Israel displays more respect for the civil rights of its Muslim citizens than they receive in Saudi Arabia
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