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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2764

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Liars and lies, damned lies (Okama Boru)

This is the season for lying. With a few days left for the Presidential election panic and distortion, lies and damned lies have overtaken supporters of one side as they fight tooth and nail to survive an impending change of leadership.

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ACMC warns organised vote buying planned against Sajith Premadasa

The All Ceylon MakkalCongress (ACMC) blew an election fraud whistle on 8 November saying that fraudulent vote buying with cash is being planned. ACMC also cautioned voters to not to ‘sell their votes for a few extra rupees.’ " class="caption" align="right" />

Sri Lankan Minister of Industry, Commerce,  and Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen (second from left), and NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa seen in solemn observance at Bishop’s House, Mannar on 8 November as Bishop of the Diocese of Mannar. Right Reverend Dr. Emmanuel Fernando (far right) offers his prayers a little the after the conclusion of 117th NDF rally held in Mannar Sports Grounds.
Minister and Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen (left), hands over his personal  souvenir to NDF Presidential Candidate Sajith Premadasa during the conclusion of 117th NDF rally held in Mannar Sports Grounds on 8 November.
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Remembering Ossie Abeyagoonasekera in his 25th death anniversary

‘Our nation was protected by the sacrifices made by our military, without them, democracy would have been long gone due to terrorism, remember this is the same reason we could conduct this election rally at midnight hours and speak to more than one thousand participants who are gathered here’ Ossie Abeyagoonasekera 23 October 1994 final speech before the LTTE suicide attack.

Remembering Ossie Abeyagoonasekera in his 25th death anniversary
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Kartarpur Corridor No Bonhomie, Only Trust Deficit

So, Kartarpur corridor is set to become the highway from India to the historic Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Narowal district of Pakistan marking the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikh faith, Guru Nanak Dev which is observed on 12 November.

Darbar Sahib  Gurdwarar
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Lalin's Column: P S C Report on Easter Sunday (21 April 2019) Massacre

A mountain labors making fearful noises and finally cracks to allow a mouse to run out. That was the PSC consisting of the Speaker’s Own. It was a challenge to the President by his own government that was fully responsible for over 270 deaths. They were almost all Catholics, praying on Easter Sunday. It had completely destroyed the peace that had prevailed after 30 years of merciless conflict. It cannot be forgiven. The report ended by producing a conspiracy theory that was itself a conspiracy. It was ill considered, startling, outside its terms of reference and a product of a collective flight of fevered imagination.

Lalin's Column:     P S C Report on Easter Sunday (21 April 2019) Massacre
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Observing National Press Day in Hindustan

As we celebrate National Press Day on 16 November in Hindustan every year, let’s pay our heartiest tributes to everyone who contributed to the growth of print media and also its watchdog and mentor, the Press Council of India (PCI).

Observing National Press Day in Hindustan
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Sri Lanka’s pre-election bid to rush signing of MCC pact with US stalled

In the face of intense public pressure, the government appears to have backpedaled on its decision to hurriedly sign the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation compact with the US before the Nov.16th presidential election. Conflicting news reports indicate there is still much ambiguity as to the government’s intentions, and no clarity as to whether the deal will be brought to parliament ahead of its signing.

Sri Lanka’s pre-election bid to rush signing of MCC pact with US stalled
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Sri Lanka shares experience on Labour Migration with African Countries and International Agencies

A symposium on Cooperation between Africa and Middle East on Labor Migration Governance was organised in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration, International Labor Organization and the African Union Commission at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa on 29th October 2019.

Ambassador Sumith Dassanayake deliverign the speech
Ambassador  Sumith Dassanayake with Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Ethiopia, Dr.  Ergoge Tesfaye
Participation of the delegates to the conference
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CMC hails Sri Lanka Tamil embrace of NDF candidate Sajit

The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) hailed the decision by Sri Lanka’s leading Tamil coalition to back New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajit Premadasa in the forthcoming Presidential election.

Sri Lankan Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training and Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen (left) and Leader of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R Sampanthan (far right).
Sri Lankan Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons, Cooperative Development, Skills Development & Vocational Training and Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen in Salambakulam on 3 November.
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Sivajilingham Resigns From the Membership of TELO

M.K.Sivajilingham, the Presidential Candidate in the 2019 Presidential race in Sri Lanka, has tendered his resignation, from even as a basic member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, (TELO).

Sivajilingham seen pausing questions openly  to President Maithripala Srisena challenging some of his earlier utterances
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