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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2404

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News reports on Indian National, “false, baseless and inflammatory,” Mangala

Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in a statement that several media outlets had given wide publicity to false, unattributed claims that the CID had alleged in court that an Indian national had confirmed the existence of a plot to assassinate President Sirisena, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members.

News reports on Indian National,  “false, baseless and inflammatory,” Mangala
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Sri Lanka Welcomes Defeated Maldivian 'Strongman' To The Country

In a fine democratic quester, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremasinghe has welcomed the Maldivian defeated President, termed as ‘Strongman of the Maldives,’ Abdull Yameen to Sri Lanka, two days after his surprise defeat in presidential elections.

In this Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 photo, Maldivian president Yameen Abdul Gayoom, center, leaves a polling station after casting his vote during presidential election day in Male, Maldives.
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A Festive Day in Vetilaikerni – Army Showered Donations

Jaffna Security Forces Commandant and Chairman and leading members of the 306 - C Diamond Lions Club of Colombo were other day in Vetilaikerni , (J/432 G.S.Division), a small hamlet with less than one thousand population located 18 kilometers from Maruthankerny, in the Vadamaradchy East, to provide help, support and assistance to the people over there.

  A Festive Day in Vetilaikerni – Army Showered Donations
  A Festive Day in Vetilaikerni – Army Showered Donations
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Elusive search for Shirdi baba's reflection on moon

Hundreds of them rushed out of their homes in Bhubaneswar and adjoining Cuttack to look at the moon with reverence as news spread by word of mouth about the celestial spectre. Some of them even offered prayers and started singing Sai bhajans.

Elusive search for Shirdi baba's reflection on moon
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Minister Sagala Ratnayaka - Official Visit to the United States

Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka undertook an official visit to Washington D.C. from September 12-13. Minister Ratnayaka is also the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.

 Minister Sagala Ratnayaka with Chairman Mac Thornberry of the House Armed Services Committee
Minister Sagala Ratnayaka with Chairman Ted Yoho of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Official In Sri Lanka to Continue Progress on Compact

A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), led by Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash, visited Sri Lanka this week to continue progress on the proposed MCC compact – a large-scale five-year grant program. MCC is developing the compact in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote inclusive economic growth that will benefit Sri Lankans.

 MCC COO Jonathan Nash and Chargé d'affaires ad interim Robert Hilton meeting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
 MCC COO Jonathan Nash and Chargé d'affaires ad interim Robert Hilton meeting Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera
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The Maldives: Stop crackdown on dissent; Create a conducive environment for election

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) has expressed its grave concern over the ongoing crackdown on dissent and political opponents in the Maldives, ahead of the presidential election on 23 September 2018. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Maldivian authorities to enable a conducive environment for the free and fair election.

The Maldives:  Stop crackdown on dissent; Create a conducive environment for election
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Irate President fumes over Cashew-nuts and Embassy staffs for not responding to phone calls

Irate Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena, has since of late, continuously vent his anger first time on the cashew nuts served to him in a Sri Lankan Flight and also ordered the recall of the entire staffs of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Austria for not responding to telephone calls.

Irate President fumes over Cashew-nuts and Embassy staffs for not responding to phone calls
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USD 50 million from ADB to support rooftop solar power project

The Enterprise Sri Lanka projects which was launched by the Ministry of Finance and Mass media to inspire, assist and create a minimum of 100,000 new entrepreneurs has received Rs 8 billion (USD 50 Million) from the Asian Development Bank for the rooftop solar power generation project.

The loan agreement signed by Dr. R H S Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media and Ms. Sri Widowati, Country Director of ADB Sri Lanka Resident Mission  on Tuesday, 18 at the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media.
USD 50 million from ADB to support  rooftop solar power project
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VAT on imported fabric reduced to 5 percent

Minister Mangala Samaraweera after considering requests by stakeholders in the fabric industry decided to reduce the VAT on fabric to 5 percent.

Minister Mangala Samarweera.
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