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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2491

Lalin's Column : Independence turned National day parade, an utter farce

The 71st Independence Commemoration day in 2019 was an utter farce. The ‘ordinary’ people were excluded from the major event, the parade on the Galle Face Green. It may have confirmed the government’s attitude to them. Way back, especially when it was held in Kandy, Galle, Kurunegalla, Badulla, Trincomalie and Matara, the parade drew tremendous and excited crowds as it did in Colombo before 2015.

Speech delivered by President Maithripala Sirisena at the 71st   National Day/ Independence Day celebrations on February 4, 2019
Lalin's Column : Independence turned National day parade, an utter farce
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Letter From America: The Myth of ‘Bengali Migration’ to Arakan

Genocidal crimes don’t occur by chance and require years of preparation. The rationale for justifying such horrendous crimes is often provided by the evil geniuses or the ideologues within the dominant group. This ominous task is sometimes shared by other powerful groups within the perpetrating community, e.g., religious, business, social and political leaders, let alone a chauvinist government, stimulating the general population to participate in the elimination campaign against the targeted group, which is viewed as ‘different’. As a matter of fact, ideologues like Julius Streicher acted as the catalysts to expedite the ‘Jewish solution’ in Nazi Germany. They popularized Hitler’s fascist agenda and made his mission a national project inside Germany.

Letter From America: The Myth of ‘Bengali Migration’ to Arakan
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The Rise and Fall of the King of Stratosphere: Airbus to end the production of A 380

The unexpected announcement by Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer, on Valentine’s Day that the production of A380 passenger aircrafts would end, did break plenty of hearts across the world; they include pilots, passengers and aviation enthusiasts, who love the presence of the elegant giant in the sky or on land and are in awe of it at the first sight.

The Rise and Fall of the King of Stratosphere: Airbus to end the production of A 380
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All midwives vaccancies will be filled with new graduates - WP Governor M. Azath S Salley

All midwives vacancies will be filled with new graduates - WP Governor M. Azath S SalleySequel to a request made by the Government Family Health Services Association, GFHA, Western Province Governor M. Azath S Salley, pledged that all vacancies for the posts of midwives in his province will be filled with the new graduates who would pass out from the relevant training school in March this year.

All  midwives vaccancies  will be filled with new graduates  - WP Governor M. Azath S Salley
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Sri Lanka needs hangmen after resuming capital punishment

The Sri Lankan government is on the hunt for executioners following its decision to bring back capital punishment.
A job advertisement published in the country’s state-run newspaper is seeking two people of “very good mind and mental strength” to fill the newly created posts.

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena. (REUTERS)
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Alternate places identified for illegal occupiers of pavements

In response to a section of the newspapers calling for alternate arrangements in place of the unauthorized structures from pavements, Western Province Governor M. Azath S. Salley insisted that such illegal occupiers will have to go to their alternate places already allocated to them.

M. Azath S.  Salley  - Governor, Western Province
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Las Vegas celebrates Sri Lanka’s 71st Independence with US lawmakers’ blessings

The United States lawmakers rallied round the Sri Lankan community in Las Vegas in the State of Nevada, a rare gesture extended by both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 71st Independence, gaining self-rule and establishing a vibrant democratic system no second to that of the United States. Gunaratne recognizes Catholic prelate Father Bede Wevita
of Las Vegas for his 25-year service to the community.President of Sri Lanka Association Gihan Perera looks on." class="caption" align="right" />

Sri Lanka Consul-General in the United States Swarna
Gunaratne recognizes Catholic prelate Father Bede Wevita
of Las Vegas for his 25-year service to the community.
President of Sri Lanka Association Gihan Perera looks on.
Sri Lanka Consul-General in the United States Swarna Gunaratne recognizes Ven. Alawala Subhuthi Thero of Las Vegas Buddhist Temple for his 25-year service to the community
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We are innocent: Nalini Demands Release From Prisons

Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, began a hunger strike in the Vellore prison on Saturday (February 9) demanding release of all seven convicts in the case.

We are innocent: Nalini Demands Release From Prisons
We are innocent: Nalini Demands Release From Prisons
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Rajapaksa underlines need to sustain Delhi-Colombo ties

Sri Lanka’s Leader of the Opposition and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa made an impassioned plea for Colombo and Delhi to ensure that their relations did not fall victim to a change in government in either capital.

Rajapaksa underlines need to sustain Delhi-Colombo ties
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Sri Lanka's Demining Programme commended at the Geneva's International Director's Meeting

30 year long civil conflict in Sri Lanka left many areas of the Northern and Eastern part of the country contaminated by anti-personnel mines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW). The International Meeting on Mine Action for National Directors and UN Advisors was held from 5th to 8th February 2019 in Geneva at the UN office.

Sri Lanka's Demining Programme commended at the Geneva's International Director's Meeting
Sri Lanka's Demining Programme commended at the Geneva's International Director's Meeting
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Letter From America: Racism in our time: can it be defeated?

How pervasive is the race problem in the USA?

To find an answer we don’t need to look beyond the latest revelations from Virginia where Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, has been accused of posting about a racist image that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. He admitted to darkening his face to portray Michael Jackson in a 1980s dance contest in San Antonio.

 Letter From America: Racism in our time: can it be defeated?
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Naked Mission: Cambridge Professor Walked into BBC Radio Studio and Disrobed Herself

The Brexit debate that is becoming more and more intense in Britain at present took a new turn on Friday, when a professor of economics suddenly disrobed herself in a BBC radio studio, having arrived for a discussion on the subject.

Naked Mission: Cambridge Professor Walked into BBC Radio Studio and Disrobed Herself
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Why the Tamil people are angry over Rajapaksa’s visit to India

The invitation to former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa by The Hindu Group to be the chief guest at its elite ‘Huddle’ event in Bengaluru has raised widespread anger among the Tamil people all over the world. Some groups of Tamils in Karnataka, whom The Hindu newspaper and its sister publications normally dismiss as ‘fringe groups’ have even planned a protest against Rajapaksa’s visit.

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is accused of war crimes and is facing protests from Tamils across the world (File Photo: IANS)
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