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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2374

Letter From America: My Road Trips in Bangladesh

I have returned to the USA from Bangladesh after staying there nearly three months. During my visit there I lost three close relatives; the most devastating of which was the loss of my brother-in-law Bahar who was married to my sister. He will always be missed in our family. He was a social worker who had affected the lives of so many who would always miss him dearly.

Letter From America: My Road Trips in Bangladesh
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China and Sri Lanka: A History that Stretches Back into the Mists of Time – Trade, Religion and Diplomacy

Sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of India and the meeting point of the monsoon winds, and swirling ocean currents, Sri Lanka occupies an enviable strategic geographical position. A blessing that, with judicious handling and long term vision, can be leveraged to contribute to its aspirations to achieve prosperity but, mismanaged, a curse that has and will attract the unwelcome attentions of global and regional powers seeking to use the island's incomparable location to their benefit, especially to dominate the Indian Ocean.

Dr. Palitha Kohona
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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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Male Infertility: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Mankind ensures continuity of its species through procreation or reproduction. Human procreation means sexual reproduction resulting in human fertilization, usually due to sexual intercourse between a male and a female. To ensure a successful fertilization both the man and the woman must have adequate levels of fertility.

Male Infertility: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Sperms swimming towards an egg  (Image courtesy- conceiveplease.com   )
Healthy female reproductive system (Image courtesy- anatomyparts.us )
Normal and abnormal sperms (Image courtesy- ehealthcares.info )
Healthy male reproductive system (Image courtesy- anatomyparts.us )
Female egg and the male sperm fuse to create a zygote cell which then turns into an embryo. 23 chromosomes from the male and female each.
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300 million Indian grant assistance for a cold storage in Dambulla

India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today for construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse in Dambulla, Central Province. Indian grant assistance of SLR 300 million will be utilized for this purpose.

300 million Indian grant assistance for a cold storage in Dambulla
300 million Indian grant assistance for a cold storage in Dambulla
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