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The Game

Compiled by: V. Rajeny

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game? The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5.00, and vise versa."

Burma Army uses civilians as enslaved porters

A shocking revelation of the conscription of the civilians to carry supplies as porters is hereby revealed.

Karenni splinter group brutally gunned down a family

Threat of death looms on Kerenni dissenters. Mercilessly dissenters are put to death by the Kerenni splinter militant group. The group demands total submission from the innocent Kerenni people, failure would end up with the killing.

Lankan President wooing Marxists: Sources

Colombo, (PTI), Jan. 26: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is wooing the country's main Marxist party in a bid to enter into a possible electoral pact to help her party return to power, political sources said on Sunday.

Lanka awaits Report from Nambiar on Jaffna security

Colombo, (PTI) Jan. 26:: Sri Lanka is awaiting a detailed report on reducing military camps in the island's embattled Jaffna Peninsula from a retired Indian general who would be an advisor to the government, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

LTTE must lay down arms before political agreement — GL

The Island: Minister G. L. Peiris yesterday assured the military that the LTTE would be asked to lay down arms before entering an agreement on political solutions.

Aid not because of UNF donor countries have recognised LTTE, says JVP MP

The Island: The world’s donor countries recognised the LTTE and has promised financial aid for rehabilitation work in Sri Lanka and not due to the influence or efforts of Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe or the UNF government. Foreign countries had much regard for Anton Balasingham and Karuna, which was revealed at the Oslo meeting. The meeting did not recognise Ranil nor did it heed his appeal for financial aid to Sri Lanka.

Why are we quiet about child abductions and recruitment?: Child protection chief lashes out inaction

by Namini Wijedasa

The Island: The head of the country’s national child protection body last week lashed out at the international and local community for clamping shut on the LTTE’s recruitment of child soldiers, saying that anyone drafting children to the armed forces could not be for peace.

Pakistan will be erased from World map if it nukes India:Fernandes

London, (PTI), Jan. 27: In a stern warning, India has told Pakistan that it would be "erased from the World map", if it uses nuclear weapons against India.

India says conflict with China not inevitable as both compete on global front

By Laurinda Keys, Associated Press Writer

New Delhi, India, (AP), Jan. 27: As China and India compete to become major world powers, military conflict is unlikely between the Asian giants, New Delhi declared Monday in a rare outline of its policies toward Beijing.

Accelerated Resettlement program take shape in the Jaffna district.

Colombo, Jan. 27: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Colombo in press release announced that the Phase One of the action plan for accelerated resettlement programme in Jaffna district begins: Government, LTTE and UNHCR teams start work. <

Burmese border remains closed asTasang dam project gets underway

The border connecting Burma's Shan State with Chiangmai's Chiangdao District remained sealed on the day road-building materials were be transported to the Tasang dam project site , 160 km away further interior, reported Hawkeye, Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN) reporter from Ban Arunothai, opposite Shan State's Mongton township.

PM chairs brainstorming forum on national development

Chiang Mai, Jan. 27 (TNA): Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday chaired a brainstorming forum on sustainable national development, held in this northern resort province of Chiang Mai, according to a radio news report.

Israeli caught with ecstasy worth Bt1 million

Bangkok, Jan. 26, (TNA): Customs officers at Don Muang airport yesterday seized an Israeli man carrying over 1,000 ecstasy tablets, after receiving a tip-off that a foreigner involved in the narcotics trade was on his way to Koh Samui.

Myanmar Foreign Affairs Minister arrives back from India

YANGON, 25 Jan : — Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung arrived back here by air yesterday evening after paying an official visit to the Republic of India at the invitation of Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Mr Yaswant Sinha.

Shan rebels deny Friday clash with the Burmese troops.

It was not the Shan State Army (SSA) that fought the Burmese troops last Friday, Jan. 17. Shan Division commander not only denied the news report but also suggested that it was Wa group that fought the battle with the Burmese.

Iraq: Secretary General Amnesty International questions Powell

London, Jan. 26: How does the threat which Iraq poses today weigh against the threat that American military action poses for human rights and innocent lives in the Middle East?, Amnesty International's Secretary General asked Colin Powell today.

Shan rebels deny Friday clash with the Burmese troops.

It was not the Shan State Army (SSA) that fought the Burmese troops last Friday, Jan. 17. Shan Division commander not only denied the news report but also suggested that it was Wa group that fought the battle with the Burmese.

Myanmar Foreign Affairs Minister arrives back from India

YANGON, 25 Jan : — Minister for Foreign Affairs U Win Aung arrived back here by air yesterday evening after paying an official visit to the Republic of India at the invitation of Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Mr Yaswant Sinha.

Israeli caught with ecstasy worth Bt1 million

Bangkok, Jan. 26, (TNA): Customs officers at Don Muang airport yesterday seized an Israeli man carrying over 1,000 ecstasy tablets, after receiving a tip-off that a foreigner involved in the narcotics trade was on his way to Koh Samui.


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