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Thais to lay ghosts of 16,000 Allied PoWs by reopening Death Railway into Burma

By Jan McGirk in Bangkok

Bangkok, Feb. 17: The Thai Prime Minister hopes to resurrect the notorious Death Railway as a tourist train across the Three Pagodas Pass, some six decades after Allied prisoners of war completed this short-lived supply line into Burma for the Japanese Imperial Army.

US threatens Burma with wider bans

The US said it was highly sceptical that Burma's military was serious about reform, and yesterday warned it was considering further sanctions as its patience wore thin.

Court to reassess Unocal role in Burma suit

By - Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

A federal appeals court on Friday granted Unocal Corp.'s request to reconsider its responsibility for the brutal treatment of villagers in Burma by Burmese soldiers guarding the oil company's pipeline.

Super bowl Champion is Born

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

Al Davis had finally put together the perfect Oakland Raiders team for'98. The only thing he was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges, and even the high schools, and he couldn't find a quarterback that would ensure a Super bowl win.

Toxic waste plagues Bhopal survivors

By Rasheed Kidwai

Bhopal, Feb. 16: Almost two decades after the Bhopal gas tragedy, thousands of survivors living near the abandoned Union Carbide factory continue to suffer silently from the gas leak.

World leaders wrestle with divisions over Iraq

By Nadim Ladki and Paul Taylor

Baghdad/Brussels (Reuters), Feb. 17: The Iraq crisis threatens to split the West deeper still on Monday as European Union leaders hold an emergency summit on a war debate that has already bitterly divided NATO and the United Nations.

NAM Summit: India to seek "clear position" on terrorism

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 16: India is expected to impress upon the 114-nation Non-Aligned Summit in Malaysia later this month to take a "clear position" on terrorism besides focussing on steps to rejuvenate the grouping to achieve the goals like nuclear disarmament, poverty alleviation and stoppage of environmental degradation.

Illegal immigrants have to be deported: Advani

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 16: Adopting a tough stand on the issue of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, India on Sunday said these "foreigners" had to be deported "firmly but lawfully".

449 mn people in Ganges basin could be affected by arsenic

New York, (PTI), Feb. 16: New cases of arsenic poisoning in the River Ganges' basin suggest that the region's 449 million residents could be exposed to dangerous levels of the element in their drinking water.

Union Day Statement of the Burmese Ethnic Political Parties

Union Day of Burma is remembered by the Burma’s ethnic organizations.

Manipay incident -Temporary arrangement by the SLMM to diffuse tension.

Colombo, Feb. 16: An agreement has been reached regarding the Manipay incident where women LTTE cadres were involved with allegation of wearing military uniform types belt whilst entering the Government controlled area.

Jaffna LG bodies end term today

The Island: The life terms of 16 local government bodies in the Jaffna peninsula end today.

Postponement of Jaffna library opening: Totalitarianism of another kind, says President

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga notes with deep regret the cancellation of the reopening of the Jaffna Public Library, which was scheduled for Friday under the distinguished patronage of V. Anandasangari, MP and leader of the TULF.

Army rejects LTTE claim over killing of soldier

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: A simmering dispute over the army’s opposition to belts worn by female Tiger cadres, as part of their uniform in government-held parts of the Jaffna peninsula, took a new turn over the weekend as the army reported the death of a soldier in an incident involving a group of female cadres. He was identified as S/514701 K.P.A.Dharmadasa.

Pirates rob two Lankan trawlers off Somalia

The fate of 13 fishermen who set sail from Matara last month remains a mystery after reports that pirates had attacked the two boats off the seas of Somalia, police said.

LTTE hartal in Trinco

The LTTE has threatened to hold a massive hartal in Trincomalee today against the Army's conduct last Wednesday in the Manipay incident over the military style belts worn by female LTTE cadres.

Japan unmoved by ‘quick reactions’ of LTTE

By Sunimalee Dias

Japan stands unwavering to help Lanka despite the strident reaction of the LTTE leadership in the wake of the Delft incident on February 7 and the recent clash between the government troops and the LTTE, which gave rise to concerns over a possible tilt in the Sri Lankan peace process.

Koh Chang, new paradise for Scandinavian tourists

Trat, Feb 17 (TNA): Scandinavian Tour operators eyed Koh Chang (Chang Island) off Thailand’s eastern coast in Trat as a new eco- tourism haven for Scandinavian travelers.

Thais to lay ghosts of 16,000 Allied PoWs by reopening Death Railway into Burma

By Jan McGirk in Bangkok

Bangkok, Feb. 17: The Thai Prime Minister hopes to resurrect the notorious Death Railway as a tourist train across the Three Pagodas Pass, some six decades after Allied prisoners of war completed this short-lived supply line into Burma for the Japanese Imperial Army.

Kalam calls for goodwill, accommodation on Ayodhya

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS): President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Monday appealed to India's squabbling political parties and religious leaders to promote an atmosphere of "goodwill and accommodation" on the contentious Ayodhya temple issue.


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