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Royalist politican killed in Cambodia

A high-ranking politician in Cambodia's opposition royalist party has been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen.

Huge uranium deposits found in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad, (PTI) Feb. 18: Huge deposits of uranium have been found in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, state minister for Mines and Geology Uma Madhav Reddy told the state assembly here Tuesday.

Hu Jintao cautiously emerges from Jiang shadow

By Benjamin Kang Lim

Beijing, Feb 19 (Reuters): China's Communist Party chief, Hu Jintao, moved the wife of an Inner Mongolian herdsman to tears when he braved temperatures of minus 35 degrees Celsius to visit the couple's tent home last month.

Boost to Naga unity bid

By Jahansher Firoze

Dimapur, Feb. 18: In a positive response to S.S. Khaplang's call for unity, the NSCN (I-M) today said the rival insurgent leader's statement could be the stimulus for a new campaign to reconcile warring Naga groups.

India: No meeting with Pakistan leader at NAM summit

New Delhi, Feb. 18 (Xinhuanet):- India on Tuesday ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf during the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Kuala Lumpur.

Editorial: Climate of distrust is all-pervasive

Shan State Army leader Colonel Yawd Serk was right to dismiss suggestions that Thailand could play a mediating role between Burma's ethnic groups and the generals in Rangoon. Yawd Serk accused the Burmese junta of not being sincere with their offers of negotiation. He deemed the green-light for the Thai government to get involve in bringing an end to the conflict in Burma as a ploy to crush the ethnic armies, some of whom have been fighting for autonomy for over 50 years since independence from Britain.

PM thanks Chinese counterpart for continued support

Beijing, Feb 19 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday expressed thank to his Chinese counterpart Zhu Rongji for continued support for the establishment of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in his first-day official visit to People’s Republic of China.
The Thai premier met the Chinese leader to discuss various issues at People’s Hall in the evening. During the meeting, he thanked Mr Zhu for his support to the Thai kingdom and people in many occasions.

Mystery deepens a Laos denies using ruby as collateral

Bangkok, Feb. 18, (TNA): Rumours that a ruby worth several billion baht had disappeared from a Thai bank safe after being deposited there by the Lao government as collateral for a railway construction project were thrown into fresh confusion yesterday by a denial by the Lao ambassador that such a ruby had ever existed.

Mae Hong Son business suffers after ban on Burmese

Mae Hong Son, February 18, (TNA): The Mae Hong Son Chamber Commerce today urged the provincial administration to reconsider a ban on small-scale Burmese traders buying goods in the province, saying that the local economy was suffering as a result.

India, Pak grants visas to each others new Dy High Comm

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 18: India and Pakistan Tuesday granted visas to each other's new Deputy High Commissioner who will replace envoys expelled by the two countries earlier this month.

Sri Lanka leather legged rebels

By Lindsay Beck

Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, Feb. 18, (Reuters): Suresh Kumar has the burly build of a fighter but not the walk. Where his leg should be is a contraption of plastic and metal stretching from hip to fake foot.

Chinese PM admires Thailand policy on drugs suppression

Beijing, Feb 19 (TNA): Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji has admired the Thai government’s policy on decisive action against narcotics and the way it had coped with the situation on the anti-Thai riots in Cambodia, according to Government Spokesman Sqn Ldr Sitha Thaivaree.

Opp. expresses serious concern: No Sinhala reps. on review committees for land and related issues in

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The Opposition expressed serious concern over a disputed decision to exclude Sinhala representatives from three committees to be appointed to review land and all other related issues in the Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts on a priority basis.

CBK at ethnic seminar addressed by South African duo

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga today participated in a seminar in Colombo on Ethnic Reconciliation and Peace.

Hand over son or face death - LTTE threatens mother

The Island: A mother had made a complaint at the Central Camp police station in Ampara on 11 February 2003 that she would be killed unless her child was handed over to the LTTE.

LTTE ‘educationist‘ vacates varsity room as Island report triggers UGC probe

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: A senior LTTEer identified as the LTTE’s Secretary General in charge of education vacated a room given to him by two controversial Eastern University officials when the UGC sought an explanation from university authorities subsequent to a front-page report in The Island headlined ‘Controversy over LTTE leader getting office in Eastern University’ appearing on January 3 issue. UGC called for a report on a Tertiary Education and Training Ministry directive wanting an immediate inquiry.

Editors sentenced to life in Maldivian prison

The Island:Editors of an electronic newsletter published in Maldives criticising President Mahmoon Abdul Gayoom and the government had been sentenced to life.

Thailand Mulls Buying Ag Products From Myanmar Via Trade Pact

Nitsara Srihanam, Dow Jones Newswires

Bangkok, Feb. 18 (Dow Jones): The Thai government wants to buy from Myanmar 2,000 metric tons of soybeans and 2,000 tons of animal-feed corn, along with other agricultural commodities, under a bilateral trade agreement, according to Rachane Potjanasuntorn, director-general of Thailand's Department of Foreign Trade at the Commerce Ministry.

Human Rights activist badly assaulted in prison

By Ranga Sirilal

A Human Rights group leader who had been jailed by the Supreme court for contempt has allegedly been badly assaulted in prison and is warded in hospital, it was revealed yesterday.

Royalist politican killed in Cambodia

A high-ranking politician in Cambodia's opposition royalist party has been shot and killed by unidentified gunmen.