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Ten dollars is ten dollars

Compiled by - V. Rajeny

Fred and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year. Every
year Fred would say, "Edna, I'd like to ride in that there
airplane." And every year Edna would say, "I know Fred, but
that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten

Bala-Prabha to meet prior to crucial talks in Japan

LTTE Chief Negotiator Anton Balasingham is due to hold talks with Tiger Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in Kilinochchi in a few days to discuss the agenda for the next session of peace talks in Japan where matters relating to the economic aspect of power sharing are likely to be taken up, the government announced yesterday.

UNHCR Office in India comes under severe attack by the Scandinavian Burmese Committees.

Oslo, February 27: The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in India shows absolute disregard to the plight of the 50,000 Burmese refugees languishing in India. An allegation of this nature was conveyed in a letter by the Burmese Committees in the four Scandinavian countries.

Finance Minister Jaswant Singh unveils populist budget

New Delhi (Reuters), Feb. 28: Finance Minister Jaswant Singh unveiled a populist budget on Friday with a slew of measures to make life easier for the poor and the middle classes.

Supreme Court stays "fast-paced" trial proceedings against Jayalalithaa

New Delhi (PTI), Feb. 28: The Supreme Court today stayed the trial proceedings in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets cases against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on a petition filed by a DMK leader accusing the prosecution of being under the influence of the State Government and acting in undue haste to complete the trial.

Pallone introduces legislation supporting UNSC seat for India

Washington, (PTI), Feb. 28: A legislation has been moved seeking the US House of Representatives to go on record to support India's bid for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council.

Pallone introduces legislation supporting UNSC seat for India

Washington, (PTI), Feb. 28: A legislation has been moved seeking the US House of Representatives to go on record to support India's bid for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council.

Thai PM tries to start Burmese peace process

An alliance of Burma's rebel groups says it welcomes a promise from Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to instigate peace talks with the Rangoon government.

Thailand to destroy all landmines by April

Sa Kaeow, Feb. 28, (TNA): – Thailand is on track towards meeting its international obligations to destroy all landmines in its arsenal by the end of April, the director of the National Landmines Operations Centre announced today.

Norwegian Foreign Minister, Balasingham to visit Vanni for pre-talks consultation

By Kesara Abeywardena

LTTE’s chief negotiator Anton Balasingham and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson and Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen will visit Vanni prior to the next session of peace talks to consult Tiger Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

LTTE bound by SLMM ruling — GL

Government’s chief peace negotiator G. L. Peiris yesterday said that it was the responsibility of the LTTE to adhere to the ruling of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission on the release of the soldier and the policeman in Tiger custody.

PM-Muslim delegation in pow-wow on separate representation

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday afternoon met with a multi-party Muslim parliamentary delegation to discuss a gamut of issues, particularly the inclusion of a separate independent Muslim delegation for the ongoing negotiations between the government and the LTTE, political sources said.

Senior police officer accused of people trafficking

Bangkok, February 27, (TNA): The former wife of one of the country’s most senior police officers has accused her ex-partner of involvement in the international trade in prostitution, the chairwoman of the Parliamentary committee on children, young people, women and the elderly revealed yesterday.

Namibia support candidature of India for permanent seat in UN

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 27: Namibia today supported India's candidature for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council saying New Delhi will make "tangible contribution" to the world body.

India now to find out functions of rice genes

New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 27: After successful participation in an international project in which rice genome was sequenced last year, India is now setting up a national consortium to determine functions of these genes to relate them with important characteristics such as drought and salinity tolerance.

No Disclosure to ICRC - Shan State people threatened by Burmese Army Officers.

No disclosures to the ICRC facts finding mission in the Shan State would be tolerated by the Burmese Army. This has been told to the people in the state and warned of serious consequences for those who failed to abide by the command.

Myanmar rebels welcome encouragement by Thai PM for talks with junta

Bangkok, Feb 27 (AFP) : An alliance of rebel groups fighting Myanmar's military government said Thursday they welcomed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's promise to push for the government to sit down for peace talks.

Swedish-Thai govts urged to promote bilateral trade and investment

Bangkok, Feb 28 (TNA): The Federation of Thai Industries and the Board of Trade see a need for the Swedish and Thai governments to promote bilateral trade and investment of the two countries.
Speaking at a seminar on Export to Sweden, Piyabutr Cholvijarn, member of the board, said the trade value between Sweden and Thailand remained low.

Sri Lankan negotiator warns against high expectations

Colombo, Feb. 28:The government's chief peace negotiator warned Thursday that the country must not expect the peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels to continue at its initial rapid pace as the two parties were about to start discussing contentious issues.

Thaksin vows to review targets

By - Piyanart Srivalo & Wattana Kamchu

Bangkok, Feb. 28: Prime Minister Thaksin Shina-watra said yesterday that he would review arrest targets that have been set in the war on drugs after a Channel 11 cameraman's assistant broke down and told him that his parents had been suspiciously murdered after promising an official they would stay away from drugs.