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Christian aid and prayers for the tortured and displaced of Burma

By Tara Holmes
Saw Naing Gae is only eight years old. He has already witnessed the brutal death of his mother and father at the hands of Burma’s military regime. But his ordeal didn’t end there. He was then taken across the border and sold to a Thai family. He managed to escape and found his way back to a refugee camp, where he is now staying with 30 other orphans. He doesn’t join in when the other children sing; he doesn’t smile. His innocence has gone. His story is typical of the thousands of Karen people who have fled their homes to escape Burma’s civil war.

PA says its in favour of a peace with honour

The PA, clarifying their position regarding the peace effort, claimed that they were in favour of a peace with honour but, that they could not agree with some of the aspects in the peace talks between the government and the LTTE. "We will certainly not disrupt the government’s peace effort," PA Media Spokesman, Dr. Sarath Amunugama said, addressing a press briefing at the Opposition Leader’s Office yesterday.

Several foreign delegates due for talks with Govt., LTTE

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

Several foreign delegates are scheduled to arrive in Colombo next week to hold discussions with the government and the LTTE prior to the next round of peace talks scheduled to commence on March 18 in Japan. The delegates include the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ian Peterson, Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgason, former Secretary General of Amnesty International, Ian Martin and Canadian Foreign Minister, Bill Graham.

Maheswaran denies LTTE tax demand reports

by Kesara Abeywardena

Hindu Cultural Affairs Minister and UNP Jaffna District MP T. Maheswaran, raising a privilege matter in Parliament yesterday, denied news reports that he had been asked by the LTTE to pay Rs. 55 million as taxes to the Tigers.

Myanmar – “Win, win if work together on drugs”

In a joint move teams from Myanmar and the USA will complete today (March 3) a survey on opium poppy production in Shan State – with a call from the Government urging the US to join more fully in the war against narcotics.

Ditch illusion of quick solution: Pinheiro

By Diplomatic Editor Thet Khaing

THE United Nations special human rights rapporteur on Myanmar, Mr Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, has urged the international community to abandon the "illusion of quick solution" and assist Myanmar in its transition

Princess Sirindhorn to visit Myanmar

At the invitation of the Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand will pay a royal visit to the Union of Myanmar in the near future

Myanmar acquitted of culpable homicide charge

By - Jaspal Singh

The Sessions Court today acquitted a Myanmar national without calling for his defence on a charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder of another Myanmar national.

No confirmation on the arrest of the sons of Osama : US

United States has said that it did not have information to substantiate reports of terror masterind Osama bin Laden's sons being detained following raids by allied forces in southwest Afghanistan.

Nepalese women show a head for business

By Sudeshna Sarkar, Indo-Asian News Service

"There are two recognised forces in Nepal," wrote a visitor to the Himalayan kingdom. "The king and its women."

Women equality critical for reaching developments goals,- UN Deputy Secretary-General

“I am delighted to be with you on International Women’s Day, and happy to see such a distinguished and committed group of people of both genders to the United Nations for this event. Let me thank Angela King and the United Nations inter-agency team for making it possible.” Remarked Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette to the International Women’s Day observance in New York ked Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette to the International Women’s Day observance in New York.

Women labour helps support families: Poll

A number of Thai women go hands in hands with their husbands in supporting their children and families economically, according to a recent poll.

India: Crimes against women in Gujarat - denied and unpunished

On International Women's Day Amnesty International stands in solidarity with the women of Gujarat who were victims of gender violence during the massacres which started in the state on 27 February 2002.

On the Lives of Tamil women in Sri Lanka - Tamil Centre for Human Rights

The lives of the women, mothers and widows who remain displaced still are arduous, declares Tamil Centre for Human Rights, (TCHR), a human rights watchdog group of the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

Ethnic leader Nai Shwe Kyin dies at 91

By - Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Mon leader Nai Shwe Kyin, who played a major role in Burmese political history, died yesterday at the age of 91.

Burma demands troops leave Doi Lang

A dispute over the Thailand-Burma border erupted yesterday when the Burmese demanded the withdrawal of Thai troops from the strategic mountain of Doi Lang.

Chavalit Response: Thai retaliation restrained

Deputy PM reacts to Hun Sen claim that Bangkok has acted unfairly.

PM cancels all scheduled trips abroad

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday canceled all his scheduled trips abroad over the coming weeks in a precautious move to cope with a looming war in Iraq, according to Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik.

The Women League of Burma on women who have struggled for justice, peace and equality.

The Women’s League of Burma pinpoints those women in Burma face violence of different forms. In a statement issued on the occasion of the International women’s day, the women's league points out that in Burma many women have been raped, trafficked for sexual and other exploitation, forced to become refugees due to civil war, and driven by poverty to sell their bodies.