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CBI chargesheet against Advani, Singhal

The CBI on Saturday filed supplementary chargesheet against Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, his Cabinet colleague Murli Manohar Joshi, VHP leader Ashok Singhal and five others in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Concerted Action Urgently Needed To Counter The Crackdown By The Burmese Junta.

The Members of Parliament Union of Burma (MPU-Burma) condemns the arrest and holding Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in an unknown location. They categorically reminded that Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) have never advocated violence and have been consistent in their struggle for change through dialogue. They advocated earnestly and persistently to release forthwith Aung San Suu Kyi and all NLD leaders and to remove all restrictions on NLD offices.

PM downsizes economic growth target

In a muted announcement overshadowed by the historic joint cabinet meeting between Thailand and Cambodia, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday conceded that economic growth this year would fall one percentage point of the six percent earlier predicted, but remained insistent that the Thai economy was stable.

Myanmar junta shuts down more opposition offices

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi remained in custody on Sunday as an official of her National League for Democracy (NLD) said the military junta had closed down several of the party's offices.

Landmine detected near near rally venue of Sonia in Baramulla

Hours before the scheduled visit of Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Baramulla in North Kashmir, security forces detected a landmine on the Srinagar-Baramulla National Highway this morning, official sources said here.

Sri Lanka peace hopes dim as Tigers stick to guns

Sri Lanka's peace prospects have dimmed as Tamil Tiger rebels resist international pressure and insist on political power ahead of a final settlement, diplomats and officials said.

Tokyo aid conference : Japan will not beg of LTTE

Japan is not begging the LTTE to attend the Sri Lanka aid conference next week in Tokyo, but pledges will be conditional to the success of the peace process, the man spearheading the organisational work for the event warned.

Govt. proposes apex body for N/E

The government proposals rejected last week by the LTTE promoted an apex body to oversee north-east development activity and emphasised that it would be formed in a manner that reflected the ethnic composition of the north-east.

Tigers get cut from A9 rehab contractors

by Namini Wijedasa

Contractors working on the Asian Development Bank-funded A9 project have paid one per cent of their fee to the LTTE, authoritative sources told the Sunday Island.

Anura secy of new SLFP-JVP alliance?

By Franklin. R. Satyapalan

The SLFP and JVP are continuing their talks aimed at a new political alliance with a meeting scheduled for this evening at the Presidential Secretariat, sources from both parties said yesterday. Current indications are that Anura Bandaranaike could be secretary of the new grouping.

Press conference clarifies instigations to cause unrest launched by Daw Suu Kyi of NLD and followers

A press conference to clarify the instigations to cause unrest launched by Daw Suu Kyi of National League for Democracy and followers including U Tin Oo during their tour of towns and villages where peace and tranquillity prevailed was held at the Tatmadaw Guest House on Inya Road here at 4 pm today.

Iraq’s Sacked Media Workers Demand Jobs

Denouncing the United States, hundreds of former employees of Saddam Hussein’s Information Ministry protested yesterday against the loss of their jobs following a US decree dissolving the ministry.

APEC Action Plan On SARS Endorsed By Senior Officials – To Be Presented To Ministers On Monday.

Senior Officials from APEC's 21 MemberEconomies have endorsed the proposed APEC Action Plan on Severe AcuteRespiratory Syndrome (SARS). The plan will now be presented to APECMinisters Responsible for Trade when they meet on June 02.

NCGUB urges "Effective Action" to counter the "Cowardly Crackdown" of the SPDC

Hhighhanded action of the Burmese Army Generals in arresting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the symbol of Burmese Liberation, Democratization and Freedom from persecution. The National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB - USA) decried the arrest and holding in custody the Burmese Leader of the Opposition, by the generals in the State Peace and Development Council.

US official to visit Sri Lanka ahead of aid meet

US aid official is expected to visit Sri Lanka next week ahead of a crucial donors conference hosted by Japan to help rebuild the war-battered island, the US embassy here said Saturday.

Annan urges dialogue in Myanmar as envoy prepares to visit Yangon

Amid new signs of unrest in Myanmar, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today renewed his call for talks between the Government and the opposition, as his envoy prepared to head to the country's capital.

New chapter opens in Thai-Cambodia ties

By Piyanart Srivalo & Marisa Chimprabha

Thailand and Cambodia yesterday agreed to turn over a new leaf and open a flourishing and cooperative chapter in their relationship, which has been torn by a series of misunderstandings and turbulence.

Suu Kyi in "protective custody"

Burma's military junta has confirmed that Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been taken into what it calls protective custody in the north of the country.

Despite growing criticism about motives of Iraq war Bush, Blair insist on Iraq WMD allegations

US President George W. Bush, in St. Petersburg Sunday, stood by his assertion that Iraq possessed "weapons of mass destruction."