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Indian Army plans major modernisation programme

Buoyed by a Rs.30 billion allotment for its
modernisation plans, the Indian Army has embarked
on a programme to equip its formations with hi-tech
weapons and equipment.

Madame Chiang Kai-shek dies in NYC at age of 106 .

Madame Chiang Kai-shek passed away on Thursday night at her apartment house in Manhattan at the age of 106.

PM to visit Myanmar

With only 30 days left before the government declares Thailand to be ‘drugs free’, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is to visit Myanmar in the near future in a bid to ensure continuing regional cooperation against the narcotics trade.

"A completely different atmosphere in Liberia"

State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Hans Dahlgren has just returned home from Liberia, where the UN has recently launched a massive peacekeeping operation with the support of both the EU and Sweden.

India-Sri Lanka defence pact slammed as 'military blackmail.'

The pro-LTTE, London-based weekly Tamil Guardian has slammed the proposed India-Sri Lanka Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) as an effort to “coerce” the LTTE and “foist Sinhali domination on the Tamils.”

Bush very nearly said sorry, says Mahathir

By Leslie Lau

In a new twist to the controversy surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's remarks about Jews, he now says the American President came close to apologising to him.

Kalam greets nation on Diwali

Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Friday greeted citizens on the occasion of Diwali and urged compassion, love and righteousness.

No compromise on India’s unity in J&K talks: Advani

Indicating that talks with the Hurriyat could be held on the lines of "decentralisation" of power, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani today said the Government had no problems in holding parleys with anyone but made it clear that there would be no compromise on the "unity and integrity" of the country.

Immigration Fees: Expats angry about visa, work permit costs

By Stefanie Scharbau

Increases of up to 400% for residency visas have sparked protests from foreign husbands; more changes looming.

Storm strands 200 tourists on Koh Tao

More than 200 tourists, most of them foreigners, have been stranded on an island in the Gulf of Thailand for six days due to rain, strong winds and rough seas.

Thamilchelvan briefs TNA MPs, Anandasangaree absent

LTTE political wing leader S. P. Thamilchelvan on Wednesday met TNA parliamentarians at the Kilinochchi peace secretariat, political sources said. But TULF leader V. Anandasangaree did not attend the meeting.

Defence pact agreed in principle: Tyronne

by Bharatha Malavaraarachchi and Ranil Wijayapala

Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando told Parliament yesterday that a defence cooperation pact was agreed to in principle between Sri Lanka and India.

PA MP Puthrasigamani ditches party

by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi and Ranil Wijayapala

People's Alliance Parliamentarian V.Puthrasigamani yesterday abandoned his party and sat with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) opposition in Parliament over the President's failure to halt today's PA protest campaign coinciding with the Hindu Deepavali festival

PNG Govt hosts Mahathir visit

Papua New Guinea (PNG) later today will host Malaysia's Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammed, who is on his last international trip before retirement.

Iraq: Donors Should Insist on Rights Monitoring Mechanisms Needed to Ensure Accountability for Abuses

Donor governments must insist that human rights are monitored in Iraq to ensure that their assistance is having a positive impact on the ground.

Trial of Diana photographers opens

Three French photographers went on trial in Paris today for invasion of privacy over pictures they took of the car crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales.