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<font size = 3> <u>LTTE’s statement about the Defence Ministry</u></font><br> A Comment Uncalled for.<br>

In the tug of war for the Defence Ministry between the Sri Lankan President and the Prime Minister, today there was a new entrant - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Thai troops help build \"Love Thailand\" road in Iraq <br>

Thai troops are helping construct a new road in the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, named "Rak Thai"or "Love Thailand," the Thai News Agency reported.

Miss Universe adds spice to International Hom Mali Rice Day <br>

Even fragrant rice needs a bit of exotic flavour, and today Thailand’s International Hom Mali Rice Day was spiced up by this year’s Miss Universe from the Dominican Republic, who tried her hand at rice harvesting along with farmers from the north-eastern province of Roi Et.

Bhutto at Advani's for lunch and peace talk <br>

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto met Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani in a much-talked lunch date at the latter's residence.

SC to hear Jaya's plea on shifting of trial on Monday<br>

The Supreme Court today fixed Monday for hearing on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's application seeking shifting of trial of disproportionate assets cases against her from Karnataka to Pondicherry.

President offers compromise <br>

By Poorna Rodrigo

In a positive sign towards cohabitation with the UNF government, President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday asked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to handle matters pertaining to the Ministries of Defence, Interior Affairs and Media during the committee stage of the Budget debate.

LTTE wants their pets in campus <br>

Pressure has been brought upon the authorities of the Jaffna University, by the LTTE, to accept 13 students of their (LTTE’s) choice to the University.

Athurugiriya raid illegal PM, IGP responsible <br>

Presidential Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the disclosure of the existence of and the raid on the safe house operated by the Sri Lanka Army at Athurugiriya has found that "the action taken by ASP Udugampola in the manner he did in taking into custody several Army personnel was illegal, immoral and in violation of all the rules and regulations of the police.

Drug-War Deaths: More file complaints with NHRC <br>

Relatives of dozens of people killed during the government's "war on drugs" early this year have filed complaints with the National Human Rights Commission, urging investigators to discover whether the deaths were in fact summary executions by police.

Burma will attend democracy forum <br>

Government spokesman said: Burma will attend Monday's international forum on democracy in Thailand.

Thailand set to launch deep-sea fishing operations in 2004 <br>

Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Newin Chidchob announced: The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is set to offer loans for fishermen to adjust their boats in order to launch deep-sea fishing operations from next year onwards.

Should Iraq Put Its Former Rulers on Trial? <br>

By Amir Taheri - Arab News Staff

After months of soul-searching it now seems certain that the Iraq Governing Council is prepared to put the fallen Baathist regime on trial. The decision is important because it ends the debate over who should hold the trials and where. The council seems confident enough that the Iraqis can handle the task themselves. No need for a court outside Iraq with foreign judges.

AirAsia to get nod for Bangkok flights soon, says minister <br>

By Anna Maria

Budget airline, AirAsia will get approval for its Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok flight service soon, Transport Minister Datuk Chan Kong Choy assured.

Burma in a Rare Act of Reconciliation with Rohingyas.<br>

A meeting on the issue of communal violence was held recently at Maungdaw Town, Arakan State, with the initiative of Tactical Operation Command (TOC) Commander of Buthidaung, urging the participants to guard and avoid any communal troubles.

Liberia: shaky steps towards peace must be supported by international community<br>

After 14 years of civil war that has resulted in widespread human rights violations, displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and destruction of vast areas of the country, Liberia has begun to move towards a fragile peace.

'Vaiko cannot attend POTA debate in parliament' <br>

An MP jailed under an anti-terror law has been denied permission to attend a parliamentary debate on the statute.