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India to help Myanmar upgrade railroad <br>

India has agreed in principle to provide a loan of $57 million to help Myanmar upgrade railway services between the capital Yangon and the second largest city of Mandalay.

Kofi Annan hails the breakthrough in Indo – Pak relations. <br>

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed progress being made towards improved relations in South Asia after the leaders of India and Pakistan held summit talks early this week.

Establish Cantonment base in Colombo to meet LTTE’s Challenges.<br>

Establish Indian Defence forces cantonment in Colombo to diffuse the threat posed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the sea region of Palk straits, urged Janata Party President Dr. Subramanian Swamy, when he met George Fernandes, India’s Minister of Defence in his office in New Delhi.

<font size = 2> <u>Call for UN Secretary General:</u></font> <br> Terminate the appointment of Burma's Special Envoy Razali Ismail<br>

The International Campaign for Democracy in Burma (ICDB), a working committee of Burmese pro-democracy organizations, today sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan criticizing his public support for a handpicked "national convention" that Burma's military regime says will lead to democracy in the country.

Finance Minister responsible for huge irresponsible expenditure: Imkong<br>

By Oken Jeet Sandham

The Nagaland Opposition Leader I Imkong (Congress) has expressed serious concern on the recent disclosure by the State Finance Minister K Therie, that the State might "end up with a deficit to the tune of around Rs 60 crore on account of fall in the anticipated revenues."

Mars Rovers Probe Water's Wonders <br>

As scientists search for signs of life on Mars and elsewhere in the solar system, they are sticking to one guiding principle -- follow the water.

Nauru: Phone line is restored to Topside Camp<br>

By Elaine Smith - Rural Rural Australians for Refugees

The phone line to Topside camp has been fixed, so now they are able to phone out if they have a phone card.It would be wonderful if we could phone them. There seems to be a lifting of spirits.

Nauru slams hunger strike handling<br>

By By Sophie Morris

A Nauruan government minister has attacked Australia for neglecting asylum-seekers on the Pacific island as its chief doctor warned of "significant negative consequences" if more resources were not provided to care for hunger-strikers.

Jaya graft case out of cold storage<br>

The Spic disinvestment case today came back to haunt Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa as the Supreme Court sought a reply in two weeks from the CBI on an application against the stay on pronouncement of judgment by a special court in Chennai.

Brajesh meeting mystery <br>

Media circles were rife with speculation if national security adviser Brajesh Mishra had called on Lt Gen. Ehsan-ul-Haq, the head honcho of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

FM:Malaysia is willing to join forces with Thailand in hunting for armed attackers in the South <br>

Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai returned from Malaysia last night for an one-day offiical visit, saying that the Malaysian government was ready to cooperate with Thailand in hunting for armed attackers in the South.

Separatist Trouble: Bt1 m reward offered <br>

The authorities have ordered a crackdown on the movements of suspected separatists and extortionists who may have masterminded the attack in the southern provinces that left six officials dead and 20 schools burned as cooperation from Malaysia was sought to prevent their escape.

<font size = 2> <u>Sri Lanka Security Forces In Jaffna:</u></font> <br><font size = 2> Intimidate Tamil Journalists and Threaten One with Death.</font><br>

The deplorable behavior of the Sri Lankan armed forces in Jaffna is condemnable. Since of late, after the Defence Ministry is taken over by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the defence forces stationed in the Jaffna peninsula had adopted a change of attitude towards the a section of the ordinary Tamils in the Peninsula.

LTTE Pistol Group So Far Killed 12 Informers In Vavuniya.<br>

By Walter Jayawardhana - Reporting from Los Angeles

Police and Security Forces sources in Sri Lanka’s Northern Vavuniya District said that they have strengthened the muscle power of the check points and security barriers in the district after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has dispatched its assassination squads armed with pistols to kill police informers and members of Tamil political parties suspected of leaking information to the government.

Wa drug lord still in Tachilek <br>

A drug runner who was recently released after his relatives turned over his land and paddy deeds to Bao Youhua, youngest brother of Wa president Bao Youxiang, told that he was detained due to failure to pay his speed debts.

India to help Myanmar upgrade railroad <br>

India has agreed in principle to provide a loan of $57 million to help Myanmar upgrade railway services between the capital Yangon and the second largest city of Mandalay.

<font size = 2> <u>Sri Lanka Premier's Alarm Bell:</u></font><br> <font size = 2> Give back Defence Ministry Or Enter CA with LTTE Afresh.</font> <br>

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a last ditch effort to wrest back the three Ministries taken over by his arch political rival and Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has made a public announcement at a Panduwasnuwara rally in the Kurunagala District of his intention of unilaterally annulling the the Ceasefire Agreement that he signed with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka on 22 February 2002.

Kofi Annan hails the breakthrough in Indo – Pak relations. <br>

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed progress being made towards improved relations in South Asia after the leaders of India and Pakistan held summit talks early this week.

Establish Cantonment base in Colombo to meet LTTE’s Challenges.<br>

Establish Indian Defence forces cantonment in Colombo to diffuse the threat posed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the sea region of Palk straits, urged Janata Party President Dr. Subramanian Swamy, when he met George Fernandes, India’s Minister of Defence in his office in New Delhi.

<font size = 2> <u>Call for UN Secretary General:</u></font> <br> Terminate the appointment of Burma's Special Envoy Razali Ismail<br>

The International Campaign for Democracy in Burma (ICDB), a working committee of Burmese pro-democracy organizations, today sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan criticizing his public support for a handpicked "national convention" that Burma's military regime says will lead to democracy in the country.


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