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<font size = 2>Worldwide Use of Child Soldiers Continues Unabated</font> <br>Sharp Increase in Children Fighting in Conflicts Across Africa<br>

In Sri Lanka the forced conscription of children by the armed opposition Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) continues, despite the armed group's
pledges to demobilize children from their ranks.

<u>Report to UN Security Council</u><br> LTTE Continues to recruit Child Soldiers Unabatedly <br>

The armed opposition group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continued to recruit and use children in violation of international law.240 In January, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), set up to monitor the implementation of peace negotiations, reported an overall decrease in child soldier recruitment during previous months. However, media reports suggested there was an increase in the number of documented cases in January 2003, and in February UNICEF stated it still had more than 700 complaints of child recruitment “on its books”. Both UNICEF and local organizations stated that many other cases could have gone unreported.

KL, Bangkok agree to develop border areas<br>

Malaysia and Thailand yesterday emphasised the need to develop areas along their common border to bring stability and prosperity to people in the region.

Jaya adds to BJP ache <br>

By M.R. Venkatesh

The political churn in the south continued apace today with Jayalalithaa firing a warning shot across the BJP's bows and Karunanidhi picking his son as emissary to hold talks with Sonia Gandhi.

Tardy Jackson pleads innocent, irks California judge <br>

By Dan Whitcomb

Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges on Friday during a hearing in which a California judge gave the onetime "King of Pop" a stern lecture for showing up late and slapped a gag order on his high-profile legal team.

Vote for Vidhya - In her bid for Miss Universe - Canada Crown <br>

Vithya Gnanakumar a Canadian beauty of Sri Lankan origin, is one of the 50 contestants for Miss Canada. She is just 21 - Vithya, the reigning Miss Calgary, is a medical student at the University of Calgary. Her career ambition is to have a successful medical practice. Friends and fans Vithya take this opportunity to extend an appeal to all those caring people in Asia to vote for her to compete in the 'People's Choice Award.'

PM to visit Bangladesh <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to visit Bangladesh today to attend an international conference on global economic governance.

Sok Yoeun: Extradition demand dropped <br>

King Norodom Sihanouk said: Cambodia has agreed to drop a demand that Thailand extradite political dissident Sok Yoeun to face charges of trying to assassinate Prime Minister Hun Sen in 1998.

Medicine: US giant gives up right to Aids pill <br>

By Mukdawan Sakboon

A US drug company yesterday gave up its patent for an important Aids drug to end a lengthy legal battle with local activists, in an unprecedented move hailed as a historic victory in the struggle to improve access to medicine.

<font size = 2>Worldwide Use of Child Soldiers Continues Unabated</font> <br>Sharp Increase in Children Fighting in Conflicts Across Africa<br>

In Sri Lanka the forced conscription of children by the armed opposition Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) continues, despite the armed group's
pledges to demobilize children from their ranks.

Norway appoints new chief for Sri Lanka truce mission<br>

The head of the Scandinavian truce monitoring team, retired Norwegian army general Tryggve Tellefsen was yesterday replaced by another retired Norwegian general Trond Furuhovde.

<u>Report to UN Security Council</u><br> LTTE Continues to recruit Child Soldiers Unabatedly <br>

The armed opposition group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continued to recruit and use children in violation of international law.240 In January, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), set up to monitor the implementation of peace negotiations, reported an overall decrease in child soldier recruitment during previous months. However, media reports suggested there was an increase in the number of documented cases in January 2003, and in February UNICEF stated it still had more than 700 complaints of child recruitment “on its books”. Both UNICEF and local organizations stated that many other cases could have gone unreported.

KL, Bangkok agree to develop border areas<br>

Malaysia and Thailand yesterday emphasised the need to develop areas along their common border to bring stability and prosperity to people in the region.

Jaya adds to BJP ache <br>

By M.R. Venkatesh

The political churn in the south continued apace today with Jayalalithaa firing a warning shot across the BJP's bows and Karunanidhi picking his son as emissary to hold talks with Sonia Gandhi.

Tardy Jackson pleads innocent, irks California judge <br>

By Dan Whitcomb

Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges on Friday during a hearing in which a California judge gave the onetime "King of Pop" a stern lecture for showing up late and slapped a gag order on his high-profile legal team.

Vote for Vidhya - In her bid for Miss Universe - Canada Crown <br>

Vithya Gnanakumar a Canadian beauty of Sri Lankan origin, is one of the 50 contestants for Miss Canada. She is just 21 - Vithya, the reigning Miss Calgary, is a medical student at the University of Calgary. Her career ambition is to have a successful medical practice. Friends and fans Vithya take this opportunity to extend an appeal to all those caring people in Asia to vote for her to compete in the 'People's Choice Award.'

PM to visit Bangladesh <br>

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is scheduled to visit Bangladesh today to attend an international conference on global economic governance.

Sok Yoeun: Extradition demand dropped <br>

King Norodom Sihanouk said: Cambodia has agreed to drop a demand that Thailand extradite political dissident Sok Yoeun to face charges of trying to assassinate Prime Minister Hun Sen in 1998.

Medicine: US giant gives up right to Aids pill <br>

By Mukdawan Sakboon

A US drug company yesterday gave up its patent for an important Aids drug to end a lengthy legal battle with local activists, in an unprecedented move hailed as a historic victory in the struggle to improve access to medicine.

Norway appoints new chief for Sri Lanka truce mission<br>

The head of the Scandinavian truce monitoring team, retired Norwegian army general Tryggve Tellefsen was yesterday replaced by another retired Norwegian general Trond Furuhovde.


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