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Sri Lankan govt says it is not time for disarming Tamil rebels
COLOMBO, Jan. 30 (Xinhuanet): A Sri Lankan government minister said Thursday that time has not arrived yet to call for disarming of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels who have waged a bloody ethnic war in the country. Minister of Economic Reforms Milinda Moragoda, who is also a government peace negotia...
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Destroyed Tamil library raised from ashes.
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, (AP), Sri Lanka, Feb. 02: - In a bid to win back the confidence of Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority, the government has renovated the public library in war-torn city of Jaffna, nearly 22 years after it was burned down by anti-Tamil mobs. Th...
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SU call for Central Bank bomb victims
The Island: The Sihala Urumaya calls on those affected by the LTTE attack on the Central Bank on January 31st 1996, to set up an organisation to seek justice for the loss caused to them. Former Central Bank Governor and SU President Dr. Neville Karunathilake will be governor of the organisation. T...
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Controversy over LTTE leader getting office in Eastern Campus
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Controversy surrounds a decision of the eastern university to furnish a senior LTTE leader with an office room in the university. The Tiger identified as Avinian moved into the university situated at Vantharamoolai, Chenkalady several weeks ago, an informed sour...
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Address the Burmese issue jointly and collectively for a speedy resolution – Yongyos Adireksarn.
By - K.T.Rajasingham Bangkok, Feb. 03: Thousands of Burmese remaining as refugees in Thailand causes pain of mind and grief and this tragic situation continues in Thailand for the last so many years without any perceivable solution, to bring an end to this human tragedy. Human beings when they...
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Sri Lankan opposition leader to meet Indian leaders
By P. Jayaram - Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) Mahinda Rajapakse, leader of the opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament, is here at the invitation of the Indian government to discuss the pace of peace talks in his country that is worrying New Delhi. Rajapakse, who arrived here ove...
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Congress issues candidates' list for Nagaland assembly polls
Kohima, (PTI), Feb. 03: The ruling Congress in Nagaland on Monday announced names of its candidates for the ensuing assembly elections in the state slated for February 26. The list of candidates for all the sixty assembly constituencies was released at a function held at the Congress Bhavan in...
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Thai PM to visit Myanmar
Bangkok, Feb. 03, (TNA): In a move that is likely to anger campaigners for human rights in Myanmar, the prime minister today announced that he would pay an official visit to Rangoon on February 9 to discuss drugs, immigrant labour and tourism. Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said that the...
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Kumaratunga asks LTTE to stop recruiting child soldiers
Colombo, (PTI) , Feb. 03: Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said her cohabitation government had fulfilled its peace promises, but LTTE rebels were not co-operating and recruited child soldiers. In her message to the nation to mark the 55th anniversary of Independence from Britain...
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Catastrophe In The Sky: Shuttle disaster - Columbia breaks up over Texas
Florida, Feb. 01: Almost exactly 17 years to the day after the Challenger explosion, the space shuttle Columbia, with seven astronauts aboard, broke up upon descent this morning over central Texas, just minutes before a scheduled landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. “The Columbia is lost. Th...
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Hun Sen to blame for violence, says Rainsy
Bangkok, Feb. 02: The anti-Thai rioting in Phnom Penh this week was organised by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to divert attention from local problems, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said in Singapore yesterday. Rainsy flew into Bangkok from Singapore yesterday afternoon but had...
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Kalpana: From Karnal to Canaveral
New Delhi, Feb. 01: As the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated in course of its landing over Texas in the United States, it brought to a sad end the promising career of Kalpana Chawla, a small town girl who with her "big dreams" and indomitable spirit brought glory to the country. Before embarkin...
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Israeli astronaut brought joy to a troubled country
Jerusalem, Feb. 01: Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, gave a troubled country something to cheer about when he blasted off January 16 on the space shuttle Columbia. The apparent disaster just before landing Saturday brought back a familiar sense of dread. "The government of Israel and the peop...
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Head of Iraqi national monitoring department says Blix report not professional
The Iraqi News agency INA said "Iraq's head of national monitoring department major-gen. Hussam Mohammed Amin announced that the report submitted by chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to the UN security council on Monday was not professional and unobjective for it did not unveil us and British cl...
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LTTE threat letter to Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
By G.S. Radhakrishna Hyderabad, Feb. 1: Chandrababu Naidu has become the country's first chief minister to receive a warning letter from LTTE boss V. Prabhakaran condemning his government's anti-people policies and the hostile attitude towards Tamils in the border areas of Chittoor and Nellore. T...
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Mystery plane over Chennai
Chennai/New Delhi, Feb. 1: A top official of Chennai airport today confirmed that an "unidentified aircraft", said to be a US Air Force Boeing 707, breached Indian airspace about 170 nautical miles east of the city airport yesterday. A team of top civil aviation, home ministry and air force offici...
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India, Thailand call for concerted international action against terror
Bangkok, (PTI), Feb. 01: Carrying forward their fight against terrorism, India and Thailand today called for concerted international action to deal with the scourge and decided to institutionalise bilateral security cooperation while seeking to expedite conclusion of extradition treaty between...
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Burmese junta keeps an eye closed, as forceful Wa relocation continues with their blessings.
By K.T.Rajasingham The forceful relocation program of the entire Wa population from their hereditary homeland near the China border to the Southern Shan state torturously continues up to date. It is alleged that Burmese military junta authorized this massive relocation program of moving out forcef...
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Thai Govt to burn huge lots of narcotics
Bangkok, Feb 1 (TNA): The government will burn over six tonnes of seized drugs this month, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has vowed to lead the nation in decisively cracking down narcotics. The government through the Ministry of Public Health has set February 12 as its first D-day this year...
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Island Capers: Realpolitik in presidential nod?
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s acid comment about Ms. Rosy Senanayake’s assignment as high commissioner to Malaysia — she told the foreign ministry that made the nomination that such appointments further undermine professionalism in the foreign service — has raised some quizzical ey...
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