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UN Annan to visit Sri Lanka in February
Colombo, (Reuters), Jan. 9: — United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is to visit Sri Lanka in late February, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, in the midst of a growing efforts to end a 19-year ethnic war in the island. His tour will be the first in 35 years by a U.N. secretary general an...
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Over 5000 Buddhists from Sikkim attend Kalachakra ceremony
Gangtok, India, (PTI), Jan. 09: More than 5000 Buddhists from Sikkim have reached Bihar's Bodhgaya to attend the 'Kalachakra' ceremony to be conducted by spiritual leader the Dalai Lama from January 12. Most of the Buddhists were from rural areas of Sikkim, a senior official of the state's Eccle...
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Thailand-Singapore Priminitrail Retreat to begin tomorrow
Bangkok, Jan 9 (TNA): Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong will visit Thailand tomorrow to have informal discussions with his Thai counterport Thaksin Shinawatra on bilateral ties and cooperation, and those on regional and global development, according to a radio news report. The Thailand-Singap...
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India tests ballistic missile: Short-range projectile capable of carrying nuclear weapons
New Delhi, India, (AP), Jan. 9: — India test-launched a short-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons on Thursday, but said it was a routine trial and had nothing to do with recent posturing by Pakistani and Indian military officials. THE AGNI I missile was fired from the Chandi...
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Naga leaders pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 09: Two top Naga Leaders - Isak Chisi Swu and Thiungaleng Muivah - today paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat. The two leaders declined to take questions from waiting newspersons at the Rajghat, where they paid floral tributes. The Naga Leaders feel that Mahatma Gandh...
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Clone evaluator suspends work, says claim may be hoax
The science journalist who organized a team to evaluate claims of the birth of the first human clone has suspended his review and now says the announcement by Clonaid, a company tied to an unconventional religious sect, could be “part of an elaborate hoax.” "The team of scientists has had no access...
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Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing leave for PRC on State Visit
Yangon, 6 Jan: At the invitation of President of the People's Republic of China Mr Jiang Zemin, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar and Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing left here by special flight at 8 am today to pay a State...
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Women and the municipal elections in Qatar
It was officially announced in Qatar yesterday that one woman has nominated herself for the second municipal elections which are presumed to be held in Qatar in March, against 6 women who nominated themselves for the elections in 1999 and no one of them was elected. News reports said that the chair...
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India (Jammu/Kashmir): Impunity for Special Operations Group unacceptable
Amnesty International is disturbed by recent press reports that the government of Jammu and Kashmir is to break the promise made in its recently published Common Minimum Program to investigate all reported cases of custodial killings and violations of human rights and to identify and punish appropr...
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Sri Lanka Talks OK Resettling Families
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (AP), Jan 7: - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday agreed to work to resettle families displaced by the 19-year ethnic war, but sidestepped the contentious issues of disarming the guerrillas and troop with...
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Sri Lanka police awaiting deportation of Vicknanathan
The Island: The Sri Lankan Police were yesterday awaiting the determination of the British Home Office on the expected deportation of Velauthan Vicknana-than, an LTTE member who has completed a court sentence for wounding a security officer by shooting during a cricket match organised by the LTTE i...
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Over one-hour suspension of sittings to further discuss controversial bills
By Kesara Abeywardena and Dilanthi Jayamanne The Island: Parliament sittings were suspended for more than one hour yesterday morning on a request by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that the labour reforms bills to be debated be further scrutinised and a party leaders’ meeting be summoned for th...
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Muslims in demo against LTTE at Valaichchenai
By Norman Palihawadana The Island: A massive demonstration by Muslims around Ottamavadi in the Valaichchenai police division against the LTTE had commenced yesterday. These demonstrators carrying banners and posters had brought the transport in the area to a standstill while all shops were also clo...
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BOT sees no need to intervene in baht movement
Bangkok, Jan 8 (TNA): Bank of Thailand’s Governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday reiterated the central bank saw no need to intervene in the baht movement for now, saying the local currency remained stable. The baht had continued to strengthen since early this week and touched 42.80 to the do...
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Tigers pull out of key talks panel
By Supalak Ganjanakhundee Nakom Pathom, Jan. 08: Peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yesterday reached an impasse on the resettlement of internally displaced persons, with the Tigers pulling out of a key subcommittee. The LTTE...
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Sino-Burman Ties: Neighbours agree to deepen co-operation
Bejing, Jan. 08: President Jiang Zemin and Myanmar's leader Than Shwe Tuesday agreed to deepen bilateral economic co-operation. The Chinese Government will offer US$200 million in preferential loans to Myanmar for its economic development, Jiang announced during his talks with Than Shwe, chairman o...
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Norway delays envoys departure from Sri Lanka
By Scott McDonald Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, Jan. 7: — Norway said its ambassador to Sri Lanka would delay his departure from Colombo till April, allowing him to attend more rounds of peace talks despite fierce criticism from opponents of the peace bid. Ambassador Jon Westborg had been due to leave o...
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Sri Lanka's president says Tamil rebels should disband suicide squad
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 8: — President Chandrika Kumaratunga called on Tamil rebels engaged in peace talks with Sri Lanka's government to disband their so-called "Black Tigers" suicide squad to show sincerity. Kumaratunga has been critical of the peace process that started last February with...
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Sri Lanka Says Peace Talks on Track Despite Dispute
By Scott McDonald - Reuters Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, (Reuters), Jan. 08: - Sri Lanka's peace negotiators brushed aside a dispute over disarming on Wednesday and firmed up a timetable for rebuilding war-hit areas of the island, picking the World Bank (news - web sites) to run a fund to pay for it....
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Dalai for bilateral talks for Tibet autonomy
Patna, India, (PTI), Jan. 08: The spiritual head of Buddhists, the Dalai Lama has said he favoures bilateral talks with China for grant of autonomy to Tibet under the constitution of the people's republic of China. "I have been making efforts for bilateral talks to secure the long-cherished desir...
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