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Burma – World Report 2003.
Human Rights Watch released its World Report 2003. Herewith the full text of the World Report 2003 on Burma is given. With the release of opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in May after nineteen months of de facto house arrest, hope arose that the military junta might take steps to improve it...
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Underground train service in Thailand to be launched next year
Bangkok, Jan 15 (TNA): - People will celebrate the Songkran Festival, or traditional Thai New Year, next year with a new gift--the long-awaited mass underground train system, according to radio and T.V. news reports. The cabinet, at its weekly meeting here yesterday, was informed by the Ministry of...
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From Thaksin, PhD
Bangkok, Jan. 15: A poem widely-circulated on the Internet titled "Winner versus Loser" impressed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra so much he had it reprinted on metal plates and handed them out to people as New Year souvenirs. Certain government officials who received the gift, which carries a t...
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ICRC confirm 2,200 soldiers missing in action
According to news release issued by the PRIU: “Out of 11,000 army personnel reported missing, at least 2,200 are confirmed missing,” ICRC spokesman Sukumar Rockwood told the PRIU today. “The remaining 8,800 are tracing cases,” he said. Tracing is the Red Cross term for locating missing persons. The...
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Burmese and other Refugees discriminated .
Refugees from Burma are discriminated. Allegations of this nature are surfacing about the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Thailand. It has been, brought to the notice that the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ban...
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Buddha pic irks Sri Lanka
New Delhi (Reuters Variety), Jan. 14: - Sri Lanka has launched a diplomatic offensive against the U.K.-made movie "In the Name of the Buddha," which it claims is blasphemous. Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando has directed the Sri Lankan high commissioner in London to pressure U.K. authorities to...
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Akashi will not Meet Prabhakaran
By K.T.Rajasingham Colombo, Jan. 15: Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan, will arrive in Sri Lanka today from India, but it is highly unlikely that he would meet the elusive Tiger Supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran, during his stay in Sri Lanka till 19 January. Whilst in Sri Lan...
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Trial of Myanmar activists in 1990 Thai Airways hijacking case to begin in April
By Chandra Banerjee, Associated Press Writer Calcutta, India, (AP), Jan. 14: - A Calcutta judge on Tuesday ordered prosecution lawyers to file charges in the trial of two Myanmar pro-democracy dissidents accused of hijacking a Thai Airways plane to India 12 years ago. Judge Chandan Kumar Lahiry...
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Jamir disapproves of Muivah claim
Kohima, (PTI), Jan. 14: Nagaland Chief Minister S C Jamir today ridiculed NSCN(IM) General Secretary Th Muivah's claim that he was a "stumbling block" in finding a settlement to the Naga political problem. The Chief Minister also said the current peace talks in New Delhi would not impact the Con...
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Charges framed against Myanmarese student for - hijack.
Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday framed charges against the Myanmarese student-turned-journalist, Soe Myint, for hijacking TG 305 despite repeated assurances from both the state and Centre that the case would be withdrawn on humanitarian grounds. Myint, who ‘hijacked’ a Thai Airways p...
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THAI ready to change air routes if war erupts
Bangkok, Jan 15 (TNA): - Thai Airways International Plc (THAI), the national flag carrier, is prepared to alter its air routes in the Middle East if a renewed war between the United States and Iraq breaks out, according to THAI President Kanok Abhiradee. Kanok told reporters on Wednesday that THAI...
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US officials to check facts relating to attack on missionary
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 15: Officials from US consulate in Chennai are being sent to Thiruvananthapuram to ascertain facts relating to the attack on a 60-year old Protestant missionary Joseph Cooper by an armed gang of suspected RSS activists in Kilimannur on Monday night. "The consulate official...
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Preventing Suicide
Compiled by - V.Rajeny A man lost both of his arms in a car accident. When he recovered in the hospital, he found that he was useless and decided to commit suicide by jumping out of a 10th-story window. As he looked down from the window, he saw a man with no arms just like him dancing wildly and ha...
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PM:Countries expected to agree on Asian bond in June
Bangkok, Jan 13 (TNA): Countries are expected to agree on conditions of the Asian bond initiative by mid 2003, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin told TNA on Monday that he believed Asian countries would agree on technical details and conditions of the Asian bond by June. "My i...
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Myanmar increases fuel rations for private cars and taxis
By Aye Aye Win, Associated Press Writer Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Jan. 13: - In an apparent move to curb black-marketeering, the government has increased the gasoline ration for private cars and taxis, according to an official announcement posted Monday at gas stations. Due to limited domestic oil pr...
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Nagas living in own territory, not claiming others land:Muivah
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 13: As controversy erupted over claims by rebel Naga leaders, major insurgent outfit NSCN (I-M) today said Nagas have been living since time immemorial in their own territory and do not claim the land that belongs to others. "Nagaland has been divided by external forces--th...
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World Bank prepares to help rebuild Sri Lanka, resettle refugees
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 13: - The deputy chief of the World Bank (news - web sites) in South Asia arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to assess the country's needs in recovering from nearly two decades of civil war and resettling hundreds of thousand...
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Burmese Military Threaten Villagers before the ICRC visit to Shan State.
Bangkok, Jan. 14: Military officials ordered local teachers, headmen and ex-government officials at the Laikha police station to form a civilian committee to shadow the International Committee for Red Cross team. The Shan Women Action Committee Network revealed this in a press statement. Shan Wome...
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The Gathering Storm in the East
Colombo, Jan. 13: Uuniversity Teachers Human Rights Jaffna organization a Tamil human rights watch-dog group functioning from Sri Lanka has pinpointed the growing troubles in the East and the continuing suffering and the growing resentment in the North and East in their latest Information Bulle...
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LTTE orders all N-E Tamil policemen: Quit service and join LTTE police
The Island: The LTTE has ordered all Tamil policemen serving in the North and the East to quit the service and join the LTTE police force. The LTTE had informed that if the policemen were unwilling to join the LTTE police force an officer should pay Rs. 100,000 and a constable should pay Rs. 50,00...
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