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It is imperative that rights of all communities are fully upheld in any settlement - Jack Straw
"It is imperative that the rights of all communities are fully upheld in any settlement”, said British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in London Tuesday. The comments were made following Tuesday’s talks with G.L. Peiris, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Enterprise Development, Industrial Policy, Investment P...
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Total shutdown: Demands of modern life vie with moons rhythms in Sri Lanka
By Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): Every month, this entire island of 18.6 million people shuts down for the day. Offices, schools and cinemas are closed. Bars don't serve alcohol. Even cricket, the national passion, takes a break. It's Poya, the full moon, birthda...
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World Bank gives US$12.6 million to Sri Lanka to stop spread of AIDS
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): The World Bank ( will provide US$12.6 million to Sri Lanka to fight the spread of the HIV virus and reduce the stigma attached with the disease, a bank statement said Wednesday. The island nation of 18.6 million people has a "narrow window of opportunity to prevent a nat...
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Death toll increases to 16 in Sri Lankas firecracker store blaze
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP): Rescue workers pulled another six bodies from a four-story building in the Sri Lankan capital Wednesday, bringing the death toll from a blaze in a firecracker store to 16, hospital and police officials said. Twenty-one people were injured in the fire that broke out late...
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Clear future for a united Lanka - Tyronne
Sri Lanka will be a role model to this part of the world by devolving powers within a united country ending a long ravaged war, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said on Monday in Moratuwa. "We have commenced peace talks with the fathers of the suicide bombs at a time when the entire world is threa...
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Formal re-recording of National Anthem to be undertaken
A formal re-recording of the National Anthem, Sri Lanka Matha is to be undertaken with a view to review its dignity, in readiness for the 2003 Independence celebration. The chorus will be led by Pandit Dr. W. D. Amaradeva and Visharada Nanda Malini and with music provided by Rohana Weerasinghe. The...
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Victory Day – A Joyous day of Celebrations for the Bangladesh residents in Thailand.
"To become a nation is a greatest achievement. Bangladesh successfully realized this achievement by its victory on 16 December 1971. That was the greatest single event that led to the subsequent emergence of Bangladesh and also for the birth a of new nation, said Yongyos Adireksarn in his address....
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President hosts luncheon: Bilateral ties to grow further: Than Shwe
With a hope for deepening bilateral relations to reciprocate Bangladesh's goodwill, Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe wished to turn Myanmar-Bangladesh border into one of peace, stability and prosperity. He noted that there exist no big problems in bilateral relations between the two...
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Yangoon agrees to reduce trade gap
Myanmar has agreed to extend Bangladesh all cooperation to reduce trade gap with Yangon and boost trade potentials under agreed minutes. As per the agreed minutes, the second Bangladesh Trade Fair-2003 will be held at Yangon by March. Bangladesh Commerce Minister and his visiting Myanmar counterpar...
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$1b gas pipeline project proposed: Plan to link Myanmar with India via Bangladesh
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has accepted, in principle, a proposal for the construction of a Myanmar-Tripura- West Bengal gas pipeline through Bangladesh. The ministry forwarded the proposal, submitted by a hitherto unknown Bangladeshi company, to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)...
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Than Shwe given hearty send-off
Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe left Dhaka for Yangon on Wednesday concluding a two-day visit to Bangladesh, which yielded broad agreements between the two countries for boosting economic cooperation. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia saw her Myanmar counterpart off at VVIP tarmac of Zia I...
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Ties with Myanmar - Editorial - The Independent
The two-day visit to this country of the Myanmar Premier General Than Shwe marks a turning point in bilateral relations. The visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, comes at a time when the need to expand trade and strengthen ties between the two neighbours is being felt ever...
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One of these days you are going to get caught.
Compiled by V.Rajeny Each Friday night I drove my wife to the train station so she could go visit her sister who was ill. Ten minutes later, MY sister arrived by train so that she could help with the house and kids over the weekend while my wife were gone. On Sundays this procedure worked in revers...
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Govt urged to keep close watch on forex volatility
Bangkok, Dec 19 (TNA) The government should keep a close watch on foreign exchange rate volatility because it is believed the United States would turn to adopt a weak dollar policy like Japan to solve the economic woes, according to a leading economist. Speaking at a seminar on “Thai Economic Direc...
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A minor earthquake rocked this northern Thailand
Chiang Mai, Dec 19 (TNA): A minor earthquake rocked this northern province of Chiang Mai last night, but there were no reports of damages or casualties, according to a T.V. news report. The quake, measured at 4.3 on the richter scale, shaked Chiang Dao district and nearby areas at around 08:47 p.m...
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India turns down invitation for Kilinochchi UNHCR meeting
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: India will not take part in an UNHCR-summoned meeting in Kilinochchi tomorrow (20) to discuss a range of issues relating to the proposed repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in India on a voluntary basis, an Indian spokesperson said yesterday. The UNHCR has been i...
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Govt. confirms newspaper reports that LTTE attempted to smuggle arms.
The Island: The government yesterday confirmed recent newspaper reports that the LTTE made an attempt last week to smuggle in a consignment of arms and ammunition to North-East Sri Lanka. The Defence Ministry yesterday issued the following statement. "The Sri Lanka Navy received information about a...
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Dinakara sealed
The Island:On a directive of the PA leadership, party paper Dinakara, a weekly was sealed on Tuesday night, informed sources said. The sources said that a former minister who handled the media was present when the press was sealed obviously on a directive from the top.
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Embassy cover for LTTE equipment ‘unwise’ — Nowegian scholar
By Kesara Abeywardena The Island: A visiting Norwegian scholar on conflict resolution Johan Gultung told an audience on Tuesday that the Norwegian Embassy’s action of giving cover to the importation of telecommunication equipment to the LTTE radio station Voice of Tigers was "unwise". He said that...
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Why is Jaya still against LTTE?
Chennai, Dec 17: The MDMK today expressed surprise over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s stand that the ban on LTTE in India should continue. MDMK presidium chairman L Ganesan told reporters after a meeting of the party’s district secretaries and office-bearers here that even the Sri Lankan...
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