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Editorial: Climate of distrust is all-pervasive
Shan State Army leader Colonel Yawd Serk was right to dismiss suggestions that Thailand could play a mediating role between Burma's ethnic groups and the generals in Rangoon. Yawd Serk accused the Burmese junta of not being sincere with their offers of negotiation. He deemed the green-light for the...
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India: No meeting with Pakistan leader at NAM summit
New Delhi, Feb. 18 (Xinhuanet):- India on Tuesday ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf during the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Kuala Lumpur. Asked about the possibility of a face-to-face meeting between t...
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Boost to Naga unity bid
By Jahansher Firoze Dimapur, Feb. 18: In a positive response to S.S. Khaplang's call for unity, the NSCN (I-M) today said the rival insurgent leader's statement could be the stimulus for a new campaign to reconcile warring Naga groups. "If we are all concerned about Naga unity, things should move...
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Hu Jintao cautiously emerges from Jiang shadow
By Benjamin Kang Lim Beijing, Feb 19 (Reuters): China's Communist Party chief, Hu Jintao, moved the wife of an Inner Mongolian herdsman to tears when he braved temperatures of minus 35 degrees Celsius to visit the couple's tent home last month. In the days that followed, Hu's predecessor, Jiang Ze...
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Huge uranium deposits found in Andhra Pradesh
Hyderabad, (PTI) Feb. 18: Huge deposits of uranium have been found in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, state minister for Mines and Geology Uma Madhav Reddy told the state assembly here Tuesday. Replying to Hari Babu (BJP) and others during question hour, Uma said an estimated 11.026 mill...
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India, Pak grants visas to each others new Dy High Comm
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 18: India and Pakistan Tuesday granted visas to each other's new Deputy High Commissioner who will replace envoys expelled by the two countries earlier this month. While Indian High Commission in Islamabad cleared the visa for Pakistani diplomat Munnawar Saeed Bhatti, the...
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Sri Lanka leather legged rebels
By Lindsay Beck Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, Feb. 18, (Reuters): Suresh Kumar has the burly build of a fighter but not the walk. Where his leg should be is a contraption of plastic and metal stretching from hip to fake foot. Like countless others, he is a victim of Sri Lanka's 19-year ethnic war and lo...
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Human Rights activist badly assaulted in prison
By Ranga Sirilal A Human Rights group leader who had been jailed by the Supreme court for contempt has allegedly been badly assaulted in prison and is warded in hospital, it was revealed yesterday. The Daily Mirror learns that both the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister have ordered a full pr...
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Thailand Mulls Buying Ag Products From Myanmar Via Trade Pact
Nitsara Srihanam, Dow Jones Newswires Bangkok, Feb. 18 (Dow Jones): The Thai government wants to buy from Myanmar 2,000 metric tons of soybeans and 2,000 tons of animal-feed corn, along with other agricultural commodities, under a bilateral trade agreement, according to Rachane Potjanasuntorn, dire...
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Editors sentenced to life in Maldivian prison
The Island: Editors of an electronic newsletter published in Maldives criticising President Mahmoon Abdul Gayoom and the government had been sentenced to life. A report on the issue by Reporters sans Frontiers said: Since July 2002, Mohamed Zaki, Ibrahim Luthfee and Ahmed Didi, editors of the elect...
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LTTE ‘educationist‘ vacates varsity room as Island report triggers UGC probe
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: A senior LTTEer identified as the LTTE’s Secretary General in charge of education vacated a room given to him by two controversial Eastern University officials when the UGC sought an explanation from university authorities subsequent to a front-page report in Th...
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Hand over son or face death - LTTE threatens mother
The Island: A mother had made a complaint at the Central Camp police station in Ampara on 11 February 2003 that she would be killed unless her child was handed over to the LTTE. An Army headquarters news release said that according to the mother, A Nila of ‘Hand over No. 04/99, Central Camp Road,...
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CBK at ethnic seminar addressed by South African duo
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga today participated in a seminar in Colombo on Ethnic Reconciliation and Peace. Two key players during South Africa‘s negotiations towards majority rule, Roelof Meyer and Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim addressed the Seminar. During the difficult negotiations in S...
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Opp. expresses serious concern: No Sinhala reps. on review committees for land and related issues in
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: The Opposition expressed serious concern over a disputed decision to exclude Sinhala representatives from three committees to be appointed to review land and all other related issues in the Ampara, Batticaloa and Trincomalee districts on a priority basis. The g...
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Chinese PM admires Thailand policy on drugs suppression
Beijing, Feb 19 (TNA): Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji has admired the Thai government’s policy on decisive action against narcotics and the way it had coped with the situation on the anti-Thai riots in Cambodia, according to Government Spokesman Sqn Ldr Sitha Thaivaree. Speaking after meeting w...
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Chaiyo Ruby Case: Owner denies losing gem
Bangkok, Feb. 19: A giant ruby reportedly used as collateral for a railway project in Laos and suspected of going missing from a deposit box in a Thai bank is still in the box, the ruby's owner said yesterday. Pol Maj-General Niyom Krairat, the owner, said he knew nothing about news reports that t...
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Address to the Joint session of Indian Parliament by President Abdul Kalam.
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS): Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam addressed the joint session of Parliament Monday. Following is the full text of the President's address: "Honorable Members, I extend a warm welcome to you at this first session of Parliament in 2003. This is my first Address to Parliam...
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Sri Lanka: The Judiciary and Human Rights
Hong Kong, Feb. 17: Sunanda Deshapriya, Convener, Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka has brought to the notice of the Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) case that was heard in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, where the man who filed the case was sentenced to imprisonment by the Chie...
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How are rooms appointed?
Compiled by - V. Rajeny My friend Judy was working at a Maine costal resort when she answered a call for information about the inn. After finishing the conversation, Judy stepped away from the desk. When the phone rang again, a student intern took the call. "I forgot to ask something." the caller...
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Science Mags Edit for Biosecurity
Editors of the world's leading scientific journals announced Saturday they would delete details from published studies that might help terrorists make biological weapons. The editors, joined by several prominent scientists, said they would not censor scientific data or adopt a top-secret classific...
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