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Chiang Mai prepares Bt1.7 billion for transformation into aviation hub
Bangkok, Mar 31 (TNA): The government is to give Chiang Mai a cash injection of Bt1.7 billion to pour into two major projects designed to develop this northern city on the brink of transformation into a regional aviation hub, a Chiang Mai MP announced yesterday. Mr Pakorn Booranupakorn said that a...
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Muslims drop call to fight US
Bangkok, March 31: Muslim groups in the deep South yesterday backed down from their earlier plan to recruit volunteers to help Iraq fight US and British coalition troops. The federation of Muslim organisations in five southern provinces yesterday held a meeting at the Pattani Provincial Administra...
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20,000 refugees to return home to northern Sri Lanka
By Dilrukshi Handunnetti - Indo-Asian News Service Colombo, Mar 31 (IANS): Twenty thousand people will return to their homes in northern Sri Lanka Tuesday as the government launches an ambitious resettlement programme for those displaced by the 20-year old ethnic conflict. With the displaced n...
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Sri Lankan president to visit India
New Delhi, Mar 31 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will pay a two-day visit to India in the second week of April, diplomatic sources said. Kumaratunga will hold talks with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other Indian leaders during what is described as a "working visit." T...
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Centre files affidavit correcting stand on Vaiko
New Delhi, (PTI), March 31: In a bid to correct a major faux pass, the Union government today approached the Supreme Court with a fresh affidavit seeking to delete paragraphs in its earlier one accusing MDMK leader Vaiko of indulging in activities banned under POTA. "Government of India fully...
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Pentagon claims Iraq secretly bought 1,000 Kornet missiles
New York, (PTI), March 31: Iraqis have secretly bought as many as a thousand Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles which are lightweight, very powerful and easy-to-use, Pentagon officials claimed. The sellers are Ukrainian arms dealers and possibly some entrepreneurial Syrian generals or the S...
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Gunmen massacre 15 in southern Pakistani town
Islamabad, March 31 (Kyodo): Fifteen people were shot dead by unidentified gunmen Monday morning in southern Pakistan, while an equal number were injured, a private Pakistan television station reported. Geo-TV reported that attackers riding in three pickup vehicles opened indiscriminate fire on p...
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Bunker Sadam built, Stands Tough
The German architect of one of Saddam Hussein's main bunkers in Baghdad said on Friday the Iraqi leader can survive anything short of a direct hit with a nuclear bomb if he stays within its four-feet-thick walls. "It could withstand the shock wave of a nuclear bomb the size of the Hiroshima one de...
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Britain allays Kuwaiti fears over Iraqi chemical arms
Kuwait, March 29: It is difficult for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, WMD, to become a threat on Kuwait especially after coalition troops have entered Iraqi territories, deputy commander of the US-British land forces, Maj Gen Albert Whitely said in an interview published yesterday. However, he...
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Saddam appears on television, chairing meeting
Baghdad, (Reuters), March 30: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was shown on Iraqi state television on Saturday chairing a meeting of his ministers and senior aides. The television announcer said the footage was shot on Saturday but there was no way to verify that independently. Saddam has appeared...
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Excavation: 18 articles recovered
Ayodhya, (PTI), March 29: A stamp stone, a few pieces of glass bangles, a copper coin and earthern toys were among 18 articles recovered during digging at the acquired land here today. The other articles found during excavation were a small piece of terracotta, a figurine and a sand stone, the sou...
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US War: Iran sets up 1,000 tents for Iraqi refugees in Sarvabad
Marivan, Kurdestan prov, March 29, IRNA: Governor of the city of Sarvabad in this western province said on Saturday that some 1,000 tents have been set up in Dezli and Bahramabad camps for probable Iraqi refugees. Ali Ahmad Babakhas told IRNA that several heavy explosions emanating from Iraq cou...
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European monitors: No conclusive evidence Sri Lanka rebels behind attack on Chinese boat
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP) March 28: European peace monitors in Sri Lanka said Friday there was no conclusive evidence to show that separatist rebels were behind an attack on a Chinese fishing boat that killed 17 people. Nine people on the boat survived the March 21 attack, and they later said reb...
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Brother of missing US marine still hopeful
Bangkok, March 30: The older brother of a Thai-American marine who went missing in action in southern Iraq is optimistic that his brother was just lost and will return alive. "I heard that there was a sandstorm while the fighting took place. My brother might have got disoriented during that time a...
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Iraq threatens more suicide bombings on US troops
Baghdad, March 29 (Xinhuanet): Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said on Saturday that there would be more suicide bombings against the US troops in Iraq. The remark came after a suicide bomb killed four US soldiers at a military checkpoint near Najaf in cental Iraq. Addressing a news confe...
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Money and sex for visas: Scandal rocks British High Commission
By Chris Kamalendran The Sunday Times- March 30: The British High Commission in Colombo has been rocked by a money and sex-for-visa scandal amidst reports that Scotland Yard detectives are probing the alleged racket. A British High Commission official who stands accused of charging Rs. 500.000 fo...
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Northern province to be surveyed
By Chandani Kirinde The Sunday Times - March 30: A re-drawing of survey maps of the northern peninsula will commence shortly with assistance from the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD), Lands Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne said. NORAD has already agreed to finance the project an...
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TULF leader would not bow to LTTE orders: Challenges LTTE claim of sole representative of Tamil
By Shelani Perera The Sunday Times - March 30:TULF President V. Anandasangaree, at serious odds with the LTTE over the past few months, yesterday challenged the LTTE's position as the sole representative of the Tamil people. In a hard-hitting interview, the TULF leader said he was not ready to be...
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140 more civilians killed in a day
Baghdad, March 30: The civilian casualties of war in Iraq continued to rise, with 140 killed and over 350 injured in the last 24 hours, the Iraqi foreign minister said on Saturday. The US said it was checking to see whether it was responsible for an explosion in a crowded Baghdad market on Friday...
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Iraqi civilians feed hungry U.S. Marines
Central Iraq, March 30: Iraqi civilians fleeing heavy fighting have stunned and delighted hungry US marines in central Iraq by giving them food, as guerrilla attacks continue to disrupt coalition supply lines to the rear. Sergeant Kenneth Wilson said Arabic-speaking U.S. troops made contact with...
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