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LTTE flag a snag: Batticaloa sports meet postponed
The Island: The sports meet for the Batticaloa zone scheduled for March 7 had been indefinitely postponed by the Director of Education in Batticaloa over a dispute regarding the hoisting of the LTTE flag at the meet.
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Tigers condemn sinking of vessel
The Island: The pro-LTTE Tamilnet website reported that the LTTE had condemned the sinking of the LTTE vessel by the Sri Lanka Navy on Monday. In a letter to Defence Minister Tilak Marapana, the head of the LTTE’s Political Wing, S. P. Thamilchelvan condemned the attack in which 11 LTTE cadres wer...
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Sinking of LTTE vessel: Sinking of LTTE vessel
by Sumadhu Weerawarne The Island: Defence Ministry Secretary Austin Fernando yesterday maintained that the action taken on the part of the Navy was "legitimate" and the Navy stood by the sequence of events as explained in the release issued by the Navy regarding the sinking of an LTTE ship suspec...
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LTTE withdrawing cadres from cleared areas in NE: "They are going for seminar"
By Sunimalee Dias Daily Mirror: LTTE chief negotiator Anton Balasingham has summoned all LTTE carders to Wanni for a seminar, LTTE media spokesman Daya Master said. He said the reason for the LTTE members departure from the government-controlled areas was to attend the one-day seminar conducted b...
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Marapana replies to LTTE as moves underway to save peace process
By Sunil Jayasiri Daily Mirror: While diplomatic moves were afoot to keep the Norwegian brokered peace process afloat following Monday's incident off Mullativu, Defence Minister Tilak Marapana has responded to an LTTE letter, saying that the conduct of the LTTE ship confirms that it was carrying...
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President, Premier in crisis talks
By Ranga Sirilal Daily Mirror: Amidst intensified moves by the proposed SLFP-JVP alliance to oust the UNF government, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday met President Chandrika Kumaratunga for two-and-a-half hours of talks on various issues. A government source said the Premier had bri...
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India opposes any move to replace regime in Iraq: PM
New Delhi, (PTI), March 12: Asserting that any unilateral military action against Iraq would lead to "disastrous consequences," Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpaye today strongly opposed any move to change a country's regime by an outside force and said India has drawn up contingency plans to de...
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Two US diplomats resign protesting Bush Iraq war plans
Washington, (PTI), March 12: In the first signs of brewing discontent in the Bush Administration over its Iraq policy, two top US diplomats have so far resigned saying they cannot support the President's war plans. John Brady Kiesling, Political Consular at the US embassy in Athens, resigned las...
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LTTE says talks to go on despite clash
By Lindsay Beck Colombo (Reuters), March 12: - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Wednesday talks to end a 19-year civil war would go ahead as planned despite a bloody clash with the navy this week but they warned of anger and resentment over the incident. A sixth round of peace talks is set...
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Thailand-China-Myanmar join forces against drugs
Chiang Rai, Mar. 12, (TNA): Thailand and other two neighbouring countries being adjacent to the Golden Triangle, a largest but notorious source of drugs production in the region, are joining forces in tackling drugs problems, according to local news reports. Narintr Panitchkit, Governor of Chiang...
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Dalai Lama leads prayer for peace in Gulf
Dharamshala, India, Mar 12 (ANI): The Dalai Lama on Tuesday held a peace prayer here on Tuesday to remove the clouds of a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq. Hundreds of Buddhist monks, nuns and foreigners took part in the prayer seeking divine intervention to avert the Gulf crisis. Thubtan Samphel...
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Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing to pay state visit to Vietnam
Yangon, March 12: At the invitation of the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam His Excellency Mr Tran Duc Luong and wife Madame Nguyen Thi Vinh, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing will pay a stat...
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China: Dalai Lama Appeals To New Chinese Leadership To Grant Tibet Autonomy
By Jeremy Bransten Prague, March 10, (RFE/RL) Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, appealed to China's new leadership today to make a fresh start and begin negotiations on resolving the status of his nation. The Dalai Lama spoke from Dharamsala, India, on the 44th anniversary of the fa...
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Tibet: More Detentions in Sichuan Province
New York, March 11: Two Tibetan businessmen have been detained by Chinese authorities, apparently on suspicion of leaking information on the torture and trial of other Tibetan activists, Human Rights Watch said today. In mid-February, authorities seized the two businessmen, Di-Di and Tabo, in Litha...
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Human rights commissioner accuses govt of constitutional violation
Bangkok, March 11 (TNA): The member of the National Human Rights Commission at the centre of the dispute over the government’s heavy-handed drugs suppression measures today launched a stingy attack on the prime minister, accusing him of failing to read legislation and violating both the constituti...
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Armoured bike a first for Thailand
Bangkok, March 11: The world's first armoured motorcycle, produced by a Thai company known for its bullet-proof vests, will be put to the test on Friday. Songpol Iamsombun, managing director of Precipart Co Ltd, which created the Bangrachan bullet-proof vest, said the company's latest innovation i...
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First Judges at New Global Court: U.S. Opposition has Limited Effect
The Hague, March 11: The inauguration of the first eighteen judges at the new International Criminal Court (ICC) will help to thwart U.S. efforts to undermine the court, Human Rights Watch said today. The judges are the first officers of the court to take up their duties. The court’s 89 members, kn...
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India not to extend facilities if US attacks Iraq without UN sanctions: PM
New Delhi, (PTI), March 10: India would not extend facilities to US if it went ahead with unilateral militacy action against Iraq without UN sanction, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee told an all party meeting here today. Briefing reporters after the meeting, convened by the Prime Minister to...
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Excavation at Ayodhya to start on March 12
Ayodhya, (PTI), March 10: Excavation at the disputed Ram Janam Bhoomi Babri Masjid site here to find out whether a temple existed beneath the demolished structure would begin on March 12, while action plan for the same would be finalised on Tuesday. The work, on the order of the Allahabad High Cou...
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Sri Lanka Navy sinks Tamil Tiger ship
Colombo, (PTI), March 10: The Sri Lankan Navy today sank a Tamil Tiger cargo ship suspected to be smuggling weapons into the island, official sources said. Sri Lanka Navy's largest offshore patrol craft Sayura led the attack on the unidentified vessel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTT...
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