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Police raid TV star holiday home
THE paradise island holiday home of Manchester-born television presenter Matthew Kelly has been raided by child protection police. Officers visited the beachside mansion in Sri Lanka which belongs to Mr Kelly, 52, yesterday and seized a computer, documents and videos. The raid on Mr Kelly's...
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India to build world tallest Buddha statue
Jan. 19: India, always eager to outdo China, plans to build the world's tallest statue of Buddha at 500 feet. The bronze statue, three times as high as the Statue of Liberty in New York, will be the showcase of a $300 million park in Kushinagar, a town in Uttar Pradesh where Buddha died two a...
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India open to suggestion of holding SAARC Summits in Kathmandu
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 19: India is open to a suggestion of holding SAARC Summits on a regular basis in Kathmandu, where its Secretariat is located, on the lines of United Nations but made it clear that any decision on this has to be through consensus of the seven-member grouping. "Any dec...
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Govt to urge Australia to ease crop restrictions
Bangkok, Jan 20, (TNA): The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is to call on Australia to ease restrictions governing the import of agricultural produce, the governor of the Office of Agricultural Standards and Inspection said today. Mr Sutthiphon Jeeraphan said that the ministry would ra...
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Colombo meet rejects Hakeem as leader
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Minister Rauff Hakeem’s political opponents last week rejected his re-election as party leader at a recently held delegates’ conference in Colombo. "As far as we are concerned he is finished," a senior party source said, adding the so-called delegates’ conf...
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TULF opposes SLFP-JVP talks
The Island: The TULF strongly opposes the ongoing talks between the SLFP and JVP aimed at reaching a common stance on the peace process. Senior SLFP and JVP officials defended their decision. The JVP stressed the two parties were exploring ways and means of preventing the LTTE from taking adva...
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Defence Secy. to meet Tigers on truce violations
The Island: The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) will arrange a meeting between Defence Secretary Austin Fernando and Ampara-Batticaloa LTTE commander Karuna shortly to discuss a range of contentious issues, particularly issues arising from violations of a cease-fire agreement. It was not c...
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Burmese Soldiers Defect to Shan State Army.
Three Burmese soldiers posted on the border with Thailand have defected to the rebel Shan State Army (SSA), the rebels’ spokesman said yesterday. Zin Thu Tun, Sun Min and Zin Wine, all privates from army regiment 226, gave themselves up on Friday (January 17) to a base camp of the SSA near Pan...
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Der Spiegel: News on Iraqi conditions for exile of Saddam Hussein
The German magazine Der Spiegel said quoting diplomatic sources in Dubai and Cairo that Baghdad has out conditions for the evacuation of the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to exile. The magazine indicated that the list of the Iraqi conditions includes the departure of the American soldiers from...
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Akash - test fired
Balasore (Orissa), (PTI), Jan. 18: The medium-range surface-to-air missile "Akash" was successfully test-fired from the interim test range at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 kms from here. Defence sources said the indigenously built sophisticated multi-target missile was test fired from a mobil...
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MPs of major parties meet NSCN (I-M) leaders
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 18: MPs belonging to major political parties, including BJP and Congress, today had a meeting with leaders of Naga insurgent outfit NSCN (I-M) after which its General Secretary Th Muivah said he was convinced that their voice was being heard. The luncheon meeting w...
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PM vows to decisively crack down drugs problems
Bangkok, Jan 18 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra vowed on Saturday that his administration would decisively crack down drugs problems with stiffer measures. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talks with the Public" this morning, the Thai leader said that his administratio...
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PM to visit Myanmar
Bangkok, Jan 18 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will visit Myanmar soon to seek cooperation on narcotic prevention and suppression, according to radio news reports. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talks with the Public" today, the Thai leader said that he planned to p...
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Japan seeks to help Sri Lanka peace process, pledges more aid
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 18: Japan wants to play a more active role in Sri Lanka's peace process, a visiting Japanese envoy said Saturday. "We can aspire to supplement the efforts of Norway, not to interfere in the process but to be helpful i...
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Six monks on mission to promote Buddhism
The Island: Senior Buddhist monks from six Asian nations, including India, met in Colombo last Thursday to find ways of encouraging people to become Buddhists and understand the religion’s teachings. Delegates from India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Bhutan took part in the conferenc...
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UN, Govt, LTTE discuss refugee returns
Geneva -(AFP): The UN refugee agency has held talks with the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels on how to handle the return of tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people after nearly two decades of civil war, a spokesman said here on Friday. The meeting, earlier th...
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HSZ review fuels fresh controversy
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: A two-phased blueprint to resettle the displaced in the Jaffna peninsula including in the High Security Zones (HSZs) has run into further controversy with a government decision to involve a retired Indian General who commanded UN troops in what was previously...
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United Nationalities Alliance of Burma insist on Talks and coordination
The United Nationalities Alliance in a statement emphasized that dialogue and coordination alone would disentangle the political mess in which Burma is in today. Being strongly convinced that conferring peacefully and discussions will create and establish an authentic, prosperous and just unit...
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Prabha lauds WB
Sunday Times: LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has lauded the World Bank for taking control over monitoring of funds provided by international donor agencies and countries for rehabilitation and reconstruction activities in northern and eastern parts of the country. The LTTE chief expressed his...
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Hands off Muslim affairs, Hakeem tells LTTE
By Nilika Kasturisinghe Sunday Times: Brushing aside LTTE chief negotiator Anton Blasingham's comments regarding the legitimacy of the SLMC leadership, Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday called on the LTTE to desist from "interfering unduly in civil administrative matters in Muslim areas". In th...
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