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Poppy survey in the Shan State, in March
THE joint teams of the government and the United Nations will conduct a survey on opium poppy cultivation in Shan State in March, a senior police official said. The survey will be conducted in 50 towns in Shan State by 150 government and the UN officials, Pol Col Hkam Awng, joint secretary of the g...
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Japan envoy upbeat about Sri Lanka peace process
Japan's envoy in charge of issues concerning Sri Lanka ended a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Saturday, praising the ongoing efforts to end Asia's longest-running civil war. Yasushi Akashi, a former U.N. undersecretary general, said the peace process is gathering strength and that Japan is satisfi...
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Norway appoints new head for Sri Lanka cease-fire monitors
Oslo, Norway, (AP), Jan. 23: Norway announced the appointment of a new head of international monitors keeping track of a cease-fire in Sri Lanka between the government and Tamil rebels Thursday. According to the Foreign Ministry, Tryggve Tellefsen, a retired army major general, will succeed anot...
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DSR to provide security for foreign dignitaries
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Under a plan to revamp Sri Lanka’s VIP security apparatus, the government has established a Diplomatic Security Range (DSR) to take charge of security of all embassies and visiting foreign dignitaries while amalgamating the Prime Ministerial Security Division (P...
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WHO, NEPC agreement on health recovery programmes
The Island: An agreement to collaborate in the implementation of a World Bank funded North East health system recovery programme was signed between the North East Provincial Council (NEPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) last week at the Chief Secretary’s Office in Trincomalee. The agreeme...
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CBK mum on Japanese role in peace process
by Kesara Abeywardena The Island: President’s spokesman Harim Peiris on Wednesday declined to comment on the expanded involvement of the Japanese Government in the peace process while it was reported that the Indian Government had objected to such an involvement by the Japanese. "At this moment I...
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Tiger child abductions boomerang: Mother refuses to live unless LTTE releases son
The Island: A mother of a fifteen-year old son from Batticaloa has threatened to commit suicide by setting herself ablaze unless her LTTE abducted son is released, the army website reported. According to the mother Kannamma Yogachandran, her son Yogachandran Deepan (15) of No. 32, 2nd Lane, Maman...
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Lankan peace talks scaled down to 2 days
Colombo: (AFP), Jan. 23: Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway on Thursday announced that the next round of talks would be scaled down to two days while the venue was being shifted from Thailand to Europe. The next round of peace negotiations were due to take place at the Thai river-side resort of Nakh...
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Thailand has potential to become heart of Asia, says MOF
Bangkok, Jan 24 (TNA): Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak yesterday expressed confidence Thailand had a potential to become the heart of Asia given its geological advantage, saying the government would attempt to develop the country into the trade hub of ASEAN first. Speaking on his return from...
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President opposes People’s Bank privatization
Colombo, Jan. 23: President Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunga opposes efforts to privatize the People’s Bank, established 40 years ago on the initiative of the late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranike, the Presidential Secretariat announced Monday. The President addressing a delegation from the P...
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Khatami visit to boost India-Iran ties
By - Maya Mirchandani New Delhi, Jan. 23: Iranian President Syed Mohammad Khatami is the chief guest for the Republic Day parade this year. The visit is being seen as a cementing of age-old traditional relations. In spite of sticky situations in the past, including protecting Pakistani aircraft b...
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Karen - Burmese Border Clash: 600 Tak villagers flee mortar shelling - 6 Burmese Soldiers killed.
Mae Sot, Jan. 24: – At least six soldiers were killed yesterday in a clashes with ethnic Karen rebels as 1,000 villagers in Burma and Thailand fled the fighting and shelling, Thai military sources and eye witnesses revealed. An estimated 2,000 Burmese soldiers engaged in prolong firefight with 12...
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Journalists discuss new world order and human security at Journalist Fourm in SEA
Bangkok, Jan 24 (TNA): The Mass Communication Organization of Thailand (MCOT) and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan jointly host a regional journalist forum, in which journalists from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan discuss the role of media c...
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Human Rights Commission investigates cases of people missing in northern Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 24: Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission on Friday started interviewing families of people who went missing after government troops took over major parts of the Jaffna Peninsula from Tamil Tiger rebels in 1995. Jaffna was under the control of the Liberation Tigers of...
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Sri Lanka government adds seven ministers despite presidents protests
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 24: The Sri Lankan government swore seven ministers into newly created positions Friday despite opposition from the country's president, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga attended the brief ceremony where six new ministers of non-cabinet rank and one...
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NSCN-IM leaders to return for further talks
By Rezaul H. Laskar, Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi, Jan 24, (IANS): Leaders of Nagaland's dominant rebel group are likely to return to India after a month to continue a dialogue to resolve the 53-year-old Naga separatist problem, government sources said. Talks held here over the past three da...
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UNICEF focuses on war-hit children in Sri Lanka
Colombo, (Reuters), Jan. 24: - Sri Lanka plays host next week to the head of the U.N. Children's Fund as Tamil Tiger rebels are dogged by allegations of child recruitment. UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy travels to the headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to meet rebel lead...
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India, Myanmar to boost cooperation in oil and gas
New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS): India and Myanmar will increase cooperation in the hydroelectric power and energy sectors, particularly the exploration of Myanmar's onshore oil and gas reserves. An Indian team will soon visit Myanmar to explore the prospects in exploiting onshore hydrocarbon reserves, e...
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Soldier charged for rape of Kareni Refugee Girls.
The military court in Chiang Mai charged one soldier for rape this Monday. He was one of those three soldiers who were brought to the military court on charges of raping two Karenni refugee girls in Mae Hong Song. The court charged him with 4 years and 6 months sentence and to be served in the mil...
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Corrupt running to hide from courageous whistleblowers & journalists - Global Corruption Report 2003
"The corrupt are running out of places to hide. That is the message that runs through the Global Corruption Report 2003," writes Peter Eigen, Chairman of Transparency International (TI), in his introduction. The report, published on 23 January by Profile Books, was prepared by Transparency Internat...
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