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Major General Fonseka spells out de-escalation plan
By Bandula Jayasekara The Island:The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Wednesday rejected the demand made by the Army Commander in Jaffna. Major General Sarath Fonseka said that the relaxation of the High Security Zones (HSZ) should be conditional on the disarming of the Tiger Cadres. The LT...
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Bradman concedes: Equivalent status for LTTE is inexorably happening.
by Bandula Jayasekera The Island: Secretary to the Prime Minister Mr. Bradman Weerakoon in his discussions with a member of the European Parliament Mr. Geoffrey Van Orden on November 25 had conceded that equivalent status as the government of Sri Lanka being given to the LTTE was ‘inexorably happe...
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To defuse SLMC crisis: Muslim delegation with observer status for Thailand peace talks?
by Zacki Jabbar The Island: The government is likely to permit a four-member delegation of Muslim intellectuals to be present as observers, during the next round of peace talks with the LTTE to be held in Thailand from January 6 to 9, with a view to defusing the crisis within the Sri Lanka Muslim...
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Bangkokians want graft suppression as New Year present from Govt
Bangkok, Dec 29 (TNA): Most Bangkokians want the government to decisively crack down the corruption problem as a New Year present given to them, according to an official poll. The poll conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO), which was released to TNA this week, found that most Bangkoki...
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Drugs to top Thai-Burma talks
Piyanart Srivalo Bangkok, Dec. 30:Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh will lead a delegation to Burma in January for a meeting with Rangoon on drug suppression, migrant labour and development projects in border areas. Another deputy premier, Korn Dabaransi, who oversees foreign affairs, wil...
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Happy New Year!
Bangkok, Dec. 30-31 (PNA): -- That famous greeting will be heard from people everywhere around the world as we celebrate the coming of a new year -- 2003. But do you know that in the old days New Year's Day was not celebrated in January but in March, which is associated with spring? In fact, the c...
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Christ died between two thieves so I thought I’d do the same!
Compiled by: V.Rajeny After dozens of very expensive tests and weeks of hospitalization, the rich old man was told he had only 24 hours to live. He immediately called his doctor and his lawyer to his room. He asked the doctor to stand by one side of the bed and the lawyer to stand by the other. Af...
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Door to shut on refugees
Bangkok, Dec. 30: Thailand will end its role of sheltering and resettling refugees fleeing political conflicts. National Security Council chief Winai Phattiyakuhul said yesterday. “It is a big burden for the country to shelter these refugees. We have to invest personnel and resources to help them,...
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Chargesheet filed against Vaiko
Chennai,(PTI), Dec. 30: A chargesheet against MDMK chief Vaiko and eight others, arrested in July under POTA for their alleged remarks supporting the banned LTTE, was filed by Tamil Nadu police today. The chargesheet running into 440 pages was filed at the Designated POTA Court in suburban Poona...
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Tiger radio: CBK to deal directly with Norway PM
By The Sunday Times Diplomatic Correspondent Sunday Times: President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will write this week to Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Bondevik to apprise him of her serious concerns over the role played by their Embassy in Colombo in helping Tiger guerrillas acquire sophist...
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Army supports peace process
Sunday Times: Army Commander Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle yesterday defended the Army’s position on the issue on 'High Security Zones' in the Jaffna peninsula and said it firmly believes that advising the Government on matters of National Security is its public responsibility. The Army Commander was r...
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Core issues at next round of talks
By Dilrukshi Handunnetti The Sunday Leader: The crucial fourth round of peace talks between the Sri Lanka government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be held in Thailand from January 6-9 to discuss core issues including the unit of devolution. The decisive round, according to govern...
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Jaffna Library reopening postponed
The Sunday Leader: The reopening of the destroyed Jaffna Library which was restored at the cost of Rs. 120 million has been postponed. Sources said another Rs. 20 million was needed to complete the work and the cash strapped government was finding it difficult to fork out the sum immediately. The...
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PM brushes aside nicknames given by local media
Bangkok, Dec 28 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Saturday brushed aside nicknames given to him and his administration by the press, saying that the government will perform better next year. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talks with the Public" this morning, the Thai lea...
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Thai army repatriates dissidents to Myanmar
Bangkok, Thailand, (AP), Dec. 28: - About 100 Myanmar exiles who had sought refuge in Thailand are hiding out in the jungles just inside Myanmar after being evicted by the Thai military, one of the exiles said Saturday. The Thai army has acknowledged deporting some Myanmar nationals, saying they...
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Tigers criticise presence of Army in Jaffna
Colombo, (PTI), Dec. 28: Sri Lanka’s peace process seemed to be heading for a major crisis after Tamil Tiger rebels flayed ceasefire monitors for justifying the heavy Army presence in the Jaffna peninsula by ruling out removal of high security zones on security grounds. LTTE chief negotiator Anton...
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He can not wear regular glasses; he only has one eye and one ear
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A policeman was interrogating 3 blondes who were training to become detectives. To test their skills in recognizing a suspect, he shows the first blonde a picture for 5 seconds and then hides it. "This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?" The first blonde answers, "T...
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20th world scout conference officially begins.
Chonburi, Dec 29 (TNA): The 20th World Scout Conference, held at Yao Beach of Sattahip district in this eastern province of Chonburi, was inaugurated last night with tightened security and well-prepared medical and public health services, according to TNA reporter. His Royal Highness Crown Prince M...
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Three Iraqis killed in a raid against Southern Iraq; Questioning head of Technology University
Baghdad, Dec. 27: The UN inspectors yesterday made the second special interview with one of the Iraqi scientists working in the Iraqi chemical, biological and nuclear programs. They yesterday questioned the chairman of the Technology university in Baghdad Mazin Muhammad Ali Jum'a after they had que...
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The doctor had both hands on my shoulders
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A man with stomach pain goes to the doctor. The doctor tells him it's constipation and he'll have to use suppositories. The man is instructed to drop his pants and bend over, whereupon the doctor shoves the tablet up his ass. "You'll have to do the same thing every six hours f...
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