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Demand to Decommission LTTE Weapons Gathers Steam in Sri Lanka
Champika Liyanaarachchi - OneWorld South Asia Colombo, Feb 4 (OWSA): With a rise in human rights violations against certain political and ethnic groups by Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the demand for decommissioning their weapons is gaining momentum here. "Judging by the eve...
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President calls for transparent, democratic approach
by Kesara Abeywardene The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga while congratulating the Prime Minister and his team for positive results achieved, recommended a "deep study of the causes for the setbacks and failures" encountered in the past one year in her Independence Day address to the natio...
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War on Drugs: Drug-runner killed and drugs Captured by Shan State Army
On 4th February 2003, at 08:20 hr, a clash broke out when Shan State Army (SSA) troops met with some drug runners at Ho Nam Toh; about 40 minutes walk from the SPDC's camp at San Su, opposite of Fang, Chiang Mai Province. SSA troops captured 1-drug runner, but dead and 280,000 tablets of amphetamin...
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Pay for colonial Britain sins, Indian tells Blair
London(IANS), Feb. 05): An 81-year-old Indian expatriate who was a freedom fighter is taking Prime Minister Tony Blair to court for failing to apologise for British colonisation of India. Ramen Bhattacharya, originally from Kolkata, has filed a case against Blair under the Race Relations Act beca...
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Thai Human Rights Commissioner on Burmese political activists.
By – K.T.Rajasingham Bangkok, Feb. 05: The Government is not interested in allowing Thailand to be used as base against Burma. The Army has insisted that it will not tolerate any foreign political activist to use of Thailand as a base for their political activities. Jaran Ditapichai explained thi...
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Some Tamil Children Rushing Marriage
Kalkudah, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 05: -- In this village of coconut groves and modest brick-and-clay homes, parents are rushing to marry off their children. But there are no elaborate celebrations, no brides draped in jewels and red saris in this mostly Tamil village of 150 families on Sri Lanka's e...
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India should join peace process: Sri Lanka veteran
By P. Jayaram, Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS): A top Sri Lankan opposition leader Wednesday urged India to give up its hands off policy towards Sri Lanka and get "actively involved" in the Norwegian brokered peace process which he fears may soon "go to pieces". Mahinda Rajapakse,...
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Phnom Penh provides temporary office for Thai envoys
Bangkok, Feb 5 (TNA): The Cambodian government has provided a temporary office for Thai envoys, and has asked that the Thai government send the country's charge d'affaires to Phnom Penh soon, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin told reporters on Wednesday that Phnom Penh's off...
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News Outlets Scramble to Cover Shuttle
By - Ken Thomas - Associated Press Writer Miami, Feb. 03: Banner headlines proclaiming "Columbia Lost" and "Shuttle Disaster" hit newsstands Saturday as newspapers across the country put out extra editions to chronicle the nation's worst space disaster in 17 years. Other papers expanded their...
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Shans deny Burmese Report about - Drug Free Border
In response to the New Light of Myanmar, 30 January, reporting the three townships across the Thai border was rid of the poppy cultivation in the 2002-2003 season, both Lahu and Shan sources maintained the reality was entirely the other way round. New Light of Myanmar issue dated 30 January repor...
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Man one day will land on Mars: Kalam
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 03: President A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday said the Columbia space shuttle mishap will not deter space scientists from their urge to explore and ultimately man will one day land on Mars. "Man one day will land in various planets. Man one day will land (even) on Mars (the...
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Tiger top guns leave for Berlin talks
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 03: The two Sri Lanka-based Tamil Tiger rebel leaders left here for Germany on Monday, four days ahead of their next round of peace talks in Berlin, officials said. The political wing leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S P Thamilselvan, and eastern military...
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Columbia experienced sudden temperature rise before mishap
Washington, (PTI), Feb. 03: As the investigators scrutinised from the final bits of data from the sky to the tiniest fragments on the ground of space shuttle Columbia, preliminary investigations showed it experienced an unusual and sudden rise in temperature in its fuselage minutes before it d...
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Phrae governor destroys opium fields
Phrae, Thailand, Feb. 3, (TNA): The governor of Phrae Province today struck a blow in the government’s war against drugs by leading a team of 50 police officers to destroy 20 rai of opium fields on the Phrae-Nan border. Mr Amonphan Nimanan said that he would determine the ownership of the fields,...
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Thai FM assures safety of Cambodian counterpart
Bangkok, Feb. 3 (TNA): Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai on Monday assured the safety of his Cambodian counterpart Hor Num Hong, who is scheduled to visit Thailand tomorrow, according to local T.V. and radio news reports. Surakiart told reporters that Mr. Hor Num Hong would be safe during hi...
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Drug Creackdown: Campaign - will make a difference - : Sant
Bangkok, Feb. 04: National police chief Sant Sarutanond yesterday expressed confidence that narcotic traffickers would be forced to change their ways by the new war on drugs. On Sunday, the second day of the campaign, 1,234 people were arrested and 2.395 million methamphetamine tablets seized. Pol...
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Thaksin Visit to Burma: Drugs, tourism top agenda
Bangkok, Feb. 04: Illegal Burmese workers, anti-narcotics measures and tourism will be high on the agenda during the upcoming visit to Burma by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said yesterday. Thaksin is due in Burma on Sunday and Monday, his second visit t...
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Free trade agreement between Sri Lanka, Pakistan delayed
Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 03: Pakistan has postponed signing a free-trade agreement with Sri Lanka due to a major Muslim festival later this month, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka's trade minister Ravi Karunanayake had been scheduled this month to visit Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, t...
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International landmine campaign visits Vanni
The Island: Twenty-one members of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), representing 15 countries and including 6 Sri Lankans, visited Vavuniya and Kilinochchi last week. The ICBL team was briefed in Vavuniya by UNDP District Mine Action Technical Adviser, Ms. Leonie Barnes. In Kilin...
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Opposition doubts PM would keep pledge of formalised talks
by - Kesara Abeywardena The Island: Prominent opposition members yesterday expressed doubt about the Prime Minister’s statement in parliament last week that he would formalise discussions with opposition party leaders on the peace talks. People’s Alliance spokesman MP Sarath Amunugama said that t...
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