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Police on high alert for joint opposition rally
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island:Police, under fire for using excessive force to break up a series of protests over the past few months in Colombo and Balangoda, plan to deploy approximately 5000 officers and men for today’s anti-government demonstration in the city, authoritative policemen sai...
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Presidential Commission summons Retd. DIG Kotakadeniya
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Former Senior DIG H. M. G. B. Kotakadeniya will appear tomorrow (11) before a Special Presidential Commission to probe last year’s police raid on a Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI)-run safehouse in the Millennium City, Aturugiriya, commission sources...
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JS passes 3 bills: Massive reforms in banking sector
Dhaka, March 10: The Jatiya Sangsad on Sunday passed three bills seeking to bring about massive reforms in banking sector including granting autonomy to Bangladesh Bank to deal with macro economic policies. Piloting the bills, Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman said the proposed laws were required t...
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Two sons of Khalid Sh detained in US
Kuwait City, March 10: Two young sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, are being held by the CIA in the US to force their father to talk, Washington Times reported. Yousef al-Khalid, 9, and his brother, Abed al-Khalid, 7, were taken into custody in Pa...
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Sri Lanka navy destroys Tamil rebel boat off northern coast
By Shimali Senanayak - Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 10: The Sri Lankan navy exchanged fire Monday with a Tamil Tiger boat off the northern coast, sinking the rebel vessel and likely killing all 10 people on board, a navy officer said. Four navy sailors were injured in t...
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Sri Lanka sinks suspected rebel arms boat, 11 dead
By Lindsay Beck Colombo, (Reuters), March 10: - The Sri Lankan navy sank a Tamil Tiger rebel ship suspected of smuggling weapons on Monday, killing 11 on board after an exchange of fire off the island's northeast coast that also wounded four sailors. The incident, the deadliest since a ceasefire...
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Longtime leader of Myanmar ethnic Mon party dies
Bangkok, Thailand (AP) March 08: Nai Shwe Kyin, a veteran guerrilla leader from Myanmar's Mon ethnic minority, has died at age 90, Myanmar's opposition media reported Saturday. ,br> Nai Shwe Kyin, also known as Nai Ba Lwin, was founder and president of the New Mon State Party. He died Friday at his...
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India-Thailand to set up FTA in July
Colombo, Mar 8 (TNA): India and Thailand have agreed to set up their bilateral free trade area (FTA) in July, according to Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik. Adisai told TNA reporter in Colombo on Friday after holding bilateral talks with Indian Trade and Industry Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy tha...
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PM not falling for Cambodian - ploy.
Bangkok, March 09: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra lashed out at Cambodia yesterday, accusing Phnom Penh of deliberately misleading its people for political reasons, and vowed not to give in to any ploy to pressure Thailand into fully reopening the border. Thaksin also hinted at introducing "tou...
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Afghan president vows to protect basic rights for women
KABUL, March 8 (Xinhuanet): Afghan transitional president Hamid Karzai on Saturday pledged that his government would take measures to create opportunities for women to work and protect their other basic rights. "The government respect women's role and participation in social, political and cultural...
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Retrieve Katchatheevu to end woes: AIADMK
By P.S. Suresh Kumar , Ramanathapuram , March 8: The AIADMK has urged the Centre to take immediate steps to retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka for a lasting solution to the fishermen problem in Tamil Nadu. Speaking to The Hindu here today, the Labour Minister, A. Anwar Raja, said more than 90 Tam...
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Fishermen leave for church festival
Ramanathapuram , March 8:Fifteen fishermen from Rameswaram ventured into the sea in the early hours today to participate in the two-day annual festival of St. Antony's church in Kathchatheevu. According to the police, Rameswaram fishermen used to visit Katchatheevu every year in March first week t...
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PM confident about evolving consensus on women bill
New Delhi, (PTI), March 08: A day after an all-party meeting failed to reach consensus on the women's reservation bill, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today exuded confidence about evolving a consensus on the issue. "What is wrong with consensus. We will go by that and consensus will come",...
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"Something positive" will emerge regarding the bill for the women - Sonia
Raipur, (PTI), March 08: Congress President Sonia Gandhi today expressed the hope that "something positive" would emerge out of the efforts of political parties to evolve a consensus over the Constitution amendment bill providing reservation for women in Parliament and Assemblies. "Congress sta...
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Indian fishermen taken into custody by Pak navy
Islamabad, (PTI), March 08: Thirty two Indian fishermen have been taken into custody by the Pakistan Navy on charges of having strayed into the Pakistan waters for fishing off the Karachi coast. The fishermen were detained along with their seven boats by a patrol of the Maritime Time Security ag...
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Sri Lanka needs international help to sustain peace, says ADB president
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 08: - The Asian Development Bank on Saturday urged the international community to help rebuild Sri Lanka, even before the country reaches a final settlement to end its civil war. ADB President Tadao Chino arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday for a four-day visit and tr...
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TNA agrees to consult Tigers
By Chris Kamalendran The Sunday Times: TNA MPs have agreed to an LTTE directive that the Tigers be consulted before the TNA issues statements on important issues relating to the Tamil people.
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Trouble feared at tomorrow demo
By Shelani Perera The Sunday Times: President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is the head of the government has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to provide additional security for tomorrow's anti-government demonstration in Colombo amidst claims that pro-government groups are set to create...
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LTTE operatives hunting for Russian missiles in Laos
The Sunday Times: Attempts by Tiger guerrillas to acquire sophisticated surface-to-air missiles and other military items from Russia last month have come to light. Their efforts have been laid bare by the Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mikhail G. Karpov, in a 'Non-Paper' he handed over to the For...
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FIFA funds work on Mandalay stadium
By Zin Min Renovation of a Mandalay football stadium using financial assistance from the Federation of International Football Associations was nearing completion last week.
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