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Than Shwe given hearty send-off
Myanmar Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe left Dhaka for Yangon on Wednesday concluding a two-day visit to Bangladesh, which yielded broad agreements between the two countries for boosting economic cooperation. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia saw her Myanmar counterpart off at VVIP tarmac of Zia I...
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Ties with Myanmar - Editorial - The Independent
The two-day visit to this country of the Myanmar Premier General Than Shwe marks a turning point in bilateral relations. The visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, comes at a time when the need to expand trade and strengthen ties between the two neighbours is being felt ever...
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One of these days you are going to get caught.
Compiled by V.Rajeny Each Friday night I drove my wife to the train station so she could go visit her sister who was ill. Ten minutes later, MY sister arrived by train so that she could help with the house and kids over the weekend while my wife were gone. On Sundays this procedure worked in revers...
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Govt urged to keep close watch on forex volatility
Bangkok, Dec 19 (TNA) The government should keep a close watch on foreign exchange rate volatility because it is believed the United States would turn to adopt a weak dollar policy like Japan to solve the economic woes, according to a leading economist. Speaking at a seminar on “Thai Economic Direc...
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A minor earthquake rocked this northern Thailand
Chiang Mai, Dec 19 (TNA): A minor earthquake rocked this northern province of Chiang Mai last night, but there were no reports of damages or casualties, according to a T.V. news report. The quake, measured at 4.3 on the richter scale, shaked Chiang Dao district and nearby areas at around 08:47 p.m...
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India turns down invitation for Kilinochchi UNHCR meeting
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: India will not take part in an UNHCR-summoned meeting in Kilinochchi tomorrow (20) to discuss a range of issues relating to the proposed repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in India on a voluntary basis, an Indian spokesperson said yesterday. The UNHCR has been i...
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Govt. confirms newspaper reports that LTTE attempted to smuggle arms.
The Island: The government yesterday confirmed recent newspaper reports that the LTTE made an attempt last week to smuggle in a consignment of arms and ammunition to North-East Sri Lanka. The Defence Ministry yesterday issued the following statement. "The Sri Lanka Navy received information about a...
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Dinakara sealed
The Island:On a directive of the PA leadership, party paper Dinakara, a weekly was sealed on Tuesday night, informed sources said. The sources said that a former minister who handled the media was present when the press was sealed obviously on a directive from the top.
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Embassy cover for LTTE equipment ‘unwise’ — Nowegian scholar
By Kesara Abeywardena The Island: A visiting Norwegian scholar on conflict resolution Johan Gultung told an audience on Tuesday that the Norwegian Embassy’s action of giving cover to the importation of telecommunication equipment to the LTTE radio station Voice of Tigers was "unwise". He said that...
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Why is Jaya still against LTTE?
Chennai, Dec 17: The MDMK today expressed surprise over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s stand that the ban on LTTE in India should continue. MDMK presidium chairman L Ganesan told reporters after a meeting of the party’s district secretaries and office-bearers here that even the Sri Lankan...
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Sri Lankas rebel-held town struggles to rise from ruins
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 17: Nadaraja Kandiah recalls with gratitude the stranger who welcomed the five members of his family when they fled the fighting in Kilinochchi. Others had to shelter under trees. "We carried whatever we could take and...
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Nine killed in Sri Lanka firecracker store accident
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Dec. 17: At least nine people were killed and another 21 injured in a blast at a firecracker store in the heart of Sri Lankan capital Tuesday night, police said. The fire started in the firecracker store and damaged several other adjoining buildings, a Colombo police off...
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Lanka in UN list of child-soldering countries
The Island: United Nations, Dec. 16 (Reuters) — Despite global treaties, children are being recruited as soldiers by governments in the Congo, Burundi and Liberia and child-soldering is prevalent among rebel groups in Colombia, the Philippines, Uganda and Sri Lanka, a new United Nations report said...
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Jon won’t comment
By Kesara Abeywardena The Island:Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo Jon Westborg yesterday refused to comment on the controversy surrounding the communication equipment to the Voice of Tigers radio station which had come in a diplomatic container to the Norwegian Embassy and which had later been hande...
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Refusing to accompany minister’s son to night club was right decision — John
By Norman Palihawadane The Island: The officers who had left the security division of Fisheries Minister Mahinda Wijesekera had reported to the Headquarters of the Ministerial Security Division, its Head, SSP, Jayantha Jayasinghe said. "No new security personnel had been provided to the minister ye...
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Police Lanka’s most corrupted institution - int’l survey
By Priyalal Sirisena The Island: "The police was found to be the most corrupted institution of Sri Lanka in our survey" stated Mr. J. C. Weliamuna, the executive director of Transparency International Sri Lanka, at the inaugural press conference held at the BMICH yesterday. According to Weliamuna,...
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Govt to go ahead with Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline project
Bangkok, Dec 17 (TNA) - The government will carry on the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline project, as it is an obliged cooperation initiative between the two close neighbouring countries, according to Energy Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana. Phongthep confirmed on Tuesday that the government would go ahe...
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Bangladesh: deaths in custody must be investigated - Amnesty International
Exactly two months after the start of the anti-crime operation "Clean Heart", the government of Bangladesh has failed to end the rising incidents of violence and deaths in army custody which have marked the operation. At least 32 people have died so far due to alleged torture by the army and there...
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Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference adopts Plan of Action on Population and Poverty
Bangkok, Dec. 18: The Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference concluded yesterday with the adoption by consensus of a Plan of Action on Population and Poverty addressing population issues as a key contribution to reducing poverty in the region and meeting the United Nations Millennium Develop...
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NSSP to celebrate its 25th Anniversary
25th Anniversary of the Nava Sama Samaja Party (New Socialist Party) Sri Lankan section of the 4th International will be held on 30th December 2002 at Ratmalana main industrial suburb in the country. In a press release issued by Neil Wijetilake on behalf of the politibeauro of the NSSP, it is said...
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