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Sri Lanka new opposition alliance seeks to oust government
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 06: Accusing the Sri Lankan government of giving too many concessions to Tamil Tiger rebels and failing to control prices, the country's new opposition alliance will launch a campaign to unseat the regime, a lawmaker said Thursday. "Under the guise of a so-calle...
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Ruling party threatens to remove human rights commission
Bangkok, Mar 6 (TNA): The simmering tension between the government and the National Human Rights Commission on the government’s handling of drug suppression measures exploded yesterday, with members of the ruling Thai Rak Thai Party threatening to remove the commission for failing to toe the gover...
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Thailand to push for exports of halal food to Middle East
Bangkok, Mar 7 (TNA): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scaled back plans to publicize Thailand’s halal food standard in the Middle East, but will, nonetheless, forge ahead with pushing for greater exports to a limited number of Middle Eastern nations. Presiding over a meeting of the Committ...
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Bumrungrad inks Burma deal
Bangkok, March 06:Bumrungrad Hospital International (BHI) last week signed an agreement to manage Burma's first privately licensed hospital, a statement released yesterday said. The US$20-million (Bt847 million) Pun Hlaing International Hospital in Rangoon is owned by Serge Pun and Associates,...
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"I was just doing my job": NHRC Pradit
Dr Pradit Charoenthaitawee, a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), yesterday said he was merely doing his job by reporting Thailand's human-rights violations to the United Nations. "The NHRC assigned me to do so," Pradit said at a press conference. Pradit also demanded his...
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Myanmar coup plotters headed for dustbin of history
By Aye Aye Win - Associated Press Writer Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), March 05: - A year ago, the news that relatives of former dictator Ne Win had been arrested for treason hit Myanmar like a thunderbolt. But what had been stunning news in a land grown largely blase to politics after four decades...
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Myanmar ethnic leader asks U.S. to inspect anti-drug efforts
Lauk-Kai, Myanmar, (AP), March 05: - An ethnic leader in northern Myanmar has declared the Lauk-kai region, known for opium poppy cultivation, free of the drug-producing crop and invited United States anti-narcotics officials to visit. To avoid misunderstanding, we would like to invite the Unit...
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Christian leader says Myanmar junta sympathetic to complaints of discrimination
By Uamdao Noikorn, Associated Press Writer Bangkok, Thailand (AP), March 06: The head of the World Council of Churches said Thursday that Myanmar's military government has agreed to investigate complaints of discrimination and abuse against Christians. WCC General Secretary the Rev. Konrad...
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Don’t rock peace boat by allowing encroachments on N-E state lands — Defence Secy.
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island:Defence Secretary Austin Fernando wants Lands Ministry to take immediate action to prevent encroachments on state lands in the North-East as it would jeopardise the Norwegian-led peace process. An authoritative security source said that the Defence Secretar...
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PA to back govt. decision to resume executions
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island:Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday extended his support to a disputed government decision to resume executions. "There was no reason for us to oppose the decision," he said, reminding that parliament adopted a motion by PA MP Bharatha Lakshman P...
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Since MoU no arrests under PTA: Over 1000 terrorist suspects released
The Island:Under a ceasefire agreement reached in February last year, the government has released over 1000 terrorist suspects, an authoritative source said yesterday, adding that the government was in the process of reviewing the remaining cases. During the same period no arrests have been made...
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Tiger radio dispute switched to court
By Susitha R. Fernando Daily Mirror:The controversy over the import of modern equipment for the LTTE radio station hit a new pitch yesterday when the Court of Appeal issued notice on the Norwegian Ambassador and the Minister of Mass Communication among others in a writ application asking for an...
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Anura vows to oust govt.
By Shakuntala Perera Daily Mirror: The joint opposition yesterday threatened to put the government out of office, if it failed to halt the peace process which the opposition sees as dangerous. Addressing a joint news conference ahead of the Opposition alliance's anti-government demonstratio...
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Marapana instructs Navy to arrest all suspicious vessels
By Sunil Jayasiri Daily Mirror:Defence Minister Tilak Marapana had instructed the Navy to arrest all suspicious vessels carrying weapons in the North and East seas. The Navy sources said the latest instruction has been given to the Navy after recovering the weapons carried by the LTTE recent...
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Border trade closure: Cambodia blames economic inequality with Thailand
Phnom Penh (AFP), March 07: Cambodia has closed its border with Thailand to protest the unequal relationship between the neighbours, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday, also threatening to develop trade ties with other nations. "Due to economic inequality Cambodians have a right to go into Thai...
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"Man in the room of the Myanmar Foreign Minister was unfortunate"
Dhaka, March 07: Foreign Secretary Shamser Mobin Chowdhury yesterday described 'the presence of a man' in the room of the Myanmar foreign minister at the state guesthouse Padma as unfortunate. "It's really unfortunate. More unfortunate are the similar incidents that took place in the past, but...
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Arafat names first Palestinian Prime Minister
Jerusalem, (PTI), March 07: Under tremendous international pressure to initiate reforms and delegate some of his powers, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has proposed senior Palestinian Liberation Organization official Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) to be the Palestinian Authority's first Prime Min...
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FBI probing attacks against Hindu temple in U.S.
St. Louis (Missouru), IANS, March 05: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is probing the second firebomb attack in two weeks on a Hindu temple in this U.S. city, with reports indicating that the strikes may be hate crimes. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that someone threw a brick th...
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Uprooting poppy fields forever : Villagers in Golden Triangle struggle to reap a dollar from new
Villagers in the Golden Triangle struggle to reap a dollar from new cash crops: To tackle a growing drug problem, the Chinese Government has joined with neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia since the early 1990s to help farmers plant cash crops such as rubber trees, fruit and rice to replace t...
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HC orders excavation of Ayodhya temple site
Lucknow, Mar 5 (ANI): The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday ordered excavation of the Babri Masjid disputed site. Hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid title suit, a three-judge bench directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to start the excavation within a wee...
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