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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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Bangladesh says Myanmar military ruler promises democracy
By Parveen Ahmed, Associated Press Writer Dhaka, Bangladesh, (AP) Dec. 17: Myanmar's military ruler has promised a return to democracy, the country's leader was quoted as saying by the Bangladeshi government Tuesday. But there was no indication of when the ruling junta might allow elections or a n...
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Thai high court rules Myanmar gas pipeline legal
Bangkok, Thailand (AP), Dec. 17: Dismissing objections from social and environmental activists, Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that construction of a gas pipeline from Myanmar to Thailand was legal. Prominent social critic Sulak Sivaraksa had petitioned the court to rule the pipeli...
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Myanmar PM in Bangladesh for Trade, Refugee Talks
Dhaka, (Reuters), Dec. 17: - Myanmar Prime Minister Than Shwe became the first leader of his country to visit neighboring Bangladesh Tuesday when he arrived for talks likely to cover trade and Muslim refugees. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia greeted Than Shwe at Dhaka airport when he...
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Jack Straw in talks with Lankan peace negotiator
London: (AFP) Dec. 18: British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Tuesday after talks with the Sri Lankan government's chief peace negotiator that the rights of both the Lanka's warring parties must be fully upheld in any peace deal. "This is an historic time in Sri Lanka's history as the Sri Lankan...
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My son a veterinarian, has a cat house in Kansas another in Dallas.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny Every Sunday, a little old lady placed $1,000 in the collection plate. This went on for weeks until the priest, overcome with curiosity, approached her. "Sister, I couldn't help but notice that you put $1,000 a week in the collection plate," he stated. "Why yes," she replied,...
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Dhaka, Yangon to have road link: Task forces to study feasibility: Two accords signed
Dhka, Bangladesh, Dec. 18: Bangladesh and Myanmar reached total understanding on road link between the two countries and decided to set up two task forces for studying technical and financial feasibilities in this regard. One agreement and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) were also signed betwe...
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