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Opp. renews call for parliamentary committee on MoU
The Island: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent admission that there were flaws in the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement has prompted the opposition to renew a call to set up a parliamentary committee with a mandate to assess its implementation. In March this year, the premier accepte...
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Jayalath wants Maheswaran disciplined
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: Rehabilitation Minister Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena has urged the UNP leadership to discipline Hindu Affairs Minister T. Maheswaran for ridiculing him in parliament early this month. "I do not want to fight with him but expect the leadership to warn him," he told Th...
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Govt-controlled Kalmunai cleared of LTTE Boards — John
by Norman Palihawadana The Island: All Mediation Boards operated by the LTTE in state controlled areas in Kalmunai have been dismantled, Interior Minister John Amaratunga said yesterday. He said these boards were shut down by the LTTE on a request made by him. The minister added that he directed...
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President’s children return home
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s children — Yashodhara and Vimukthi — returned home for Christmas holidays, an aide to the President said. The President did not give too many appointments over the past few days as she wants to spend time with them. They went out of Colombo this week,...
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Prayer in bethlehem: send more tourists
Bethlehem (West Bank): The baby Jesus figurines are stacking up on a table at a workshop here, unsold and not even completely carved. Why bother? asked William Khano, who has been carving biblical figures from olive wood for 35 of his 47 years. There are few tourists to buy them anyway. "There is...
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Tamil Nadu Government should contain their fishermen within the Indian Territorial waters.
By K.T.Rajasingham Tamil Nadu fishermen should stop straying into the Sri Lankan territorial waters. The Indian High Commission in Colombo should consider advising the Tamil Nadu state Government to request the fishermen not to stray into the Sri Lankan territorial waters. The Tamil Nadu Government...
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Pope urges peace in Christmas eve mass
Vatican City(AP): Pope John Paul II celebrated Christmas Eve Mass early Wednesday against the backdrop of a possible war against Iraq — a war to which the Vatican is voicing increasing opposition. In a packed St. Peter's Basilica decorated with red poinsettias, John Paul presided over the midnight...
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You damn Yankees never do read the Bible!
Compiled by: V.Rajeny In a small Southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a "Quick St...
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Monitoring team from Thailand in Banda Aceh
Banda Aceh, Dec 2 (TNA): Some 18 Thai officers arrived here Tuesday to join in the monitoring team of the Henry Dunant Center (HDC) to monitor the implementation of the Aceh peace accord, according to a news report of Antara News Agency. Parties to the Aceh conflict -- the Indonesian government an...
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On the fall of the Christmas, sadness prevail as 21 Palestinian houses demolished by Israeli attack.
Palestine, Dec. 25: The Palestinian Youth Muhammad Fikri Breek ( 14 year old) was shot dead and another one was wounded by the shells of the Israeli tanks to the North of Gaza yesterday, while the Israeli forces demolished some 21 houses during a break in operations by tanks in Rafah camp. The Is...
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Thailand is safe during New Year festival
Bangkok, Dec 24 (TNA): – Thailand is a safe haven for New Year revelers worldwide, according to Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh. Gen. Chavalit, who oversees national security, told TNA on Tuesday that he foresaw no security problems during Chirstmas and New Year celebrations this y...
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Cambodia: Excessive Force Used Against Environmental Advocates: Highlights Government Crackdown.
New York, Dec. 24: -- Cambodian police used excessive force against peaceful environmental advocates in Phnom Penh earlier this month, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed graveconcern about an apparent government campaign of harassment, intimidation, and threat of legal acti...
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Al-Jalabi: the military operation against Iraq will start very soon
The leader of the opposition Iraqi national Congress, Ahmad al-Jalabi, has expressed his conviction that the American military operation against Iraq will start shortly but is not known when it will end. He called on the Iraqi President to abide by International law. In a statement to the press fol...
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U.S. Ratifies Treaty Banning Child Combatants
New York, Dec. 23: Ratifying the treaty banning child combatants will enable the United States to exert real leadership in ending the use of child soldiers around the world, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch welcomed U.S. ratification of the treaty, which took place this morning. "...
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North and northeast of Thailand getting colder till New Year
Bangkok, Dec. 23 (TNA): Temperature in the northern and the northeastern part of the country will become steeply low during the festive season as the Meteorological Department warned Thais to be prepared for a cold winter. Thick fog covered Chiang Mai province, which is getting much colder particul...
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Oil price hike expected early next year
Bangkok, Dec 23 (TNA): Oil prices in the world market are expected to fluctuate and jump to higher levels early next year due to the fear of renewed war between the United States and Iraq, according to a senior oil executive. Manoon Siriwan, Senior Executive for Marketing and Lubricant Oil of Bang...
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Japan to write off Myanmar debts
By Atsushi Yamada, The Asahi Shimbun Bangkok: Japan will write off 150 billion yen in loans to Myanmar (Burma), but sone fear it may be opening itself up to international criticism for doing so. The Myanmar write-off is only one component of the government's efforts to ease the burden on heavily i...
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Sri Lankas Women Rebels Abandon Bullets for Bicycles
Geeta Sharma - OneWorld South Asia Batticaloa, Dec 23 (OWSA): In the Tamil dominated Batticaloa district in the south Asian island of Sri Lanka, aggressive women rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have embarked on an image makeover - morphing into docile champions of development...
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Pro-democracy activists under threat of arrest and deportation
Bangkok, Dec. 23: Burmese and ethnic minority pro-democracy activists taking refuge in Thailand are being threatened with arrest and deportation to military-ruled Burma. The Thai Army's Ninth Division has ordered all pro-democracy activists in Sangkhla Buri to leave Thailand immediately despite e...
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Alien workers miseries, injuries and conflicts.
Surat Thani, Dec. 24: Radio Free Asia recently contacted some Burmese workers employed at a fish processing plant in Surat Thani which is located south of Bangkok and was given the following details about the tragic death of one Moe Ko Oo. He was a youth aged 21. Native of Myanaung island, Arak...
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