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Rose Garden, venue for round two of Peace Talks
The second round of Peace Talks between the Government and the LTTE will be held from October 31 – November 3, at The Rose Garden, a prime Resort Nakhon Pathom - 40km from Bangkok. The Government delegation remains the same for round two, but there would be three advisors joining the team,” Cabinet...
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Nation should urge Govt. to accept president’s offer — PA
By Dilanthi Jayamanne - The Island The Island:The President extended a hand of friendship towards the UNF government in her address to the nation on Thursday night and the civil society would have to wait and see whether the government would accept it, media spokesman for the PA, MP Sarath Amunugam...
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UNF to implement own agenda: Govt. will go ahead with people’s mandate — GL
By Himangi Jayasundere - The Island The Island:Reacting to the President’s call to join hands, the government yesterday announced that it welcomed co-operation from other parties but maintained that the government would implement its own agenda. "The duty of the government is to implement the manda...
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JVP praises president for not meeting Helgesen
By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island The Island:JVP Parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa praised President Chandrika Kumaratunga in Parliament yesterday for refusing to meet Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen. Making a special statement in Parliament MP Weerawansa said: "The pres...
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Helgesen remains upbeat despite party politics in Colombo
By Scott Mcdonald - -Reuters Daily Mirror:The peace talks are on track despite a power struggle between the president and prime minister and clashes in the country's east, a Norwegian mediator said. The political infighting has raised the prospect of a snap election and the violence has left about...
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Peoples Parliament of Burma nominated new ethnic Parliament members.
Rangoon, Burma October 26:The Committee Representing People's Parliament (CRPP) held its regular meeting at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Rangoon on 23 October. Present at the meeting were NLD leaders, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, members of the CRPP, and chairmen of...
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Burma’s deteriorating crisis – Answer is Better Governance – Aung San Suu Kyi.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate and the leader of the non-violent movement for human rights and democracy in Burma, strongly hoped and believed by millions of Burmese as the beacon of hope for the return of peace and normalcy in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader, was freed...
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New ICFTU evidence of increasing forced labour in Burma and multinational enterprise involvement
Brussels (ICFTU News): The release of political dissidents including the NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi combined with a purported opening of dialogue between the Burmese regime and opposition forces may seem to signify a softening stance from the notoriously brutal 15-year military dictatorship in Bu...
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The poet in Ashraff made him understand the heart-beat of his people...” President
Colombo, October 24: "The poet in Ashraff gave him the ability to understand the heart-beat of his people. His humanity and artistic sensitivity enabled him to break through the shackles of ethnic and racial isolation moving into the realm of national unity, within a multi racial, multi lingual and...
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Parliament boycott- three more Muslim MPs join
Colombo, October 24: Three MPs of the National Unity Alliance (NUA) – Ministers Ferial Ashraff, Cegu Isadean and M L A M Hisbullah today decided to join the 9 others who are currently boycotting Parliament. Nine MPs led by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MP A L M Athaullah have stayed away from Parliame...
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Join hands with me, leaving aside all political and other differences - President
Colombo, October 24: President Chandrika Kumaratunga in an address to the nation today on National Television, invited Sri Lankans to leave aside all political and other differences and join hands with her to formulate a programme for Peace acceptable to all the Sinhalese, Muslims, Malays, Burghers...
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Pathirana resigns saying PA return to power looks bleak
by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island The Island:SLFP stalwart from Galle district and former Leader of the House Richard Pathirana who locked horns with President Chandrika Kumaratunga recently has sent his resignation as the SLFP organiser of the Akmeemana electorate to party General Secretary Maith...
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Cabinet meets for fifteen minutes minus CBK
by Zacki Jabbar - The Island The Island:The cabinet of ministers on Wednesday met for about fifteen minutes in the absence of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Informed sources said that the ministers arrived at the cabinet office by 6 p.m. and had waited for about fifteen minutes for the President....
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Govt. to finalise its delegation this week: Karuna in LTTE’s expanded delegation
by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island The Island:The LTTE has expanded its delegation to next week’s face-to-face talks in Thailand with the government by including a senior military commander, V. Karuna, in charge of cadres deployed in the Ampara-Batticaloa sector. An authoritative government sourc...
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New Islamic bank due to open doors in January HQ in Bangkok, 12 branches in South
Wichit Sirithaveeporn - Bangkok Post Bangkok Post:A new Islamic bank will be established in January with an initial paid-up capital of 500 million baht and a registered capital of one billion baht. In the first two years, the bank will focus on opening branches nationwide, said Varathep Ratanakor...
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Myanmar oppositions parliament expands with new members represent Mon, Shan and Zomi ethnicities
Yangon, Myanmar, October 25 - According to Agency reports - In a move that may test the tolerance of Myanmar's military regime, the country's pro-democracy movement said Thursday it is enlarging its self-proclaimed surrogate parliament — an assembly the government considers illegal. The parliament...
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I have come back only to serve the Nation – Chamlong.
by K.T.Rajasingham Major General Chamlong Srimuang, a celibate, also a vegetarian who eats one vegetarian meal a day and has no worldly possessions, said, “I am not back in politics and I am not a member of any political party.” He told “Asian Tribune,” “I have come back only to serve the Nation.”...
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Will neutrality be compromised?: Norway govt representative to address pro-LTTE peace conference
By Bandula Jayasekara - The Island The IslandA representative of the Norwegian government is scheduled to address a pro-LTTE ‘Peace Conference’ to be held On October 30 in Norway which will be addressed by leading LTTE members of that country as well as their active supporters. No representative of...
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Myanmar report backs forced labor charges against TotalFinaElf
Geneva - According to agency reports, an international trade union organization has accused French energy giant TotalFinaElf of using forced labor in Myanmar, in a report published on Monday. TotalFinaElf has vigorously denied the allegations by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions...
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Safe passage provided to more LTTE cadres - Sri Lanka Army
Thirteen LTTE cadres (nine males and four females) along with their driver and an assistant, who arrived at Kaduwatta block, about 45 km. northwest of BATTICALOA, have been provided safe passage by Security Forces on 22 October around 12.35 p.m, according to Sri Lankan Army News release.
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