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Appeal againsts Court Sentence, by Ne Win family members.
Rangoon, Nov.10:According to sources in Burma, Rangoon Supreme Court will hear an appeal on Tuesday November 12, relating to the death sentences given to former military dictator Ne Win's relatives, U Aye Zaw Win and his three sons for the coup attempt. The special court in Insein Prison condemned...
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Peace progress yardstick for Japan donor confab — Akashi
by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island The Island:Sri Lanka’s largest donor, Japan yesterday said that the donor conference for Sri Lanka in that country in mid 2003 would depend on the progress of the peace process. Yushi Akashi, a representative of the Japanese government said that if all parties ar...
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NMRO writes to PM
The Island:The Northern Muslims’ Right Organization in a letter to Prim Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that nearly 100,000 Muslims were displaced from North due to the situation prevailed for nearly two decades. They were compelled to live in refugee camps and welfare centres and our organisati...
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SLMC group abandons boycott, returns to House
By Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island The Island:The seven Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MPs who boycotted parliament for the last several days returned to the House yesterday when the budget debate resumed with their leader, Minister A.L.M. Athaullah, declaring they had faith in Prime Minister Ranil...
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Concerns over Indian nuclear plant
By Hemamala Wickramage - Sunday Leader Sunday Leader:Environmental groups are concerned over reports of the construction of a nuclear power plant in Koondankulum in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. According to Executive Director, Environment Foundation Ltd (EFL), Hemantha Vithanage, the...
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Peace committees begin work
The Sunday Leader:The Sub Committee on De-escalation and Resettlement will meet at Omanthai today, to discuss the resettlement of refugees and further find out what could be done regarding the High Security Zones (HSZ). Today’s meeting would be the first meeting to take place between the Liberation...
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Screamed at the top of her lungs to get attention
Compiled by: V.Rajeny It was your normal round of Halloween parties this weekend. Well...almost completely normal. If you've never tried to dance while wearing a three-foot-long sword then you're missing out on an adventure. But any bash is only as good as the party games you play. And this weeken...
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Japan hopes to bolster Sri Lanka peace process with development aid
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka, Nov. 08 - A Japanese envoy said Friday his nation was ready to host a meeting of international donors to help Sri Lanka rebuild its war-ravaged north and east. But Yasushi Akashi, an envoy of Foreign Minister Yoriko K...
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Paulo Sergio Pinheiro insists on five democratic conditions for transition in Burma
There can be no credible democratic transition without five fundamental conditions. These are - the inclusion of all component of society in the political dialogue; immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners; the lifting the restrictions which continue to hamper the ability of p...
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TNA to support budget
by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island The IslandThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will support the budget as a whole but have its reservations on the votes of Defence Ministry, said TNA MP of the ACTC for Jaffna District Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam yesterday. "We will meet shortly to decide about th...
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No development plan in budget, serious flaw — Ronnie
by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island The Island:The lack of a development plan is a serious flaw in the UNF budget, former Minister of Finance, Ronnie De Mel said yesterday. "A speedy development plan is necessary for a country like ours," he said. But despite this, such a plan was not included in t...
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Church bulletin bloopers : Ladies, forget not the rummage sale....
Compiled by: V.Rajeny Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday m...
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Opponents of the regime in Burma held for possession of banned newspapers
Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have condemned the arrests of dozens of dissidents for their involvement in distributing newspapers that have been banned by the junta. Some of them have been held in undisclosed locations for more than ten days. "Although 18 political priso...
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Success And Dangers In The Ongoing Thailand Talks – National Peace Council of Sri Lanka
There is near unanimity, both locally and internationally, that the government-LTTE talks that have been taking place in Thailand have been going better than anticipated. At the second meeting between the two sides in Thailand they prioritized issues and engaged in joint problem solving as partner...
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Govt. attacks Harris as he flies out to Male
By Kasun Yapa Karunaratne and Sunimalee Dias - Daily Mirror Daily Mirror:British Journalist Paul Harris whose visa expired yesterday left for Male last night on flight UL503 despite a last-minute decision by the government to grant him a week to sort out matters after the Foreign Ministry charged h...
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Committees will help identify sources of tension – Prof. G.L. Peiris
Colombo, Nov. 07:The committees established during the second phase of the first round of peace talks held in Thailand were ‘a simpler and more effective mechanism when compared to the complexities associated with the mechanism of setting up a Joint Task Force’ This was stated by Prof. Minister G.L...
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Budget lacks human quality - Former Finance Minister
Colombo, Nov. 07:Ronnie de Mel, a veteran Parliamentarian and a former Finance Minister who presented 11 Budgets in Parliament from 1977 to 1988 said, “A budget in a developing country like ours should have two aspects; structural and human.” Referring to the 2003 Budget, Mr. De Mel said that it l...
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Budget designed to attract the interest of the Global Capital
The budget contains some of the most right wing proposals and it locked itself to some of the so-called development projects designed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB) and World Trade Organization (WTO) states Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member, New Left Front....
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The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce endorses the budget 2003 announced at a time the country is emerging from a nineteen-year conflict. The Chamber also recognizes the steady and consistent progress achieved during the last ten months in many areas such as growth, interest rates, inflation and the stock...
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Sri Lanka refuses to extend British journalist resident visa
Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - The Sri Lankan government has refused to extend the visa of the correspondent for the London-based newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the journalist said Thursday. They have not given any reason for not extending my visa. I have been advised by the British High Commissi...
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