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PM determined to solve key problems
Bangkok, Mar 12 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra has been determined to address three key national problems over the next one and a half years. Bhimuk Simaroj, Deputy Spokesman ot the ruling Thai Rak Thai Party, said on Monday that Premier Thaksin had revealed his three dream-plans for the...
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Thaksin confirms death threats from drug gangs
Bangkok, March 13: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday confirmed reports that "foreign elements" have put a price on his head. "Reports have come from our intelligence that a group of international mafia bosses want to kill me," he said. "This is not a mere threat. They are real." A senior...
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Myanmar top leader to visit Vietnam
Yangon, March 12 (Xinhuanet): Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council Senior-General Than Shwe will pay a state visit to Vietnam in the near future at the invitation of President Tran Duc Luong, said an official announcement here Wednesday. The announcement did not disclose the...
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Myanmar: Talks continue on ways to cooperate over forced labour issue
By Diplomatic Editor Thet Khaing The government and the International Labour Organisation are holding talks to adopt an action plan on the eradication of forced labour, the ILO’s liaison officer in Yangon, Ms Hong-Trang Perret-Nguyen, said in a report last week. The plan would include methods fo...
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Preparations afoot for holding trade fair in Myanmar from March 20
Dhaka, March 13: Preparations are afoot for holding a second single-country trade fair of Bangladesh in Myanmar from March 20 to explore export opportunities in the market of the next-door neighbour under a newly devised trading system. The Bangladesh Fair this year will be featured by signing of t...
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90 LTTE cadre - marriage
by Norman Palihawadana The Island: The LTTE which had placed strict restrictions on its cadres on having love affairs and marriage has finally yielded to a request by 90 of its cadres to get married at a common ceremony. Army intelligence sources said that a ceremony is to be held at Kilinochchi...
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Drug dealers from Thailand flee to Burma Bangkok
The Island: March 13: More than a hundred of drug dealers from Thailand have fled to Burma amidst an on going fear they would fall victim to the government’s all out war against drug that so far claimed more then 1,500 lives, a Burmese rebel commander said yesterday. Speaking to reporters at a bor...
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LTTE - political office - withdrawals subside
The Island:The SLMM yesterday said that LTTE cadre withdrawal from government-controlled areas subsided by yesterday afternoon. "In fact the LTTE political office in Akkaraipattu that was closed on Tuesday was re-opened yesterday. Also the LTTE maintains that the cadre withdrawal was for workshops...
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Ten 130mm guns among cargo of LTTE-owned sunk ship
The Island: An LTTE-owned ship sunk about 185 nautical miles north-east of Mullaitivu on Monday afternoon by the navy was believed to be bringing in ten 130mm long-range guns with 140 boxes of ammunition, authoritative security sources said. "We have credible information to that effect," a source...
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Oslo says talks on track
Daily Mirror:Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen who arrived in the country yesterday assured that Monday's incident, where the Navy sank an LTTE vessel would not derail the peace process. Mr. Helgessen made this observation at a meeting with Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando at the...
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Take up arms smuggling issue: President tells PM
Daily Mirroe: President Chandrika Kumaratunga has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to take up the issue of the LTTE bringing arms secretly at the next session of peace talks in Japan, the Presidential Secretariat said yesterday. Commenting on the latest Mullaitivu incident at a meetin...
09.09.2009 - 02:12
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Monks vow to save country from disaster
By Pujitha Wijetunge Daily Mirror: The Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya (JSS) with the participation of more than 5000 bhikkus is planning to issue an edict on March 22 to highlight what they call 'the grave situation in the country'. JSS General Secretary Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera told a press con...
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Declare assets, criminal record: Supreme Court tells poll candidates
New Delhi, Mar 13 (IANS): The Supreme Court Thursday again made it mandatory for candidates in elections to declare their criminal antecedents, assets, liabilities and educational qualifications at the time of filing nominations. A three-judge bench comprising M.B. Shah, P.V. Reddi and D.M. Dharmad...
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Saharya to head review committee on POTA
New Delhi, (PTI), March 13: Arun Saharya, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, will head a review committee to ensure that provisions under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) were not not misused, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said in the Lok Sabha today. Other members of th...
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India Begins Lost Temple Dig
Lucknow, India, (Reuters), March 11: Indian archaeologists prepared on Tuesday to start digging in search of a lost temple whose disputed existence lies at the heart of India's tense and often violent Hindu-Muslim divide. Archaeologists put up tents at three places at the site in the northern holy...
09.09.2009 - 02:08
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Goverbment enlists universities in checking agricultural exports
Bangkok, Mar 12 (TNA) The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is enlisting over 22 universities across the country in helping inspect for chemical residues in agricultural exports in order to speed up the inspection process, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Sora-ath Klinpratum announced...
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We are being sexually harassed, say police
Bangkok, March 12: Police are complaining of sexual harassment from women and gay men in what appears to be a growing craze for the boys in brown. Websites catering to those who have been bitten by the police bug, show pictures of handsome police in their tight uniforms, and feature advice on how...
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Myanmar plan to end forced labour not adequate: ILO
Yangon, March 12: Plans by Myanmar’s military government to end forced labour are not yet adequate or credible, a Yangon-based International Labour Organisation (ILO) officer said Tuesday during a visit to Thailand. Myanmar is the only country in the world where forced labour is imposed by authori...
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United Nations: Big Powers Must Act on Human Rights
Geneva, March 12: The United States and the European Union have a special responsibility to pull the United Nations Commission on Human Rights back from the brink of disaster, Human Rights Watch urged today. The annual meeting of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights is due to begin on Monday, March...
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Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing receive Thai Princess Sirindhorn
Yangon, March 10: Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Myanmar Senior General Than Shwe and wife Daw Kyaing Kyaing received visiting Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand at Seinle Kantha State House at 9.30 am today. - The New Light of Myanmar: 1...
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