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16 get pneumonia in Singapore
Singapore, March 16: The total number of people who have contracted pneumonia in Singapore has risen to 16 since the breakout was first reported two days ago, the Health Ministry said Saturday. "We have a total of 16 cases of atypical pneumonia," the ministry said in a statement. In the first thr...
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Peumonia Scare: Global alarm sounded
Bangkok, March 17: Health Ministry takes measures as mystery illness' toll rises to 9 worldwide. Global health authorities have gone on alert for a severe type of pneumonia that has killed at least nine people, infected more than 100 and sparked a warning from the World Health Organisation (WHO)....
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MOF confident of Q1 growth of 4.5%
Bangkok, Mar. 17 (TNA): The Finance Ministry announced yesterday that first quarter growth was likely to stand at no less than 4.5 percent, while expressing concern that government policies could cause problems with the national budget unless closely monitored. The ministry’s optimism came in the...
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Lanka probes rebels attempt to seek Russian missile
Colombo, March 17: Sri Lanka has begun a probe into a report that Tamil Tiger rebels attempted to buy Russian-made missiles in Laos despite a year-old truce on the island, official sources said Sunday. A group of Sri Lankan defence officials will fly shortly to the Laotian capital Vientiane to loo...
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Remarkable achievement made in Myanmar cooperation with neighbours in anti-drug drive
Yangon, March 15: The Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control held its Special Meeting 1/2003 at the meeting hall of Drug Elimination Museum at the corner of Kyundaw Street and Hanthawady Street in Kamayut Township here this morning, with an address by Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Developme...
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Situation Report: Armed LTTE cadres storm house and assault civilian
The Island: M. S. Wahabdeen of Ward No. 3 Jayah Nagar has made a complaint to the police station at Kuchchuveli, nearly 35 km north of Trincomalee, stating that he was assaulted and doors and windows of his house damaged by five armed LTTE cadres on March 13, 2003. In his complaint he further stat...
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Jaffna-Colombo flights: Ministers take precedence over passengers
by Frances Harrison The Island: Commercial airlines in Sri Lanka run the risk of losing customers because government ministers are insisting on delaying flights. A year-old ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels means commercial aircraft have resumed flying to Jaffna in the north after a break of four...
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LTTE use talks to obtain underwater scooters
The LTTE is believed to have acquired 34 underwater scooters in Denmark about four months ago, defence sources said. These scooters capable of operating underwater for approximately one hour up to three miles were believed to have been brought to Sri Lanka by the LTTE negotiating team last month....
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Retd. Rear Admiral stresses the need to maintain effective maritime surveillance
The Island: The recent destruction of an LTTE-owned ship, suspected to be carrying a large consignment of armaments, including 130 mm artillery pieces, in north-east waters, coming within Sri Lanka’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), has resulted in claims that the navy has no right to ‘act’ in the E...
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LTTE disputes the arguments of the Minister.
Daily Mirror: In a move to counter what the Defence minister said about the sinking of a vessel recently in mid-sea LTTE's political head S.P. Thamilselvan in a letter has said: "We wish to express our great displeasure and dispute the feeble argument you advanced to justify and legitimize the unw...
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Monitors submit their comments
By Sunimalee Dias Daily Mirror:The SLMM yesterday submitted their determination and judgement on the Mullaitivu incident to the government and the LTTE over the vessel incident on Saturday. The determination was arrived at following inquiries and investigations conducted by the SLMM during the pa...
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Donors eye Sri Lanka peace talks ahead of aid meet
By Chamath Ariyadasa Colombo, (Reuters), March 17: Aid donors funding the reconstruction of parts of Sri Lanka will be keeping a close eye on peace talks beginning on Tuesday after the most serious clash between the government and rebels since they agreed to a truce. The government and Tamil Tige...
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Bush sets deadline for Iraq; UN Security Council to meet today
United Nations, March 17: Hours after the US and its partners Britain and Spain gave the UN one more day to agree to a resolution demanding Iraq's immediate disarmament, France, Russia and Germany have rejected giving any ultimatum to Iraq and have called for giving Baghdad "realistic time" to f...
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Myanmar ready to lease land for rice cultivation
Dhaka, March 17: The whole trade statistics of Bangladesh with Myanmar will come under change once the proposed agreements on account trade and direct shipping services will be signed between the two countries, said business sources. On this point a business source in Dhaka told BSS that Myanmar's...
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Myanmar releases 45 prisoners
Yangon, Mar 16: Myanmar's military government said Sunday it had released 45 prisoners from various facilities around the country, but did not identify those freed. "Among those released are elderly inmates, females either pregnant or with young children and those incarcerated for disturbing peace...
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Residents in Baghdad Prepare for War
By Hamza Hendawi - Associated Press Writer Baghdad, Iraq, (AP), March 17: The United States advised the United Nations ( news - web sites) to withdraw its inspectors from Baghdad, several nations closed their embassies and some foreign journalists left Iraq (news - web sites) on Monday in the...
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Protests flare worldwide against Iraq war
By Brian Love Paris, (Reuters), March 15: Hundreds of thousands of protesters worldwide took to the streets on Saturday to say "No" to any U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in the biggest anti-war demonstration since millions joined a global march for peace last month. As the wave of protest began in A...
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New RAW chief appointed
New Delhi, (PTI), March 15: C D Sahay, Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, has been appointed the new chief of India's external intelligence agency RAW, official sources said today. Sahay, a 1967 batch IPS officer of the Karnataka cadre, succeeds Vikram Sood, who will retire on March 31....
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Myanmar junta head arrives in Vietnam
Hanoi, March 16: Myanmar’s military leader Senior General Than Shwe arrived in Vietnam Saturday on a three-day official visit, the foreign ministry said. Than Shwe, accompanied by his wife, arrived at Hanoi’s Noi Bai international airport by special jet and was greeted by senior protocol officials...
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"Muslim Up" a drink to cock a snook at US
Tokyo, March 15 Three French Muslims of Arab descent have made their share of contribution to the boycott US products campaign, which has gained momentum recently, by setting up a beverage company under the name of 'Muslim Up for Beverages.' "No to War, Yes to Peace. We want to see birds of love h...
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