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Thai PM to visit Myanmar
Bangkok, Feb. 03, (TNA): In a move that is likely to anger campaigners for human rights in Myanmar, the prime minister today announced that he would pay an official visit to Rangoon on February 9 to discuss drugs, immigrant labour and tourism. Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said that the...
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Kumaratunga asks LTTE to stop recruiting child soldiers
Colombo, (PTI) , Feb. 03: Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said her cohabitation government had fulfilled its peace promises, but LTTE rebels were not co-operating and recruited child soldiers. In her message to the nation to mark the 55th anniversary of Independence from Britain...
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Catastrophe In The Sky: Shuttle disaster - Columbia breaks up over Texas
Florida, Feb. 01: Almost exactly 17 years to the day after the Challenger explosion, the space shuttle Columbia, with seven astronauts aboard, broke up upon descent this morning over central Texas, just minutes before a scheduled landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. “The Columbia is lost. Th...
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Hun Sen to blame for violence, says Rainsy
Bangkok, Feb. 02: The anti-Thai rioting in Phnom Penh this week was organised by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to divert attention from local problems, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said in Singapore yesterday. Rainsy flew into Bangkok from Singapore yesterday afternoon but had...
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Kalpana: From Karnal to Canaveral
New Delhi, Feb. 01: As the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated in course of its landing over Texas in the United States, it brought to a sad end the promising career of Kalpana Chawla, a small town girl who with her "big dreams" and indomitable spirit brought glory to the country. Before embarkin...
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Israeli astronaut brought joy to a troubled country
Jerusalem, Feb. 01: Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon, gave a troubled country something to cheer about when he blasted off January 16 on the space shuttle Columbia. The apparent disaster just before landing Saturday brought back a familiar sense of dread. "The government of Israel and the peop...
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Head of Iraqi national monitoring department says Blix report not professional
The Iraqi News agency INA said "Iraq's head of national monitoring department major-gen. Hussam Mohammed Amin announced that the report submitted by chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix to the UN security council on Monday was not professional and unobjective for it did not unveil us and British cl...
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LTTE threat letter to Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
By G.S. Radhakrishna Hyderabad, Feb. 1: Chandrababu Naidu has become the country's first chief minister to receive a warning letter from LTTE boss V. Prabhakaran condemning his government's anti-people policies and the hostile attitude towards Tamils in the border areas of Chittoor and Nellore. T...
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Mystery plane over Chennai
Chennai/New Delhi, Feb. 1: A top official of Chennai airport today confirmed that an "unidentified aircraft", said to be a US Air Force Boeing 707, breached Indian airspace about 170 nautical miles east of the city airport yesterday. A team of top civil aviation, home ministry and air force offici...
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India, Thailand call for concerted international action against terror
Bangkok, (PTI), Feb. 01: Carrying forward their fight against terrorism, India and Thailand today called for concerted international action to deal with the scourge and decided to institutionalise bilateral security cooperation while seeking to expedite conclusion of extradition treaty between...
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Burmese junta keeps an eye closed, as forceful Wa relocation continues with their blessings.
By K.T.Rajasingham The forceful relocation program of the entire Wa population from their hereditary homeland near the China border to the Southern Shan state torturously continues up to date. It is alleged that Burmese military junta authorized this massive relocation program of moving out forcef...
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Thai Govt to burn huge lots of narcotics
Bangkok, Feb 1 (TNA): The government will burn over six tonnes of seized drugs this month, as Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has vowed to lead the nation in decisively cracking down narcotics. The government through the Ministry of Public Health has set February 12 as its first D-day this year...
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Island Capers: Realpolitik in presidential nod?
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s acid comment about Ms. Rosy Senanayake’s assignment as high commissioner to Malaysia — she told the foreign ministry that made the nomination that such appointments further undermine professionalism in the foreign service — has raised some quizzical ey...
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Tigers using Vietnam model of negotiations will give armed forces a ‘send off’ — V. Balakumaran
The Island: With the talks, the Tigers have achieved international recognition. Everyone is competing to help them and those who earlier banned them are now considering de-proscription. This was stated in a speech delivered by V. Balakumaran (formerly known as V. Balakumar), a senior leader of the...
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Batticaloa Sinhalese oppose LTTE regime
The Sunday Leader: The Sinhalese living in Batticaloa have categorically said that they will not accept any form of governance under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Sinhala community speaking to The Sunday Leader said that they were not in any way prepared to accept and be under a...
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Plight of Trinco Sinhalese upsets MEP leader
By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The Sunday Leader:The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) delegation which visited Trincomalee on January 29 on a fact finding mission on the plight of the Sinhalese people in the area has found issues that need to be addressed urgently. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, MEP...
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Ominous hostage threat by LTTE
By Frederica Jansz in Batticaloa The Sunday Island: Chairman, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Batticaloa, Heikki Hulkkonen said last week that the LTTE has told the SLMM, for every child that escapes its baby brigades, it will take hostage another member of that family. Hulkkonen revealed...
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Announcement of new appointments and retirements in the Union of Myanmar.
Yangon Feb 01: Khin Nyunt, General Secretary-1, of the State Peace and Development (SPDC) has signed the Declaration No 1/2003, dated 15th Waning of Pyatho, 1364 ME - 1 February 2003, of the State Peace and Development Council of the Union of Mayanmar, assigning Lt-Gen Soe Win as Secretary-2 of th...
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Hijack thwarted on internal China flight - Xinhua
Beijing, (Reuters), Feb. 02: An unemployed Chinese man tried to hijack a plane during an internal flight on Sunday but was subdued, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The suspected hijacker, named as 39-year-old Dong Yue, was in custody and the Air China aircraft, flying from Beijing to t...
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ICC: Electing Best Judges is Critical: New Court Poised to Start Business
New York, Jan. 31: When states parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) convene in New York next week to elect the court’s first 18 judges, they must put aside politics and vote only for the most highly qualified judges, Human Rights Watch said today. ”The court’s credibility and effective...
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