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Top Oslo team coming for five days of talks
By Sunimalee Dias and Ranga Sirilal Daily Mirror: A top Norwegian delegation will hold crucial talks with government and LTTE leaders ahead of the sixth session of talks in Japan. The Norwegian delegation comprising Foreign Minister Jan Peterson, his deputy Vidar Helgessen and special envoy...
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Lapang sworn-in as Meghalaya chief minister
Shillong, March 04: D D Lapang, chairman of the newly formed 40-member Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), has been sworn in as Chief Minister of Meghalaya. Earlier today, Governor M M Jacob invited Lapang to form the new Government The 40-member MDA, formed on Monday night, comprises Con...
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Indian fishermen attacked by Sri Lankans
Madurai, (PTI), March 04: In a mid sea clash, Sri Lankan fishermen attacked about 300 Indian fishermen, burnt their boats and hijacked at least 75 of them to Sri Lanka for allegedly fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters. Official sources quoting a couple of fishermen, who managed to esc...
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Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels to hold first meeting on women's issues
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 04: The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels are set to hold their first meeting on women's issues as part of efforts to end a 19-year ethnic conflict, officials said Tuesday. During talks in January, the...
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Hundreds of suspected families flee Thailand into Shan State in Burma.
Chiang Mai, March 04: According to report released by Shan Herald News Agency (SHAN), an independent Shan media group, Bngkok's all-out war on drugs that was launched on 1 February had driven hundreds of ethnic Chinese and Wa families into exile in Burma's Shan State, according to local sources...
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The one in the second column, it is me.
Compiled by - V. Rajeny After four years of separation, my wife and I finally divorced amicably. I wanted to date again, but I had no idea of how to start, so I decided to look in the personals column of the local newspaper. After reading through all the listings, I circled three that seeme...
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UN envoy urges change of policy on Burma
A UN envoy has urged the international community to drop its high expectations for transition in Burma, and instead recognise the incremental changes taking place. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro has also reiterated his call for countries to engage and not isolate Rangoon. The Brazilian envoy says it'...
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Afghanistan displaces Myanmar as top heroin producer: US
Washington, March 1 (AFP): Afghanistan has toppled Myanmar as the world's top source of illicit opium, but the southeast Asian state is streaking ahead as the region's prime producer of amphetamines, the United States said Saturday. In a major drugs strategy report, Washington backed up figures...
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Coffin business gets new life as drug corpses mount up
Nakhon Sri Thammarat, March 2, (TNA): – With the death toll from the government’s war on drugs now standing at over 1,000, one business has got a new lease of life. In the southern city of Nakhon Sri Thammarat, coffin makers have been doing brisk trade since the government’s declaration of war...
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Drug rehab programs to begin on Monday
Bangkok, March 2, (TNA): – Despite the fact that the government’s anti-drugs crusade has been running for over a month, rehabilitation of addicts is only going to get underway on Monday, the justice minister revealed today. Speaking after visiting a mobile drugs advice unit operated by Thanyara...
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Searching for the truth in Myanmar
By Rafael D. Frankel Yangon, Myanmar, March 02: -- In a totalitarian nation where the grapevine has replaced the media as the trusted source of information, two rumors this month--one false, one true--have stirred this nation's simmering cauldron of discontent. The economy had been on a down...
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Police drug arrests reach 29,501
Bangkok, March 03: Police have arrested 29,501 suspects on drug-related charges in the past month of the government's war on drugs, which saw a death toll of 1,035, with four policemen killed and nine others injured, a police spokesman said yesterday. Maj-General Pongsaphat Pongcharoen said Po...
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UNHCR ready for refugee exodus in case of Iraq war: high commissioner
Kabul, March 2 (Xinhuanet): United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Rund Lubbers said on Sunday that his agency was ready to deal with a possible exodus from Iraq in case of a US-led war against Saddam Hussein. Lubbers told a press conference here that Office of the United Nations High C...
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Significant drop in poppy cultivation in Myanmar, claims Home Ministry.
Significant Decrease in Poppy Cultivation and Production in East/South-East Asian Countries as Constant Efforts Made with Greater Momentum The Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control held its meeting No. 1/2003 at the Ministry of Home Affairs on 28 February with an address by the Chairman of...
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Vaiko party flip
Chennai, March 2: The Sattankulam Assembly bypoll result and Vaiko's continued detention under the anti-terror law appear to have forced a change in the MDMK's political strategy. A "fifth-class pass" L. Neelamegavarnam of the ADMK trounced lawyer A. Mahendran of the Congress at Sattankulam, a...
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Jamir to resign Monday
Kohima, (PTI), March 02: S C Jamir said Monday he would resign as Nagaland Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee president Monday in the wake of the Congress debacle in the assembly polls, paving the way for formation of a coalition government in the state by the Democratic Alliance of...
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In Britain Nine NRIs among top 300 millionaires
London, (PTI), March 02: Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, tycoons Hinduja brothers and industrialist Lord Swraj Paul are among the nine NRIs figuring prominently among Britain's top 300 millionaires, in the latest rich list published today. Others who made the grade in the Rich Report 2003 pu...
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Tamil Tiger chief negotiator arrives in Sri Lanka ahead of peace talks
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 02: - The Tamil Tiger rebels' chief negotiator arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday for a meeting with rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran ahead of a sixth round of peace talks with the government later this month, offi...
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Balasingham returns the legal way
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island:Chief Tiger negotiator Anton Balasingham returned from London and was taken by a VIP helicopter to Kilinochchi yesterday afternoon as the government, the TULF-led Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and a group of Muslim MPs prepared for urgent consultations with th...
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LTTE arrests father for failing to hand over son
The Island:A complaint was made to the Eravur police that father was abducted in reprisal by the LTTE, as he failed to hand over his son to the Tigers. The Sri Lanka Army website reported that a complaint was made by the spouse that the husband was taken Thursday from his residence The reports...
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