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PM to visit Myanmar
Bangkok, Jan 18 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will visit Myanmar soon to seek cooperation on narcotic prevention and suppression, according to radio news reports. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talks with the Public" today, the Thai leader said that he planned to p...
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Japan seeks to help Sri Lanka peace process, pledges more aid
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 18: Japan wants to play a more active role in Sri Lanka's peace process, a visiting Japanese envoy said Saturday. "We can aspire to supplement the efforts of Norway, not to interfere in the process but to be helpful i...
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Six monks on mission to promote Buddhism
The Island: Senior Buddhist monks from six Asian nations, including India, met in Colombo last Thursday to find ways of encouraging people to become Buddhists and understand the religion’s teachings. Delegates from India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Bhutan took part in the conferenc...
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UN, Govt, LTTE discuss refugee returns
Geneva -(AFP): The UN refugee agency has held talks with the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels on how to handle the return of tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people after nearly two decades of civil war, a spokesman said here on Friday. The meeting, earlier th...
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HSZ review fuels fresh controversy
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: A two-phased blueprint to resettle the displaced in the Jaffna peninsula including in the High Security Zones (HSZs) has run into further controversy with a government decision to involve a retired Indian General who commanded UN troops in what was previously...
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United Nationalities Alliance of Burma insist on Talks and coordination
The United Nationalities Alliance in a statement emphasized that dialogue and coordination alone would disentangle the political mess in which Burma is in today. Being strongly convinced that conferring peacefully and discussions will create and establish an authentic, prosperous and just unit...
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Prabha lauds WB
Sunday Times: LTTE Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has lauded the World Bank for taking control over monitoring of funds provided by international donor agencies and countries for rehabilitation and reconstruction activities in northern and eastern parts of the country. The LTTE chief expressed his...
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Hands off Muslim affairs, Hakeem tells LTTE
By Nilika Kasturisinghe Sunday Times: Brushing aside LTTE chief negotiator Anton Blasingham's comments regarding the legitimacy of the SLMC leadership, Minister Rauff Hakeem yesterday called on the LTTE to desist from "interfering unduly in civil administrative matters in Muslim areas". In th...
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Sangha should keep clear of politics
By Risidra Mendis The Sunday Leader: The Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero bitterly condemned clergy getting involved in politics. The prelate told The Sunday Leader the voice of the Buddhist clergy would be better heard if they are united under one umbrella and also refrain from confining themse...
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Conception immediately following the ceremony.
Compiled by: V.Rajeny My friend's sister was to be married on short notice but still wanted an elaborate wedding. The invitations were ready to be mailed when someone noticed that there were no inserted cards inviting guests to the reception. Undaunted, the mother of the bride typed up a note...
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Enemies of Iraq would face suicide at the gates of Baghdad – Saddam Hussien.
Baghdad, Jan 17: A defiant Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq, called on his people yesterday to rise up and defend the nation against a new U.S.-led attack and promised that Iraq's enemies would face "suicide" at the gates of his capital. The 40-minute televised address, delivered on the 12th ann...
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Thaksin plans Myanmar visit to seek cooperation in drugs suppression
Bangkok, Thailand, (AP), Jan. 17: - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra plans to visit Myanmar next month for talks on building cooperation in the war against drugs. Thaksin told reporters Friday he will meet leaders of Myanmar's ruling junta on Feb. 10 and 11, following a meeting next we...
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Win Aung, Myanmar foreign ministerWould arrive in India on 19.
Yangon, Myanmar, Jan. 17: - Myanmar Foreign Minister Win Aung will go to neighboring India next week for bilateral talks to improve warming relations between the two countries, an official said. It will be the first official visit to India by a Myanmar foreign minister since the current milit...
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Lt-Gen Soe Win, Lt-Gen Ye Myint present New Year gifts to heads of Naga nationals in Lahe
Yangon, 16 Jan: Members of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Soe Win and Lt-Gen Ye Myint of the Ministry of Defence attended the Naga Traditional New Year Festival for 2003 in Lahe on 15 January morning and presented gifts to Naga national race leaders. U Ki Shi Mu of Leshi Towns...
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THAI signs Burma deal
By Choosak Jirasakunthai Bangkok, Jan. 18: Thai Airways International and Myanmar Airways International yesterday signed a code-sharing agreement for the Bangkok-Rangoon route. The agreement takes effect next month. THAI currently operates two daily flights between Bangkok and Rangoon, while...
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Foreigners and hill tribes to tie knot up mountain
Bangkok, Jan. 17, (TNA): – For some people a remote mountaintop in Thailand’s northernmost province is a romantic adventure into the wilderness – for others, it is part of everyday life. But on Valentine’s Day this year, 200 tourists and members of local hill tribes will unite there for a comm...
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Swu, Muivah meet Brajesh
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 17: Top leaders of major insurgent outfit NSCN(I-M) today met National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra here as part of the ongoing negotiations to take the Naga peace process forward. The meeting between Mishra and NSCN(I-M) Chairman Isak Chisi Swu and General Secret...
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Indian professor makes breakthrough in medical research
New York, (PTI), Jan. 17: A young Indian professor's basic research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a potential for a large number of medical applications that could significantly improve outcomes for patients undergoing major operations including heart bypass surgery. A...
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SET to organize roadshows in UK and US
Bangkok, Jan. 18, (TNA): The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in conjunction with the Ministry of Finance and Merill Lynch Phatra Securities is to woo entrepreneurs from the United Kingdom and the United States during a series of roadshows in both nations. Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak...
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Thai-based rebels behind the Protest – Burmese Officials.
Bangkok, Jan. 18: Two Buddhist nuns arrested while demonstrating in front of Rangoon City Hall were incited to protest by anti-government dissidents based in Thailand, a Burmese official said yesterday. According to news monitored in Bangkok, Burmese authorities arrested the two nuns on Thursd...
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