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Sri Lanka police awaiting deportation of Vicknanathan
The Island: The Sri Lankan Police were yesterday awaiting the determination of the British Home Office on the expected deportation of Velauthan Vicknana-than, an LTTE member who has completed a court sentence for wounding a security officer by shooting during a cricket match organised by the LTTE i...
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Over one-hour suspension of sittings to further discuss controversial bills
By Kesara Abeywardena and Dilanthi Jayamanne The Island: Parliament sittings were suspended for more than one hour yesterday morning on a request by Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa that the labour reforms bills to be debated be further scrutinised and a party leaders’ meeting be summoned for th...
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Muslims in demo against LTTE at Valaichchenai
By Norman Palihawadana The Island: A massive demonstration by Muslims around Ottamavadi in the Valaichchenai police division against the LTTE had commenced yesterday. These demonstrators carrying banners and posters had brought the transport in the area to a standstill while all shops were also clo...
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BOT sees no need to intervene in baht movement
Bangkok, Jan 8 (TNA): Bank of Thailand’s Governor M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula yesterday reiterated the central bank saw no need to intervene in the baht movement for now, saying the local currency remained stable. The baht had continued to strengthen since early this week and touched 42.80 to the do...
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Tigers pull out of key talks panel
By Supalak Ganjanakhundee Nakom Pathom, Jan. 08: Peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yesterday reached an impasse on the resettlement of internally displaced persons, with the Tigers pulling out of a key subcommittee. The LTTE...
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Sino-Burman Ties: Neighbours agree to deepen co-operation
Bejing, Jan. 08: President Jiang Zemin and Myanmar's leader Than Shwe Tuesday agreed to deepen bilateral economic co-operation. The Chinese Government will offer US$200 million in preferential loans to Myanmar for its economic development, Jiang announced during his talks with Than Shwe, chairman o...
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Norway delays envoys departure from Sri Lanka
By Scott McDonald Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, Jan. 7: — Norway said its ambassador to Sri Lanka would delay his departure from Colombo till April, allowing him to attend more rounds of peace talks despite fierce criticism from opponents of the peace bid. Ambassador Jon Westborg had been due to leave o...
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Sri Lanka's president says Tamil rebels should disband suicide squad
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 8: — President Chandrika Kumaratunga called on Tamil rebels engaged in peace talks with Sri Lanka's government to disband their so-called "Black Tigers" suicide squad to show sincerity. Kumaratunga has been critical of the peace process that started last February with...
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Sri Lanka Says Peace Talks on Track Despite Dispute
By Scott McDonald - Reuters Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, (Reuters), Jan. 08: - Sri Lanka's peace negotiators brushed aside a dispute over disarming on Wednesday and firmed up a timetable for rebuilding war-hit areas of the island, picking the World Bank (news - web sites) to run a fund to pay for it....
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Dalai for bilateral talks for Tibet autonomy
Patna, India, (PTI), Jan. 08: The spiritual head of Buddhists, the Dalai Lama has said he favoures bilateral talks with China for grant of autonomy to Tibet under the constitution of the people's republic of China. "I have been making efforts for bilateral talks to secure the long-cherished desir...
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Sect Claims Second Clone Is Born
Amsterdam, Netherlands, (AP) Jan. 05: Clonaid, the company that claims to have produced the first human clone, said Saturday it has produced a second one, a girl born to a Dutch lesbian. Neither baby has been confirmed to be a clone by genetic testing, and mainstream scientists are skeptical of t...
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Bahraini women demand unified civil status law
Bahrain, Jan. 06: Scores of Bahraini women yesterday organized a silent sit in, in the courtyard of the ministry of justice in Manama demanding a unified civil status law. The sit in lasted for one hour and was attended by 70 women who raised banners saying "we demand a unified civil status law" an...
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Sri Lanka Peace Talks Start on Calm Note
Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, (Reuters), Jan. 06: The Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger rebels ended a first day of peace talks Monday by agreeing to speed up rehabilitation projects while pushing back acrimonious military negotiations. Successful aid projects are needed for a donor conference set fo...
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Myanmar junta leader departs on visit to China
Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Jan. 05: The leader of Myanmar's ruling junta left Monday for a six-day state visit to China, a close economic and military ally of a regime that is shunned by the West for suppressing democracy. Senior Gen. Than Shwe, the chairman of the ruling State Peace and Development...
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Sri Lankan government negotiators, Tiger rebels open crucial round of peace talks
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (AP), Jan. 6: Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators began a new round of peace talks Monday amid tension over disarming the guerrillas and closing army camps in Tamil areas. The Sri Lankan army insists that the rebels disarm before they can close military camps...
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Buddhism is the Panacea for curbing terrorism and other sins - Aung San Suu Kyi
Special interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's leader of the Opposition, conducted by South Korea’s "Buddhism" newspaper appeared when the newspaper recently celebrated its 43rd Anniversary. Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991. She is the leader of the opposition in Burma, an...
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Suu Kyi not allowed to phone in message
By W. Chandrakanth Hyderabad, Jan. 6: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, fighting for restoration of democratic rights of the Myanmarese was allegedly not allowed by the military regime on January 2 to deliver a message over telephone to the first Asian Social Forum summit being held...
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Resettling IDPs in HSZs lower down in 4th round: Humanitarian issues top talks agenda
by Zacki Jabbar The Island:The fourth round of government - LTTE peace talks got off to a delayed start at the Rose Garden Golf Resort in Nakhom Pathom,Thailand yesterday after the two sides had to first sort out the agenda in view of the dispute over the process of Internally Displaced Persons(ID...
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HSZ issue: Ball in LTTE court, says govt.
by Namini Wijedasa The Island: A solution to the High Security Zones issue can be found if the LTTE allows the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to verify that their long range weapons are out of range of strategic locations such as Palaly airbase and the Kankesanthurai port, a government official close...
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Govt ready to evacuate Thai workers from Middle East
Bangkok, Jan 7 (TNA): The government is prepared to evacuate Thai workers from Israel and other countries in the Middle East if conflicts in the region escalate, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai. Surakiart told reporters on Tuesday that once requested, the government through the...
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