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Kiyanilie elected Nagaland Assembly Speaker
Kohima, (PTI), March 14: Kiyanilie, a first time MLA from Western Angami assembly constituency, was today elected unopposed the Speaker of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. As Kiyanilie was the only member nominated to the office of the Speaker, the pro-tem Speaker Kuzholuzo declared him elect...
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Patience urged as Sri Lanka heads to peace talks
Colombo, (Reuters),March 15: Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway urged patience with the island's peace process on Friday, as the government and Tamil Tiger rebels prepared for fresh talks to end their 19-year civil war. Norway's deputy foreign minister Vidar Helgesen said the rebels needed to be giv...
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Liechtenstein royals here on peace mission
by - Cora Sukhyanga Bangkok, March 15: Their Serene Highnesses Prince Alfred and Princess Raffaella of Liechtenstein arrive in Bangkok this morning on a private mission of peace. Prince Alfred is visiting as chairman of the Advisory Board of the International Peace Foundation, an independent Vien...
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Fresh excavation leads to mosque floor
Ayodhya, (PTI), March 15: Excavation at three of the four new trenches at the disputed site here today led to the floor of the demolished structure forcing archaeologists to ponder over the next course of action. After three hours of digging, the labourers, who resumed excavation after the Moha...
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Myanmar puts over 38 million dollars gems on sale
Yangon, Mar. 15 (Xinhuanet): Myanmar put over 38 million US dollars' worth of locally-produced quality gems, jade, pearl and jewelry on sale through competitive bidding and at fixed prices at its 40th annual gems emporium which started here on Saturday. Over 300 merchants of 117 companies from 7 c...
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Head of Burma military junta in Vietnam
Burma's military leader Senior General Than Shwe has arrived in Vietnam for a three-day official visit. Foreign ministry officials say the general and his wife arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai international airport by special jet. Earlier in the week, the ministry said the meeting was aimed at "promoting...
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Thai embassy worker sacked
Bangkok, March 14: The Immigration Service has sacked an official at New Zealand's embassy in Thailand over a cash-for-visas scam involving Cambodian nationals. The official was suspended last month while an investigation was held into the issuing of student and visitor visas to Cambodians. The Im...
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Russia ready to adopt account trade with Thailand
Bangkok, Mar 14 (TNA): Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik yesterday disclosed Russia was ready to adopt the account trade with Thailand to boost bilateral trade of the two countries. Speaking after meeting with representatives of the Thai-Russian Trade Association, the minister said he was infor...
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Hydro Project: PM backs damming of Salween - Acknowledges environmentalists "would not be happy"
By Watcharaphong Thongrung Bangkok, March 14: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday gave the first public indication of government support for the proposed hydroelectric dams on the Salween River, saying they had to go ahead despite widespread opposition. Although the dams raise concerns ab...
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Shans sorry they missed the Princess
March 14: Shans on the Chinese border regretted they were not able to welcome Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in person when she arrived there on 11 March, according to sources in northern Shan State. "The authorities ordered all the buildings on the road closed", said a businesswoman in Muse (pro...
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Exiled Myanmar group calls for release of ailing prisoners
Chinag Mai, March 14: An exiled Myanmar rights group called on the United Nations Thursday to pressure Yangon’s military rulers to release more than 100 ailing political prisoners held throughout the country. The All Women Movement Committee of Burma (AWMCB) said in a statement to the United Natio...
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Sri Lanka banks on Indian oil in case of war in Iraq
Colombo, March 14: India has offered to supply Sri Lanka’s oil requirements in the event of any disruption caused by a war in Iraq, a senior government minister said Thursday. “A war in the Middle East is going to have very serious repercussions for us. A lot has to do with oil supplies,” governme...
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Norway envoy shuttles to keep Tigers talking
By Amal Jayasinghe Colombo, March 14: Norwegian officials travelled to northern Sri Lanka Thursday to salvage the peace process as the sinking of a Tamil Tiger ship cast doubt over talks due to open in Japan next week. Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen left for the rebel-held Wanni...
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Prabhakaran abstains from talks, Norway at pains to keep peace
Colombo, (PTI), March 13: Adding uncertainty to Sri Lankan peace process, LTTE Chief V Prabhakaran did not meet a Norwegian Minister who flew in to salvage the next round of talks in Japan after the rebels hinted at pulling out following the sinking of one of their vessels by the Navy. Norway's...
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Time to opt for war or peace — PM
by Cyril Wimalasurendre The Island -Kandy: — At this crucial moment we have to decide whether we are going back to the nasty war again sacrificing lives of the youth of this country or whether we are going to save the lives of the youth and develop the country through the path of peace, observed...
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Security tightened in Delhi after Mumbai blast
New Delhi, Mar 14 (IANS) Police in the Indian capital have intensified security at all public places, especially railway stations, bus stands and markets, following a bomb blast in Mumbai that killed 11 people. Delhi Police officials said terror groups have changed their strategy and are now looki...
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Mizo CM meets Issac Swu, other insurgent leaders
Aizwal, (PTI), March 14: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga had a meeting with NSCN(I-M) leader Issac Chishi Swu and other insurgent leaders of the northeast in Bangkok and said today he was optimistic that the Centre-Naga peace process would continue smoothly and dialogue with other rebels would...
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Sri Lanka to set up unit to handle Muslim issues in peace process
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 14: The government plans to set up an office to address Muslim issues in Sri Lanka's north and east as part of efforts to broker a lasting peace on the island, a senior official said Friday. Sri Lanka's minority Muslims worry that their rights may be overlooked if...
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European truce monitors rush to complete inquiry into Sri Lanka naval clash
By Shimali Senanayake - Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 14: European monitors supervising Sri Lanka's cease-fire said Friday they hoped to complete their inquiry into a deadly clash between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels ahead of upcoming peace talks. Navy sail...
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Tigers end Sri Lanka peace talks stand off
Colombo, (PTI), March 14: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas today ended uncertainity over their participation at next week's peace talks and prepared to leave for Japan Sunday, Tamil sources said today. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had earlier raised doubts about their part...
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