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Jaffna LG bodies end term today
The Island: The life terms of 16 local government bodies in the Jaffna peninsula end today. Last month the TNA urged Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe to appoint special commissioners to administer the Jaffna councils. TNA MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam told The Island that during a recent meeting with t...
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Postponement of Jaffna library opening: Totalitarianism of another kind, says President
The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga notes with deep regret the cancellation of the reopening of the Jaffna Public Library, which was scheduled for Friday under the distinguished patronage of V. Anandasangari, MP and leader of the TULF. A communique from the President’s Office said: "The bu...
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Army rejects LTTE claim over killing of soldier
by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: A simmering dispute over the army’s opposition to belts worn by female Tiger cadres, as part of their uniform in government-held parts of the Jaffna peninsula, took a new turn over the weekend as the army reported the death of a soldier in an incident involving...
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Pirates rob two Lankan trawlers off Somalia
The fate of 13 fishermen who set sail from Matara last month remains a mystery after reports that pirates had attacked the two boats off the seas of Somalia, police said. They said the owners of the trawlers - Muhudu Sampath and Jayasagan - which left Matara on January 15 had told Negombo police th...
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LTTE hartal in Trinco
The LTTE has threatened to hold a massive hartal in Trincomalee today against the Army's conduct last Wednesday in the Manipay incident over the military style belts worn by female LTTE cadres. SLMM Deputy chief Hagrup Haukland told the Daily Mirror yesterday that the LTTE had been asked to avoid r...
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Japan unmoved by ‘quick reactions’ of LTTE
By Sunimalee Dias Japan stands unwavering to help Lanka despite the strident reaction of the LTTE leadership in the wake of the Delft incident on February 7 and the recent clash between the government troops and the LTTE, which gave rise to concerns over a possible tilt in the Sri Lankan peace proc...
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Koh Chang, new paradise for Scandinavian tourists
Trat, Feb 17 (TNA): Scandinavian Tour operators eyed Koh Chang (Chang Island) off Thailand’s eastern coast in Trat as a new eco- tourism haven for Scandinavian travelers. Chuchart Oan-charoen, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Central Office said the Scandinavian tour operators from Swede...
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Kalam calls for goodwill, accommodation on Ayodhya
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS): President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Monday appealed to India's squabbling political parties and religious leaders to promote an atmosphere of "goodwill and accommodation" on the contentious Ayodhya temple issue. "My government has repeatedly made it clear that the Ayodhya dispu...
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Lung Disease Means Goodbye, Dolly
London, (AP), Feb. 14: Dolly the cloned sheep was put to death Friday, after premature aging and disease marred her short existence and raised questions about the practicality of copying life. The decision to end Dolly's life at age 6 -- about half the life expectancy of her breed -- was made bec...
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US accuses Myanmar junta of backing away from reforms
Washington, Feb 14: The United States yesterday accused Myanmar of backing away from national reconciliation and reform, calling on the military junta to release all political prisoners. The State Department expressed strong support for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and reaffirmed US support...
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Action against Iraq "inconceivable" after UN report: Fernandes
Bangalore, (PTI), Feb. 15: Defence Minister George Fernandes today said it would be "inconceivable" that US should take any action against Iraq after the UN inspectors have found no weapons of mass destruction there and reaffirmed India's position that the issue must be resolved amicably. Fernan...
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Human cloning should not be done: Kalam
Mumbai, (PTI), Feb. 15: President A P J Abdul Kalam today expressed reservation about human cloning, saying he did not favour it. "I have a definite view about human cloning. It should not be done," the President said while interacting with students at a programme organised by South Indian Ed...
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Japan fears Iraq war could hurt Lankan peace process
Colombo, (PTI), Feb. 15: Japan is concerned that a possible war in Iraq could divert international attention from Sri Lanka's peace process, Tokyo's top peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said Saturday. "A lot depends on the outcome of the war (in Iraq) which many people, including myself feel is likely...
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Thai and other Asian central banks urged to institute reforms
Bangkok, Feb. 15 (TNA): The Philippine Central Bank has urged other central banks in Asia to implement reform policies to foster sustainable growth and economic stability in the region, according to a news report of the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Rafael Bue...
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Thailand to sign free trade deal with India
Bangkok, Feb 15 (TNA): India has agreed to establish a free trade area with Thailand, making the kingdom be the first country outside the South Asian region with which New Delhi has agreed to do such a deal. In his weekly radio programme, "Premier Thaksin Talks with the Public" this morning, Prime...
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Iraq Crisis: Thousands join peace march
By - Pares Lohason, Pravit Rojanaphruk, & Rungrawee Chalermsripinyorat More than 10,000 peace-lovers from the five southernmost provinces gathered yesterday in Pattani, joining other demonstrations in Bangkok and cities around the world in voicing opposition to a US-led war on Iraq. Leaders fro...
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Japan says tough questions ahead in Sri Lanka peace
Colombo, (Reuters), Feb. 15: A Japanese envoy to Sri Lanka said on Saturday the island's peace efforts were entering a "difficult phase" and expressed concern a conflict in Iraq could divert attention from its bid to end 19 years of war. Japan is Sri Lanka's biggest aid donor. It will host a conf...
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Tiger ‘magistrate’ re-remands soldier
The Island: Soldier H. S. Nimal Kumara taken prisoner by the Tigers on December 24 when he unintentionally entered their area has been remanded by a Tiger magistrate again. He was produced before an LTTE ‘magistrate’ last Thursday and was remanded till March 7. Kumara who had been with the army fo...
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Suicide bombing blunts peace momentum
by Amal Jayasinghe The Island, Colombo (AFP): Sri Lanka’s warring parties have pledged not to resume fighting, but the latest Tiger suicide blast is seen as denting foreign confidence crucial for the success of the Norwegian-backed peace bid. The truce that is set to mark its first full year in un...
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Commitment to peace doubtful: Japan
by Namini Wijedasa The Island: Japanese envoy Yasushi Akashi yesterday observed that recent incidents in Delft and Manipay had created a sense of "renewed concern" over Sri Lanka’s commitment to its tenuous peace. "I think these events cast some doubt on the stability and durability of the peace,"...
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