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The remainder of the original group of 78 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, after a three week stand off agreed to leave an Australian customs ship moored of near the Indonesian island of Bintane on Wednesday, Australian newspapers reported.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) said in Chennai the LTTE’s decision to boycott the 2005 Presidential election was a “hasty” decision which did not pay attention to “strategy” which ultimately led to its military defeat.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the national convention of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said a decision to hold a Presidential election or a parliamentary election before the other will be announced very soon.

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United Liberation Front of Assam separatist group’s former rebel had revealed that the LTTE had trained them in guerrilla warfare, an Indian news agency reported.

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University of Southern California (USC) student Manjula Kumara Wijesekera (25) representing Sri Lanka bagged the first gold medal for his country at the Asian Games in China.

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The United Nations humanitarian chief John Holmes will undertake a mission to Sri Lanka this week, the United Nations announced.

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Pakistan’s second largest cement maker D.G.Khan Cement Ltd. is planning to invest 10 billion Pakistan Rupees in starting a cement manufacturing plant in collaboration with the Sri Lanka government, the company said.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the new teacher trainee recruits to the Ruwanpura Technical College who would be trained to teach IT in schools said a country won by sacrificing many lives should not be allowed to be succumbed by conspiracies.

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The man who was issuing statements for more than 250 Tamil asylum seekers for Australia calling himself Alex has admitted that he was a convicted Canadian gangland criminal as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka has alleged, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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Recalling the recent history, when the last war to eliminate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was going on, General Sarath Fonseka called the then JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa over the phone, Weerwansa said yesterday.

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