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Work for peace, prosperity, says Fonseka
Hindu, Jan 1. COLOMBO: Commander-turned-politician and major opposition parties’ consensus presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has urged the voters to seize opportunities to build on the triumphs of the island nation on the foundations of reconciliation, prosperity, development and true peace. The retired General’s first national address was aired by the state owned ‘Eye’ television channel as per the Election Commission’s guidelines to provide a level-playing field to all the candidates in the January 26 election.

A similar speech of Mr. Rajapaksa, who is seeking a second term two years ahead of his tenure, is to be aired in the next few days.

The campaign, mainly a contest between Mr. Rajapaksa and the retired General, is expected to gain momentum next week. While systemic changes like abolition of Executive Presidency and alleged corruption and nepotism of Mr. Rajapaksa are the focus of the former Army Chief, Mr. Rajapaksa has made development after the military defeat of the LTTE as his main poll plank. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 1 15:28:07 EST 2010

Sri Lanka dismisses EU trade move
AFP, Jan 1. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's president on Friday dismissed the European Union's suspension of preferential trade status to the island, saying his government would resist foreign "strategic interference".

"We will not be held back by threatened economic sanctions or withdrawn trade concessions by those who seek strategic interference in the national affairs of Sri Lanka," President Mahinda Rajapakse said in a New Year message. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 1 12:42:30 EST 2010 Back to the top

War-crime allegations piling up in Sri Lanka
IPS, Dec 31. COLOMBO // Seven months after Sri Lanka ended nearly 40 years of bloody insurgency on the island, allegations of war crimes continue to haunt President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking re-election next month.

Last week, the UN special rapporteur for extra-judicial killings and arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, urged the government to clarify allegations that Tamil rebels and some leaders had been shot down while trying to surrender and carrying white flags.

The allegation was made by the former army commander, Gen Sarath Fonseka, who is contesting the January 26 presidential election against Mr Rajapaksa. In an interview with the Sunday Leader newspaper on December 13, Gen Fonseka was quoted as saying that the defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is also the president’s brother, had ordered field commanders to kill senior rebel commanders including those who wished to surrender. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 1 12:57:36 EST 2010 Back to the top

Q+A - Key factors in Sri Lanka's presidential poll
reuters, jan 1. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seeking re-election this month, with the main challenger his former army chief Sarath Fonseka, who led the military to victory in a 25-year war against separatists... Back to the top

Knowledge-based society is the aim: Rajapaksa
Hindu, Jan 1. In his new year message, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said his government’s strategy of development in the new decade would be to make the nation the South Asian hub of ocean and air traffic and communications in a knowledge-based society... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president accused of illegal funding
afp, dec 31. COLOMBO (AFP) – Anti-graft campaign group Transparency International accused Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday of using state property and public cash to illegally finance his re-election bid... Back to the top

Curfew lifted in Sri Lanka north
Xinhua, Jan 1. COLOMBO, Dec 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A curfew imposed over decades in Sri Lanka's northern capital of Jaffna is to be permanently lifted with effect from Thursday, defense officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka central bank defends controversial note
LBO, Jan 1. Dec 31, 2009 (LBO) - Sri Lanka's central bank has defended a controversial 1,000 rupee note bearing the image of president Mahinda Rajapaksa, ahead of presidential polls, which had come under fire from the opposition and other critics... Back to the top

5 years after tsunami, Sri Lanka still suffers
HP, Jan 1. BERRIEN SPRINGS - Five years after a tsunami killed hundreds of thousands of people in Sri Lanka and other Asian countries, REACH International founder Jasmine Jacob said the need for help remains, but for different reasons... Back to the top

Sri Lanka not aware of plan to appoint Thaksin as adviser
The Nation - Thailand, Dec 31. Sri Lanka on Thursday denied a report that the government planned to appoint fugitive ex-Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra as an economic adviser... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opt for new-look squad
Sky News, Dec 31. Sanath Jayasuriya and Lasith Malinga were dropped from Sri Lanka's limited over squad as cricket selectors opted for a new-look side... Back to the top

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