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JANUARY 3, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Fonseka promises to return lands to Tamils
ENS, jan 4. COLOMBO: The opposition Presidential candidate, Gen.Sarath Fonseka, has told the Tamils of Jaffna that he will give back lands and buildings which the army had taken from them, when the areas in which they were located were designated as High Security Zones (HSZ).

He was speaking at a public meeting in Jaffna on Saturday.

According to the Weekly Virakesari a third of the land area in the Jaffna peninsula had been converted in HSZs in the last thirty years. But the Tamilnet website puts it at 26 percent. The one and only airport in the peninsula is also in the Palaly HSZ.

About 30, 338 families had been evicted as a result of these areas being designated as HSZ. Among the affected are 16,027 farming families and also 4,436 fisher families living on 81 kilometers of coastline.

As a result of the designation, 47 schools and 246 places of worship had to be closed. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 3 21:19:53 EST 2010


Sunday Leader’s editor defends controversial Fonseka interview
hindu, jan 4. Editor of Sri Lanka’s English weekly, Sunday Leader, who carried the controversial December 13 interview with the commander turned politician Sarath Fonseka, added a new dimension today with her insistence that she had quoted the retired General `perfectly accurately’.

In a detailed report under the title `Her Story’, the Editor of the paper Frederica Jansz said, “The article which, perfectly accurately, quoted the General as saying he had heard that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had given an illegal order asking Brigadier Shavendra Silva (later promoted General) to not accomodate surrendering LTTE cadres, became more than a news story.

It became a political phenomenon and the allegations, denials, retractions and recriminations that followed are history. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 3 16:02:29 EST 2010 Back to the top


Political storm over STF ‘circular’
sana, jan 4. COLOMBO: A Police Special Task Force ‘circular’ or leaflet sent out in support of President Mahinda Rajapaksa ahead of the January 26 Presidential election has sparked a political explosion. In a letter to Police chief Mahinda Balasuriya, the opposition common candidate, Gen. Sarath Fonseka, has asked that immediate action be taken to remove the officers who had issued or endorsed the circular from their present duties. “I also hold you responsible for the unlawful actions of your subordinate officers, as you have failed in your sacred duty in ensuring impartiality of the Police Force,” Gen. Fonseka said in the letter. Inspector General Balasuriya said the document in question had not been signed. When pointed out that the leaflet resembled a circular and that it bore endorsements by officers and the seal of Special Task Force (STF) units, the IGP said: “Anybody can fake a document.” More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 3 16:04:39 EST 2010 Back to the top

Digital banners featuring Prabhakaran removed
ENS, jan 4. CHENNAI: Three digital banners carrying pictures of slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran interacting with Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi general secretary Thol Tirumavalavan were removed in the city on Saturday after representatives of the Makkal Thalaivar Ayya G K Moopanar Peravai urged Commissioner of Police T Rajendran to take action against them... Back to the top

Charges, counter-charges galore in Sri Lanka
hindu, jan 4. COLOMBO: With less than four weeks to go for the January 26 Sri Lankan presidential poll, charges and counter-charges are being traded and both sides are claiming growing support... Back to the top

Lanka celebrates first anniversary of the fall of Kilinochchi
toi, jan 3. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has marked the first anniversary of capture of "strategic" town of Kilinochchi, LTTE's administrative headquarters, which later paved the way for military victory over the Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka presidential challenger campaigns in north
Xinhua, jan 2. COLOMBO, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- General Sarath Fonseka, the challenger to incumbent Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in this month's election, toured the northern city of Jaffna on Saturday for campaign. Fonseka met with religious and community leaders in Jaffna Saturday as part of his election campaign, his campaign office said... Back to the top

Work for peace, prosperity, says Fonseka
Hindu, Jan 2. 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... Back to the top

Fonseka in Tamil heartland of Jaffna
HT, jan 2. Former army commander and the opposition's Presidential candidate general Sarath Fonseka took his campaign to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna on Saturday even as eminent rights groups said that instead of real issues election canvassing had been reduced to a smear campaign... Back to the top

Won’t be deterred by economic curbs: Rajapaksa
Express, Jan 2. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared on New Year’s day that he would not be cowed down by any economic sanctions imposed by countries which wanted to interfere in the international affairs of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Shell accused of abandoning solar power buyers in the developing world
Guardian UK, 3 Jan. Shell has become embroiled in a major row with the World Bank and green energy companies after allegations that it is unfairly refusing to honour warranties on solar power systems sold to the developing world... Back to the top

Murali blames umpires and absence of referrals for loss to India
New Kerala, Jan 2. New Delhi, Jan 2 : Ace off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has blamed poor umpiring and the absence of referral system for Sri Lanka's recent loss to India, both in Test and ODI series... Back to the top

Buddhist monks on hunger strike for control over Bodh Gaya temple
ians, jan 2. A group of Buddhist monks are on a hunger strike to demand control over Bodh Gaya's 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, days after Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan backed the move and sought the amendment of an act relating to the shrine... Back to the top

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