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Violence mars Sri Lanka campaigns
Hindu, Jan 13. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday strongly condemned the shooting at a group of supporters of the opposition presidential candidate General (retired) Sarath Fonseka, in which one woman was killed and several others were injured. The United States said it was deeply concerned at what it described as escalating violence.

Keerthi Tenakoon, with the Centre for Free and Fair Elections (CFFE) said even more disturbing was the fact that repeated directives from the Election Commissioner’s office were being ignored as election laws continued to be violated at all levels in most parts of the country.

Observers have already recorded an estimated 273 complaints that include 70 cases of assault, many of a serious nature.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who advanced the elections by two years while making a bid for second endorsement, and the former Army Chief who has emerged as the consensus for all the political foes of Mr. Rajapaksa, are the chief contenders in the elections which are being keenly watched for a number of reasons. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 13 22:06:34 EST 2010

Police nab gunmen who attacked Fonseka supporters
PTI, Jan 13. Colombo, Jan 13 (PTI) The two suspected gunmen, who carried out an attack on a bus carrying supporters of common opposition Sri Lankan Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka were arrested today, the police said.

A woman was killed and eight others sustained injuries during the attack in the home district of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in what was the first political killing to the run-up to the Presidential polls.

Motorbike borne gunmen yesterday sprayed bullets on the bus killing one person and injuring eight others in Tangalle in Southern Sri Lanka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 13 08:51:57 EST 2010 Back to the top

Lankan Peacekeepers in Haiti safe – Military Spokesman
Derana, Jan 13. All 950 Sri Lankan who were on duty as UN Peacekeeping Force personnel in Haitiare safe, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told Ada Derana a short while ago. A fierce earthquake struck Haiti late Tuesday afternoon, causing widespread damage around the capital. He added that they had established contact with the troops and when the earthquake hit Haitithe Lankans had been in several locations outside the capital. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jan 12 23:39:50 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka has the last laugh
The Hindu, Thursday, Jan 14, 2010. Sri Lanka defeated India by four wickets in the final here on Wednesday to win the cricket tri-series and lift the Idea Cup... Back to the top

Media group welcomes bail for jailed Sri Lankan
AP, Jan 13. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – An international media rights group welcomed the release of a Sri Lankan journalist on bail as he appeals a 20-year prison sentence, but called Wednesday for his full exoneration... Back to the top

Sri Lanka poll violence escalates after killing
afp, Jan 13. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan police Wednesday broke up clashes between political activists as violence linked to looming presidential polls escalated after gunmen shot dead an opposition party worker... Back to the top

Thousands feared dead as huge earthquake destroys UN headquarters in Haiti
Times, Jan 13. Thousands of people were feared dead after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti last night, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Increases Security After Election Shooting
Bloomberg, Jan. 13 . Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka ordered increased security after one person was killed when gunmen attacked a bus carrying opposition supporters in the first such violence during campaigning for the Jan. 26 presidential election. The government “will not tolerate such acts of violence in the midst of this democratic process,” the presidential secretariat said in an e-mailed statement... Back to the top

Lanka: Indian origin Tamils with Fonseka
ENS, Jan 13. NUWARA ELIYA (CENTRAL SRI LANKA): Barring the plantation workers suporting the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC) led by Arumugan Thondaman, Sri Lanka’s Tamils of Indian origin seem to be strongly with Gen... Back to the top

US calls for peaceful elections in Sri Lanka
IANS, Jan 12. The US said Tuesday that it was 'deeply concerned' over the escalating violence linked to the Jan 26 presidential elections in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Choice, and the World's Responsibility - Op-Ed
Chris Patten - NYT, Jan 13. Pity the poor Sri Lankan voter. As presidential elections loom on Jan... Back to the top

Sarath Fonseka: Sri Lanka is in danger of winning the war but losing the peace - Opinion
Independent, Jan 13. I come before you today, not as a politician with years of experience, but as someone with a lifelong commitment to safeguarding the country... Back to the top

Australia stands by Tamil visa rejection
ABC, Jan 13. MOTTRAM: The five Tamils concerned are now in Australia's immigration detention centre on Christmas Island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka - Tougher sentences for Canadian LTTE supporters
Isria, 12 Jan. U.S. prosecutors are seeking tougher sentences for three Tamil-Canadians who were caught by the FBI trying to buy anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons for the LTTE three years ago... Back to the top

Fonseka supporter killed in Sri Lanka
DPA, Jan 12. A female supporter of the former army commander who is standing for president was shot dead by political rivals in southern Sri Lanka Tuesday, police said... Back to the top

Slow swing in favour of 'Swan' and the perturb at President's campaign - Opinion??
TamilWeek, Jan 12. For President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week was not a happy one... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president offers pre-vote concessions
afp, jan 12. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday offered concessions to ethnic Tamil demands for greater autonomy ahead of elections in which the minority community could play a decisive role... Back to the top

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