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Three distinguished Sri Lankans write to Rajapakse and Fonseka about conduct of elections
Arjuna Aluwihare, Jayantha Dhanapala and Chandra Jayaratne, Jan 15. This Presidential election is taking place at a time when we are free of the scourge of armed conflict––thanks to you and the team of which you as President and also General Fonseka were vitally important members. The contents of this note are for the attention of both of you please.

We would like our children and grandchildren to be pleased with and learn positively from all that goes on before, during and after the election, all that is printed, and all that is said (and the way it is said) in the media and at meetings, and all that is done.

If this is done, automatically all national (and international) law will have been observed without recourse to various tricks (which we being intelligent Sri Lankans are capable of) to circumvent doing what is correct! More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 15 13:20:57 EST 2010

SRI LANKA: Media Face Uncertainties in the Run-up to Elections - Analysis
IPS, Jan 15. COLOMBO, Jan 15, 2010 (IPS) - The string of events involving the Sri Lankan press over the past week has once again brought the embattled Fourth Estate into the limelight. This comes into sharp focus as the country eagerly awaits the upcoming presidential elections.

On Jan. 8, the media community held vigils to commemorate the first death anniversary of pioneering editor Lasantha Wickremathunge, killed by still unidentified assassins in 2009.

Four days later, on Tuesday, Dayaselle Liynagee, a senior reporter at the Lankadeepa, one of the country’s widely circulated, privately owned vernacular newspapers, resigned, reportedly under pressure from some political forces over a controversial report she wrote.

Then on Jan. 13, two journalists at ‘The Sunday Leader’ reported getting mailed death threats, after which the weekly newspaper’s premises were searched by police. On this day, too, albeit on a positive note, Jayaprakash Tissainayagam, a Tamil journalist, incarcerated since March 2008, was released on bail. He had been found guilty of endangering national security and sentenced to 20 years in jail in August 2009. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 15 23:04:05 EST 2010 Back to the top

Canada to free migrant Tamils suspected of Tiger links
afp, Jan 15. VANCOUVER, Canada — Several of the 76 Sri Lankan asylum seekers picked up off the Canadian Coast in October and thought to be Tamil Tiger rebels are to be freed from detention, Ottawa said Friday.

Lawyers for the men were informed late Thursday that they would be released under strict conditions and planned secret hearings to determine if they posed a threat to Canada would not be held.

"The CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) has decided not to pursue detention for these individuals," CBSA spokeswoman Faith St. John told AFP. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 15 20:38:04 EST 2010 Back to the top

'Obey' Commissioner's guidelines
BBC, Jan 15. The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka has ordered all media institutions, both public and independent, to comply with the guidelines issued by the elections commissioner... Back to the top

Vote wisely, Rajapaksa tells people
hindu, Jan 15. COLOMBO: Amid concerns over sporadic incidents of violence and a furious debate on the need for a switch-over from the all powerful Executive Presidency to a model akin to India in the run-up to the January 26 Sri Lanka presidential poll, the election battle is gathering momentum... Back to the top

Rajapaksa set for easy win, says survey
IANS, Jan 15. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems set for an easy victory over his rival and former army chief Sarath Fonseka in the Jan 26 presidential poll, according to an opinion survey... Back to the top

Opp says Sri Lanka lied to UN over heavy weapons
afp, jan 15. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s opposition Friday accused the government of misleading the UN over the use of heavy weapons during the final stages of fighting against Tamil rebels last year... Back to the top

London businessman 'sent weapons to world's war zones'
Evening Standard, Jan 15. A London businessman is to go on trial for allegedly supplying weapons to some of the world's most war-torn regions... Back to the top

Tamils safe to return home, says Sri Lanka
The Australian, 14 Jan. SRI Lanka has pledged that the five Tamil refugees on Christmas Island who have been deemed threats to national security can return to their homeland without fear of death or persecution... Back to the top

JHU monks cross over
BBC, Jan 15. A number of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) monks announced on Wednesday that they have decided to break ranks with the party in support of General Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Brains Behind Darkmarket Cybercrime Supermarket Face Long Jail Terms
ITProPortal, 15 January. An ex-London pizza delivery boy has been sentenced for a prison term of up to 10 years, after he was admitted to orchestrating the ill-famed DarkMarket website to aid cyber criminal with trading haven, it has been emerged... Back to the top

Credit card fraudster ran an ‘online shop for criminals’
Times, Jan 14. The founding member of a global criminal website responsible for tens of millions of pounds of credit card crime is facing a lengthy jail term... Back to the top

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