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Sri Lankan gov't condemns attack on political activist
Xinhua, Jan 23. The Sri Lankan government on Friday condemned the grenade attack on the residence of a political activist from the opposition on the eve of the presidential election.

The Colombo house of Tiran Alles, a senior member from the opposition coalition which is campaigning for the presidency of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, came under a grenade attack early Friday morning.

"The government of Sri Lanka is gravely concerned at this wanton act of violence, which appears to have been carried out to disrupt and discredit the upcoming presidential elections," said the presidential secretariat in a statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 22 23:34:20 EST 2010

Int'l election monitors to observe Sri Lanka's polls
Xinhua, Jan 23. The foreign election observers who are now in Sri Lanka said on Friday that they would monitor the presidential elections in all districts including the North and East where Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated recently.

Forty election monitors of the Association of Asian Elections Authorities (AAEA) told reporters that they would try to observe the polling booths and counting centers which are vulnerable to violence and rigging of votes.

The monitors, who have arrived in the country at the invitation of Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, said they would closely monitor the violence and rigging of votes on Jan. 26, the elections day. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 22 23:35:06 EST 2010 Back to the top

2 supporters of Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka are sentenced in NY court for arms deal scheme
Reuters, jan 23. NEW YORK - Two supporters of the now-defeated Tamil Tiger insurgents in Sri Lanka have been sentenced in New York to prison in the United States.Nadarasa Yogarasa (NAH'-duh-rah-suh YOH'-guh-rah-suh) and Sathajhan Sarachandran (SAH'-thuh-jahn sah-ruh-CHAN'-drahn) had pleaded guilty last year to providing material support to terrorists.Sarachandran received 26 years behind bars on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn. Yogarasa got a 14-year term.The FBI lured the pair from Canada in 2006 to a meeting in New York with undercover agents posing as arms dealers. They were arrested after allegedly agreeing to a shipment of 10 surface-to-air missiles and 500 AK-47s. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jan 22 18:50:25 EST 2010 Back to the top

How Indian agencies lured Khaja into a trap
ENS, Jan 23. HYDERABAD: Almost an year ago, when a certain `Khan’ from Colombo managed to establish contact with Shaik Abdul Khaja, the south India chief of HUJI, first through e-mail and then over a telephone number belonging to Bangladesh, and discussed circulating Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) in various cities in India, Khaja, then present in Dhaka `liked’ the offer... Back to the top

Bomb attack in Sri Lanka capital ahead of vote
afp, Jan 22. COLOMBO — A key opposition activist in Sri Lanka was targeted at home by a bomb early Friday, police said, despite tighter security ahead of next week's presidential election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka donates 1000 kgs of tea for quake hit Haiti
PTI, Jan 22. Colombo, Jan 22 (PTI) Sri Lanka today announced to donate 1000 kilogrammes of tea for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti that hit the Caribbean nation on January 12... Back to the top

Democracy and truth were casualties of the war
Rediff, Jan 22. Sri Lanka-based senior journalist Ameen Izzadeen reports on Sri Lanka's presidential battle, slated for January 26, in which the incumbent faces off a popular war hero In November 2009, when Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa officially declared his intention to seek a fresh mandate for another six-year term, he was getting ready for a one-horse race... Back to the top

Between a rock and a hard man
Economist, Jan 22. THE presidential election in Sri Lanka on January 26th should have been a cakewalk for the incumbent... Back to the top

State media turned into presidential propaganda outlets
RSF, jan 22. Flouting a 15 January supreme court ruling, state-owned TV stations Rupavahini and ITN continue to openly favour President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign to win another term in the presidential election to be held on 26 January with a total of 21 candidates taking part... Back to the top

Next year in Jaffna Tamil émigrés follow the election campaign with jaundiced eyes
The Economist, Jan 22. IN THE dingy back office of a Sri Lankan grocery shop in Harrow, north-west London, sales assistants pore over a Tamil newspaper, while a customer says he is going home to follow events on the internet... Back to the top

Shattered Tamil city braces for crucial poll
bbc, jan 22. The fishing boats seem to chase each other out in the lagoon... Back to the top

Gen behind LTTE rout is now agent of change
TOI, Jan 22. COLOMBO: Shafts of fire shoot up into the night sky, return in parabolic curves and end in cheery explosions... Back to the top

Sri Lanka prepares to vote
Al Jazeera, Jan 22. This would have to be one of the more intriguing presidential elections the world has ever witnessed... Back to the top

Media group sees bias in Sri Lanka poll coverage
AP, Jan 22. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A media rights group has accused Sri Lanka's president of using government resources for his election campaign... Back to the top

Sri Lanka eye bank gives sight worldwide
Japan Times, Jan 22. COLOMBO — The headquarters of the Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society is housed in an unpretentious three-story building in the heart of Colombo's residential Cinnamon Gardens district, where the gift of sight is flown to many parts of the world... Back to the top

Seaside Views, Sri Lankan Tastes
NYT, jan 22. The seaside enclave of Tompkinsville sits on the north side of Staten Island, but, with a significant population of Sri Lankan immigrants, the neighborhood could easily be half a world away... Back to the top

S.Lanka opposition alleges post-poll coup plan
AFP, Jan 21. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's main opposition said Thursday it feared President Mahinda Rajapakse would use the military to remain in power if he was defeated in next week's elections... Back to the top

Nuke Option-Sri Lanka to study nuclear power feasibility
LBO, 21 Jan. (LBO) – Sri Lanka is seeking Korean help to study the feasibility of starting a nuclear power plant in the island, power and energy ministry secretary M M C Ferdinando said... Back to the top

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