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VOL. 10, NO. 299


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Rajapaksa seeks counsel on second term
hindu, jan 30. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court on when his second innings in office commences.

The question has arisen since Mr. Rajapaksa advanced the presidential election by two years. The Third Amendment to the Constitution empowers the President to hold elections at the end of four years of the six-year term.

Interpretation of the Amendment was challenged in the Supreme Court in 2005. The court ruled while disposing of a case on the date of commencement of office of the then President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, that her second stint commenced from the day she was declared elected.

The contention of the petition was that since her first term commenced in 1994, the second term must end in November 2006. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jan 30 19:26:40 EST 2010

Sri Lanka opposition newspaper shut down
AFP, jan 30. COLOMBO (AFP) - Police in Sri Lanka shut down the offices of an opposition newspaper on Saturday, the weekly said, as international rights groups accused the authorities of a vendetta against critical media.

Police went to the offices of the Lanka weekly and sealed the premises, a day after taking its editor into custody for questioning over reports that criticised a top government official, the newspaper said.

"The Criminal Investigations Department officers have surrounded the Lanka office and sealed it today," the web edition of the paper said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jan 30 16:28:42 EST 2010 Back to the top

Rights group: Sri Lanka govt harassing journalists
AP, Jan 30. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): An international human rights group is urging the Sri Lankan government to stop what it says is postelection harassment of journalists and news media.

New-York based Human Rights Watch said that since Tuesday's presidential election, authorities have detained and questioned several journalists, blocked news Web sites and expelled a foreign journalist. At least one journalist has been assaulted and several have been threatened.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a resounding victory in the balloting, beating former army chief Sarath Fonseka by 17 percentage points. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jan 30 16:26:34 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s losing candidate vows protests
Reuters, Jan 30. COLOMBO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s losing presidential candidate on Saturday vowed protests against what he said was his stolen victory and accused the government of removing his personal security as part of an "indirect assassination attempt... Back to the top

Lanka polls: Will India gain with Rajapaksa's win?
toi, jan 30. No country's role is more discussed and less understood in Sri Lanka than India's ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Police Arrest Staff of Election’s Loser
The NewYork Times, January 29, 2010 . The police raided the office of Sri Lanka’s defeated presidential candidate on Friday and arrested 15 of his staff members, after officials accused him of plotting to overthrow the government and assassinate his victorious rival... Back to the top

Swiss radio says Sri Lanka correspondent expelled
AP, Jan 29. Swiss national radio says one of its journalists has been ordered to leave Sri Lanka after asking critical questions at a postelection news conference earlier this week... Back to the top

Down but not out, Sri Lanka's Fonseka to run again
AP, Jan 29. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate will contest a parliamentary seat during general elections later this year, an opposition activist said Friday... Back to the top

Fraud allegations taint Sri Lankan election
Age, Jan 29. VOTING patterns in Sri Lanka's turbulent presidential elections appear to have confirmed the destructive ethnic divisions that fuelled decades of civil war... Back to the top

Rights group questions Sri Lanka's presidential vote
afp, jan 29. COLOMBO (AFP) – A regional rights group raised serious questions Friday over the handling of Sri Lanka's presidential elections, fuelling a possible legal challenge of the result by the defeated candidate... Back to the top

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