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Sri Lanka under fire after extends emergency rule
AFP, Feb 6. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka faced criticism Saturday for extending a state of emergency giving sweeping powers to security forces to detain suspects ahead of parliamentary elections due by April.

A private poll-monitoring body, the People's Action for Free and Fair Elections, said continuation of emergency rule could undermine the vote slated to be held after last month's presidential election, won by Mahinda Rajapakse.

"The use of emergency laws could seriously affect the campaign and there is no guarantee that the government will not use it against political opponents," the group's executive director, Rohana Hettiarachchi, said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 6 15:25:36 EST 2010


Russia to lend post-war Sri Lanka $300 mln for arms
Reuters, feb 6. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa left on Saturday for Moscow, where he will sign a $300 million (192 million pound) loan to buy military equipment from Russia, despite an end to his country's quarter-century civil war.

Sri Lanka defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May in a final offensive that prompted allegations of human rights abuses from the international community.

Russia, one of the main arms suppliers during the war apart from China and India, backed the Sri Lankan government on several occasions at the Geneva human rights council to head off a debate over the conduct of the war in Sri Lanka. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 6 15:30:20 EST 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lankan poll observer calls for more minority votes
new kerala, Feb 6. Colombo, Feb 6 : A Sri Lankan election monitoring group Saturday urged the political parties to encourage more people from the minority population to vote in the upcoming parliamentary polls.

People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (Paffrel) said political parties must encourage more people from the Northern and Eastern provinces to vote in the parliamentary elections.

"There are a lot of people in the two provinces whose names have not appeared in the voter register. So political parties must take action to give them franchise," Rohana Hettiarachchi, executive director of Paffrel, told reporters. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 6 15:26:17 EST 2010 Back to the top


Emergency extended in Lanka amid fears of coup
ens, feb 6. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Parliament on Friday extended the State of Emergency in the country for another month by 102 votes to 15, amidst fears of a military coup allegedly planned by the former Army Commander and defeated presidential candidate Gen Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Lankan forces bust Prabhakaran's hideout, recover weapons
ht, feb 6. Sri Lankan security forces have busted a hideout used by slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran during the last phase of the 30-year-old civil war and recovered weapons and files containing "classified information" from it... Back to the top

International community should up the pressure on Sri Lanka, experts say
dw, feb 6. Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday he acted in his country's best interests by rejecting international accusations of human rights abuses towards the end of the quarter-century civil war with Tamil Tiger separatists... Back to the top

EU to suspend Sri Lanka trading privileges over rights: officials
afp, feb 6. BRUSSELS (AFP) EU nations have decided to suspend Sri Lanka's preferential trade status because of the island's human rights record and will make the formal move later this month, officials said Friday... Back to the top

Time for national reconciliation, Obama tells Rajapaksa
ht, feb 5. President Barak Obama has urged newly re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa to lead Sri Lanka towards national reconciliation in the post-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) era and heal the divisions created by conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's 'Eton' celebrates its 175th birthday
bbc, feb 6. In the shade of a huge tamarind tree - a favourite meeting spot - boys in cricket whites wait for their turn on the pitch... Back to the top

Reports about ban on Lankan maids not true
arab news, feb 6. RIYADH: Sri Lanka rejected rumors on Friday the Kingdom has imposed a ban on recruiting maids from the country... Back to the top

Rajapaksa to leave for Russia on official visit
The Hindu, Feb 5, 2010, 13:52. The re-elected Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapaksa is leaving on an official trip to Russia... Back to the top

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