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S.Lanka president dismisses concern over rival's arrest
AFP, Feb 13, 2010. COLOMBO Sri Lanka's president said Saturday there was no reason for concern over the arrest and detention of ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka. President Mahinda Rajapakse has promised "due process" will be followed in dealing with Fonseka, the president's website said. Fonseka was arrested Monday by military police after allegations he was involved in a conspiracy against the government. "The president has assured opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that there was no reason for any concern over General (retd.) Sarath Fonseka who is in detention," the president's website said. It quoted the president as saying that "no one More...
Published: Sat Feb 13 03:21:07 EST 2010

Sri Lankan lawyers join protests over detained general
Reuters, Feb 13. COLOMBO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Sri Lankan lawyers staged a silent march in the capital on Friday in a third day of street protests seeking the release of losing presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka.Tensions have risen on the island since the former army commander was arrested on Monday by military police on charges of engaging in politics against his president while still in uniform. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 12 09:29:10 EST 2010 Back to the top

Mahanayakes call for a crisis conference
bbc, Feb 12. Mahanayake theras of four main Buddhist chapters in Sri Lanka have called for a special gathering to discuss the "uncertainty" developing in the country. In an unprecedented move, the Mahanayake theras have called on all Buddhist monks from all over Sri Lanka to convene in Kandy on 18 February as the "uncertain situation" has been developed with regard to democracy and good governance. In a letter sent to all Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka, Mahanayake theras of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters of Siyam Nikaya, Amarapura Nikaya and Ramanna Nikaya reminded the monks that they have "long been contributed to the progress of Sri Lanka." More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 12 10:33:22 EST 2010 Back to the top

New Zealand push to play Sri Lanka in USA
AFP, Feb 13, 2010. WELLINGTON New Zealand is poised to lead the way into the potentially lucrative United States cricket market with confirmation Saturday that talks are underway to play Sri Lanka in Florida this year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court takes up Fonseka's arrest
afp, Feb 12. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a challenge to the arrest of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, as opposition parties stepped up a campaign for his immediate release... Back to the top

Sri Lanka braces for protests over Fonseka arrest
afp, Feb 12. COLOMBO (AFP) Police in Colombo stepped up security Friday as the Supreme Court prepared to hear a suit challenging the arrest of Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Fonseka accused of link to editor's murder
smh, Feb 13. THE Sri Lankan Defence Secretary has told a Singaporean newspaper that the presidential challenger Sarath Fonseka abused his former top military post, plotted a military coup and was involved in the disappearance of several journalists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares at 1-week low on political woes
Reuters, Feb 12. COLOMBO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell for a fourth straight session on Friday to a one-week closing low amid growing political uncertainty and low foreign inflows into the market despite post-war economic optimism... Back to the top

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