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VOL. 10, NO. 318


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2010 Election Results
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Lanka determined to Court Martial Fonseka
ens, feb 19. COLOMBO: Despite protests from the national opposition parties and the international community, the Sri Lankan government appears to be determined to Court Martial former Army Commander and defeated Presidential candidate Gen.Sarath Fonseka, reliable sources say.It is unofficially learnt that the Court Martial would be headed by the senior most officer in the tri-services, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke.The choice of ACM Goonetileke is expected to meet the criticism from Fonseka’s lawyers that he cannot be tried by officers who are junior to him in service. Since Fonseka was Chief of Defence Staff ,with jurisdiction over the three services, and the charges against him relate to his tenure as CDS also, a non army officer could also be on the panel of judges. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Feb 18 20:04:13 EST 2010

Sri Lankan parties part ways
hindu, Feb 19, 2010. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's mainstream opposition parties, which demonstrated a rare unity by backing the presidential candidature of the former Army Chief, Sarath Fonseka, have decided to part ways and form their own alliances for the April 8 parliamentary election. The (UNP) has decided to fight under its own election symbol and is wooing several smaller opposition parties that had thrown their weight behind General (retired) Fonseka. So far, Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Rauff Hakeem and the Democratic People's Front (DPF) led by Mano Ganeshan have agreed to contest under the UNP symbol. More...
Published: Thu Feb 18 20:07:30 EST 2010 Back to the top

Fonseka denied role in scam: CID
hindu, feb 18. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Wednesday informed a court that they had a statement from the former Army Chief, General Sarath Fonseka, denying any illegal involvement in the approval of four suspicious tenders to a firm allegedly run by his son-in-law Dhanuna Tilekeratne in his capacity as the then chairman of the tender board.

A local court had issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Tilekeratne on Monday on charges filed by the CID that there were irregularities in the supply of arms to the military by his firm. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 17 21:53:25 EST 2010 Back to the top

Jaffna blames India but welcomes investment
ENS, feb 18. JAFFNA (NORTH SRI LANKA): The business community in the north Sri Lankan Tamil-speaking district of Jaffna is ready to welcome Indian investments and development projects amidst them, in spite of the fact that they, like the people of the district, harbour strong anti-Indian feelings... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Jayasuriya to balance sport with politics
Reuters, Feb 18. COLOMBO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya will embark on a political career by taking part in the upcoming parliamentary polls on April 8... Back to the top

S.Lanka frees coup suspects linked to ex-army chief
AFP, Feb 17, 2010. A court in Sri Lanka on Wednesday freed 14 men held on suspicion of plotting a coup with opposition leader and ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, an official said... Back to the top

Freedom under threat in Sri Lanka
FT, Feb 17. As one drives towards Sri Lanka’s war-torn northern Jaffna Peninsula on the A9 Highway, the island’s main north-south arterial road, the landscape takes on echoes of the Somme, the French battlefield of the first world war... Back to the top

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Controversial Terrorism Case
HN, feb 18. The nation's highest court will hear a case that may redefine the difference between humanitarian aid and aiding and abetting terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Tragic triumphalism in Sri Lanka
Dawn, Feb 18. A YEAR ago, as Sri Lanka’s long and agonising civil war entered its endgame phase, there was little indication that the bloody denouement would make way for the healing and reconciliation that the island-nation so desperately needs... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares gain on retail buying after steady rates
Reuters, Feb 17. COLOMBO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's benchmark stock index rose on Wednesday from an over two-week low led by investment share Environmental Resources GREG... Back to the top

Sri Lanka monks put off meet fearing unrest
afp, Feb 17. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's top Buddhist monks postponed Wednesday a gathering to press for the release from military custody of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, citing safety concerns... Back to the top

Lanka opposition launches 'signature campaign' for Fonseka's release
HT, Feb 17. Vowing to make every effort to secure release of detained ex-army chief and their defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lankan opposition parties on Wednesday launched an aggressive campaign to collect 10 lakh signatures for the purpose... Back to the top

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