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Britain to set up fund to develop Sri Lanka's former battlefield
Xinhua, Feb 20. Britain has agreed to set up a fund to speed up the development of Sri Lanka's north and east which had been battered for over 30 years due to conflict between the government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told reporters on Friday that Britain's legislator Liam Fox agreed to set up a special fund with the financial help of Britain during his visit to Sri Lanka early this week.

Bogollagama said the memorandum of understanding would be signed soon to create the fund. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 19 21:43:17 EST 2010


Tamil leaders ‘must come and negotiate with me’ after parliamentary elections
Hindu, Feb 19. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is confident that the United People’s Freedom Alliance, led by his Sri Lanka Freedom Party, will win the forthcoming parliamentary elections “very comfortably.” Asked whether his realistic target was a two-thirds majority, he responded: “I think we will be able to get that, or at least close to that.”

Was he willing to enter into constructive cohabitation with the leader of the opposition and former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe, in the event of the United National Party doing well? “Oh, no problem but he won’t do that! So the situation won’t arise.”

In an interview to The Hindu at Temple Trees in Colombo, the Sri Lankan President responded candidly to questions ranging from the contours of the political solution to the Tamil question he had in mind to the factors behind his 18 percentage point win in the January 26 presidential election, the subsequent arrest of retired general Sarath Fonseka, and India-Sri Lanka relations. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 19 14:00:53 EST 2010 Back to the top


S.Lanka monks complain of government pressure
afp, Feb 19. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's top Buddhist monks called off a special gathering this week because of government pressure, a spokesman said Friday, while the opposition said bomb threats had been involved.

The Buddhist leaders had planned to meet on Thursday to discuss a strategy for pressing the government to release defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, who was arrested just weeks after contesting last month's elections. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 19 09:15:38 EST 2010 Back to the top


Sinhalese influx into Jaffna
ENS, Feb 20. JAFFNA: The northern Tamil heartland of Jaffna, which had been inaccessible by land since 1990, is experiencing a post-conflict Sinhalese tourist influx from south Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Rajapaksa’s brother to contest in Parliamentary polls
Hindu, Feb 19. Basil Rajapaksa, the adviser to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother on Friday signed his nomination papers to contest the April 8 Parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Wins a War and Diminishes Democracy - Commentry
The Nation, Feb 19. In its 62 years of independence, Sri Lanka has never had a better chance than it has now to stamp out the last fires of ethnic hatred, violence and mindless chauvinisms that have left over 80,000 people dead in civil wars across one of the most physically beautiful countries in Asia... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition split after defeat
cbc, Feb 19. TORONTO (CBC) - Sri Lanka's opposition coalition has split after its defeated presidential candidate was detained on allegations of sedition, the group said Friday, further strengthening President Mahinda Rajapaksa ahead of April 8 parliamentary polls... Back to the top

S.Lanka to release all child soldiers by May
afp, Feb 19. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka said Friday it plans to release all detained Tamil Tiger child soldiers by the end of May and re-unite them with their families... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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