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Colombo sees attempts to derail democracy
hindu, Feb 21. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Saturday complained to two visiting envoys that some countries were channelling funds via international and local non-governmental organisations to destabilise democracy.

In separate meetings with Australian special envoy to Sri Lanka John McCarthy and Ambassador of Sudan Khidir Haroun Ahmed, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama conveyed the concern. Though he did not name any country, his remarks assume significance against the backdrop of a February 10 interview Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave to the Singapore-based Straits Times where he had talked about the alleged coup plans of the former Army Chief, retired General Sarath Fonseka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 20 22:42:45 EST 2010

Lanka for community villages for ex-rebels
ens, feb 21. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government said Saturday it will set up community villages to rehabilitate former Tamil Tiger rebels.

Over 11,000 former cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are now sheltered in 18 state-run rehabilitation centers. The majority of them surrendered to the military during the last stages of the battle in May last year and the rest were arrested.

The newly appointed commissioner general of rehabilitation, Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, told reporters that the proposal to establish community villages is in the process of administrative cleareance before being sent for final approval. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 20 22:15:54 EST 2010 Back to the top

Luxury jail treatment for ex Sri Lanka army chief: president
afp, feb 21. NEW DELHI — Sri Lanka's president says arrested ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka is getting "five-star" treatment in custody, it was reported Saturday.

Fonseka, whose detention came two weeks after being beaten in presidential elections in late January by President Mahinda Rajapakse, is being held by the military pending court-martial proceedings on unspecified charges.

Rajapakse reiterated allegations in an interview with India's The Hindu newspaper that Fonseka had been working to divide the army and "engaging himself in activities prosecutable under military law." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 20 22:17:02 EST 2010 Back to the top

Former Lanka president slams govt for holding Fonseka without charge
DNAIndia, Feb 20, 2010. COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan prime minister and opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has slammed the government for detaining Gen Sarath Fonseka without charges, accusing it of trying to "concoct" evidence against the defeated presidential candidate... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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