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Sink or swim for Lankan opposition
HT, Feb 24. Time is running out for the beleaguered opposition in Sri Lanka as it readies for the April 8 general election. For all their promises of bringing in good governance and better economics, opposition parties are now preparing to fight each other then putting up an united stand against the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

The opposition parties were an ideologically assorted but politically keen group as they rallied behind former army chief Sarath Fonseka — or rallied against incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa — in the run-up to the Presidential election; less than a month later, they are all split up and no where to go.

The fissures are showing between the liberal and pro-west United National Party (UNP), the ultra-nationalist-Marxist, anti-India, Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP), and the Tamil National Alliance, a succession battle tearing it apart in a post-LTTE era. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 23 18:26:58 EST 2010

The dangers of triumphalism -Opinion
Dawn, Feb 24. Sri Lanka had barely recovered from the bruising presidential election that saw the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa win with a landslide that it finds itself preparing for the general elections on April 8. Thus far, though, the campaign is desultory, with the opposition in disarray.

After joining hands under retired General Fonseka in a mighty effort to oust Rajapaksa in the January election, the opposition is reassessing its options.

The major opposition party, the United National Party (UNP), has decided to retain its own identity, and go into battle under its traditional ‘elephant’ symbol, foregoing the ‘swan’ that was the symbol of Sanath Fonseka last month.

While the other components of the United National Front have darkly muttered ‘betrayal’, there is a certain logic to Ranil Wickramsinghe’s decision to ditch Fonseka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 23 22:41:50 EST 2010 Back to the top

Fonseka's wife to campaign in Sri Lankan election
NewKerala, Feb 24. Colombo, Feb 24 : The wife of Sri Lanka's detained former army general and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka will campaign in the forthcoming parliamentary election on behalf of her husband, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

Vijitha Herath, secretary of the newly formed Democratic National Alliance (DNA), told reporters that Fonseka will contest the April 8 election from Colombo district and his wife Anoma Fonseka would campaign on behalf of her husband.

"My husband who is in custody for no fault was ready to do any sacrifice. He always puts the country before himself. The government is scared of him and that is why he was locked up. I invite women who consist 52 percent of the country's population to rally around in my endeavor," Anoma said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Feb 23 22:43:51 EST 2010 Back to the top

The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora after the LTTE
Alertnet, Feb 24. Colombo/Brussels, 23 February 2010: Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups should move away, once and for all, from the failed agenda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and instead put their energies into the quest for a sustainable and just peace in a united Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Anti-Sonia Sri Lankan Tamils party formed
ens, feb 24. COLOMBO: Some former members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) headed by N Srikantha, have formed a new anti-Sonia Gandhi Tamil party called Tamil National Liberation Alliance (TNLA) to contest the April 8 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Miliband risks Sri Lanka’s wrath to support Global Tamil Forum
Times, Feb 24. Relations between Britain and Sri Lanka are likely to hit a new low after David Miliband addresses a meeting of Tamil activists from around the world at the Houses of Parliament today... Back to the top

Stroke of Genius: Sri Lankan student grows into prolific artist
DailySkiff, feb 24. In a sun-bright studio, surrounded by paintings saturated in vibrant colors, a lone artist stoops to pour acrylic paint into opaque blobs on a white canvas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court refuses to free Fonseka
afp, Feb 23. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's Supreme Court refused Tuesday to order the release of detained opposition leader and former army chief Sarath Fonseka as it deliberates a petition challenging his arrest by the military... Back to the top

US wants Sri Lanka to follow rule of land in Sarath Fonseka's arrest
toi, feb 23. WASHINGTON: A top Obama Administration official said the US is not satisfied with the manner in which the Rajapaksa government has handled the issue former Sri Lankan Army chief General Fonseka's arrest and hoped that Colombo would follow the rules of the land in this case... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Post-Election Protests Fail to Get Wide Support
IPS, Feb 23. COLOMBO, Feb 22, 2010 (IPS) - Street protests that erupted in Colombo and other cities following the Feb... Back to the top

US can't afford to disengage with Lanka
rediff, feb 23. A leading Washington, DC-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, notwithstanding the arrest of retired Sri Lankan Army General Sarath Fonseka who challenged President Mahinda Rajapakse [ Images ] at the recent elections, and the country's poor record on human rights and its treatment of several thousand internally displaced persons, has said that the United States cannot afford to disengage with the island nation... Back to the top

Sarath Fonseka to lead new alliance
hindu, feb 23. Defeated opposition presidential candidate General (retired) Sarath Fonseka was on Monday named the leader of the newly floated Democratic National Alliance (DNA), of which the ultra-nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna would be a key constituent... Back to the top

A valuable insight into Sri Lanka’s peace process -Book Review
ThaiIndian, Feb 23. The book, “A Powderkeg in Paradise”, is not a historical account of the Tamil separatist campaign that bled Sri Lanka for a quarter century before the military finally decimated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009... Back to the top

Fonseka to contest Lanka parliamentary polls
Rediff, Feb 22. Defeated opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka, currently under army custody, will lead the Democratic National Alliance in the April 8 parliamentary polls and contest from capital Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's opposition invites Fonseka to contest polls
new kerala, feb 23. Colombo, Feb 22 : Sri Lanka's main opposition party United National Party (UNP) said Monday that the door is still open for the defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka to join it in the parliamentary elections April 8... Back to the top

CBI requests more evidence on Prabhakaran's death from Colombo
HT, Feb 22. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the Sri Lanka government to provide documentary evidence about the death of Tamil Tiger chief, V Prabhakaran, prime accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case of 1991... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fast becoming dangerous place for journalists, 02/22/2010. In Sri Lanka, after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers last year, some saw an opportunity for a renewed commitment to democratic reforms in the country, but the government took months to release thousands of refugees from the conflict zone... Back to the top

Lanka Tea Output to Rise as Rain Eases Dry Weather, Board Says, feb 22. Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Tea production in Sri Lanka, the world’s fourth-biggest grower, may rise this year as rain in the main growing areas eases dry weather that damaged the crop last season, according to the nation’s tea board. Output may exceed 300 million kilograms, compared with 290 million kilograms in 2009, said Lalith Hettiarachchi, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board... Back to the top

Judicial system to be reestablished in former LTTE-held towns
PTI, feb 23. COLOMBO: Over a year after liberating Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu from the LTTE, Sri Lanka will reestablish judicial system in the two districts from next month replacing two decades of 'Kangaroo Courts' run by the now vanquished Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

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