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VOL. 10, NO. 328


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2010 Election Results
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Nine journalists in fray in Sri Lanka polls
zee, march 1. Colombo: Nine prominent journalists are among the eminent figures who have joined the race for the April 8 Parliamentary Election in Sri Lanka.

Besides, eminent sports and film personalities are also in the race for Lanka's seventh Parliamentary Election. The journalists have found their way in the ruling coalition United People's Freedom Alliance, the main opposition party United National Party, the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance besides and two independent groups.

Three of them will contest from the Colombo district while two have decided to contest from Northern Jaffna. The rest are from upcountry Nuwara Eliya, the Gem mine district of Ratnapura, and the Eastern Batticaloa, Ampara and the Matara districts, state-owned Sunday Observer reported. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 28 23:11:15 EST 2010

No signs of reconciliation
gulf news, march 1. Wasting little time in seizing upon his 17-point electoral victory, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse quickly consolidated his power by having his opponent General Sarath Fonseka arrested. Fonseka was detained on February 8, accused of plotting to assassinate Rajapakse and seize control of the government. This then led to 14 senior army officials being forced to resign, accused of being in conspiracy with the general, and approximately 40 serving and former soldiers arrested about half of whom have now been released.

A government spokesman, Keheliya Rabukwalla, told reporters that the general's crime was to have engaged in opposition politics before his retirement. Rabukwalla said that while Fonseka was still a member of the country's Security Council last year, "he had many connections and many dealings with various other political parties' leaders who had been working against the government and this amounts to treason, to some extent". More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 28 14:12:05 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to amend law on NGOs
hindu, march 1. The Sri Lankan Government is to amend the Act which deals with Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) with the objective to enable the concerned agencies to probe their activities and take appropriate action against them, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka told the Daily Mirror online.

It quoted the Premier as saying that a Ministerial Committee appointed to propose amendments to the Act has already put forward a draft document which will be taken up for discussion and later implemented after the parliamentary election due on April 8. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 28 14:08:34 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricketer Jayasuriya criticised over election
bbc, march 1. Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya has been criticised for refusing to quit the sport as he enters politics... Back to the top

Nominations filed in Sri Lanka
hindu, feb 28. Colombo: The process of electing Parliament in Sri Lanka has entered its second phase with the closing of filing of nominations for the election scheduled for April 8... Back to the top

1982 all over again March 2010
himal, march 1. Over the past year, events have moved quickly in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Soak up Sri Lanka
mirror, march 1. On the short transfer to the hotel we pass motorised tuk-tuks whizzing past on dusty roads and streetsellers with their stalls piled high with mangos... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Elections Chief Orders Removal of Election Posters
Xinhua, 2010-03-01. Sri Lankan Elections Department on Sunday ordered the removal of all cutouts, banners and posters in connection with the forthcoming parliamentary election to be held on April 8... Back to the top

Petition challenging Rajapaksa's election filed in Sri Lankan SC
pti, feb 28. COLOMBO: A petition has been filed in the Sri Lanka's Supreme Court by New Democratic Front (NDF) challenging the election of president Mahinda Rajapaksa, alleging that there had been widespread discrepancies in the vote count... Back to the top

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