The Lanka Academic

MARCH 1, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 329


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Online petition seeks release of Sri Lankan opposition leader
DPA, March 1. Colombo - The Sri Lankan opposition on Monday launched an online petition seeking the release of former army commander and opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka. The petition was the brainchild of former chief justice Sarath N Silva and opposition politicians to protest Fonseka's detention by military police on charges of conspiracy. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 1 09:52:16 EST 2010

Arulamma Thambiraja, "I have seen things I never thought I would, so much death"
IRIN, 1 March. COLOMBO, 1 March 2010 (IRIN) - This time last year, Arulamma Thambiraja, 99, was among tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Sri Lanka's north by fighting between government forces and the since-defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

When the fighting reached her village of Navajeevanam, near the town of Paranthan in Kilinochchi district in January 2009, her family fled deeper into areas controlled by the LTTE. She was carried on a chair by her sons and grandchildren during most of their journey.

In April 2009, she entered a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) with her family and was there until January this year. She now lives with a relative near the capital Colombo, where she told IRIN of the fighting and her dreams to return home: More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 1 19:38:57 EST 2010 Back to the top

FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka
Reuters, March 1, 2010. COLOMBO, March 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka holds parliamentary elections on April 8 amid economic worries, not least the IMF's decision to delay the third tranche of a $2.6 billion loan after the government missed its 2009 deficit reduction targets. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 1 09:42:56 EST 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa claims easy victory in general elections
HT, March 1. President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday claimed that his coalition will form a "stable government" after the April 8 Sri Lankan parliamentary polls, in which an opposition party has fielded ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Tamils' spokesman 'Alex' jumps ship
Sydney Herald, March 1. JAKARTA: Sanjeev ''Alex'' Kuhendrarajah, who gained fame as spokesman for 254 Sir Lankan asylum seekers who refused to leave their boat after being intercepted on their way to Australia, has disappeared... Back to the top

Sri Lankan court takes up security plea by opposition legislators
Xinhua, March 1. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Monday decided to consider a fundamental rights petition concerning the personal safety of opposition parliamentarians... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares at new high; foreigners exit
Reuters, March 1, 2010. COLOMBO, March 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan share prices hit a new record high on Monday led by retail buying, despite the departure of foreign investors amidst political and economic concerns... 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... 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

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

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