The Lanka Academic

MARCH 3, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 331


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India stresses 'necessity' of political settlement to Sri Lanka
PTI, March 3. India has stressed to the Sri Lankan government "the necessity" of reaching a political settlement acceptable to all the communities there, including the Tamils."The government is of the view that the conclusion of the military operations in Sri Lanka provides an opportunity to make a new beginning and pursue a lasting political settlement in Sri Lanka," external affairs minister SM Krishna said while replying to a written question. More...
Published: Wed Mar 3 22:01:35 EST 2010

Former Lankan cricket captain detained, questioned, house searched
HT, March 3. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain and opposition member Hashan Tillakaratne was questioned by the police and his house searched in connection with investigations against former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday.

Fonseka was arrested on February 8 for conspiracy and treason and is in military custody.

A top officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) told HT that they had information that Tillakaratne was harbouring Fonsekaís son-in-law, Danuna Tillekeratne, who is on the run from the police for several days now.

"We had information that Hashan was harbouring Danuna in a house in Peliyandala (a Colombo suburb). We didnít need a search warrant as there is already an arrest warrant against Danuna. The house was searched but the fugitive wasnít found there. Later, Hashan came on his own to us and we recorded his statement," the officer said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 3 12:00:29 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Fonseka to be tried in military court
Rediff, March 3. Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka, who has been arrested on conspiracy charges, will face a court martial, the military has announced and said that over 25 people have already given evidence against the general. 59-year-old Fonseka will be tried in a military court, military spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe said. The summary of evidence is now being prepared in the case, he told a TV channel. Samarasinghe said the general, who retired in November 2009, was taken into custody as per military laws for an offence committed while he was in service, the government's website reported. More...
Published: Wed Mar 3 22:00:37 EST 2010 Back to the top

TULF for Indian model in Sri Lanka
hindu, march 3. COLOMBO: The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by V... Back to the top

China emerges as Sri Lanka's top lender in 2009
AFP, Mar 3. COLOMBO (AFP) Ė China has emerged as Sri Lanka's biggest single lender in 2009, overtaking the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the treasury said Wednesday... Back to the top

Student journalist escapes Sri Lankan censorship
Seattle University Spectator, march 3. Journalism is not typically viewed as a field of work where people have to fear for their lives... Back to the top

NGOs Brace for Tighter Govít Control
IPS, Mar 2. COLOMBO, Mar 2, 2010 (IPS) - Local and foreign non-governmental organisations have had a liberal existence in Sri Lanka, but this may not last for much longer under the governmentís plans to amend a 1980 law that would tighten control over them... Back to the top

China key partner in northern regionís development: Lanka
Zee, march 3. Colombo: China is an important partner in the development of the war-ravaged northern region where the process of resettlement of Tamils has gained momentum, Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka faces sanctions
CL, march 3. A BRISBANE Church agency is calling for the Australian Government to take a stronger stance on human rights violations in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to call dissolved parliament to extent emergency
reuters, March 2. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa will reconvene the island nation's dissolved parliament on March 9 to extend an emergency law by another month ahead of parliamentary polls in April, officials said on Tuesday... Back to the top

S Lanka extends emergency rule
afp, March 2. Sri Lanka's president has used his executive powers to extend a state of emergency that gives sweeping authority to police and troops ahead of next month's parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Probe into Sri Lankan team attack completed: CCPO
DailyTimes, March 3. LAHORE: Police have completed investigation into the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team a year ago and submitted a challan to the court, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Pervez Rathore said while talking to people at the Capital City Police headquarters on Tuesday, adding the accused had either been arrested or killed... Back to the top

From camp confines to high-security prison
ens, march 3. CHENNAI: Sri Lankan refugees of a Chengalpattu camp who had fought for a little freedom will now, by a twist of fate, be more confined than ever ó they will now not even get a glimpse of the clear blue sky... Back to the top

S.Lanka probe army officers over editor's murder
afp, March 2. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan police are to question dozens of military intelligence officers in connection with the internationally condemned assassination of a senior editor, a spokesman said Tuesday... Back to the top

Key LTTE funding handler arrested
Rediff, March 2. A key member of the LTTE's international finance wing has been arrested by Sri Lankan police after he arrived in Colombo from Geneva to look into the businesses once owned by the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lankan' north the latest landmine priority
abc, March 2. The clearing of landmines in Sri Lanka looks set to be an increasing challenge, as parts of the island's north are cleared for resettlement by those displaced by the fighting... Back to the top

LTTE base converted into police station in Wanni
PTI, March 2. Colombo, Mar 2 (PTI) A key base of now vanquished Tamil Tigers at Poonaryn in northern Sri Lanka has been converted into a police station... Back to the top

Sri Lanka will again miss IMF deficit goal-ministry
Reuters, March 2. COLOMBO, March 2 - Sri Lanka will miss for the second year in a row budget deficit targets set by the International Monetary Fund as a condition for a $2.6 billion loan, data from the finance ministry showed on Tuesday... Back to the top

S.Lanka stx at new record; end flat amid deficit concerns
Reuters, March 2. COLOMBO, March 2 - Sri Lankan shares hit a new record high on Tuesday before sliding on profit taking amid concerns over interest rates after the government said it had overshot its 2009 budget deficit target and would miss this year's too... Back to the top

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