The Lanka Academic

MARCH 8, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 336


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Sri Lanka to charge Fonseka within 48 hours
ABC, March 9. Sri Lanka's former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka will have to wait just a couple more days to find out exactly what charges he faces.

Sri Lanka's military spokesman says the former General will face more than five charges under the Army Act, with court martial proceedings to begin soon. However the details relating to the charges will not be available for another 48 hours. The 59-year-old has been held at a naval detention centre since his arrest last month, a fortnight after his defeat in presidential elections. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 8 12:00:07 EST 2010

Sri Lanka's detained general on hunger strike: wife
AFP, March 9. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's detained former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka has mounted a hunger strike in order to be allowed to speak to his daughters, his wife said Monday.

Fonseka had brushed aside an offer of a telephone from the military and insisted he be allowed to use his own mobile phone, Anoma Fonseka told a rally marking one month since the start of his detention. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 8 21:00:07 EST 2010 Back to the top

Soldiers 'victimised by government'
bbc, March 9. A human rights group representing the families of disappeared military men in Sri Lanka has accused the government of victimising soldiers.

Visaka Dharmadasa, convenor of the Association of War Affected Women (AWAW), said her organisation is currently campaigning to get soldiers arrested by the Rajapaksa administration released.

"During the war, we have been visiting Kilinochchi to seek the release of arrested soldiers from the LTTE," she told BBC Sinhala service, Sandeshaya.

"Now we are going to Temple Trees to meet President Rajapaksa seeking the release of soldiers." More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 8 21:06:38 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka voices: 'Fractured democracy'
bbc, March 9. The arrest a month ago of Sri Lanka's former army chief and defeated presidential candidate, Gen Sarath Fonseka, along with some of his supporters, has raised fears among rights groups in the country... Back to the top

India to Lanka: IDPs are an issue
IANS, March 9. NEW DELHI: India Monday said it has urged Sri Lanka to quicken the resettlement of Tamils displaced by war and pledged aid for their housing projects as Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao returned home after a three-day visit to Colombo... Back to the top

India worked against Sri Lanka president: minister
afp, March 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – India's external intelligence agency tried to undermine Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse at polls in January and wanted him defeated, a minister said in an interview published Monday... Back to the top

India wants to open consulate in former LTTE stronghold
Refiff, March 9. India is keen to open a consulate in Jaffna, once a stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said on Monday, even as she pressed for political reconciliation among all communities in Sri Lanka so as to usher in peace and harmony... Back to the top

Rao assures support to SL for resettlement of Tamils
PTI, Mar 8. Colombo, Mar 7 (PTI) In the first high-level contact between the two countries after the Presidential polls here, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao today met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and assured him of India's support to the process of resettlement and rehabilitation of Tamil civilians... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition leader on hunger strike
AP, March 7, 2010. Sri Lanka's detained opposition leader has begun a hunger strike after being barred from using a telephone, his party said Sunday... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka ‘sister countries’: Nirupama Rao
hindu, march 7. Visiting Foreign Secretary, Nirupama Rao on Sunday inaugurated the India-Sri Lanka Centre for English Language Training (SLICELT) at a ceremony in Peradeniya, near Kandy... Back to the top

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