The Lanka Academic

MARCH 9, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 337


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Sri Lankan Parliament reconvenes to extend emergency
hindu, march 10. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Parliament, which had been dissolved, was reconvened for a short while on Tuesday to extend emergency laws by another month.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had earlier signed a proclamation extending the emergency. The validity of the emergency regulations extended by Parliament, which was dissolved on February 10 in the run up to the general election scheduled on April 8, expired on March 1.

Emergency laws can be passed only by Parliament and are valid only for one month. Any presidential proclamation extending emergency laws is subject to approval by Parliament.

On Tuesday, the state of emergency was extended with 93 votes in support and 24 against. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, the United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance voted against the extension of emergency. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 9 22:02:21 EST 2010

Sri Lanka's ex-Army chief to be court martialed this week
Xinhua, March 10. Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate and former Army chief General Sarath Fonseka will be produced before the Court Martial this week as the gathering of evidence has been concluded, the Army said on Tuesday.

Military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe, who declined to mention a specific date, said Fonseka would be produced at any given date during this week.

"He will face five or more charges under the Army Act," said Samarasinghe.

Though he is detained at a navel base since Feb. 8, two weeks after the presidential polls, the government has not announced the exact charges against him so far. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 9 21:59:22 EST 2010 Back to the top

Water Woes Fall on Women’s Shoulders
IPS, march 10. COLOMBO, Mar 9, 2010 (IPS) - As a wife of a rice farmer and mother of two children aged nine and two, Sanjeevani Bandara’s days are packed with chores. Yet while she used to be able to keep up with all she has to do in a day, this Sri Lankan mother now finds herself struggling to accomplish even the most basic tasks.

Blame it on the weather, which has been causing water shortages that force Bandara to spend more and more time fetching water for her family, farther away from home.

While the volume of annual rainfall in Sri Lanka has not changed, agriculture specialist Champa Navaratna says that weather patterns are changing to high-intensity rain for short periods, causing floods, landslides and long periods of drought – which in turn result in water problems. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 9 22:04:24 EST 2010 Back to the top

Dissolved Sri Lankan parliament reconvened to extend emergency
Xinhua, March 10. Sri Lanka's parliament which was dissolved last month to face fresh elections came to be reconvened Tuesday for an one-shot session to extend the state of emergency... Back to the top

UN to press Sri Lanka for accountability
Rediff, march 9. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he will press ahead with setting up a special panel on accountability in Sri Lanka [ Images ], despite Colombo rejecting his proposal... Back to the top

S.Lanka's detained general 'ends hunger strike'
afp, March 9. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka ended a hunger strike after just one day when he was allowed to speak to his daughters, his party said Tuesday... Back to the top

S.Lanka approves emergency ahead of election
SifyNews, March 09, 2010. Sri Lanka's outgoing parliament Tuesday approved the extension of a state of emergency until after next month's legislative elections, giving sweeping powers to police and troops... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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