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MARCH 18, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 346


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What about Gandhis, asks Rajapaksa
hindu, march 19. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said there is no truth in the perception that he is building a family dynasty and referred to the Kennedys, Bushes and the Gandhis in politics as an example.

In an interview to the Singapore-based Strait Times, Mr. Rajapaksa in response to a question on the oft-heard complaint that there are too many Rajapaksas in his regime has said, “But for that matter how many Kennedys were there in administration. Or Bushes. Or the Gandhis. I have only two brothers in administration.”

He said the Rajapaksas had a 76-year history of electoral politics and the family was not involved in any other business. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 18 20:56:21 EDT 2010

Protest over arrest of Sri Lanka reporter
afp, March 18. COLOMBO — Sri Lankan media groups Thursday protested against the arrest of a reporter close to Sarath Fonseka, the detained ex-army chief who tried to unseat the president in recent elections.

The groups issued a joint statement demanding the release of Ruwan Weerakoon, a reporter with the Nation newspaper, who was arrested this week.

"We request the Inspector General of Police to disclose the reasons behind the arrest and detention of Ruwan Weerakoon and make arrangements for him to receive legal aid immediately," the statement added. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 18 14:58:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top

"A man who loves his country"
ST, March 19. IN AUGUST 2008, after spending a week in Colombo, I stuck my neck out to suggest in a long article for the Straits Times that Sri Lanka's long drawn civil war may finally be heading for a close.

At the time some thought I was too optimistic. The Tigers were considered invincible.

But the Tamil Tiger "headquarters" of Killinochchi fell in late December and suddenly the world sat up and took notice of an entirely new scenario developing on the island.

In May last year, I was in Colombo again when Sri Lankan troops fished out Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran's body from a lagoon. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 18 21:03:50 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says planned human rights panel may dent relations
dpa, march 19. Sri Lanka’s government yesterday reiterated that plans by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to establish an expert panel on human rights abuses in the country was an infringement of its sovereignty as an independent UN member state... Back to the top

Rajapaksa lauds India's development work in North Lanka
pti, march 19. Keen to forge all-weather ties with India, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has lauded the developmental work undertaken by the country in the war-ravaged northern region and vowed not to allow his nation's soil to be used against it... Back to the top

Lanka president rules out pardon for ex-army chief Fonseka
Sify, March 18. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ruled out an early pardon for his defeated presidential rival and former army chief General Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka asks Interpol to treat Pottu Amman as dead
PTI, March 18. Colombo, Mar 18 (PTI) Sri Lanka has asked Interpol to remove the name of feared Tamil Tiger intelligence chief Pottu Amman from its most wanted list, though his body has never been found even ten months after the military campaign against LTTE ended... Back to the top

Trial and Error’ in Sri Lanka - EditoriaL
KhaleejTimes, March 18. Sri Lanka’s former army chief General Sarath Fonseka is not a spent force... Back to the top

Ban goes ahead with Sri Lanka panel
Hindu, March 18. COLOMBO: United Nation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is going ahead with his proposal for a panel of experts on Sri Lanka despite objections from Colombo that the panel would infringe on the country's sovereignty... Back to the top

Human Rights Groups Tell Sri Lanka to End the Witch Hunt
AnuradhaKHerath, March 18. International human right groups have accused the Sri Lankan government of harassing journalists and activists... Back to the top

The refugees and resettled, Lanka’s nowhere people
HT, March 18. A scorching March heat is sweeping the Menik Farm camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs)... Back to the top

Former Sri Lankan army chief Fonseka's court martial halted
The National, March 18. COLOMBO // A court martial of the former army commander Sarath Fonseka was adjourned indefinitely yesterday... Back to the top

Terrorist members can claim asylum in Britain
TeleGraph, March 18. The court ruled that being a member of the Tamil Tigers, which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the government, should not prevent an individual claiming asylum... Back to the top

Expert panel for Sri Lanka will not infringe on sovereignty – Ban
UN, March 17. 16 March 2010 – The panel of experts being set up by the United Nations as part of an accountability process following the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka will not infringe on the country’s sovereignty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today... Back to the top

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National Post, March 18. One moment, the nation’s military hero and army chief, lauded for putting an end to 37 years of civil war and vanquishing the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Trial of Sri Lanka's ex-army chief adjourned
AFP, Marchl 17, 2010. The court martial of Sri Lanka's former army chief was adjourned on Wednesday after judges said they could not hear both of the separate sets of charges against him, officials said... Back to the top

Police assault father of two in Hatton
BBC Sinhala, March 17, 2010. Three police officers of the Hatton police station have been I suspended from duty following a brutal assault on a three wheel driver... Back to the top

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