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MARCH 19, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 347


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Sri Lanka Remains Defiant of U.N. Chief
IPS, Mar 19. UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19, 2010 (IPS) - The Sri Lankan government continues to challenge U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's right to appoint a panel of experts to advise him on the human rights situation - euphemistically called "accountability issues" – following the end of a protracted conflict against a secessionist group widely considered a terrorist organisation.

"I am convinced it is well within my power as secretary-general of the United Nations to ask such a body to furnish me with their advice of this nature," Ban told news reporters early this week.

"This does not in any way infringe on the sovereignty of Sri Lanka," Ban explained, responding to his critics. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 19 21:10:44 EDT 2010

No foreign monitors during general elections: Lankan Election Commission
TOI, March 20. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Election Commission has turned down the demand for presence of foreign poll observers at the counting centres for the upcoming parliamentary polls.

The demand was made by some opposition parties including United National Party (UNP) which said that such a presence would ensure accuracy in election results. The opposition request comes in the backdrop of allegations of malpractices in the vote count for Presidential elections.

Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake did not outright reject the proposal but said that the political parties should have made such a request on the nominations day. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 19 18:18:17 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Colombo police reaches out to Tamil community
bbc, march 20. Police stations in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, have opened special units to take down statements in the country's main minority language, Tamil.

So far, Sinhala has been the language overwhelmingly predominant in the police force. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 19 21:03:40 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka hopes cricket will heal child soldiers
reuters, March 20. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is hoping its love of cricket, the country's most popular game, will help rehabilitate children caught up in the island's bloody civil war with Tamil Tiger separatists... Back to the top

Tensions between UN and Sri Lanka over war crimes
wsws, march 20. A diplomatic row has erupted between the Sri Lankan government and the United Nations over plans by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, announced earlier this month, to establish an expert panel to investigate human right violations during the last stages of the country’s long running civil war between the military and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Fonseka spoke of India threat: Rajapaksa
Express, March 20. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an interview said that post-LTTE defeat, Army Commander Sarath Fonseka had asked army strength to be increased by three lakh on plea that the island nation faced military threat from India... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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