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MARCH 21, 2010 EST, USA
 
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No Lankan national party promises federalism
ens, march 21. COLOMBO: In the run up to the April 8 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, no national political party has promised a federal system, a demand Tamils have been struggling for since Independence in 1948.

Strangely, Gen Sarath Fonseka, who got most of the Tamil votes in the last Presidential election, has explicitly rejected federalism. His outfit, the Democratic National Alliance’s manifesto said, it would defeat attempts to impose federalism on Lanka. It promised to do everything in its power to maintain the unitary character of the Sri Lankan constitution. One of the important constituents of the DNA is the anti-Tamil Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.

The United National Party, which was with Fonseka in the Presidential election, is quiet on the post-war political structure. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 21 03:35:32 EDT 2010


Sri Lanka's forgotten Tamils
Morung Express, March 21. Her hands are cut and swollen from years of hard labour on the steep slopes of the tea plantation. She smiles, but the rest of her face is tense from the weight of the basket she carries on her forehead. In this basket are some of the world’s finest tea leaves, delicate and intensely green. Carefully chosen and hand-picked by tea-pickers in Sri Lanka, they will be sold to the biggest brands in the market, put into tea bags and distributed across Europe. But for Yogaletchumy, the tea bag that ends up in our "cuppa" represents painful long hours of labour, for a miserable salary barely sufficient to provide for her family. "Everyday is a struggle," she says. "We have so little money." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 20 14:04:07 EDT 2010 Back to the top

No four star general to try Fonseka: Government
PTI, March 21. Colombo, Mar 20 (PTI) Detained former Sri Lankan Army Chief Gen Sarath Fonseka has moved the country's apex court saying he can't be tried by a military court six months after his retirement.

His plea which came up before a Court of Appeal yesterday could not be taken up as one of the judges of the Court withdrew from the panel citing personal reasons. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 20 14:02:09 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Indian High Commissioner visits welfare camps in Sri Lanka
Hindu, March 21. The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ashok K. Kantha visited Vavuniya, Oddusudan and Mullaithivu on March 19 for a first hand knowledge of the relief welfare camps for the war displaced and the assistance being provided by India for the rehabilitation and re-settlement of the Tamil civilians in the war ravaged northern province... Back to the top

Quarter of Lankans are diabetic
CDN, March 21. There is a possibility that 50 percent of the total population of Sri Lanka would get affected by diabetes by 2020... Back to the top

Tamils to President: Urge Indonesia to Let the Tamil Refugees Proceed
PRWEB, March 20. Washington, DC. (PRWEB) March 20, 2010 -- 254 Tamil asylum seekers are being held in deplorable conditions in the Javan port city of Merak... Back to the top

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