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MARCH 22, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 350


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Sri Lanka’s Private Media Under Attack Again
Anuradha K. Herath, march 23. Sri Lanka’s MTV/MBC private media network came under attack Monday afternoon for the second time in the past 14 months. A large crowd of men arrived at the station’s headquarters in Colombo a little before 4 p.m. and began throwing stones.

According to the company’s English-language television station, Maharaja TV (MTV), the group arrived at the scene in a bus that belonged to the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

The company’s television and radio stations, operating in all three of the major languages (Sinhala, Tamil and English), broadcast some of the most popular and most-watched programs in the country. Speaking to journalists shortly after the incident, the assistant manager of news and MTV anchor Sunesh Rodrigo described what happened.

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Published: Mon Mar 22 23:56:32 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka wants more time to resettle IDPs
hindu, march 23. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka has said that it wants more time to settle the internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to infrastructural constraints and the danger of landmines at their original habitats.

“Don't ask for a time frame. It will happen quickly. We have settled a large number of people in record time with about 1,000 leaving the makeshift camps on a daily basis. But we have to give people infrastructure and demine the areas. We can't let people be blown up,” diplomatic sources said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 22 20:36:29 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Minister misled police; petition to court
BBC News, March 22, 2010. A journalist detained on charges of conspiring against the government has accused a minister of providing false information to the police.

In a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition to the Supreme Court, journalist Ruwan Weerakoon has informed the courts that information given to the police Criminal investigation Department (CID) by Minister Johnston Fernando are false.

Minister Fernando has told the police, says Mr. Weerakoon, that he personally introduced former military commander Gen Sarath Fonseka to the minister, then an opposition parliamentarian.

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Published: Mon Mar 22 16:05:21 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Mob attacks private broadcasting office in Sri Lanka
DPA, March 22. Colombo – A stone-throwing mob on Monday attacked the head office of the largest private television and radio station network in Sri Lanka, police said... Back to the top

Private TV station stoned in Sri Lanka ahead of vote: police
afp, march 22. COLOMBO (AFP) – Dozens of unidentified men pelted stones at the headquarters of a private television station in Sri Lanka's capital Monday, causing damage to the building, police said... Back to the top

S.Lanka stocks down for 6th session on retail selling
Reuters - India, March 22, 2010. COLOMBO, March 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares slid in thin volume on Monday for a sixth session to an over one-month low on retail selling ahead of upcoming IPOs and parliamentary polls, while the turnover slumped to a near three-month low... Back to the top

Detained ex-Lankan army chief Fonseka's wife questioned by CID
TOI, March 22. COLOMBO: Detained former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka's wife Anoma was questioned by the CID officials in connection with the ongoing investigations against her husband... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to probe detained ex-Army chief's written interview
Xinhua, march 22. The Sri Lankan government said on Sunday that it would investigate how former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka's handwritten letter to the British Channel 4 TV was smuggled out of the Naval base where he is being imprisoned under tight security... Back to the top

Slain Tiger chief’s mother wants to live in India
Gulf Times, march 22. Vellupillai Parvathi, the mother of slain Sri Lankan rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran has sought Indian citizenship to live with her daughter Jagadeshwari Mathiaparan in Chennai... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition hopeful of coalition gov't
Xiinhua, March 22. Sri Lanka's opposition parties contesting the April 8 parliamentary election are hopeful of forming a coalition government of national reconciliation... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Difficult homecoming for Muslim IDPs, 22 March 2010 . PUTTALAM, 22 March 2010 (IRIN) - Resettlement efforts are under way for thousands of displaced Muslims from Sri Lanka’s north who have been languishing in refugee camps for nearly two decades, officials say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s UPFA poised for easy win, Mar 23. BANGALORE - In a little over a fortnight, Sri Lanka goes to the polls to elect a new parliament... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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