The Lanka Academic

MARCH 29, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 357


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Sri Lanka's ex-army chief could die in custody: wife
afp, march 30. COLOMBO (AFP) – The wife of Sri Lanka's detained ex-army chief Monday accused authorities of preventing her husband from receiving vital medical treatment and said he could die in custody.

Sarath Fonseka's health had deteriorated since he was held at the naval headquarters in Colombo after his arrest on February 8 and was in need of urgent medical attention, said his wife, Anoma Fonseka.

"I suspect that the government is insisting that he is not suffering from any ailment to deny him specialist treatment and thereby ensure his natural death in custody," she said in a statement. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 29 21:00:40 EDT 2010

US-Lanka spat over military cooperation
ENS, March 29. COLOMBO: The United States and Sri Lanka are at loggerheads over military cooperation in the context of the US charge that the Sri Lankan army had committed war crimes in the final phase of its military operations against the LTTE in 2009.

While the US army refused to accept high level Sri Lankan officers for some advanced training in US bases, the Sri Lankan army said that it would not allow US air mobile units to participate in a joint training exercise involving the Special Forces of the two countries, The Island daily reported on monday.

The US, however, has had no compunction about conducting joint exercises with the Sri Lankan navy and Air Force. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 29 09:13:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tamil Nadu rejects Nalini’s plea for release
IANS, March 29. Chennai, March 29 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government Monday rejected the demand for the release of Nalini Hariharan, sentenced to life for the 1991 assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Tamil Nadu Advocate General P.S. Raman submitted the government’s decision to the Madras High Court, citing the decision of the Prison Advisory Board that had examined the request. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 29 09:14:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Upcoming Parliamentary Elections and the Future of Sri Lanka
PR, March 29. Mahinda Rajapaksa, soon after his re-election as the Executive President of Sri Lanka, dissolved the existing parliament and announced the date for elections as 8 April 2010... Back to the top

Chinese help to build Sri Lanka port no security threat
PTI, March 29. Kolkata, Mar 29 (PTI) The Navy today said it did not see any security threat to the country in the Chinese involvement in building Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

'LTTE blocked development and economic growth'
PTI, March 29. Colombo, Mar 29 (PTI) Decades of LTTE insurgency deeply hindered Sri Lanka's economic growth, with the country failing to realise its potential as a trans-shipment hub of the region, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said... Back to the top

Fly, with the Sri Lankan Air Force!
FE, March 29. Colombo: In the post-LTTE phase, the Sri Lankan Air Force has ventured into commercial operations with Helitours becoming a popular mode of transportation between the north and the south of the country... Back to the top

Asian diplomat funded Sarath Fonseka’s poll
ENS, 29 Mar 2010. COLOMBO: Detained former Sri Lanka Army Commander Sarath Fonseka received thousands of dollars for his presidential election campaign from a diplomat of another Asian country, Lakbimanews reported on Sunday... Back to the top

Troubled beginning for the released Tamil refugees
ht, march 28. The Sri Lankan government claims to have resettled more than 1.9 lakh displaced Tamils... Back to the top

Brigadier 'involved' in Lasantha murder
bbc, march 28. The Attorney General (AG) of Sri Lanka has informed the Supreme Court that a senior military officer was involved in the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor, Lasantha Wickramathunga... Back to the top

Author Sarah Malini Perera held for offending Buddhists in Sri Lanka, March 28, 2010. An expatriate Sri Lankan woman who wrote two books about her conversion from Buddhism to Islam has been arrested while on holiday in Sri Lanka, apparently for causing offence to Buddhists... Back to the top

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