The Lanka Academic

APRIL 4, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 363


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Sri Lanka military on alert ahead of vote: police
AFP, aPRIL 4, 2010. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka placed nearly 20,000 troops on alert to reinforce police as violence escalated ahead of parliamentary elections, a police spokesman said Sunday. The private Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) reported 325 minor incidents of poll-related violence in the run-up to Thursday's vote, with firearms being used in about 50 cases.

Hundreds of people had been wounded in the clashes between campaigners, but no deaths have been reported.

The military will be on stand-by to assist the 60,000 police already deployed for election-related security duties, spokesman Prashantha Jayakody said.

"We are intensifying security in areas where there had been more violence," Jayakody said. "The military will not be deployed inside polling booths but they will help More...
Published: Sun Apr 4 18:18:08 EDT 2010

Monks fast for Sri Lanka opposition leader release
The Jakarta Post, April 4, 2010. Four Buddhist monks began a hunger strike Sunday, demanding the immediate release of the former army chief who was arrested after his failed bid for the presidency on an opposition ticket.

The arrest of Sarath Fonseka has been condemned by the opposition and human rights groups, who accuse the government of retaliating against a man who dared challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his re-election bid. They say the government is trying to cow the opposition before April 8 parliamentary elections.

Despite his detention, Fonseka is running for a seat in parliament as the leader of the opposition Democratic National Alliance.

Rev. Wakamulle Uditha said that on Saturday the monks gave the government 24 hours to free Fonseka, who faces a court-martial. More...
Published: Sun Apr 4 18:23:21 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Police to remove election materials
Gulf Times, April 4, 2010. Sri Lanka’s police yesterday said action is underway to remove all propaganda materials of candidates leading to Thursday’s parliamentary election. “From today we will be removing all posters, banners and cutouts. All will be removed by tomorrow,” Gamini Navaratne, deputy inspector general of police in charge of elections, said. Some 413 police stations have been entrusted with the task of removing all propaganda materials, Navaratne said. Sri Lankan election law prohibits public display of propaganda materials. But candidates defy the law. The campaigning deadline is midnight on Monday. The April 8 election is to appoint a 225-member legislation for a six-year term. It was declared on February 10 and the nominations were closed on February 26. The run-up has been marred by a high-level of election violence, most of it between candidates of the same party. Over 200 people have been arrested for violence. Both police and the election officials have been subject to criticism for not upholding the election laws. Over 14mn voters are eligible to cast votes throughout the island. Xinhua More...
Published: Sun Apr 4 18:25:37 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Directive to Fonseka on trial
The Hindu, April 4, 2010. Sri Lanka's former Army Chief and defeated common opposition candidate in the recent presidential election, General Sarath Fonseka, has been directed to appear before a re-constituted court martial on Tuesday that would try him on charges of alleged involvement in irregularities in defence purchases... Back to the top

Welcome, Sinhala brother!
BBC, April 4, 2010. I am seeing Jaffna again only after twenty three years. For the first time in my life, I entered the great ancient city in 1986 with the late Vijaya Kumarathunga and his pol

itical and media entourage... Back to the top

Akon rejected from Sri Lanka goes to Male
BBC, April 4, 2010. The Maldives government confirmed that it is to host the Akon concert later this month after the organisers were forced to cancel an earlier scheduled concert by the Grammy-award nominated pop star in Sri Lanka due to protests by Buddhist organisations... Back to the top

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