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APRIL 16, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 10


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S.Lanka's Fonseka to be convicted next week: party
afp, April 16. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's detained ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka is likely to be convicted early next week to prevent him appearing in parliament, his party said on Friday.

Fonseka, who won a seat in parliament while in custody, is in custody in the capital Colombo and faces a court martial.

He is charged with entering politics while in uniform and making irregular army procurements, in a process that began on March 16 and will continue on Monday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 16 09:01:07 EDT 2010

Not in his stars
Economist, April 16. A SUPERSTITIOUS man, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, once had a popular astrologer arrested for foretelling his downfall. Such insecurity seems unjustified. After defeating Sarath Fonseka, his former army commander, by 2m votes in a presidential poll in January, Mr Rajapaksa’s ruling alliance swept the general election on April 8th so decisively that its hold on parliament seems unassailable. Counting the rout of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last May, commentators have taken to labelling this latest victory a presidential hat-trick. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 15 20:01:02 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Entire country celebrates Buddhist New Year, but forgets the North’s refugees
AsiaNews, April 16. Colombo (AsiaNews) - After 30 years of war Buddhist Sinhalese and Hindu Tamils started their new year yesterday in a climate of peace. It is especially great celebration for the people and military of the northern and eastern regions, who experienced first hand the horrors of the war between the army and Tamil Tigers (LTTE) until May 2009. The celebrations involved the entire population of the country, also Christians and Muslims, but not the over 83 thousand refugees still confined in refugee camps in the north. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 15 20:02:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks for help from above to revive its post-war tourist trade
Independent, April 16. A year after the defeat of Tamil rebels who had made parts of Sri Lanka a no-go area, the island hopes to entice tens of thousands of tourists to places that appear in one of Asia's most celebrated religious sagas... Back to the top

Uthayakumari, "There’ll be no New Year until I find my daughter"
IRIN, April 16. KILINOCHCHI, 15 April 2010 (IRIN) - Uthayakumari, 39, lost her husband and a son in fighting between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government forces in 2009, and is still searching for her daughter who went missing earlier the same year... Back to the top

US urges respect for human rights in Sri Lanka
afp, April 15. COLOMBO (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Sri Lanka to respect human rights and heal its communal divisions as the island emerges from decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

PM Congratulates Rajapaksa on Poll Win
upi, April 16. NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his party’s convincing win in the Parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Beyond the Borders: Independent Mahesha Gunathilake, Sri Lankan student
The Lamron, April 16. When she was 19 years old, senior Mahesha Gunathilake transferred to Geneseo and made the move to the United States... Back to the top

S Lanka accused soldiers freed
BBC, April 15, 2010. Police in Sri Lanka say they have released 17 soldiers detained on suspicion of killing or attempting to kill journalists and editors... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares fall from record high; rupee down
Reuters, April 15, 2010. COLOMBO, April 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares fell on Thursday in thin trade from a record high close in the previous session, snapping six straight rises led by hotel shares, while the rupee closed weaker on importer demand... Back to the top

China congratulates Sri Lanka on parliamentary election
Xinhua, April 15, 2010 . China on Thursday congratulated Sri Lanka on the smooth running of last week's parliamentary elections, the first since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels last May... Back to the top

$150-mn ADB emergency loan to Sri Lanka, april 15. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide an emergency loan of $150 million to Sri Lanka for projects involving the internally displaced persons... Back to the top

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