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Sri Lanka's jailed general likely to attend parliament
Reuters, April 19. COLOMBO, April 19 (Reuters) - The jailed general who helped win Sri Lanka's quarter-century war appears likely to attend parliament's opening this week, officials said, after he won a seat while in military custody facing court-martial.

Retired General Sarath Fonseka this month won a seat in the capital Colombo under the opposition Democratic National Alliance (DNA), less than three months after he lost the presidential race to incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa by a landslide.

Fonseka ran as an opposition figurehead and his appearance at Thursday's parliament opening would provide a rare bright spot for opposition parties reeling from Rajapaksa's dominating victory at the April 8 legislative poll. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 19 13:32:27 EDT 2010


S.Lanka's ex-army chief back in court as MP-elect
afp, April 19. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka appeared in the dock at a court martial on Monday for the first time since winning a parliamentary seat in elections earlier this month.

Fonseka last year led the military to victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels but later fell out with President Mahinda Rajapakse and unsuccessfully tried to unseat him in a presidential election in January. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 19 08:57:30 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka set to get new Cabinet
cnn, april 19. Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will swear in a new cabinet on Wednesday, just a day ahead of the first session of the island nation's new parliament.

Since parliamentary elections on April 8, the nation has been without a cabinet of ministers for the first time in its history. The president has been exercising all cabinet powers. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 19 08:58:35 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Indonesia moves scores of Sri Lankan asylum seekers
Reuters, April 19. JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia on Monday transfered over 100 Sri Lankan asylum seekers to a detention centre on the Riau islands near Singapore, officials said... Back to the top

New Waste Energy Plant in Sri Lanka
All Voices, April 19, 2010. In an attempt to both manage waste and generate more power, Sri Lanka is planning a new waste energy plant that will take in approximately 1,300 metric tons of solid waste each day and convert it into electricity... Back to the top

Fonseka to be allocated front row seat in Lankan Parliament
PTI, April 19. COLOMBO: Detained ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka is among those newly-elected opposition MPs who will be allocated front row seats in Sri Lanka's Parliament which meets for its inaugural session on April 22.59-year-old Fonseka, who is being held at the Naval headquarters here since his arrest on February 8, will be given a front row seat on the opposition benches when the new MPs assemble in the 225-member Parliament for the first time on Thursday, 'The Sunday Times' reported... Back to the top

Sri Lanka woos Indian tourists
Gulf Times, April 19. 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

End of the road for Sri Lanka's left?
New Straits Times, April 19. President Mahinda Rajapakse's successes in the past year were capped with his parliamentary victory... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set to get new Cabinet
CNN, MONDAY. April 19, 2010. Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will swear in a new cabinet on Wednesday, just a day ahead of the first session of the island nation's new parliament... Back to the top

Premadas's son blames UNP leadership for poor performance
Zee, April 18. Colombo: Slain Sri lankan President R Premadasa's son and opposition UNP leader Sajith Premadasa has blamed the party leadership for its poor performance in the general elections and stressed the need for reforming the party... Back to the top

Indonesia to move boat-load of Sri Lanka migrants: ministry
Sify, April 18. Indonesia is likely on Monday to move scores of Sri Lankan migrants who have refused to leave their rickety boat for the past six months, the foreign ministry said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka war wounded face long fight to recovery
afp, April 18. RAGAMA, Sri Lanka (AFP) – Sri Lanka's leaders have hailed the end of the island's long civil war as the start of a new era, but for soldiers injured in battle, the future is far from rosy... Back to the top

Prabakaran mother's name was on ‘Warning Circular' list
hindu, Apr 18, 2010. CHENNAI: The immigration authorities at the Chennai airport were surprised to see Parvathi, mother of slain LTTE leader Prabakaran, when she landed from Malaysia with a valid medical visa at the airport here on Friday night... Back to the top

Deportation raises a storm in TN
ENS, April 18. CHENNAI: Political parties in Tamil Nadu have strongly condemned the deportation of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran’s mother Parvathy Ammal from the Chennai airport to Kuala Lumpur on the night of April 16... Back to the top

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