The Lanka Academic

MAY 3, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 27


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Sri Lanka suspends Fonseka court martial
afp, May 3. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's court of appeal on Monday suspended a court martial against former army chief Sarath Fonseka, who tried to unseat the president in elections earlier this year.

The court ordered the military tribunal that began hearings against Fonseka in March to halt its work until a decision has been made on the validity of the military's legal proceedings. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 3 09:27:50 EDT 2010

Post-war Sri Lanka softens tough emergency laws
Reuters, May 3. COLOMBO, May 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka relaxed on Monday its powerful wartime emergency rules, seeking to boost investment a year after the end of a 25-year war, officials said, a move likely to help it deflect criticism over its human rights record.

The decision coincided with the presidential pardon for a journalist convicted under the law, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said.

The powerful regulations had given the government wide powers to arrest and detain people without any charges as the country fought the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to end a quarter century war that killed over 100,000 people. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 3 09:29:53 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka pardons jailed Tamil editor: minister
afp, may 3. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka on Monday pardoned a convicted Tamil editor whose 20-year prison term last year for supporting "terrorism" drew international criticism, the foreign minister said Monday.

J. S. Tissainayagam, who edited North Eastern Monthly magazine in Colombo, has been pardoned by President Mahinda Rajapakse to coincide with World Press Freedom Day. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 3 09:28:56 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka pardons convicted Tamil editor
sify, May 3. Sri Lanka's president on Monday pardoned a convicted Tamil editor whose 20-year prison sentence last year drew international condemnation, a minister said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to hold Victory Parade on May 18 every year
HT, May 2. Sri Lankan troops will march down Colombo's historic Galle Face promenade every year on May 18 to mark the military victory over the Tamil Tigers, whose top leadership was wiped out killed on that day in 2009... Back to the top

Nearly 50,000 widows in the east
BBC, May 2. The Government of Sri Lanka says that around 50,000 widows are living in the eastern province alone... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's myth of free education and its quality
LBO, May 3. May 03, 2010 (LBO) - After the release of the results of every major public examination, a spontaneous debate takes place in the country regarding the deteriorating quality of the students sitting for the examinations... Back to the top

Thousands of Tamils turn out to “transnational” election
star, May 2. Thousands of Tamil poured into polling stations across the GTA Sunday to elect members for their first transnational government, despite calls from numerous Tamil organizations to boycott the election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seek to avoid early exit
cricinfo, May 3. With Afghanistan, Ireland and Bangladesh unable to produce an upset in their opening World Twenty20 matches it is now down to Zimbabwe to shake up the established order... Back to the top

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