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Sri Lankan government threatens to execute Sarath Fonseka
Guardian, June 7. The Sri Lankan government is threatening to execute Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who delivered victory over the Tamil Tigers, if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the civil war.

The threat, issued by Sri Lanka's defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is the latest sign of a bitter feud within the Sri Lankan political establishment, little more than a year after the end of the Tamil war.

Rajapaksa, who worked closely with Fonseka on the aggressive military strategy that crushed the Tigers and who is the brother of the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, told the BBC's Hardtalk programme that the general had proved himself to be a liar and a traitor. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 6 17:45:45 EDT 2010


Sri Lankan ruling party to offer award to president
Xinhua, june 7. Sri Lanka's ruling party the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will offer an award to its leader and President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a senior party official said on Sunday.

Maithripala Sirisena, a senior government minister and SLFP general secretary told reporters that the party would be recognizing Rajapaksa completing 40 years in politics.

The SLFP's working committee which meets on Monday would also discuss the party's future working plan, Sirisena said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 6 21:54:56 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan film personalities stay away from IIFA fete
Hindu, June 7. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the island nation's film personalities stayed away from the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards ceremony that went on till the early hours of Sunday.

While a section of the local media maintained that Mr. Rajapaksa did not attend the event as the majority of the Bollywood stars did not make an appearance at a brunch hosted by him on Saturday morning, the President's Secretariat insisted that he was never scheduled to attend the event. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 6 22:34:59 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka's president to visit India
DPA, June 7. Colombo - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to begin a three-day visit to India Tuesday and will meet with his counterpart Pratibha Patil and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition party to press for Fonseka's release
Xinhua, june 7. An opposition party in Sri Lanka has planned to hold a religious ceremony on Tuesday to demand the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who is in military custody over allegations of violating the military law while in uniform... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rise in May
Xinhua, june 7. COLOMBO, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals continued its upward trend in May with 35,213 foreign visitors in the usually off-season month, officials from Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said on Sunday... Back to the top

Karuna Amman warns arm groups in the East
Hindustan Times, June 06, 2010. Making it clear that Sri Lankan government will not tolerate any groups in the east carrying arms, former Prabhakaran aide and now a Union minister Karuna Amman asked them to disarm themselves... Back to the top

Sri Lankan truth panel meets
The Hindu, June 05, 2010. Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission on the ethnic conflict met here for the first time with the President on the chair... Back to the top

Protest-hit Bollywood awards get under way in Sri Lanka
AFP - Google, June 05, 2010. COLOMBO India's version of Hollywood's Oscars ceremony got under way in Sri Lanka's capital Saturday without some of the megastars who faced pressure from Tamil groups to stay away from Colombo... Back to the top

One Billion Rupees For IIFA Awards 2010
Cebu Chronicle, June 06, 2010. We just heard over at The Sunday Leader that the Sri Lankan Government has spent almost Rs... Back to the top

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