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February 28, 2010 Comments Off on TYO Presents F.I.N.D – Today @ 10am

Fresh charges against Fonseka & elections

February 28, 2010 Comments Off on Fresh charges against Fonseka & elections

All articles from 25/02

The Hindu – Fonseka to face more charges

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday made it known that fresh charges would be framed against the defeated opposition common consensus presidential candidate, retired General Sarath Fonseka, in civil courts under the Penal Code and Exchange Control Act in two weeks.

Minister of Export Development and International Trade G.L. Peiris told a news conference here that the former Army Chief would be charged on counts of fraud, condoning fraud, plotting against the government, creating unrest within the Army and keeping army deserters under his protection.

General (retired) Fonseka is in the custody of the military on a number of charges including treason.

The commander-turned-politician was picked up on the night of February 8 after a raid on his election office by a group of military personnel. The raid and the subsequent detention triggered a furore within and outside Sri Lanka.

One of the allegations faced by General Fonseka is that he had favoured the company partly owned by his son-in-law in award of contracts for defence supplies to the Army.

The CID had informed the local courts that when he was the Army Chief, the General had approved of four suspicious tenders to a firm allegedly run by his son-in-law Dhanuna Tilekeratne.

Hindustan Times – More charges against Fonseka

Indian Express – Charges to be framed against Fonseka in civil courts

Business Week – Sri Lanka Says General Fonseka to Face Civilian Court

Reuters – Sri Lanka opposition coalition splits ahead of polls

BBC – General Sarath Fonseka to stand in Sri Lanka election

Washington Post – Detained ex-army chief to contest Sri Lanka vote

PM Gordon Brown meets Tamils in UK

February 26, 2010 Comments Off on PM Gordon Brown meets Tamils in UK

Guardian UK –  Sri Lankan government voices anger as UK MPs address Tamil group

The diplomatic rift between London and Colombo has widened after Gordon Brown and David Miliband met delegates from a new worldwide Tamil union despite “strong protests” from the Sri Lankan government.

Miliband, the foreign secretary, used his address to the inaugural conference of the Global Tamil Forum at the Commons yesterday to urge the Sri Lankan government to embark on a “genuinely inclusive political process”.

He also repeated calls for an investigation into allegations that both the Sri Lankan state and the Tamil Tigers violated international humanitarian law during last year’s fighting. More

Sky News  (24/02)-  Tamils Lobby MPs For Recognition After War

BBC (24/02) – British PM meets Tamil delegates

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown met delegates of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) conference in London where the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband addressed the gathering.

Delivering the inaugural address of the GTF conference held at the British parliamentary complex on Wednesday the foreign secretary called upon the Sri Lankan government to make constitutional changes aimed at power sharing.

The Sri Lankan government protested against Foreign Secretary Miliband ‘s decision to address the Tamil diaspora gathering describing it as a pro LTTE organisation that poses a ‘direct threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka’. More

Tamilnet (25/02) – GTF launch well attended by British politicians

The Tamilnet article has photos as well

No Blood for Panties – 3rd episode out!

February 26, 2010 Comments Off on No Blood for Panties – 3rd episode out!

3 new advisers join the SL Campaign for Peace and Justice

February 26, 2010 Comments Off on 3 new advisers join the SL Campaign for Peace and Justice

Taken from the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice blog.

Aitzaz Ahsan, Beate Arnestad and  Basil Fernando  have joined the council of Advisers for the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.

Click here to read more about each advisor and also to see a list of all the advisors – 3 of whom are Australian – Bruce Haigh, Antony Loewenstein, Jake Lynch.

IMF delays loan to SL

February 26, 2010 Comments Off on IMF delays loan to SL

Reuters – IMF delays third tranche of $2.6 bln Sri Lanka loan

By Shihar Aneez

The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday it is delaying the third tranche of a $2.6 billion loan to Sri Lanka after the government missed its 2009 deficit reduction targets.

IMF officials told a news conference that Sri Lanka’s domestic budget borrowing — consistent with a budget deficit target of 7 percent of gross domestic production — was exceeded by a substantial amount.

“It would be more than 1.5-1.75 percent than the target, but we haven’t seen the final number yet,” said Brian Aitken, the IMF mission head to Sri Lanka. “The third tranche will be delayed and completed when the budget is formulated after the election.”

The central bank had earlier said that the $40 billion economy likely missed 2009 budget deficit goal of 7 percent set by the IMF as a condition for the loan.

The third tranche is worth around $318 million of the remaining loan of around $2 billion and was planned to be approved this month after considering the island nation’s commitment to the IMF targets.

Sri Lanka has not presented its full year budget for this year due to two national elections in the first four months. The parliamentary polls are scheduled on April 8 after President Mahinda Rajapaksa won his re-election on Jan. 26.

“We agreed with the government under these circumstances, it makes sense for us to re-engage in a more comprehensive way following the elections and formation of new cabinet, in the context of a new budget,” Aitken said.

The third tranche review will be completed in May, he said.   More

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