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Ranil accused of warmongering

Feb 28 (Gulf) Battle lines were drawn in Sri Lanka's election campaign yesterday, with the opposition accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of warmongering and the Tamil Tiger rebels endorsing a possible kingmaker party. more..

Sri Lanka's snap poll to blow national budget

Feb 28 (AFP) Sri Lanka's snap parliamentary elections have blocked foreign funding, slowed the economy and forced the country to increase its domestic borrowings, the finance ministry said. more..

Election Boss plans to be tough

Feb 28 (SN) Speaking to SinhalaNet, a spokesman for Election Department told that Election Commissioner, Mr Dayananda Dissanayake has planned to fully utilise the powers given to him under the 17th amendment to the constitution. more..

Armed deserters joining politicians, warns IGP

Feb 28 (DN) Hundreds of armed forces deserters who had been lying low for fear of arrest have taken advantage of the present atmosphere hotting up with election fever to figure prominently in activities violative of election laws and other grave crime, more..

'Regaining Sri Lanka' a myth - D.M. Jayaratne

Feb 28 (DN) PA General Secretary and Minister of Posts, D.M. Jayaratne referring to Prime Minister's concept of "Regaining Sri Lanka", described it as a myth claiming that the Government had leased out vital land to foreigners and asked how these lands were going to be regained. more..

Amnesty urges Tigers not to kill rivals in vote campaign

Feb 28 (AFP) Amnesty International has urged Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels not to kill opponents ahead of parliamentary elections in April and said widespread human rights abuses during the campaign was a major concern. more..

Missing Vadamaradchchi fisherman's body recovered

Feb 28 (TN) The decomposed body of the missing Vadamarachchi fisherman Mr. Kanagaretnam Ratnam Sivanandam (31) was recovered Saturday morning by fellow fishermen floating in sea close to the Northern coastal area of Inparuty, fishries sources said. more..

SLMC to launch election campaign Sunday

Feb 28 (TN) The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, a constituent of the United National Front (UNF) alliance, is to launch its election campaign Sunday evening with a rally in Sammanthurai, a town in the Amparai district, SLMC sources said. more..

IGP to deploy Home Guards for NorthEast election duty

Feb 29 (TN) "Home guards would be deployed to assist the police to maintain law and order during the election period in the northeast province, said the Inspector General of Police Mr.Indra de Silva, according to media sources. more..

Objection against TNA using HOUSE symbol rejected

Feb 29 (TN) The Commissioner of Elections Mr Dayananda Dissanayake Friday rejected the objection made against the TNA contesting in the name of Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) and its election symbol "HOUSE," as the challenge was made after the closure of the nomination for the April 2nd general election, more..

Clustered booths near SLA camps for Trinco voters - GA

Feb 29 (TN) The Trincomalee District Government Agent and the Returning Officer Mr. Gamini Rodrigo said Saturday that clustered polling booths will be located in the no man zones close to the outer perimeter of the Sri Lanka Army camps at Kattaiparichchan and Mihindupura more..

Colombo appoints Police officer to deal with election violence

Feb 29 (TN) Colombo appointed a senior Police officer to deal with election violence for the first time in Sri Lankaís post independence history as more than 30 persons were reported injured in clashes between supporters and members of political parties campaigning for the 2 April polls to the islandís Parliament. more..

Vavuniya refugees affected by fire receive help

Feb 29 (TN) More than 115 refugee families from the 6th Unit Poonthoddam camp lost all of their meagre possessions and are being assisted to relocate to empty areas in other parts of the camp, said K.Ganesh, the Government Agent (GA) of Vavuniya. more..

Warne faces Ranatunga barbs

Feb 29 (AAP) Shane Warne has arrived in Colombo to another stinging attack from former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga. Warne's comeback cricket tour after serving a year-long suspension for drug-taking has been prefaced by a slanging match with Ranatunga, more..

No election posters or decorations - IGP

Feb 29 (LT) The IGP has warned that he would take disciplinary action against those Officers in Charge of Police stations who donít take immediate action to remove posters and decorations that have been put up against Election Law. more..

Publicize candidatesí assets

Feb 29 (LT) All candidates who have forwarded their nominations for the forthcoming General Election have been directed by the Commissioner of Elections to submit their assets. According to Election Law the candidates contesting the election should forward a report of their assets within three months. more..

A battle leading nowhere

Feb 29 (SL) With nominations having closed and both front runners, the UNF as well as the UPFA launching their campaigns from historic cities, Kandy and Anuradhapura on Thursday, the stage was set for a right royal battle in what is widely accepted as a watershed election for the country. more..

UPFA Colombo campaign in disarray

Feb 29 (SL) The United People's Freedom Alliance Colombo district campaign was in disarray Friday with allegations of bribe taking and UNP infiltration being traded by candidates. more..

Polling booths to be sited in LTTE-held areas?

Feb 29 (SO) In an unprecedented move that may help resolve the dilemma of the fairness of elections in LTTE-controlled areas of the North-East region, the LTTE leadership has now proposed that polling stations be set up in Tiger-controlled territory more..

First incident of election violence in Batticaloa

Feb 29 (TN) Sri Lanka Police Sunday reported the first incident of election violence in the Batticaloa district. Assailants suspected to be supporters of a political party contesting the April polls to Parliament shot at a candidate of UNF more..

LTTE official criticizes child rights double standards

Feb 29 (TN) ďMore than twenty five thousand Tamil children, from a three month old infant to eighteen years old youth, were killed in massacres and murders during the two decades of war against our people. No one raised their voice against it then. more..

Zoysa sinks Australia

Feb 29 (CI) Although the series was already lost, Sri Lanka salvaged some pride with a three-wicket victory against a weakened Australia outfit at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Their bowlers first restricted Australia to a modest 198 for 7 on a fine batting strip and then, powered by a magnificent 66-run stand for the eighth wicket between Nuwan Zoysa and Russel Arnold, sneaked home with 13 balls to spare. more..

EPDP complaint on LTTE violence

Feb 29 (NW) K.N. Douglas Devananda-Secretary General of the EPDP has circularized a letter of complaint to all embassies alleging that LTTE violence has started a series of anti-democratic activities in the North and East with the intention of preventing a fair and free Parliamentary election. more..

Sihala Urumaya behind electioneering Monks: President F.A.

Feb 29 (NW) Mr. Nandana Gunatilleke, President of United Freedom Alliance said that Sihala Urumaya which failed to profit out of propagating Singhalese chauvinism is now trying to vend Buddhist faith for political gain. more..

Scandinavian monitors rule out election supervision

Feb 29 (ABC) Scandinavian monitors of a truce between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have ruled out any involvement in overseeing national elections in guerrilla-held territory. more..

Warne deserved life ban - Ranatunga

Feb 29 (AFP) Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga Sunday launched a fresh attack on his cricketing nemesis Shane Warne, saying the Australian spinner should have been banned for life for taking drugs. more..

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