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  • Meet Lanka president to sort fishermen issue: Subramanian Swamy to Jaya June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo to work out a compromise to resolve the recurring issue of the arrest of Indian fishermen by the island nations's navy. In a statement, Swamy also...
  • Don't make Commonwealth 'punitive' body, says Rajapaksa November 15, 2013

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, on Friday, made a historic visit to the former war zone of Jaffna to "shine a light on the chilling events" during the last phase of the war against the LTTE, hours after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cautioned against turning the Commonwealth into a...
  • I regret that PM could not visit Jaffna, says Khurshid November 15, 2013

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, on Friday, expressed regret that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could not visit Jaffna, a feat undertaken by his British counterpart David Cameron, who became the first head of government to visit the wartorn northern province in Sri Lanka since its independence in 1948. "Is it not...
  • CHOGM meet: Sri Lanka's human rights measures under scrutiny November 15, 2013

    Leaders of the Commonwealth of mostly former British colonies gathered in Colombo on Friday for a biennial summit that has brought with it intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka's human rights record four years after the civil war ended. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had hoped the November 1517 meeting, which two heads of...
  • SL not allowing us in Colombo during CHOGM: Jaffna Tamils November 14, 2013

    Jaffna (Sri Lanka): Some Tamil activists are alleging that the Sri Lankan Army is preventing them from travelling to Colombo during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) scheduled to begin on Friday. They claim that the Sri Lankan government fears a demonstration by the Tamils in Colombo during the...
  • Compromise plan on the cards for PM's Sri Lanka visit for CHOGM November 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Uncertainty continues over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting (CHOGM). Sources have now told CNNIBN that the External Affairs Ministry has proposed a compromise plan where the Prime Minister makes a short stop at Jaffna before he heads to...
  • Salman Khurshid arrives in Sri Lanka for bilateral talks, to visit Jaffna today October 7, 2013

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to hold talks with the top Sri Lankan leadership on a host of issues, including that of Indian fishermen languishing in jails and devolution of powers to the provinces. The External Affairs Minister was received by Minister of Social Services...
  • Tamil parties sweep northern province polls in Sri Lanka September 22, 2013

    Jaffana/ New Delhi: Finally, the Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka will be ruled by their own the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in semi-autonomous Northern Provincial Council. According to reports from Jaffna, the TNA has registred an impressive victory by winning 30 seats in a 38 member Provincial Council. The TNA's...
  • TNA heading for a landslide win in Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated north September 22, 2013

    Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, TNA, is heading for a landslide win in the historic polls in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, four years after the military defeated the LTTE to end decades of ethnic conflict. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has convincingly trounced the ruling UPFA coalition, grabbing three of the five district results declared till 4...
  • Sri Lanka's Tamil dominated northern region holds historic polls September 21, 2013

    Voters in Sri Lanka's Tamil majority Northern Province on Saturday began voting in the first local elections in 25 years to elect a council to govern the former war zone, four years after the military defeated LTTE. Voting at some 850 stations began on schedule amid tight security to elect the...
  • United Nations rights chief visits Jaffna, faces protest August 28, 2013

    Families of those who disappeared in Sri Lanka during the three-decade-long ethnic war protested on Tuesday as UN rights chief Navi Pillay visited Jaffna - the former stronghold of the rebel Tamil Tigers – on a fact-finding mission. Pillai, on a week long assessment visit of the country,was having meetings...
  • Accidental explosion kills Lankan mine worker in Jaffna April 8, 2013

    Colombo: A local employee of an international demining outfit was killed in an accidental explosion in the north Sri Lankan town of Jaffna, police said on Monday. The victim, a resident of the district of Kilinochchi working for the UKbased HALO Trust, was clearing mines in Muhamalai in Jaffna when...
  • Sri Lankan court orders release of 34 TN fishermen March 15, 2013

    Rameswaram: A day after India lodged a strong protest against detention of its fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, a court in the island nation on Friday ordered the release of 34 fishermen, officials of a fishermen association here said. Quoting information received by them, Innocent Fishermen Association President Arulanandam said the...
  • 'Madras Cafe' not connected to LTTE: Shoojit Sircar December 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Director Shoojit Sircar has denied the buzz that his upcoming film 'Madras Cafe' is a story based on the political relations between India and Sri Lanka, insisting the flick is simply a spy thriller set in the backdrop of the two countries. Shoojit has earlier named the film 'Jaffna',...
  • Mohanlal gets more offers from Bollywood town October 21, 2012

    The most versatile actor of modern India, Mohanlal who mesmerised Bollywood with his performance in films like 'Company' and 'Aag' is getting more offers from Hindi industry. The actor who had been in Priyadarshan's recent Hindi flick 'Tezz' is reported to be called in for another cameo role in Priyan's...
  • Art bonds India, Sri Lanka at music festival September 14, 2012

    Chennai: Wartorn Jaffna in Sri Lanka had a musical symphony earlier this month. Carnatic vocalists TM Krishna and P Unnikrishnan, along with Bharatnatyam dancer Alarmel Valli enthralled Jaffna with their performances and workshops for three days. These artistes from Chennai participated in the threeday event called 'Divine Ecstasy', set up...
  • Prosenjit to star in political thriller 'Jaffna'? June 12, 2012

    Mumbai: Bengali superstar Prosenjit, who has won accolades for his performance in 'Shanghai', is likely to be cast in Shoojit Sircar's political thriller 'Jaffna'. The film will be directed by Shoojit and produced by actor John Abraham. The two had earlier teamed up for 'Vicky Donor', which did good business at...
  • Didn't expect families to see Vicky Donor: Director May 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Shoojit Sircar's 'Vicky Donor' has struck gold with critics as well as the box office but the director says he never expected the film would be lauded so much, especially by the general audience. 'Vicky Donor' was Shoojit's first release six years after 'Yahaan' came and the filmmaker...
  • John Abraham in an LTTE Film 'Jaffna' February 28, 2012

    Mumbai: Just when one thought John Abraham has left behind his experimental phase of 'No Smoking' and 'Kabul Express', the actor has agreed to work in 'Jaffna', a political thriller about LTTE's activities in Sri Lanka. The film will be directed by Shoojit Sircar, who has just wrapped up the shooting...
  • SM Krishna flies to Jaffna to meet Lankan Tamils January 18, 2012

    Colombo: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Wednesday flew from by chopper to Kilinochchi on way to Jaffna in the northern province of Sri Lanka to meet ethnic Tamils. He will gift medical equipment to the district general hospital at Kilinochchi on the third day of his fourday visit after fruitful...
  • SL court extends remand of Tamil fishermen January 3, 2012

    Rameswaram: A Sri Lankan Court on Monday extended the remand of five fishermen, arrested by Sri Lankan Navy in November last year on charges of drug smuggling, to January 16, officials in Rameswaram said. Vincent (42), Prashanth (32), Langlet (22), Emerson (36) and Augustus (33) were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy...
  • SL Tamils divided between Gen Fonseka, Rajapaksa January 25, 2010

    Jaffna: Jaffna, the birthplace of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), will soon vote for Sri Lanka's next president. Jaffna's fishermen are back at sea and the fish markets are loud and noisy once again. The regular market works as if nothing ever happened in Jaffna town. The birthplace of the...
  • Sri Lanka's first postwar polls show mixed results August 9, 2009

    Colombo: The political allies of the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels won the most seats at local elections in a northern town, while the ruling coalition sailed to victory at local and provincial polls, results showed on Sunday. Saturday's polls, one each for local councillors in the northern...
  • LTTE vanquished, tourism to open up in Sri Lanka's north July 22, 2009

    Colombo:The pristine beaches in Sri Lanka's north, where a 25year ethnic conflict came to an end two months ago following the crushing defeat of the Tamil Tigers, are getting ready to open up to tourism "in a big way", says an official. "Now that the LTTE is gone, we are preparing...
  • LTTE should release civilians, cry protestors February 2, 2009

    Jaffna: Thousands of Sri Lankans of all ethnic origins came out on the streets of Sri Lanka's northern city of Jaffna to protest against the LTTE holding civilians hostage in Mullaittivu. A distraught protestor Jayamani Devi said, "All my family members are there. My brother, sisters, other relatives and friends. The...
  • Fifth LTTE runway found; bodies of 49 rebels buried January 15, 2009

    Colombo: Pushing deeper into the remaining rebelheld territories in the embattled north, the Sri Lankan troops on Thursday captured a fifth runway used by the LTTE air wing even as the authorities buried bodies of 49 Tigers slain in fighting near the guerrillas' military bastion of Mullaittivu. Advancing troops found the...
  • Troops seize last LTTEheld area, Jaffna January 14, 2009

    Colombo: Dealing another body blow to the cornered Tamil rebels, Sri Lankan troops on Wednesday captured the last remaining LTTEheld area in Jaffna, establishing total government control over the strategic northern peninsula. A senior LTTE Sea Tiger leader identified only as 'Thiru' was killed during the battle to takeover the Chundikulam...
  • LTTE under fire as Lankan army gains ground January 14, 2009

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan fighter jets pounded LTTE targets on Tuesday even as ground forces pressed ahead to capture Mullaittheevu from the retreating rebels. Officials claimed to have killed at least 26 rebels. The Lankan military made precise air assaults on two LTTE positions in Iranamadu on Tuesday morning. They...
  • Elephant Pass captured, says Sri Lanka Prez January 9, 2009

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa says Sri Lankan forces have captured the strategic base of Elephant Pass from the Tamil Tiger rebels. Rajapaksa said in a nationally televised address that the rebels' last base on the Jaffna peninsula fell Friday on afternoon to advancing troops. The capture of the base gives the government...
  • India's double speak on terror, amnesty to LTTE allies December 10, 2008

    New Delhi:As New Delhi talks tough on cross border terror, it also speaks a different language on the issue when it comes to Sri Lanka's problems with the LTTE. Pressure from crucial Tamil Nadu ally the DMK is making the Manmohan Singh government indulge in some double speak. Sri Lanka has...