LANKA CIVIL WAR

  • Lanka killings could be 'war crimes': UN panel April 26, 2011

    United Nation: A UN panel has said killing of tens of thousands of people in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil strife could amount to "war crimes", but Secretary General Ban Kimoon insisted he would only launch an international investigation if Colombo agrees or member states call for...
  • LTTE admits finally that Prabhakaran is dead May 24, 2009

    New Delhi/Colombo: The Tamil Tigers admitted on Sunday "with heavy hearts" the death of their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, almost a week after Sri Lanka announced he had been killed. "We announce today, with inexpressible sadness and heavy hearts, that our incomparable leader and supreme commander attained martyrdom fighting the military oppression,"...
  • Prabhakaran; destroyer of Lanka Tamil's Eelam dream May 18, 2009

    New Delhi: He lived by the sword and died by it. LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran perished in the very jungles from where he had taken on the Sinhala state for more than 25 years. ...
  • Leader, killer: the man who was Prabhakaran May 18, 2009

    New Delhi: His first victims were squirrels and birds, and his first weapon a humble catapult. From such beginnings, Velupillai Prabhakaran, who died a inglorious death, grew to be the world's most shadowy and ruthless insurgent who at one time lorded over vast areas in Sri Lanka's northeast. The over 35...
  • Prabhakaran, son killed while fleeing | The man who was Prabhakaran May 18, 2009

    Colombo: Velupillai Prabhakaran, the elusive leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels, was killed on Monday while trying to escape the war zone in the island's north, military sources said. Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), was in a convoy of a van and an ambulance with some...
  • LTTE offers surrender, loses war and cause | Images May 17, 2009

    Colombo: Tamil rebels admitted defeat in their 25yearold war with the Sri Lankan government on Sunday, offering to lay down their guns as government forces swept across their last strongholds in the northeast. The government rejected the lastditch call for a ceasefire, saying the thousands of civilians trapped in the war...
  • Lanka army surges ahead; LTTE loses access to sea May 16, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan military on Saturday took the final strip of coast held by Tamil rebels during their offensive to defeat the guerrillas and end the more than 25year conflict, military officials said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have now been driven back to an area of less than...
  • Sri Lanka, LTTE trade blame for civilian deaths May 10, 2009

    Colombo: Cornered Tamil rebels on Sunday accused Sri Lanka of killing hundreds in an artillery barrage, which the military said the guerrillas had fired off themselves to win sympathy for a truce to stave off defeat. The reported attack is the latest in a series of accusations and counteraccusations about who...
  • War with LTTE about to end: Sri Lanka president May 7, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday said the fighttofinish military campaign against Tamil rebels was fast nearing its end and troops are gaining ground into the last rebel strongholds. "The war with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) is rapidly nearing its conclusion and it is my hope...
  • LankaLTTE war rages on; thousands of civilians trapped May 4, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan forces battled Tamil rebels from three sides on Monday, the military said, pushing deeper into rebelheld territory amid a report that navy gunboats heavily shelled an area packed with civilians. With concerns growing for the tens of thousands of civilians trapped in the war zone, a new round...
  • Sri Lanka, LTTE locked in war till the end April 30, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's president rejected international appeals for ceasefire in his nation's bloody civil war on Thursday, as the Tamil rebels vowed never to surrender to the advancing government forces. The defiant declarations came in the face of growing calls for Sri Lanka to halt its offensive against the rebels' last...
  • No truce, no ending war with LTTE: Sri Lanka April 30, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday ruled out halting the military campaign against Tamil rebels and said the time was running out for them to surrender. "We have never gone for a ceasefire with the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and will never go for a ceasefire with...
  • Sri Lanka won't end war till it gets Prabhakaran April 30, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has rejected calls for ceasefire, saying that it would "not stop its war on terror until the LTTE was crushed and its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran captured, dead or alive", a media report said on Thursday. According to The Island newspaper, Sri Lanka's powerful Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made...
  • US asks Lanka to engage Tamils, try for peace March 14, 2009

    Washington: Expressing "deep concern" over the deteriorating conditions in the "safe zone" in northern Sri Lanka, the US has asked Colombo to engage peaceful Tamils to develop power sharing arrangements to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. "The United States believes that a durable and lasting peace will only be achieved through...
  • Indian medics to heal Sri Lankan Tamil wounds March 9, 2009

    New Delhi: Even as AIADMK leader J Jayalalitha is fasting to support the Sri Lankan Tamil cause, an Indian armed forces medical team will land shortly in Colombo. The team comprising 50 personnel includes surgeons, nurses and paramedics. It will be moving to the eastern coastal town of Pulmoddai to treat injured...
  • 'LTTE cornered, top leaders take over fight' March 8, 2009

    Colombo: Over 100 Tamil rebels have been killed in fighting with Sri Lankan forces since Friday and the rebels are now cornered in a less than 50 sq km area in Mullaitivu, the countrys defence ministry said on Sunday. The ministry said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), now confined...
  • Stop shooting and start talking: Lanka, LTTE told February 21, 2009

    New Delhi: India on Saturday said the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil rebels must find a political solution to their dispute and military action will not do. Sri Lanka's military shot down two aeroplanes of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) flying a defiant air raid on Colombo on...
  • 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...