Lankan Army

  • Sri Lankan army seeks officers' training in Pakistan June 29, 2013

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan army has sought more training opportunities for its officers in Pakistan, in addition to the ongoing training programmes. The matter was discussed as visiting Pakistan army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani met his Sri Lankan counterpart General Jagath Jayasuriya at the army headquarters, said Sri Lankan army'...
  • SL court orders release of 19 Indian fishermen April 11, 2013

    Colombo: The Talaimannar court has ordered the release of 19 Indian fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka for allegedly crossing into Lankan waters. The decision will be communicated to Indian authorities shortly. On Wednesday, the National Fishworkers' Forum(NFF) had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the arrest and incarceration...
  • With DMK's pressure, I foresee early Lok Sabha polls: R Rajagopalan March 19, 2013

    Political analyst and 'Vaartha' bureau chief R Rajagopalan joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the UPA govt's DMK crisis. Q. Hi Rajagopalan sir, Why DMK did not withdraw support in 2009 during last operation carried out by the Lankan army and Karunanidhi addressed the assembly stating that separate country for...
  • Parliament debate on war crimes: Govt cautious on SL March 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The government fielded attacks from both the Opposition and its allies in Parliament on Thursday as the Lok Sabha debated India's role in finding a solution to the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka, and said it will take the "best possible" decision on UN resolution on the...
  • Parliament live: Diplomacy will do what war can't do in SL, says Khurshid March 7, 2013

    New Delhi: 4:06 pm: BJP and DMK MPs including Yashwant Sinha stage a walk out of the Lok Sabha after Salman Khurshid refuses to commit a stance on war crimes in Sri Lanka. 4:04 pm: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha replies to Salman Khurshid and says giving tractors will not help Tamils...
  • Lanka Army announces first probe into war crimes February 15, 2012

    Colombo: Succumbing to international pressure to probe alleged war crimes, Sri Lankan Army for the first time said on Wednesday that it will probe accusations that its troops killed civilians and prisoners in the last stage of the bloody war with the LTTE rebels in 2009. A special panel to look...
  • ExLanka army chief held guilty of corruption September 17, 2010

    Colombo: Already stripped off his military rank and medals, former Sri Lankan Army chief Sarath Fonseka was on Friday held guilty of corruption charges by a second court martial and sentenced to a prison term of three years. Now an opposition lawmaker, Fonseka, who led Sri Lankan Army to a spectacular...
  • Fonseka backtracks on sensational allegations December 15, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Opposition presidential candidate and former Army chief Gen Sarath Fonseka on Monday backtracked on his sensational allegations that the Defence Secretary had ordered security forces that all surrendering LTTE leaders in the last phase of the war must be "killed". Less than 24 hours after he ignited a...
  • Former Lankan army chief to run for presidency November 29, 2009

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan army commander, General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka, who led the military victory over separatist Tamil rebels this year, officially announced his candidacy for president on Sunday. General Fonseka, who survived a rebel suicide bomb attack in 2006 and commanded the army to victory in May, will challenge the...
  • Last phase of civil war killed 6,200 soldiers: SL Govt May 22, 2009

    Colombo: More than 6,200 soldiers died and nearly 30,000 have been wounded since the last phase of Sri Lanka's 25year war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) began in July 2006, Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said. Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave the figures for the first time...
  • 8 LTTE rebels killed as Lanka marks victory day May 20, 2009

    Colombo: Eight LTTE rebels, who had evaded the military offensive in the northeast of the island, were killed by troops in shootouts on Wednesday, as the UN asked for "unfettered access" to civilians camped near battle field. Small groups of LTTE militants still remaining in the eastern Batticaloa and Ampara districts...
  • Some mourned, others celebrated Prabhakaran's death May 20, 2009

    Chennai: It was on May 21, 1991 when the LTTE assassinated former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur near Chennai. And now before his 19th anniversary the Sri Lanka government confirmed the death of the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. While Sri Lankans are celebrating, people in Sriperumbudur have received the...
  • Prabhakaran's son suffered injuries in clashes: Report May 18, 2009

    Colombo: LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's elder son Charles Anthony, who is believed to be among the dead, was reportedly seriously injured while commanding a contingent of the Tamil Tiger forces. Anthony, in his twenties, could have been injured during clashes with Sri Lankan army and had undergone treatment in March, reports...
  • Lanka army claims LTTE chief Prabhakaran dead May 18, 2009

    New Delhi: Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief V Prabhakaran could be dead with Sri Lankan army sources telling CNNIBN that his body has been recovered and is being taken to an army camp in Colombo. Sri Lankan army sources say they have recovered 150 bodies of LTTE cadres but...
  • Lankan army nabs LTTE top leader Soosai's family May 15, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy on Friday identified a top Tamil Tiger leader's family members trying to flee the war zone along with a group of civilians, the defence ministry said. The members were identified as LTTE's Sea Tiger wing leader Soosai's wife, son, daughter, sisterinlaw and her son, who were among...
  • SL govt claims army 800 meters away from LTTE boss May 7, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan forces on Thursday fought their way to just 800 meters from the area where an estimated 10,00015,000 Tamil civilians are trapped along with the top LTTE leadership, capturing a rebel fortification and killing a number of LTTE members. The government troops pushed into...
  • India trusts Lanka to not attack Tamils: Chidambaram May 5, 2009

    Karaikudi (Tamil Nadu): Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday said India trusts the Sri Lankan government assurances that its army will not use heavy calibre guns and aerial attacks against innocent Tamils in the ongoing offensive against the LTTE. Replying to a question on reports that the Sri Lankan government...
  • Amnesty likely for rank and file of LTTE: Minister April 27, 2009

    New Delhi: Sri Lankas Human Rights and Disaster Management Minister Mahindra Samarasinghe spoke to CNNIBN about the limitations, compulsions and expanse of the work done in the war zone to ensure relief and aid to civilians. Samarasinghe spoke about how Sri Lanka is doing its best to ensure that civilians do...
  • Prabhakaran still in Sri Lanka, vows to fight on April 24, 2009

    Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka's feared Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is still holed up in a coastal strip in the north and has told his cadres that he will fight on, an army commander said on Friday. Quoting the confession of a Tiger leader who surrendered two days ago, Brigadier Shavendra Silva...
  • In Pics: 30,000 civilians flee LTTEheld areas April 21, 2009

    More than 39,000 civilians arrived at military checkpoints on Monday, within hours of a military operation that saw Sri Lankan soldiers break through a barrier that the LTTE had erected to defend their evershrinking slice of territory along the northern coast. ...
  • LTTE deadline ends today, will Prabhakaran surrender? April 21, 2009

    Colombo: The 24 hours deadline given by the Sri Lanka to Tamil rebels to surrender ends on Tuesday. The deadline was given to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after thousands of civilians fled the war zone when troops breached an earthen fortification blocking their exit route on Monday....
  • LTTE chief agrees to rescue mission by Western nation April 12, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Tamil rebel group chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, who is said to be facing a military rout at the hands of the government troops, has "agreed to a rescue mission by a western country", a staterun media report said Sunday. The report comes a week after the Liberation Tigers of...
  • Possible terror plot against Lankan soldiers exposed March 14, 2009

    New Delhi: In Sri Lanka, the army says it has found a huge stockpile of gas masks and chemical resistant costumes in an LTTE camp in the Mullathivu district. According to Government officials, this discovery has exposed a possible terror plot against Sri Lankan soldiers. It is suspected that the LTTE...
  • '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...
  • 2 LTTE planes bomb Colombo, both shot down February 21, 2009

    Colombo: At least two LTTE planes entered Colombo's airspace and dropped bombs near Sri Lankan army headquarters on Friday night. At least 36 people are reportedly injured. It was a 30kg bomb. One plane has been shot down. They may have been aiming for something else. However, the Army was not...
  • Prabhakaran likely to fight till end or kill self January 28, 2009

    New Delhi/Chennai: LTTE chief V Prabhakaran may have fled Sri Lanka claims the Sri Lankan army while others say that he will die fighting in the jungles of Mullaitivu rather than flee as the army closes in on his last hideout. What could be the final decisive battle between the...
  • India all for civilians, no sympathy for LTTE: Pranab January 27, 2009

    New Delhi: India will finally step in to press for the safety of the Tamil population caught in the crossfire between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE. According to the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee who will be in Colombo this evening, the answer is a definite no. He particularly warned...
  • The hunt for the elusive Prabhakaran continues January 20, 2009

    Chennai: It's the hunt for LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran that has so far been mission impossible for the Sri Lankan army. The army chief Sarath Fonaseka claims the bunkers in the Vanni jungles in north Sri Lanka were used by Prabhakaran, but it is now not sure if he has...
  • SL Army targets LTTE chief after Kilinochchi's fall January 7, 2009

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan Army is claiming victory after victory in it's war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But the war isn't over until it captures or eliminates the LTTE's top brass including LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran. As the Sri Lankan Army advances, the LTTE is increasingly...
  • India's double speak on terror, amnesty to LTTE allies December 11, 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...