Lankan Tamils

  • Rajapaksa briefs Modi on Lanka's reconciliation process June 14, 2014

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sri Lanka's initiatives to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community, as they held wide-ranging talks in New Delhi on a host of issues. During the meeting both sides tried to understand the common challenges and discussed ways to enhance...
  • SL President may also bring Northern Province CM for Modi oath-taking May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst a backlash from the Tamil Nadu political class over the invite sent out to Sri Lanka for PM-elect Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, the Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday tweeted that he was also bringing along Wigneswaran, the newly-elected Chief Minister of Northern Province, also known as...
  • India yet to take a call on UNHRC vote on war crimes, PM tells Sri Lankan President March 4, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC summit in Myanmar on Tuesday. The meeting came amidst growing criticism from Tamil parties that the government is ignoring the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils. The meeting also comes at a...
  • BIMSTEC Summit : PM to meet Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sheikh Hasina March 4, 2014

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to hold dialogue with his Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar, which could be his last official foreign visit. This comes as another vote is expected at the UN Human Rights Council this month in Geneva...
  • PM Manmohan Singh to meet Sri Lankan President in Myanmar March 4, 2014

    Naypyidaw: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to hold dialogue with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the BIMSTEC Summit in Myanmar, which could be his last official foreign visit. This comes as another vote is expected at the UN Human Rights Council this month in...
  • Tamil Nadu: 13 acquitted of charges of aiding LTTE in 2009 February 7, 2014

    Chennai: A Sessions Court has acquitted three Sri Lankan Tamils and ten others of charges of hoarding communication gadgets and medicines with the aim of supplying them to the LTTE in 2009. Judge S Senthil Kumaresan observed that the Q-Branch CID police, who investigated the case, had failed to prove the...
  • DMK has struggled for SL Tamil cause since early days: Karuna December 15, 2013

    Chennai: Refuting criticism that his party had done little for the Sri Lankan Tamils cause, DMK president M Karunanidhi on Friday said it had struggled for the ethnic minority since the early days, with even his party led governments being dismissed in the light of the issue. Referring to the dismissal...
  • PM not to attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka, Khurshid to represent India: sources November 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Under immense pressure from Tamil parties, the Centre has decided that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh won't go to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM), say government sources. Sources say External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will represent India at CHOGM. Sources in the government say that...
  • No decision yet, but MEA hints PM may skip CHOGM in Sri Lanka November 9, 2013

    New Delhi: It seems the domestic political compulsions have finally forced Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh not to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo between November 13 and 14. The Tamil political parties and even the Congress leaders from Tamil Nadu have managed...
  • DMK chief Karunanidhi appeals to PM to boycott CHOGM November 8, 2013

    New Delhi: DMK chief Karunanidhi on Friday appealed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh once again to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meet in Sri Lanka. "The Prime Minister has a conscience, enough if acts according to his conscience. I did not threaten on withdrawing support. It's been...
  • Cong leadership meets to discuss PM's participation in CHOGM November 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress top leaders met on Friday to decide on whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should participate in Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meet in Sri Lanka. A meeting of the Congress Core Group headed by party president Sonia Gandhi deliberated over the issue for more than one hour...
  • Congress Core Group to decide on PM's visit to Sri Lanka for CHOGM November 8, 2013

    New Delhi: There is still no certainty over whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will go to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). The Congress Core Group is likely to take a final decision on Friday. This even as the DMK on Thursday rejected a compromise formula for...
  • 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 CNN-IBN that the External Affairs Ministry has proposed a compromise plan where the Prime Minister makes a short stop at Jaffna before he heads to...
  • Split within UPA as Chidambaram opposes PM's Lanka visit for CHOGM November 1, 2013

    New Delhi: There is a divide within the Congress and the government over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on November 15 in Sri Lanka. Sources say that Finance Minister P Chidambaram as a Tamil MP feels that the government must factor in state interests....
  • Despite opposition, PM likely to go to Sri Lanka for CHOGM summit October 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Despite opposition from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to go to Colombo for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), according to sources. Sources say that an advance security team has completed its Colombo recce. Sources say that the Prime Minister is likely to...
  • Countries who don't attend CHOGM will be isolated: Sri Lankan envoy October 25, 2013

    Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam has said that India will be isolated if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh doesn't attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Kariyawasam said, "If PM Singh doesn't go, we have to think about who it will affect. Who will...
  • India will be isolated if PM skips Commonwealth meet: Sri Lanka envoy October 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam has said that India will be isolated if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh doesn't attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. This came as the Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a resolution asking the Prime Minister not to attend the meet in Sri Lanka....
  • Madras HC extends status quo on deportation of Lankan Tamil refugee August 27, 2013

    The Madras High Court on Tuesday extended the status quo on deporting Sri Lankan Tamil refugee R Senthuran residing in Pammal at Chennai till September 3. A division bench, comprising Justice V Dhanapalan and Justice C T Selvam, extended the order passed by it on August 23. Senthuran, currently living in...
  • Mumbai: Students, BJP workers protest against 'Madras Cafe' August 22, 2013

    Mumbai: The Students and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Thursday protested the release of Bollywood film 'Madras Cafe'. There have been calls for a ban on the movie in other parts of the country including Chennai. The allegations is that the movie hurts the sentiments of Sri Lankan Tamils. Meanwhile,...
  • Congress decides to support DMK in the RS polls from TN June 26, 2013

    Chennai: Congress on Tuesday decided to support estranged ally DMK for the June 27 Rajya Sabha polls from Tamil Nadu, with its five MLAs all set to vote for DMK nominee Kanimozhi. TNCC president BS Gnanadesikan said AICC General Secretary and party's in-charge for Tamil Nadu Mukul Wasnik had informed...
  • Congress leader foresees party-led third front in TN May 20, 2013

    Pudukottai: With the break-up of UPA in Tamil Nadu, Congress leader and former Union minister EVKS Elangovan on Sunday said there was a possibility of his party heading a new alliance sans the two major Dravidian parties - DMK and AIADMK - for the next Lok Sabha elections. Rejecting the...
  • TN: 2 persons held with 71 fake Indian passports May 2, 2013

    Rameswaram: Two persons who were planning to send several Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to Germany using fake Indian passports were on Wednesday arrested and 71 counterfeit passports seized from them at Naripaiyur in Ramanathapuram district, police said. Cash to the tune of Rs 11.5 lakh was also seized from the duo...
  • Chidambaram slams BJP on Sri Lankan Tamils issue April 8, 2013

    Chennai: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday night slammed BJP for not supporting the UPA government's efforts to pass a resolution in Parliament on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and rejected accusations hurled at Congress that it did not "support" the cause. Addressing a public meeting in Chennai, Chidambaram...
  • Tamil newspaper says staff attacked in Sri Lanka April 3, 2013

    Colombo: A group of unidentified men attacked the office of a Tamil newspaper in Sri Lanka's former war zone on Wednesday, injuring several staffers and damaging equipment at the publication known for its government criticism. The attack is the latest in a series of assaults and threats on the staff of...
  • Sri Lankan trade unions threaten to block goods from TN April 3, 2013

    Colombo: Trade unions manning Sri Lanka's main port have threatened to block about $2 billion worth of imports and exports to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, media reports said in Colombo on Wednesday. The pro-government trade union coalition named the "Organisation for Protecting Harbor Solidarity" has held a protest...
  • Welcome resolution passed by TN Assembly on SL: Actor Sarathkumar April 2, 2013

    Members of the Tamil film industry are on a one-day token fast in protest against the alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan government and Army. ...
  • Tamil actor Vijay regrets not being part of fast April 2, 2013

    Chennai: Tamil actor Vijay, currently shooting in Australia, regrets being unable to join the members of the South Indian Film Artistes Association (SIFAA) to observe a day long fast Tuesday here to protest the alleged 'war crime' against Tamils in Sri Lanka. "I am currently shooting for my film 'Thalaivaa' in...
  • SL war crimes: Rajinikanth joins Tamil film industry's protest April 2, 2013

    Chennai: Members of the Tamil Film industry are on a one-day token fast in Chennai, protesting against the Sri Lankan government and the Army's atrocities on the Tamils there. Superstar Rajinikanth also showed up in solidarity, along with other stars from the Tamil film industry. The industry is demanding an...
  • Govt not taking honest position on Lankan issue: CPI March 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The CPI on Saturday accused the government of not taking an honest position on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and asked it respond to the resolution adopted by the Tamil Nadu assembly. "The government is not taking a forthright and honest position on the issue. The Tamil Nadu...
  • Charges against Cong on SL issue ill-founded: Narayanasamy March 30, 2013

    Chennai: Terming as "ill-founded" and "motivated", charges against the Congress and the UPA Government on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, Union Minister V Narayanasamy on Saturday alleged students were being instigated by some persons to stage agitations on the issue. India was one of the 25 countries that voted in...