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  • 1st ODI: England, Sri Lanka begin World Cup tune-up November 25, 2014

    England will look to settle scores against Sri Lanka after their bad-tempered clash earlier this year when the two sides meet in a pre-World Cup one-day series from Wednesday. The seven-match tour has been spiced up by comments from England captain Alastair Cook that his team will try to exact revenge...
  • Unfazed by the danger, fishermen continue to sail in troubled waters November 24, 2014

    Sri Lanka has arrested and subsequently released hundreds of fishermen from Tamil Nadu for trespassing and illegally poaching in Lankan waters. While many have come under attack, some have even been allegedly killed in firing by the Sri Lankan Navy. CNN-IBN's Anna Isaac finds out what makes Rameswaram's fisherman venture...
  • Tamil Nadu CM Panneerselvam urges Modi to secure release of 14 fishermen held by Sri Lanka November 24, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to ensure the release of 14 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday for trespassing into Lankan waters. He said it is unfortunate that incident has taken place after...
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen tracking GPS to sail in waters along the India-Sri Lanka border November 24, 2014

    Rameswaram: Sri Lanka's frequent detention and release of Indian fishermen and their boats has raised many a quuestions over the years. Presently, there are 38 fishemen from Tamil Nadu who are lodged in Sri Lankan jails as a result of crossing over the International Maritime Boundary Line between India and...
  • Sri Lankan Navy arrests 14 Indian fishermen November 23, 2014

    Chennai: Just days after five Tamil fishermen were released from Sri Lankan prison, the island country's Navy arrested 14 Indian fishermen on Sunday for allegedly trespassing into Lankan waters. 10 fishermen were arrested from Pudukkottai and four from Rameswaram. This comes days after the Sri Lankan government made the big gesture of...
  • Rameswaram: 5 fishermen pardoned by Sri Lanka return home, get heroes welcome November 22, 2014

    Chennai: Three years after five fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lanka and charged with allegedly smuggling drugs into the country, they atlast returned home. The five men from Rameswaram received a hero's welcome. Sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court in October, the...
  • Sangakkara asked to review retirement: reports November 21, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has been asked to review his retirement plans after he had told national selectors in April of hanging up his boots post the 2015 World Cup in Australia. The 37-year-old left-handed batsman might still be keen on giving up ODIs after the 50-over World Cup...
  • Grateful to PM Modi for his help in getting us back home: A released fisherman November 21, 2014

    The five fishermen who were pardoned by the Sri Lankan government have returned to India. A fishermen said, "There have been huge efforts made, diplomatic and otherwise, to secure our release. We heard people have been on hunger fasts for 15 days. The diplomatic efforts from the two countries have...
  • Angelo Mathews wants settled Sri Lanka for England series November 21, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews wants a settled side to face England in their limited-overs series starting next week, and avoid the wholesale changes that resulted in a woeful tour to India in which his team lost all five of its matches. Rival captain Alastair Cook said on Thursday that...
  • Alastair Cook seeks revenge in Sri Lanka November 21, 2014

    London: England captain Alastair Cook on Thursday vowed to try and win a seven-match series in a tit-for-tat revenge against Sri Lanka ahead of next year's World Cup. Speaking to reporters at the start of the ODI series, seen as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Australia...
  • 5 Indian fishermen set free by Sri Lanka arrive in Chennai November 21, 2014

    Chennai: Five fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were sentenced to death in Sri Lanka for alleged drug trafficking but set free after President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned them, arrived on Friday. The fishermen from Rameswaram, who were released by Sri Lankan authorities on Thursday, arrived by an Air India flight at 1:05...
  • Five fishermen released by Sri Lankan government return to India November 20, 2014

    New Delhi: The five fishermen who were pardoned by the Sri Lankan government have returned to India on Thursday. The five Indian fishermen were serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. They landed on Delhi airport from where they were taken to an undisclosed location. They are likely to...
  • Difficult to surpass Rohit Sharma's 264, says Brian Lara November 20, 2014

    Melbourne: West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara on Wednesday said that Indian batsman Rohit Sharma's record one-day international (ODI) knock of 264 will be difficult to surpass. Rohit stunned the cricketing world with his monster score against Sri Lanka last week, smashing the previous record of 219 held by fellow Indian...
  • Srilankan President Rajapaksa declares snap polls to his post, seeks third term November 20, 2014

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed a proclamation declaring his intention to hold a fresh Presidential Election seeking another term on Thursday. He had received the unanimous approval of his party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to declare a snap presidential election in early January, two years...
  • I make sure my ruthless nature rubs onto the team: Virat Kohli November 20, 2014

    India's ace batsman Virat Kohli feels that his endeavour always is to lead a young Indian side by example and wants the team to make winning a habit and not give an inch to the opposition. Kohli, who was the stand-in skipper in the recently concluded home series against Sri Lanka,...
  • Tamil fishermen released from Sri Lankan prison to reach home today November 20, 2014

    Chennai: The five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case will reach home on Thursday. The fishermen were released on Wednesday by Sri Lankan government. The decision came a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan President where they agreed to transfer the...
  • India @ 9 with Palki S Upadhyay November 19, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Palki S Upadhyay on India @ 9. ...
  • Indian fishermen released: Sri Lanka says it's a pardon but not a reduction of sentence November 19, 2014

    Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. Sri Lankan Minister Senthil Thondaman said, "PM Modi spoke to President Rajapaksa and the latter decided to pardon the five Indian fishermen facing death sentence. It...
  • News 360: Night operation starts at Rampal's ashram in Hisar, death toll stands at 6 November 19, 2014

    Violence escalated in Hisar on Wednesday when several cars were set on fire near the self-styled godman Rampal's ashram. The local police is yet to identify the accused persons. Six people have lost their lives so far in clashes between the supporters of self-styled godman Rampal and the Haryana Police...
  • Vaiko calls for a massive celebration of LTTE chief’s birthday November 19, 2014

    Chennai: The NDA ally and the MDMK Chief Vaiko in a statement called for a massive celebration in Tamil Nadu on the occasion of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran's 60th birthday. Vaiko wants the people of Tamil Nadu to hold prayer meetings, offer prayers, burst crackers and distribute sweets. LTTE is...
  • Sri Lanka releases 5 Indian fishermen facing death sentence after President Rajapaksa grants pardon November 19, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. The decision came a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan President where they agreed to transfer the fishermen to an...
  • Key Rajapaksa ally quits Lanka's ruling coalition November 18, 2014

    Colombo: In a blow to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a key ally pulled out of the ruling coalition on Monday in protest against his refusal to give up virtually unlimited powers, a day before he was likely to announce snap presidential polls. Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) or National Heritage Party...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing November 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The first book that I had read about the Sri Lankan War was Ru Freeman's 'On Sal Mal Lane'. Though it was a work of fiction, it introduced me to the conditions and life of people living in a war zone and terror has become a part of...
  • India in fine shape for World Cup title defence November 17, 2014

    An ODI series that had the potential to be a closely contested one turned out to be a horribly one-sided battle where the winner was decided even before the rubber was over. The Sri Lankans, who were asked to pack their bags for India in the eleventh hour and in the...
  • Jayasuriya takes responsibility for Lanka's Indian debacle November 17, 2014

    Colombo: The chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya has taken responsibility for Sri Lanka's 0-5 thrashing in India following the sudden decision to make the tour. Jayasuriya, who is the Deputy Minister of Sports, was addressing the Parliament on the Sports Ministry's budgetary allocations. "There is no need to blame the Sports Minister...
  • We want to flush out the disappointment quickly: Angelo Mathews November 17, 2014

    Ranchi: Soundly thrashed in the ODI series against India, Sri Lanka want to flush the disappointment out of their system as soon as possible, said skipper Angelo Mathews, insisting that there are some positives to take home despite the 0-5 drubbing. "Now we just got to flush it out of the...
  • Stat Attack: Another world record for Virat Kohli, Axar Patel on top November 17, 2014

    Team India extended its dominance over Sri Lanka on the cricket field by completing an overwhelming 5-0 ODI series win over the visitors on Sunday, which is also their sixth consecutive bilateral series win against the neighbours. Besides, the series also possibly opened the gates to World Cup for left-arm...
  • Virat Kohli lauds Team India for positive, aggressive attitude November 17, 2014

    Ranchi: Elated after India decimated Sri Lanka with clinical precision in the just-concluded ODIs, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli said the biggest takeaway from the hurriedly-arranged series has been the positive and aggressive attitude that his team displayed all through. India crushed Sri Lanka 5-0 completing the formalities with a three-wicket triumph...
  • Virat Kohli demands more application from batsmen November 16, 2014

    Ranchi: After he powered India to a clean sweep over Sr Lanka with an unbeaten ton on Sunday, Virat Kohli said he was a "little worried and annoyed" when his batsmen were throwing away their wickets and demanded more application from them. Kohli made a gritty unbeaten century as a dominant...
  • India consolidate their No 1 ICC ODI rankings November 16, 2014

    Dubai: World champions India have consolidated their top rank on the ICC ODI Team Rankings after sweeping the series against Sri Lanka, which concluded in Ranchi on Sunday. India had started the series at the third position on 113 ratings points and has finished on 117 ratings points, two ratings points...