SRI LANKA CRISIS

  • 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,"...
  • Photogallery: ProTamil protests all over the world May 19, 2009

    Supporters of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam stage protests all over the world against Sri Lankan army's war on the Tigers. ...
  • Pics: LTTE offers surrender, Lanka rejoices May 18, 2009

    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. ...
  • 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...
  • LTTE reaches out to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for peace May 4, 2009

    New Delhi: Sri Lanka's beleaguered Tamil rebels on Monday urged Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to facilitate a ceasefire in the island nation. The appeal was made in a telephonic conversation between Ravi Shankar and B Nadesan, chief of the political wing of the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil...
  • 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...
  • LTTE supporters attack Indian Army convoy May 2, 2009

    Thiruvananthapuram: An Indian Army convoy was attacked by Tamil Tiger supporters in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore city on Saturday, a defence spokesman said. Supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stopped five army trucks carrying ammunition and personnel who were returning from training in Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh. They were...
  • 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...
  • French, British ministers in Lanka; urge ceasefire April 29, 2009

    Colombo: The visiting French and British foreign ministers urged Sri Lanka's government to enter an immediate ceasefire on Wednesday in its war with Tamil rebels, saying the need to protect civilians in the war zone is paramount. "Now is the time for the fighting to stop," British Foreign Secretary David Miliband...
  • No end to Lanka war, conflict rages on April 26, 2009

    The humanitarian crisis in war ravaged Sri Lanka worsens. Worries are mounting over the fate of thousands of civilians after Sri Lankan government refused to bow down to international pressure. UN on the other hand has sent their envoy to the Island nation. ...
  • LTTE declares unilateral ceasefire, Lanka rejects it April 26, 2009

    Colombo: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), holding less than eight sq km of territory in the island's north, on Sunday announced a unilateral ceasefire in Sri Lanka, a prorebel website reported. But the Sri Lankan government rejected the truce. "In the face of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and in...
  • Tamils in Australia protest to boycott Lankan goods April 26, 2009

    Canberra: About 800 of Tamil protesters rallied in Sydney's Central Business Distinct on Sunday, stopping traffic and residents in their tracks. "This time around we're calling on our friends, our family and our neighbours in the Australian community to start boycotting Sri Lankan products," Protest spokeswoman Sam Pari told reporters. Foreign Minister...
  • Sri Lanka troops 6 km away from LTTE holdout April 26, 2009

    Colombo: Troops on Sunday captured more LTTEheld areas as a senior UN official arrived in Sri Lanka to assess the needs of tens of thousands of civilians who fled the rebelheld areas and those who are still trapped in the warzone in the island's north. The defence ministry said that soldiers...
  • Lanka refuses ceasefire, says LTTE's end in sight April 26, 2009

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says it is about to defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the countrys north and wont end the military conflict with the rebels yet. Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Secretary Palitha Kohona on Sunday told CNNIBN his country is capable of helping the thousands...
  • Man immolates self over Sri Lankan Tamils issue April 24, 2009

    Coimbatore: An AIADMK activist on Thursday set himself ablaze in protest against alleged failure of both the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments to find a solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue. Mani (43), a worker in a dyeing factory in Tirupur, doused himself with kerosene on the Kulathupalayam Main road...
  • Bandh on Sri Lankan issue in TM: Normal life affected April 23, 2009

    Chennai: Normal life in Tamil Nadu was affected due to the 12hour dawn to dusk statewide general strike called by the ruling DMK over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue demanding immediate steps for a ceasefire. The strike began at 0600 hours and will end at 1800 hours. The Public transport system was...
  • India talks tough, sending emissaries to Sri Lanka April 23, 2009

    New Delhi: With the killings of Tamil civilians continuing in Sri Lanka, India on Thursday underlined the need for "an immediate cessation of all hostilities" and announced that it will send two special emissaries to Colombo. "We are very unhappy at the continued killing in Sri Lanka. All killing must stop....