SRI LANKA WAR

  • Karunanidhi condemns denial of Indian visa to journalist Callum Macrae November 7, 2013

    Chennai: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief Karunanidhi has termed the denial of visa to British journalist Callum Macrae as cheap tactics. Karunanidhi has reacted to reports of denial of visa to Macrea for the past 8 months. Macrae had released a video on channel 4 showing the atrocities committed by Sri Lanka...
  • Vaiko seeks fresh Assembly resolution on Tamils issue March 23, 2013

    Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko on Saturday requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to adopt a resolution in the state Assembly on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, similar to the one adopted two years ago. The 2011 resolution called for economic sanctions to be imposed on Sri Lanka till Tamils in the...
  • Sri Lanka disappointed with India's vote at UNHRC: Envoy March 21, 2013

    Mumbai: Expressing disappointment over India voting in favour of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka on human rights, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam on Thursday said India's decision was due to its compulsions. "The resolution proposed by the US was uncalled for. We do not recognise that resolution. We...
  • India rejects reports of SL taking over parts of IOC depot March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: India on Thursday denied reports that Sri Lanka had decided to reposses a part of a strategic oil depot Indian Oil as was announced by Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. An official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that India has been assured that such reports were...
  • PM accepts DMK ministers' resignations March 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday accepted the resignations of five DMK ministers and forwarded them to President Pranab Mukherjee. Cabinet Minister SK Jena has been given additional charge of the chemical and fertilizers portfolio earlier held by DMK's MK Alagiri. The other four ministers were ministers of state. "The...
  • No need for no-trust motion against UPA government: BJP March 20, 2013

    New Delhi: BJP President Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said there was no need for his party to bring a no-confidence motion against the UPA government, saying it will fall on its own. "There is no need to bring a no-confidence motion. This government will fall on its own as UPA allies...
  • Has India betrayed Tamils at the UN Human Rights Council? March 20, 2013

    It is perhaps the first time that a resolution pushed by one country, the US, against another country, Sri Lanka, has destabilised the government in a third country. Away from the political heat for the UPA government, is the anger on the streets of Tamil Nadu, against the treatment of...
  • 5 DMK ministers resign after party withdraws support to UPA March 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Five Union ministers of the DMK, including party patriarch M Karunanidhi's son, MK Alagiri, submitted their resignations to the PM on Wednesday. The resignations by the ministers comes a day after the DMK withdrew support from the UPA government over its alleged "unwillingness" to push for a stronger...
  • 'Last-minute changes to UN resolution on Sri Lanka unlikely' March 20, 2013

    UN envoy Dilip Sinha is in Parliament to meet PMO officials. He is briefing the government on amendments to the UNHRC resolution. ...
  • Sri Lanka to reject US-sponsored resolution at UNHRC March 20, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will reject the final draft of a US-sponsored resolution submitted at the UNHRC which seeks to "discredit" and "single out" the country over alleged human rights violations, External Affairs Minister GL Peiris has said. Peiris, in his communique to member states setting out the government of Sri...
  • DMK sticks to its demand on Sri Lankan resolution March 19, 2013

    Chennai/New Delhi: Even though the DMK has pulled out of the Congress-led UPA over the US-sponsored war crimes resolution on Sri Lanka, the party is still adamant that its three demands on the issue be incorporated into the resolution. The M Karunanidhi-led party insists that the terms "genocide" and "war...
  • DMK pulls out of UPA, ministers to quit soon March 19, 2013

    Chennai/ New Delhi: The DMK which has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha has withdrawn support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government over the US-sponsored resolution on alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan forces. Announcing the decision to pull out of the UPA, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said...
  • Will continue to support the government: SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav March 19, 2013

    SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the DMK has still not withdrawn support from the UPA as they haven't notified the President. ...
  • Will reconsider if Parliament passes resolution ahead of UN vote: Karuna March 19, 2013

    After DMK's decision to withdraw support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government, the UPA Government is now reduced to minority. ...
  • UPA not in minority, will support it: BSP March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has decided not to rock the Congress-led UPA's boat. A couple of hours after the DMK decided to pull out of the ruling coalition, Mayawati said her party would continue extending outside support to the UPA. "We don't want non-secular parties to come...
  • DMK withdrawal from the UPA a drama: Subramanian Swamy March 19, 2013

    Subramanian Swamy said if the DMK is serious, they should write to the President that they are withdrawing support. ...
  • DMK hints at room for negotiation, says no divorce from UPA March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Leaving a door open for negotiations after withdrawing its support to the UPA, DMK Rajya Sabha MP Vasanthi Stanley said she is sure that the government will look into the party's demands. "We are not here to destabilise the government, we are sure government will look at our demand....
  • SL Tamil issue forces repeated adjournments in Parliament March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Parliament on Tuesday witnessed repeated adjournments during Question Hour as DMK and AIADMK disrupted proceedings in both the Houses on the issues of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka. In the Lok Sabha, soon after Speaker Meira Kumar read out obituary references DMK, AIADMK and BJD members trooped into the...
  • DMK pulls out of UPA; Chidambaram says govt is stable March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Downplaying the DMK decision to pull out of the Congress-led UPA coalition in protest against the government's position on a US-backed United Nations resolution against Sri Lanka, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the government is stable and will continue to stay in power. "The government is stable, the...
  • DMK pulls out of UPA: Party position in the LS March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The DMK which has 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha has withdrawn support to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government over the US-sponsored resolution on alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan forces. The UPA Government is now reduced to minority. DMK chief M Karunanidhi, as well as his...
  • Watered down draft does not urge SL to accept international probe March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: A revised version of the US resolution draft accessed by Amnesty from the UNHRC intranet is a watered down version of the original. The draft 'Encourages' rather than 'Urges' Sri Lanka to accept an independent international probe. The revised draft inserts a para 'Welcomes Sri Lankan work in rehabilitation...
  • Live: DMK MP says party not posturing, blames UPA for ignoring SL Tamils March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: 6.16 pm: DMK MP S Ganapathy says that the party didn't withdraw support to pull down the UPA govt, but was acting according to the will of the people of TN. 5.40 pm: Government sources say that the DMK never insisted on the term 'genocide' during their meet with...
  • DMK gives notice to suspend question hour March 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Standing firm on its stand for a very strong resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the DMK has decided to stall both houses of Parliament on Tuesday to force the Congress-led UPA Government to vote in favour of the US-sponsored resolution. DMK...
  • Sri Lankan war crimes: Jayalalithaa writes to PM March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The DMK and the AIADMK have stepped up pressure on the Centre over war crimes in Sri Lanka. After DMK chief Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, too, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, demanding that the government takes a strong and courageous stand against Sri Lanka...
  • SL war crimes: We'll keep demanding an international inquiry, says D Raja March 17, 2013

    CPI(M) MP D Raja said his party will keep pressing for their demand to order an international inquiry into the Sri Lanka war crimes. ...
  • China's Xi hints at backing Lanka against UNHRC resolution March 17, 2013

    Beijing: Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday offered his support in protecting Sri Lanka's national sovereignty, hinting at Beijing's backing to stave off a US-backed resolution against the country at UN Rights Council. Xi told his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahenda Rajapakse over phone that China supports his country's efforts to...
  • Students fasting in support of SL Tamils hospitalised March 11, 2013

    Chennai: Eight students of a city-based college, who were on a fast unto death on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, were removed by police and admitted to hospital. Police also detained many of those who supported them, drawing criticism. Police sources said the students were removed and admitted...
  • Political reconciliation in SL the only way: PM March 8, 2013

    The question of which way will India vote on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka has become more complex after the US circulated its draft, a copy of which is with CNN-IBN. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that political reconciliation in Sri Lanka is the only way out. ...
  • SL war crimes resolution: DMK, Left welcome India's move March 22, 2012

    New Delhi: The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted the resolution against Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes on Thursday with 24 countries, including India, voting in favour, 15 against and eight abstaining. Welcoming the move of India to vote in favour of the USbacked resolution, DMK MP Kanimozhi...
  • Sri Lanka defends charges of alleged war crime June 21, 2011

    Colombo: Amid mounting pressure from the western nations on Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crime during the ethnic conflict, the government today said that that the politically motivated campaign to undermine the sovereignty of the country will fail as its friends would stand by it. Foreign Minister G L Peiris...