Sri Lankans

  • 37 Tamil fishermen set free by Sri Lankan court 11-07-2014 07:30 PM

    Rameswaram (TN): Thirty-seven fishermen from the island, arrested in two batches by Sri Lankan Navy while fishing near Katchateevu recently, were on Friday ordered to be released by a court in the neighbouring country. Mannar court magistrate Aanandhi Kanagarathinam ordered the release of the fishermen, Pamban Fishermen Association president U...
  • Tamil Nadu: 24 fishermen return home from Sri Lanka 26-06-2014 11:24 PM

    Karaikal/Nagapattinam: 24 fishermen who were released after their arrest by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 17, returned to Karaikal on Thursday, a senior Coast Guard official said. Commander of the Coast Guard station at Karaikal Udhal Singh said the state and central governments had initiated steps to secure release...
  • Four members of a Sri Lankan family arrested 21-06-2014 05:06 PM

    Rameswaram: A four member Sri Lankan family, including two minor children who arrived illegally by a boat from Mullaitivu were arrested off Dhanushkodi on Saturday, police said. The couple told police they had come to India after paying Rs 80,000 to the boat owner to drop them off at Arichal...
  • Seven fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy 20-06-2014 05:01 PM

    Rameswaram: In continuing instances of arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Naval personnel, seven of them from a coastal village in Nagapattinam district were arrested while fishing near Kodiyakari, a fishermen's organisation official said on Friday. "The seven fishermen with their one boat have been taken to Trincomallee...
  • Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa urges centre to secure release of Indian fishermen 19-06-2014 07:07 PM

    Chennai: Urging the centre to secure the release of 46 Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said that the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka should not be taken as settled. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the...
  • Tamil Nadu: 36 fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy 18-06-2014 11:25 PM

    Rameswaram: Thirty six fishermen from a village in Pudukottai district and this coastal town were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel on Wednesday in two separate incidents while fishing near Neduntheevu and Katchatheevu islet, a fisheries department official said. While 24 fishermen in six boats were held near Neduntheevu, 12...
  • SL Navy arrests 29 Tamil fishermen just 5 days after Rajapaksa's visit 01-06-2014 01:35 PM

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday arrested 29 fishermen from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and detained six boats. The arrests came less than a week after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in. The arrest came two days before Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is scheduled to...
  • Rajapaksa briefs Modi on Lanka's reconciliation process 28-05-2014 08:02 PM

    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...
  • Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan hangs in balance 25-05-2014 04:22 PM

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already sent an official invitation to the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) for a short series but the probability of the tour taking place is 50-50 chance. "The chances that Sri Lankan board will accept our invitation is 50-50 to be honest. Because we...
  • 14 SL fishermen remanded to judicial custody till June 4 22-05-2014 02:39 PM

    Fourteen Sri Lankan fishermen, arrested by the Coast Guard on the charge of illegally fishing in Indian waters, were remanded to judicial custody till June 4 by a court near Ramanathapuram on Thursday. According to officials, the fishermen were produced before the Judicial Magistrate at Paramakudi and remanded to judicial...
  • Sri Lanka hires Pakistani lawyer for UN rights probe 19-05-2014 08:49 AM

    Colombo: Faced with an impending UN inquiry, the Sri Lankan government has hired a prominent Pakistani lawyer to defend itself over its human rights record and alleged war crimes, a media report said in Colombo on Monday. Aitzaz Ahsan, a 70-year-old Pakistani legal expert, was in Colombo last week for...
  • Abstention louder than any vote

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    With India's abstention vote, it would seem that South Block is wresting back control of its decision-making authority from that domestic sphere that has ridden...

  • AIADMK releases its manifesto, says will ensure justice in SL war crimes 22-03-2014 07:19 PM

    New Delhi: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Saturday released its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The party in its manifesto said that it will ensure justice in Sri Lankan war crimes through the International Court of Justice and will also do work for the welfare...
  • India yet to take a call on UNHRC vote on war crimes, PM tells Sri Lankan President 04-03-2014 01:50 PM

    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 04-03-2014 11:05 AM

    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...
  • 32 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy 04-03-2014 10:34 AM

    Colombo: At least 32 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country's waters off the coast of the Delft islet in Jaffna. Their eight trawlers were seized yesterday, a Naval spokesman said. The fishermen were being taken to the port of Kankesanturai to...
  • PM Manmohan Singh to meet Sri Lankan President in Myanmar 04-03-2014 09:07 AM

    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...
  • Sri Lankan naval arrests 29 TN fishermen 13-02-2014 12:28 PM

    Sri Lankan Naval personnel on Thursday arrested 29 fishermen from Mandapam and Rameswaram when they were fishing near Neduntheevu in the Palk Strait. The Lankan navy arrested them for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters using banned fishing nets, officials said, adding, seven boats were also seized. The fishermen have...
  • TN: Indian Coast Guard arrests 25 Lankan fishermen 10-02-2014 09:48 AM

    Chennai: The Indian Coast Guard has arrested 25 Sri Lankan fishermen for trespassing into Indian waters in Nagapattinam. The Coast Guard has also seized five boats and 5000 kg fish. "Lankan fishermen had trespassed 48 nautical miles east off Velankanni," the Indian Coast Guard said. The Lankan fishermen have been...
  • Tamil Nadu: 13 acquitted of charges of aiding LTTE in 2009 07-02-2014 11:57 PM

    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...
  • CJ Show: An army veterans fight for compensation 25-01-2014 11:27 PM

    Col. Anil Kaul is a Vir Chakra awardee who lost his right eye and a partially damaged his hand in the battle in Sri Lanka. According to military rules, Col Kaul must be paid compensation for he had fought the enemy on the front-line. He has today turned a Citizen...
  • 200 Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lankan jails, families seek help 13-01-2014 09:51 AM

    Rameshwaram: More than 200 Indian fishermen are being held in Sri Lankan jails, for straying into Sri Lankan water. Even as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has promised to have them released by January 20, their families have accused political leaders of ignoring their fate. A day in the life...
  • 22 more TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy 29-12-2013 12:40 PM

    Rameswaram: Amidst stepped up pressure to secure the release of over 220 Tamil Nadu fishermen detained in Sri Lanka, 22 more were arrested by the island navy on Sunday while fishing in the Palk Strait. The fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai District were arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel on...
  • DMK has struggled for SL Tamil cause since early days: Karuna 15-12-2013 08:23 AM

    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...
  • Jayalalithaa slams Centre over arrest of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy 12-12-2013 05:51 PM

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday lambasted Centre for what she termed as "facile do not touch policy" over the arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan navy, and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to personally take up the matter with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Referring to the arrest...
  • Don't make Commonwealth 'punitive' body, says Rajapaksa 15-11-2013 11:09 PM

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, on Friday, made a historic visit to the former war zone of Jaffna to "shine a light on the chilling events" during the last phase of the war against the LTTE, hours after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cautioned against turning the Commonwealth into a...
  • PM not to attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka, Khurshid to represent India: sources 09-11-2013 01:26 PM

    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...
  • No decision yet, but MEA hints PM may skip CHOGM in Sri Lanka 09-11-2013 12:34 PM

    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...
  • SLC asks PCB to pay USD 30K incurred during March 2009 attack 09-11-2013 11:34 AM

    Karachi: Sri Lankan Cricket Board is still waiting for its Pakistan counterpart to pay an amount of USD 30,000 incurred while hiring a chartered airplane to fly their players out of Lahore after militants attacked them in March 2009. According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Sri Lankans...
  • DMK chief Karunanidhi appeals to PM to boycott CHOGM 08-11-2013 12:45 PM

    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...