Tamil Eelam

  • CHOGM to begin amid allegations of rights violations by Sri Lanka November 14, 2013

    The absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterparts from Canada and Mauritius has cast a shadow over the threeday CHOGM summit that begins on Friday amid allegations of human rights violations against the Tamils in Sri Lanka's war against the LTTE. Unfazed by repeated references to the "war crimes"...
  • 3,000 Sri Lankan workers return after Saudi amnesty July 18, 2013

    Colombo: Over 3,000 Sri Lankan migrant workers having expired visas returned home under a special amnesty granted by the Saudi Arabian government, an official statement here said on Wednesday. These workers were the first to return, and more are expected to come back later, reported Xinhua citing Sri Lanka Bureau of...
  • No move to block trade with south India: Sri Lanka April 5, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has rejected moves to block trade with Tamil Nadu and has insisted that economic relations should not be disrupted despite political tensions, an official said on Thursday. "There were reports regarding a protest by a port employees' organization which said their members will refrain from handling or processing...
  • 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 progovernment trade union coalition named the "Organisation for Protecting Harbor Solidarity" has held a protest...
  • Suriya, Karthi fans to observe fast for Sri Lankan Tamils March 31, 2013

    Chennai: Members of the fans associations of Tamil actors Suriya and Karthi are observing a fast on Sunday across Tamil Nadu against the reported genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka. "Fans' associations of actors Suriya and Karthi are going to observe one day fast for Tamil Eelam on March 31 (Sunday)...
  • Karuna writes to PM, wants inclusion of genocide in UN resolution March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Reiterating that his party would pull out of the UPA if the government did not press for inclusion of genocide and war crimes on Tamils by Sri Lankan Army and administrators, DMK chief M Karunanidhi said that there is no point in continuing the alliance if the Centre...
  • Chidambaram hints at vote against Sri Lanka at UN meet March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram has hinted at a possible vote against Sri Lanka at a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) later in March. This comes barely a day after DMK chief M Karunanidhi warned of pulling out his ministers from the Cabinet over the Sri Lankan Tamils...
  • India must back US resolution on Sri Lanka: DMK March 14, 2013

    Chennai: The DMK on Wednesday again asked the Indian government to support a US-sponsored resolution at a UN body attacking Sri Lanka's human rights record. New Delhi should throw its weight behind the resolution introduced at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as it was backed by 30 other countries,...
  • Lankan Army rebuts rape charges in HRW report February 27, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Tuesday dismissed as "fabricated lies", a report by a leading rights group alleging that its military used rape and other forms of sexual violence to torture suspected Tamil rebels since the end of the island's civil war in 2009. The 141-page report by New York-based Human Rights...
  • Lankan civil war: Ban acknowledges failure of UN system November 16, 2012

    United Nations: UN chief Ban Kimoon acknowledged the failure of the UN system in meeting its responsibilities to respond to the human rights violations in Sri Lanka's bloody civil war after a panel set up by him criticised the world body for its "grave failure" in handling the situation during...
  • Sri Lankan war was grave failure for UN: internal review panel November 15, 2012

    United Nations: The United Nations failed to call proper attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan civilians during the bloody final stage of the government's war against Tamil Tiger rebels, according to a UN report released on Wednesday. UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon responded to the report by...
  • TN: HC stays order against DMK's Eelam meet August 12, 2012

    New Delhi: In a welcome breather for the DMK, the Madras High Court on Sunday stayed the police order refusing permission to it to hold a pro-Eelam conference. The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) meeting at the YMCA will now go ahead, albeit subject to conditions. The entire meet is being...
  • Madras HC to decide on DMK plea for TESO meet August 12, 2012

    Chennai: The Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) meeting is caught in a legal wrangle. The Madras High court will hear the plea on Sunday filed by the DMK against the police's denial to give TESO permission to hold its meeting at the YMCA grounds. Sources say that if the court...
  • Chennai: Cops deny permission for TESO meet August 11, 2012

    Chennai: City police have denied permission for the pro-Eelam TESO meet, convened by the forum's founder leader and DMK chief M Karunanidhi here on Sunday. Police have denied permission on various grounds but they cannot be divulged as the matter was sub-judice, Chennai Police Commissioner J K Tripathy told PTI...
  • Karuna's Eelam u-turn true to form: Activists July 18, 2012

    Chennai: The sudden volte face by DMK chief M Karunanidhi on his demand for Eelam in the context of the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) meeting on August 12 — where no resolution would be passed in support of Eelam — has least angered or even surprised many Tamil rights...
  • TN: Karunanidhi somersaults on Tamil Eelam July 17, 2012

    Chennai: A day after Congress made it clear that it will not support the demand for Tamil Eelam, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Monday made a U-turn on his plan to raise the issue at the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) meet on August 12. “As of now, Tamil Eelam...
  • Congress won't toe Karunanidhi line on Eelam July 16, 2012

    Chennai: A day after the DMK announced the date for the Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) conference in Chennai on August 12, its key ally Congress state unit president B S Gnanadesikan on Sunday said that his party will not support the demand for Eelam. Speaking to reporters at party...
  • LTTE tortured, killed while fighting Indians: Book July 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The LTTE tortured and killed alleged spies and "traitors" and also looted Tamil shops and homes while fighting the Indian peacekeepers in Sri Lanka, a book by a former woman fighter says. Niromi de Soyza, who joined the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in early 1987 at age...
  • DMK reiterates demand for separate Tamil Eelam June 13, 2012

    Tiruvarur: Making a fresh demand for a separate Tamil homeland, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Wednesday said the August 5 TESO conference will discuss ways and means to achieve it in a peaceful and democratic manner even as he asserted he was ready to die after witnessing its birth. "A long-pending...
  • Rajiv Gandhi: what happened on May 21, 1991 May 21, 2012

    On May 21, 1991, former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi reached Chennai by an afternoon-evening flight. After two hours, he was bound for Sriperumbudur, an industrial centre in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu and just 40 km from Chennai. Rajiv was busy campaigning for the mid-term elections which had...
  • Now, Paswan joins Eelam chorus May 21, 2012

    CHENNAI : Backing the creation of an independent, sovereign Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, Member of Parliament and president of the Lok Janshakthi Party, Ram Vilas Paswan, on Sunday called upon the international community to ensure that a referendum is conducted to determine the emotions of the Tamil population. Speaking...
  • Karuna seeks Centre's help on Tamil Eelam issue April 25, 2012

    Chennai: Claiming that political solution or devolution of powers to Tamil areas in Sri Lanka remained merely on paper, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday made a fresh demand for a separate 'Eelam' (homeland) for Lankan Tamils and sought the Union Government's help on the issue. "Sri Lankan Tamils will not...
  • 'India should support referendum for Tamil Eelam' April 18, 2012

    Chennai: DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday said India should take up efforts in the United Nations for holding a referendum in Sri Lanka for creation of a separate Tamil Eelam. Welcoming the idea of a referendum for the creation of Tamil Eelam, Karunanidhi, writing...
  • Tamil Eelam is my unrealised dream: Karuna March 23, 2012

    Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Thursday termed 'Tamil Eelam' his unrealised dream and said he will fight for its realisation. Asked by reporters in Chennai on his reaction to passing of US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and whether there is a possibility...
  • VCK not to dilute stand on Tamil Eelam March 23, 2011

    Chennai: Dalit-based Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), a constituent of the DMK-led alliance, on Wednesday said the combine was only a "poll-time arrangement" and the party would not "dilute" its stand on the demand for separate statehood for Sri Lankan Tamils. "This is a poll-time arrangement. There is no change in our...
  • Jaya slams Manmohan on Lankan Tamils issue May 6, 2009

    Chennai: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh alleging that he has done nothing for the Sri Lankan Tamils while rushing to the rescue of Bofors scam accused Ottavio Quattrocchi. "Manmohan Singh seems to be quiet on the Sri...
  • TN parties in chorus, demand Tamil Eelam in SL April 26, 2009

    Chennai: Lakhs of refugees are streaming out of the war zone in Sri Lanka as the Sri Lankan army pounds the LTTE fighters. Thousands more are still trapped and reportedly starving as a 20-year-old war strains towards a bloody finish. The Lankan army claims it has liberated Valayardaman which is just...
  • Vaiko's 'bloodbath' remark exposes Third Front fissures April 11, 2009

    Chennai: MDMK leader Vaiko's warning of a "bloodbath" in Tamil Nadu over the Sri Lankan Tamil tangle has brought out fissures in the AIADMK-led Third Front with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) demanding an explanation from him. State Secretary of the CPI-M, N Varadarajan, said on Friday in a statement:...
  • Vaiko charged under sedition law | What he said April 10, 2009

    Chennai: An FIR has been registered against MDMK leader Vaiko in Chennai for his inflammatory speeches in support of the LTTE. The police has registered FIR against Vaiko, charging him with sedition and under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. He is accused of making a comment that could create fear or incite...