TAMIL TIGERS

  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold 1 week ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • Sri Lanka accuses diplomats of interfering in its affairs January 26, 2014

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Sunday accused some diplomats of interfering in the country's domestic affairs, a news agency reported. Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that there is a section of the international community that wants to try and force its own agenda on Sri Lanka. The Ministry of Defence quoted...
  • Sri Lanka seeks equal treatment from United Nations August 30, 2013

    Sri Lanka, under attack for human rights abuses, on Thursday sought equal treatment from the UN for all countries. External Affairs Minister GL Peiris said there was a perception in Sri Lanka about the lack of objectivity and fairness in the treatment meted out to Colombo, reports Xinhua. The minister said Sri...
  • India to finance major harbour in Sri Lanka May 8, 2011

    New Delhi: India will provide financial aid to develop the biggest harbour in Sri Lanka's north to facilitate transportation of goods from nearby Indian ports, according to a Sri Lankan official in New Delhi. The Kankasanthurai harbour in Jaffna peninsula will be developed in two phases. The harbour is one of...
  • Report: Tamil Tigers raised funds in Switzerland January 16, 2011

    Geneva: Members of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers group allegedly extorted millions from ethnic Tamils in Switzerland to fund their armed revolt against the government in Colombo, Swiss newspapers reported on Sunday. The allegations formed the basis for a series of police raids on Tuesday against Tamil individuals and companies across...
  • LTTE gone but Sri Lanka pauses at crossroads January 31, 2010

    The Sri Lankan militarys against victory against the LTTE in May 2009 altered the dynamics of the longstanding ethnic Tamil versus Sinhala conflict. Eight months later the sound of guns was replaced by the sound of fireworks on the streets of Colombo. President Mahinda Rajpaksa returned to power in elections...
  • India steps in, offers $100 mn for Sri Lanka refugees October 18, 2009

    Chennai: India on Sunday offered Sri Lanka $100 million to help war refugees return home and rebuild the country's ravaged north, as New Delhi seeks to engage in the island nation's postwar reconstruction and retain influence. Home Minister P Chidambaram said India was willing to provide the aid package to Sri...
  • Last of LTTE seeks to regroup, fight on for cause June 17, 2009

    Colombo: The remnants of LTTE rebels have vowed to form a government in exile to push their separatist cause, which Sri Lanka on Wednesday called a "hallucination" and another illegal attempt to violate its unitary status. The decision came less than a month after the Sri Lankan military finally crushed the...
  • Prabhakaran's son suffered injuries in clashes: Report May 18, 2009

    Colombo: LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's elder son Charles Anthony, who is believed to be among the dead, was reportedly seriously injured while commanding a contingent of the Tamil Tiger forces. Anthony, in his twenties, could have been injured during clashes with Sri Lankan army and had undergone treatment in March, reports...
  • 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 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...
  • India all for civilians, no sympathy for LTTE: Pranab January 27, 2009

    New Delhi: India will finally step in to press for the safety of the Tamil population caught in the crossfire between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE. According to the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee who will be in Colombo this evening, the answer is a definite no. He particularly warned...
  • Lanka army retakes LTTE HQs, says war 95 pc over January 25, 2009

    Colombo: Dealing a body blow to the beleaguered Tamil Tigers, Sri Lankan troops on Sunday captured the garrison town of Mullaittivu, the last urban stronghold of the LTTE, with the military asserting that the 25yearlong ethnic conflict was now "95 per cent over". "We have completely captured Mullaittivu," a...
  • LTTE stronghold falls, Sri Lanka declares victory January 2, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan troops have captured the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels' headquarters town of Kilinochchi after months of fighting, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Friday. Troops fought their way into Kilinochchi in one of the biggest blows for the rebels in years. "We should pay the gratitude of the...
  • Sri Lanka mulls banning Tigers as fighting escalates December 31, 2008

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's government is considering reimposing a formal ban on the Tamil Tigers amid escalating fighting in the island's north, official sources said on Tuesday. An original ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was lifted in September 2002 ahead of an Oslobacked peace process, which collapsed when...
  • India's double speak on terror, amnesty to LTTE allies December 10, 2008

    New Delhi:As New Delhi talks tough on cross border terror, it also speaks a different language on the issue when it comes to Sri Lanka's problems with the LTTE. Pressure from crucial Tamil Nadu ally the DMK is making the Manmohan Singh government indulge in some double speak. Sri Lanka has...
  • Explosion rocks Sri Lanka capital Colombo, wounds 44 August 30, 2008

    Colombo: At least 44 people were wounded when a blast hit a busy commercial area in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, officials said. "There had been an explosion, it was a bomb placed close to an apple vendor in Pettah," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. ...
  • US worried over Lanka violence October 19, 2006

    New Delhi: Curfew has been relaxed in the violencehit Sri Lankan port city of Galle on Thursday but security remains tight amid fears of communal clashes. Meanwhile, US envoy Richard Boucher is in Colombo to give peace talks between the government and the LTTE due to be held on...