Colombo

  • 50 fishermen injured as Lankan naval personnel attack them 27-03-2014 03:52 PM

    Rameswaram: Fifty fishermen from this coastal town were injured when Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked them with stones and bottles after firing in the air early this morning off Katchathivu islet. The Lankan naval personnel also damaged 30 boats and cut fishing nets, police said. One boat sank as...
  • Sri Lanka arrests 75 Indian fishermen just days ahead of crucial meet 20-03-2014 11:50 AM

    Chennai: The Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday arrested 75 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu for allegedly trespassing into its waters. The Sri Lankan Navy also seized around 17 boats belonging to the fishermen. The arrests come ahead of a scheduled meeting between fishermen from both the countries on March 25...
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen have no right to fish around Katchatheevu: Centre 23-01-2014 11:21 PM

    Chennai: The Centre today informed the Madras High Court that the sovereignty of Sri Lanka over the islet of Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits is a settled matter and Indian fishermen do not enjoy any right to fish in the region. The Indian fishermen can have access to the islet...
  • Sri Lanka releases 20 jailed Indian fishermen 13-01-2014 03:24 PM

    New Delhi: The External Affairs Ministry today announced that India and Sri Lanka had begun the process of releasing fishermen trapped in Lankan jails. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted to say that 20 fishermen had been released today. "#India-#Srilanka begin process of release of fishermen. 1st batch of 20 released,"...
  • India builds 10,000 homes for IDPs in Sri Lanka 31-12-2013 04:35 PM

    The Indian government built 10,000 houses this year for internally displaced people in Sri Lanka's northern and eastern provinces and 33,000 more will be constructed in the next two years. The housing project funded by New Delhi made significant progress during 2013, the Indian High Commission said in Colombo on...
  • SL: Indian journalist arrested for clicking photos of sensitive places 27-12-2013 09:18 AM

    New Delhi: A freelance journalist Prabhakaran has been arrested for clicking pictures of sensitive installations on a tourist visa in Sri Lanka. The journalist is being questioned in Colombo. The Indian High Commission has been informed of the developments in the case. Junior Vikatan, the magazine for which he contributes...
  • CHOGM meet: Sri Lanka's human rights measures under scrutiny 15-11-2013 04:30 PM

    Leaders of the Commonwealth of mostly former British colonies gathered in Colombo on Friday for a biennial summit that has brought with it intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka's human rights record four years after the civil war ended. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had hoped the November 15-17 meeting, which two heads...
  • PM not at CHOGM due to domestic compulsions, says Salman Khurshid 15-11-2013 04:07 PM

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decided against attending the CHOGM summit as he was pressed by "competing sentiments" in India about outstanding issues with Sri Lanka and domestic compulsions like polls in five states, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said. "I imagine a lot of things were factored in," Khurshid...
  • CHOGM summit begins in Colombo 15-11-2013 02:11 PM

    Sri Lanka formally assumed the chair of the Commonwealth as heads of governments of 53 member-countries of the former British empire began their summit in Colombo on Friday. The opening ceremony of the summit, or the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) as it is called, the most important meeting...
  • Lankan President satisfied with Khurshid's presence at CHOGM 14-11-2013 10:55 AM

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday expressed satisfaction over External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid attending the CHOGM summit. "I am satisfied," he told a press conference when asked whether he was satisfied with the level of Indian participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meet that opens...
  • Khurshid to leave for Colombo to attend CHOGM today 13-11-2013 09:09 AM

    New Delhi: Even as protests have increased over India's participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is all set to leave for Colombo on Wednesday to attend the meet. Prime Minister Manmohan had decided to skip the meet earlier amidst protests. Meanwhile, the...
  • TN assembly passes resolution demanding India fully boycott CHOGM 12-11-2013 07:51 PM

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding India to completely boycott CHOGM summit in Colombo. Slaming the Centre's decision to participate in the Commonwealth Summit "ignoring" the sentiments of Tamils, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa moved a resolution in a special session of the state assembly demanding India's...
  • Jayalalithaa moves resolution in TN assembly to fully boycott CHOGM 12-11-2013 06:59 PM

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday moved resolution in special assembly session demanding India boycott CHOGM completely. The assembly had passed a similar resolution earlier as well. The assembly stressed that they do not want even External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to attend the meeting. Earlier in...
  • PM Manmohan Singh's absence not a setback for CHOGM: Sri Lanka 10-11-2013 10:51 PM

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Sunday said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision not to attend the CHOGM summit in Colombo was not a setback and it understood the domestic political compulsions behind the move. "It will not affect the success of CHOGM," Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister GL Peiris said...
  • PM writes to Lanka President, explains reasons for skipping CHOGM 10-11-2013 01:11 PM

    New Delhi: Manmohan Singh has written a letter to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressing regret for not attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). According to sources, the PM in his letter has said that he respects the value of CHOGM but there are compelling reasons because of...
  • PM not attending CHOGM won't affect India-SL relations: Khurshid 10-11-2013 11:25 AM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has defended Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decision of not attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka. He has said that it won't affect the India-Sri Lanka relations, and such calls have been taken in the past as well taking...
  • PM skips CHOGM meet in Sri Lanka, DMK chief expresses relief 09-11-2013 09:00 PM

    New Delhi: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday expressed relief after the Centre decided that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not go to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). Karunanidhi, however, said the participation of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in the event was debateable. Earlier,...
  • Casino ads at Eden Gardens create flutter 08-11-2013 11:33 PM

    Kolkata: Gambling in India being restricted, advertisement by two Sri Lankan casinos at the Eden Gardens hosting the India-West Indies Test match caught the fancy of spectators. The large banners atop the stand bearing the name of two Colombo-based casinos became the talking point during the match. The organisers, the...
  • 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...
  • Cong leadership meets to discuss PM's participation in CHOGM 08-11-2013 12:20 PM

    New Delhi: Congress top leaders met on Friday to decide on whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should participate in Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meet in Sri Lanka. A meeting of the Congress Core Group headed by party president Sonia Gandhi deliberated over the issue for more than one hour...
  • Congress Core Group to decide on PM's visit to Sri Lanka for CHOGM 08-11-2013 08:52 AM

    New Delhi: There is still no certainty over whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will go to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM). The Congress Core Group is likely to take a final decision on Friday. This even as the DMK on Thursday rejected a compromise formula...
  • Compromise plan on the cards for PM's Sri Lanka visit for CHOGM 07-11-2013 07:58 AM

    New Delhi: Uncertainty continues over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting (CHOGM). Sources have now told CNN-IBN that the External Affairs Ministry has proposed a compromise plan where the Prime Minister makes a short stop at Jaffna before he heads to...
  • The Last Word: Should the Prime Minister attend the CHOGM summit in Colombo? 05-11-2013 09:24 PM

    Two more central ministers have spoken out against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in view of their alleged atrocities on Tamils. The government is yet to decide whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the CHOGM summit Nov...
  • Manmohan Singh should attend CHOGM, says Khurshid 02-11-2013 07:42 PM

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should attend the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo. He added there was a very strong desire that India continued to fulfil its commitment to CHOGM. ...
  • SL Northern Province CM urges PM Manmohan Singh to visit the country 01-11-2013 03:36 PM

    While there is opposition in India over Prime Minister's Manmohan Singh's Sri Lanka visit for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on November 15, pressure is also coming from the CM of the Northern Province who has written to Manmohan Singh urging him to visit. In his letter CM Wigneswaran thanked...
  • Split within UPA as Chidambaram opposes PM's Lanka visit for CHOGM 01-11-2013 03:14 PM

    New Delhi: There is a divide within the Congress and the government over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on November 15 in Sri Lanka. Sources say that Finance Minister P Chidambaram as a Tamil MP feels that the government must factor in state interests....
  • No decision on whether PM will attend CHOGM, informs MEA 31-10-2013 08:27 PM

    No decision has been taken so far on whether the Prime Minister will attend the CHOGM meet in Sri Lanka on November 15-16, External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday, asserting it will be taken after considering all aspects including "national interest" and "international obligations". "A process has been set in...
  • Despite opposition, PM likely to go to Sri Lanka for CHOGM summit 31-10-2013 09:30 AM

    New Delhi: Despite opposition from the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to go to Colombo for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), according to sources. Sources say that an advance security team has completed its Colombo recce. Sources say that the Prime Minister is likely...
  • World View: Should PM attend the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo in November? 26-10-2013 09:19 AM

    In the past 4 years, Sri Lanka has taken many steps, along with the Indian government's help towards addressing the concerns over its treatment of the Tamil minority from holding elections, to rebuild the Northern Province. His decision to skip the meet is likely to jeopardise the process and lose...
  • Sri Lankan Navy arrests 37 Indian fishermen 15-10-2013 02:01 PM

    Colombo: At least 37 Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy when they were fishing off the northern coast of the country, an official said on Tuesday. "Thirty-seven fishermen were detained and nine trawlers were seized on Monday," Lankan Naval spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said. They were...