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  • Centre must exert pressure on Lanka to solve fishermen issue: TN government October 31, 2014

    A day after five Indian fishermen were sentenced to death for smuggling drugs in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Nadu government says it will appeal in the Lankan Supreme Court but Delhi must exert pressure on Colombo to secure their release. ...
  • Sri Lanka: 10 killed, nearly 300 missing in landslide October 29, 2014

    Colombo: At least 10 persons were killed and up to 300 missing on Wednesday after a massive landslide triggered by monsoon rains struck central Sri Lanka, forcing authorities to deploy the army to conduct rescue operations. The landslide struck in the morning and wiped out 120 workers' homes at the Meeriabedda...
  • EU to ban fish caught by vessels flagged in Sri Lanka October 15, 2014

    Colombo: The European Union (EU) has decided to ban the import of fisheries products caught by vessels flagged in Sri Lanka from entering the EU market after three months time from now, the EU office said here in a statement on Tuesday. The European Commission had in November 2012 sent a...
  • Sri Lanka to counter allegations at UN rights sessions September 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka, which has vowed not to cooperate with an international probe into its alleged rights abuses during the final phase of its military campaign against LTTE, will counter the charges at a UNHRC session beginning on Monday in Geneva. The External Affairs Ministry sources said that Sri Lankan Ambassador...
  • Colombo washout shifts second Sri LankaPakistan ODI to Hambantota August 24, 2014

    The second oneday international between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has been advanced by a day to Tuesday and will be held at Hambantota due to heavy rain in Colombo, the Sri Lanka cricket board (SLC) said. Colombo's Premadasa Stadium was to host the daynight match on Wednesday with the third and...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 4 August 17, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day2 Roundup: Kumar Sangakkara scored a halfcentury and shared an unbroken 98run third wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene to give Sri Lanka a strong 165run lead as the hosts reached reached 177 for 2 in their second innings at...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test, Day 4 July 27, 2014

    For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page. Day 1 Roundup: South Africa captain Hashim Amla remained unbeaten after his 22nd Test hundred but offspinner Dilruwan Perera's career best figures gave Sri Lanka a big first innings lead at the end of the third day of the second...
  • Pakistan to play two Tests, 3 ODIs in Sri Lanka May 16, 2014

    Pakistan will play Tests in Galle and Colombo on their tour of Sri Lanka in August, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Friday. The teams will also play three oneday internationals during the short tour, originally not included in Future Tours Programme but was agreed on the sidelines of the International...
  • 50 fishermen injured as Lankan naval personnel attack them March 27, 2014

    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 it rammed...
  • Sri Lanka arrests 75 Indian fishermen just days ahead of crucial meet March 20, 2014

    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 in Colombo. ...
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen have no right to fish around Katchatheevu: Centre January 23, 2014

    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 only...
  • Sri Lanka releases 20 jailed Indian fishermen January 13, 2014

    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," he...
  • India builds 10,000 homes for IDPs in Sri Lanka December 31, 2013

    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 December 27, 2013

    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 said...
  • CHOGM meet: Sri Lanka's human rights measures under scrutiny November 15, 2013

    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 1517 meeting, which two heads of...
  • PM not at CHOGM due to domestic compulsions, says Salman Khurshid November 15, 2013

    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 told...
  • CHOGM summit begins in Colombo November 15, 2013

    Sri Lanka formally assumed the chair of the Commonwealth as heads of governments of 53 membercountries 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 of...
  • Lankan President satisfied with Khurshid's presence at CHOGM November 14, 2013

    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 in...
  • Khurshid to leave for Colombo to attend CHOGM today November 13, 2013

    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 Tamil...
  • TN assembly passes resolution demanding India fully boycott CHOGM November 12, 2013

    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...
  • Jayalalithaa moves resolution in TN assembly to fully boycott CHOGM November 12, 2013

    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 November 10, 2013

    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 after...
  • PM writes to Lanka President, explains reasons for skipping CHOGM November 10, 2013

    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...
  • PM not attending CHOGM won't affect IndiaSL relations: Khurshid November 10, 2013

    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 IndiaSri 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 November 9, 2013

    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, Karunanidhi...
  • Casino ads at Eden Gardens create flutter November 8, 2013

    Kolkata: Gambling in India being restricted, advertisement by two Sri Lankan casinos at the Eden Gardens hosting the IndiaWest Indies Test match caught the fancy of spectators. The large banners atop the stand bearing the name of two Colombobased casinos became the talking point during the match. The organisers, the Cricket Association...
  • DMK chief Karunanidhi appeals to PM to boycott CHOGM November 8, 2013

    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 November 8, 2013

    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 November 8, 2013

    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 for...
  • Compromise plan on the cards for PM's Sri Lanka visit for CHOGM November 7, 2013

    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 CNNIBN that the External Affairs Ministry has proposed a compromise plan where the Prime Minister makes a short stop at Jaffna before he heads to...