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...
  • India does not want Lanka to become 'another Pakistan':Minister June 24, 2013

    Coimbatore: Defending the UPA government's stand on allowing training of Sri Lankan defence personnel in the country, Union Minister E M Sudarshan Nathchiyappan on Sunday said India cooperated with the neighbouring country as it did not want Lanka to become "another Pakistan". "If India refused the request of Sri Lanka, the...
  • 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)...
  • Marines row: Italian government has been fair, says Salman Khurshid March 29, 2013

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, "I think the Italian government has been very sensible. It took time to be persuaded. I have no problem to say that they have done a good job." ...
  • Khurshid rejects TN resolution against Sri Lanka March 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Days after the DMK pulled out of the Centre and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa barred Sri Lankan cricketers from playing in Chennai, the Centre has taken a tough stand on politics over Sri Lankan Tamils. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has rejected the Tamil Nadu Assembly resolution...
  • The Last Word: Is Tamil nationalism spiraling out of control? March 28, 2013

    A Tamil Nadu assembly resolution calls for the government to stop regarding Sri Lanka as a friendly state, impose economic sanctions and ask the UN to pass a resolution demanding a referendum on eelam. Is this a sign of Tamil nationalism spiraling out of control and threatening India's interests? ...
  • Watch India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai March 28, 2013

    The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution asking the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country. ...
  • Jaya calls for referendum on Eelam, accuses Karuna of 'duplicity' March 27, 2013

    Chennai: With emotions running high in Tamil Nadu over the Sri Lanka issue, the state Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution asking the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country. It also calls for a referendum on a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka and Lankan...
  • News 360: TN Assembly passes resolution demanding referendum on Eelam March 27, 2013

    With emotions running high in Tamil Nadu over the Sri Lanka issue, the state Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution asking the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country. It also calls for a referendum on a separate Eelam among Tamils in Sri Lanka and Lankan Tamils...
  • TN adopts resolution against SL, Jaya accuses Karuna of 'duplicity' March 27, 2013

    Jayalalithaa pointed out that an IPL team owned by Karunanidhi's grandnephew has 2 Sri Lankan players, including the captain. ...
  • Tamil Nadu adopts resolution against Sri Lanka March 27, 2013

    Chennai: The Tamil Nadu Assembly has adopted a resolution asking the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly country. It also calls for a referendum on a separate Eelam among Tamils in Sri Lanka and Lankan Tamils abroad. The Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution urging the Centre...
  • 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...
  • Sri Lankan monk assault case: TN Police arrests 12 people March 17, 2013

    Thanjavur: Tamil Nadu Police has arrested 12 people on Sunday in connection with the assault of a Sri Lankan monk in Thanjavur. The monk, who is on a study tour, was assaulted by members of outfits protesting against alleged atrocities on Lankan Tamils. A van carrying him and students of...
  • 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,...
  • Support US resolution against Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi March 7, 2013

    Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi on Wednesday urged the central government to announce that it would support the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka in the UN Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In a letter to party cadres referring to the general strike called by Tamil Eelam Supporter's Organisation (TESO) March 12,...
  • 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...
  • Eelam Tamils issue: Karunanidhi seeks UN referendum November 12, 2012

    Chennai: Key UPA constituent DMK on Sunday night said India should press United Nations to undertake a "referendum" on the Eelam Tamils issue. "India should press United Nations to undertake a public vote on the Eelam Tamils issue. DMK will be supportive to the Centre if it takes a stand...
  • Eelamists have not given up: Lanka President August 16, 2012

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday cautioned that separatist elements in the country have not given up yet, in a veiled reference to the Tamil Eelam supporters' conference held in Chennai recently. "Though we have ended terrorism, there is lot more remaining to be done. Forty years ago...
  • Eelam is my unfulfilled dream, says Karunanidhi August 13, 2012

    Chennai: Brushing aside the Centre's reservations, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday declared that he will strive for a separate Eelam and endorsed the move for applying pressure on the Government for protection of rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka by moving the UN. In his address at DMK's proEelam...
  • India must move UN resolution on Sri Lanka: DMK August 12, 2012

    Chennai: Ratcheting up pressure on the Centre, UPA key ally DMKorganised proEelam TESO meet on Sunday accused it of remaining "silent" to the sufferings of Sri Lankan Tamils and asked the government to play a more proactive role to ensure their wellbeing, including moving a UN resolution. "...This conference points out...
  • 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 proEelam 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 proEelam 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 subjudice, Chennai Police Commissioner J K Tripathy told PTI...