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  • Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajpaksa heads to Bolivia for G77 summit June 12, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on headed towards Bolivia to attend a G77 summit, at a time when the parliament is set to discuss the impending international probe on alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the conflict with the LTTE. The G77 meeting is to be held...
  • SL President may also bring Northern Province CM for Modi oath-taking May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst a backlash from the Tamil Nadu political class over the invite sent out to Sri Lanka for PM-elect Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, the Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday tweeted that he was also bringing along Wigneswaran, the newly-elected Chief Minister of Northern Province, also known as...
  • Subramanian Swamy bats for India-Lanka cooperation to counter terrorism May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter terrorist activities in the Indian sub-continent. "India must enter into constructive dialogue with Sri Lanka and on counter-terror strategy in the sub-continent particularly in view of the fact that many Pakistani...
  • Sri Lanka hires Pakistani lawyer for UN rights probe May 19, 2014

    Colombo: Faced with an impending UN inquiry, the Sri Lankan government has hired a prominent Pakistani lawyer to defend itself over its human rights record and alleged war crimes, a media report said in Colombo on Monday. Aitzaz Ahsan, a 70-year-old Pakistani legal expert, was in Colombo last week for...
  • Government extends LTTE ban by five years; terms it threat to India May 15, 2014

    The 23-year-old ban imposed on terror group LTTE has been extended by five years by the Government which said the outfit is a threat to India's sovereignty and integrity. The Home Ministry said the LTTE, even after its military defeat in May 2009 in Sri Lanka, has not abandoned the concept...
  • Sri Lanka arrests LTTE members for allegedly reviving terror activities April 10, 2014

    Over 60 LTTE cadres, including 10 women, have been arrested for trying to revive the banned terror group in Sri Lanka, police said on Thursday. "We arrested 65 of them over the last month. Five of them later came to be released due to lack of evidence," police spokesman and Superintendent...
  • Sri Lanka refuses to cooperate with UN probe in war crime allegations April 8, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has refused to cooperate with a UN investigation into alleged war crimes during the final phase of the country's civil war, saying it will not subject itself to the jurisdiction of the top rights body. "We will not submit ourselves to this process," External Affairs Minister G L...
  • India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC March 27, 2014

    Geneva: India on Thursday abstained from voting on the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. Even as India refrained from voting against its neighbour, the resolution was passed with the support of 23 nations. A tweet from the Ministry of External Affairs...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko promises lifting ban on LTTE March 22, 2014

    Chennai: The MDMK led by pro-LTTE leader Vaiko has released its manifesto. Vaiko has joined the DMDK-BJP led alliance in Tamil Nadu. The manifesto promises lifting of the ban on terrorist organisation LTTE and making Tamil one of the official languages in India. Main points of the manifesto: Increased autonomy to states:...
  • Reconsider decision to release convicts in Rajiv Gandhi case: V Narayanasamy February 23, 2014

    Senior Congress leader and Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy on Sunday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to reconsider her government's decision to release three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Speaking to reporters at Puducherry, he said the trio had assassinated the Prime Minister and a leader...
  • Why Jayalalithaa's stand on LTTE changed, asks Anand Sharma February 20, 2014

    New Delhi: After the Supreme Court on Thursday restrained the Tamil Nadu government from releasing the three Rajiv Gandhi assassins, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, Union Minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma said that terrorism and assassinations cannot be politically legitimised. "Jayalalithaa has to explain that earlier she was opposed to...
  • TN's decision to free Rajiv killers not legally tenable: PM February 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Calling former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination an attack on the soul of India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that Tamil Nadu government's decision to release all the seven killers shouldn't be proceeded with as it is not legally tenable. Singh made the points in statement even...
  • Tamil Nadu: 13 acquitted of charges of aiding LTTE in 2009 February 7, 2014

    Chennai: A Sessions Court has acquitted three Sri Lankan Tamils and ten others of charges of hoarding communication gadgets and medicines with the aim of supplying them to the LTTE in 2009. Judge S Senthil Kumaresan observed that the Q-Branch CID police, who investigated the case, had failed to prove the...
  • Sri Lanka deports arrested Indian journalist December 29, 2013

    Colombo: An Indian journalist, arrested in Sri Lanka while filming military installations in a former LTTE stronghold without media credentials, was deported on Sunday. Thamil Prabakaran, a 24-year-old Tamil Nadu resident, was deported this evening, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said. "He was sent back on the Chennai flight which left...
  • 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...
  • Rights abuse charges haunt Rajapaksa, Cameron gives ultimatum November 16, 2013

    Colombo: Human rights abuses allegedly perpetrated in the war against LTTE haunted President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the CHOGM summit with UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday giving Sri Lanka an ultimatum to conduct a credible probe into the war crimes by March, failing which he would...
  • Don't make Commonwealth 'punitive' body, says Rajapaksa November 15, 2013

    British Prime Minister David Cameron, on Friday, made a historic visit to the former war zone of Jaffna to "shine a light on the chilling events" during the last phase of the war against the LTTE, hours after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa cautioned against turning the Commonwealth into a...
  • Don't turn Commonwealth into 'punitive' grouping, says Mahinda Rajapaksa November 15, 2013

    The CHOGM summit opened on Friday with a combative Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, under attack over alleged rights violations in the war against the LTTE, asking countries not to turn the Commonwealth into a "punitive and judgemental" grouping or indulge in "prescriptive" ways. Rajapaksa used the opportunity of welcoming delegates...
  • CHOGM to begin today, SL human rights violations to top the talks November 15, 2013

    Colombo: After weeks of political friction, Sri Lanka is all set to host the three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which begins on Friday. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday downplayed the absence of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said that he was satisfied with the presence of...
  • 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 three-day 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"...
  • Sri Lanka 'has nothing to hide', says Mahinda Rajapaksa in CHOGM November 14, 2013

    On the eve of the CHOGM summit, allegations of human rights abuses against Tamil civilians during the war against the LTTE on Thursday dominated a press conference by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was at his combative best claiming he had "nothing to hide". At the 30-minute press meet here...
  • 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 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 India-SL 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 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 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...
  • Vaiko asks traders to shut shops on Nov 12 November 9, 2013

    As protests continued in Tamil Nadu demanding India's boycott of Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka next week, MDMK leader Vaiko on Saturday urged traders to shut shops on November 12 pressing among others expulsion of the island nation from the 53-member grouping. Opposing Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government...
  • CHOGM: British Tamils forum protest in London November 3, 2013

    London: The British Tamils forum held a mass rally in London demanding that British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Charles boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has come under severe criticism internationally over the alleged human right violations in the...
  • Sri Lanka cannot deny war crimes, says Callum Macrae November 2, 2013

    Callum Macrae, the director of the film, that shows the alleged brutalisation of the LTTE television anchor said Sri Lanka cannot deny war crimes. International rights groups are also putting pressure on India to skip the Summit in Colombo - especially after the release of a video by a British...
  • TNA heading for a landslide win in Sri Lanka's Tamil-dominated north September 22, 2013

    Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, TNA, is heading for a landslide win in the historic polls in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, four years after the military defeated the LTTE to end decades of ethnic conflict. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has convincingly trounced the ruling UPFA coalition, grabbing three of the five district results declared till 4...
  • Sri Lanka's Tamil dominated northern region holds historic polls September 21, 2013

    Voters in Sri Lanka's Tamil majority Northern Province on Saturday began voting in the first local elections in 25 years to elect a council to govern the former war zone, four years after the military defeated LTTE. Voting at some 850 stations began on schedule amid tight security to elect the...