RAJAPAKSA

  • Five fishermen released by Sri Lankan government return to India 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The five fishermen who were pardoned by the Sri Lankan government have returned to India on Thursday. The five Indian fishermen were serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. They landed on Delhi airport from where they were taken to an undisclosed location. They are likely to...
  • Srilankan President Rajapaksa declares snap polls to his post, seeks third term 3 days ago

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed a proclamation declaring his intention to hold a fresh Presidential Election seeking another term on Thursday. He had received the unanimous approval of his party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to declare a snap presidential election in early January, two years...
  • Key Rajapaksa ally quits Lanka's ruling coalition 5 days ago

    Colombo: In a blow to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a key ally pulled out of the ruling coalition on Monday in protest against his refusal to give up virtually unlimited powers, a day before he was likely to announce snap presidential polls. Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) or National Heritage Party...
  • Sri Lanka to release 5 Indian fishermen on death row without any conditions November 12, 2014

    New Delhi: In good news for the five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in the Sri Lankan jail, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to pardon and release them without any conditions within two or three days. The decision comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan...
  • Five Tamil fishermen serving death sentence in Sri Lanka to be transferred to Indian jail November 10, 2014

    Chennai: In a big relief to the families of five Tamil fishermen who were awarded death penalty by a Sri Lankan court, the island nation has decided to transfer all the five convicts to Indian jail, according to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. The breakthrough happened after Prime Minister Narendra Modi stepped...
  • Sri Lanka's Bar Association asks for hearing on country's presidential terms November 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's Bar Association asked the Supreme Court to hold an oral hearing on whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa could seek a third term in office. Rajapaksa sought the court's opinion if he could contest an election two years before his second term ends. The constitution has been changed to...
  • India-assisted northern Lanka railways trial run successful October 31, 2014

    Colombo: India announced the successful completion of trail run on a key railway track in Tamil-majority northern Sri Lanka, a region that suffered heavily during the three decade-long civil war. The trial took place along the renovated Madhu Road- Thiruketheeswaram line. "The trial run evoked considerable enthusiasm among the local...
  • Did not wish Modi on Birthday due to Xi's Gujarat visit: Sri Lankan President September 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday told two visiting BJP leaders that he deliberately refrained from wishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday because he did not want to disturb the Premier with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Gujarat. BJP national secretary P Muralidhar Rao and the party's...
  • Sri Lankan President puts Pakistan visit on hold August 19, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was due to visit Pakistan later this month may delay his travel plans because of political unrest in Islamabad, officials said on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan government had not officially announced dates for the visit but developments in the Pakistani capital which is currently...
  • Meet Lanka president to sort fishermen issue: Subramanian Swamy to Jaya June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo to work out a compromise to resolve the recurring issue of the arrest of Indian fishermen by the island nations's navy. In a statement, Swamy also...
  • 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...
  • Sri Lanka releases 51 Indian fishermen June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan government has released 51 Indian fishermen and they were on their way back home. The fishermen were arrested for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had ordered the release of the fishermen as a good will gesture ahead of his attending Prime...
  • Sri Lankan government will release 78 Indian fishermen: Mahinda Rajapaksa June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan government on Monday said that it will release 78 Indian fishermen who were arrested by the Navy for illegally poaching in Sri Lanka's waters on Saturday. The move came a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding...
  • Jayalalithaa writes to Modi on fishermen issue, demands strict action June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continues her opposition to the Sri Lankan government. She wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday demanding action against the Mahinda Rajapaksa government for capturing 82 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and seizing 18 boats. She said that India must deal decisively...
  • Sri Lanka releases 33 Indian fishermen June 5, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has released 33 Indian fishermen following the orders of the country's President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The development came as a goodwill gesture after the Sri Lankan President met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May at later's oath taking ceremony. Talks between India and Sri Lanka on the fishermen issue...
  • Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa orders release of 29 Indian fishermen June 3, 2014

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of 29 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The fishermen had been produced before the magistrate in the northeastern town of Mannar and ordered to be in remand custody until June 16. They were part of...
  • SL Navy arrests 29 Tamil fishermen just 5 days after Rajapaksa's visit June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan Navy on Sunday arrested 29 fishermen from Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and detained six boats. The arrests came less than a week after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearingin. The arrest came two days before Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is scheduled to...
  • Jayalalithaa to meet PM Modi on June 3 May 30, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 3. This is her first meeting after Modi's anointment as the PM last week. Jayalalithaa had boycotted PM Modi's swearingin ceremony in protest of the invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Jayalalithaa will meet Modi at his...
  • Rajapaksa briefs Modi on Lanka's reconciliation process May 28, 2014

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sri Lanka's initiatives to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community, as they held wideranging talks in New Delhi on a host of issues. During the meeting both sides tried to understand the common challenges and discussed ways to enhance...
  • Snapshot: Separated at birth? Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa looks exactly like South Indian filmstar Srinivasan May 28, 2014

    The resemblance between the two is just uncanny.Communications professional Karthik Srinivasan tweeted this hilarious photo collage of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and South Indian film star Srinivasan. The two men could well be separated at birth given how similar they are to each other in looks.But the similarities do...
  • PM Modi begins work with foreign affairs, meets Pak PM, other leaders May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his first day at work by meeting all the seven SAARC leaders on Tuesday. Modi started with meeting Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and ended the day of bilateral talks with meeting Bangladesh Parliament Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. The key meeting of them all was...
  • Live: Had an excellent meeting with Modi, looking forward to a positive outcome, says Sharif May 27, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet all the seven SAARC leaders today. The SAARC leaders were in India to attend Modi's swearingin ceremony. ...
  • PM Narendra Modi to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Hyderabad House in the national capital on Tuesday. The two leaders will hold goodwill talks to build confidence among the two nations. The meeting will take place despite protests from all Tamil allies including MDMK and...
  • Nawaz Sharif, Mahinda Rajapaksa arrive for Modi's swearingin May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are among a slew of foreign dignitaries who arrived on Monday to attend Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony. 63yearold Modi, who led BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, had last week extended an...
  • Delhi: MDMK's Vaiko protests against Rajapaksa, detained for defying prohibitory orders May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: MDMK chief Vaiko along with around 100 supporters have been detained for defying prohibitory orders after he held a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony. Vaiko along with his supporters broke a barricade and tried to move out of Jantar...
  • Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony: Rajinikanth to skip, but wife Latha to attend May 26, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil superstar Rajnikanth, who had been invited to attend the swearingin ceremony of Narendra Modi today, will not attend the function, sources close to the actor said. CNNIBN reports that the star's wife Latha will attend the ceremony. They said the actor was not in town and, therefore, would not...
  • Here is what people expect from new PM Narendra Modi May 26, 2014

    Narendra Modi, a 63yearold man who is behind the BJP's astonishing victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, will take oath as the 15th Prime Minister of world's largest democracy on Monday. The much awaited swearingin ceremony, administered by President Pranab Mukherjee, is scheduled to take place at 6:00 pm...
  • Except few Tamil, India welcoming Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka May 25, 2014

    Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said that whole India was welcoming president Mahinda Rajapaksa except a few elements in Tamil Nadu. ...
  • Welcome Pakistan, Sri Lanka's decision to release Indian fishermen: Modi May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi welcomed Sri Lanka and Pakistan's decision to free Indian fishermen in their custody. "I welcome the step by Sri Lanka & Pakistan to release our fishermen. I welcome our fishermen brothers back home!," he tweeted on Sunday evening. A day ahead of Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's...
  • Utilise Lankan President visit to solve Tamils issue: CPM to Centre May 25, 2014

    Amid strong opposition from all quarters to Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi's invite to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearingin, CPM on Sunday said the Centre should utilise this occasion for resolving the Lankan Tamils issue. "There has been no investigation into the alleged human rights violations during the...