SRI LANKAN

  • Five fishermen released by Sri Lankan government return to India 9 hours 14 minutes 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...
  • Indian fishermen released: Sri Lanka says it's a pardon but not a reduction of sentence Yesterday

    Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. Sri Lankan Minister Senthil Thondaman said, "PM Modi spoke to President Rajapaksa and the latter decided to pardon the five Indian fishermen facing death sentence. It...
  • Sri Lanka releases 5 Indian fishermen facing death sentence after President Rajapaksa grants pardon Yesterday

    Chennai: Sri Lanka on Wednesday released five Indian fishermen serving a death sentence in drug smuggling case. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pardoned the fishermen. The decision came a few days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan President where they agreed to transfer the fishermen to an...
  • 20 Sri Lankan refugees consume poison in Trichy refugee camp 2 days ago

    Tiruchirappalli: Twenty Sri Lankan Tamil refugees on Tuesday consumed poison in Trichy refugee camp. They were on a hunger strike demanding relocation to another camp. They were immediately taken to the hospital and their condition is stable now. More details are awaited. ...
  • 'This Divided Island' by Samanth Subramanian is humane and harrowing 2 days ago

    New Delhi: The first book that I had read about the Sri Lankan War was Ru Freeman's 'On Sal Mal Lane'. Though it was a work of fiction, it introduced me to the conditions and life of people living in a war zone and terror has become a part of...
  • India files appeal in Sri Lanka SC against fishermen death penalty November 11, 2014

    Nay Pyi Taw: India on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka against a verdict of the high court awarding death sentence to five Indian fishermen in the island nation for alleged drug smuggling. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin while giving this information expressed confidence...
  • We kept repeating the same mistakes: Angelo Mathews November 9, 2014

    Hyderabad: After another crushing defeat to India and losing the series, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said his team kept repeating the mistakes and its batting flopped once again. "We can't keep repeating the same mistakes. We once again flopped in our batting," he told reporters after India defeated Lanka by...
  • Indian Peace Keeping Force raped Tamil women during LTTE war: Lankan minister November 5, 2014

    Colombo: A Sri Lankan minister on Tuesday accused the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) of raping Tamil women during the LTTE war. The 48-year-old Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna, who was a former LTTE leader and now a deputy minister in the Mahinda Rajpaksa government, told parliament that the IPKF who...
  • 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. ...
  • We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen: Syed Akbaruddin October 30, 2014

    Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We have been following this case for some time now. We aim to pursue this case at the high court level. We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen." ...
  • Tamil Nadu CM urges Modi to ensure release of Indian fishermen given death penalty October 30, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the government to ensure the release of the five fishermen who have been sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court for allegedly smuggling drugs. He has said that the people of Tamil Nadu have...
  • Sri Lanka court gives death to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in drug smuggling case October 30, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lankan court on Thursday gave capital punishment to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in an alleged drugs trafficking case. The fishermen were arrested in 2011 by Sri Lankan Navy. The fishermen have been given time till November 14 to appeal at the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. The five...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • Four Tamil Nadu fishermen apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy September 28, 2014

    Rameswaram: Four fishermen from were apprehended near Katchatheevu by Sri Lankan Navy personnel who also allegedly damaged 50 boats. Local fishermen's association President T Sesuraja said the Indian fishermen had been taken to Kankesanthurai in northern Sri Lanka along with their boats. A group of fishermen from this island were fishing near...
  • Sri Lankan Navy allagedly snaps more than 10 fishing nets of Tamil fishermen September 21, 2014

    Rameswaram: Sri Lankan Navy allegedly snapped more than 10 fishing nets of Tamil Nadu fishermen when they were fishing in the midsea. Two boats of Tamil Nadu fishermen were also damaged when thewse two collided when they tried to flee in panic after Sri Lankan Naval boats chased early this...
  • Tamil Nadu: 3000 fishermen go on indefinite fast September 18, 2014

    Nagapattinam: Thousands of fishermen along with their family members from 63 fishing hamlets in the district on Thursday commenced an indefinite fast demanding the authorities to initiate immediate action for getting the release of 23 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy. The fishermen were arrested in separate incidents by the navy...
  • Sri Lankan navy damage 100 fishing nets September 14, 2014

    Rameswaram: Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked Indian fishing boats and damaged more than 100 nets near the International Maritime Boundary Line in the early hours today, fishermen association representatives said. Fishermen, who ventured into the sea in 618 boats, had to return emptyhanded this morning as the Lankan navy had...
  • Fishermen's body found washed ashore off Sri Lankan coast September 13, 2014

    Ramanathapuram: The body of one of thethree Tamil Nadu fishermen, who went missing after they put to sea on August 25, has been washed ashore in Velvattithurai coast off Sri Lanka, a senior functionary of a local Fishermen's Association on Saturday said. Quoting officials, President of Fishermen's Association T Sesuraja said...
  • 53 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy September 11, 2014

    Rameswaram: Fiftythree fishermen, including 30 from this coastal town, were arrested by the Sri Lankan naval personnel off Talaimannar and Jaffna early on Thursday morning, Fisheries Association officials said. The first batch of 30 fishermen were arrested and their six boats seized off Talaimannar and later taken to Talaimannar district in...
  • Sri Lankan Navy arrests 50 Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam and Karaikal July 29, 2014

    Chennai: Fifty fishermen were arrested from Nagapattinam and Karaikal, towns in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday. Reportedly, seven boats have been seized as well. The fishermen have frequently complained about the harassment that they go through without any effective measure being implemented....
  • 38 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy July 22, 2014

    Rameswaram: Thirtyeight fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel on Monday. All the fishermen are from villages in Rameswaram and Pudukottai apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy. Nine boats belonging to the Indian fishermen have also been seized. Last month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged the Central government...
  • 37 Tamil fishermen set free by Sri Lankan court July 11, 2014

    Rameswaram (TN): Thirtyseven fishermen from the island, arrested in two batches by Sri Lankan Navy while fishing near Katchateevu recently, were on Friday ordered to be released by a court in the neighbouring country. Mannar court magistrate Aanandhi Kanagarathinam ordered the release of the fishermen, Pamban Fishermen Association president U Arulanandam...
  • Tamil Nadu: 24 fishermen return home from Sri Lanka June 26, 2014

    Karaikal/Nagapattinam: 24 fishermen who were released after their arrest by the Sri Lankan Navy on June 17, returned to Karaikal on Thursday, a senior Coast Guard official said. Commander of the Coast Guard station at Karaikal Udhal Singh said the state and central governments had initiated steps to secure release of...
  • Four members of a Sri Lankan family arrested June 21, 2014

    Rameswaram: A four member Sri Lankan family, including two minor children who arrived illegally by a boat from Mullaitivu were arrested off Dhanushkodi on Saturday, police said. The couple told police they had come to India after paying Rs 80,000 to the boat owner to drop them off at Arichal...
  • Seven fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy June 20, 2014

    Rameswaram: In continuing instances of arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lankan Naval personnel, seven of them from a coastal village in Nagapattinam district were arrested while fishing near Kodiyakari, a fishermen's organisation official said on Friday. "The seven fishermen with their one boat have been taken to Trincomallee...
  • Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa urges centre to secure release of Indian fishermen June 19, 2014

    Chennai: Urging the centre to secure the release of 46 Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday said that the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) with Sri Lanka should not be taken as settled. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the text...
  • Tamil Nadu: 36 fishermen arrested by Lankan Navy June 18, 2014

    Rameswaram: Thirty six fishermen from a village in Pudukottai district and this coastal town were arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel on Wednesday in two separate incidents while fishing near Neduntheevu and Katchatheevu islet, a fisheries department official said. While 24 fishermen in six boats...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan hangs in balance May 25, 2014

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already sent an official invitation to the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) for a short series but the probability of the tour taking place is 5050 chance. "The chances that Sri Lankan board will accept our invitation is 5050 to be honest. Because we know...