SRI LANKAN

  • Indian couple found dead in Sri Lanka April 3, 2015

    Colombo: An Indian couple was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel in Colombo on Friday, prompting Sri Lankan police to launch an investigation. The police found the bodies of a 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman in the hotel room in Wellawatta in the Colombo metropolitan area where they...
  • Tamil Nadu threatens to call off talks if fishermen not released March 23, 2015

    Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday threatened to call off the bilateral talks between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday if 54 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, arrested recently by the Navy of the island nation, were not released as assured by the Lankan government. An official release here...
  • Sri Lanka arrests 54 Indian fishermen March 22, 2015

    Colombo: As many as 54 Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in island's waters off the coast of Kankesanturai and Talaimannar in the north. Sri Lankan Naval spokesman Commander Indika Silva said that 21 fishermen were arrested and five boats were seized at Kankesanturai...
  • 29 Tamil Nadu fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy March 21, 2015

    Rameswaram (TN): Twenty-nine fishermen from Rameswaram were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy on Saturday night while they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The fishermen, who went out to sea on Saturday morning, were fishing near Katchatheevu in five boats when the Sri Lankan Navy personnel took them into custody...
  • A bridge too far: Special report from Sri Lanka March 21, 2015

    In this special show from Sri Lanka, CNN-IBN's Foreign Affairs Editor Anchal Vohra brings all about from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka and its impact on both the countries. ...
  • India needs to increase their military presence in Indian ocean: Former Sri Lankan Army Chief General March 19, 2015

    Former Sri Lankan Army chief General Sarath Fonseka said that India needed to increase their military presence in the Indian ocean and felt that the BJP government had tried to maintain good ties with Sri Lanka. ...
  • Hope to be heard during inquiry on alleged war crimes: Former Sri Lankan Army Chief Gen Fonseka March 19, 2015

    Former Sri Lankan Army chief General Sarath Fonseka who demolished the LTTE said that he hopes to be heard when the inquiry on alleged war crimes happens otherwise it will be a one sided inquiry. He added that the commander cannot be punished for the crimes of individuals. ...
  • PM Modi visits Tamil dominated Jaffna, seeks respect for all citizens in Sri Lanka March 14, 2015

    Jaffna: Making a historic visit to a region once ravaged by strife, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for equitable development and respect for all citizens in Sri Lanka, seen as an oblique reference to Tamils who had suffered during the war between the LTTE and forces. Winding up his...
  • PM Modi to visit Jaffna, likely to discuss refugee repatriation in India March 14, 2015

    Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will be travelling to Jaffna, the Tamil majority region in the country. His visit comes a day after he pushed for greater autonomy for the island's biggest minority. The two countries are likely to discuss a possible repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees in...
  • PM Narendra Modi seeks a life of peace and dignity for Tamils in Sri Lanka March 13, 2015

    Colombo: Breaking a 28-year-long hiatus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday embarked on an important visit to Sri Lanka with the message that India favoured a life of equality, justice, peace and dignity for Tamils in its "new journey" of peace and reconciliation. The first prime minister to visit the island...
  • PM Modi seeks enhanced cooperation from Lanka in counter-terrorism March 13, 2015

    Colombo: Noting that security of India and Sri Lanka was "indivisible", Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday strongly pitched for enhanced cooperation in key areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism. In an address to Sri Lankan Parliament, Modi said the unity and integrity of Sri Lanka were paramount for India and that...
  • India to strongly take up fishermen issue with Sri Lanka March 7, 2015

    Colombo: India will strongly take up with Sri Lanka the fishermen issue during delegation-level talks between the two countries, officials said on Saturday. "India and Sri Lanka have been approaching this as a humanitarian matter which is an emotional issue. This is not an issue that can be addressed immediately...
  • One Indian fisherman injured in attack by Sri Lankan Navy near Katchatheevu island March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday attacked Indian fishermen near Katchatheevu, injuring one fisherman and damaging a boat. In November 2014, the Sri Lankan Navy had arrested 14 Indian fishermen for allegedly trespassing into Lankan waters. Ten fishermen were arrested from Pudukkottai and four from Rameswaram. That came just a few...
  • Our government doesn't see India as a threat, says Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Samaraweera February 18, 2015

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Foreign Affairs Editor Anchal Vohra, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, "As far as our new administration is concerned, we do not see the world or India as a threat. We see India as the international community." ...
  • Exclusive: Our government not in denial over war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils, says Mangala Samaraweera February 17, 2015

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Foreign Affairs Editor Anchal Vohra, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, "Unlike the previous government, we are not in denial over war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils. We will create an independent mechanism to probe all charges." ...
  • Police raids former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's country home in Sri Lanka January 20, 2015

    Colombo: Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank. "They raided our house in Tangalle yesterday looking for a Lamborghini car," said Namal Rajapaksa, the former president's...
  • Sri Lanka police seeks Attorney General's advice in coup probe January 17, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankan police has sought the Attorney General's advice as part of its probe into the alleged coup attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close aides following his shocking defeat in the presidential polls. The preliminary investigation of the alleged coup was started on complaint of foreign...
  • Maithripala Sirisena trounces Mahinda Rajapaksa, sworn in as Sri Lankan President January 9, 2015

    Colombo: In a stunning verdict, Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. Hours after the results were declared, 63-year-old Sirisena, who...
  • PMK calls for shock treatment to Lankan government for arresting 43 Tamil fishermen December 10, 2014

    Chennai: Despite strong protests from India, the Sri Lankan Navy continues to arrest Tamil fishermen from India who stray into international waters or Sri Lankan waters. In yet another incident, 43 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Pondicherry were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday. The ruling...
  • Unfazed by the danger, fishermen continue to sail in troubled waters November 24, 2014

    Sri Lanka has arrested and subsequently released hundreds of fishermen from Tamil Nadu for trespassing and illegally poaching in Lankan waters. While many have come under attack, some have even been allegedly killed in firing by the Sri Lankan Navy. CNN-IBN's Anna Isaac finds out what makes Rameswaram's fisherman venture...
  • Rameswaram: 5 fishermen pardoned by Sri Lanka return home, get heroes welcome November 22, 2014

    Chennai: Three years after five fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lanka and charged with allegedly smuggling drugs into the country, they atlast returned home. The five men from Rameswaram received a hero's welcome. Sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court in October, the...
  • Five fishermen pardoned by Sri Lanka return home, get heroes welcome in Rameswaram November 21, 2014

    The five fishermen who were pardoned by the Sri Lankan government have reached their hometown of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. They were given a heroes welcome by family and friends. ...
  • Five fishermen released by Sri Lankan government return to India November 20, 2014

    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 November 19, 2014

    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 November 19, 2014

    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 November 18, 2014

    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 November 18, 2014

    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...