Tamil Rebels

  • PIL filed against 'Madras Cafe' screening, HC orders issue of notice August 20, 2013

    The Madras High Court bench on Tuesday ordered issue of notices to Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) , Tamil Nadu DGP, producer and director of the Bollywood movie "Madras Cafe" on a PIL seeking to ban the film and quash certification issued to it in Madurai. Justice N Paul...
  • Unearthed mass grave stirs Sri Lanka's troubled past December 19, 2012

    Matale (Sri Lanka): A mass grave unearthed in Sri Lanka has stirred memories of the country's bloody insurgencies and sparked calls for an official inquiry in the island nation that has drawn global scrutiny for its chequered human rights record. At a building site near a hospital in Matale, a central...
  • Ex-SL army chief get 3 more years in jail November 18, 2011

    Colombo: Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was on Friday sentenced to spend three more years in prison after a court convicted him for alleging that the powerful brother of the country's President had ordered the execution of surrendering Tamil rebels. Fonseka, a member of Parliament, was found guilty...
  • Ex-Lanka Army chief stripped of rank, medals August 13, 2010

    Colombo: A Sri Lankan military court on Friday stripped the country's war hero and former Army chief Sarath Fonseka of his rank and medals after finding him guilty of dabbling in politics, while in service. The 59-year-old General was convicted by the first court martial against him, which began deliberations five...
  • Sri Lankan ex-rebels reunited with family members January 11, 2010

    Manik Farm, (Sri Lanka): More than 700 former Tamil Tiger rebels were reunited with family members on Saturday after months in rehabilitation camps since the country's decades-long civil war ended last year. President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined the hands of 15 men, women and children with relatives at a special ceremony...
  • Lanka army killed surrendering LTTE leaders: ex-general December 14, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan forces killed three surrendering Tamil rebel leaders on the orders of the country’s Defence Secretary and the President’s brother, alleges former army chief Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who is contesting presidential election’s next year. Fonseka, in an interview to the weekly The Sunday, said three leaders of the Liberation...
  • Sri Lanka's ex-army chief to run for president November 29, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's former army chief announced on Sunday he will run for president as head of a coalition of opposition parties, challenging President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an electoral battle that will pit the two war heroes against each other. General Sarath Fonseka's forces swept through the jungles of northern Sri...
  • Sri Lanka expels UNICEF official, says he promoted LTTE September 7, 2009

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has ordered a UNICEF official to leave the country, accusing him of spreading propaganda supporting Tamil rebels, the agency--the United Nations Children's Fund--has told CNN. UNICEF denies the allegations against its spokesman in Sri Lanka, James Elder, an Australian citizen, and officials with the agency are...
  • Lanka rejects video of soldiers on murder spree August 26, 2009

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan High Commission in London has denied its army was involved in atrocities against the ethnic Tamil minority after Britain’s Channel 4 news aired a video on Tuesday allegedly showing a soldier executing two men. News agency AFP reports Channel 4 News aired video of a man...
  • Prabhakaran's son suffered injuries in clashes: Report May 18, 2009

    Colombo: LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's elder son Charles Anthony, who is believed to be among the dead, was reportedly seriously injured while commanding a contingent of the Tamil Tiger forces. Anthony, in his twenties, could have been injured during clashes with Sri Lankan army and had undergone treatment in March, reports...
  • Prabhakaran dead? Lanka declares victory over LTTE May 17, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that his country has “militarily” defeated the LTTE, which had terrorised the island for nearly three decades. He also promised the minority Tamil community with a “homegrown” political solution in the country's north. Though there was no word on the whereabouts of the...
  • Lanka army surges ahead; LTTE loses access to sea May 16, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan military on Saturday took the final strip of coast held by Tamil rebels during their offensive to defeat the guerrillas and end the more than 25-year conflict, military officials said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have now been driven back to an area of less than...
  • LTTE alleges Sri Lanka using airforce, heavy guns April 28, 2009

    Colombo: Tamil rebels on Tuesday accused Sri Lankan troops of breaking assurances the army would refrain from using heavy weaponry while an estimated 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the rebel holdout. Both the military and Tamil rebels confirmed that fighting was continuing around Mullaivikkal, 390 km north of Colombo, in a...
  • LTTE declares unilateral ceasefire, Lanka rejects it April 26, 2009

    Colombo: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), holding less than eight sq km of territory in the island's north, on Sunday announced a unilateral ceasefire in Sri Lanka, a pro-rebel website reported. But the Sri Lankan government rejected the truce. "In the face of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and in...
  • Lanka refuses ceasefire, says LTTE's end in sight April 26, 2009

    Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says it is about to defeat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the country’s north and won’t end the military conflict with the rebels yet. Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Secretary Palitha Kohona on Sunday told CNN-IBN his country is capable of helping the thousands...
  • Refugee tragedy grows in Lanka; UN cries out for help April 23, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lanka and the UN on Thursday made frantic appeals for assistance as the exodus of Tamil civilians from the war zone escalated into a grave humanitarian crisis even as the government claimed that the Tamil rebels were about to be crushed, ending one of the world's longest running...
  • LTTE deadline ends today, will Prabhakaran surrender? April 21, 2009

    Colombo: The 24 hours deadline given by the Sri Lanka to Tamil rebels to surrender ends on Tuesday. The deadline was given to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after thousands of civilians fled the war zone when troops breached an earthen fortification blocking their exit route on Monday....
  • LTTE calls for permanent ceasefire in Sri Lanka April 15, 2009

    Colombo: Tamil rebels on Tuesday called for an unconditional permanent ceasefire as a precondition to peace talks with the Sri Lankan government. The call from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came as the Sri Lankan security forces maintained a two-day halt in its military operations in the north of...
  • US asks Lanka to engage Tamils, try for peace March 14, 2009

    Washington: Expressing "deep concern" over the deteriorating conditions in the "safe zone" in northern Sri Lanka, the US has asked Colombo to engage peaceful Tamils to develop power sharing arrangements to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. "The United States believes that a durable and lasting peace will only be achieved through...
  • 'LTTE cornered, top leaders take over fight' March 8, 2009

    Colombo: Over 100 Tamil rebels have been killed in fighting with Sri Lankan forces since Friday and the rebels are now cornered in a less than 50 sq km area in Mullaitivu, the country’s defence ministry said on Sunday. The ministry said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), now confined...
  • Stop shooting and start talking: Lanka, LTTE told February 21, 2009

    New Delhi: India on Saturday said the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil rebels must find a political solution to their dispute and “military action will not do”. Sri Lanka's military shot down two aeroplanes of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) flying a defiant air raid on Colombo on...
  • Malaysia cops on lookout for LTTE leader Prabhakaran January 22, 2009

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police said on Thursday they were on the lookout for elusive Tamil Tiger leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran who may have fled Sri Lanka. The head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was reported to have escaped to either Malaysia or Thailand as the separatist group loses more...
  • Lanka's undeclared civil war escalates November 24, 2006

    Colombo, (Sri Lanka): A fierce battle between Sri Lanka's military and Tamil rebels killed at least 26 combatants, the two sides said, as an Indian envoy on Friday wrapped up a trip to the island nation in hopes of shoring up peace efforts. The Sri Lankan military sent tanks and warplanes...