Sri Lankan Tamils defy alleged intimidation to vote

Sri Lankan Tamils went to the polls in large numbers on Thursday, defying what the opposition said were attempts to discourage voting in the heavily militarised Jaffna peninsula, where President Mahinda Rajapakse is widely disliked.

38 Indian fishermen on fast unto death in Lanka jail

At least 38 Indian fishermen lodged in Sri Lanka's Jaffna prison for alleged poaching are on a fast unto death demanding their early release.

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

  In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

iN the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

Sri Lanka resumes trains to war-battered Jaffna

 Sri Lanka`s president Monday launched train services to the battle-scarred city of Jaffna nearly 25 years after a bloody ethnic conflict destroyed the region`s entire railway network.

Sri Lanka restores blood-soaked railway to Tamil heartland

A railway in Sri Lanka that runs through mine-fields and snake-infested jungle is to reopen on Monday, nearly a quarter of a century after a bloody ethnic conflict shut it down.

Sri Lanka bars foreigners from former war zone

 Sri Lanka`s military has banned foreigners from travelling to the island`s former war zone during a visit there by President Mahinda Rajapakse, officials and diplomatic sources said Sunday.

'Queen of Jaffna' to link Sri Lanka's north again

The "Queen of Jaffna," a once-popular train linking the ethnic Tamil's northern heartland to the rest of Sri Lanka before a bloody civil war cut the link 24 years ago, chugs back into service next week, reinforcing the government's authority in a region once controlled by Tamil rebels.

Australian immigration minister visits Jaffna, no talks with Tamil groups

Scott Morrison was visiting Sri Lanka to hand over two patrol boats to strengthen the island nation`s surveillance against people smuggling.

32 Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Navy

At least 32 Indian fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly poaching in the country`s waters off the coast of the Delft islet in Jaffna.

Relatives of 1998 Lanka air crash victims identify belongings

Relatives of the victims of an air crash in Sri Lanka attended a public display on Saturday to identify their belongings, over 15 years after the tragedy.

Sri Lankan troops on alert amid storm warning

Sri Lankan troops have been placed on alert to assist in disaster relief as people living in coastal areas in north and north-eastern parts of the island were warned to move inland as stormy weather hit the country.

Sri Lanka needs to go `further and faster` on human rights: David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Sri Lanka to move "further and faster" to address allegations of war crimes, saying the issue would remain high on the international agenda.

David Cameron`s convoy stopped by Tamil protesters in Jaffna

Shortly after landing in Jaffna, British Prime Minister David Cameron`s convoy was stopped by Tamil protesters.

India’s CHOGM quandary: Congress Core Group meet ends

The Congress Core Group, headed by party president Sonia Gandhi, met on Friday to take a final decision on whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should participate in Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) scheduled to be held in Colombo next week.

Reconciliation depends on dialogue with Tamils: Salman Khurshid

Expressing cautious optimism about the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said much will depend on a dialogue between the central government and newly elected Tamil lawmakers.

Moderate polling in Sri Lankan provincial elections

Voter turnout was moderate in elections to Sri Lanka`s three provincial councils, including the Tamil-majority Northern Province, where ballotting took place Saturday.

Sri Lankan Army says it wasn`t behind attack on poll candidate

Nine persons were injured in an attack on the home of a key Tamil party`s election candidate in Jaffna, and the Sri Lankan Army on Friday refuted allegations that it was behind the incident.

Sri Lanka`s Tamil heartland to vote Saturday

Sri Lanka is all set to hold Saturday the first election to form a provincial council to govern its Northern Province, the former bastion of the vanquished Tamil Tigers.

Foreigners monitor Sri Lanka`s ex-war zone elections

Foreign observers today held talks with officials and candidates in Sri Lanka`s Tamil-dominated north to ensure free and fair polls in the former war zone`s first elections in 25 years on Saturday.