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Sri Lanka says will refuse entry to UN investigators

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 14:00

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island`s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka to refuse entry to UN investigators: President

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 13:22

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island`s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

US slams Sri Lanka over intimidation of war victims

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 06, 2014, 02:43

The United States led Western criticism of Sri Lanka today after pro-government activists broke up a meeting of US diplomats and ethnic Tamils who lost loved ones in the island`s separatist war.

Article in SL defence website: Parties one in backing Jayalalithaa

Last Updated: Friday, August 01, 2014, 17:14

Setting aside their differences, political parties in Tamil Nadu on Friday strongly backed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa after the Sri Lankan defence website carried an article critical of her, with an accompanying graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sri Lanka frees Indian fishermen to ease tensions

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 03, 2014, 16:56

Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered the release of 29 Indian fishermen held on poaching charges, officials said Tuesday, in a move to ease tensions over illegal fishing.

Modi could have avoided inviting Lankan President for swearing in: DMK

Last Updated: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 13:54

The DMK on Thursday said Narendra Modi could have "avoided" inviting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse for his May 26 swearing-in ceremony, saying the BJP leader should "understand the feelings" of people of Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka celebrates end of war, blocks commemorations

Last Updated: Sunday, May 18, 2014, 15:09

resident Mahinda Rajapakse led celebrations at a major victory parade Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka`s Tamil separatist war, as commemorations for its victims were blocked.

Lanka temple tackles reconciliation amid fears of fighting

Last Updated: Monday, May 05, 2014, 02:22

At a temple in the heart of Sri Lanka`s Sinhalese south, an unusual attempt at reconciliation is underway after decades of ethnic bloodshed, even as the government warns of fresh fighting.

Sri Lankans urged to search for President`s missing macaws

Last Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 05:49

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse have escaped his tightly-guarded official residence in Colombo, his office said today as it appealed for help to trace the colourful long-tailed birds.

Sri Lanka brace for biggest party after war

Last Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014, 13:52

Sri Lanka was preparing to throw its biggest party since the end of the country`s ethnic war Monday after beating India in the final of cricket`s World T20 tournament.

Sri Lanka claims moral victory from war crimes vote

Last Updated: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 02:13

Sri Lanka tried to claim a moral victory on Friday and insisted it would push on with reconciliation efforts after being censured by the UN`s top rights body for failing to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice.

Rights group calls for international pressure on Lanka

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:55

Sri Lanka made little progress in 2013 in accountability for serious human rights abuses committed during the country`s civil war, Human Rights Watch has said and called for an international probe to provide justice for victims.