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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.

Reconsider Rajapakse invite: BJP allies MDMK, PMK; DMK backs

Last Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014, 19:38

Narendra Modi`s invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearing-in as Prime Minister drew more criticism on Friday from Tamil parties with BJP allies MDMK and PMK and also DMK urging him to reconsider it.

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.

Tamil council to count Sri Lanka war casualties

Last Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013, 14:46

The provincial government in Sri Lanka’s main Tamil region said Thursday it would compile its own death toll from the country’s ethnic war, saying an ongoing census would play down the number of casualties.

Sri Lanka mulls Mandela`s reconciliation model

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 02:59

Sri Lanka is considering a South African-style reconciliation commission nearly five years after crushing Tamil separatists in an offensive that triggered international allegations of war crimes, a minister said on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka`s Tamils vote under the shadow of guns

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013, 00:02

Tamil voters in northern Sri Lanka are set to elect their first ever semi-autonomous council on Saturday, in a post-war power-sharing exercise already marred by allegations of army intimidation and harassment.