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Sampanthan as Lankan Oppn leader gives hope: DMK

 DMK President M Karunanidhi today welcomed the appointment of Tamil National Alliance leader R Sampanthan as the Leader of Opposition in Sri Lankan Parliament, saying it has given hope for the Tamils in the island nation.

Tamil named as Sri Lankan opposition leader for first time since 1983

 Sri Lanka`s parliament on Thursday named an ethnic minority Tamil politician as the main opposition leader for the first time in 32 years, a sign of growing reconciliation after a prolonged civil war.

Lanka's main Tamil party gets Opposition status in Parliament

 Sri Lanka's main Tamil party TNA was today declared the main Opposition in the parliament with its leader R Sampanthan becoming the first lawmaker from the minority community to lead it in the House in 32 years.

US to move pro-Sri Lanka resolution at UNHRC

In a U-turn, the US on Wednesday said it will move a pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the UNHRC ahead of a crucial report on alleged war crimes during the country's three-decade long civil war with the LTTE.

Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe warns against return to divisive politics

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Sri Lanka`s parties Wednesday to work together as he began forming a new government backed by minority Tamils after a surge in support for his reform-driven agenda in parliamentary elections.

TNA not to join united government in Sri Lanka

 Sri Lanka`s main Tamil party said on Monday it will not join a united government if it fails to address the grievances of the Tamils.

Sri Lanka govt holds talks with Tamil diaspora in London

 Sri Lanka's new government has held talks with Tamil diaspora groups in London, discussing at length needs of those displaced during the brutal war against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka Govt warns against commemorating LTTE

The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday warned that any attempt to commemorate LTTE on the sixth anniversary of the end of the three-decade long battle will not be condoned.

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party denies links with LTTE

 Tamil National Alliance has no allegiance to the LTTE as it is not in favour of terrorism, a senior leader of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party has said, rebutting allegations in this regard.

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.

Sri Lankan President confident of minority vote

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday expressed confidence in securing minority Tamil votes at the Presidential Election, although Sri Lanka`s main Tamil political party, urged the Tamils to back opposition candidate.

Tamil party endorses opposition in Sri Lanka polls

Sri Lanka`s largest Tamil party Tuesday endorsed the main opposition candidate in next week`s election, accusing President Mahinda Rajapakse of failing to deliver reconciliation after the country`s ethnic war.

Implement 1987 Indo-Lanka accord, demands Lanka Tamil party

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party TNA will start a non-violent struggle from January to seek full implementation of the 1987 Indo-Sri Lanka Accord to achieve maximum devolution of power in northern areas.

TNA delegation meets Sushma Swaraj, discusses Sri Lanka situation

A delegation of Tamil National Alliance, the ruling party in Jaffna province of Sri Lanka, gave a "detailed" presentation on the current political situation in Lanka to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and sought greater role by India in resolving the ethnic Tamil problem there.

Lanka`s TNA seeks public views to resolve ethnic impasse

Sri Lanka`s main Tamil political party TNA has sought suggestions from the public on ways to resolve the long-standing ethnic impasse in the country.

TNA rejects Sri Lanka govt`s accusation of stalling talks

Sri Lanka`s main Tamil party has dismissed the government`s stance blaming it for the stalled direct negotiations to hammer out a political settlement to the island`s ethnic conflict.

Sri Lanka`s TNA backs UN report calling for international probe

Sri Lanka`s main Tamil party backed a damning UN report which has called for an international probe into allegations of war crimes during the final battle with the LTTE.

TNA to push for international probe into Lanka war crimes

Sri Lanka`s main Tamil party has said it will push for an independent international probe into alleged war crimes committed during the final phase of the civil war against the LTTE in 2009.

Sri Lanka war dead count improper: Tamil party

Sri Lanka`s main Tamil party on Wednesday said a census to ascertain the number of dead and disappeared in the country`s nearly three-decade-long civil war was not being conducted properly.

India will stand by Lankan Tamils: Foreign Secretary tells TNA

India today assured Sri Lankan Tamils that it will stand by them and do its best to ensure that they are able to live a life of respect and dignity.