Rajapaksa's govt in Lanka loses two-third majority

Ahead of next month's snap polls, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday suffered another political setback as he lost his government's two-thirds majority in Parliament after two ministers from parties representing Indian-origin Tamils defected to the opposition.

Vaiko calls on EU, bats for referendum in Lanka

Chennai: MDMK General Secretary Vaiko Tuesday called on European Union Ambassador Joao Cravinho and other representatives of the EU member countries here and sought their support for the "need for a referendum" among Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Mahinda Rajapaksa returns gold, jewellery taken by LTTE to Lankans
Mahinda Rajapaksa returns gold, jewellery taken by LTTE to Lankans

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has personally returned the gold and jewellery to the people in the north allegedly taken by the LTTE during the time of their parallel administration, reaching out to the minority Tamils ahead of crucial presidential poll next month.

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 hasn't asked for help for its reconciliation bureau: UN spokesman

 Sri Lanka has not asked the UN for help for the Special Bureau of Reconciliation it is setting up to deal with the legacy of the civil war that ravaged the island nation, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

Ensure justice for Tamils, PM Narendra Modi tells Sri Lanka

In a clear sign that India has not washed its hands off Sri Lankan affairs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday urged Colombo to ensure "justice and self-respect" to its Tamil minority.

Vaiko urges Modi to ensure well-being of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Deploring the status of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka, NDA constituent MDMK Tuesday urged the Modi Government to take `appropriate steps` to ensure their well-being and opposed deepening commercial and economic relations between India and Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka to charge asylum-seekers returned by Australia

Sri Lanka is set to charge the 41 asylum seekers, including four Tamils, who attempted to enter Australia illegally and were eventually returned in a controversial mid-sea transfer.

Four Sri Lankan Tamils arrested

Four Sri Lankan Tamils, including two women, were arrested Wednesday after they arrived here without proper documents in an illegal ferry, a senior police official said.

Sri Lanka to dig up eastern mass grave site

Sri Lankan authorities will dig up the site of a suspected mass grave in eastern province over claims that it contains the bodies of over 100 Muslims allegedly killed by Tamil rebels 24 years ago.

Fake passport racket busted; Six Lankan Tamils arrested

Police today claimed to have busted a fake passport and visa racket with the arrest of six Sri Lankan Tamils residing here.

Sri Lanka war was not against Tamils: Rajapaksa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday said the war in Sri Lanka was never against the Tamil community but against terrorism.

Under attack on SL Tamils issue, Sonia raises Rajiv`s killing

Dismissing as "false propaganda" that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi`s assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them.

`India did not vote against Sri Lanka for Tamils` good`

India Friday justified its abstention from voting on the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC, saying the decision was driven by welfare of Tamils in that country.

Sri Lanka `complicit` in torture of Tamils: Report

The "highest levels" of Sri Lanka`s government were complicit in raping, torturing and abducting ethnic Tamils following the nation`s ethnic civil war, a report by rights groups warned on Saturday.

Lanka`s northern province to revive talks with Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka`s Tamil-dominated northern province has unanimously agreed to revive the stalled direct talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Indo-Lanka ties in 2013 affected by Tamil issue

India-Sri Lanka ties in 2013 were affected by differences over alleged rights abuses in the war against the LTTE and giving political rights to Tamils, even as Colombo held provincial polls after 25 years in the Tamil-dominated north as part of reconciliation.

India has to follow soft approach towards Sri Lanka: TNCC

TNCC president president B Gnanadesikan on Saturday said India has to follow a soft approach towards Sri Lanka for the benefit of all concerned and to protect Tamils and Indian fishermen.

Tamils protest in Coimbatore over demolition of memorial wall

Irate Tamils staged protests here against the state government`s move to demolish a compound wall of the Mullivaikkal Memorial built in honour of Tamils who have died during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

CHOGM to begin amid allegations of rights violations by Sri Lanka

Absence of PM Manmohan Singh and counterparts from Canada and Mauritius cast shadow over 3-day CHOGM summit amid allegations of human rights violations against Tamils in Sri Lanka`s war against LTTE.