BJP firm on resolution of issues of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka: Rao

BJP has always shown a firm determination to resolve the issues concerning the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka and those pertaining to fishermen from Tamil Nadu, party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao on Friday said.

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.

Sri Lankan national, caught spying for Pakistan, sent to NIA custody

A court here on Wednesday granted NIA six days custody of a Sri Lankan national held for allegedly spying for Pakistan.

Chinese man in soup over attempt to smuggle birds' nest

A Chinese national was arrested by Sri Lankan customs authorities for attempting to smuggle edible birds' nests with a street value of nearly Rs two million, hours before Chinese president's visit here.

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New UNHRC chief asks Lanka to cooperate with int'l probe

The new chief of UN's human rights body today asked Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international probe into alleged human rights abuses during final stages of armed conflict against LTTE and hailed his predecessor Navi Pillay, with whom Colombo had an uneasy relationship.

Japanese PM ends Sri Lanka trip with visit to temple

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered flowers and worshipped Monday at a historic Buddhist temple outside Colombo as he wrapped up his two-nation South Asian tour that also took him to Bangladesh.

Sri Lankan man sets himself on fire to protest UN action

 A 73-year-old man has died after he set himself on fire here to protest the international action against Sri Lanka over its alleged human rights violation, police said today.

Shaan to perform in Colombo

Bollywood playback singer Shaan is set to perform in Colombo, the Indian High Commission has announced.

Pak official in Colombo moved out amid pressure from India

Amid mounting pressure from India, Pakistan is understood to have quietly withdrawn its official from its High Commission in Colombo following an allegation against him that he was involved in conspiracy to target the US and Israel consulates in south India at ISI`s behest.

Tamils issue an internal matter of Sri Lanka: Chari

Seshadri Chari, the National Convener of BJP`s Foreign Policy Cell, denied a report quoting him as saying that India has told Sri Lanka that the Tamils issue should be resolved for making progress on bilateral trade and commerce.

India to inform Lanka about terror cloud on Colombo by Pak Embassy official

India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part of this country.

Lanka rights body recommends abolition of capital punishment

Sri Lanka`s top rights body has recommended the government to abolish capital punishment.

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.

US urges Sri Lanka to take meaningful governance steps

The United States has urged Sri Lanka to take thoughtful steps regarding democratic governance, justice, reconciliation and accountability.

UN experts call on Sri Lanka to stop religious hatred

Three UN experts today asked Sri Lankan government to take urgent steps to stop frequent racial and faith-based hatred and violence against Muslim and Christian communities by hardline Buddhist groups.

Sri Lanka arrests moderate Buddhist monk for false complaint

A moderate Buddhist Monk has been arrested by Sri Lankan police for lodging a false complaint that he was abducted and assaulted.

Sri Lanka Muslims call off protest over deadly attacks

Sri Lankan Muslims called off a planned protest on Monday to denounce a series of attacks by Buddhist extremists after police warned their action could further inflame religious tensions.

Sri Lanka probes store fire after clashes

A fire today destroyed a clothing store in a Sri Lankan district that witnessed clashes between hardline Buddhists and the minority Muslims, prompting police to launch a probe.

Sri Lankan courts remand arrested Indian fishermen to custody

At least 46 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy this week for allegedly poaching into the country`s water have been sent to judicial custody by courts in the country`s north.