Sri Lanka to appoint panel to probe civil war

 Sri Lanka`s new government will appoint an independent commission to probe the last stages of the country`s civil war that ended in 2009, a minister said Friday.

Rajapaksa tells govt to stop 'political revenge'

Sri Lanka's beleaguered former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday asked the new government to stop "political revenge", a day after his country home in the southern province was raided by police.

Sri Lanka scraps ban on foreigners visiting northern former war zone

Sri Lanka has lifted a ban on foreign travelers visiting the former war zone in the north of the country, its defence ministry said on Friday, as the new government promotes reconciliation with ethnic minority Tamils after a 26-year war.

Sri Lanka lifts travel restrictions in north

Sri Lanka's new president Maithripala Sirisena on Friday ordered the lifting of travel restrictions for foreigners in the former war zone in the Tamil north and also removed an embargo on transporting goods.

Sri Lanka ruling coalition forms govt in Uva province

Sri Lanka's new ruling coalition on Wednesday formed the government in a southeastern province after five members of Mahinda Rajapaksa's alliance switched their allegiance to the new dispensation, in yet another blow to the besieged former president.

Maithripala Sirisena: Dark horse who unseated Sri Lanka`s strongman

Sri Lanka`s new president-elect Maithripala Sirisena was a low-profile minister until he emerged as the best hope for a fractured opposition to topple South Asia`s longest-serving leader, Mahinda Rajapakse.

Mahinda Rajapaksa asks minority Tamils to 'forget the past'

Sri Lanka will not allow any Arab Spring-type uprising in the country which is emerging from decades of ethnic war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking an unprecedented third term, vowed today as he appealed to minority Tamils to "forget the past".

Vaiko celebrates Prabhakaran's 60th birthday, slams PM Modi for greeting Rajapaksa
Vaiko celebrates Prabhakaran's 60th birthday, slams PM Modi for greeting Rajapaksa

Chennai: Despite criticism from several quarters, MDMK founder Vaiko and hundreds of his supporters on Wednesday celebrated the 60th birth anniversary of slain LTTE founder V Prabakaran.

Rights activist welcomes Lanka's pardon to Indian fishermen

Noted human rights activist Avadhash Kaushal on Friday welcomed Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapkasa's pardon to five Indian fishermen on death row for alleged drug trafficking but urged him to give the same treatment to the three?fishermen from his own country sentenced to death along with them for the same crime.

Subramanian Swamy seeks ban on Prabhakaran's birth anniversary celebration in TN

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue a directive to the Tamil Nadu government to ban the move to celebrate birth anniversary of slain chief of LTTE V Prabhakaran, who was responsible for killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Swamy seeks ban on Prabhakaran's birth ann celebration in TN

New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy Friday urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue a directive to the Tamil Nadu government to ban the move to celebrate birth anniversary of slain chief of LTTE V Prabhakaran, who was responsible for killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

MDMK to celebrate 60th birth anniversary of Prabhakaran

Chennai: MDMK founder Vaiko Wednesday called for grand celebrations of the 60th birth anniversary of slain LTTE founder V Prabakaran on November 26.

Mahinda Rajapaksa alleges Norway funded LTTE

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday demanded that the Norwegian government must probe the funding of the LTTE during the island's three-decade civil war, alleging that Norway financed the ethnic Tamil militant group.

UN rights chief accuses Lanka of sabotaging war crimes probe

The UN rights chief has accused Sri Lanka of sabotaging a UN-mandated war crimes probe into the country's nearly three decades-long brutal civil war, saying the refusal to cooperate with the investigation raises concerns about the integrity of the government.

UN rights body seeks entry to Lanka despite Govt's refusal

The UNHRC panel to probe alleged human rights abuses during final stages of armed conflict in Sri Lanka will continue to seek access to the country despite its refusal to allow them into the nation.

Lanka panel receives more missing complaints from ex-LTTE base

 A Sri Lankan government panel probing thousands of cases of missing people during the nearly three- decade-long war with the LTTE has recorded more complaints of disappearances in a former Tamil Tiger stronghold.

Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

iN the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy.

Rajapaksa hits out at opposition for taking pro-Tamil stand

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hit out at the opposition for "working" with the pro-LTTE Tamil diaspora in a bid to oust him.

Sri Lanka to contest EU's delisting of LTTE

Sri Lanka will contest the decision by a European Union Court to delist the LTTE as a terroristorganisation and will send an envoy to Strasbourg to lobby the EU against the order.

Lanka concerned over EU court's annulment of sanctions on LTTE

Sri Lanka on Thursday expressed concern over an European Union court decision to strike down anti-terrorism sanctions against the LTTE imposed in 2006.