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'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'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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.