Lanka Opposition accuses army of campaigning for Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan Opposition has accused the army of deploying soldiers for poll-related campaigning for incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a charge the military denied on Thursday.

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".

Narayanasamy condemns police attack on journalists at Tirupati

AICC General Secretary and former Union Minister V Narayanasamy Thursday condemned the alleged assault by Andhra Pradesh police on journalists from Tamil Nadu during the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Tirupathi.

Rajapaksa prays at Tirumala amid Tamil protests

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday prayed at the Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala amid protests by Tamil groups opposed to him.

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.

Sri Lankan President offers worship at Lord Venkateswara temple

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in the wee hours near here.

Tamil protesters against Rajapaksa visit stopped at AP border

Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday prevented several activists from Tamil Nadu, who wanted to stage a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the temple town of Tirupati, from entering the state.

AP police foil anti-Rajapaksa protest; 130 from TN detained

Andhra Pradesh Police on Tuesday took into preventive custody as many as 130 people from Tamil Nadu who tried to hold protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the temple town of Tirupati.

Tamil protesters against Rajapaksa visit stopped at Andhra border

Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday prevented several activists from Tamil Nadu, who wanted to stage a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the temple town of Tirupati, from entering the state.

Lanka presidential race set to get violent: Report

Sri Lanka faces a risk of serious election-related violence that merits close international attention in the run-up to the country's January 8 presidential poll, a global advocacy group has said.

Sri Lankan President in Tirumala to offer prayers

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived here on Tuesday to offer prayers at the famous Tirumala temple.

Rajapaksa calls for robust cooperation among SAARC nations

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday commemorated the 30th anniversary of the SAARC Charter Day by calling for more robust cooperation among the eight member states, that would result in tangible benefits to the people of South Asia.

Tamil issues remain unaddressed in Lanka election: TNA

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the TNA on Sunday said that Tamils were yet to decide their preference for the January 8 presidential polls as their concerns remain unaddressed by both, the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and his main opposition rival.

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.

38 Indian fishermen on fast unto death in Lanka jail

At least 38 Indian fishermen lodged in Sri Lanka's Jaffna prison for alleged poaching are on a fast unto death demanding their early release.

Cooperation essential for security in Indian Ocean: Ajit Doval

Cooperation between nations is essential to ensure security in the Indian Ocean and to make it free from human smuggling, drug trafficking and piracy, India's National Security Adviser Ajit Kumar Doval said here on Tuesday.

Rajapaksa's challenger signs pact with opposition parties

The main challenger to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential poll, today signed a pact with the opposition parties and civil society groups to scrap the country's "dictatorial" presidential form of government.

Lanka Opposition says won't subject Rajapaksa to war crimes probe

Sri Lanka's main presidential opposition candidate on Friday said he would not allow an international war crimes prosecution against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa or army personnel if he is voted to power.

Modi meets Rajapaksa, thanks him for Indian fishermen release

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a bilateral meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during which he thanked him for pardoning and sending back five Indian fishermen, who were sentenced to death for alleged drug trafficking.

Sri Lanka presidential candidate's telecast blocked, technical error cited

A private Sri Lankan television network said on Monday it had received complaints that two local pay TV operators had blocked its live telecast of an appearance by new opposition presidential candidate Mithripala Sirisena.