Vaiko urges Centre to allow UN panel to hold probe in India

BJP ally MDMK on Tuesday urged the Centre to allow a UN panel probing alleged war crimes by Sri Lankan Army hold its inquiry in India and opposed the scheduled address of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the UN General Assembly later this month.

Japan PM Abe stresses need for dialogue in Lanka

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday underlined the need for dialogue among Sri Lanka's political stakeholders to achieve national reconciliation with the Tamil minority.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on Sri Lanka visit

Shinzo Abe arrived here today as the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, aiming to boost trade and counter China's rising influence in South Asia.

Japanese PM begins South Asia trip

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Saturday in a move to boost Japan`s trade and investment in the counties.

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.

Lanka opens two new detention centres for foreigners

Facing international flak for forcibly deporting Pakistani and Afghan nationals seeking refugee status in Sri Lanka, the government has established two more centres to detain foreigners who are overstaying.

Govt trying to hurt UN probe: Sri Lankan activist

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s decision to deny entry to UN investigators is intended to undermine the credibility of an ongoing war crimes inquiry, an activist said.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa puts Pak visit on hold

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was due to visit Pakistan later this month may delay his travel plans because of political unrest in Islamabad, officials said today.

India thanks Rajapaksa over fishermen release

India on Thursday thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa for releasing all Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka`s custody as a goodwill gesture ahead of India`s Independence Day.

Tamil outfits stage black flag demonstration against Swamy

About 50 activists of Tanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam were arrested today when they tried to stage a black flag demonstration against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for his alleged "support" to Sri Lanka and its president Mahinda Rajapaksa on the issue of Tamil Eelam.

Rajapaksa to visit Pakistan later this month

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit Pakistan later this month to take stock of the bilateral relations and identify potential areas for cooperation.

May add more international experts to Lanka warcrimes probe: Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday said he may add three more international experts to an existing three-member panel probing the cases of missing persons during the three-decade war with the LTTE.

Banner in Tamil Nadu shows Rajapaksa seeking Jayalalithaa`s forgiveness

A large banner, portraying Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa as seeking forgiveness of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for the derogatory article against her in a defence website, appeared at a main junction in Mettupalayam.

Security fears prevented Rajapaksa from attending CWG

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa skipped the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of possible security threats from the Tamil diaspora groups based in the UK, a top minister said on Thursday.

Modi wants `excellent` relations with Sri Lanka: Swamy

PM Narendra Modi wants "excellent" relations with Sri Lanka, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said as he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday.

Rajapaksa wants world leaders to see Sri Lanka`s reality

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday said he wishes to see more foreign leaders visiting his country to experience the island`s post conflict progress.

Sri Lankan Muslims deny extremism against India

The Muslim allies of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka on Friday emphasised that they do not support or tolerate any form of terrorism directed towards India or any other country.

Lanka rights body recommends abolition of capital punishment

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

Lanka coexists peacefully with people of all faiths: Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka, a nation inspired by Buddhism for well over 2,500 years, have co-existed peacefully with communities of other faiths despite attempts to create communal tensions from time to time, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

Sri Lankan President orders crackdown on extremists

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the police to take action against any individual or organisation attempting to spread hatred among religions or races.