Sri Lanka says will refuse entry to UN investigators

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island`s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka to refuse entry to UN investigators: President

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island`s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

US slams Sri Lanka over intimidation of war victims

The United States led Western criticism of Sri Lanka today after pro-government activists broke up a meeting of US diplomats and ethnic Tamils who lost loved ones in the island`s separatist war.

Article in SL defence website: Parties one in backing Jayalalithaa

Setting aside their differences, political parties in Tamil Nadu on Friday strongly backed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa after the Sri Lankan defence website carried an article critical of her, with an accompanying graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sri Lanka frees Indian fishermen to ease tensions

Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered the release of 29 Indian fishermen held on poaching charges, officials said Tuesday, in a move to ease tensions over illegal fishing.

Modi could have avoided inviting Lankan President for swearing in: DMK

The DMK on Thursday said Narendra Modi could have "avoided" inviting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse for his May 26 swearing-in ceremony, saying the BJP leader should "understand the feelings" of people of Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka celebrates end of war, blocks commemorations

resident Mahinda Rajapakse led celebrations at a major victory parade Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka`s Tamil separatist war, as commemorations for its victims were blocked.

Lanka temple tackles reconciliation amid fears of fighting

At a temple in the heart of Sri Lanka`s Sinhalese south, an unusual attempt at reconciliation is underway after decades of ethnic bloodshed, even as the government warns of fresh fighting.

Sri Lankans urged to search for President`s missing macaws

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse have escaped his tightly-guarded official residence in Colombo, his office said today as it appealed for help to trace the colourful long-tailed birds.

Sri Lanka claims moral victory from war crimes vote

Sri Lanka tried to claim a moral victory on Friday and insisted it would push on with reconciliation efforts after being censured by the UN`s top rights body for failing to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice.

Rights group calls for international pressure on Lanka

Sri Lanka made little progress in 2013 in accountability for serious human rights abuses committed during the country`s civil war, Human Rights Watch has said and called for an international probe to provide justice for victims.

Tamil council to count Sri Lanka war casualties

The provincial government in Sri Lanka’s main Tamil region said Thursday it would compile its own death toll from the country’s ethnic war, saying an ongoing census would play down the number of casualties.

Sri Lanka`s Tamils vote under the shadow of guns

Tamil voters in northern Sri Lanka are set to elect their first ever semi-autonomous council on Saturday, in a post-war power-sharing exercise already marred by allegations of army intimidation and harassment.

Sri Lankan President to visit China

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse will pay a state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping between May 27 and 30.

Only disappointment from govt on SL Tamils issue:

Stepping up pressure on the Centre, key UPA ally DMK on Sunday said it has received `only disappointment` from the Union government with regard to its stand on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Man sets himself ablaze; pro-Tamil groups stage protests

UNHRC is to take up the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, man in Tamil Nadu attempted self immolation and various pro-Tamil groups protested demanding action against Sri Lankan war crimes.

Activists of pro S Lankan Tamil outfit arrested

About 350 activists of a pro Sri Lankan Tamil outfit were arrested when they were on their way to Katchatheevu Saturday morning to hoist the tricolour at the islet, police said.

Govt in sync with TN people`s concerns on Lankan Tamils: Tewari

The Centre on Friday said, it was in no way "insensitive" to Lankan Tamil issues and the protest was in "sync" with the people`s concern in Tamil Nadu.

MDMK workers leave for Sanchi to protest Rajapakse`s visit

MDMK workers on Monday left for Sanchi to demonstrate against violation of rights Tamils in the island nation in Sri Lanka.

BJP should answer for oppn to Rajapakse`s visit

Shipping Minister GK Vasan on Saturday said BJP should answer in the backdrop of opposition to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse`s proposed visit later this month to India.