Sri Lankan Navy arrests 15 Indian fishermen, seizes three boats

Sri Lankan Navy has captured 15 Indian fishermen and seized three boats for allegedly poaching on Sri Lankan waters, as per news reports on Tuesday.

Philipose G Pynumootil is new Asst Chief of Naval staff (Air)

Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynumootil on Monday took over as Assistant Chief of Naval staff (Air).

Sri Lanka police investigate ex-leader Rajapakse`s wife

Sri Lanka`s police said Monday they questioned ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse`s wife, as the new government escalated anti-corruption investigations against the former first family accused of siphoning billions of dollars from public funds.

Will continue to engage with India on fishermen issue: Lanka

Days after rejecting India's proposal to allow its fishermen to catch fish in Lankan waters, Sri Lanka has said it will continue to engage with India on the vexed fishermen issue in the spirit of "goodwill and understanding" to seek short-term and long-term solutions.

Rajapaksa's wife questioned by Lankan police over graft

 Sri Lanka's former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was today grilled by police over alleged corruption in an NGO which she ran during her husband Mahinda Rajapaksa's presidency, the latest in a series of questioning of his family members.

Sri Lanka to talk to India on fishing

 Sri Lanka said on Monday that it will continue to engage with India on the fishermen issue to seek satisfactory short-term and long-term solutions.

Three Tamil parties to join hands to form alliance in Lanka

 Three political parties representing Tamils have decided to join hands to form a new political front in Sri Lanka, saying the main Tamil National Alliance only represent community members from the northern and eastern part of the country.

Injustice against Tamils in Sri Lanka continues: DMK

 Expressing concern over a report on the Sri Lankan army's "continued occupation" of traditional Tamil homeland, DMK on Saturday said it showed that the scene has not changed despite a change of guard in the island republic.

Rajapaksa fears LTTE revival in Sri Lanka

 Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is mounting a political comeback, has expressed fears that the separatist Tamil Tigers could regroup and revive terrorism in the country.

Five Sri Lankan fishermen arrested by Indian Coast Guard

The Coast Guard on Friday detained five Sri Lankan fishermen for entering the Indian waters near Kodiakkarai in Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka violates human rights of minorities: Report

 Sri Lanka continues to violate human rights of its religious and ethnic minorities even six years after the end of civil war in the country that resulted in the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to a new independent report.

Sri Lanka raises $1 bn abroad after Parliament snub

Sri Lanka`s new government raised nearly a billion dollars through its first overseas bond issue after Parliament shot down plans to increase local borrowings, the country`s central bank said Friday.

US think tank urges continued human rights pressure on Sri Lanka

There is little hope of post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka unless the new government acts to end the oppression of minority Tamils and ensure reconciliation, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday, urging continued pressure on the country.

Sri Lanka's opposition to protest for removal of government

Sri Lanka`s main opposition the United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said on Thursday that it will be launching protests after June 9 to gather support for the removal of the current government.

Indian-origin diplomat appointed Singapore's envoy to Sri Lanka

The Singapore government has appointed Indian-origin S Chandra Das, a former member of parliament and diplomat, as Singapore`s non-resident high commissioner to Sri Lanka, a media report said on Thursday.

Sri Lanka to soon name new envoy to India

 Sri Lanka has recalled all non-career diplomats serving as heads of missions abroad who had held their posts before January except the High Commissioner to India with a new envoy to be named shortly.

Sri Lanka, Pakistan aim for USD 1 billion trade volume

Sri Lanka and Pakistan expect to push their annual bilateral trade volume to USD 1 billion, up from the 2014 figure of USD 350 million, the Pakistani envoy here has said.

Lanka to soon name new envoy to India

 Sri Lanka has recalled all non-career diplomats serving as heads of missions abroad who had held their posts before January except the High Commissioner to India with a new envoy to be named shortly.

Fishing conflict with India will be settled via talks: Sri Lanka

Colombo has said that the conflict over fishing in the Palk Bay and Palk Strait between the Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen will be resolved via dialogue between the fishermen of the two countries since it is a `humanitarian and a livelihood issue`.

Committed to finding solution on fishermen issue with Sri Lanka: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday reiterated its commitment on finding a mutually acceptable solution with the Sri Lanka government with regards to the fishermen issue.