John Kerry holds talks with Tamils in Sri Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Sri Lanka`s top Tamil leaders on Sunday as he wrapped up an overnight visit pushing reconciliation in the island after decades of ethnic war.

Tamil reconciliation will 'take time': Kerry warns Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday warned Sri Lanka that "true reconciliation" with Tamils will take time, even as he praised the "openness" of the new government in efforts to boost democracy, human rights and reaching out to the minority community.

John Kerry praises Sri Lankan govt progress in peace process
John Kerry praises Sri Lankan govt progress in peace process

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday praised the "openness" of the new Sri Lankan government in its efforts to boost democracy, human rights and ensure reconciliation with the country's minority Tamils.

John Kerry hails `enormous progress` in new-look Sri Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Sri Lanka`s new reformist government Saturday for making "enormous progress" since the departure of strongman Mahinda Rajapakse and for pursuing reconciliation with Tamils after the island`s devastating ethnic conflict.

Kerry hails `enormous progress` in new-look Sri Lanka

 US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Sri Lanka for making "enormous progress" since the departure of strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, as he lavished praise on the new reformist government.

Sri Lanka: 19A only half way measure to abolish executive presidency

A key amendment adopted by the Sri Lankan Parliament last week is only a halfway measure towards abolishing executive presidency as only 60 to 65 percent of powers of the top post have been reduced, according to an architect of the legislation.

Kerry to back Lanka's reconciliation efforts

US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive here tomorrow on a 2-day visit to express support for the efforts by the new Sri Lankan government to boost democracy, human rights and ensure reconciliation with Tamils.

High altitude lifts Bhutan`s World Cup hopes
High altitude lifts Bhutan`s World Cup hopes

Bhutan`s amateurs are hoping the dizzying altitude of their Himalayan home games will give them an edge as they look to extend their World Cup fairytale.

John Kerry heads to Sri Lanka on historic visit to mend ties

Top US diplomat John Kerry left early Friday on a landmark trip to Sri Lanka, the first such visit in a decade to the Indian Ocean island as it returns to the diplomatic fold.

Evolve strategy to solve fishermen issue: PMK

NDA ally, PMK, on Thursday asked the Centre to evolve a practical strategy to solve the contentious fishermen issue involving India and Sri Lanka and stressed that the row could be resolved only through dialogue.

Sri Lankan Parliament votes to curb President's powers

 The Sri Lankan parliament has reportedly voted to curb the powers of the president and reinstate a two-term limit for incumbents.

Sri Lankan parliament approves constitutional reforms

 Sri Lanka`s parliament on Tuesday passed a series of key constitutional reforms which include reducing the powers in the hands of the president.

Second-string East Bengal lose 0-1 in AFC Cup
Second-string East Bengal lose 0-1 in AFC Cup

A second-string East Bengal dished out a spirited show but failed to cancel out Mohd Amri Yahyah's early goal to suffer a 0-1 loss to Johor Darul Ta'Zim in a rain-interrupted AFC Cup football match here today.

Sri Lanka parliament passes diluted reforms, reduces some president's powers

Sri Lanka’s parliament overwhelmingly passed reforms on Tuesday reducing some of the president’s powers, in a move that did not go as far as President Maithripala Sirisena had promised but is nevertheless seen as a victory for the leader.

Fishermen leave for Lanka to tow back released boats

A group of 85 fishermen on Tuesday left this coast, escorted by Indian Coast Guard Personnel, to tow back 14 Indian fishing boats released by a Sri Lankan court about a month back, fisheries department officials said.

John Kerry to make historic trips to Sri Lanka, Kenya, Djibouti

US Secretary of State John Kerry will make historic first official visits to Sri Lanka, Kenya and Djibouti in the coming days.

Sri Lanka seeks to restore presidential term limit

Sri Lanka`s government Monday unveiled a bill that will restore a two-term limit for presidents and ensure the independence of the police and the judiciary, undoing moves by the country`s former strongman to consolidate power.

Special beach bike to stop infiltration from Sri Lanka

In a bid to prevent infiltration of anti-national elements and smugglers from other countries, especially Sri Lanka, Coastal Marine Police on Sunday launched a special beach bike for patrolling between Pamban and Arichal Munai areas here.

Sri Lanka to send relief supplies to quake-hit Nepal

Sri Lanka will send relief supplies to Nepal after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck the country on Saturday, killing nearly 900 people.

Rajapaksa fears prosecution of entire family by new Lanka govt

 Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday expressed fears that the new government led by his successor Maithripala Sirisena might end up prosecuting his entire family, a day after his two younger brothers faced questioning by anti-graft investigators.