Four TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel

Four fishermen from Tamil Nadu have been arrested by Sri Lankan naval personnel while fishing off this coastal town, a top fisheries department official said.

Sri Lanka president`s party narrowly clears vote test

 Sri Lanka`s ruling party saw its popularity significantly eroded in a narrow local election win seen as a bellwether for a snap presidential election, official results showed Sunday.

Did not wish Modi on Birthday due to Xi's Gujarat visit: Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday told two visiting BJP leaders that he deliberately refrained from wishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday because he did not want to disturb the Premier with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Gujarat.

BJP firm on resolution of issues of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka: Rao

BJP has always shown a firm determination to resolve the issues concerning the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka and those pertaining to fishermen from Tamil Nadu, party national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao on Friday said.

Sri Lankan President belatedly greets PM Modi on birthday

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday sent belated birthday wishes to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.

Sri Lanka auctions Indian fishermen's boats; Ramadoss condemns

PMK leader Ramdoss Friday strongly condemned the reports that Sri Lankan Government was auctioning the boats seized from the Indian Fishermen, and said "the act of the Island government has shocked Indian fishermen."

Loss of life in Sri Lanka conflict could have been averted: US

The US has said that several lives could have been saved had the global community acted earlier and more appropriately to situations in some troubled nations like Sri Lanka, which is accused of human rights abuses during its military campaign against the LTTE.

Sri Lanka to set up joint trade commission with Russia

The Sri Lankan government has received Cabinet approval to establish a joint commission with the Russian Federation to enhance the bilateral trade ties.

Sri Lanka hasn't asked for help for its reconciliation bureau: UN spokesman

 Sri Lanka has not asked the UN for help for the Special Bureau of Reconciliation it is setting up to deal with the legacy of the civil war that ravaged the island nation, a UN spokesman said Thursday.

Pope approves Sri Lanka`s first saint ahead of visit: Church

The Pope has approved Sri Lanka`s first saint, an Indian missionary credited with reviving the Catholic Church on the island during persecution by Dutch colonial rulers, the church said Thursday.

MDMK opposes BJP participation in conference in Sri Lanka

BJP's Tamil Nadu ally, MDMK on Thursday opposed the senior partner's participation in a conference in Sri Lanka, saying it had hurt the Tamils in that country, besides in India and elsewhere.

Australia reveals 12 asylum-seeker boats turned away

Australia on Thursday revealed it has turned back 12 asylum-seeker boats and prevented 45 more from leaving port as it lifted the veil of secrecy over its hardline border protection policy.

China`s Xi kicks off $1.4bn Sri Lanka port city development

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday launched the construction of a $1.4 billion port city in Sri Lanka`s capital that will give Beijing a firmer foothold in the Indian Ocean region. 

Chinese man in soup over attempt to smuggle birds' nest

A Chinese national was arrested by Sri Lankan customs authorities for attempting to smuggle edible birds' nests with a street value of nearly Rs two million, hours before Chinese president's visit here.

CBI wants to probe Lankan held for spying

CBI has filed a petition in an NIA court here seeking its nod to interrogate a Sri Lankan national held for allegedly spying for Pakistan.

Chinese president arrives in Sri Lanka

Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday arrived in Sri Lanka, the first state visit by a Chinese head of state to the island nation in decades.

China`s Xi heads to Sri Lanka to promote `maritime silk road`

President Xi Jinping was Tuesday due in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed $1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a "maritime silk road" in the face of growing competition from Japan and India.

China`s Xi heads to Sri Lanka seeking to boost ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping will on Tuesday begin his first state visit to Sri Lanka, seeking to bolster already strong ties with the island just days after Japan`s prime minister launched a rival bid for influence.

'Arrest of SL national points to failure of intelligence agencies'

The arrest of a Sri Lankan national in Chennai for allegedly spying for Pakistan pointed to the 'failure' of the central and state intelligence agencies and they should coordinate with Coast Guard and police for effective vigil, former Union minister GK Vasan said here today.

Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint

Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during his trip next year, making good on his promise to give Asia more saints as models for the faithful, Sri Lankan and Vatican officials said on Friday.