Sri Lanka justifies troops presence in former war zones

A day after three key operatives of the banned LTTE were killed in a major military operation in Sri Lanka`s north, the government today justified maintaining troops in the former war zones.

Apr 12, 2014, 18:56 PM IST

32 Lankans living in India on the list of banned LTTE remnants

Thirty two Sri Lankans currently residing in India are among 422 individuals named by the Sri Lankan government as members of the banned LTTE offshoots.

Apr 06, 2014, 20:56 PM IST

Lanka must achieve reconciliation expeditiously: India

India on Friday asked Sri Lanka to take "expeditious steps" towards genuine national reconciliation, including investigations into allegations of human rights violations committed during the last phase of the nearly three-decades long civil war with the LTTE.

Apr 04, 2014, 22:48 PM IST

UNHRC adopts resolution on Sri Lanka; India abstains

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday adopted a US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka that authorises an international criminal investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the island nation`s decades long civil war against the LTTE.

Mar 27, 2014, 18:08 PM IST

Sri Lanka braces for tough resolution over its rights record

Sri Lanka will face a third successive resolution tomorrow at the UN rights body which is expected to call for an international criminal probe into alleged war crimes committed during the country`s decades long civil war against the LTTE.

Mar 26, 2014, 21:36 PM IST

Sri Lanka slams British TV channel for war crimes documentary

Sri Lanka on Monday slammed what it termed as an attempt by a British channel to denigrate Colombo ahead of the voting on a US-sponsored resolution in UNHRC over alleged rights abuses during the war with LTTE.

Mar 11, 2014, 01:01 AM IST

Release of Rajiv Gandhi`s assassins: SC defers hearing to March 26

The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred hearing in the plea challenging the validity of the powers of a state government to grant remission of sentence to prisoners in case of the Tamil Nadu government deciding to release of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Mar 06, 2014, 09:36 AM IST

HRW backs international inquiry into Lanka`s war crimes

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has backed UN rights chief`s recommendation for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final phase of battle with the LTTE.

Feb 28, 2014, 14:51 PM IST

Rajapaksa accuses political rivals of undermining his govt

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday accused his political rivals of carrying out a smear campaign to undermine his government internationally.

Feb 24, 2014, 22:03 PM IST

Jaya to counter Centre in SC over Rajiv killers release issue

Stung by the Centre`s move to stall the release of convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday asserted that her government would face it legally.

Feb 24, 2014, 14:58 PM IST

`Reconsider decision to release convicts in Rajiv Gandhi case`

Senior Congress leader and Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy on Sunday urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to reconsider her government`s decision to release three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Feb 23, 2014, 17:15 PM IST

Remnants of LTTE trying to make Andaman and Nicobar islands safe haven?

Are the islands of Andaman and Nicobar potential terror hubs?
Yes, feels the administration of the Union Territory, which has said the possibility of left out LTTE cadre trying to make them a safe haven cannot be ruled out.

Feb 23, 2014, 10:25 AM IST

Pardon for Rajiv Gandhi assassins: Emotions, politics – all for a cause

The Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of three key conspirators in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and the quick announcement by the Tamil Nadu government to release all the seven condemned prisoners in the case has triggered a debate that is questioning the very basics of the Constitution of India.

Feb 20, 2014, 18:56 PM IST

Canadian court rules against terror expert Gunaratna

The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), which sued Sri Lanka-born terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna for linking it to the LTTE, has been awarded $53,000 by a Canadian court.

Feb 19, 2014, 13:13 PM IST

Lanka facing challenges for not being pro-West, minister says

Sri Lanka faces international and diplomatic challenges as the government has spurned pressure from powerful Western countries over its human rights record, a senior minister on Saturday alleged.

Feb 15, 2014, 21:46 PM IST

Sri Lanka lobbying in US ahead of key rights resolution

Sri Lanka has intensified lobbying in the US Congress ahead of a resolution that the country is expected to face in the UN rights body next month over alleged war crimes during the military campaign against LTTE rebels.

Feb 14, 2014, 12:48 PM IST

Jail authorities oppose Nalini`s request for one month leave

Authorities of Vellore jail opposed the request of Nalini, a life convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for grant of one month leave to visit her ailing father.

Feb 12, 2014, 00:15 AM IST

China backs Sri Lanka as US mulls resolution

China on Tuesday voiced support for Sri Lanka as the US spearheaded a third resolution on the country`s human rights record to be presented before the UN Human Rights Council in March.

Feb 11, 2014, 20:52 PM IST

13 acquitted of charges of aiding LTTE in 2009

A Sessions Court here has acquitted three Sri Lankan Tamils and ten others of charges of hoarding communication gadgets and medicines with the aim of supplying them to the LTTE in 2009.

Feb 07, 2014, 23:15 PM IST

Sri Lankan FM to visit China ahead of rights resolution in UNHRC

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris will arrive here next week on an official visit as Colombo steps up efforts to counter US plans to move a resolution at the UNHRC over alleged rights abuses in the war against Tamil Tiger rebels.

Feb 07, 2014, 21:16 PM IST