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New Indian FM to have talks with G.L

  Days after taking over as foreign minister, Salman Khurshid is poised for two days of intense diplomacy with virtually back-to-back meetings with the foreign ministers of Iran, Sri Lanka, Oman, Kenya, Madagascar and the Seychelles. During talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart G.L Peiris, Khurshid is expected to push for fast-tracking political solution to [...]

Vietnam cargo ship sinks off Sri Lanka, 4 missing

  A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship sank off the coast of Sri Lanka, leaving four crew members missing, the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (Vietnam MRCC) announced Tuesday. The Saigon Queen, owned by the Saigon Shipping Joint Stock Company (SSC), was carrying timber from Myanmar to India with 22 crew members onboard when it [...]

Fishermen, boat found after 2 months

  A group of fishermen who set out to sea from Negombo in August were found beached in Mullaitivu yesterday, the police media unit said today. The police said that five fishermen had gone fishing on August 30 from Negombo but their boat subsequently experienced engine trouble. The fishing boat had been out at sea [...]

Tamil man self-harms as deportation looms

  A Tamil man set to be deported from Australia today has attempted to take his own life. Around 50 protesters have gathered outside the Maribyrnong detention centre in Melbourne’s west in a bid to block Immigration authorities from sending the 42-year-old back to Sri Lanka. The man was given his marching orders this month [...]

Final hearing on LTTE ban in India on November 3

  A final hearing on the LTTE ban in India will be taken up on November 3 in Madurai, the New India Express reported. The three-day long tribunal hearing with regard to the ban on the LTTE ended on Monday, with tribunal head Justice V K Jain stating that a final hearing would he held at New [...]

Bodies of Lion Air victims to be exhumed

  The bodies of the victims of the Lion Air passenger plane believed to have been shot down by the LTTE in 1998, are to be exhumed for investigations, the police said. According to the police, a group of fishermen are believed to have recovered the bodies and buried them nearby following the incident. The [...]

Over 49,788 affected by the rain

  Over 49,788 people have been affected by the torrential rain caused by the storm over parts of Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today. A DMC spokesman said that most of the affected were in the Mullaitivu district while several were affected in Gampaha as well. In Mullaitivu 19, 785 people were affected and [...]

Cyclone to move away this afternoon

  The cyclonic storm in the South-west Bay of Bengal was located about 100Km east of Mulattivu coast at midnight and is likely to move in a west-northwestward direction and move away from Sri Lanka area after 1200 noon today, the early warning center of the Department of Meteorology said. Heavy rain and strong winds [...]

Tangalle suspects remanded

  The Tangalle Magistrate has remanded 10 of the 14 suspects arrested over the Tangalle trawler attack, the police media unit said today. The police said that another two suspects have been produced before an identification parade. Among the 14 suspects arrested after being deported from Australia, was a 12, 10 and 6 year old. [...]

HRW urges UN members to push Lanka on accountability

  United Nations members should urge Sri Lanka to act on accountability for abuses at its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on November 1, 2012, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. HRW said that Sri Lanka must also be reminded of its international obligations to protect free expression and to stop intimidation of civil society and [...]

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