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EPS writes to PM to secure the release of fishermen

Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure the release of 20 fishermen and 137 boats, allegedly apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy. In a letter to Modi, he said only the retrieval of Katchatheevu islet will ensure restoration of peaceful pursuance of livelihood by the fishermen. “It is reported that four fishermen from Jegathapattinam fishing base in Pudukottai district along with

Lankan Tamil group for international judges

Colombo: A leading Tamil diaspora group has demanded the participation of international judges in Sri Lanka’s transitional justice processes in the wake of a UN report that was critical of country’s judicial system. Monica Pinto, the former UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers was on a mission to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016. Her report was tabled by the current Rapporteur, Diego

Pakistan Navy chief calls on Sri Lankan leadership

Colombo: Sri Lanka acknowledged Pakistan’s “decisive role” in consolidating the country’s integrity during the civil war with the LTTE as Pakistan’s Navy chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah called on its top leadership yesterday. Admiral Zakaullah, who is on a five-day visit to Sri Lanka, today called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickramasinghe thanked the Pakistan government for

Monsoon woes: Sri Lankan toll rises to 164

Colombo: Rescuers in Sri Lanka today pulled out more bodies buried in the mudslides triggered by the country’s worst torrential rains in 14 years, taking the toll to 164. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 104 people are still missing while 88 remain in hospital. The incessant rains experienced since Thursday night have driven nearly half-a-million people out of their inundated homes in the southern and western regions. The police said

Sri Lankan official held for giving shooting orders

Colombo: A Sri Lankan army brigadier was today arrested for issuing shooting orders in 2013 that led to the killing of three persons, including a 14-year-old student, who were among a group of villagers demanding clean drinking water. Brigadier Anura Deshapriya Gunawardena led an army contingent to Rathupaswala to quell a protest by residents demanding safe drinking water. Three people were shot dead and 33 protesters injured on 1 August,

Vaiko walks out of prison after 50 days

Chennai: MDMK leader Vaiko has finally got bail in connection with the 2009 sedition  case  filed  for  speaking  against  the  Indian  government.  He  was  imprisoned in Puzhal prison after he was  asked  to  be  in  judicial  custody  and finally got bail today. The  police  had  registered  a  case  under IPC sections 124 (sedition) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, place of birth, residence, language) against 

Rajiv Gandhi was messenger of peace: Chidambaram

Chennai: Congress veteran P Chidambaram turned emotional while remembering former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, a “messenger of peace”, and said those who feared that peace would prevail in Sri Lanka were responsible for his death. The former Finance minister said Rajiv’s mother, Indira, “realised” that a nuclear-powered India would enter the elite superpower club and conducted the Pokhran I test. Her son, however, did not do it when he was the prime

Lanka removes wasp nests ahead of Modi's visit

Colombo: Sri Lanka has started removing wasp nests in the central hill area of Dickoya ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit later this week to avoid any possible “attack” by the insects. The security units assigned with the provision of security to Prime Minister Modi is coordinating with the Hatton Superintendents of Police office and have obtained the assistance of the organisation for the protection of such insects. The nests are being currently removed by the

Death toll in Sri Lanka dump collapse climbs to 30

Colombo: The death toll in the giant open garbage dump which collapsed and buried dozens of houses near the Sri Lankan capital has climbed to 30 after rescuers pulled out more bodies from the rubble today. At least seven children were among 30 people killed in the collapse of the garbage dump in Meetotamulla area in Kolonnawa near Colombo, local media quoted officials as saying. According to the Disaster Management Centre, at least 625 people belonging to 180

Death toll in Lanka garbage dump fire climbs to 10

Colombo: Four more bodies were recovered from the debris of a giant open garbage dump that caught fire here and collapsed on dozens of shanties when people were celebrating the traditional New Year, taking the overall death toll to ten. “We have found 10 bodies and sent 14 more to the hospital” Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne, the military spokesman, said. Over 400 troops were deployed to rescue the slum dwellers adjacent to the 300-foot garbage dump at Meethotamulla in Kolonnawa,

3 Sri Lankan nationals held with fake passports

Chennai: Three Sri Lankan nationals were arrested here, for attempting to fly out of the country allegedly using fake Indian passports, today. The trio had arrived from Tiruchirappalli and were on their way to Ireland via Dubai, when immigration officials grew suspicious and detained them for enquiry, police said. During interrogation, the men, all in their early 30s, confessed that they were Sri Lankan nationals and had acquired fake passports, police said, adding, they were subsequently arrested.