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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.

Fishermen to participate in tripartite talks in Lanka

Rameswaram : Fishermen of various associations in Tamilnadu said their representatives would participate in the tripartite talks between India and Sri Lanka in the island nation on 7 April. Among their demands would be release of 141 boats still under Sri Lankan custody. If this was not done, fishermen from all over the state would leave to Katchatheevu islet and launch an indefinite fast, Rameswaram Fishermen’s association leader P Sesuraja and secretary of Tamilnadu and Puducherry Fishermen’s

18 TN fishermen released

Rameswaram: Eighteeen of 38 fishermen from Tamilnadu, arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy between 21 March and 26, were released by the island nation today and will be handed over to India this afternoon, officials said. Sri Lankan naval personnel will hand over the fishermen to the Indian Coast Guard at the International Maritime Boundary Line at 12 noon, ‘Q’ branch Inspector Kennedy and Assistant Director (Fisheries) Kulangainathan said. The fishermen would later proceed to Karaikal

16 kg gold smuggled through sea route from Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Sixteen kilos of gold worth nearly Rs 5 crore, smuggled into the country from Sri Lanka through the sea route, has been seized in Tamilnadu by DRI officials. The smuggled gold had landed at Mandapam coast under Ramanathapuram district of the state for being delivered at Chennai. The gold was recovered on Sunday from a cargo van, which was intercepted by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on the Devipattinam-Devakottai road, about 30 km from the coast, an official