Indian delegation visits Sri Lankan war displaced

   Apr 18, 7:51 pm

Colombo, April 18 (Xinhua-ANI): A high level Indian delegation visited a war displacement camp in the north of Sri Lanka on Wednesday and interacted with the people.

The Sri Lankan Resettlement Ministry said that the delegation led by Indian opposition leader in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj inquired on the wellbeing of the displaced people at the camp in Chettikulam.

Sri Lanka's Minister of Resettlement Gunaratne Weerakoon informed the delegation that some 6,500 war displaced Tamils who are still in the camp will be resettled by June this year.

The war displaced people interacted with the Indian delegation for several minutes and later government officials briefed the Indians on efforts taken to resettle the families following the final stages of the war between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The military defeated the rebels in May 2009 but the fighting saw thousands being displaced in the north, especially from areas which were under rebel control.

The Indian delegation began their tour to Sri Lanka on Tuesday with talks in Colombo which included meeting with Tamil political parties.

The Indian delegation will also meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during their six day tour to the country.

Two major political parties from Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK and DMK, withdrew from the delegation at the last minute as they felt the visit will merely be a sightseeing tour.

The two parties have been calling on the Indian government to act on human rights concerns in Sri Lanka. (Xinhua-ANI)

Nepal, India oil PSUs begin formal talks on petroleum pipeline Aug 21, 4:43 pm
Kathmandu, Aug.21 (ANI): Oil Public Sector Undertakings (OPSUs) of Nepal and India have formally begun talks on developing the much-delayed 41-kilometer-long Amlekhgunj-Raxaul petroleum pipeline project.
Full Story
Thailand assembly elects coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister Aug 21, 4:43 pm
Sydney, Aug 21 (ANI): Thailand's national assembly has reportedly chosen coup leader, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, as the next Prime Minister that further consolidates the hold of military on the power corridors of Thailand.
Full Story
India likely to charge one percent interest on Line of credit extended to Nepal Aug 21, 4:37 pm
Kathmandu, Aug.21 (ANI): The Indian Government has said that the interest rate on the one billion dollar line of credit extended to Nepal during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Nepal, is likely to be just one percent.
Full Story
Execution video prompts US to step up military operation against ISIS Aug 21, 4:07 pm
Washington, Aug 21 (ANI): Barely days after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted a video online showing the beheading of an American journalist, James Foley, the United States government has stepped up jets and drones attacks on the militant group in Iraq and is contemplating sending more troops to the region.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY