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Carry on in Colombo: Tamils have high expectations from the Prime Minister

Protesters gathered outside Vedanta's AGM in London yesterday

Mining giant's AGM under siege over rights abuses

Institutional investors in Vedanta echoed concerns of environmental activists outside

Southern Indians left penniless after emu investment scheme bosses disappear leaving thousands of birds to starve

When someone came up with the idea of breeding emus in southern India it sounded like a sure-fire way to prosperity. The meat could be sold to restaurants, the hide turned into leather.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, By Katherine Boo. Portobello, £14.99

Katherine Boo's debut about the vertiginousness of existence in a "Mumbai slum" is the antidote to mainstream books and films on the subject from the English-speaking world. It's framed by her noting the lack of "deeply reported" non-fiction about India. Her method, developed "within poor communities in the US", is to invest time and attention in the complex interiors of "small" people.

Keith Haslam was contacted by the campaigning website Avaaz about the travel ban on Indian workers in the Gulf state

Golf boss frees Indian workers in Bahrain

St Andrews businessman intervened when he heard of construction firm's travel ban on expats

Judge halts deportation of Tamils in fear of torture

Pressure grows on Home Office as judiciary fears returned asylum seekers will face persecution

Survivor Narasimha Ramamurthy at his London home in 2012

'Dunkirk of the East': How thousands of Brits travelled the ‘Road of Death’ in Burma

In March 1942, thousands of British and Indian civilians fled Burma when Japanese troops arrived. Their escape route would become known as 'The Road of Death'. Seventy years on, a survivor recalls the most harrowing journey of his life...

Young fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the LTTE

Tamil rebels recruited children for last stand against Sri Lankan army

Tamil rebels holed up in ever-diminishing territory in northern Sri Lanka forcibly recruited children to take part in final defences against government troops, according to a former senior official. Some of the youngsters were sent to fight with just one day's basic training. A number of civilians who tried to escape to the government side were shot.

Travel challenge: A two-week tour in South India

Every week, we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to South India in early November. Prices are per person based on two sharing.

Tamils call for change after elections in Sri Lanka

in a set-back for Sri Lanka's ruling party, the Tamil National Alliance has won a landslide victory in local elections, capturing 20 out of 25 seats it contested in areas formerly held by rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Why should we care about the suffering of Tamils?

On Tuesday 14 June, a shocking, heart-wrenching documentary was shown on Channel 4. ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’, broadcast just after 11pm, displayed what presenter Jon Snow described as “devastating evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and a powerful case for bring those guilty of these crimes to justice.”

Wall collapse at World Cup venue is 'minor' incident say officials

A cricket official in charge of the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai has described yesterday's wall collapse at the World Cup venue as a "minor" incident.

Meet India's biggest film star

Balding, paunchy, 61-year-old Rajinikanth is an unlikely leading man. But his new film, out this week, looks set to break all records

Murali and Hussey help Chennai to glory

Chennai Super Kings were crowned Champions League Twenty20 winners last night after outplaying the Warriors in Johannesburg on their way to an eight-wicket victory.

Sri Lanka's civil war inquiry is 'eyewash', say Tamils

Sri Lanka's investigation into the war against the Tamil Tigers – a conflict that left thousands of civilians dead – has begun amid a barrage of allegations that justice will not be done.

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