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Sri Lanka's national carrier cuts flights to Chennai

Last updated on: March 19, 2013 21:07 IST

SriLankan Airlines on Tuesday slashed by half, its flights on the Colombo-Chennai sector in view of the attacks against Sri Lankan nationals in Tamil Nadu.

"SriLankan Airlines has observed a drop in traffic between Chennai and Colombo due to recent developments in Tamil Nadu, hence it was decided to reduce its frequency of flights to Chennai from 28 to 14 per week," a statement from the airline said on Tuesday.

Revised schedule involves two daily flights in the morning and evening, the airline said.

Meanwhile, the Lankan ministry of external affairs said it had lodged "strong protests" with the Indian government on the incidents of assaults on Buddhists in Tamil Nadu.

Two Buddhist monks had come under attack in Thanjavur and Chennai on Monday.

The attacks came ahead of a crucial vote at the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva where a United States-backed resolution is expected to be adopted on Sri Lanka's accountability and reconciliation progress since the end of the three-decade long civil war in 2009.

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