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Chennai: J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to secure the release of nine Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy on January 30.

In letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said “I urge your personal intervention to prevent the aggravation that the Sri Lankan authorities and navy are causing to our fishermen.”

She requested Modi to direct the External Affairs Ministry to take up the matter with Sri Lankan authorities urgently and secure the release of the 15 fishermen and 69 fishing boats in Sri Lankan custody.

These include the nine fishermen and their two fishing boats seized on January 30.

India and Sri Lankaare divided by a narrow strip of sea, and Sri Lankan authorities routinely arrest fishermen from Tamil Nadu who they say fish in the island nation’s waters. Fishing boats are also seized.(IANS)

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Sri Lanka Warns of Extreme Heat Amid Rising Temperatures

People in several areas in capital Colombo and in the south were warned to take extra precautions when being out in the heat

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Sri Lanka’s Meteorology Department on Monday issued an extreme heat advisory as temperatures in several districts across the island country were expected to rise further in the coming days.
The Department, in a statement, cautioned the public to take appropriate precautions to avoid any health-related issues caused by the severe heat condition.
It said that the high level of moisture in the air and low wind speed had been the result of the rising temperatures, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Department warned that the situation would prevail until the beginning of the south-west monsoon in May.
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The Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre forecasted “extreme caution” levels for most parts of the Northern, North Central and the North Western provinces.
People in several areas in capital Colombo and in the south were warned to take extra precautions when being out in the heat.
“The Department advises the public to remain hydrated and take frequent breaks while also avoid going outside. Children and the elderly should also not be left unattended,” it said. (IANS)