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Sri Lankan navy arrests 26 Indian fishermen

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Colombo: The Sri Lanka navy arrested 26 Indian fishermen and seized three Indian fishing trawlers allegedly for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, the navy media unit said on Sunday.

The navy said that the Indians were arrested on the sea north of Point Pedro late on Saturday and they were brought ashore on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

The arrested fishermen and trawlers were brought to the Kankesanthurai harbour in the north of the country and handed over to the officials of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Kankesanthurai.

Indian fishermen continue to fish in Sri Lankan waters despite warnings from Sri Lanka that they will be arrested.

Earlier this month, the Sri Lankan navy arrested 14 Indian fishermen while they were allegedly poaching in the country’s waters in the northern sea.

The government said hat last month Sri Lanka and India will, in the spirit of goodwill and understanding that exists, continue to engage in dialogue on the fishermen issue to seek satisfactory short-term and long-term solutions.

Sri Lanka said that it recognizes that the issue of Indian fishermen fishing in Sri Lankan waters is one that requires the careful attention of the authorities on both sides, especially in view of the impact on livelihoods of both Sri Lankan fishermen in the North of the country as well as Indian fishermen.

The matter of Indian fishermen apprehended in Sri Lankan waters was approached from a humanitarian perspective in view of the livelihood dimension involved, it said.

Consultations between the two governments on these issues have taken place at various levels over time and are continuing, the statement said. (IANS)

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Sushma Sawaraj two day visit to Sri Lanka

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Sawaraj took off for her two days visit to Sri Lanka to attend the 9th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission Meeting.

Friday morning, external affair ministry spokesman, Vikas Swarup tweeted, “Leaving for Sri Lanka! External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj departs for the 9th India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission Meeting in Colombo.”

The joint commission, to be held in capital city of Sri Lanka, is co-chaired by the Foreign Ministers of the two countries, Sushma Swaraj and Mangala Samaraweera.

The India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission established in 1992 focus on addressing the matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation.

The entire range of relationship between the two countries will be covered in the meeting between the ministers of the two South Asian neighbours, said Swarup on Thursday.

Main areas to be covered in the meeting are economic cooperation, trade, power and energy, technical and maritime cooperation, social, cultural and educational matters, science and technology, defence cooperation, health, civil aviation, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

During this time, she will also pay a visit to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe, and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

On Saturday, “Rise of Digital India” will be inaugurated by Indian Minister as a part of “Sangam-Festival of India in Sri Lanka 2015-16”.

The exhibition will be a boost the rise of the computing sector and digital technologies in India.

The re-framing of the Sri Lankan constitution and the issue of Indian fishermen might also come up during the course of the discussions between the two sides.(IANS)

 

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General Dalbir Singh to visit Sri Lanka

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New Delhi: Indian Army chief Gen. Dalbir Singh will visit Sri Lanka from Monday to discuss various issues and enhance military cooperation between the two nations, an official statement said.

“During his visit, General Dalbir Singh is scheduled to interact with senior officials of defense forces and the ministry of defense of Sri Lanka to discuss a wide range of issues and to enhance military cooperation,” said the defense ministry statement.

During the visit which lasts till December 3, he would also visit training establishments and formation headquarters.

The “goodwill visit” would further enhance the long-standing ties and cooperation in areas of mutual interest between India and Sri Lanka, including regional security, the release said.

The visit assumed special significance in light of increasing defense cooperation between the two countries, it said, adding that in recent years, the India-Sri Lanka relationship has been marked by high level bilateral exchanges in various fields.

(IANS)

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India has to uphold cordial relations with Sri Lanka: Naidu

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Chennai: Reiterating the Narendra Modi government’s stand on relationship with neighboring countries, union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday that India has to maintain friendly relations with its neighbor.

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Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of loan distribution function under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana in Chennai, Naidu further said that Tamil Nadu has every right to pass a decree urging India to bring about a strong resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

However, Naidu mentioned that BJP, being a national party and leading the central government, will have to see the national and international ramifications of actions relating to Sri Lanka.

Speaking on the issue of credible enquiry on the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, Naidu said, Sri Lanka must ensure that the truth is unearthed and justice is delivered to the people.

An appropriate response would be given by the government at an appropriate time at the UNHRC, said Naidu.

Naidu said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken up the issue of Lankan Tamils with Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe during the latter’s recent visit to India.

The BJP leader said India is firm on it stand that there should be devolution of powers to all provinces in Sri Lanka.

(With inputs from IANS)