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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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The Sri Lankan Fisheries Ministry will soon introduce a GPS tracking system and a special identity card for all fishermen across the island country to prevent human and drug smuggling via the sea, a government official has said.

Fisheries Director General Prasanna Geeganage said on Monday that drug trafficking, smuggling of illegal migrants and other illegal activities were being carried out under the guise of fishing and steps would soon be taken to tackle this issue, Xinhua news agency reported.

Following the introduction of the GPS tracking system and the identity card, all fishermen who set out to sea will be required to prove their identity by scanning their fingerprints.

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The new steps were being taken following repeated requests by Sri Lankan fishermen. Pixabay

The new steps were being taken following repeated requests by Sri Lankan fishermen, Geeganage said.

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The Sri Lankan government recently said the island country had become a transit point for major drug cartels as a consequence of the prolonged illicit activities of the Tamil Tiger rebels who were defeated by government troops in 2009 following a 30-year civil conflict. (IANS)