(RIYADH, LANKAPUVATH) – Saudi Arabia has pledged to support Sri Lanka by offering its expertise in the desalination sector, Rauf Hakeem, Sri Lankan Minister of City Planning and Water Resources, told Arab News."Saudi Arabia pledges technical support to Sri Lanka in desalination projects"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been indicted in the Colombo High Court for misusing Government funds. He was indicted over allegations of using Government funds amounting to Rs. 29.4 million to print almanacs with the image of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Presidential Election campaign in 2015."Basil Rajapaksa indicted for misusing Government funds"
(BOSASSO, LANKAPUVATH) – Somali forces have been sent to free the hijacked fuel freighter, a Regional Police official said on Tuesday (14)."UPDATE: Somalia sends soldiers to free Sri Lankans on Aris 13"
(NAGAPATTINAM, LANKAPUVATH) – Fishermen in Rameswaram on Tuesday (14) ended their week-long protest over the killing of a colleague, allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, while those from Tamil Nadu’s 5 Coastal Districts began an indefinite fast over the issue and to press for other demands, the Press Trust of India reported."Fishermen in 5 Coastal Districts of Tamil Nadu begin indefinite fast"
(NEW DELHI, LANKAPUVATH) – Citing the importance of the waterways around Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday (14) argued for a greater Naval role for safety of civilian traffic."“Naval rethink needed for maritime security” – Premier"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Flagship Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), SLNS ‘Sayura’ left for Malaysia on Tuesday evening (14) from the Port of Colombo, to take part in the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2017 held on Langkawi Island."SLNS ‘Sayura’ leaves for LIMA 2017 in Malaysia"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – A bill to ban the pernicious practice of bottom trawling, which will affect thousands of Sri Lankans and Indians fishing in the sea between Sri Lanka and India, is to be passed by the Sri Lankan Parliament by March end, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian, M. A. Sumanthiran, told The New Indian Express on Monday (12)."Sri Lankan bill to ban bottom trawling to be passed this month"
(ADDIS ABABA, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka’s first resident Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Sumith Dassanayake presented Credentials to the President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa on Thursday (09). Ambassador Dassanayake is also the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the African Union."Sri Lanka’s first Ambassador to Ethiopia presents credentials"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Navy sources indicate that 8 Sri Lankans were on board the fuel freighter that is reported to have been hijacked by Somali pirates off the seas of Djibouti on Monday (14). The vessel had been carrying fuel from Djibouti to Somalia’s Capital, Mogadishu."8 Sri Lankan crew members in vessel hijacked by Somali pirates"
(RAMESWARAM, LANKAPUVATH) – 77 Indian and 12 Sri Lankan fishermen were on Tuesday (14) repatriated in line with the decision taken by two countries to set free fishermen in each other’s custody to defuse tension following the killing of an Indian fisherman last week, the Press Trust of India reported."77 Indian fishermen released by Sri Lankan Government, repatriated"