US applauds Sri Lanka Government for its efforts to promote reconciliation

(WASHINGTON, LANKAPUVATH) – The United States (US) is pleased that Sri Lanka has agreed once again to co-sponsor the resolution, and invites like-minded United Nations (UN) members to demonstrate support for reconciliation and peace in Sri Lanka by adding their names to the list of cosponsors. The United States further applauds the administration of President Maithripala Sirisena for its continuing efforts to promote reconciliation.

"US applauds Sri Lanka Government for its efforts to promote reconciliation"

Fishermen in 5 Coastal Districts of Tamil Nadu begin indefinite fast

(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"

Sri Lankan bill to ban bottom trawling to be passed this month

(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"

8 Sri Lankan crew members in vessel hijacked by Somali pirates

(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"

77 Indian fishermen released by Sri Lankan Government, repatriated

(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"

Sri Lanka eager to work with the maritime powers

(WASHINGTON, LANKAPUVATH) – “Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation”, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said. The Ambassador was addressing a public event hosted by the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, on “Sri Lanka, A growing hub in the Indo-Pacific.”

"Sri Lanka eager to work with the maritime powers"

“Katchatheevu retrieval is of no use” – Pon Radhakrishnan

(CHENNAI, LANKAPUVATH) – Lashing out at the political parties demanding the retrieval of Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan, asserted that retrieving the islet will not solve the Indian fishermen issue. Those parties that put forth such a demand were only imagining things and showed that they lacked understanding on the subject, he charged, the Deccan Chronicle reported.

"“Katchatheevu retrieval is of no use” – Pon Radhakrishnan"