(MUMBAI, LANKAPUVATH) – Indian police have arrested eight foreign nationals, four each from Sri Lanka and the UK for passport forgery and impersonation, the Times of India reported."Four Sri Lankans held for passport forgery"
(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"
(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"
(JAFFNA, LANKAPUVATH) – None of the Indian pilgrims have attended the annual festival at a famous Church in Sri Lanka’s Katchatheevu Island amid tensions between both the countries following the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by the Lankan Navy, The New Indian Express reported."“No Indians turn up at Kachchathivu St. Anthony’s Church fest” – Navy"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Tamil Nadu Coordinator for the Kachchativu St. Anthony’s festival, Fr. Sahayaraj, had asked for a postponement of the event fixed for Sunday (12), but the Jaffna Diocese had informed him that it could not be postponed for reasons beyond their control, The New Indian Express reported."Request to postpone St. Anthony’s festival rejected"
(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"
(TAMIL NADU, LANKAPUVATH) – India’s Coastal Security Group (CSG) Police on Thursday (09) arrested 2 Sri Lankan fishermen whose boat had reportedly drifted towards the Vedaranyam Shore due to rough sea conditions. The fibre boat was also seized, The Hindu reported."Two more Sri Lankan fishermen arrested"
(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"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Fifty-three Indian fishermen were on Friday (10) released from a Sri Lankan jail, days after the two countries decided to release fishermen in each other’s custody to defuse tension following the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by the Lankan Navy, the Press Trust of India reported."Sri Lanka releases 53 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture"
(TAMIL NADU, LANKAPUVATH) – Fishermen protests in Tamil Nadu’s Rameshwaram continue on the third consecutive day. The protest is being organised demanding compensation for 22-year-old fisherman K. Britso who was allegedly shot by a Sri Lankan Navy officer, the India Today reported on Friday (10)."Tamil Nadu fishermen call for State-wide shutdown over Sri Lanka"