(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lankan farmers are counting the cost of the nation’s worst drought in decades, which has caused widespread crop failure and food shortages while compounding the nation’s existing malnutrition crisis. Drought conditions now exist in all but two of the country’s 25 Provinces, and more than 1.2 million people are affected, including over 600,000 children. Rice paddy cultivation from the harvest just ended was down 63 percent compared to the average, making…"1.2 Million people affected by drought as farmers confronted with worst harvest in 40-years"
(NEW DELHI, LANKAPUVATH) – India on Thursday (09) said it expects Sri Lanka to expedite the investigation into the killing of one of its fishermen given the “Gravity and seriousness” of the issue, the Press Trust of India reported."India expects Sri Lanka to expedite probe into fisherman killing"
(TAMIL NADU, LANKAPUVATH) – While the protest against Sri Lankan Navy for shooting down a state fisherman entered the second-day at Rameswaram, one of the major demands placed before the Central Government was to prosecute the Lankan Navy personnel under the Indian law, The New Indian Express reported."Tamil Nadu fishermen demand prosecution of Lankan Navy personnel under Indian law"
(MANILA, LANKAPUVATH) – A Sri Lankan wanted for sexually abusing mostly young children has been arrested by the Police in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija in the Philippines, the Inter Aksyon reported."Sri Lankan wanted for child sex abuse nabbed in Philippines"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Sri Lankan Government on Wednesday (08) decided to release all 85 Indian fishermen who are now in its custody."Sri Lanka to release all 85 Indian fishermen in custody"
(TAMIL NADU, LANKAPUVATH) – The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) detained 2 Sri Lankan boats on the charge of foraying into Indian waters on Tuesday evening (07), The Hindu reported."Two Lankan vessels detained by Indian authorities"
(JAKARTA, LANKAPUVATH) – President Maithripala Srisena has ordered a thorough probe into the killing of an Indian fisherman allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari today (08) said after raising the issue with him in Jakarta."President assures India thorough probe into attack on Indian fishermen"
(TAMIL NADU, LANKAPUVATH) – Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) General Secretary Vaiko on Monday (06) urged the Indian Government to change its position in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in favour of an independent international investigation into the alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan armed forces in 2009, The Hindu reported."Vaiko writes to Premier Modi on Lanka issue"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lankan legislators have joined fellow lawmakers from across South Asia to prioritize and safeguard children’s rights in the region, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday (06)."Sri Lanka joins South Asian partners to safeguard children’s rights"
(KUWAIT, LANKAPUVATH) – A Kuwaiti woman has pledged to pay KD 3,300 to her Sri Lankan housemaid to prevent the authorities from slapping a ban on her to hire overseas domestic workers in future, reports Al-Anba daily."Kuwaiti sponsor agrees to pay Sri Lankan maid 4-years salary"