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"

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"

“No Indians turn up at Kachchathivu St. Anthony’s Church fest” – Navy

(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"

Request to postpone St. Anthony’s festival rejected

(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"

“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"

“Look into woes of fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka” – Madras High Court

(CHENNAI, LANKAPUVATH) – The rehabilitation woes of fishermen, jailed in Sri Lanka, are expected to be addressed soon with the Madras High Court directing the Centre and Tamil Nadu to consider implementing the welfare schemes, The Times of India reported.

"“Look into woes of fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka” – Madras High Court"