(NEW DELHI, LANKAPUVATH) – External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today informed the Parliament that the Indian government is taking up the issue of fishermen with the Sri Lankan government through diplomatic channels."India taking up fishermen issue with Sri Lanka, Sushma tells Parliament"
(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"
(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"
(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"
(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"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka warmly welcomes the Indian devotees coming for the Katchatheevu festival on 11th and 12th March, said the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva."Sri Lanka welcomes Indian devotees for Katchatheevu festival"
(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who has drawn immediate attention to allegations made by Indian fishermen regarding the death of an Indian fisherman, has written to the Defence Ministry Secretary to launch an immediate investigation into the matter to elicit true information."Sri Lanka calls for immediate investigation into death of Indian fisherman"