Connect with us

News

Indian Govt. should annul 1974 agreement and retrieve Katchatheevu – Stalin

Published

on

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing to stop attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy despite promising to find a solution during election campaign, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Friday said retrieval of Katchatheevu island was the only solution for the problems faced by fishermen.

Pointing out that as many as 619 fishermen were arrested in 48 incidents of assault by the Sri Lankan Navy, Stalin reminded Modi of his 2014 campaign speech in Ramanathapuram that he would put an end to such attacks after coming to power and accused the then Congress government of being “weak.”

“The attacks continue under the Narendra Modi regime. What does it mean? It means the Modi government is weak,” Stalin told a fishermen welfare conference in Rameswaram island. Devoting a significant portion of his speech to needle the BJP on the fishermen issue, Stalin said Modi had handed out an assurance that he will not allow the attacks to happen.

However, Stalin said, the attacks on fishermen continue to take place till date and there has been no action from the Indian Government. Of the 83 boats that it impounded in 2023, Sri Lanka has released only 16 of them and the remaining 67 is under its custody.

“The Government of India should cancel the 1974 India-Sri Lanka Agreement and retrieve Katchatheevu. Ceding the island has cost Indian fishermen their traditional rights in the Palk Bay. The Union Government should take steps to cancel the agreement or we will take steps to ensure this happens under a new government in 2024,” Stalin added.

Katchatheevu is a tiny uninhabited island of just 285 acres sandwiched between India and Sri Lanka in the Palk Bay. Originally part of the territory held by the Rajah of Ramanathapuram, Katchatheevu was brought under the Madras Presidency during British rule.

On accusation that DMK kept mum when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ceded Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka, Stalin said there was no truth in such claims as it was then Chief Minister M Karunanidhi who was the first to voice opposition when Sri Lanka began to claim ownership on the island in 1971.

“Chief Minister Karunanidhi released a statement asserting that Katchatheevu belongs to India in 1973. Indira Gandhi signed the agreement in 1974 despite Karunanidhi’s announcement. This is just an agreement. Our leader opposed the ceding of Katchatheevu by meeting Indira Gandhi after the signing of the agreement,” Stalin added.

(Deccan Herald)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by Deccan Herald has not been edited by SLM staff)

News

Expressways generate whopping income during Avurudu season

Published

on

By

The expressways have generated an income of Rs. 159,802,950 from April 10 – 13, Road Development Authority (RDA) says.

According to the Director of Expressway Operation Maintenance and Management Division – R.A.D. Kahatapitiya.

Over 4,350,000 vehicles have used the expressways during this period, he has added.
As many as 366,000 vehicles have used the expressways during this three-day period.

Continue Reading

News

Special transport arrangements to those returning to Colombo

Published

on

By

Special train services are in operation from this evening (April 14) for people to return to Colombo after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays, the Railways Department said.

Deputy General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways –  N.J. Indipolage stated that accordingly, eight additional train journeys will be in operation from Badulla, Galle and Beliatta railway stations to Colombo Fort.

The Department of Railways also mentioned that the office trains will be operational as per usual from April 16.

Meanwhile, the National Transport Commission has said that special buses will be deployed to transport those who had gone to their hometowns during the New Year.
Bus associations have also stated that buses to Colombo will be operational.

Continue Reading

News

Local multi-day fishing trawler seized with ICE & heroin worth over Rs. 3798 Mn.

Published

on

By

In another successful intelligence operation of the Sri Lanka Navy, a local multi-day fishing trawler (01) carrying a large haul of narcotics, with 06 suspects aboard, were intercepted about 133 nautical miles (about 246 km) off Dondra, south of Sri Lanka. 

The operation also resulted in the seizure of another local one-day fishing trawler (01) with 04 suspects, believed to have been there to fetch the consignment of narcotics mid-sea. The operation was mounted by deploying Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship (SLCG) Samudraraksha which made the apprehension on 12th April 2024.

 The haul of narcotics included about 179kg and 906g of crystal methamphetamine (Ice) and about 83kg and 582g of heroin (with their packages). The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera arrived at the Galle Harbour on 13th April to inspect the consignment of narcotics held in this operation.
The Sri Lanka Navy and Coast Guard regularly patrol and conduct search operations along the island’s coast to prevent illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, stemming via sea routes.

During this dedicated operation based on naval intelligence, a suspicious multi-day fishing trawler, which was about 133 nautical miles (246 km) off the south coast of the island, was intercepted and searched by SLCG Samudraraksha. As the fishing trawler was suspected of smuggling a haul of crystal methamphetamine and heroin in 17 sacks, during the search, the narcotic-carrying trawler was held on 12th April, with 06 suspects aboard.

Additionally, SLCG Samudraraksha inspected another local one-day fishing trawler, which was plying suspiciously in the sea area. During the inspection, 04 suspects were apprehended, along with the trawler, on suspicion of attempting to exchange narcotics with the multi-day trawler previously seized.

Following a thorough search of the suspicious multi-day fishing trawler at the Galle Harbour on 13th April, authorities recovered 17 sacks containing crystal methamphetamine and heroin. The haul of crystal methamphetamine, weighing about 179kg and 906g (including packages), were in 129 packages, stuffed in 13 sacks and the stash of heroin, weighing about 83kg and 582g (including packages), were in 76 packages, contained in 04 sacks. The consignment of narcotics, along with the 06 suspects and the multi-day fishing trawler was handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) for onward legal action.

Moreover, the 04 individuals, along with the one-day fishing trawler, which were seized on suspicion of being involved in a drug exchange at sea, were also handed over to PNB for further legal action.

The individuals held in the operation are known to reside in the Weligama, Imaduwa, and Galle areas, ranging in age from 23 to 54 years old. Meanwhile, the gross street value of the consignment of drugs seized during this operation is believed to be more than Rs. 3798 million.

Including the recent confiscation, the Sri Lanka Navy has held drugs with a gross street value of over Rs. 9300 million during operations mounted so far in 2024. The Sri Lanka Navy – the country’s first line of defence is committed to coordinating with other law enforcement authorities, to carry out anti-drug operations of this nature in order to foil drug smuggling attempts being made in the guise of fishing.

(navy.lk)

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2023 Sri Lanka Mirror. All Rights Reserved