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Stalin submits memo to Modi on issues including retrieving Kachchateevu

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin has submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues concerning the State, including retrieval of the islet Katchatheevu (ceded to Lanka) to restore the fishing of fishermen in the Palk Bay.

It was submitted by the Chief Minister, while seeing off Mr Modi at the airport after the Prime Minister’s visit to the State during which he attended four events in his short visit.

Among the requests made by the Chief Minister included, equity sharing of the costs for Chennai Metro Rail Phase-2 project, acquisition of defence land for airport expansion (especially Parandur airport, which has been facing opposition from local villagers), production linked incentive for footwear industry.

He also urged the Centre to nominate SIPCOT as the master developer for the PM’s Mitra Industrial Parak already made a similar request- and set up a Regional Centre of Sports Authority of India to promote sports, especially in the context of Mr Udhayanidhi Stalin holding this portfolio, and pitching for holding more global events, including Asian Beach Games and other sports events of Nation Importance.

Mr Stalin, in the memorandum, also urged Mr Modi to drop the formation of railway line in Dhanushkodi near Rameswaram, change in nomenclature of certain SC/ST communities, offering greater share for TN in offshore wind energy projects, rectify anomalies on Toll Plaza collections by NHAI and ensure equal civil and political rights for Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka (as envisaged in the 13th Amendment),l and also retrieval of Katchatheevu islet, which was ceded to Lanka as per the 1974 agreement, for restoring the traditional rights of the TN fishermen.

(UNI)

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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