The Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi states that plans are afoot to expediently compile a report on all Sri Lankan's residing in Southern India Which will be subsequently handed over to the Indian Centre.
The measure comes as a move to fortify the security of Sri Lankan nationals residing in Southern India.
Minister Counsellor of the Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi Sugeeshwara Senadheera speaking to our news team added that work on the report had already commenced.
Meanwhile Ministry of External Affairs has cautioned Sri Lankan Catholic pilgrims to abstain from visiting the Thanjaoor-Poornimatha Church in Tamilnadu until further notice subsequent to a recent attack on a group of Sri Lankan pilgrims.
Our news team meanwhile engaged in a discussion with Minister Counsellor
of the Sri Lankan Embassy in New Delhi, Sugeeshwara Senadheera in this regard.
Meanwhile Minister Dullus alahapperuma also commented on the situation at hand at a media briefing convened in Colombo today.
Meanwhile the Hindustan Times states that notwithstanding the protests by political parties of Tamil Nadu, the Indian Central government has decided to welcome Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the world heritage site of Sanchi on September 21.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to lay the foundation stone of a proposed Buddhist studies university.
Director General of the Tamilnadu Police security arrangements for the Sri Lankan president's visit would be tight.
He further said that adequate arrangements would be made for security, given the political scenario in Tamilnadu and opposition to President Rajapaksa's visit.
Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had invited Rajapaksa for the event. Sanchi falls under the Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency that Swaraj represents in Parliament.
Recently, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa had sent back a football team from Sri Lanka that had come to play friendly matches in Tamil Nadu.