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Monday, 13 January 2014 - 19:50
Update : Video: Transfer of fishermen to conclude within 2 weeks
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Striking a deal to release each other's fishermen under a practical arrangement, India and Sri Lanka decided to "complete the process" of releasing all bona fide fishermen from both sides in the next two weeks.

It was also decided to set up a joint committee comprising three members each from both sides to look into this contentious issue so that fishermen, who might have inadvertently crossed the International Maritime Boundary Line, are released in a time-bound manner in future.

The decisions were taken in a meeting between Sri Lanka's visiting delegation and Indian agriculture minister Sharad Pawar.

Officials from external affairs ministry also attended the meeting which took up the issue of releasing fishermen on a priority basis.

India and Sri Lanka on Monday released 52 fishermen each.

At present, 240 Indian fishermen are in Sri Lankan custody whereas 160 Sri Lankan fishermen are in Indian jails.

 Update : Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 12:58
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Freedom to all Fishermen held in custody in Sri Lanka and India.


Indian and Sri Lankan authorities have agreed to immediately set free all fishermen under custody in both countries.

The initial round of discussion between representatives of both countries began in New Delhi yesterday.

Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratne told our news team that this decision had been taken subsequent to these discussions.

However prior to the discussion between authorities of both countries regarding the release of arrested fishermen, 52 Indian fishermen held in Sri Lankan custody were set free.

Coinciding with this, Indian authorities decided to release 52 Sri Lankans held in Indian custody.

Deputy Fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunaratna further stated that accordingly this swap of Indian fishermen would take place in KKS today.

Meanwhile Indo-Sri Lanka fisheries unions are scheduled to commence discussions regarding fisheries issues between the two countries today.

 Thursday, 16 January 2014 - 8:09
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20 Indian fishermen to reach Tamil Nadu


Indian media states that the 20 Indian fishermen who were released by Sri Lanka according to the diplomatic agreement reached between the two countries will reach Tamil Nadu today.

These Indian fishermen were arrested on the 20th of November near the Delft Island after they had violated the Sri Lankan maritime boundary.

The 4 boats that were confiscated along with the fishermen have also been released.

These Indian fishermen are reaching Tamil Nadu at a time when preparations have been made for the Indo – Sri Lanka discussions are about to begin.

The first round of discussions will take place in New Delhi and reports state that, representatives of Sri Lankan fishing communities, Navy and External Affairs will take part in the discussion.

The Ministry of External Affairs stated that the discussion is scheduled for today and the Indian Minister of Agriculture Sharad Powar.

Another bilateral discussion will take place between the Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris and his Indian counterpart Salman Kurshid at the end of the this month where all aspects of bilateral ties between the two countries will be discussed.

The discussion between the fishing associations of India and Sri Lanka is scheduled to take place on the 20th of this month in Chennai.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 13:59
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First round of discussion regarding Indo - Lanka fishermen today.

Sri Lankan and Indian External Affairs Ministers Prof. G.L. Peiris and Salman Kurshid are to meet later this month to discuss ‘all aspects of the bilateral relationship,’ including the fishermen issues.

Issuing a statement on the talks between the Indian and the Sri Lankan fishermen, the Sri Lanka External Affairs ministry said, “the release of fishermen on a reciprocal basis by the government of Sri Lanka and India, which began after the telephone conversation last week between External Affairs Ministers Proffesor G.L. Peiris and Salman Kurshid of India, is proceeding as a continuing initiative.

The Sri lankan delegation will have talks in New Delhi today with Sherard Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries of India, on the main elements of a durable solution to the problem of illicit fishing and the use of prohibited methods.

It said that an initial batch of 20 fishermen were released from Mallakam and Tamil Nadu, and this was followed a few hours later by the release of 32 fishermen from Pondichery, held in Sri Lanka and an equal number of fishermen from Sri Lanka, held in Tamil Nadu, India.



Update : Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 7:53
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Indian fishing representatives meet SL deputy High commissioner in Chennai: All set for the meeting on the 20th.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry announced that India and Sri Lanka had begun the process of releasing fishermen trapped in Lankan jails.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has ordered the release of 179 Sri Lankan fishermen lodged in Tamil Nadu jails, mostly arrested for trespassing into Indian waters.

Meanwhile, Representatives of a fishermen’s association in Tamil Nadu met a senior Sri Lankan official, taking up with him the release of Indian fishermen.

Representatives of the National Fishworkers’ Forum met A. Sabarullah Khan, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Southern India and held discussions for around 90 minutes.

Forum chairperson M. Elango said representatives from the six districts of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Karaikal met Khan to take up the issue of release of Tamil Nadu fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka prisons and their boats.

The Deputy High Commissioner on his part told them that arrangements were on for a meeting of fishermen associations from India and Sri Lanka on January 20th, as proposed by the Tamil Nadu government.

Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan has hit out at Fisheries Minister Rajitha Senaratne for putting forth conditions for the release of Indian fishermen, a week before the Indo-Lanka talks on January 20th to resolve the fishermen row.

Vasan said the conditions put forth by Fisheries Minister could vitiate the atmosphere ahead of talks.

Update : Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 12:55
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SL and India continue to exchange fishermen : SL representatives to India for discussions.

The Trincomalee Magistrate yesterday ordered the release of 32 Indian fishermen and their 4 boats arrested on seas off Pulmodai yesterday.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry announced that India and Sri Lanka had begun the process of releasing fishermen trapped in Lankan jails.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has ordered the release of 179 Sri Lankan fishermen lodged in Tamil Nadu jails, mostly arrested for trespassing into Indian waters.

Meanwhile, Representatives of a fishermen’s association in Tamil Nadu met a senior Sri Lankan official, taking up with him the release of Indian fishermen.

Representatives of the National Fishworkers’ Forum met A. Sabarullah Khan, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Southern India and held discussions for around 90 minutes.

Forum chairperson M. Elango said representatives from the six districts of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram and Karaikal met Khan to take up the issue of release of Tamil Nadu fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka prisons and their boats.

The Deputy High Commissioner on his part told them that arrangements were on for a meeting of fishermen associations from India and Sri Lanka on January 20th, as proposed by the Tamil Nadu government.

Sri Lankan officials are due to visit New Delhi for the proposed bilateral talks today on the fishermen issue.

Update : Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 7:57
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Sri Lanka and India exchange fishermen.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry today announced that India and Sri Lanka had begun the process of releasing fishermen trapped in Lankan jails.

Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted saying that 20 fishermen had been released today.

Sri Lanka released twenty Indian fishermen held in Mallaham and India released the same number today in Tamil Nadu.

The fishermen were released by the Mallaham court in Jaffna according to the instructions of the Attorney General.

However, deputy fisheries Minister Sarath Kumara Gunarathna stated that officials of the Ministry will be heading to India tomorrow to discuss about the Fishermen issue.

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