Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Navy arrests 36 Australia-bound illegal migrants
Sun, Sep 30, 2012, 06:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 30, Trincomalee: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested another 36 illegal migrants bound for Australia in the seas off the Eastern shores Sunday.

A Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the EasternNaval Command intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying the 36 people about 20 nautical miles in the sea off Koduwakattu in the Eastern Province.

According to the Navy, among the arrested were 28 Tamils, 7 Sinhalese and one Muslim. The group, which included 25 males and 3 women, are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Valaichchenai and Kalpitiya.

They have been escorted to the Trincomalee Harbor to be handed over to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations.

Despite the perilous voyage and the prospects of getting detained in an Australian asylum center, nearly 3,000 Sri Lankans this year had taken the step to illegally migrate to Australia.

However two groups of asylum seekers have returned to the country after the Australian government changed his asylum processing policies in August and decided to send the asylum seekers to the offshore island, Nauru, where the illegal migrants would face a long and hard stay before they are eligible for a legitimate visa.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka needs a national strategic defense plan - Field Marshal Fonseka
-- [7 hours ago]
Committee appointed to prevent recurrences of communal clashes
-- [8 hours ago]
Gintota unrest: 19 suspects remanded, curfew again today
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to bring back asylum seekers detained in Australian offshore detention centers
-- [9 hours ago]
Freedom of expression should not be used harm social values, Sri Lanka telecommunication regulator warns
Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services sectors slow down in October 2017
Sri Lanka, UAE advancing bilateral relations in multiple domains
Sri Lanka Prime Minister says will pay off all debts during this government's time
Gintota under control, Law & Order Minister warns elements inciting communal violence
Selyn launches 'Sthri by Selyn' - an ethical fashion collective for women by women

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.