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
Ceylon Chamber seminar to discuss Implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Sri Lanka
-- [5 hours ago]
MP Wimal Weerawansa gives up hunger strike
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's computer literacy rate highest in urban sector, lowest in Estates- report
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Finance minister meets Commonwealth Secretary General
-- [8 hours ago]
India committed to strengthen skillset in Sri Lanka, increases number of scholarships
-- [8 hours ago]
Indian Navy chief says Indian fishermen are crossing maritime boundaries into Sri Lanka
-- [9 hours ago]
Missing Sri Lankan Journalist's wife Sandya Eknelygoda receives International Women of Courage award 2017 from US First Lady Melania Trump
Sri Lankan Prime Minister declares government’s full support for religious reconciliation
Sri Lankan President will not protect anyone found guilty of crimes not connected to national security
UAE Exchange partners with Sri Lanka's eZ Cash

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.