Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

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
Indian Army Chief to discuss upgrading Sri Lanka's defense equipment during visit
-- [4 hours ago]
CID records statement from Minister Rajitha Senaratne on Avant Garde Chairman's claims
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's power authority earns over Rs. 38 million through raids on power pirates
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to introduce a new Education Act in January
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka seeks to enhance the existing cooperation with Singapore - new envoy
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Foreign Minister signs agreement for creation of Commonwealth Trade Finance Fund for Small States
-- [7 hours ago]
Bribery Commission files case against former minister Johnston Fernando
No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka's Finance Minister handed over to parliament
Sri Lanka's tri forces ready to assist police to maintain law and order
British PM meets President Sirisena, offers £6.6 million over three years to help Sri Lanka recover from civil war

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, 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, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.