Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan fishermen campaign for fishing rights, an end to poaching by Indian fishermen
Sat, May 31, 2014, 12:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan fishermen today launched a petition signing campaign to demand an end to the poaching by the Indian fishermen and urge the government to allow them fishing rights to practice their livelihoods.

The National Movement for Cooperation among Fishermen and the National Fisheries Action Committee organized the petition signing campaign in front of the Fort Railway Station in Colombo to collect signatures form the public.

The campaigners demanded the government to resettle people displaced by the war and allow them to resume their fishing activities and release their lands occupied by the Navy and other security forces. The fishermen also called on the government to provide more subsidies on fuel.

Among other issues, the fishermen also demanded an end to the poaching by the Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters as the Indian fishermen resumed their fishing activities today after a 45-day ban on fishing in Palk Bay.

The second round of talks held on May 12 between the Sri Lankan and Indian fishermen failed without reaching an agreement as the Sri Lankan ide vehemently refused a request by the Indian side to fish in Sri Lankan waters.

Sri Lankan fishermen totally opposed to allow the Indian practice of bottom trawling in Sri Lankan seas. Indian fishermen said it will take three years for them to discontinue bottom trawling, a practice that depletes the fishing resources and damages the seabed.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to address the nagging issue, when they met Tuesday in New Delhi. The two leaders agreed that a long-term solution is needed as it is a livelihood issue and the talks should continue in this regard.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Indian national smuggling foreign currency arrested in Sri Lanka
-- [2 hours ago]
Three-wheelers with refrigeration facilities to transport perishable harvest to minimize losses
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to set up a Cyclotron to operate PET CT Scanners in government hospitals
-- [4 hours ago]
Bond scam suspects Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena further remanded till 5th of July
PM says development of Colombo is not limited to one area or one group
Sri Lanka reiterates continued commitment to the conservation of marine resources
Sri Lanka President vows not to allow a dictatorship in the country again
Thailand to sign a strategic partnership deal with Sri Lanka this year to boost bilateral trade
World Bank roundtable discussion in Sri Lanka to address nutrition for poor
Sri Lanka nationwide inflation 2.1 percent in May 2018

Copyright © 2000, 2014 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.