Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* New laws to prevent using fishing boats for human smuggling
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 10:06 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 13, Colombo: A special discussion was held with the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi on Wednesday (February 13) regarding the problems faced by multi-day trawler owners due to the use of fishing boats for human smuggling.

About 50 multi-day fishing trawler owners and fishermen attended the discussion held at the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development.

Multi-day fishing trawler owners said the human smuggling using fishing boats raises major issues for the country as well as for the entire fisheries industry and brings immense disrepute to the country.

The multi-day trawler owners and several other members of the fishery industry said they suspect that there is an unscrupulous hand behind the human smuggling operation since the smugglers manage to avoid intelligence units and security forces and operate without hindrance and requested the government to immediately intervene and take steps to control the smuggling racket.

The State Minister said that if needed to control the situation, as a government considering the well-being and future of the fisher community as well as the country, the government will resort to severe punishments, introduce new laws and implement the law strictly.

Accordingly, the State Minister Dilip Wedaarachchi decided to promptly call a meeting with the officials of the Attorney General's Department, Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka Police, the Navy, other responsible agencies and the Fisheries Department and take necessary steps. The Minister also invited the owners of the multi-day fishing trawlers for the discussion.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lanka's Finance Minister outlines three major policy priorities to rebuild economy
-- [6 hours ago]
Management Faculty of University of Sri Jayewardenepura closed indefinitely
-- [6 hours ago]
Police sub-inspector arrested over Rathgama abductions
-- [7 hours ago]
Navy sailor arrested over abduction and disappearance of 11 youths
-- [7 hours ago]
New software introduced to crack down on illegal activities using fishing boats
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka maintains policy rates, reduces Statutory Reserve Requirement as economic growth remains below potential
-- [9 hours ago]
Government takes a revolutionary step in education for a modern Sri Lanka - PM
Sri Lanka Cricket new president Shammi Silva assumes duties
Sri Lanka President says the 'legitimate child' named 19th Amendment has been abused
Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 1.2 percent in January 2019

Copyright © 2000, 2016 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.