Nine Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by Sri Lanka Navy

Sri Lankan Naval personnel seized the fishermen’s boat, Jegathapattinam Assistant director of the fisheries Shekar said, adding all the nine had been taken to Jaffna. While 32 fishermen were released on April 5 as many as 64 were set free on Wednesday by courts in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Nine Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy today while allegedly fishing off the Jaffna coast, the Press Trust of India reported.The fishermen hailing from Jegathapattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested for fishing in Sri Lankan waters in the sea off Analaitheevu near Jaffna in the wee hours of today, a state fisheries official in Tamil Nadu said. The latest detention comes close on the heels of the arrest of four others earlier this week and release of 96 of the 99 fishermen arrested on different dates. read more

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South Sudan Ban welcomes swearing in of Riek Machar as First VicePresident

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also called for the immediate formation of the transitional government of national unity. “He commends the efforts of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson, former President Festus Mogae, and the African Union (AU) High Representative, former President Alpha Oumar Konaré,” the statement said. The Secretary-General also called on the Security Council to work closely with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the AU Peace and Security Council to mobilize the required support for the peace process. Mr. Machar’s return to the capital marks a significant step towards bringing stability to the country, which only gained independence in 2009 after breaking away from Sudan, its northern neighbour. A political dispute erupted into conflict in December 2013, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, 650,000 of whom fled abroad, and impacting the food security of 4.6 million. read more

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