Disputed Waters: 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested

Sixteen fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan naval forces and were taken under custody on Thursday, reported The Indian Expess. The fishermen belonged to a village near Rameshwaram and were captured when they ventured into the waters for the catch of the day near Katchatheevu.

Accused of allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line(IMBL), the fishermen were arrested and taken to Kangesanthurai by Sri Lankan Navy personnel.

Fisheries Department Assistant Director K D Gopinath told the Economic Times that the Lankan Navy snapped 50 fishing nets of the boats. Stones were hurled which forced several of them to retreat.

This is the fourth such incident of arrest in international waters over maritime borders. Initial arrests over this issue were made on July 3 2016. A total of 44 fishermen have been arrested over the last three days.

Expressing concerns over the growing arrests and the increasing difficulties faced by the fishing community, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written to PM Narendra Modi for the fishermen’s release. The Chief Minister alleged the arrests as an “unconstitutional” act by the Sri Lankan Navy.

The two neighbouring states are yet to start a negotiations over the issue.

Disputed Waters: 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested

Sixteen fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by Sri Lankan naval forces and were taken under custody on Thursday, reported The Indian Expess. The fishermen belonged to a village near Rameshwaram and were captured when they ventured into the waters for the catch of the day near Katchatheevu.

Accused of allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line(IMBL), the fishermen were arrested and taken to Kangesanthurai by Sri Lankan Navy personnel.

Fisheries Department Assistant Director K D Gopinath told the Economic Times that the Lankan Navy snapped 50 fishing nets of the boats. Stones were hurled which forced several of them to retreat.

This is the fourth such incident of arrest in international waters over maritime borders. Initial arrests over this issue were made on July 3 2016. A total of 44 fishermen have been arrested over the last three days.

Expressing concerns over the growing arrests and the increasing difficulties faced by the fishing community, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written to PM Narendra Modi for the fishermen’s release. The Chief Minister alleged the arrests as an “unconstitutional” act by the Sri Lankan Navy.

The two neighbouring states are yet to start a negotiations over the issue.

Malcolm Turnbull rejects stepping down from office

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull rejected all opposition calls for stepping down of office as Labour Party representative Bill Shorten called for the PM’s resignation from the office. Having failed to establish majority in the house that called for a 76-seat win, a situation of “hung parliament” arose in Australia. Shorten also accused the PM of being unavailable to answer questions that would determine the country’s future.

Reacting to Labour Party’s Bill Shorten who labelled Turnbull “David Cameroon of the Southern Hemisphere”, the PM on Tuesday said that the attack was purely political in nature and that he would not step down from his post.

Australia faced the major crisis when neither parties- Labour Party nor Liberal Party contesting the elections failed to secure clear majority. The Australian Electoral Commission(AEC) had shown a 67 for the ruling conservative coalition led by the Liberal Party and 71 seat for the central Labour Party on Monday.

However, the vote count which is anticipated to take a week to produce concrete results resumed on Tuesday.