Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged the Prime Minister to take up the arrest of the state's fishermen at a high political level with Sri Lanka and sought immediate release of 54 fishermen and their 34 boats, including 19 who were apprehended yesterday.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asserted that the judicial mechanism to probe the alleged rights abuses during the last phase of civil war with LTTE will be "completely domestic", ruling out the possibility of a special hybrid mechanism involving foreign judges.
Fishermen here on Saturday began an indefinite strike demanding that the Union Government trace a missing fisherman from the state, who fell into the sea, after the boat in which he was sailing sank while allegedly being chased by a Sri Lankan naval vessel.
The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday unanimously recommended a credible probe involving foreign judges and prosecutors into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka's battle against the LTTE, a resolution on which was surprisingly co-sponsored by Colombo despite its strong reservations.
Taking exception to the continued arrests of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy, the Tamil Nadu government has told the Centre that Colombo's "dubious actions" has resulted in the situation at sea remaining "precarious."
With West Indies failing to make the cut for the 2017 Champions Trophy, it presents a sad scenario for the 2004 edition winners who have fizzled out in recent times. West Indies, who missed out on top 8 in the ICC rankings released on Wednesday, find themselves in a murky situation both internally and externally.
West Indies have recalled premier bowler Sunil Narine for the upcoming T20 and ODI series against Sri Lanka. Outcasts Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo also made it to the T20 squad but were ignored for the ODI format.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday cautioned India against supporting a "watered down" resolution by the US on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council over alleged rights violations during the last phase of civil war against LTTE in 2009 in the island nation.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is hoping to get back in the groove with the crucial Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela series against South Africa starting from October 2. The pacer will want to get back into action after sitting out on the bench against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the Test series respectively.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday sought Central intervention for the release of fishermen from Tamil Nadu arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy and urged the Narendra Modi government to initiate 'decisive measures' to find a permanent solution to this 'sensitive issue'.
Sri Lanka should not be allowed to water down a UNHRC resolution on its alleged rights violations during its civil war with the LTTE, according to a prominent rights group which said that the current draft was "counterproductive" to the reconciliation efforts of the government.