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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 5.10 GMT
SL Navy never fires at Indian fishermen Ambassador Kariyawasam


The Sri Lankan navy never fires at Indian fishermen, who sometimes wander into their boundary, Sri Lankan High commissioner in India, Prasad Kariyawasam, said.

"We never fire at the fishermen. If they cross international boundary while fishing they are released later," the Ambassador told media-persons.

Ambassador Kariyawasam was Gujarat to attend an HR conclave organised by the Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Sayajirao Gaekwad III.

"I have visited this place for the first time and I must say I am impressed with the development here," he said. He also drew comparisons between Gujarat and Sri Lanka stating that both have a long sea coast.

He added that Sri Lanka has good potential to be developed as a tourism hub and more Indians should invest in Sri Lanka as his country gets good number of tourists. He also stressed on the need to develop and provide better infrastructure.

The Ambassador also said that a 500 megawatt coal-based power plant is being set up in Sri Lanka in a joint venture between the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). He put his weight behind India and said that his government supported India's demand for being made a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The Indian government handled the recent Maldives crisis sensibly by not interfering directly into their affairs, he said.





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