<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sixty-six Indian fishermen have been arrested for alleged illegal fishing in Pakistani waters and a court here remanded them into custody on Saturday.The Indian fishermen along with five boats were arrested last evening for “illegally” fishing in Pakistan’s territorial waters and have been sent to jail by a judicial magistrate.The Maritime Security Agency had arrested the fishermen and seized five boats yesterday, a spokesman for the agency said.”The fishermen were arrested after they remained in Pakistani waters in the Arabian Sea despite warnings to move out of our territorial waters,” the spokesman said.Earlier on November 20, the Pakistani Maritime Security Agency had arrested 43 Indian fishermen for entering its territorial waters.Amin Marri, the station house officer of Docks police station, said the fishermen were booked under the Foreigner’s Act and the Fisheries Act and had now been sent to jail on court orders after being provided with clothing and food by a welfare organisation.Pakistan and India frequently arrest fishermen as there is no clear demarcation of the maritime border in the Arabian Sea and these fishermen do not have boats equipped with the technology to know their precise location.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first batch of 110 fishermen released recently by Pakistan, arrived here from Amritsar and will soon leave for their natives places to be reunited with their families, an official said.Pakistan had on December 25 released 220 Indian fishermen, a goodwill gesture which came amid strain in ties after the recent cross border terror incidents.Due to non-availability of required number of coaches in the train from Amritsar, the fishermen, mostly from Gujarat, were divided into two batches. The first batch boarded the train on Tuesday and arrived here late Wednesday night, Gujarat Fisheries Department Superintendent Ashok Patel said.The other batch of 110 fishermen will reach Vadodara on Thursday night, he said.Several fishermen broke into tears upon their arrival here while some of them expressed concern about how to resume fishing, as they said that their boats were still in possession of the Pakistani authorities, an official said.The released fishermen belong to Una, Kodinar Junagadh, Jamnagar, Valsad and Navsari in Gujarat, Diu and also Uttar Pradesh, from where they come to the western state to earn their livelihood.They will now head to their native places to be with their families.The Gujarat Fishermen Association thanked Pakistan based NGO, Edhi Foundation, for making arrangements to bring the fishermen to Lahore from Karachi by a special train.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sri Lankan Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the detained Indian fishermen will be released soon.In this regard, the Ministry has recommended to the Attorney General department to release 20 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody at present, reports Colombo Page. However, the fishing vessels of the Indian fishermen will be returned upon their release.Amaraweera said that the Indian Government has already submitted a request for the release of the fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. “Once the recommendations reach the Attorney General, he will inform the court that there is no objection,” the Minister added.He added that the Indian Fisheries Minister is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on January 2 for ministerial level talks on fishermen issue.”So this is essentially a sign of goodwill. Very quickly the fishermen will be released,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Eighteen people were killed in six districts of Tamil Nadu in rain-related incidents linked to Cyclone Vardah that crossed the coast, as Chief Minister O Panneerselvam held a meeting of top officials on Tuesday to speed up work to ensure return of normalcy in storm-hit regions.The government said it is taking all steps to ensure that the jammed mobile phone networks are restored and a meeting of telecom operators and officials was held.”A total of 18 persons were killed in rain-related incidents linked to Cyclone Vardah,” a top Tamil Nadu government official monitoring the situation told PTI.He said five each were killed in Chennai and Tiruvallur districts. Four persons died in Kancheepuram district, one each in Villupuram and Nagapattinam districts and two in Tiruvannamali district, the officials added. All these deaths were in the revenue districts.He said as expected districts like Tiruvannamalai, Vellore and the Western belt of Dharmapuri too witnessed heavy rains that began with the commencement of the cyclone Vardah’s landfall.”Chief Minister Panneerselvam held a meeting of top officials today. Our priority is to restore power supply which has been hit due to fallen trees, clear clogged roads which have fallen trees,” the official said.He said traffic has already been cleared in all arterial roads in all of the affected districts and efforts were now on to clear the roads and restore power in other neighbourhoods.”TANGEDO (State-run power undertaking) itself has deployed about 4,000 personnel to ensure quick restoration of power supply,” he said.Personnel from multiple government departments including Revenue, Police, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and other state agencies from Ariyalur, Perambalur, Tiruvallur, Cuddalore, Salem and Thanjavur districts were being deployed to handle the situation in the cyclone-hit regions, he said.On the number of people now housed in relief centres, he said more than 13,000 people are being sheltered in over 100 centres. All vulnerable areas were identified in advance and teams of officials are on the job, he said.To a question on clogged mobile phone networks, he said a meeting of telecom officials and operators was being held to address the situation and ensure expeditious return of normalcy. Authorities provided food to stranded passengers in many locations and even buses were arranged for the passengers to ferry them to nearby destinations, including Chennai.Nearly 100 buses were arranged at different stations to facilitate stranded passengers from destinations such as Sholingur and others on the Chennai Egmore-Chengelpet routes to reach Chennai, Southern Railway said.Trains on suburban MMC-Gummidipoondy and Egmore-Tambaram sections started running, but only ‘skeletal’ services were being operated, they added.Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Agency (SDMA) said power supply was being restored based on transmission and distribution network clearance in the affected districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallore.”Electricity Update!! More than 3,000 personnel are working for restoring power. It takes time. It will be restored ASAP,” SDMA said in a tweet.Manpower from other districts with power saws and NDRF teams were also deployed to clear uprooted trees, it said in a series of tweets.In another notification, it said, “power supply was partly restored in Mambalam, Kodambakkam, KK Nagar, High Court, Ambattur, Anna Nagar, Mambakkam, Royapettah” in Chennai.Meanwhile, the Coast Guard Eastern region said it has taken up extensive search and rescue operations following cyclone ‘Vardah’ having made landfall near Chennai on Monday.In an official release, the Coast Guard said it launched extensive search and rescue operation to assist stranded fishing boats on the Bay of Bengal.”Coast Guard is maintaining close liaison with the state Fisheries Department at Chennai and Andhra Pradesh and also at various ports and harbours,” it said.Coast Guard’s Chetak helicopters and Dornier aircrafts were pressed into search and rescue operations along the coast of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and South Andhra Pradesh.A Coast Guard team is closely associated with the disaster management group to provide all required assistance for providing rescue and relief, it added.Telecommunication network services were hit the most by cyclone Vardah that barrelled through the city yesterday, leaving many people without any means to contact their near and dear ones.Mobile services, including of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, were affected in the city and its neighbouring districts, bringing back memories of the deluge last year.BSNL landlines were operating at some places but its network services were disrupted.Several people took to Twitter expressing anguish over the disruption of services.Telecommunication companies could not be contacted for a comment. However, the state government has asked them to restore their “full network” at the earliest.”All telecom companies are told to restore their full network as quickly as possible and its being monitored,” State Disaster Management Agency said in a tweet.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A government employee was killed during an overnight counter-insurgency operation in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, but the militants managed to give security forces the slip, officials said on Saturday.The security forces including army launched a counter-insurgency operation in Chancer area of Kulgam district last night, following information about presence of ultras in the area, police officials said.The officials said an employee of the Fisheries Department, Assadullah Kumar, was killed in the firing that broke out minutes after the security forces had cordoned off the area.An army official said the operation was called off this morning after the security forces did not find any militant.The militants might have escaped taking advantage of darkness, the official said.However, the official was tight-lipped about the death of the civilian.Meanwhile, local residents staged a protest against the killing of Kumar and blocked Srinagar-Jammu National Highway at Vessu.
Islamabad: At least 43 Indian fishermen were on Sunday arrested by Pakistan for allegedly entering its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, officials in Islamabad said.
The fishermen were nabbed by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency off the coast of Sindh province and taken to provincial capital Karachi.
“The fishermen were handed over Dock Police Station for registration of case against them,” an official of the PSMA said.
A police official said that a case has been registered against them under the Foreigner’s Act and the Fisheries Act.
“The arrested fishermen will be presented in the court tomorrow for further legal action,” he said.
Edhi Foundation has been providing food to the arrested fishermen, a spokesperson of the foundation told reporters.
Both Pakistan and India often arrest fishermen from the other country for violation of their territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.
These poor fishermen spent months and sometimes years in jails before released and repatriated back to their countries.
First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 09:12 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Against the backdrop of Avian Influenza H5N1 (bird flu) outbreak in the national capital, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sought reports from all state Animal Husbandry departments regarding surveillance activities. The crisis comes a month after India declared itself free from bird flu.Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Union Health Ministry on Thursday also convened a meeting calling all State Animal Husbandry departments directing them to follow the precautions and guidelines issued by the Health Ministry.”We have always been advising the respective State departments to follow the precautionary measures even after India has declared itself free from Avian Influenza. We have been asking them to strengthen surveillance services. As the recent outbreak is in Delhi, we asked the Delhi government to test the dead animals to confirm the disease. We have found that it was H5N1,” said Dr Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services.”It is concerning, we have issued guidelines and directions that all the state animal husbandry departments that personnel who are handling the birds should take special precautions,”he said.The infected birds shed Avian Influenza virus in their saliva, mucous and faeces. “Direct or indirect exposure to infected live or dead poultry or contaminated environments, such as live bird markets, is the primary risk factor for getting the infection. Consumption of dishes made of raw, contaminated poultry blood can cause infection,” said Dr Prasad.Earlier in April, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture wrote to Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories that surveillance should be continued all across the country, no matter there were no outbreaks for sometime.”India has declared itself free from Avian Influenza (H5N1). It is, however, emphasised that the surveillance will need to be continued throughout the country especially in the vulnerable areas bordering infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds. It is reiterated that the States should not be led into a state of complacency due to declaration of country freedom from Avian Influenza and must maintain their vigil against the disease,” a letter from the Agriculture Ministry stated.In India, Avian Influenza outbreak among poultry population and wild birds have been reported from February, 2006 onwards. So far 29 outbreaks have been notified by Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.The last outbreak of Avian Influenza was reported in January, 2016 in Tripura. No human case or death due to Avian Influenza has been reported in India.Currently, the national capital has witnessed an outbreak where so far, 24 bird deaths have been reported from different places in the national capital. The Delhi government on Thursday shut down Deer Park because of five bird deaths. Over 12 deaths have been recorded in the Delhi Zoo due to which it closed.Surveillance Centre has sought reports from all the state Animal Husbandry Departments regarding bird flu situation
Animal Husbandry Department had earlier directed all states to carry on with surveillance even after India declared itself free from bird flu
Centre has asked the states to follow the guidelines issued by the health ministry
The last outbreak of Avian Influenza was reported in January, 2016 in Tripura.
India declared itself free from Bird flu in September
Important files related to the Bihar Animal and Fisheries Resources Department office in Patna have reportedly gone missing.According to sources, the missing files are said to be linked to the mid-1990s fodder scam. An FIR has been registered at the old secretariat police station in this regard.Meanwhile, BJP leader Nitin Naveen raised serious objections to the way Nitish Kumar-led grand alliance government in Bihar is functioning and questioned whether attempts were being made to protect RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Nitish Kumar should tell how why he is protecting Lalu Yadav. The files that have gone missing are linked to Lalu Yadav. Nitish Kumar’s action is affecting the future of Bihar,” he said.The fodder scam involved the embezzlement of about Rs. 9.4 billion from the government treasury of Bihar.The fodder scam relates to fraudulent withdrawal of around 1,000 crore rupees by Animal Husbandry department from various districts when Lalu was the Bihar chief minister from 1990 to 1997.
Twenty one Tamil Nadu fishermen were on Wednesday arrested by Sri Lankan Navy on charges of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, official sources said. The three boats of the fishermen, hailing from Pamban and Thangachimadom near Rameswaram, were also seized by the navy personnel, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department D Gopinath said.The fishermen were arrested while fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India by two agreements of 1974 and 1976. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had earlier this month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to act decisively to find tangible mechanisms to permanently resolve this vexatious issue, affecting the livelihood of lakhs of fishermen of the state.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She had also reiterated the need to restore the traditional fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the Palk Bay by annulling the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements.
Sri Lankan Navy personnel on Sunday arrested 28 Indian fishermen on charges of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line and fishing in their territory.The fishermen belonged to Pudukottai, Pamban and Tuticorin and they were taken to Kangesanthurai port, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gopinath said.One mechanised boat and two country boats of the fishermen were also seized by the navy personnel, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is the fourth detention of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy this month on the charge of fishing in the island nation’s waters.Eight fishermen were arrested on March 3, while 29 others on March 6 and another batch four on March 10 by the Sri Lankan Navy at different locations in mid sea.Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for appropriate actions for a permanent solution to the recurring arrests.She had also sought the Centre’s intervention for the release of all the arrested Indian fishermen and their fishing boats in the custody of Sri Lanka.
They were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gopinath said, adding, their two boats were also seized by the Navy personnel. Twelve Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan Navy personnel today for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, a senior Fisheries Department official said.They were fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka in 1974, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department Gopinath said, adding, their two boats were also seized by the Navy personnel.All of them were taken to Talaimannar, he said.
Nine Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested while fishing off the Sri Lankan coast while in another incident 50 nets were damaged allegedly by the Lankan Navy when local fishermen were fishing near Katchatheevu, a top fisheries department official on Sunday said.In the first incident, the fishermen from Kottaipattinam and Jegadapattinam in Pudukottai district were arrested while fishing near Iranatheevu island, a sensitive area where the LTTE had their camp earlier, around midnight last night, Pudukottai Assistant Director of fisheries Sekhar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lankan Navy arrested the fishermen along with their two boats, he said. Rameswaram Assitant director of fisheries Gopinath said 50 fishing nets of Rameswaram fishermen were damaged when their boats were attacked allegedly by Lankan naval personnel while fishing near Katchatheevu today.
In a goodwill gesture ahead of the Pongal festival, Sri Lanka today decided to release 104 Indian fishermen arrested by the country’s navy for allegedly poaching in the country’s territorial waters.In view of the Thai Pongal festival, Sri Lanka will release all the Indian fishermen tomorrow, the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.According to the Ministry, 104 Indian fishermen will be released and the letter of recommendation for their release has been sent to the President by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.However, Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries WMMR Adikari said that concerns have been raised over eight fishermen, who were charged for damaging fishing vessels belonging to Lankan fishermen, Colombo Page reported.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No Sri Lankans are currently jailed in India for crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, Adikari said, adding that however, India has agreed to release any fishermen arrested over the next three days.The fishermen issue continues to be a major irritant in the Indo-Lanka ties.Sri Lanka accuses Indian fishermen of straying into its territorial waters, while the latter maintain they are only fishing in their traditional areas, especially around Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Colombo in 1974.