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Australia returns 79 people to Sri Lanka

Nov 22 2013, 8:13am CST | by IANS

Colombo, Nov 22 (IANS) The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday.

Colombo, Nov 22 — The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday. The high...

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Australia returns 79 people to Sri Lanka

Nov 22 2013, 8:13am CST | by IANS

Colombo, Nov 22 (IANS) The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday.

Colombo, Nov 22 — The Australian government has returned all the 79 Sri Lankans who had arrived illegally in Australia by boat last month, the Australian high commission here said Friday.

The high commission in Colombo said the last six Sri Lankans joined the group of 73 this week, who were returned last month after arriving illegally by boat and being screened out of a protection assessment process, reports Xinhua.

The government's new policy implementation sends a strong message that if one arrives illegally by boat, he or she will be sent back to Sri Lanka.

"The Australian government's policies are tougher than ever before and ensure that people seeking to come to Australia by boat without a visa do not get to stay in Australia," said Scott Morrison, Australia's minister for immigration and border protection.

More than 1,100 people who arrived in Australia by boat have been sent home since October 2012, the embassy said.

Australia and Sri Lanka have strong cooperation at the operational level to disrupt people-smuggling ventures, it added.

"The Australian government does not deal in half measures and has the policies and resolve to fight people smugglers and stop illegal boat arrivals," the minister said.

"The government will continue to return people seeking to come to Australia illegally by boat."

Despite the end of a three-decade war in 2009, the number of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has increased, pushing the Australian government to take tough measures to prevent them from reaching the country.

At least another 1,500 people have been arrested by the navy while attempting to leave Sri Lanka by boat.

The Australian government is working closely with the navy to monitor and prevent boat people from Sri Lanka and have implemented programmes to discourage locals from attempting to migrate illegally.

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New Zealand hails Lanka's progress in reconciliation

Oct 25 2014 7:42pm CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

WELLINGTON, Oct. 25 - New Zealand has commended Sri Lanka's performance after terrorism was eradicated and added that the country has made significant progress in reconcilia ...
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Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained

Oct 20 2014 7:04pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Nita Bhalla and Shihar Aneez JAFFNA Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news o ...
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Human Rights Commission and Missing Persons commission to meet today

Oct 9 2014 4:33am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and the members of the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complains Regarding Missing Persons will meet today to collaborate on the inquiries into the ...
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2 weeks ago

There's only 1 hope

Oct 8 2014 6:14pm CDT | Source: WND

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Gold Hidden Boat Caught in Northern Seas

Oct 2 2014 4:55am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Sri Lanka Navy Ship Ranadheera of Northern Naval Command intercepted a fibre glass dinghy smuggling approx 45 kilograms of gold during its routine patrol in the seas off Madaga ...
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Navy recovers a stash of gold

Sep 29 2014 7:14am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Sri Lanka Navy today (29th September) confiscated a haul of gold during a raid in Madagalthurai. Acting on information received naval troops under SLNS Uttara in Jaffna launched a raid during the early hours today to seize the gold ca ...
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4 weeks ago

Like Minded Group Joint Statement

Sep 27 2014 3:56am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Twenty-two developing countries of the Like Minded Group (LMG) in Geneva, in a joint statement made through its Chair - Egypt, have said the Group "believes that the intrusive mandate given to the OHCHR by Res. 25/1 to carry out investigations on Sri Lanka is unwarranted, especially in the context whe ...
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5 weeks ago

Navy provides drinking water to drought-affected civilians

Sep 17 2014 11:31pm CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

As a community relief measure, Sri Lanka Navy is providing drinking water to drought-affected civilians in Kayts and Mannar. Over 24,000 liters of drinking water are provided by SLNS Kanchadewa of the Northern Naval Command, uti ...
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First Jaffna Batch Soldiers to Pass Out

Sep 17 2014 6:37am CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

Five hundred recruits from Jaffna who recently joined the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Forces (SLAVF) will pass out in an elegant parade on successful completion of three month training on September 20th at the Sri Lanka Mechanical and Electrical ...
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6 weeks ago

Yal Devi Jaffna bound again from mid October

Sep 11 2014 11:21pm CDT | Source: Sri Lanka Ministry of Defense

The Yal Devi will resume services to Jaffna after a lapse of 30 years in mid Octob ...
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