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Tony Abbott says government will not give in to 'moral blackmail' over asylum seeker suicide attempt
The Age, 9 July 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government will not give in to "moral blackmail" following reported suicide attempts by asylum seekers on Christmas Island.

Stop unauthorised activities: Sri Lanka's Defence Ministry to NGO
Hindu, 8 July 2014
Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry has asked all non-governmental organisations in the country to prevent “unauthorised activities” with immediate effect.Amid concerns from civil society groups here over diminishing free speech in the country,...

Bangladesh Oil Exploration Prospects Boosted by UN Border Ruling
Wall Street, 8 July 2014
A United Nations court drew a new maritime border in the Bay of Bengal, awarding more than three-quarters of a disputed sea area to Bangladesh and opening the way for more energy exploration in the region.The ruling by the U.N.’s Permanent Court...

High Court considers case of asylum seekers being returned to Sri Lanka
The Age, 8 July 2014
More than 150 asylum seekers, including around 40 children, face being in limbo on the high seas for weeks in an Australian customs vessel while their fate is decided in the High Court.

India considering a pact with Sri Lanka to allow Indian fishermen to fish around Katchatheevu
Colombo Page, 7 July 2014
July 06, Colombo: Indian government is considering to make a pact with Sri Lanka to find a permanent solution to the repeated capture of Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, a Times of India report said. The Indian government is discussing various...

Jayalalithaa writes to Indian PM again on Sri Lankan navy arresting Indian fishermen
Colombo Page, 7 July 2014
July 07, Chennai: In a second letter within a week, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action to secure the release of all 37 Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan...

Australia confirms returning 41asylum seekers to Sri Lanka
Colombo Page, 7 July 2014
July 07, Colombo: The Australian government Monday confirmed returning a group of 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who attempted to arrive illegally by boat to Australia as part of a maritime people smuggling venture, back to Sri Lanka .In a statement the...

India-Bangladesh joint border survey in Cachar
Times of India, 7 July 2014
Silchar: Officials of the land records and survey wing of Assam and its Bangladesh counterparts conducted a survey to settle various disputes along the international border shared by the two neighbours in Cachar district of Assam over the past couple...

Thousands of border pillars missing on Nepal, Bhutan borders
Zee News, 6 July 2014
New Delhi: More than 2,700 border pillars along India's open border with Nepal have either gone "missing" or are "damaged", setting alarm bells ringing in the internal security establishment of the country.  The condition...

Nepal, India begin security talks
Business Standard, 6 July 2014
Nepal's request for supply of arms and military stores and equipment from India was expected to figure prominently in talks on security issues between the two close neighbours that began here SundayThe two-day 11th meeting of the Nepal-India Bilateral...

India considering a pact with Sri Lanka to allow Indian fishermen to fish around Katchatheevu
Colombo Page, 6 July 2014
July 06, Colombo: Indian government is considering to make a pact with Sri Lanka to find a permanent solution to the repeated capture of Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, a Times of India report said.The Indian government is discussing various...

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests 20 TN Fishermen
New IndianExpress, 6 July 2014
RAMESWARAM: Sri Lankan Navy today arrested 20 fishermen from here on charges of crossing IMBL when they were fishing near Katchatheevu, a senior Fisheries Department official said.All the arrested were taken to Talaimannar along with their four boats....

Thousands of border pillars missing on Nepal, Bhutan borders
Business Standard, 6 July 2014
More than 2,700 border pillars along India's open border with Nepal have either gone "missing" or are "damaged", setting alarm bells ringing in the internal security establishment of the country. The condition of these crucial...

US encourages Sri Lanka government to take concrete meaningful steps to address concerns
Colombo Page, 5 July 2014
July 05, Colombo: The United States values its friendship with Sri Lanka and shares a positive vision for a unified, prosperous ‎country, the U.S. envoy in Colombo, Ambassador Michel Sison said yesterday.Speaking at a reception held to celebrate...

Chinese President to visit Sri Lanka
Colombo Page, 5 July 2014
July 05, Colombo: China's President Xi Jinping will this year become the first Chinese head of state to visit Sri Lanka in three decades, underlining Beijing's renewed push to deepen its strategic and economic presence in the neighborhood and...

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