Petition seeks release of fishermen

He had stressed the need for greater awareness among the fishermen to avoid crossing into the Sri Lankan waters for their own safety.The Minister’s statement was in contravention of Art.6 of the 1974 agreement which had become final and binding after the Presidential assent in July 1974, the petitioner said. When the matter came up before the First Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, the Government Pleader, S.T.S. Moorthy and the Special Panel Counsel, C. Kanagaraj, took notice for the Tamil Nadu and Central governments. The matter has been posted for October 9. According to an official statement on August 29, 82 fishermen were in Sri Lankan prisons, besides the 35 arrested recently.By another petition, the organisation sought a direction to the Centre to clarify a statement said to have been made by the External Affairs Minister in the Rajya Sabha on August 22 this year with regard to Tamil Nadu fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line. The petitioner said the Minister had said that fishermen from Tamil Nadu had been crossing the boundary line with impunity. As per a news report based on information obtained through an RTI query by activists, “more than 378 fishermen had been killed allegedly by the island navy between 1983 and 2005.” An organisation to protect the interests of fishermen has moved the Madras High Court for a direction to the Centre to take diplomatic steps to secure the release of Tamil Nadu fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails. It also sought a further direction to the authorities to take up the issue with the island government of frequent attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy and find a permanent solution to the problem, the Hindu newspaper reported.Fisherman Care, represented by its president, L.T.A. Peter Rayan, submitted that several fishermen had been killed and wounded by the Sri Lankan Navy. Till date, no clear solution had been formulated by the Centre and the human rights violation against the Tamil Nadu fishermen continued. In June this year, 57 fishermen were abducted by the Sri Lankan Navy. The petitioner submitted that the State’s fishermen under Art.6 of the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka on the maritime boundary and related matters Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen enjoyed their traditional right of fishing in each other’s waters. But they were being arrested and imprisoned by the island navy. read more

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We did it Man who was suicidal runs marathon with the stranger

first_imgThey have met Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who convinced the pair to run the race for Heads Together. Jonny Benjamin, who was suicidal, managed to complete the marathon with the stranger who talked him down from a bridge when he was at his lowest point.The two were elated as they finished the race together. Neil Laybourne, the “stranger on the bridge”, said “what an amazing experience!” as they ran the last mile.They finished the marathon together, and spent much of the race with their arms around each other for support.The two, who are now good friends, finished the race in 5 hours 26 minutes. With a promise that “things can get better” and an invitation for coffee, Neil successfully talked Jonny back to safety before they went their separate ways.Eight years later, the two were reunited and have kept in contact as they prepared to run the marathon to raise awareness and money towards mental health. They ran to support the charity Heads Together, the mental health campaign fronted by the three young Royals. The pair managed to raise over £30,000 for the charity.The Telegraph’s Bryony Gordon joined the pair in running for the foundation.Jonny, 30, and Neil, 34, met in January 2008 on Waterloo Bridge: the former in such despair he was ready to jump, and the latter the unexpected good Samaritan who intervened. It was only in 2014, when Jonny launched a social media campaign to find and thank the stranger, that they were reunited.He told his friend to run ahead of him in the race, because he recently suffered the loss of both his uncle and his grandmother. However, they ended up running it together.Shortly before the marathon, he wrote: “Admittedly, I haven’t done the training I needed for it. It’s been a tough year so far with my relapse and going back into hospital, family illness, and most recently my Uncle and then Grandma passing away a few days ago. But I WILL complete the 26 miles! Even if I have to crawl some of the way!! 'We did it!': the two were elated We actually did it!!! 5 hours 28 minutes!! I can’t believe we’ve just run the @LondonMarathon. Wowzers. #TeamHeadsTogether #oktosay pic.twitter.com/NQobVEoXrL— Jonny Benjamin MBE (@MrJonnyBenjamin) April 23, 2017 ‘We did it!’: the two were elatedCredit:Jonny Benjamin “This feels like such an important moment for mental health. They’re calling this the world’s first ever #mentalhealthmarathon  It’s a privilege to be part of it.” The two meet the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:REUTERS/Toby Melville Jonny, who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when he was 20, has spoken frankly about his own mental health struggles, which culminated in him standing on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide.Neil, who spotted the lone figure of a young man standing still amid the commuters while walking to work, stopped to talk to him, telling him: “It’ll get better mate, you will get better.”After a 25 minute conversation, the emergency services stepped in and the pair were swept away and back to their respective lives. The two meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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