She urged Manmohan Singh to take immediate steps to initiate a diplomatic dialogue with the Sri Lankan government to immediately stop the recurrence of such incidents of arrest and harassment of Tamil Nadu fishermen in the Palk bay, which is their traditional fishing ground.Jayalalithaa emphasised that the arrests and detention of fishermen for long periods of time by the Sri Lankan government have created tension and agitation among the fishing community in Tamil Nadu. “A strong message should be delivered through diplomatic channels that India will not tolerate these attacks. Our diplomats in Colombo should take up the matter with the government of Sri Lanka and take concrete steps to secure the immediate release of all the 90 fishermen who are now in Sri Lankan jails.” “The fishermen community in Tamil Nadu, which faces continuous harassment not only by the Sri Lankan Navy but also attacks by Sri Lankan miscreants in the guise of fishermen, now nurses a strong grievance against the government of India that it has forsaken them in a time of crisis and is apathetic to their interests,” she said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take immediate steps to initiate “coercive diplomacy” against “unfriendly” Sri Lanka that continues to attack Indian fishermen, the IANS news service reported.In a letter to Manmohan Singh Tuesday, the text of which was released to media here, Jayalalithaa, citing the arrest of 20 Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka Aug 3, said: “These continuous attacks and abductions are acts of an unfriendly nation and should be countered effectively by coercive diplomacy.” Jayalalithaa said 70 innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu languish in Sri Lankan jails.
The New Democratic Party has named its candidate in Haldimand-Norfolk for the Oct. 21 federal election.She’s Adrienne Roberts, a high school teacher who has been active over the years on the executive of District 23 of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.“We are extremely excited to have an exceptional candidate with roots in the community and whose work in improving the way our schools educate our children and her executive experience in local teachers’ organizations has prepared her to be an effective and resourceful advocate for the citizens of Haldimand-Norfolk,” Jordan Louis, president of the Haldimand-Norfolk NDP Riding Association, said Thursday.“As our NDP candidate, we can all count on Adrienne to push for the interests of the workers, the pensioners, the students and all who are struggling in our counties instead of the interests of the largest corporations and wealthiest individuals.”During her career, Roberts has taught for the Grand Erie District School Board at high schools in Haldimand and Norfolk. She has also served as an “experiential learning teacher” helping students apply their skills and knowledge in local workplaces.Roberts has held executive positions with District 23 of OSSTF and served on several committees with two bargaining units. In the past, Roberts has been an active member of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.“A champion for change, Adrienne is standing with the NDP to do what she can to better meet the needs of our community,” Louis said.“She is invested in working to ensure that Canadians are able to equitably access programs like universal pharmacare and in protecting pensions for everyone.“Adrienne will be a committed advocate in Parliament for investing in rural communities, tackling poverty and developing good jobs.”The NDP had candidate vacancies to fill in dozens of ridings when the writ dropped earlier this month. This week, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that the party has named candidates in all ridings across Canada.Candidates have until Sept. 30 to register.According to Elections Canada, registered candidates so far in Haldimand-Norfolk are: Lily Eggink of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada, incumbent Diane Finley of the Conservative Party of Canada, Bob Forbes of the People’s Party of Canada, Brooke Martin of the Green Party, and Harold Stewart of the Veterans’ Coalition Party of Canada.Also running are Kim Huffman for the Liberal Party of Canada and Ross Mogridge for the Libertarian Party of Canada.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com