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None of the Port workers will refuse to unload Indian goods that arrive in Colombo as mentioned in some media reports, Port and Highways Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardana said yesterday.

“There were reports regarding a protest by a port employees’ organisation, which said that their members will refrain from handling or processing Indian supplies due to the situation in Tamil Nadu. I am confident that such a situation will not arise,” he said.

The minister said the attacks on Buddhist monks in Tamil Nadu only showed the inhuman activities of a few people in India. 

He said Sri Lanka will show it’s humanity to the world by never letting such activities happen here.

Meanwhile workers at Sri Lanka's main container port today threatened to stop handling cargo from south Indian ports to protest the harassment of Sri Lankan monks and pilgrims in Tamil Nadu, PTI reported

“We can't silently watch the harassment of our monks and pilgrims in Tamil Nadu. We want to stop handling cargo from Indian ports as a result,” Mr Mahesh Samarawickrema, a dock workers' trade union official said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had earlier refused to host the Lankan cricketers in Chennai in view of the growing political tensions, stemming from the treatment of ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka. The port workers held placards against Tamil Nadu politicians Miss Jayalalithaa and Mr Karunanidhi, on the port premises.

However, port official Mr Nalin Aponso said there had been no official response from the port management to the dock workers demands' to stop handling cargo from South India.

Port figures showed that almost 60 per cent of Colombo port's annual container volume of 4.1 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit, a measure used for capacity in container transportation) comes from south Indian ports.

Meanwhile, an unidentified group today attacked a distribution office of a pro-Tamil nationalist newspaper, Uthayan, in northern Sri Lanka, leaving at least three employees injured.
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  • malaka Thursday, 04 April 2013 09:03 AM

    may be your one who lives on chapaty and wadei

    truth Friday, 05 April 2013 02:13 PM

    why TN should worry about petty SL market?

    Suq Madique Friday, 05 April 2013 02:17 PM

    ravi...then why are they so concerned about us?

    XXX Friday, 05 April 2013 02:54 PM

    Yes, that's right Boycott Indian Goods. Recently, the Tamil Nadu assembly passed a resolution calling for stopping trade with Sri Lanka. We have to enforce that resolution. So don't buy goods from India. Buy from Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, and pay a premium in shipping cost (shipping is not free remember? Ships need fuel to run on, and it is not free.. Let the prices of all essential commodities increase by 200%, let the inflation increase. No more Indian goods

    Indunil Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:16 AM

    News Flash:

    Now, Yashwant joins Anti-Sri Lanka CHOGM chorus

    Just Another Citizen Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:18 AM

    Haha boycott? That would be the day.

    ANTON Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:27 AM

    We know that well, almost all the pharmaceuticals and cosmetics are coming from India.

    ravi Friday, 05 April 2013 09:50 AM

    TN is not worried about it they don’t care about Sri lanka peanut market

    S.A.K makok Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:35 AM

    Even that we cant do..thanks to BBS everyone hates us

    sss Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:49 AM

    Not India. All type of connections with TamilNadu should be phased out probably in favor of Kerala

    chux Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:04 AM

    if we stopped things from Tamil Nadu it will hit their economy very hard..they better be aware....of it...

    Shane De Silva Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:15 AM

    Look, who's speaking. Gold chain thief from Aluthgama.

    raviraj Friday, 05 April 2013 10:18 AM

    you are a real frog in the well. Do you think TN relies on srilanka for its economy??

    Ossie Friday, 05 April 2013 12:47 PM

    You must stop bringing Indian garbage in to srilanka.

    xlntgson Saturday, 06 April 2013 02:32 AM

    Indigestion! If possible to boycott onions, and it is highly hypothetical... Rice and curry be a luxury, can eat yams, of course, with Chinese garlic!

    S.A.K makok Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:36 AM

    Aney magey "Raththaran"

    S.A.K makok Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:50 AM

    Nikan boru show mewa...

    Thomas Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:50 AM

    BOYCOTT and Starve during the Sinhala/ Tamil New Year

    kumar Thursday, 04 April 2013 09:00 AM

    Import from Pakistan!


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