Five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu have been given death sentence by a Sri Lankan court on charges of drug peddling. The men have 15 days in which to appeal against the order in a higher court. Both the Central and state governments say they will continue to fight the case.
A flood alert has been sounded in a few areas of Coimbatore, Tiruppur and Karur district of Tamil Nadu as 30,000 cusecs of surplus water from the Amaravathi Dam in the Tiruppur district have been discharged into the Amaravathi River.
Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary, a nearby getaway for the state capital and also a well known site for bird watchers from across the country, was reopened for visitors on Monday, as few hundreds of birds from abroad are already setting up their nests.
Hopes for the release of four fishermen from this coastal town and one from Kerala detained in Iran have brightened with the intervention of Indian embassy officials and support of the fishing firm that employed them.