European Commission warns of sanctions on eight developing countries including Sri Lanka if illegal fishing is not stopped; UK Prime Minister is being urged to consider boycotting 2013 Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka denies to have intimidated
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  • The European Commission warned eight developing countries including Sri Lanka of sanctions if they did not do more to stop ‘criminal’ illegal fishing. The Commission said it did not plan to impose penalties as yet but stressed they could face a ban on the sale of fishing equipment. The EU, the world's biggest importer of fish, adopted an 'Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated' directive in 2010, aiming to close the market to those who flout its rules. 1

    In another development, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged by MPs to consider boycotting next year's Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in protest at its human rights record. 2

    Reports noted that Sri Lanka denied allegations in a leaked United Nations report that it had intimidated UN humanitarian workers during the final stages of the country's Tamil separatist war. 3

    In other developments, according to reports, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered construction of 2,500 durable houses for Sri Lankan Tamils living in Camps in Tamil Nadu at the rate of Rs one lakh each in camps at 14 districts of the state. 4