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India seeks early release of fishermen detained in Sri Lanka

Efforts are underway to ensure the early release of 20 fishermen of Thoothukudi detained in Sri Lanka on a charge of illegal fishing in Lankan waters, India’s Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan said while talking to the media at the Thoothukudi airport, The Hindu newspaper reported.The fishermen from Threspuram, a hamlet in Thoothukudi, who ventured into the sea by three country boats, were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on March 6. He said the Centre was keen on protecting the interests of fishermen and hence was taking swift action to secure the release of Indian fishermen whenever they were detained by the Sei Lankan Navy. Around 1,500 fishermen, who were held in Sri Lanka and other countries on various charges, had been released after efforts were taken by the Centre. The detention of Thoothukudi fishermen was brought to the notice of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, had also forwarded letters twice to the Centre after the fishermen were detained seeking efforts to secure their release at the earliest, he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Mayoress wrongly claims £13000 in benefits after failing to disclose husbands National

first_img 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. Doris Kraus with husband Peter, the former mayor of Pembroke Dock, outside Swansea Crown Court Credit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Doris Kraus links arms with husband Peter, the former mayor of Pembroke Dock, outside Swansea Crown Court  The court heard she failed to inform the Department for Work and Pensions when her husband began a new job with the National Trust, where he became a Visitor Services Assistant.Richard Ace, prosecuting, said: “She was told to notify the DWP of any change in her circumstances.”She failed to tell officials until 2014 that her husband was undertaking work which meant she was not entitled to the money.”Kraus, a grandmother, was mayoress from May 2012 to May 2013 – in the middle of the four years she wrongly claimed the benefits. She was also mayoress again for a year until June 2016.Swansea Crown Court heard she applied for pension credits in March 2010 after her husband’s business PK Executive Travel was wound up, saying the couple had no income.But a year later, independent councillor Mr Kraus began working again and taking home around £2,000 a month from the National Trust.Mr Ace said: “She was told there was a requirement to notify of any changes. That didn’t happen. She eventually notified the Department for Work and Pensions four years later, in April 2014.”She said she was sorry for what happened and she told them of the situation.” A mayoress wrongly claimed more than £13,000 in benefits after failing to tell the council that her husband was being paid £2,000 a month by the National Trust.Doris Kraus, 68, claimed her husband Peter was out of work while in his civic role as mayor of Pembroke Dock, West Wales.She avoided a jail sentence after paying back all of the £13,355 she was wrongly paid in pension credits over four years.Her husband was mayor of their home town, where his wife accompanied him to civic dinners, gala concerts, award presentation, public events and formal functions.But at the same time, Kraus was wrongly claiming benefits by saying her husband’s executive travel business had collapsed. An investigation was launched over the fraudulent claims and Kraus later pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change in circumstances.The court heard she has been given loans from her children after her benefits fraud was revealed.Mr Ace added: “She has now paid the full amount of money outstanding.”James Hartson, defending, said Kraus was of “impeccable character” and the money was taken because of “negligence and ignorance”.He said: “Her intention was not one of dishonesty. She’s mortified to find herself in the dock.”Mr Recorder Richard Booth QC said Mrs Kraus’s clean character and that she had repaid the money, meant she would be spared a prison sentence or fine.He said: “You are clearly remorseful. It’s neither necessary or appropriate to impose a sentence on you.”The judge gave Kraus, from Pembroke Dock, a conditional 12-month discharge. She left the court with her husband. Her intention was not one of dishonesty. She’s mortified to find herself in the dockJames Hartson, defendinglast_img read more