The officials had arrived with the purpose of confirming that the apprehended Sri Lankans were listed in the refugee camps in Tamil Nadu and had no links with any militant groups. Once the Q Branch officials checked the records and confirmed that the persons had no extremist links, they were taken to the judicial court and remanded in custody for 14 days. Officers from the internal security wing of the Tamil Nadu Police Q Branch were investigating the arrest of 10 Sri Lankan refugees in India, the Express News Service reported.Aluva East police station SI P A Faisal said that the Q Branch officials had come to the Kerala state on the basis of the report filed by the Kerala Police. The police said that the agent Ramesh, through whom the arrested persons had arrived here, has still not been traced.Tamil Nadu police officials said that there were prior instances in which Sri Lankan refugees had managed to illegally migrate to Australia where they were given jobs after their period of imprisonment and surveillance was over. This has become a systematic operation for a large number of refugees, who usually take the sea route to Australia from one of the coastal towns of India. If they are not apprehended within Indian territorial waters, the refugees, upon landing on Australian soil, surrender before the police there, officials said.Following the instructions of the shady agents who arrange the trips for them, the refugees serve their term in the Australian prison and then make it through the surveillance period too.After that, if they get a clean chit, the Australian authorities recommend them for jobs . read more

“I do know it is a very difficult task, but I believe it is not my right to refuse and to try my best to give as much help as possible to the Syrian people,” said Mr. Brahimi, who will be heading to Damascus in the next few days, where he will meet with Syrian officials as well as representatives from civil society.“As I said in New York, I reiterate that while performing my job, I will be in the service of the Syrian people alone and I will not have any master but the Syrian people,” Mr. Brahimi told reporters in Cairo after meeting with officials from the League of Arab States.Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to Member States to provide strong and unified support to Mr. Brahimi, as he takes up his mission amid an intensifying conflict that shows no sign of abating.More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began nearly 18 months ago. Amidst reports of an escalation in violence in recent weeks in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, UN agencies now estimate that some 2.5 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.An Algerian national who has served the UN in various high-level roles over the past two decades, Mr. Brahimi assumes the peace-facilitation role which had been carried out since February by a former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, with the aim of bringing an end to all violence and human rights violations in Syria, and promoting a peaceful solution to the conflict. Mr. Annan’s mandate ended on 31 August. read more