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A state-of-the-art patrol vessel of the Indian Coast Guard has been commissioned at Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Thepatrolvessel 'Charlie-435' equipped with modern navigation and communication systems was commissioned by Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy at a function held at the Karaikal Port last night.
He further said the patrol vessel would be of great help in rescuing fishermen who go adrift in the sea due to bad weather.
Narayansamy also said the Puducherry Government has appealed to the External Affairs Ministry to arrange for tripartite talks among Indian fishermen and the governments of India and Sri Lanka to find a permanent solution to the problem of frequent arrests of Indian fishermen by the Lankan Navy.