Palk Strait


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Palk Strait

(pôk, pôlk), 40 to 85 mi (64–137 km) wide, between India and Sri Lanka. At its southern end, it is studded with shoal reefs, forming Adam's BridgeAdam's Bridge
or Rama's Bridge
, chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long, SW Palk Strait, between India and island nation of Sri Lanka. At high tide it is covered by c.4 ft (1.
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 (or Rama's Bridge), and by small islands off the Sri Lanka's JaffnaJaffna
, peninsula, northernmost part of Sri Lanka, separated from India by Palk Strait. The peninsula is densely inhabited, largely by Tamil-speaking people. Jaffna suffered under the Portuguese and Dutch occupations of the 17th–18th cent.
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 peninsula. The strait's treacherous waters are avoided by most ships. A train-ferry crosses the strait (c.20 mi/32 km) between Dhanushkodi, India, and Talaimannar, Sri Lanka.
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Palk Strait

 

a strait in the Indian Ocean situated between the Indian peninsula and the northern extremity of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). It joins the Bay of Bengal and Palk Bay. At its narrowest point the strait measures approximately 55 km wide; its depth ranges from 2 to 9 m. It was named after the English statesman R. Palk.

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Palk Strait

a channel between SE India and N Ceylon. Width: about 64 km (40 miles)
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30 INDIANS ARRESTED/SRI LANKA: Around 30 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing between the Talaimannar and Dhanushkodi in the Palk Strait. Four boats were also reportedly seized from the fishermen.
The source said all the fisherman belong to India's southern state of Tamil Nadu and were fishing in Talaimannar and Dhanushkodi in the Palk Strait bordering Srilanakan waters.
According to police officials, drugs are transported across the Palk Strait from India and then overland to the south.
Separated from the subcontinent by the Palk Strait, Sri Lanka's development story is a unique one.
The move to send a team comes as political parties in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which with a population of about 60 million Tamils is closely linked to Sri Lankan Tamils across the Palk Strait, continue to clamour for a ceasefire.
The Sri Lankan government has requested Indian assistance in monitoring the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka to head off further attacks by the Tamil navy, but India hasn't indicated that it will change its largely hands-off policy.
On a map, Sri Lanka swings like a pear-shaped pendant from India's southerly tip - separated from the sub continent by the 20 mile Palk Strait.
The Sethasasamudram project included a proposal to minimise a ship's travel by almost 650 kilometers, by making a canal in the Palk Strait, which would involve damaging the Ram Setu to an extent.
8 -- The fast unfolding latest political development in the North clearly indicates of a deep dent in the geo-political interest of India in the Palk Strait and Gulf of Mannar region, as the groaning Northern Provincial Council could be at any time dissolved and the Tamil National Alliance closing its shop, once and for all.
The Palk Strait runs between the Tamil Nadu state of India and the Mannar district of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
COLOMBO (CyHAN)- Around 30 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing between the Talaimannar and Dhanushkodi in the Palk Strait. Four boats were also reportedly seized from the fishermen.
Sri Lankan fishermen were barred from operating along the Palk Strait, the narrow strip separating the two countries, for decades during which their country's troops battled Tamil Tiger rebels.