zoom Anzali Trade-Industrial Free ZoneIran is ready to re-establish the Baku-Anzali shipping line to improve its ties with Azerbaijan. Reza Mansour, head of the Anzali Trade-Industrial Free Zone Organization said re-launching the shipping line could strengthen the ties between the two countries, tourism especially, Fars News Agency reports.Azerbaijan’s investors were also encouraged by Mansour to invest in Anzali Free Zone, which is luring in Azerbaijani businessmen by offering various tax breaks for investors in the zone. Mansour also said that there is no limit on ownership ratio for investors from Azerbaijan.“The possibility of 100 percent foreign ownership is the zone’s advantage for investors,” Mansour said.Mansour went on to say that the investors in the zone would not have to pay any tax and duties on imported raw materials and machinery intended for the factories within the zone.Anzali Free Zone lies in the Southern part of the Caspian Sea, consisting of trade and commercial, tourism and services, and industrial sections. World Maritime News Staff; September 22, 2014
Twenty Sri Lankan asylum seekers were flown back to their home country after their boat was intercepted en route to Australia, the Australian media reported.The vessel, which was carrying at least one baby, was spotted last week in the Indian Ocean heading for the northwest coast, SBS quoted The Australian as reporting. So far 186 asylum seekers have been sent back to Sri Lanka since the coalition won government in 2013, according to The Australian.It’s the first time the Christmas Island detention centre has been used since Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in February it would be reopened amid Government warnings of an influx of asylum seekers. The boat had left Sri Lanka in the first week of May, not long after the deadly Easter bombing attacks on hotels and churches. The Coalition argued it was necessary to reopen the mothballed centre after Labor and the crossbench used their numbers to approve legislation making it easier for asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention to access medical treatment on mainland Australia.The government had planned to repeal the legislation and re-close the detention centre by July, but it’s unlikely Parliament will sit before then.The number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia dropped dramatically after the Coalition introduced its hardline policy to intercept and turn back boats before reaching Australian waters. The asylum seekers were detained for a few days on Christmas Island before being flown to Colombo on a Government charter jet on Wednesday after their asylum claims were rejected. During the election campaign, the Prime Minister and then-Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pledged ongoing support for the boat turnbacks policy.