If Indian diplomacy has worked with a neighbour like Sri Lanka where Indian influence steadily waning, it is a diplomatic win for the Modi government.
Pakistan currently has a moratorium on executions, meaning death row prisoners are effectively sentenced to life imprisonment.
A day after it filed an appeal against the Sri Lankan high court verdict giving death sentence to five Indian fishermen, India on Wednesday said it wants "immediate and unconditional" release of its nationals.
Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Wednesday said "some good outcome" would soon emerge on the issue of five fishermen facing death sentence in Sri Lanka, in which India has filed an appeal.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Monday assured the families of five fishermen who were sentenced to death by a Sri Lankan court that they will be freed through appropriate measures.
The five fishermen, all hailing from Tamil Nadu, were apprehended in 2011 by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of smuggling drugs.
Supreme Court has held that in the death sentence cases, the convict's petition seeking review of the verdict be heard by 3 judges bench in an open court.
Masterminded by Anjana, who died in 1998, they formed a ring where they would steal purses and pickpocket in temples, fairs, markets etc and if they were caught in the act, the other sister, who would be carrying a baby, would throw it on the ground or bang its head on the wall to make it cry distract the crowd.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the execution of death penalty of a 48-year-old man whose conviction has been upheld by the Rajasthan High Court for for abducting, raping and killing his four-year-old neighbour in Sriganganagar in 2012.
Ford walked out the maximum security prison at Angola on Tuesday afternoon, said Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for Louisiana's Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
The LTTE, which planned and executed the assassination, had sent a series of coded wireless messages before and after the assassination.
The Centre today directed all states to take "urgent suitable action" in implementing the Supreme Court's guidelines for safeguarding the interest of the death row convicts.
There was a long delay in deciding mercy pleas by the Presidents, which was also highlighted by the Supreme Court on Friday, but the situation changed when Pranab Mukherjee took charge on 25 July last year, disposing of petitions of 16 condemned prisoners within nine months.
The urgent hearing took place as the petitioners feared they would be executed following the rejection of their mercy petitions by the President.
India has hanged two men in the past three months, its first executions in eight years. In a departure from past practice, both were done in secrecy.
The outgoing President is commuting death sentences at a frenetic pace. Is she doing this at the urgings of a UPA government that's afraid to hang terrorists?