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X-Press Pearl: What went wrong? The scientific basis

Jun 17 (FT) MV X-Press Pearl was a container ship carrying approximately 1,500 containers that arrived at Colombo on the late hours of 19 May. Awaiting the port entry, it was then anchored outside the harbour at about 9.5 NM (18 km) away from the shoreline. A fire was reported at around noon the following day. Despite swift firefighting, the fire was not able to be extinguished and continued to escalate, partly supported by the monsoon winds. After several days of fire, on 25 May morning, more..

EU, US resolutions and Sri Lanka’s foreign affairs follies

Jun 17 (FT) When Sinhala peasants standing in the fields and the Catholic Cardinal at the altar both call on the divine to punish the unrighteous in powerful positions, one knows that the crisis is deepening and widening as never before. The de-forestation, corporate farming fence-off of grazing land and water, displacement of elephants and above all the ban of chemical fertiliser, constitute as devastating an attack on the Sinhala peasantry as was the Waste Lands Ordinance of colonial occupier. more..

Online liquor final approval likely today: Excise Department

Jun 17 (TM) Finance Ministry approved the request made by the Excise Department to allow the sale of liquor online yesterday and the final approval for the move is likely to be provided by the NOCPCO Task Force today. Excise Deputy Commissioner Kapila Kumarasinghe said that the NOCPCO Task Force would likely give approval to allow purchase of alcohol online today after which the Dept would implement the decision. more..

Two more weeks of travel restrictions likely: Deputy DGHS

Jun 17 (CT) Deputy DG of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath says if the public intentionally flout the ongoing travel restrictions, imposed to curb the spread of the third wave of the COVID19 pandemic, then there would be no alternative left for the health authorities but to further extend the restrictions for a further fortnight. He said the rate of new infections to the virus has shown a drastic reduction compared to the past few weeks but stressed that it was imperative that the masses follow more..

Gammanpila says SJB move is childish

Jun 17 (FT) Minister Udaya Gammanpila yesterday described the move by the SJB to file a no-confidence motion against him as childish and expressed his confidence in defeating the motion if it was taken up. He told journalists that he saw a copy of the proposed motion which he said looked like it had been written by a child. Gammanpila also said the move against him, the subject Minister, was absurd as it contradicted SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa’s earlier assertion that more..

2,436 persons test positive for COVID-19

Jun 17 (FT) A total of 2,436 COVID-19 patients were detected yesterday, bringing the country’s total COVID-19 patient count to 230,692. 18,257 PCR tests were carried out yesterday. Among the persons who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday are 2,419 persons linked to the New Year cluster. A total of 223,713 patients have been linked to the Divulapitiya, Peliyagoda, Prisons and New Year clusters. more..

Shani Abeysekara further remanded till June 30

Jun 17 (DM) Although the Colombo Appeal Court ordered the release of former CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekera and another suspect on bail, the Gampaha. Magistrate Manjula Karunaratne ordered them to be remanded until June 30 since the bail conditions relating to the release had not yet been forwarded to the Gampaha Magistrate until last evening. SSP Abeysekara and former SI of Embilipitiya police Sugath Mendis had been in remand on suspicion of fabricating evidence more..

Sapugaskanda compensation report 90% complete

Jun 17 (TM) About 90% of the report of the committee appointed to calculate the compensation that is due for those affected by the recent oil leakage at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery owned by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), has been prepared, according to the Energy Ministry. When inquired about this, the Energy Ministry Secretary, D.R. Olga said that the remaining work of the report would be completed and handed over to the Ministry within the next few days. more..

SJB, TNA, JVP insist they didn’t ask for vehicles: Speaker’s Office silent

Jun 17 (Island) The controversy over the Finance Ministry submitting a Cabinet paper for purchasing 228 Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs for MPs has taken a new turn with the SJB, the TNA and the JVP/JJB denying that they ever asked for SUVs or any other vehicles. SJB MP Dr. Harsha de Silva, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran and JJB MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya said that their parties, or individual members, had not requested vehicles more..

Australia temporarily releases SL asylum seeker family after two years island detention

Jun 17 (Reuters) Australia will allow a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family detained on Christmas Island since 2019 to live in community detention on the mainland after public anger over their separation when the youngest child became sick and was flown to a major hospital. The Tamil family of four, the only occupants of the Christmas Island detention centre in the Indian Ocean, have become a cause celebre for those seeking closure of Australia's offshore immigration detention centres. more..

Police to net those who set traps on estates

Jun 17 (Island) The Wildlife Department has warned plantation companies that legal action will be taken against them if wild animals are caught in snares placed on their estates. In recent years, a large number of wild animals including leopards and sambur had died in traps, a senior Wildlife official yesterday said, adding that a leopard in Dick Oya and a sambur in Lakshapana had been caught in traps recently. The Wildlife Department officers at Nallathanniya office managed to rescue more..

Doctors oppose online sale of booze

Jun 17 (Island) The SLMA and GMOA yesterday registered their opposition for a Finance Ministry decision to allow consumers to purchase liquor online through supermarket chains. In a letter to PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also the Minister of Finance, SLMA President, Dr. Padma Gunaratne and Prof. Narada Warnasuriya, Chairperson SLMA Expert Committee on Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drugs, have said more..

French naval group sails after incident-free tour to Sri Lanka

Jun 17 (FT) The French naval group, comprising 745 officers and personnel, left the country last week after completing an incident-free tour of Sri Lanka. The group were members of the French Navy vessels FNS Tonnerre and FNS Surcouf and toured several tourist sites in a bio-secure arrangement. Official ground handling agent Connaissance de Ceylan said all naval officers were PCR-tested on arrival, and upon receiving negative results, embarked on the journey of exploring SL. more..

Football Super League: Recommencement likely to be postponed

Jun 17 (CT) The recommencement of the inaugural Super League (after the int'l break) which was slated to resume on 2 June, is likely to be further postponed due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Govt in view of COVID-19, a source at Football Sri Lanka (FSL) revealed. “Few participating clubs have requested us to postpone the recommencement of the Super League since they didn’t have enough time to prepare for the resumption of the game due to the COVID more..

$ 100 m Indian credit line to boost solar power in Sri Lanka

Jun 17 (FT) Govt is to boost solar power generation with a $ 100 million credit line from India. An agreement to this effect was signed by Finance Secretary S.R. Attygalle and Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay in the presence of Prez Rajapaksa. The funding will be from the Export Import Bank of India. Support for solar power projects is as per the National Policy Framework Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour, more..

Dinesh extends greetings to CCP on its centenary

Jun 17 (Island) The rapport between Sri Lanka and China has developed into a strategic relationship in recent years, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Tuesday said extending greetings to the communist Party of China on its centenary. Minister said that since 1949, the People’s Republic of China has been treading on the path of Socialism, with Chinese Characteristics and has now changed the international balance of power for the better. The progress China has made in social, more..

Clogard helps protect environment and heritage at Sri Paada

Jun 17 (Island) Clogard lent a helping hand to the Department of Wildlife Conservation in pioneering a social endeavor aiming to protect the ecosystem surrounding the sacred Sri Paada. A series of initiatives were carried out in the backdrop of escalating plastic pollution on the Sri Paada site which is home to a rich bio-diversity. Keeping true to their core purpose of Strong Roots and Strong Bonds, Clogard’s reasons for engaging with this project were twofold. more..

Sri Lanka probing deaths of sea animals following ship fire

Jun 17 (ST) The carcasses of 5 dolphins and more than 30 sea turtles have been found along the western coast of SL after the burning of a cargo ship near Colombo, sparking concerns that the accident is devastating marine wildlife in the region. After the Singapore-flagged X-Press Pearl caught fire on May 20 near the harbour, some oil, chemicals and plastic pellets leaked into the sea that is home to several species of large marine mammals. more..

Final call of duty for ex-soldier Herath?

Jun 17 (SO) Priyantha Herath who participates in para sports and who was the only bronze medal winner in the T/46 category at the Rio Paralympic Games, is once again very ambitiously awaiting the day to participate in the Tokyo Paralympic Games too. At the age of 35 years he knows very well that this could be his last opportunity to win a gold medal in his favourite event, the javelin throw. The former soldier Herath who hails from Anuradhapura was injured in his left hand during the civil war more..

SL qualify for next round of AFC Cup 2023

Jun 17 (CT) Following the completion of FIFA World Cup 2022 & AFC Asia Cup 2023 Joint Qualification round held in Korea on 5 and 9 June, Sri Lanka has advanced to the next round of the AFC Asia Cup 2023 to be held from end August to mid-September 2021. “This is a great opportunity for Sri Lanka once again after their spirited efforts against Asian Giants Korea and Lebanon. Football Sri Lanka would accelerate their planning to strengthen the team further,” said FSL President Anura de Silva. more..

Inorganic fertiliser ban could harm production with major implications

Jun 17 (FT) The group of 30 scientists and experts have informed Prez Rajapaksa on the substantial loss of production in a sample of select crops by the ban of inorganic fertiliser. They said there were several crops such as nutmeg, cloves, vanilla and cardamom which had hardly undergone yield improvement by breeding for responsiveness to fertilisers. These crops are mainly grown in agroforestry systems where more..

SL play first intra-squad practice match in England: Match tied

Jun 17 (TM) Team Mendis 250/9 (50) [Ramesh Mendis 71 (89), Isuru Udana 44 (57); Akila Dananjaya 3/28, Chamika Karunaratne 3/38] Team KJP 250/9 (50) [Avishka Fernando 64 (71), Dasun Shanaka 44 (54), Asitha Fernando 3/43, Dushmantha Chameera 2/26]. Sri Lanka national white-ball cricket squad was involved in their first intra-squad practice match yesterday (16) at the Old Trafford Cricket Grounds in Manchester. Team KJP led by Kusal Perera played team Mendis more..

Work begins on five new flyovers and an elevated expressway

Jun 17 (Roar) SL on 7 June began construction of five new flyovers and a four-lane elevated expressway. The mammoth infrastructure project by the Ministry of Highways, once completed, aims to reduce traffic congestion in Colombo and Kandy. The series of projects was announced on 6 May after it received cabinet approval. Of the five projects, two will be constructed with the aid of the Hungarian govt, while the four-lane elevated expressway will be constructed by CHEC. more..

Court of Appeal order leaves CCD case against Shani Abeysekera in tatters

Jun 17 (CT) Court of Appeal tore the police case against Shani Abeysekera to pieces in its bail order, calling the charges a sham designed to prejudice and harm the star criminal investigator and former CID Chief by the backers of convicted murderers. The Court slammed what it called extraordinary delays filing the complaint against Abeysekera and 3 junior officers who investigated Mohammed Shiyam murder in 2013. more..

97,442 persons vaccinated on Tuesday

Jun 17 (FT) Epidemiology Unit states that 97,442 persons received either the first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, bringing the total number of persons to receive the first dose to 2,350,564 and the second dose to 677,353. Among persons vaccinated on Tuesday were 294 persons who received the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. A total of 925,242 persons have received the first dose, while the second dose has been administered to 356,232 persons. more..

ICRA flags looming external sector crisis

Jun 17 (DM) ICRA Lanka Limited yesterday raised serious concerns about a looming crisis at the country’s external sector, amid continuous rise in the global oil prices, base metal prices and falling tea prices, a scenario which gets further exacerbated by the upcoming dollar outflows for settling foreign debt. The rating agency, a regular commentator on the economy, sounded alarm at the developing external sector crisis, which could spill into the real sector through higher consumer prices, more..

Rise in unemployment forecast

Jun 17 (TM) The Dept of Labour informed that it is highly likely that the employment rate will soar as predicted by credit-rating agencies, due to the prevailing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dept of Labor Deputy Director Chandramali Premaratne mentioned that data from the Department of Census and Statistics may support this prediction as reports for all quarters of 2020 have been published. more..

No amazing Thailand for Sri Lankans!

Jun 17 (Island) Many of my friends, and also readers, have experienced the beauty and excitement of amazing Thailand, and they keep telling me that they are eagerly looking forward to the day they would be able to check out the Land of Smiles, all over again. Sri Lankans generally pick Thailand as their holiday destination and then revel in a shopping expedition that most other countries find hard to match. Unfortunately, that is all history now and I can’t see normalcy – old normalmore..

Editorial: No faith and no sense

Jun 17 (Island) The SJB is apparently trying to justify its existence. It is planning to move a motion of no confidence against Minister Udaya Gammanpila over the recent fuel price hikes which have made the public scream. It is eager to see the back of Gammanpila. Interestingly, it has taken the same position as SLPP General Secretary and MP Sagara Kariyawasam, who accuses Gammanpila of having aggravated economic woes of the public and made govt unpopular by jacking up fuel prices more..

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Heaping more burden on overburdened people

Jun 17 (DM) If what Covid-19 has brought upon Sri Lankans countrywide with an increasing number of infected patients and related deaths being reported on a daily basis is not enough; if the massive man-made ecological disaster dished out by the MV X-Press Pearl to those sustained by the Indian Ocean and the tourist industry is not enough; if the travails of farmers lamenting the shortage of fertilizer trapped in-between the ongoing organic and in organic dilemma is not enough, and, more..

Heroin withdrawal management needs multidisciplinary approach

Jun 17 (TM) Owing to the widespread and increasing use of heroin in Sri Lanka, medical professionals should keep in mind the possibility of heroin users developing seizures due to withdrawal, even though seizures are a less common manifestation of heroin withdrawal, a local medical case report noted. The case report revolved around a patient with heroin withdrawal presenting with newly onset seizures, which is said to be the first such case reported in Sri Lanka. more..

Vavuniya tusker’s demise

Jun 17 (DM) On June 11 SL lost another one of its magnificent tuskers that succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at Kanagarayankulam, Puthur, Vavuniya. But unlike any other elephant death that happens in the wild or due to a railroad accident, this particular incident gained more attention. Not only was this elephant suffering for many days, but on various occasions, several 3rd parties also got involved in rescue mission. more..

The TNA and ethnic realities

Jun 17 (TM) The year 2021 was rather special to Sri Lanka as far as its international relations and the international community’s stance on Sri Lanka’s social and political atmospheres were concerned. Dealings with India and China, most of which revolved around Sri Lanka’s Ports, loans and the vaccines for Covid-19, and also what was discussed at the UNHRC and the EU Parliament, gave rise to a plethora of concerns, controversies and questions, which Sri Lanka has to address very carefully. more..

A Balancing Act

Jun 17 (CT) The Govt is in a balancing act of controlling the COVID-19 epidemic and keeping the economy going. This was best illustrated when, before the Sinhala and Tamil New Year this year, while the Govt allowed a measure of latitude to the people to celebrate the festival, General Shavendra Silva lamented, predicting that if the people went on pre-New Year shopping sprees they won’t be able to celebrate Vesak. It has to be understood that at a time when everything is commercialised, more..

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