Archive for June 15th, 2021

Police search for ‘missing’ X-Press Pearl agent

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

By Nick Savvides courtesy The Loadstar Following the arrest and subsequent release of the captain of the X-Press Pearl, Sri Lanka’s Attorney General yesterday advised police to also arrest the carrier’s agent in the country. According to local press reports, Sri Lankan detectives visited the Sea Consortium Lanka offices, X-Press Feeders’ agency office in Colombo, and the […]

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Monsoon delays salvage of fire-ravaged ship off Sri Lanka

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Courtesy Mailonline A sinking fire-damaged container ship could take months to salvage because of rough monsoon seas, Sri Lanka said Tuesday, as authorities investigated whether the deaths of dozens of turtles and dolphins were caused by the disaster. Part of the Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl submerged in early June after catching fire and burning for […]

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“Constitution is the right of the citizens of Sri Lanka and the sovereignty lies within the people of Sri Lanka, not anybody else” – Minister Keheliya Rambukwella

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

News.lk Expressing his views regarding the recent resolution adopted by the European Parliament, requesting the EU Commission for a temporary withdrawal of the GSP+ status, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella highlighted that the Sri Lanka Constitution is the right of the citizens of Sri Lanka and the sovereignty lies within the people of Sri Lanka […]

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No bunker fuel remains onboard X-Press Pearl, salvor reports confirm

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The salvor reports have confirmed that no bunker fuel remains onboard the X-Press Pearl, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) announced today. The Singapore-registered container ship was carrying 300 metric tons of bunker fuel at the time of the ill-fated incident. We have given written instructions to both the vessel’s owners and the […]

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Coronavirus: 2,275 more positive cases confirmed

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Daily COVID-19 cases count hit 2,275 on Tuesday (June 15) as 432 more people were tested positive for the virus in Sri Lanka. The new development brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 228,197. As many as 192,478 recoveries and 2,315 deaths have been confirmed in […]

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Sri Lanka confirms 55 new COVID deaths

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has registered 55 more victims of COVID-19, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed today. The latest fatalities have moved death toll from the virus infection to 2,315, according to Government Information Department’s data. Reportedly, the victims have succumbed to the virus infection on Monday (June 14). As per official data, 44 […]

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Global Organic Farming

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

By P. K. Balachandran  Courtesy Ceylon Today The Gotabaya Rajapaksa Government appears determined to bring about an immediate and drastic change in Sri Lankan agriculture by replacing the conventional chemicalsbased system to an organic-based one without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Adopting a carrot and stick policy, the import of chemical fertilisers has […]

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From inorganic to organic : Is Sri Lanka bracing for an agriculture disaster?

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

By Kamanthi Wickramasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror Experts have opined that shifting to organic agriculture overnight isn’t a wise move Just last October Sri Lanka imported around 180,000 metric tonnes of chemical fertilizer In Sri Lanka, farmers utilize close to 300 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare Since farmers don’t have adequate knowledge on the consumption […]

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