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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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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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Sri Lanka seeks initial US$40 million from cargo ship’s operator

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

Courtesy CNA COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is seeking an interim claim of US$40 million from the operator of a fire-ravaged cargo ship to cover part of the cost of fighting the blaze, officials said on Saturday (Jun 12). Sri Lanka’s attorney general has sent the claim to lawyers representing X-Press Feeders, the ship’s operating company, said […]

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Sri Lanka cargo ship disaster: Large oil spill visible in satellite images

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Sanya Burgess Courtesy Sky News Evidence of oil seeping from the wrecked vessel can be seen in images taken on Monday, raising fears of the environmental impact. A large oil slick surrounding the damaged container ship in Sri Lanka has been captured in satellite images. The X-Press Pearl began to sink on 2 June after a fire […]

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MV X-Press Pearl could have been saved if the acid leak was fixed before it sailed to Colombo

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

By Sarasi Wijeratne/Counterpoint.lk Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, May 28:  The ill-fated container vessel X-Press Pear, which burned and sank off Colombo, could have been saved if the Nitric acid leak had been fixed before it sailed to Colombo. The ship’s crew had detected the leak after it left Jebel Ali in Dubai where it had loaded […]

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Sixteen killed, 270,912 afflicted by inclement weather

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The prevailing inclement weather has severely affected ten districts in the country, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said. It has claimed two more lives pushing the death count to sixteen, DMC confirmed. Further, three individuals have gone missing while another five have been reported injured. Accordingly, a total of 270,912 have been afflicted […]

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First compensation claim made over ‘X-Press Pearl’ fire

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA) says it has already sought compensation from the company that owns the ‘X-Press Pearl’ cargo ship for the economic damages caused by its fire. Chairperson of MEPA Attorney-at-Law Dharshani Lahadapura stated that the compensation was sought through the Attorney General. In addition to this, compensation for the […]

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Adverse weather claims 14 lives, over 245,000 affected

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has reported a total of fourteen deaths caused by inclement weather so far, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) stated. Further, two persons have gone missing while another two are injured, the DMC said. A total of 245,212 have been afflicted due to the adverse weather prevailing over the island. Meanwhile, the […]

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Sri Lanka cargo ship disaster: Salvage experts monitoring sinking chemical-laden cargo vessel for pollution

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Courtesy Sky News Fishing has been banned along about 80km (50 miles) of the Sri Lanka coastline as debris from the ship continues to wash ashore. A chemical-laden cargo ship which is slowly sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka is being monitored for environmental damage by salvage experts. The MV X-Press Pearl began sinking […]

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Ten lives lost due to adverse weather conditions

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Ten persons have been reported as dead due to the inclement weather prevailing over the island, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) stated. In addition, one individual has been reported missing while another 02 are injured. A total of 219,027 persons have been afflicted by the prevailing weather conditions, the DMC reported.

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Inclement weather claims 6 lives, afflicts more than 183,000

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says the death toll from the adverse weather condition in parts of the island has climbed to six. Meanwhile, five persons are reported missing and two others have sustained injuries. In addition, as many as 183,028 people have been afflicted by the inclement weather, the DMC stated. Earlier […]

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Ill-fated container vessel MV X-Press Pearl used to call at Colombo port frequently

Friday, June 4th, 2021

By Camellia Nathaniel/Daily News   Colombo, June 4: Sri Lankan Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena told the media here on Thursday that the fire on-board the container vessel MV X-Press Pearl was an unfortunate incident which was beyond anyone’s control. Refuting allegations that the Port authorities had allowed the ship to enter Sri Lankan waters while […]

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No sign of oil or chemical spill from MV X-Press Pearl so far

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, June 3 (SLPA): A joint operation in coordinating with local authorities and the Indian Coast Guard to mitigate the impact of the possible environmental damage due to the fire on MV X-Press Pearl continued on June 3. Salvors and other officials have confirmed that the vessel’s aft portion is sitting on the […]

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Why plastic pellets called ‘nurdles’ are threatening miles of Sri Lanka’s coastline

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

By Miriam Berger Courtesy The Wahington Post A crab roams a Sri Lanka beach polluted with nurdle pellets that washed ashore from burning ship MV X-Press Pearl. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)June 1, 2021 at 4:37 p.m. GMT+1 Tons of potentially toxic debris is threatening miles of coastlines and seas around western Sri Lanka after a fire on a ship led […]

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President advises to tow ‘X-Press Pearl’ into deeper seas

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has advised to tow the fire-ravaged container ship ‘X-Press Pearl’ into deeper seas in order to prevent further marine pollution. The President has issued these instructions to the Chairman of Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) today (June 01) at a special meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat, President’s Media Division […]

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Sri Lanka’s burning cargo ship on track to become its ‘worst environmental disaster’

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

By Helen Regan and Sophie Jeong, Courtesy CNN (CNN)A huge cleanup operation was underway for a sixth day in Sri Lanka Tuesday after a container ship laden with chemicals caught fire 12 days ago, inundating the country’s western coastline with microplastic pollution and potentially hazardous waste.Sri Lankan environmentalists said it is one of the worst ecological disasters in […]

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Death of Mrs. Ranji Mahindapala

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily News Mrs Ranji Mahindapala, wife of former Sunday Observer Chief Editor H.L.D Mahindapala passed away yesterday (May 29) at a private hospital in Colombo after a brief illness. The two of them relocated to Sri Lanka two years back having spent over 50 years in Melbourne Australia, where they migrated in the […]

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Family of Sri Lankan woman still pressing for disclosure

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

By RYUICHI KITANO/ Senior Staff Writer courtesy Asahi Shimbun  Wayomi Sandamali, right on the front row, and her sister Poornima, to her right, at a gathering to remember their sister, Wishma, at Tsukiji Hongwanji temple in Tokyo on May 29. (Rei Kishitsu) The sisters of a 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman who died while being held […]

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MV X-Press Pearl: Good news regarding the distressed vessel (Photos/Video)

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News Sharing a message on Twitter, the High Commission of India in Colombo, Sri Lanka stated that the raging fire of the MV X-Press Pearl has largely been controlled. “Result of the #India -#SriLanka joint operation is now more tangible. The raging fire has largely been controlled and parts of #MVXPressPearl are now […]

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වෙසක් පුන් පොහෝ දින යොවුන් ශීල සමාධි ජාතික වැඩසටහනට අමාත්‍ය නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා එක්වෙයි.

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

තරුණ හා ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍යංශය තරුණ හා ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍ය නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතාගේ උදාර සංකල්පයක් අනුව ක්‍රියාත්මක යොවුන් ශීල සමාධි වැඩසටහන් මාලාවේ පස්වැන්න වෙසක් පුර පසළොස්වක පොහොය යෙදුණු අද (26) දිනයේ කොළඹ හුණුපිටිය ගංගාරාම විහාරස්ථාන සීමාමාලකයේ දී පැවත්විණි. තරුණ පරපුර සුගතිගාමී කරවීම පෙරදැරි කරගනිමින් රට පුරා සියලු විහාරස්ථානවල සෑම පසොලොස්වක පොහොය දිනයන්හීදීම තරුණ තරුණියන් ශීල සමාධියෙහි පිහිටුවීම […]

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India rushes assets to douse fire in vessel off Colombo harbor

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, May 25 (newsin.asia): India promptly responded to an emergency request by the Sri Lanka Navy and deployed multiple assets to douse the fire on MV X Press Pearl off Colombo on 25 May 2021. The Indian High Commission said in a release that the assets sent included vessels Vaibhav, Vajra and Samudra […]

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S’pore bars long-term pass holders and visitors from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Friday, April 30th, 2021

Yuen Sin Courtesy The Straits Times SINGAPORE – All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors who have been in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the last two weeks will no longer be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore, Education Minister Lawrence Wong announced on Friday (April 30). This move, which kicks in […]

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Director Indian Cultural Center in Colombo goes on a three-day Dhamma Yatra

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, April 26 (newsin.asia): Underlining the deep people-to-people connect and shared Buddhist heritage between India and Sri Lanka, Dr. Rewant Vikram Singh, Director of  Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), cultural arm of the High Commission of India, undertook a three-day Dhamma Yatra to Kadurawewa and Bingiriya villages of the Kurunegala district from 24 […]

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Embassy of Sri Lanka celebrates Sinhala & Tamil New Year Sunday 18 April 2021 from 1100 EST onwards

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C. The Embassy of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with its ‘Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) Network’ in the USA, will celebrate Sinhala and Tamil New Year on Sunday, April 18, 2021, from 11.00 am onwards. Modeled on the Ratawata Aurudu” programmes done connecting main cities in Sri Lanka during the New Year, […]

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දුමින්ද දිසානායක නැකතට හිසතෙල් ගෑමේ චාරිත්‍රය ඉටු කරයි

Saturday, April 17th, 2021

තිසර සමල්   – අනුරාධපුර  සිංහල හින්දු අලුත් අවුරුද්දේ හිස තෙල් ගෑමේ උතු⁣රු මැද පළාත් රාජ්‍ය මහෝත්සවය උතුරු මැද පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාර මහීපාල හේරත්, රාජ්‍යය අමාත්‍ය දුමින්ද දිසානායක යන මහත්වරුන්ගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් අද (17) අනුරාධපුර ආයුර්වේද රෝහල් පරිශ්‍රයේදී පැවැත්විණි. පූර්ව භාග 7.16 ට දකුණු දිශාව බලා හිසට නුග පත්ද, පයට කරඳ පත්ද තබා නිල් පැහැති වස්ත්‍රාභරණයෙන් සැරසී නුග […]

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Prince Philip’s old car, a 1935 Standard Nine, becomes a Sri Lankan royal artefact

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia April 16 (AFP) – An 86-year-old car that once belonged to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is now the centrepiece of a seaside museum in Sri Lanka. The prince, whose funeral will be on Saturday, was a car aficionado who bought the 1935 Standard Nine for 12 pounds when he was based in Colombo […]

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Sri Lankan Mother Seeks Truth Behind Daughter’s Death at Japan Detention Center

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Jiji Press   Tokyo, April 16 (Jiji Press)–The mother of a Sri Lankan woman who last month died at a detention facility in central Japan run by the Immigration Services Agency demanded Friday that the authorities tell the whole truth about her death.   The deceased woman was Wishma Sandamali, 33, according to a support group.   Meeting the press […]

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Hong Kong tennis’ Sri Lanka-born, guitar-playing, law student Adithya Karunaratne is hoping to reign in Spain

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Nazvi Careem Courtesy The South China Morning Post The 19-year-old is hoping to make it big in tennis, moving to Spain six years ago to play on Europe’s competitive ITF circuitFormer Renaissance College student says Hong Kong is her home and she hopes to represent the city in all the major team competitions Adithya Karunaratne […]

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Coconut oil to be sold at a control price of Rs 450 per bottle – Bandula

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Necessary steps have been taken to provide a bottle of quality, local coconut oil at a control price of Rs. 450, said Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena. He mentioned this speaking at a media briefing held today (April 12). The Minister further said, No matter what changes take place, a bottle of locally […]

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