Sri Lanka says ‘no’ to Japan rail project signed by the previous government

SRI LANKA on Thursday(24) scrapped a Japanese-funded light rail project in the capital signed by the previous government. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the termination of the $1.5-billion project, saying it is not a “cost-effective solution” for the congested capital Colombo. The project was the largest single foreign-funded infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, and was […]

Modi, Rajapaksa virtual summit on Saturday

AS the threat from China mounts India is all set to woo its southern neighbour. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a virtual bilateral summit on Saturday(26). The event assumes significance as India faces increasing threat from China, a major investor in the island-nation. Indian ministry of […]

New constitutional amendment proposes to make president the ‘most powerful’ in Sri Lanka

WITH the proposed constitutional amendment the president will be the most powerful in Sri Lanka. The ruling party plans to give unprecedented power to the president, which attracted protests in parliament and opposition claims of a power-grab. Critics say the changes would impose ‘elected dictatorship’ in the country. The Rajapaksa family has been a major […]

Stricken tanker’s captain to face charges in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA will file negligence and pollution charges against the Greek skipper of an oil tanker that leaked fuel off the island nation’s coast after a week-long fire, authorities said. Some of the 1,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil aboard the New Diamond poured into the Indian Ocean, prompting a large effort to contain a […]

Sri Lanka navy plugs fuel leak on fire-stricken tanker

SRI LANKAN military divers fixed a fuel leak from the engine of a fire-damaged oil tanker off the island’s east coast, the navy said Saturday (12), in a salvage operation after the huge week-long blaze. While the navy says no crude oil has escaped the cargo of the New Diamond, leaked diesel fuel had created […]

Tanker salvage begins as Sri Lanka battles oil slick

INTERNATIONAL experts boarded an oil tanker stricken off Sri Lanka to begin salvage operations, the navy said Thursday(10), as firefighters looked to contain a large oil slick in the Indian Ocean. A huge week-long blaze aboard the New Diamond was finally extinguished Wednesday(9) and though 270,000 tonnes of crude oil were unaffected officials said, diesel […]

Sri Lanka to take legal action against tanker’s owner after fire

SRI LANKA will take legal action against the owner of the oil supertanker that caught fire on Thursday (3) as there is a large leakage of bunker oil from the stricken vessel, an official at the marine environment protection authority said. “We are deciding whether to claim criminal liability or civil liability or both,” Jagath […]

Convicted murderer sworn in as Sri Lankan MP

A Sri Lankan politician sentenced to death for murder was escorted out of prison on Tuesday to become the first convict to be sworn in as a member of parliament, to heckles from opposition MPs. Premalal Jayasekara from the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) was convicted in August of murdering an opposition activist after […]

Convicted murderer sworn in as Sri Lankan MP

A Sri Lankan politician sentenced to death for murder was escorted out of prison on Tuesday (8) to become the first convict to be sworn in as a member of parliament, to heckles from opposition MPs. Premalal Jayasekara from the ruling Sri Lanka podujana party (SLPP) was convicted in August of murdering an opposition activist […]

Sri Lanka says has ‘better control’ over new fire in oil tanker

SRI LANKA has “better control” over a fresh fire on a loaded supertanker off the island nation and is looking for any signs of potential oil leaks from the ship. A fire first broke out last Thursday (3) in the engine room of the very large crude carrier New Diamond and spread to the bridge […]

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