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Ambassador-designate Palitha Kohona feted

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Sri Lanka’s Ambassador-designate to China, Dr. Palitha Kohona was feted at a felicitation dinner hosted by Emeritus President & CEO of PATA, Lakshman and Barbara Ratnapala at their residence in Platinum Suites, Colombo 3 on Thursday.

During the pre-dinner cocktail hour, proposing a Champagne toast, Lakshman Ratnapala said he was an “old China hand” as perhaps the oldest living Sri Lankan to have visited China.

He said he had accompanied premier Zhou-En Lai, who was visiting Sri Lanka for the Buddha Jayanthi celebrations, to the summit of Sigiriya 1956. 

Ratnapala had thereafter visited China with a government media delegation in 1958.  He recounted that as PATA President & CEO, he had visited China 30 times and organized several tourism events there.  Ratnapala requested Ambassador-designate Kohona to earnestly promote Chinese tourism to Sri Lanka and assured him of any support he needed.

In response, Kohona said that he had learned a lot from his association with Ratnapala ever since he read the latter’s book on growing up in colonial Ceylon.

He said he was aware of the vast potential of China’s outbound tourism not being tapped for our benefit. 

He pledged to commit himself to promote Sri Lanka in China and that he would draw on the help and assistance of travel industry personnel in Sri Lanka.

 



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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