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CEB Engineers snub PUCSL

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Given that Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is the sole providor of electricity in Sri Lanka, there is no need for a Public Utilities Commission (PUC), head of the CEB Engineers Union (CEBEU) Saumya Kumarawadu told the media.

Kumarawadu said the Act that established the PUC was a carbon copy of a law in a developed nation. This is not suitable for the conditions in Sri Lanka, he said.

“In other countries, there are many private companies involved in the electricity sector. They have generation, transmission and distribution companies, etc. Therefore, they need a state affiliated regulator to monitor and regulate the sector,” he said.

“Operations of the CEB have nothing to do with the PUC. How we run the system and maintain it is not under the PUC’s purview. They should regulate and see whether we are following the laws and address the various complaints by the people,” he said.

Kumarawadu said there were about 900 engineers at the CEB and they were the experts. The engineers attached to the PUC have very little practical experience, he said.

Commenting on the allegation that the CEB had failed to provide a sustainable and stable power supply, Kumarawadu said that a number of their generation plans had been stopped by various governments.

“The problem is that policies change with governments. A number of power stations proposed by the generation plans have not been built. In 2017, a tender was called to build a power station in Kerawalapitiya. It has taken four years and we have just signed an agreement,” he said.

Since the construction of the Norochcholei Power plant, a significant volume of renewable energy has been added to the grid and the cost of a unit of electricity produced by Mannar wind farm is only Rs.8, he said.

“The average price of a unit of electricity is Rs. 16. However, between Rs. 20 to 23 is spent on generating a unit of electricity, on average. We don’t increase the tariff and most people get a concessionary rate,” he said.



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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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