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China’s DMI Group donates 90 surgical mask making machines to Lanka

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Dr Kohona with Shi Qianping(pic courtesy Sri Lanka embassy in Beijing)

Sri Lanka has received 90 surgical mask making machines from China. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona received the donation in Jinan, Shandong Province. The equipment worth Yuan 17.74 million were made available by the DMI Group Chairman Shi Qianping.

The Sri Lanka mission issued the following statement in this connection: “The DMI group has close contacts with Sri Lanka, and its technology companies have sold many machines to Sri Lanka. They are looking forward to further cooperation with Sri Lanka. Chairman Shi said that he proposed to build a technical university in Sri Lanka, and that he will unite investors from the United Kingdom, Japan and the USA for this purpose.

He suggested that the two sides should strengthen the exchange of students, training and education. Chairman Shi also mentioned that Shandong province has a population of more than 100 million and that he hoped to strengthen tourism exchanges between Shandong province and Sri Lanka. He also suggested opening direct flights between Jinan and Colombo, which would make it more convenient for Chinese people from Shandong, including the surrounding provinces, to visit Sri Lanka. At the same time, more Sri Lankans would come to Shandong for tourism and study. He hoped that the epidemic will end soon, and he planned to visit Sri Lanka at the end of August or October. He hoped that Dr. Kohona could help with his visit.

Chairman Shi Qianping said he hoped that the DMI group could carry out agricultural cooperation with Sri Lanka. The DMI group hoped to purchase agricultural products from Sri Lanka, especially characteristic agricultural products such as black tea. Dr. Kohona was hosted to lunch by Deputy Party Secretary and Mayor of Jinan Dr. Sun Shutao.”



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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