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Divers shun any survey dives near stricken vessel

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Divers had refused to go underwater near the ill- fated ship X-Press Pearl,  fearing the ill-effects of acid mixed with water, a senior government official said yesterday.

“Nobody knows the heat level and many refused to carry out any survey near the stricken vessel,” he added.

Meanwhile, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that even if Sri Lanka received Rs. 100 billion as compensation for the massive pollution caused by the burning/now sinking ship the environmental damage couldn’t be repaired.

Minister Amaraweera said the government was exploring ways and means of preventing an oil spill.

 

 



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Employees’ Trust Fund Act No. 46 of 1980 to be amended

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The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Hon. President in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies to instruct the legal draftsman to prepare a bill to amend the Employees’ Trust Provident Fund Act No. 46 of 1980 enabling to provide health insurance similar to Agrahara health insurance to private sector employees.

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Cabinet nod for MOU between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives on Cultural Cooperation

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The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural affairs to sign a cultural cooperation agreement between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. (The draft agreement has received the clearance of the Attorney General and the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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Outgoing Bulgarian Ambassador calls on the President

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Mrs. Eleonora Dimitrova, Bulgaria’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, met President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday (06), before departing for her home country upon completing her tenure in Sri Lanka.

 

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