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Gas World To Double Its Oxygen Production Capacity



Gas World (Pvt) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Industrial Gases Pvt Ltd, recently announced their plans to add yet another ASU Plant to increase their Medical and Industrial Oxygen production capacity, a company news release said.

Gas World (established in 1992) is a newer entrant to the industry following the very long-established Ceylon Oxygen, one privately owned but later made a Government Owned Businesss Undertaking in the seventies.It was only in the third week of April 2021 that they commissioned their third plant boosting production capacity to almost 38 tons per day. The commissioning of this plant was long delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in China from November 2019 till end 2020.

As announced by Mr Sumith Guruge, Chairman of Industrial Gases (Pvt) Ltd and Gas World (Pvt) Ltd “this was a part of our normal capacity expansion based on pre Covid-19 economic conditions. Fortunately, this plant was commissioned in April 2021 enabling local production capacity to meet the bulk of the Sri Lanka’s health sector needs during the early days of the third wave of Covid-19. This enabled the company to increase its supply of Oxygen to the health and industrial sectors from around 10 to 40 tons per day”.Guruge is confident in having the new plant up and running within a few months as opposed to the usual time taken to commission such a plant. He also stated that ” we have maintained our prices to the health sector stable throughout the pandemic and with the commissioning of the fourth plant, Gas World will double its Oxygen and Nitrogen output.

“With a vibrant vaccination program and other health safety measures in place, we are confident that the pandemic would fade-away sooner than expected enabling the local industries such as construction, production related, Port City development etc. to experience a considerable boost”.

As a responsible and a reliable ‘Partner in Progress”, our goal is to be prepared for such an exponential growth to ensure an uninterrupted supply of gases without any adverse impact on national development, he said.

Asked about over capacity in a post pandemic environment Guruge stated “We are looking at the broader goals of our industry. We must provide uninterrupted supply to all our customers, not only the health sector but all of the industries we supply, from ship building to food processing and even our neighborhood welding plants. Any investor will be able to access our industrial gas without an interruption. Hopefully we will be able to provide more in-plant Oxygen supply to more hospitals.”

Industrial Gases (Pvt) Ltd. was established in the year 1992 and subsequently in 1997 was taken over by “Messer Industrial Gases [Pvt] Ltd”, part of Messer GmbH of Germany, a pioneer in the industrial gases business globally, which was again taken over by Mr. Sumith Guruge, the local partner.

With the ownership change in 2007, Industrial Gases (Pvt) Ltd continued to increase their market presence in Sri Lanka. The company is a major supplier of industrial Oxygen, Acetylene, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen servicing many industrial sectors including Manufacturing, Steel Fabrication, Construction, Seafood Processing, Milk and Food Packaging etc.Gas World (Pvt) Ltd was formed in 2011, mainly for the supply of medical Gases to the health sector. The company provides the health sector with ‘on site’ high capacity tanks with piping for bed side delivery as well as portable refill tanks and cylinders. Gas World also caters to the increasing demand of oxygen gas filled mini cylinders for domestic health care services.

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Third DNA test on Sarah: SJB questions veracity of police claim, asks Prez to dig deep



Easter Sunday carnage

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The main Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) yesterday (30) questioned the veracity of a police headquarters declaration that one of the Easter Sunday bombers Achchi Muhammadu Mohamed Hasthun’s wife Pulasthini Mahendran alias Sarah Jasmin had been killed on the night of April 26, 2019 at Sainthamaruthu.

The media was told at the Opposition Leader’s Office at No 30 Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha that the SJB was quite disturbed and surprised by the police headquarters statement issued on the basis of the Government Analyst’s findings.

Top SJB Spokesperson Mujibur Rahuman said that the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa government owed an explanation as to how a third DNA test proved Sarah Jasmin’s death when the two previous DNA tests failed. The former MP said that the two previous tests had been conducted during the tenures of President Maithripala Sirisena and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Sarah Jasmin’s husband Hasthun is believed to be one of the bomb makers of the now proscribed National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) blamed for the series of near simultaneous blasts. Explosions caused by suicide bombers claimed the lives of about 270 persons including dozens of foreigners.

Rahuman told The Island that he would like to remind President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is also the Defence Minister that Easter Sunday carnage was meant to undermine the yahapalana government in which Wickremesinghe served as the Prime Minister. “We expect the President to look into this matter. The possibility of a conspiracy cannot be ruled out,” the former lawmaker said.

Authoritative sources said that the likes of ex-MP Rahuman was seeking political advantage from the Easter Sunday fallout. The Colombo District politician repeatedly questioned the investigation for reasons best known to him, sources said, alleging interested parties were working overtime to substantiate conspiracy theories.

Rahuman challenged the government to reveal the status of the investigation into the arrest of a police officer under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) for helping Sarah Jasmin to flee Sri Lanka. The former UNPer said that the police officer’s role in Sarah Jasmin’s escape transpired in the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (P CoI) into the Easter Sunday carnage.

The Batticaloa High Court granted bail to Chief Inspector Nagoor Thambi Aboobucker who had been arrested on July 13, 2020, a few weeks before the last general election, after he filed a fundamental rights application. The law enforcement officer had been held in custody for a period of 32 months.

Rahuman noted that Abdul Cader Fathima Saadiah, the wife of 2019 Easter Sunday attacks mastermind Zahran Hashim, too, had been granted bail. She had been held under the PTA for almost four years.The SJB official emphasized that regardless of repeated assurances given by successive governments, the Easter Sunday massacre remained a mystery. Rahuman said that SJB MPs Harin Fernando and Manusha Nanayakkara, who had been severely critical of the Easter Sunday investigations and repeatedly alleging a conspiracy, switched allegiance to the Wickremesinghe-Rajapaksa government in last May. However, the SJB wouldn’t allow the incumbent government to suppress the truth, he said.

The former lawmaker asked whether the new partners had reached a consensus on the matter, therefore interested parties were busy covering up tracks.Rahuman said that those at the helm should be ashamed that the P CoI recommendations were never implemented. Demanding punishment to those who neglected their responsibilities, Rahuman said the current dispensation should know the conspirators, too, should be dealt with.

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CBK: Proposed anti-corruption bill inadequate to end widespread problem



“75 percent in parliament are crooks.”

There is nothing in the proposed anti-corruption bill to prevent people from engaging in corrupt activities, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike said yesterday in Colombo.She said that she had accessed the draft of the bill, formulated at the behest of the IMF.

“The bill focuses on what to do when someone is identified as a crook. But there is nothing to prevent people from engaging in such acts.”

Corruption had become a key feature in Sri Lanka since 1977 despite some efforts by political leaders. However, there were strong anti-corruption sentiments in the country and they had to be harnessed, she said.

“75 percent in parliament are crooks,” she said.

The former President was also critical of the proposed new anti-terror laws. She said they were very dangerous laws and anyone could be detained for having dissenting views.

“These are scary laws. Everyone must unite to fight such laws,” she said.

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SJB MP throws party union under the bus



By Akitha Perera

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP S.M. Marikkar on Thursday said that he supported the government’s decision to liberalise the petroleum sector and that the state should not be involved in business. Marikkar added that most Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) workers were idling and that they got paid for not doing any work.

“If you ask me, I say that we must liberalise the CPC. We must open the market. We can’t have this island mentality and it is our parochial thinking that got us into this mess. We can’t live in isolation. The world is open and an increase in competition leads to better outcomes for the consumer.

We believe that the state should not be involved in business. The Lanka IOC is in Sri Lanka. When three other companies come in, there will be greater competition. Most CPC employees are idling. They draw fat salaries at the end of the month for doing nothing,” he said.Marikkar said that while the average CPC employee wasted public funds, those who headed it were involved in corruption. Both waste and corruption had to be stopped, he said.

“I am not sucking up to the President. We have principles and we stand by them,” he said.

However, the SJB’s trade union arm led by Ananda Palitha is playing leading role in CPC trade union struggle against the Cabinet decision to award licenses to more foreign companies that intend to enter the fuel retail market in the country.

In a Twitter message, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said China’s Sinopec, United Petroleum of Australia and RM Parks of USA in a collaboration with Shell Plc would enter the fuel retail market in Sri Lanka.

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