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India gifts machinery parts to Sri Lanka Coast Guard

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In continuing India’s defence cooperation initiatives with Sri Lanka towards Martine Security and capacity building, the government of India gifted 650 machinery parts worth Rs. 120 million to augment the maintenance capability of Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) Ship Suraksha, which was given to Colombo by India in October 2017.

The gift was indicative of the growing cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the two nations and their forces including the Coast Guards.

The machinery parts of the final consignment were formally presented to the Director-General, SLCG, Rear Admiral Gewman Ekanayake by Vinod Jacob, Deputy High Commissioner of India, at a ceremony at SLCG Base ‘Waruna’.

The spares would ensure prolonged utility of the SLCGS Suraksha, the only Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the mainstay of patrolling and surveillance undertaken by it at sea. The consignment included main machinery spares, shaft, gearbox etc. The spares will facilitate expeditious repairs, improved sea going capability and increased overall life cycle of the ship.

It may be recalled, that during the High Level Meeting (HLM) on June 22, 2021 between the Indian Coast Guard and Sri Lanka Coast Guard the assurance of India’s fullest cooperation in the field of maritime security and capacity building was reiterated.

This is in line with India’s Vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) and the “Neighbourhood First” policy; which further translate into capacity building initiatives with countries in the Indian Ocean Region including Sri Lanka.

 

 



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At least 17 killed after explosion in Peshawar mosque

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BBC reported that at least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast happened when the mosque was packed with worshippers and more than 90 people were injured.

A section of the building was destroyed, and officials say people are buried under the rubble. Several others are being taken to local hospitals.

The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

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Auckland experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Friday (picture BBC)

BBC reported that residents in flood-hit northern New Zealand are bracing for more heavy rains as officials issued severe weather alerts.

At least four people have died and a state of emergency was declared in Auckland, which on Friday experienced its worst downpour on record.

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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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