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Jumbo deaths: CA give Wildlife Minister time to file objections

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By Chitra Weerarathne

The Court of Appeal yesterday (15) gave the Minister of Wildlife Conservation C B Rathnayake and the Director General of Wildlife Conservation time till January 25, 2021, to file objections to the writ Application filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice, complaining against the killing of several wild elephants in the Habarana forest in October 2019.

Those elephants had been poisoned to death, the petitioner said, adding that the respondents had failed to investigate the killings. That negligence on the part of the respondents should be taken into consideration by the Court consequent to a mandatory order issued on them to investigate and report to the Court, the petition said.

The petitioners also wants the respondents to take necessary steps to prevent conflicts between the elephants and the villagers. Each year about 400 elephants are killed while 300 die in elephant attacks.

The Court at an earlier hearing issued notice on the respondents.

Deputy Solicitor General Parinda Ranasinghe appeared for the respondents.

Counsel Ravindranath Dabare and Nilmal Wickramasinghe appeared for the petitioners.

The bench comprised Justice Sobitha Rajakaruna.



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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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