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LIOC commissions fully modernized petrol shed

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Underlining the importance of Brand visibility and exploring new opportunity to serve valued customers, Lanka IOC added one more Petrol filling station at Battaramulla, M/s Jayanta Udaya Kumara.

It was inaugurated by Head (Economic & Commercial), High Commission of India, Colombo Dr. Rakesh Pandey, and Managing Director, Lanka IOC Manoj Gupta in the presence of local Dealers, esteemed Customers and prominent persons of the area.

Dr. Pandey in his address appreciated efforts of Lanka IOC for increasing footprints and serving the Nation with commitment. He also said that it would go a long way in building strong bonding and bilateral relation of both the Countries, Sri Lanka and India.

Mr. Gupta while expressing his views on the occasion, highly appreciated the way country had handled Covid-19 global pandemic and said Lanka had created a role model for other countries. The supreme leadership, the strict enforcement of the directives, the role being played by the Triforces and Health care sector and the discipline exhibited by the citizens had been instrumental in containing the spread of the virus, he said.

Mr. Gupta said that apart from regular modern facilities such as Canopy, RVI, Sales Building, Paved Driveway, Digital Air gauge, Lanka  IOC  had  gone  a  step ahead by providing contactless payment solution powered by SOLO app at this RO. He added that Lanka IOC was committed to always bring world class customer centric facilities at Petrol sheds to enhance customers delight.

He observed that Lanka IOC had heavily invested in technological upgradation and Solarization of Petrol Sheds across the country. Recently Lanka IOC had commissioned 10 nos. of ATM/CRMs of People’s/ DFCC bank at different strategic Petrol Shed in and around Colombo. The unprecedented effort by LIOC stands was a testament to their commitment to serve valued customers in a better way.

Mr. Jayanta Udaya Kumara, proprietor of the Petrol shed, thanked all guests present during the inauguration of his shed.



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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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