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Litro Gas receives ISO 45001: 2018 for Occupational Health and Safety



In recognition of its outstanding commitment to Occupational Health & Safety, Litro Gas was recently awarded ISO 45001:2018 by the International Organization for Standardization of Geneva, Switzerland. This affirms compliance with the globally ratified Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems recognized as the industry standard worldwide.

In 2018, Litro Gas was awarded the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification for its effective Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) management system.

“Safety forms the cornerstone of our entire operation”, says Anil Koswatte, Chairman and CEO of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. and Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

“We uphold the highest quality standards across all our systems which is paramount to what we do. Safety in fact forms the very core of our operations, ensuring a seamless delivery of quality to our consumers”, he added.

Litro Gas believes that their newest standards affirmation reinforces the Company’s consistent processes of ensuring industry specific and globally accepted Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) management systems that assure the safety of its employees, customers and the entire community.

“We have in place a world-class risk assessment control system that assures the safeguarding of our people, the environment, our assets and the interests of our stakeholders. With ISO 45001:2018, we have enhanced this process, adding more value to our business”, he noted.

Commenting on the award, Jayantha Basnayake, Director – Health, Safety & Environment at Litro Gas says the recognition reiterates the safety protocols deployed by the Company in meeting the highest possible safety and health standards.

“Operating as we do in the energy sector, safety and health are considered key elements. The LPG industry is based on observing multi standard procedures implemented under stringent guidelines set by global and local LPG industry standards and practices and governing laws”, he said.

Having been recently feted with the SLS 1672:2020 COVID-19 safety compliant standards by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Litro Gas upholds the unique level of service delivered seamlessly to customers through the pandemic, says Basnayake.

“We understand the importance of managing our operations to meet the highest possible standards while ensuring a sustainable presence within the wider social and environmental context. The Company constantly focuses on continually training all the channel members, bulk and commercial customers on LPG related safety rules, regulations and processes”, he added.

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Cardinal: Was there any link between passage of 20A and Easter Sunday probe outcome?



… stands by his claim of foreign involvement

By Norman Palihawadana

Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday said that there could be a connection between the outcome of the probe into the Easter Sunday attacks and the enlisting of Muslim MPs’ support for the passage of the 20th Amendment.

The Cardinal said: “The leader of a Muslim political party voted against the 2Oth Amendment. But his MPs voted for it. The brother of Rishad Bathiudeen too was released around the same time. These are questionable developments. These events could be part of a deal.”

The Cardinal reiterated that international forces were behind the Easter Sunday attacks and that he did not believe that there had been any local political group directly involved in the Easter attacks.

Addressing the media yesterday, the Cardinal said that the remarks he made on Sunday had been misunderstood. He stood by his claim that international forces had been behind the attacks, he said.

“However, some people claim that I said a local political group was behind the attack. I have always maintained that there are international forces that use religious and ethnic extremists such as Wahabists to create conflicts. I was referring to such groups.”

The Cardinal added that only a small group of Muslims was involved in extremism.

The Archbishop also said that former President Maithripala Sirisena believed that taking action against extremists like NTJ leader Zahran Hashim would create unnecessary issues.

“Something along these lines is also in the PCoI on Easter Sunday attacks. The report also implies that the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was lenient in dealing with growing extremism in Sri Lanka.”

The Cardinal urged the government to protect the country and ensure that there would be no repeats of incidents like the Easter Sunday attacks.

The Archbishop of Colombo requested all religious leaders to work on rebuilding trust among all communities.



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AG appeals to Supreme Court against granting of bail to Ravi, others



The Attorney General yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court against bail for former Minister Ravi Karunanayake and seven others indicted in the bond case by the Colombo Special High Court Trial-at-Bar.

The eight accused were arrested and remanded over the bond scams. Later, they were released on bail.

The court warned that if the accused attempted to exert influence on the witnesses, by any means, bail would be revoked and they would be placed on remand until the end of the trial.



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26 more coronavirus cases detected in Jaffna Tirunelveli market area



Another 26 COVID-19 cases had been detected on Sunday, from the Tirunelveli Market in Jaffna, which was the epicentre of the recent outbreak in the town, Dr. A. Kethiswaran, Regional Director Health Services told the media yesterday.

The market and its surroundings had been reopened on April 11 following a 19-day lockdown. However, 378 PCR tests were conducted after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and 26 of them proved positive.

Dr. Kethiswaran warned last week that there might be a spike in COVID-19 cases in Jaffna after the New Year celebrations.

A large number of COVID-19 cases had been reported in Jaffna in the past few weeks. Thus, the people should adhere to health guidelines. If people did not follow the guidelines, there would be a spike in cases and then some places would have to be lockdown, he warned.

“It’s too early to say whether we have to close the area down. We are monitoring the situation,” DR. Kethiswaran said.

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