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National Council sub-committee suggests using 87 octane petrol by trishaws and motorcycles

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 By Saman Indrajith

The National Council sub-committee on identifying short and medium-term programmes, related to economic stabilization recently, discussed the possibility of making available for the use of trishaws and motorcycles 87 Octane fuel produced at the Kolonnawa refinery.

The committee said that the electricity tariff must remain stable, and in line with other countries in the region, Sri Lanka should have competitive industries and encourage investors. The committee is headed by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka.

The MPs added that steps should be taken to minimise the large gap between the time of high demand and the time of low demand for electricity.A number of academics presented their views and suggestions the use of alternative energy sources to meet the country’s energy needs. They also presented various ideas and proposals on strengthening public transport in the country.

Chairman Ranawaka said that the views and proposals pertaining to the power and energy sector would be presented to the National Council.Prof. Anura Wijayapala, the former chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board, and  of the University of Moratuwa, Prof. Amal S. Kumarage of the University of Moratuwa, and Dr. Dimantha de Silva of the University of Moratuwa, presented their views and proposals.



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Embassy officer arrested at BIA remanded

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The Embassy official who was attached to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oman who is accused of being involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested by officers of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and remanded till the 13th of December when he was produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate

The official was arrested on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning (29 November).

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Easter Sunday terror attack suspect hacked to death

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By Norman Palihawadane

A 38-year-old Easter Sunday terror attack suspect was hacked to death yesterday morning (28) in Mattakkuliya.

The victim, Mohamed Badurdeen Mohamed Harnas, was a resident of Safiya Avenue, Mattakkuliya, police said.

A suspect in the Easter Sunday terror attacks, he had been released on bail.

The suspect was rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo, after three individuals, who arrived in a car around 10. 00 am, attacked him.

Two persons attacked the man while the other was keeping the car engine running, according to eyewitnesses. The attackers thereafter fled in the same car.

Harnas was pronounced dead on admission to hospital.

Further investigations in this regard are currently underway.

The victims family members said that Harnas had been taken into custody, following the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, but later released as there was no evidence of his involvement in terrorist activities.

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Rail service between Mahawa and Jaffna to be suspended for five months

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Transport Minister Bandula Gunawardena told Parliament yesterday that the railway services between Mahawa and Jaffna will be suspended for a period of five months in 2023.

The Minister said that operations will be suspended from January 15, 2023.

The Minister said it was to repair work on the railway line.

He said so in response to a question raised by Vanni District MP Selvam Adaikalanathan.

“We are focusing our attention on the request made by you. We have to halt railway operations between Mahawa and Jaffna for five months from January 2023. Train services have been continuously operating to Jaffna, but now we have faced a situation as we have not been able to carry out any repair work thus far,” the Minister said.

Assuring that this issue can be rectified in five months, Minister Gunawardane said that, thereafter, a good railway service can be provided for this route.

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