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SL marine scientist says X-Press pollutants will hover around for over a century

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Australia domiciled Lankan marine scientist Prof. Charitha Pattiarachchi says that the plastic and chemical pollutants released into the ocean from X-Press Pearl will last more than three generations.

Pro. Pattiarachchi said the plastic pellets now in the sea would spread around the coast up to Trincomalee and could reach even India and the Maldives.

Prof Pattiarachchi in a television interview on Saturday said that the pollutants would spread to lagoons and river estuaries too and mix with the sands on beaches; they would have an adverse impact on Sri Lanka’s marine environment for about hundreds of years to come.



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Employees’ Trust Fund Act No. 46 of 1980 to be amended

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The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Hon. President in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies to instruct the legal draftsman to prepare a bill to amend the Employees’ Trust Provident Fund Act No. 46 of 1980 enabling to provide health insurance similar to Agrahara health insurance to private sector employees.

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Cabinet nod for MOU between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives on Cultural Cooperation

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The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural affairs to sign a cultural cooperation agreement between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. (The draft agreement has received the clearance of the Attorney General and the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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Outgoing Bulgarian Ambassador calls on the President

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Mrs. Eleonora Dimitrova, Bulgaria’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, met President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat on Monday (06), before departing for her home country upon completing her tenure in Sri Lanka.

 

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