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Sri Lanka’s first thrash-fired power plant inaugurated

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By Ifham Nizam

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday inaugurated the first ever power plant that produces electricity from solid waste incineration.

The plant is expected to utilise 700 tonnes of garbage daily and add 10 megawatts to the national grid. The Colombo Municipal Council’s solid waste division would supply garbage on a daily basis for the project. Aitken Spence Group has spent Rs. 15 billion to construct the plant in Kerawalapitiya. The group is confident of converting between 600 and 800 tonnes of Colombo waste into energy.

Power and Energy Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that it was a crucial moment in the energy revolution here. “What we are doing today is not just reviving the national power system. This event will go down in history as a giant step towards the dream of a beautiful nation that loves the environment.”

Speaking at the handing over of the first solid waste power plant at Kerawalapitiya to the nation, Alahapperuma said that providing lasting solutions to the country’s energy problem by developing renewable energy in line with the vision of prosperity could be described as an ideal solution to the country’s waste problem as well.

“When we entered the 21st century, we had only hydropower and thermal power, but as we entered the second decade of the 21st century, a lot of changes have taken place. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is a leader who has made many decisions beneficial to the country Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Wildlife and Forest Conservation Minister  C.B. Ratnayake, State Minister of Solar, Wind and Hydro Generation Projects Development Duminda Dissanayake, State Minister of Urban Development, Coast Conservation Waste Disposal and Community Sanitation Nalaka Godahewa, State Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Education Research and Innovation Nimal Lanza, Governor of the Western Province Roshan Goonetileke, Mayor of Colombo Rosy Senanayake, Chairman of Aitken Spence Harry Jayawardena, Power and Energy Ministry, Secretary Wasantha Perera and CEB Chairman Vijitha Herath were also present.



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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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