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Two opposition MPs accompany RW to Dubai Climate Summit

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Three ministers and two opposition MPs are included in the Lankan delegation led by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to attend the COP 28 World Leaders’ Summit in Dubai.The delegation left the country on Thursday.

Representing Sri Lanka are Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera, Environment Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Opposition MPs Patali Champika Ranawaka and Ajith Mannapperuma, Environment Ministry Secretary Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Ruwan Wijayawardena and Presidential Foreign Affairs Director Dinuk Colobmage.

President Wickremesinghe will submit three special proposals this year for the International Conference on Climate Change or “COP 28”. They are to create a climate university in Sri Lanka, to establish a climate justice forum for Third World countries hurt by the activities of developed countries, and to establish a forum for tropical rain forests.

The COP 28 conference is being held in Dubai from Dec 4 with the participation of the leaders of 54 states and there are plans to hold several additional discussions about climate change and debt stabilization.

Under the sponsorship of non-governmental organizations, 20 young people will participate and figure in additional discussions. Fifteen private sector stakeholders will also participate at their own expense, official sources said.



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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