Sri Lanka is seeking an interim claim of $40 million from the operator of a fire-ravaged cargo ship to cover the cost of fighting the blaze
Sri Lanka is seeking an interim claim of $40 million from the operator of a fire-ravaged cargo ship to cover part of the cost of fighting the blaze, officials said Saturday.
Sri Lanka on Friday extended its Covid-19 lockdown and travel restrictions until June 21 as the coronavirus death toll crossed the 2,000-mark after the country on Thursday recorded its highest single-day fatalities with 101 deaths since the onset of the pandemic.
Marine experts in Sri Lanka recovered the data recorder of the Singapore-flagged fire-stricken cargo ship sinking slowly off the country’s capital, officials have said as authorities appointed a panel to look into the impact of the incident on the marine environment.
Fire stricken Singapore registered MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship, which caught fire near the Colombo harbor,had sunk off the coast of Sri Lanka during an attempt to tow the vessel to deeper waters.
The ship was heading to Colombo from Gujarat in India when the blaze started, having previously visited Qatar and Dubai. There were 1,486 containers on board. Out of that, 81 containers were classified as holding “dangerous cargo.”
A fire-striken Singapore-flagged cargo vessel laden with chemicals started to sink on Wednesday off Sri Lanka’s main port, a senior navy official said, fuelling severe environmental concerns as the container ship still has several hundred tonnes of oil in its fuel tanks.
The X-Press Pearl has been blazing out of control for a week and with heavy winds battering the Singapore-registered vessel, authorities fear a new oil disaster on Sri Lanka’s beaches.
The Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday said it was extinguishing the flames on board the X-Press Pearl ship which caught fire near the Colombo Port on May 20.
The bill to create the Colombo Port City Economic Commission passed with a 149-58 vote in Sri Lanka’s 225-member Parliament. The project has raised concerns in Sri Lanka and neighboring India that the development could become a virtual Chinese outpost or colony.
The Sri Lankan government has suspended all inbound international passenger flights for 10 days from Friday as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic in the island nation, which reported the highest spike in infections and deaths on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka on Saturday approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in Sri Lanka, as the island nation battles a third wave of the virus, while suffering a restricted supply of vaccines from neighboring India.
Bangladesh overnight detected six people, who had recently visited India, infected with the Indian variant of the Covid-19, directorate general of health services (DGHS) spokesman professor Dr Nazmul Islam Munna said on Saturday.
The US has advised its citizens to avoid travelling to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the Maldives due to Covid-19 surge. Authorities urged Americans to reconsider travel to China and Nepal; exercise increased caution while travelling to Sri Lanka and exercise normal travel precaution to Bhutan, which has been given Level 1, the safest level …
Colombo police on Thursday arrested the current “Mrs World” Caroline Jurie on charges of assault over an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head of the new “Mrs Sri Lanka”.
Security at churches across Sri Lanka have been beefed up ahead of Easter on Sunday, police said on Saturday, in the wake of the April 2019 coordinated attacks on tourists and minority Christian community in the country in which 270 people were killed.
“The Cabinet last night discussed at length the issue of provincial councils and the government hoped to hold them the latest by the year end,” said senior minister S M Chandrasena.