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Oil and gas exploration in Mannar Basin mapped Energy Minister Udaya Gammampila in a gazette notification has published a map of blocks for joint exploration for oil and gas in the Mannar Basin.  Titled ‘Hydrocarbon exploration block map of Sri Lanka,’ the map outlines the blocks for exploration licences, development licences and joint studies. The publication covers all areas identified to contain oil and gas deposits in Sri Lankan waters by the Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat, for exploration.   The map contains 873 blocks of 15×15 km each in the Mannar Basin, and will enable investors to select preferred plots for exploration without difficulty. The Energy Ministry has endeavoured to make the map and exploration process engaging to investors in the Mannar, Kaveri and Lanka basins.  The Ministry noted that several foreign investors had expressed interest in the mapped blocks. The newly-published map and process is aimed at attracting the top ...

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KPMG webinar on ‘Port City Act: An in-depth analysis’ on 6 August The KPMG Academy will present the 23rd virtual session of the ‘Friday Mid-Afternoon Chat’ series on 6 August at 3 p.m. This session will have KPMG experts deliberate on ‘Port City Act: An in-depth analysis (including tax ramifications on distinct scenarios)’. The Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act, No. 11 of 2021 was certified on 27 May. The enactment of the Port city Act with exemptions from statutes listed in ‘Schedule III’ and  scope for exemptions to be granted (within a set framework)  from the Statutes in ‘Schedule II’ of the Act has many permutations and combinations for prospective investors, residents, and other stake holders. This webinar will analyse these interesting aspects. An in-depth understanding of the key provisions of the Act is of utmost importance for decision makers to strategise the future path of their respective businesses. ...

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  Source:Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – August 2021 Generation to generation, we are constantly learning from the victories and shortcomings of those who precede us in an effort to continually enhance life. In fact, nation building has always been a true team effort from the whole of humanity, as it is always the previous generations who provide the opportunities and tools that allow for the next generations to flourish. However, today we will focus specifically on the magic of youth power in creating a better world for everyone. Throughout history, from student-led prodemocracy protests in Tiananmen Square or Malala Yousafzai’s brave calls for female education, youth power has ignited social reform all over the world. Passion, creativity and the ability to think outside the box are some of the qualities of youth populations that make them such a force for change. In particular, the youth of today have harnessed the power of social media to create social change. ...

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‘Miss, Peter can run’: The chance school carnival event that uncovered an Olympian By Heather McNeill   Source:-www.watoday.com.au Runner Peter Bol will on Wednesday night become the first Australian to compete in the 800-metre men’s final since 1968, but his athletic talents nearly went undiscovered. Former teacher at Perth’s St Norbert College Helen Leahy revealed on Monday the 27-year-old’s ability was only realised when he was 16. “I had to organise my team for the athletics carnival and, as a lot of teachers will know, it’s difficult to fill races sometimes and I didn’t have anyone to run the 400 metres, and I had a student say to me, ‘Miss, Peter can run.’ And I said, ‘Peter? Go get him,’ ” she told Radio 6PR in Perth. “He brought him back to me and I said, ‘Peter, can you run the 400 metres?’ and he said, ‘How far is that?’ ...

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SriLankan Airlines resumes flights to Moscow after six-years   Source:Dailynews Following SriLankan Airlines’ resumption of flights to Moscow after a lapse of six years, a group of Russian tourists arrived in Sri Lanka today, under a bio-bubble concept. SriLankan’s new service will operate a weekly scheduled flight between Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport (DME) from today.   ...

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Congratulations to two Sri Lankan fiction writers!-by NAN Source:Island In this time of gloom and doom, bequeathed us by capricious and unrelenting Nature and the shortsighted obstinacy of our highest leaders, it is so good and such a relief to the spirits to read and pass on good news. We have failed dismally at the Olympics but that is no matter since the Olympics is designed for playing the game fair, not just to win but to foster fellow feeling among sportspersons and athletes from over 200 countries. So we congratulate our contestants for reaching Olympic entry standards and participating in the 2020 Games. (It looks again from news snippets that others journeying to Tokya, together with MPs and Ministers outnumbered our athletes!!) However, we have two outstanding persons in creative writing, one an outright winner and the other, one among thirteen short listed writers to crow over. Hail the ...

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THE OLDER I GET – GROWING OLD GRACEFULLY “I asked a friend who has crossed 70 and is heading towards 80 what sort of changes she is feeling in herself? She sent me the following: 1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself. 2 I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders. 3 I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees. 4 I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am. 5 I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes ...

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THE CEYLON BOAT MAIL HISTORY OF THE INDO–CEYLON (BOAT MAIL) EXPRESS Source: Historicalleys Somebody might recall this boat mail from the Ashe murder case, which I had written about, for that was the train Ashe and his wife boarded at Maniyachi, after which they were shot by Vanchi Iyer in June 1911. Maniyachi incidentally was a busy railhead junction, at which incoming passengers from Tinnevelly changed for the Boat Mail Train from Tuticorin. But then again it is no ordinary train and has quite a history. The Boat mail express, also known as the Indo-Ceylon Express, was operated by Southern Railways. At first it plied between Egmore and Tuticorin, then it was between Egmore and Dhanushkodi but now runs between Egmore and Rameswaram. Why was it called the boat mail? Because the passengers changed over to a boat ferry from the Indian end of the route in order to cross the seas ...

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Aussie Lankans’ donations flow for COVID project sans politicos back home-By Namini Wijedasa Fundraising in progress in Australia Source:Sundaytimes No politics, no politicians: On those conditions, thousands of Sri Lankans in Australia came together for their largest ever fundraiser, collecting nearly Rs 60mn for their motherland’s fight against COVID-19. Between May 28 and last week, the campaign amassed AUD 382,472 (Rs 56mn) in donations through Facebook fundraising, direct deposits and even ‘Project Lamprais’. More than 200 volunteers cooked 6,300 packets of the banana leaf-wrapped delicacy overnight and sold it across 59 centres in Melbourne, earning AUD 90,000 (Rs 13mn) in a single day. “Donors’ main concern was whether this effort is affiliated with any politician or political party,” said Indika Sooriyaarachchi, an active member of the campaign. “We made certain it was non-aligned without connection to political, religious or other groups.” The only agenda was to help save lives of ...

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