Opinion: Positive happenings in Sri Lanka in 2021-By Asela Atukorala Source:LBO Sri Lanka is unfortunately in a sad state right now with its biggest problem being the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also the X-Press Pearl ship tragedy which is causing a serious marine environmental disaster as well as the floods and landslides. As a comfort to these difficult times, I decided to provide a list of positive incidents that occurred in Sri Lanka during the first half of this year. As I heard many of these stories from the companies responsible, I would like to say that I have no affiliation with any of these companies. I’m not trying to downplay or deny the problems facing Sri Lanka. I’m showcasing a side of Sri Lanka which gets less attention. I feature stories relating to exports, agriculture, sustainable business, the environment and more. Tea Export Increases The ...

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Hambantota International Port’s cargo handling volume increases amidst pandemic   Source:LBO   As 2021 hits its halfway mark, the Hambantota International Port (HIP) records an overall growth in its volumes and diversification of services. The port’s overall cargo handling volume has increased from 420,421 MT by the end of June 2020, to a significant 1,206,425 MT, during the corresponding period this year. HIP continued its operations without interruption throughout the pandemic and is now seeing the results of experienced port management combined with the dedicated services provided to its customers. RORO volumes as at the end of June 2021 were 413,005 MT as opposed to the 239,827 MT in June 2020. The increase in bulk volumes during the corresponding period was considerable i.e. 578,327 MT in comparison with the 1443 MTs in 2020. Liquid Bulk volumes of LPG, VLSO, and MGO increased from 179,151 MT last year to 215,094 MT. ...

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 “WONDERS OF NATURE” – BY Des Kelly Sent in to me, for introduction to e’Lanka, although he figures that this has been around before, these wonders are well worth watching again.  Thank you, very much, Maxie Gerreyn. I feel certain that all our e’Lanka members and readers will love this post that quite adequately features         THE WONDERS OF NATURE”. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) e’Lanka. https://www.elanka.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Bird-photos.pdf   ...

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Lanka Premier League 2021 to be postponed Source:Island The 2021 season of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) has been postponed, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Friday (July 9). The second edition of the T20 tournament, scheduled to be held at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from July 30 to August 22, will now be held from November 19 to December 12, 2021, although the organisers have multiple obstacles to cross before that. The immediate reason attributed for the postponement is the absence of foreign players but there are quite a few other issues plaguing the joint venture of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and Dubai-based Innovative Production Group FZE (IPG), the rights holders of the LPL. As of Friday (July 9), the LPL is without three of the five franchises that competed in the inaugural season last year. As first reported by Cricbuzz, SLC and IPG have terminated ...

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Tea quality seen as seriously affecting prices-By Steve A. Morrel Tea brokers reports this week commenting on price trends said price decreases in the first 6 months of this year’s trading compared to YOY 2020, are clear indication that tea quality gravely affected auction prices. Although some 7 million kilos were traded this week, and the low grown catalog indicated some 3 million kilos auctioned, demand was not described as increasing which left some doubt as to future price stability. Sources said the lack of NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorous Potassium) mixture, in fertilizing tea lands already seriously affected productivity. It was also of relevance that leading buyers were leaving Colombo in preference to other auction centers for their requirements of the beverage, another trend that could seriously affect tea sales. Forbes and Walker in their market report said June average 2021 was Rs.586.51. Comparatively June 2020 was Rs. 612.67, indicating yoy ...

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A biographical note, and a school club-By Uditha Devapriya Pix by the Photographic Society of Royal College showing happy moments from LRA’s projects in 2017, 2018 and 2019 Source:Island Life after your Bachelors can be tough. When I graduated with less than expected results in 2016, the immediate priority was to find a job. I was earning something with my newspaper columns, but those were hardly, if at all, enough. Since I had once worked at my school, as a coach, I decided to return to a school as an office assistant. It would be my first experience at an official post; while the salary did not seem much, for me it felt like riches. Moreover, I had been given the job immediately by the principal. Given my circumstances, her offer was too good to refuse. So I swallowed the bait. I can’t say I regret having doing so. Even ...

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Kataragama – a model of religious diversity-By Siri Ipalawatte – Canberra The Kataragama Shrine. (Picture courtesy Infolankahttps://infolanka.lk/en_US/kataragama/) Source:Island The first time I visited Kataragama, 55 years ago, I was a Uni student: I rode there on my brand-new Vespa scooter, with a pillion rider, a friend, at night. The funnel of light thrown by the scooter’s headlight reduced the darkness created by the night sky on the deserted spooky road. With the wild thorny shrub on both sides of the road, driving down in this part of the country was a dangerous experience. The feeling of awe eroded a fair bit; however, the Kataragama Deviyo was known to bless new vehicles, so it was a tradition to make the auspicious trip here. We were there before midnight and managed to log a couple hours of sleep while involuntarily feeding ravenous bed bugs in a run-down circuit bungalow owned by the ...

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