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2 Indian contractors yet to complete oil tank construction

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Two Indian companies that have awarded contracts in 2020 to construct 06 oil tanks at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation’s Kolonnawa oil installation premises, are yet to complete the project, reports say.

The two companies that have been awarded the contract are Indo East Pvt Ltd. and J.K. Mukherjee.

Although they were supposed to build 06 oil tanks, only one has been built so far.

However these two companies had given a subcontract to another company named Gopal, which had violated the original Tender contract, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns.

The problematic situation resulting in work being hampered had started after the Gopal company and the Mukherjee company had sought legal redress against each other, reports say.

It is said that this Mukherjee company, which has no expertise in building such tanks, was awarded the contract over the whims of a top official of the engineering department at the oil installation and a secretary of a former minister in 2020.

Also, it is reported that the Mukherjee company has been paid well over the estimated amount even ahead of the relevant quarter, despite the non completion of the construction. The quarterly payment made in this manner had even exceeded Rs. 500 million, reports add.

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle involved in highway accident

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MP Dylan Perera’s vehicle was involved in an accident near the Galanigama interchange on the Southern Expressway. 

The former minister was not injured, but another passenger in the car sustained injuries.

Kalutara-South Police and Highway Police are conducting further investigations into the incident.

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