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Cabinet approval sought to expedite Trinco Oil Tank Farm project

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Cabinet approval has been sought to lease a 7.8 hectare area of land to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation with effect from Jan. 06, 2022, in order to expedite the development of the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm while implementing the relevant Quadripartite Agreement.

The Cabinet memorandum in this regard was tabled on Dec. 23 last year by Minister of Power and Energy – Kanchana Wijesekara.

On Jan. 06, 2022, the government of Sri Lanka inked a quadripartite agreement on January 06, with India to jointly develop the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm. It was signed at the Finance Ministry with the Government of Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), Lanka IOC and the subsidiary company Trinco Petroleum Terminal Pvt. Ltd. as the signatories.

In the subsidiary company named Trinco Petroleum Terminal Pvt. Ltd., established for the joint development of these 61 oil tanks, the CPC retained 51% while Lanka IOC held 49% of the issued shares of the joint venture company.

In parallel to that, the Commissioner General of Lands has leased a lot of land consisting of 24 oil tanks to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, while leasing another lot of land consisting of 14 oil tanks to the Lanka IOC PLC. In addition, a lot of land consisting of 61 oil tanks to Trinco Petroleum Terminal (Pvt.) Ltd. for 50 years.

Further, two plots of lands where the oil pipeline system is located, is to be leased to the Lanka IOC for 50 years, by keeping the right of way to the CPC and the Trinco Petroleum (Pvt.) Ltd.

In addition, the plot where 14 employee quarters of Lanka OIC are located is also to be leased to the Lanka IOC for 50 years.

Meanwhile, ‘The Hindu’ newspaper has reported that during the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister – S. Jaishankar later this week, talks are expected on two possible MoUs – on the Trincomalee development project and the long-pending plan for a cross-strait transmission line that would allow Sri Lanka access to India’s plans for an energy grid along with other countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

“India is expected to give a positive response to Sri Lanka’s requirements, in keeping with India’s support last year as well,” the article had added, citing a source.

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Dasun Shanaka denies political involvement

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Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka insisted that he has no links to any political party in the country.

In a Twitter message, Shanaka said that he has noticed his image being circulated in a political party propaganda.

“I’ve noticed my image circulating in a political party propaganda. I have no inclination with any party or ever have participated as an ambassador. My one true love and passion is playing cricket for my country,” he tweeted.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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