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New tourist train ‘Dunhinda Odyssey’ commences

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The Railway Department has organised a number of programmes to mark 100 years since the British commenced the railway service in Sri Lanka, Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana said.

A new train called ‘Dunhinda Odyssey’ commenced from Colombo Fort to Badulla at 6.30 am today (March 05). It will and will operate thrice a week.

After the inauguration of the train, the Dunhinda Odyssey will be reserved for passenger transport. The train consists of four cabins with 44 seats each; it also includes three second-class cabins and a third-class cabin with a canteen.

Speaking at a media briefing the minister also said that a special observation train named Galaxy So will travel to Bandarawela to Demodara daily.

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India in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines

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India is in talks with Sri Lanka to acquire graphite mines in the island nation.

The demand for graphite is steadily increasing, as it is the most common material used for anodes in lithium-ion and other batteries.

The Indian government had discussions with the government of Sri Lanka on acquiring graphite mines there, sources said.

(PTI)

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Karapitiya Hospital to be a National Hospital

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal to develop the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital as a National Hospital.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet briefing that took place today (May 23), Cabinet spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this will be the third National Hospital in addition to the two National Hospitals in Colombo and Kandy.

The relevant Cabinet paper had been presented by Health Minister Ramesh Pathirana.

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36,900 power breakdowns due to inclement weather

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The Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last 3 days due to inclement weather, says Power and Energy Minister – Kanchana Wijesekera.

Taking to X, the minister notes that additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers.

If consumers are unable to repot power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, they can use the SMS option to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, use the CEB Care app or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk, he adds.

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