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Power generation at Norochcholai uncertain

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Nalaka Wijekoon, Manager of Lakvijaya Power Plant at Norochcholai, said the continued electricity generation at the Power Plant will be uncertain in the coming year due to inadequate coal supply.

He said the main power plant that carries the main electricity capacity of Sri Lanka is the Norochcholai Lakvijaya Power Plant.

He said the power plant contributes to more than 40% of Sri Lanka’s electricity needs, and it supplies 5,400 gigawatts of electricity annually.

He said that about two million tons of coal is required to provide such a large capacity and 38 coal ships are required annually to produce 5,400 gigawatt hours of electricity.

“At least half of these ships should have arrived by now. The stock of 38 coal ships should reach the Norochcholai Power Plant before the Warkan (high-tide) Season.

“Warkan will start again in April 2023. By that time, all the coal stocks should be unloaded. Therefore, at least half of the stocks should be unloaded at the power plant site by now.

“However, we have received only four coal ships so far. One more ship will arrive. Therefore, the production of electricity at full capacity by the Lakvijaya Power Plant in the coming year has become highly uncertain.

“Even if the remaining coal ships arrive, we are not able to unload the remaining 34 ships according to our facilities. We only have the capacity to unload about six coal ships per month. Therefore, the ability to provide 5,400 gigawatts from our power plant will be difficult next year. There is a serious risk of a large electricity crisis in the country in 2023,” Mr. Wijekoon said.

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Wijedasa requests Speaker to summon key officials of JSA

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Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has formally requested the Speaker to summon key officials of the Judicial Service Association (JSA) to the Committee on Privileges. 
This follows a JSA statement, which the Minister alleges, has breached his parliamentary privileges.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker, Minister Rajapakshe highlighted his concerns regarding the recent statement made by the Chairman and Secretary of the JSA.

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Five-member judge bench appointed to hear ex-Navy chief’s writ

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The Court of Appeal has decided for the writ petition filed by former Sri Lanka Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda over the alleged abduction of 11 youths in 2008 and 2009, to be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench.

The former Navy Chief has filed the relevant petition seeking an order preventing the hearing of a case filed before the Colombo High Court against him and several others, related to the alleged abduction of 11 youths in Colombo and its suburbs in the 2008 and 2009.

Accordingly, the petition will be taken up for hearing before a five-member judge bench comprising Justices Menaka Wijesundera, Sampath B. Abeykoon, Mayadunne Corea and Chamath Morais on September 25, 2024.

The petitioner’s attorney has alleged through this petition that despite the investigations into the case stretching out for 10 years and statements being recorded from over 150 persons, the police had failed to uncover evidence to prove his client guilty of abducting and killing the said 11 youths.

(adaderana.lk)

 (This story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Rulers can’t decide whether country isn’t bankrupt anymore – Sajith

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Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has slammed the government, saying that rulers themselves cannot decide if the country is bankrupt any longer.

He said that making the relevant  decision is up to international rating agencies, and they are yet to find the country eligible to be so.

“When the debt repayment system is prepared, the international rating companies such as Fitch, Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s, will use the financial data to declare whether our country is bankrupt or not because our country has entered into a debt repayment system,” he pointed out. 

“One of the reasons for the decline of this country is the deception, desperation and trickery of the people. The people of a bankrupt country should pay attention to the information and data provided by international financial rating agencies which decide whether the country is bankrupt or not,” he added.

Mr. Premadasa was speaking after donating smart classroom equipment to St. John’s College, Kalutara yesterday (June 24).

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