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Solar Energy / Battery storage project at Poonakary lake

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Cabinet approval has been received to invite expression of interest proposals from prospective investors for developing renewable energy projects with a capacity of 50 MW or more in order to assist in the implementation of accelerated renewable energy development programs in the country. 

Accordingly, United Solar Energy SL Pvt. Company has submitted a proposal to develop a solar power plant of 700 MW with a battery energy storage system at Kilinochchi Poonakary Lake to provide a power supply of 134 MW. 

The project is proposed to be implemented with a total investment of USD 1727 million as a 100% foreign direct investment. From this amount, USD 500 million will be used for domestic project components. The project proponent company has proposed to construct 03 anicuts around the Poonakari lake to prevent the ingress of sea water  at a cost of 13.5 million, a part of the proposed project. Instead, the Northern Provincial Council,

The Northern Provincial Irrigation Department and the Agricultural Development Department have already agreed to grant 1080 acres of the shallow area of the lake to the company on a 35-year lease agreement to establish the 700 MW power plant. As such the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Power and Energy to accept the project proposal presented by the United Solar Energy SL Pvt Company in principle and to appoint a cabinet appointed negotiation   committee to evaluate the proposal and make recommendations.

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Term tests for Western province suspended

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The term tests for grade 10 and 11 in the Western province schools has been postponed after some of the question papers were shared on social media ahead of the examination.

A senior official said that the decision had been taken after complaints that several question papers had been leaked out before the examinations.

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Russian Naval Ship Varyag Visits Colombo

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The Russian Naval Ship Varyag has arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit. 

This 187m long Missile Cruiser, manned by a crew of 529, is led by Flag Officer Captain 1st Rank Velichko Anatoly Vasicievich, with Captain 2nd Rank Glushakov Roman Nikolaevich serving as the Commanding Officer.

During their stay in Sri Lanka, the ship’s crew is expected to participate in various programs organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, fostering camaraderie and exploring tourist attractions in the country. 

The official visit will conclude, and Varyag is set to depart from the island tomorrow.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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