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Lotus Tower to open tomorrow (Pics)



The Lotus Tower, dubbed as South Asia’s tallest structure, is to open its doors to the public tomorrow (15).

The 350-metre (1,155-feet) Lotus Tower, costing USD 113 million, is built with Chinese loans.

Speaking to the media, Deputy Secretary to the Treasury and Chairman of the Lotus Tower Management Company (Pvt.) Ltd. – Mr. R.M.P. Ratnayake said that after the business activities at the tower are initiated on Sep. 15, the tower will be opened to the public later in the same day after 2.00pm.

The tower will be open to the public from 2.00pm – 10.00pm on weekdays and from 12.00 noon – 11.00pm on weekdays. According to the company, the tower is to be lit up from 7.00pm – 10.00pm on weekdays and from 7.00pm – 11.00pm on weekdays.

Tickets are priced at Rs. 500 and Rs. 2,000 for adults. The Rs. 500 ticket is for visiting as a part of a group while a Rs. 2,000 ticket would enable the ticket holder to proceed without no waiting and without having to join other visitors in groups. Tickets for children aged below 10 years are priced at Rs. 500. However, schools are able to contact the management for pre-booked school tours from Oct. 01 ( 0742012354 / 0742012357). A ticket for a schoolchild on a school tour will be priced at Rs. 200. Tickets for foreigners are priced at USD 20.

Opening in 3 stages
Speaking, CEO of the Lotus Tower Management Company- Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Prasad Samarasinghe said that the tower will be opened in three stages.

Noting that keeping the tower closed will only add to the financial losses of the tower, he said that the first stage will see the opening of the observation deck. Visitors will be able to enjoy a 360 degree view of Colombo city at the observation deck and join the entertainment events at the premises. All visitors will be allowed to the observation deck only once and will be allowed to remain there for 1/2 hour. Also, only around 150 visitors will be allowed at the deck at the same time.

The second stage, expected to follow in another couple of months along the line, will see the additions of a digital art museum, E-sport arena, digital banks, innovation centres, and a 30m high water show on the Beira Lake, the company said. The second stage would also see a change from the physical ticket to a QR code ticketing system. The company also hopes to add telescopes to the observation deck to view famous local landmarks such as Sigiriya and Adams Peak towards the end of this phase.

In addition, a 9D cinema hall and a revolving restaurant is expected to be added to the attractions of the third stage which is expected in March 2023 and the company hopes to make the Lotus Tower a fully functioning business entity by then.

5G supported
The company also hopes to host adventure sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving in the future.

The tower also hosts 8 elevators, including three of the fastest elevators in Sri Lanka, which enables visitors from the ground floor to reach the observation deck on the 29th floor in just 49 seconds. It also includes office spaces, luxury suites, sky lounge, banquet halls, a revolving restaurant and a 9D cinema hall.

The company also says that Lotus Tower would be a 5G supported tower from Sep. 15.

The company
Mr. Ratnayake noted that the premises of the Lotus Tower is fully owned by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in Sri Lanka (TRCSL) and that the Lotus Tower Management Company is fully owned by the Treasury.

(Story & Pics : Shanika Jayasekara)

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China’s Diesel donation arrives in SL (Pics)




The Oil tanker “Super Eastern” carrying 10.6 million litres (9,000 metric tonnes) of diesel donated by China has arrived at the Colombo Port.

The fuel is donated for farmers and fishermen in remote areas of Sri Lanka.

Tweeting, the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka said that the Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong today (27) boarded the oil tanker and handed over the diesel donation to Sri Lankan farmers & fishermen through related Sri Lankan ministries.

Distribution will start soon under a mutually agreed modality, the embassy adds.

(Pics Courtesy : Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka / Fisheries Ministry)

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‘Beaver moon’ lunar eclipse (Pics)




People watch as a full moon rises before a total lunar eclipse in Stanwell Park, Australia (Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA)

A beaver blood total lunar eclipse stunned skygazers across the world yesterday (08).

The reddish lunar lunar eclipse visible from North America to the Pacific but not in Europe.

The eclipse’s totality, where the Moon is entirely in Earth’s shadow – lasted between 10:17 and 11:42 GMT.

The next total lunar eclipse will been seen in on March 14, 2025.

The following is a selection of the lunar eclipse as it was seen across the world.

A composite image of the total lunar eclipse, in which the moon is completely covered by the Earth’s shadow, seen from the city of Gwangju, south-west South Korea (Photograph: Yonhap/EPA)
The eclipse is visible in Kolkata, India (Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA)
The moon rises above Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar (Photograph: Thein Zaw/AP)
The blood-red moon passes over the Empire State Building in New York City (Photograph: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
The Earth’s shadow starts to cover the moon, as seen through Christmas lights at a public square in Caracas, Venezuela (Photograph: Matias Delacroix/AP)
The moon seen behind a corner tower along the outer walls of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China (Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
The lunar eclipse rises over the Australian Parliament House in Canberra (Photograph: Getty Images)
A total lunar eclipse is seen over the roof of Sensoji temple at Asakusa in Tokyo (Photograph: EPA)
As seen from Central America, from San Salvador, El Salvador’s captal (Photograph: Reuters)

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150 killed in stampede at Halloween event in Seoul (pics)




At least 150 people have been killed in a crush when a huge crowd celebrating Halloween surged into an alley in a nightlife area of the South Korean capital Seoul last night.

Emergency officials at the scene have said a further 150 people were injured in the melee in Seoul’s Itaewon district.

Many of the injured were in serious condition and receiving emergency treatment, the officials said.

It was the first Halloween event in Seoul in three years after the country lifted COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing. Many of the partygoers were wearing masks and Halloween costumes.

Some witnesses described the crowd becoming increasingly unruly and agitated as the evening deepened. The incident took place at about 10:20pm (1320 GMT).

Choi Sung-beom, head of the Yongsan Fire Station, said in a briefing at the scene, “A number of people fell during a Halloween festival, and we have a large number of casualties.” Many of those killed were near a nightclub.

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