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Sri Lanka monitors oil spill from burning vessel “X-PRESS PEARL”.

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Sri Lankan authorities said on Wednesday that it is monitoring an oil spill from the burning foreign vessel, “X-PRESS PEARL” registered under the flag of Singapore, near the Port of Colombo.

The container ship, which was carrying 1,486 containers filled with 25 tons of Nitric Acid and several other chemicals and cosmetics from the port of Hazira, India, sent out a distress call on May 20, after it caught fire.

The Sri Lankan Navy immediately dispatched vessels to bring the fire under control and rescue teams from the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Navy were involved in joint efforts to douse the flames onboard. 425 kgs of dry chemical powder was dropped by Bell 212 helicopters to help extinguish the fire according to the Sri Lanka Air Force.

The 25 crew members were all rescued by the Sri Lanka Navy on Tuesday, with two injured Indian nationals being sent to a hospital for treatment, according to the Navy.

According to Sri Lankan State Minister of Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekera, by Tuesday evening signs of oil spills were found in the ocean near the burning vessel and the fisheries Department, the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), the navy, the coast guard and other authorities were all working to contain the oil spill and minimize the damage to the marine environment on the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The latest video footage released by the Navy showed that the vessel is still engulfed by flames and rescue teams were trying to douse the fire Public was warned that the oil spill may waft towards the Negombo lagoon in the west coast of the country.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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China introduces green and low-carbon construction guideline.

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China has revised their construction code to introduce green and low-carbon construction requirements. This was introduced in a bid to prevent unregulated expansion.

According to guidelines introduced by 15 government departments including Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the population density of built-up areas should be limited to 6,000 to 10,000 people per square Kilometer.

In addition to this, newly constructed buildings should be constructed in safe areas, away areas prone to natural disasters. The new guideline also restricts construction of civil buildings to match the capacity of local fire and rescue brigade. It also states that it may not be higher than 18 stories high.

The new guideline also emphasizes on preserving historic and cultural landscapes. This includes old and rare trees and other fauna.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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In Pictures: Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu visits the newly opened Ihsaan Villi in Villimalé.

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China raises voice over illegal military intervention against sovereign states.

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China and a number of other countries has raised concern over military intervention under the pretext of human rights. They raised their concerns at the ongoing 47th session of the Human Rights Council.

Jiang Duan, Minister of the Chinese mission to the United Nations in Geneva, delivered a joint statement to the council yesterday. In it he stated that certain countries are conducting military interventions in sovereign states under the pretext of democracy, human rights and the “responsibility to protect”.

He stated that “These acts severely violate the universally recognized norms of international law, undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the relevant countries, and damage world peace and security,”

He pointed out that such interventions have caused massive losses to the socioeconomic development of those countries along with civilian casualties and force displacement. He also stated that such military interventions are the “root cause of refugee and migrant crisis and regional turbulence.”.

He also added that “Certain countries even connive at their soldiers’ unlawful killing and torture of civilians in overseas military operations, which constitutes serious war crimes and crimes against humanity,”.

Jiang Duan urged the UN institutions to follow up  on illegal military interventions, and called out for the countries concerned to immediately cease their illegal military interventions and to make reparations for the victimized countries and their people.

Source: Xinhua News Agency. 

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