March 24, 2016 Reading Time: 2 minutes
Reading Time: 2 min read
*A Daily Brief will not be published on Friday 25th March, due to the local public holiday.
Power sector to seek Chinese assistance
The Deputy Minister of Power and Energy, Ajith Perera, has revealed the government’s plans to seek China’s assistance and support in the operation of the Norochcholai power plant.
The plans are in response to the recent power failures experienced island wide.
Provincial Councils approve Right to Information bill
The Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, has informed Parliament that the Right to Information bill has been approved by all nine provincial councils.
He stated that while six provincial councils have agreed to the existing contents of the bill, the three other councils have agreed subject to amendments, which the President has submitted to Parliament.
Direct cargo link between Colombo and Yangon
A Burmese ship, the MV Pathien Star of Continental Shipping Lines, made its inaugural call at the Colombo port yesterday.
The General Manager of the shipping agent, SAR Maritime Agencies, Ruby Dole, described the newly established cargo link as an opportunity for Sri Lankan exports to enter Myanmar markets.
Investment in low-carbon energy declines in Europe
Investment in Europe’s low-carbon energy has recorded a decline, despite the increased use of renewable energy in other parts of the world
Investment has fallen by more than half, to $58 billion, the lowest annual level in clean energy in a decade.
Yellow fever spreads in Angola
According to the World Health Organisation, at least 146 people have succumbed to the recent yellow fever outbreak in Angola.
The disease is transmitted by two types of carrier mosquitoes, one of which is also the carrier of the Zika virus.
Poland backs out of refugee deal
The Polish Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, has declared that it is no longer possible for Poland to honour its refugee deal with the EU following the terrorist attacks in Brussels.
Poland had previously agreed to take in 7,000 refugees over the course of three years.