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Sri Lanka establishes temporary sea turtle hatchery near Chinese Port City

ECONOMYNEXT: Sri Lanka’s Galle Face, a historic site next to Chinese-built Port City has become a sea turtle hatchery for nearly 200 sea turtle eggs. the island nation’s Coastguard officials said.

An official at Sri Lanka Coastguard said sea turtle eggs were seen at the Galle Face beach for the first time and there could be more sea turtles hatching eggs in the area than what they have discovered now.

“The construction of Port City had prohibited us from sailing life saving boats for 24 hours,” the official told EconomyNext, asking not to be named.

The Coast guards are trying their best to conserve these precious sea creatures in their natural breeding places and the turtles’ eggs are mostly conserved in the lifesaving posts in Wellawatte and Mount Lavinia,” he said referring to two suburban areas in capital Colombo.

“We always try to pre-conserve these eggs in their natural places. If there is any danger, we try to evacuate them and pre-conserve them in our own places,” the official said, adding that the Galle Face has become a natural breeding place.

An official at the Department of Wildlife Conservation said it takes 45 days for the eggs to hatch.

In Sri Lanka, slaughter of marine turtles for meat is a traditional practice in many coastal areas.

Slaughter of nesting adult females directly affects the reduction of the turtle population. Live turtles entangled in fishing gear are also slaughtered for flesh by the fishermen.

The most widespread form of marine turtle exploitation is the illegal poaching of turtle eggs, researchers say.

As female turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, this makes easy prey for egg collectors who take the eggs and sell them.

All marine turtle nests on Sri Lankan beaches are robbed of their eggs except in places where conservation programmes are implemented.

The eggs are either sold at markets for consumption or to turtle hatcheries.

Unlike other countries, Sri Lanka has yet to promote sea turtle conservation areas and hatcheries as tourism attraction sites. (Colombo/Jan19/2022)

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Sri Lanka declares May 21 as National Mourning day over Iranian President’s death

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka declared a national mourning day on Tuesday, May 21 in view of expressing its solidarity with Iran after sudden death of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi following a helicopter crash.

President Raisi and eight others including Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian were killed in the crash when the helicopter had a “hard landing” reportedly due to adverse weather conditions with heavy fog. However, President’s two convoy helicopters reached the destination safely.

“The Sri Lankan government has declared a national mourning day on tomorrow (May 21) on behalf of the sudden death of Iranian president Mr. Ebrahim Raisi,” the Department of Government Information said in a statement.

It also urged all the state institutions have to hoist the national flag half mast.

Raisi was in Sri Lanka on April 24 to launch the Uma Oya dam on a one-day official visit amid tight security. His helicopter crashed when he was returning to Iran after launching a dam in the Azerbaijan border.

President Raisi is seen as a hardliner and a potential successor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Earlier this month, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Ali Sabry said the island nation will deal with Iran for investments and trade without being caught into the United States-led sanctions.

Sri Lanka was unable to receive $450 million from Iran for a recently opened Uma Oya multipurpose project started before the sanctions.

Sri Lanka now exports tea to Iran for no dollar payment. Instead, Sri Lanka tea producers are paid by the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) in rupees for the pending crude oil import payments for Iran.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his condolences on the tragic incident.

“Sri Lanka is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic death of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian and other senior Irani official,” he said in his official X-platform.

“I express my deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to the bereaved families, the government and the people of Iran.”

Raisi, a Muslim jurist, served as the eighth president of Iran from 2021 until his death. (Colombo/May 20/2024)

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Sri Lanka helps launch Global Blended Finance Alliance

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has joined a group of nations led by Indonesia which aims to mobilise capital to achieve carbon neutrality, Minister of Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Jeevan Thondaman said.

The Global Blended Finance Alliance mooted by Indonesia in 2018, was formally launched at the World Water Forum in Bali today.

Among the other founding members are Fiji, France, UAE, Kenya, Luxembourg and Canada.

“Through our collective efforts, the Global Blended Finance Alliance aims to mobilise both public and private capital to help nations achieve carbon neutrality and the SDGs,” Thondaman said on social media platform X (twitter).

“The world has a USD 2.5 trillion funding gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030,” he said.

Blended finance is the strategic use of development finance, such as public and/or philanthropic funds, for the mobilisation of additional commercial finance towards sustainable development in developing countries. (Colombo/May20/2024)

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Sri Lanka rupee closes slightly stronger at 299.60/75 to US dollar

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s rupee appreciated slightly to close at 299.60/75 to the US dollar on Friday, from 299.70/80 the previous week, dealers said. Bond yields were up.

A bond maturing on 15.12.2026 closed up at 10.15/35 percent from 10.05/15 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.09.2027 closed up at 10.45/55 percent from 10.25/40 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.07.2028 closed at 10.80/90 percent.

A bond maturing on 15.01.2030 closed at 11.70/80 percent.

A bond maturing on 01.10.2032 closed up at 11.90/12.05 percent from 11.85/12.00 percent. (Colombo/May20/2024)

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