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Fuel crisis: Modi pledges all possible assistance

2017-11-09 08:24:36
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In the wake of the crisis surrounding the issuance of petrol in the country, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena and assured him that his country would provide every assistance needed to help Sri Lanka at this challenging time.

He gave this assurance in response to a request made to him by Sri Lanka. It was noted that a stock of 21,000 kilo litres of petrol was dispatched from India to Sri Lanka today.

In addition Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) has made available 3,500 kilo litres of petrol from its stock to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to address the crisis.

According to sources from the Indian High Commission, additional supplies will be made available to Sri Lanka at the refinery in Kochi, India.

Mr. Modi assured further assistance if needed during the telephone conversation.

The conversation took place amidst allegations that the LIOC is responsible for the fuel crisis in the country. (Kelum Bandara)


  Comments - 46

  • Nanda Thursday, 9 November 2017 09:49

    If this has happened in a western country there would be big inquiries by the media and the police.

    Reply : 0       35

    Premalal Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:01

    If this happened in any self respecting country, the minister would take responsibility and resign without blaming everyone else.

    Reply : 3       32

    What to do Thursday, 9 November 2017 10:13

    "Pinch the Baby and Rock the Cradle"

    Reply : 4       33

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 9 November 2017 10:30

    With the statement "Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) has made available 3,500 kilo litres of petrol from its stock to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation" proves the culprit is on our side.

    Reply : 4       33

    old codger Thursday, 9 November 2017 10:40

    Too early to rejoice. Wait till the CPC union puts sand in this shipment or goes on strike against SAITM.

    Reply : 9       22

    Kanaga Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:21

    Hey oldie,who put the rubbish in the first shipment ?CPC or the Indians.

    Reply : 13       15

    Dee Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:33

    Hey kanaga . Remember how engine was ruined by cpc petrol last time?

    Reply : 5       12

    Ranjan Thursday, 9 November 2017 10:48

    Enough is Enough,we don't want any more agreements with India.Government should understand people from Jaffna to Galle are totally against Indian involvement in Sri Lanka.

    Reply : 20       22

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:47

    Keep your primitive ideas to yourself. If not for India which country will send petrol to our crisis so fast? China? Then get ready to give another piece of Tangalle.

    Reply : 17       25

    gamini Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:55

    if not for India, you guys from Jaffna will not be here today

    Reply : 12       19

    Dr Sundralingham Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:12

    It concerns me how much we have become dependent on India. This has security implications in times of crisis.

    Reply : 10       25

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:48

    Did you get your doctorate for this brilliant analysis...no wonder this country is a mess with a majority of people like u.

    Reply : 19       17

    Sena De Silva, Oman Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:27

    Whatever talked about India, end of the day we go and beg to India for help. However, it is now very clear the crisis is not due to the fault of LIOC but the CPC.

    Reply : 7       23

    Gobba Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:47

    We had to invariably wait until the shit hits the fan !!!!

    Reply : 0       12

    Neo Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:47

    India has two petroleum companies and both are government owned. Our self appointed economists think that privatizing the CPC will solve all our problems. These donkeys who vote UNP doesnt understand things like food security or energy security.

    Reply : 9       19

    sundar Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:58

    largest refinery in the world is in India at Valsura (Gujarat) run by Ambani

    Reply : 6       8

    SS Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:32

    Sundar,please keep your ignorance to yourself.

    Reply : 7       8

    Dee Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:35

    If CPC was private we will not be in this mess.

    Reply : 4       9

    willowsd Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:49

    Only way forward is to privatize all these loss making institution for effective services.

    Reply : 11       13

    Buwa Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:50

    Unbelievable. India is not a petrol producing country but our yahapalane has to go begging to them to buy some fuel. India is nicely profiting from us after bringing in these clowns into power.

    Reply : 8       18

    Sanath Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:58

    Yes,these clowns were brought to power by the Indians,so now they are paying back to India.

    Reply : 10       13

    Don Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:58

    Clowns came to office because the previous clowns were a bigger set of clowns

    Reply : 0       1

    Hautaum Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:57

    less quality makes problems vehicles and pollution so look this matter deeply and take productive action.

    Reply : 0       5

    MAJ Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:33

    Soon Indians will be here to handle all the fuel issues! - Better, give the leadership of the country to Modi!!!

    Reply : 4       9

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:42

    Just give separation to the north and see how Jaffna Tamils develop and make a success of their areas. Then we Sinhalese can watch and copy and try to it in the same way, robbing right along in that process too.

    Reply : 4       15

    TT Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:18

    Buffalo is not a Sinhalese,he is a Tamil but not accepted by the high caste elite Jaffna Tamils.

    Reply : 8       9

    AJ Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:41

    The Hon. President needs to conduct the investigation in a transparent manner and convey the findings to the general public. If CPC is responsible, sack the staff who made the mistake and further privatizing the CPC can be done to make it efficient.

    Reply : 1       12

    Nimal Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:45

    Sack the Petroleum Resources Development Minster! Heads need to roll!!!

    Reply : 1       15

    Kaboos Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:53

    Arujana is a good leader and he will clean up the cepetco

    Reply : 16       2

    Led Hogan Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:59

    This was an artificially created crisis initiated by LIOC utilizing some subtle RAW power. Many hands were likely oiled all to enlarge their filthy footprint in Lanka. Final objective Trinco. Hope that imbecile RW who handed over the oil tanks in 2003 to the Indians on a platter gets out of his deep slumber.

    Reply : 10       8

    VC Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:25

    Hogan,I also think RAW is very much involved,they want Trincomale for their Navy.

    Reply : 6       8

    arul Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:00

    Dear Buwa,neither is SL a petrol producing country. But who else in the world is going to supply fuel to SL in such short notice, and that too probably on credit

    Reply : 2       11

    sini Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:04

    China will supply oil on credit. They can add this money also to the over all loan Srilanka has to reply with interest. All the srilankans who got problem in buying oil from India can go to China and buy from them on loan with interest.

    Reply : 1       6

    sujata Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:03

    Thank you India. After all this gonna talk in this forum, CPC controlling 80% of market share still could not ease the situation

    Reply : 4       13

    KK Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:39

    Indian masquerading as a Sri Lankan.

    Reply : 8       6

    Horney Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:55

    Darling,your India tried to sell us filthy oil and got caught so it is sending a second shipment.

    Reply : 10       4

    mahalingham Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:04

    rejecting just one shipment brought the whole country to a stand still for a week-what a paradise on earth

    Reply : 0       14

    Jaliya Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:55

    That's not good enough..... you have to add... LIKE NO OTHER

    Reply : 0       6

    bandara Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:06

    I have this strong feeling CPC intentionally rejected LIOC consignment to pass the buck to the Indians knowing very well that it will go down very well with the public to hide a major problem within CPCBoth CPC Chairman and Minister, brothers should be kicked out for the way they handled this situation

    Reply : 3       14

    Sri Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:35

    I have a strong feeling that you are an out of job who sleeps all day.

    Reply : 6       2

    Jhone Thursday, 9 November 2017 13:38

    Conversation in hindi or any other language. via DM Android App

    Reply : 5       3

    nick Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:13

    lets not keep pointing figure at each others if petroleum minister concentrated more on petrol rather than cricket we wont be facing this issue country really need educated ministers via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       10

    Shamini Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:47

    No,the main thing is the Indians tried to dump low grade oil into our market and sabotage our economy but they got caught.It is a serious crime.

    Reply : 7       3

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 9 November 2017 15:41

    In many Western countries, the ministers are also not experts in their field. That is even not necessary because they have always highly qualified professionals as subordinates. In Sri Lanka, a stupid minister surrounds himself with even more stupid staff or dumbfounded family members.

    Reply : 1       12

    Nimal Thursday, 9 November 2017 20:28

    Wolfi,So you don't see any fault on the crooked Indians who tried dump dirty oil.

    Reply : 1       0

    NAF Thursday, 9 November 2017 20:25

    Once shipment arrives to lanka he get calls very funny

    Reply : 0       0

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