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Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today accused Indian media for publishing false reports claiming Sri Lanka was to get help from Pakistan in developing a nuclear power plant in Sampur, Trincomalee.

The report that was published on July 24 in Indian Today website claimed that it was Pakistan’s ‘grand design’ to influence the island with the active backing of China.
“We have taken no decision whatsoever to build any nuclear power plant in the island nor did we have any discussions with any foreign government with plans to build one. What India Today had published was a complete lie,” Minister Ranawaka told a news conference.

Mr. Ranawaka stressed it was important for the media to act with responsibility by not  publishing false reports such as the above – especially at a time when the Pakistani Foreign Minister was visiting the country.

Mr. Ranawaka said there were long term plans to develop energy supply in areas such as Colombo, Kalpitiya, Trincomalee and Hambantota in the future but they did not need anyone’s permission for development.
“We don not want anyone’s permission for development. Our plans of development are based on our nation’s interest,” Mr. Ranawaka said.  The minister said the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Indian National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) held discussions aimed at building a 500 megawatt power plant in Sampur. (Nishan Casseem)

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  • senavi Saturday, 28 July 2012 01:26 PM

    Mr. Minister, what is the issue with getting help? There is no need for secrecy, unless we are heavily indebted to outsiders and have to comply

    The Man Saturday, 28 July 2012 02:51 PM

    Even so, whats the prob with working with Pak and Chinese..?

    India, was never a good neighbour of SL

    Azmi Sunday, 29 July 2012 11:47 AM

    India scared sri lanka, becomer nuclear power nation? or is india a selfish country?

    kumaraya Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:49 PM

    Its always OTHERS who bluff us! We NEVER bluff and we get caught to bluffs.!!

    justin Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:51 PM

    India is No.01 enemy to our country.

    Jeevan Saturday, 28 July 2012 05:10 PM

    Is a good neighbor, only the top brass know about it!

    YATI-BADA-GEMMBA Saturday, 28 July 2012 07:31 PM

    We do have great resources by way of Hdro and Solar power.
    WHY OH WHY DEVELOP NUCLEAR POWER????
    Is there "SOMETHING" '"UNDER THE TABLE" FOR SOME POLITICIANS??????


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