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Sri Lanka has ventured into gold exploration to determine whether the country has gold deposits to be exploited commercially, a senior official of the Environment Ministry said.

Secretary of the Ministry of Environment- Dr. Anil Jasinghe told Daily Mirror that a discussion was held last week with the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) and the Department of Wild Life Conservation to see the possibility of issuing a license to carry out excavation at Seruwawila in the Trincomalee District for gold.

“A survey conducted in 1970 at Seruwawila had revealed that there was gold in small quantities in a deposit of iron- ore mixed with copper. What we are trying to ascertain is that whether there is gold in iron deposits to be commercially exploited,” Dr. Jasinghe said.

He expressed reservations on the exaggeration of certain media that a vast deposit of gold had been found in Seruwawila which was incorrect. (Sandun A Jayasekara)

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  • lal Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:10 AM

    Wish they don't use the stethoscope as a metal detector.

    Roshanaly Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:22 AM

    What happened to Oil the exploration. Another idea to increase the Bank balance.

    Borat Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:18 AM

    Another fraud to fool people to divert attention. Then they land can be sold to Indians Chinese Americans

    Jude Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:52 AM

    Gold Hoax is a goldmine !!! Yeah!!

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:47 PM

    Dr. Anil, don't waste your talent trying to dig holes with the Geologists. Your services are needed with the people.

    Kumar Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:24 PM

    Sri Lanka is not in a zone to find golf nuggets as shown in those photos. Geologically it is not possible find gold in substantial deposits in Sri Lanka. However, that land could become person's gold mine.

    Old is Gold Thursday, 21 January 2021 02:20 AM

    Gold is present everywhere on the earth’s surface. Question is the concentration needed for economic recovery. Anyone who thinks gold can be economically extracted in SL is dreaming in Fool’s Paradise.


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