More dead turtles found washed ashore in Ampara

By Farook Sihan

More dead turtles have been found washed ashore in the Ampara District in the Eastern Province.

The turtles are believed to have died as a result of the fire on the ship MV X-Press Pearl.

Three turtles were found dead in Periya Nilavanai in the Ampara District yesterday (Saturday).

Over 40 turtles and at least 5 dolphins have been found dead since the fire on the ship last month.

The MV X-Press Pearl caught fire in Sri Lankan waters last month while being anchored near the Colombo harbour.

Several containers on the ship fell into the sea polluting the water and resulting in large amounts of debris being washed ashore.

The ship eventually sank after the fire lasted for several days resulting in further damage to the marine environment.

The United Nations (UN) is to submit a report on the impact to the environment in Sri Lanka as a result of the MV X-Press Pearl disaster.

A UN team of oil spill and chemical experts, provided by the European Union (EU), is working with the Sri Lankan Government to assess the impact on the environment caused by the MV X-press Pearl disaster.

The team from the UN, France and Italy is a collaboration between the humanitarian arm of the European Union (EU ECHO/ERCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Joint Environment Unit.

An independent UN report on the incident will be produced with key findings and recommendations on short-term response measures and longer-term recovery planning and submitted to the Government. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Truly, a tragedy to humanity as a whole.

    An appropriate finale, perhaps to an extensive campaign on freedom that did no justice to the people who had hoped that their leaders could turn things around. After decades of constant battles and enormous sacrifices, South Asians got independence from the West to develop themselves. Seven decades have passed, but what they have is a calamitous governing system embedded in corruption and foolishness. Today, they cannot wait to get out of their country to save their lives. Truly, this is a tragedy for South Asia and humanity as a whole. Surely, the British would not have given independence to South Asia; if Indians had a plan to unite South Asia to utilise the largest human resources as China does to build its wealth and power because that would have been the greatest threat to the Western powers in the 20th century.

    The British gave independence to South Asia after making sure that divisions are in place. The divisions were systematically created in every part of South Asia, including Sri Lanka, but the obvious one was dividing India and creating Pakistan. However, the South Asian leaders failed to think for themselves to re-unite South Asia which was divided by the Western powers. Britain’s brainchild is Pakistan, I would not surprise if the British deliberately twist the truth and pushed the Hindu fundamentalists to kill Gandhi for creating Pakistan. After Gandhi’s death, South Asian leaders have been pleasing the West to safeguard their political positions to build their own wealth at the expense of billions of South Asians. South Asia has more population than China, it had an opportunity to become unbelievably wealthy and powerful to make this world a better place. Unfortunately, South Asia has failed utterly.

    The current leaders cannot make it happen; South Asia needs a revolution.

    In fact, the West did more than ripping off and dividing the region before giving independence. The West embedded democracy and religious beliefs to indulge laziness, so South Asia’s biggest human resources will not be capitalised. I have visited Sri Lanka and seen the reality. More than 50% of the people do nothing but living on the diasporas’ money. The government workers work only four hours a day. The education system in itself is corrupt. The school teachers do little as possible at schools to push the students to seek tuition classes so the teachers can make extra money by running tuition classes. The education system supposes to encourage honesty and hard work, but training students to cheat by watching teachers teaching little as possible at schools. Ironically, those people never fail to go to temples or churches, because sitting in temples and churches easier than doing honest work to earn their living. They simply indulging their laziness and dishonesty in the name of democracy and religious freedom.

    Jawaharlal Nehru and Muhammad Ali Jinnah were fighting for their own positions, not for South Asians. Otherwise, they would have easily identified the divisions, religious ideologies, caste systems, and gender issues. From Nehru to the Rajapaksa leadership all about having a position and increasing their wealth at the expense of people. The West made China a world factory but China did not change its system. In contrast, South Asian leaders would do anything to destroy the country as long as they have a position to increase their wealth at the expense of billions of people and the region. In Sri Lanka, the Rajapaksa family and their advisors are no different than the corrupt Indian political leaders. They will continue to play religious, race, and language cards to create divisions to keep the people occupied, in order to keep the people in dark. And also the leaders will continue to pampering the people’s laziness and dishonesty through human rights and religious freedom to keep their votes.

    The Western leaders’ policies are leading to calamitous events.

    The West has been deliberately increasing the population in the developing countries in the name of religious freedom and human rights, so the people will continue to battle to overcome poverty and fight among themselves to get hold of their limited resources. Obviously, if people are battling to overcome poverty, they do not have time to acquire knowledge. Corruption also increases because people need extra money to support their big families. Education loses its quality and its ability to make people think when the institutions sell certificates for money. A huge population with limited resources makes them dependent on the West for jobs and other financial assistance. It also makes it easier to buy poor people in the developing countries to undermine or assassinate those countries’ intellectuals and leaders to impose Western interests. Billions of people right across the globe do not have a permanent seat in the UN Security Council to influence important decisions. Billions of people do not have the ability to win a gold medal in Olympic Games or host Olympic Games. The corrupt political leaders buy poor people’s votes on bribes to keep their positions to rip off their own people. But the West continues to encourage those people to multiply in the name of democracy.

    The Five Eyes countries had stolen the countries of the First people of North America and Australasia and supplying energy resources to uncontrollable populations to dominate the world. We are losing billions of wildlife and trees through bushfires due to global warming. The Western powers, especially the Five Eyes countries are devaluing humanity and destroying the environment by deliberately increasing the population in developing countries and creating unnecessary emissions by selling energy resources. This is not human development, the Western powers are not concern about human development and the environment, but only their world-dominant power. They are keeping their world dominant power at the expense of humanity and the environment. Time has come for us to think on our own, instead of listening to the lies of Western powers. The Americans, Canadians, and Australians do not even live in their own country but occupying others’ homeland which they took on genocides. The Five Eyes countries are very sophisticated in occupying the moral high ground by hiding their systematic genocides but exposing others’ wrongdoings. It is time for the majority world to acknowledge the tricks and lies of the minority, in order to safeguard humanity and this beautiful world.

    South Asians are living in lies and struggling to admit the truth.

    I met many Indians in Australia. They all agree Indian politicians are corrupt. When I ask them why the West never complained about the corrupt Indian politicians as much as it criticises China. They cannot answer, they just smile and change the topic of conversation. Indians are living in lies and struggling to admit the truth. Have you ever questioned why the West never complained about the following things? India doesn’t have a world-renowned university such as Howard or Oxford, it never hosted Olympic Games, it only won one gold medal in 2008, and it is not a permanent member of the UN Security Council. In India, every vote has been bought on bribes but the West never complained. Recently, Tamil Nadu had an election. People voted electronically but the result will take a month to finalise. Notably, the building has ballot machines not protected by CCTV cameras. The West is happy about the progress in India because it has defeated India. The west is fooling the corrupt South Asian politicians and the politicians are fooling the people.

    The West loves failed developing countries to keep its dominant power. China is not following the West and falling but growing, this is worrying to the Western leaders. Indians have a short memory. They forgot how the West ripped off and divided India. They forgot why Gandhi fought against the West. The Western countries have allowed Pakistan to have nuclear weapons? Why the Western countries refused a permanent seat for India in the United Nations Security Council? The West allowed China to become a world factory, but it will not allow India to do the same. The Western countries making Indians believe that India is going to be the next world factory, in order to push India against China. Basically, the West is tricking Indians so they would fight the proxy war on behalf of the West. When President Joe Biden says India is the only hope, it means he expects Indians to die on behalf of the West. The only way to keep the west’s dominant power is by making Indians and Chinese destroy themselves.

    China did not create any virus to become the second-largest economy in the world. China would not create a pandemic to undermine its global market. Clearly, China’s adversaries created the pandemic to stop China from getting wealthy and buying time to find ways to undermine China to keep the West’s world dominant power. Currently, the Western countries are isolating China by demonising it through lies and turning other countries against China. The Five Eyes countries are extremely clever when it comes to spinning others’ heads; this is how they dominate the majority of Asians who are in billions. If you believe in human development and you are a custodian of this world and have a responsibility to pass this beautiful world onto the next generation, please do not support the western powers. Be mindful, the Western policies are to keep the Westerners on top at the expense of others. Those policies will not put Indians, Chinese, South Americans, Arabs, or Africans on top.

  2. Honestly, I don’t mind if people are dying in South Asia, because they follow the wrong system, undermine their own intellectuals to fulfill their own petty desires, and going nowhere. But I hate to see marine and wildlife getting killed.

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