Ship hearth: Proprietor to pay $2.3M for Lankan assist


Colombo: The owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka’s coast has agreed to pay USD 2.3 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official said Saturday. MT New Diamond, which was carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil, was damaged by two fires on September 3. Attorney General Dappula de Livera last week submitted an interim claim of USD 1.8 million to Greece-based Porto Emporios Shipping Inc., the registered owner of the vessel, for services provided by the Sri Lankan navy, air force, ports authority and Marine Environment Protection Authority. AP

Militia kills 15 in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa: An armed militia killed at least 15 persons in a pre-dawn attack on Friday in western Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said in a statement late on Friday, the latest security challenge for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government. The attack follows another similar incident earlier this month that took place in the same Metakal zone of Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz region, which borders Sudan, where 30 people were killed. AP



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