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India provides rice, diesel to Sri Lanka as crisis-hit nation declares nationwide public emergency

Colombo: India delivered 40,000 MT of diesel to Sri Lanka on Saturday (April 2, 2022) to assist ease the ability disaster within the island nation. This was India’s fourth consignment of gasoline delivered to Sri Lanka underneath the LoC.

India has additionally prolonged part of the US 500 million oil line of credit score (LoC) to Sri Lanka. India has provided round 200,000 MT of gasoline to the island nation over the past 50 days. 

“More fuel supplies delivered by #India to #SriLanka! A consignment of 40,000 MT of diesel under #Indian assistance through Line of Credit of $500 mn was handed over by High Commissioner to Hon`ble Energy Minister Gamini Lokuge in #Colombo today,” tweeted India Excessive Fee in Colombo (sic).

Nationwide social media blackout

In the meantime, based on an web observatory, the Sri Lanka authorities imposed a nationwide social media blackout after midnight on Sunday (April 3, 2022). Some two dozen social media platforms have been affected together with Fb, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram. 

“Confirmed: Real-time network data show Sri Lanka has imposed a nationwide social media blackout, restricting access to platforms including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Instagram as emergency is declared amid widespread protests,” NetBlocks tweeted.

36-hour curfew from Saturday

Earlier, the island nation had additionally introduced a 36-hour curfew from Saturday to Monday forward of the deliberate protest for Sunday over extreme energy disaster and rising inflation.

The island nation of 22 million folks is having a tough time coping with blackouts for as much as 13 hours a day as the federal government scrambles to safe international change to pay for gasoline imports.

Authorities declares state of public emergency

A London primarily based rights watchdog on Saturday warned the Sri Lankan authorities that the declaration of emergency within the island nation, within the identify of public safety, mustn’t turn out to be a pretext for human rights violations.

“Sri Lanka: The declaration of the state of emergency in the name of public security should not become a pretext for further human rights violations. The order declaring a state of emergency intends to restrict the rights to freedom of association, assembly and movement as well as due process protections,” Amnesty Worldwide stated in a press release.

“In the context of growing public discontentment with the government`s handing of economics crisis, the state of emergency could have the effect of stifling dissent by creating fear, facilitating arbitrary arrests and detention,” the assertion added.

On Friday, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued the Extraordinary Gazette declaring a state of public emergency in Sri Lanka with speedy impact.

Rajapaksa stated the emergency was declared within the pursuits of public safety, safety of public order and the upkeep of provides and companies important to the lifetime of the group.

(With company inputs) 


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