The virtual petrol price war was captured clearly by our photojournalist in this picture showing a long line of vehicles at an LIOC fuel station at Jaela yesterday, selling petrol at Rs. 100 a litre while in front a CPC station lies desolate because its petrol price was still at Rs. 122 a litre. Pic by Athula Devapriya

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Lanka’s petrol price crisis blazes

The Government’s dilemma over enforcing a Supreme Court order to lower the price of petrol worsened yesterday as the Lanka-India Oil Company (LIOC) recorded unprecedented sales after it complied with the order and reduced the price to Rs. 100 a litre.

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Sri Lanka has refused to sign a historic UN declaration that urges member-states to decriminalize homosexuality. Sixty six countries were signatories to this UN declaration which condemns all forms of violence against homosexual persons and urges UN member states to take necessary measures to put an end to all criminal penalties against them.

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