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Sri lanka News – Australia alongside India is working on providing fuel to Sri Lanka’s navy and air force, Australia’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Paul Stephens said. 

“Australia is pleased to be working with India to provide fuel to Sri Lanka’s navy and air force. It will help our long-standing cooperation against transnational crime to continue. As Indian Ocean neighbours, all three counties share a commitment to preserving regional security,” Stephens tweeted on Monday August 22.

Australia has been lending its hand to Sri Lanka as the Indian Ocean island undergoes its worst economic crisis since Independence. Australia recently provided Sri Lanka 75 million US dollars in food and medicine aid. 


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Sri Lanka has been going through a fuel crisis since mid-February when the country’s reserves and a credit line were drying up affecting the interrupted supply of fuel, threatening large scaled disruption across sectors.

Miles-long fuel queues were seen snaking around urban centres around the island, with added problems of hoarding.

After a short-lived token system introduced by the energy ministry, Sri Lanka is now relying on a QR code-enabled National Fuel Pass system which has been implemented island-wide from August 01. Under this system, vehicles can only be refilled once a week under a quota set by the government. 

The quota for fuel goes as follows: 

Lorries – 50 liters 

Buses – 40 liters 

Cars – 20 liters

Three-wheelers – 05 liters

Motorcycles – 04 liters

As of today Monday, the National Fuel Pass system has over 6 million users island wide with over 4.6 million transactions completed during the week, the Ministry of Power & Energy said. (Colombo/Aug22/2022)

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