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South Asia’s tallest tower opens in Colombo

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Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday unveiled South Asia’s tallest tower, costing over $100 million, 80 percent of which has been funded by China under the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The 350-metre-tall 17-storey Lotus Tower, located in the heart of Colombo city, comprises a television tower, a hotel, a telecommunications museum, restaurants, auditorium, an observation deck, a shopping mall and a conference centre.

The tower, spread over an area of 30,600 sq metre, is constructed at a cost of over $100 million, 80 percent of which was funded by China, Sri Lankan media reports said.

According to a Colombo Page report, Sri Lanka and China signed the Lotus Tower agreement in 2012 under the Chinese government’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to build the highest TV tower in South Asia, with China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) being the general contractor.

The BRI project, critics say, is saddling nations with debt.

India has been severely critical of the BRI, the pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as it comprises the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Though the tower is still under construction, President Maithripala Sirisena decided to open the structure to the public.

“We still have not completed this project, but we decided to go ahead and open sections of the tower that can be accessed by people,” Sirisena said during the unveiling ceremony.

The project which began in 2012 under the then-president Mahinda Rajapakse faced numerous delays amid funding issues.

The Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) in a release said the Lotus Tower is foreseen to be one of the significant landmarks and an epitome of the country’s economy, culture and development.

The tower, which is expected to function as Sri Lanka’s ‘digital TV tower’, is built with fibre optic cables and is fully equipped with necessary telecommunication equipment.

The tallest tower in India is the Rameswaram TV Tower with a height of 323 metres.

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COVID-19 UPDATE : Global figure of Corona reached 6,064,607 and 367,479 deaths

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Corona virus is causing havoc all over the world. This virus is continuously targeting people.

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According to the latest figures, the global figure of Corona has reached close to 6 million. At the same time, the death toll has gone beyond 3 lakh 64 thousand.

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The country most affected by the corona infection has a total of 17 lakh 45 thousand 930 cases of infection, with a total of 1 lakh 2 thousand 808 deaths.

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At the same time, Brazil is the second most affected country after Covid-19 infection with 4 lakh 65 thousand 166 cases, while Russia is third with 3 lakh 87 thousand 623 cases.

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Britain with 2 lakh 72 thousand 607 cases, Spain with 2 lakh 38 thousand 564 cases, Italy with 2 lakh 32 thousand 248 cases, France with 1 lakh 86 thousand 923 cases, Germany with 1 lakh 82 thousand 922 cases, India with 1 lakh 73 thousand 491 cases, Turkey with 1 lakh 73 thousand 120 cases, Iran with 1 lakh 46 thousand 668 cases and Peru with 1 lakh 41 thousand 779 cases are among the other countries most affected by the epidemic.

 

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