Passenger arrested with 124 tortoises

A passenger was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with 124 tortoises in his possession.The Customs Department said that the tortoises were concealed in the baggage of the passenger. The passenger is a Sri Lankan and a resident of Negombo, a Customs Department spokesman said.He was about to leave for Malaysia with the tortoises in his baggage this morning when he was arrested. Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)

Shortlived German nuclear plants cooling tower demolished

BERLIN — The cooling tower of a former nuclear power plant next to the Rhine River in Germany that was online for just 13 months has been demolished, 31 years after it stopped producing electricity.Remote-controlled excavators on Friday removed pillars that supported the tower at the Muelheim-Kaerlich plant, near Koblenz. The tower, whose top half had already been removed by a specially designed robot, collapsed under its own weight in a cloud of dust a couple of hours later.Muelheim-Kaerlich was switched off in September 1988 after 13 months in service when a federal court ruled the risk of earthquakes in the area hadn’t been taken into account sufficiently. After a lengthy legal battle, demolition started in 2004. Operator RWE says nearly all radioactive material had already been removed by then.The Associated Press read more