At least 10 trains affected

Ariyaratne said that with the 10 train engines being affected, passengers had been stranded with a shortage of trains operating during the day.Last year Sri Lanka faced a similar issue when contaminated petrol affected hundreds of vehicles on the street. Owners of all the damaged vehicles were later paid compensation by the government. (Xinhua) The contaminated diesel was pumped at fuel stations operated by the government owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), Wijeyratne said.He said that some bus operators were now pumping diesel at the Indian owned Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) fuel stations hoping that the fuel there is clean. Wijeyratne said his private bus union is to meet over the next day or two to discuss the issue and the possibility of seeking compensation from the government for the damaged buses.Meanwhile the Sri Lankan state owned railway department said at least 10 train engines had been affected so far by contaminated diesel.Sri Lanka Railways General Manager B.A.P. Ariyaratne told Xinhua that the contaminated diesel had forced some trains to stall while others were going at a very slow speed. “The buses started breaking down over the past two days. Most bus owners did not know what the issue was and so they assumed it was a normal breakdown and went and got it fixed. But we now found that more and more buses were breaking down and then it was clear that contaminated diesel was the cause,” LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeyratne told Xinhua. A local private bus union, the Private Bus Operators Association (LPBOA), said that fuel injectors in the bus engines were damaged as a result of the contaminated diesel. He said that a request has now been put forward to the CPC for fresh diesel to operate the trains. Passenger transport in Sri Lanka was hit by contaminated diesel with buses and trains breaking down, officials said on Tuesday.Private bus operators said that more than 70 passenger buses had broken down after running on the contaminated fuel. read more

Rockets trounce Spurs 136105 to snap fourgame skid

SAN ANTONIO — Clint Capela had 27 points and 12 rebounds, James Harden had 23 points and 10 assists and the Houston Rockets handed the San Antonio Spurs their second straight lopsided defeat, 136-105 on Friday night.Chris Paul added 14 points and 10 assists as Houston was able to sit its starters for most of the fourth quarter while holding a 110-74 lead after the third.San Antonio (10-12) fell two games below .500 for the first time since Nov. 20, 2009 when it was 4-6.The Rockets entered the game on a four-game skid but the Spurs were the troubled team. Two nights after a 39-point loss in Minnesota, San Antonio actually fared worse against Houston.“You need to take that embarrassment and bottle it up,” forward Dante Cunningham said during the team’s morning shootaround. “You have to never want that again. That taste has to stick around forever. You just can’t give up games like that. Pride has to kick in at some point.”Little changed as the Spurs allowed their biggest point total in a half this season and matched the most they have allowed in the third quarter.Houston scored 70 points in the first half. Harden set the mark by driving the lane untouched with 3.7 seconds left for a layup.The Rockets added 40 points in the third quarter. Houston finished 22 for 54 on 3-pointers.LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 for the Spurs, who have dropped two straight.DeRozan provided some of the few San Antonio highlights, driving the lane twice to feed Rudy Gay for the Spurs’ first two baskets. Gay finished with nine points and DeRozan closed with five assists.DeRozan also had six points in the first quarter, including a driving finger roll that gave the Spurs their lone lead at 9-7.The Rockets went on an 18-4 run beginning midway through the first quarter and raced to a 31-15 lead.TIP-INSRockets: Houston’s 70 points in the first half tied its second most in any half. The Rockets scored 76 against Indiana on Nov. 11 and 70 against Detroit on Nov. 21. … Paul returned after a three-game absence. He has missed five games this season, all of which Houston lost. … James Ennis was assessed a technical foul after screaming at an official after he was whistled for a pushing foul with 7:38 remaining in the third quarter.Spurs: DeRozan is the first San Antonio player to score in double figures in each of his first 22 games since David Robinson did so as a rookie in 1989. … The most points the Spurs previously allowed in the first half was 68 to New Orleans on Nov. 3. … Only Roger Mason Jr., Richard Jefferson and Manu Ginobili have made more 3-pointers after 22 games than Bryn Forbes, who has 50. … Marco Belinelli has 245 3-pointers for the Spurs, the most he has made for any of the nine teams he has played for.UP NEXTRockets: Host Chicago on Saturday night.Spurs: Host Portland on Sunday night.___More AP NBA: and Dominguez, The Associated Press read more