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Lanka and IRRI sign framework to boost national rice sector

(COLOMBO,18.01.2019- LANKAPUVATH) –The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Government of Sri Lanka today (18) inked a comprehensive work plan to advance Sri Lanka’s rice self-sufficiency goals through joint research for development projects in the country in the next five years.Jacqueline Hughes, IRRI’s Deputy Director General for Research and Sumith Nakandala, Additional Secretary for Bilateral Affairs of the Sri Lanka …

Mahinda Rajapaksa officially assumes duties at Opposition Leader’s office

(COLOMBO,18.01.2019- LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has officially assumed duties at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo this morning (18). Rajapaksa has not assumed duties at the Opposition Leader’s Office before since the previous Opposition Leader, TNA MP R. Sampanthan has not handed over the office until recently after the change in the government last month. Speaker Karu …

Health Ministry bans handling prepared foods by hand

(COLOMBO 18.01.2019, LANKAPUVATH) –Food Control Administration Unit of the Ministry of Health has decided to completely ban the practice of handling prepared food by hand when selling to consumers. The ban will take effect from 1st of May, the state TV Rupavahini reported. Food suppliers and restaurants, or mobile food vendors will be strictly forbidden from serving or selling ready-to-eat …

INDONESIA, LANKA TO STRENGTHEN NAVAL TIES

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka and Indonesia decided to further strengthen friendly ties between the two countries and work unitedly to ensure free naval movement and security in the Indian Ocean. The decisions were reached during the bilateral meeting held between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam yesterday morning (12). Premier …

Sri Lankan Coconut Product Exporters meet Australian Business Associations

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Coconut Development Authority organized a well-attended Business Breakfast Meeting on 11 September 2018 in Melbourne coinciding with Sri Lanka’s participation at the Fine Food Exhibition 2018. Sri Lankan Coconut Products Exporters are attending the Fine Food Australia Exhibition 2018, currently being held in …

No foreign nationals or families settled in any part of Sri Lanka

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Press Release The attention of the Department of Government Information has been drawn to certain media reports that refer to public statements alleging that political authorities of the Northern Provincial Council have settled 250 Indian families in a village (in Nedunkerni) of that Province. The Department of Government Information wishes to state that these allegations are unfounded …

Make maximum use of RTI Act, says Education MINISTER

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam requested the public to make the maximum use of the Right to Information Act to fight against injustice when admitting children to Grade 1 in schools. The minister also instructed the ministry officials and the Principals to provide the information requested under the RTI Act. The parents can appeal and seek information …

Airline removes nuts after President’s disclosure

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s national airline said Wednesday (Sept 12) it has stopped serving cashews after the country’s President flew into a rage over nuts served to him on a flight to Colombo. “Returning from Kathmandu, I was served some cashews on board a SriLankan flight, but it was so bad even a dog wouldn’t eat it,” Maithripala Sirisena said …

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