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Farmers cautioned on water use in 2018 despite La Niña

Sri Lanka is expected to receive normal rains in the first three months of 2018, but the period is the driest in the year and farmers should use water sparingly, the island’s agricultural authorities have said in a weather update.   Meteorologists have forecasted a few days of rain after …

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Visa fees now payable in dollars instead of rupees

The government has approved regularizing and updating of the present method of visa issuance and to collect visa charges in US dollars instead of Sr Lankan rupees. A proposal made by Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S. B. Navinna in this regard was approved by the Cabinet …

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IMF envisages Sri Lanka’s economy normalizing in 2018

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) envisages Sri Lanka’s economy normalizing in 2018 with the Real GDP growth projected to reach about 5 percent over the medium term. The real GDP growth is projected to increase from 4.2 percent in 2017 to 4.6 percent in 2018, as agriculture recovers with the …

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Ex-‘Monitoring’ MP under probe for vehicle racket

Police have initiated investigations into an alleged misappropriation of public funds in the acquisition of luxury vehicles to the Presidential Secretariat during the previous administration.   Police sourcessaid that a young and powerful MP in the former administration was under investigation. The investigators have recorded statements from several officials including …

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Rs. 170 million paid to Matara farmers for Maha season

Under the government’s fertilizer subsidy scheme, 170 million rupees has been credited to farmers who will be engaged in paddy cultivation in the forthcoming Maha cultivation season, the Assistant Director of the Matara District Office of the National Fertilizer Secretariat, Keerthi Abeysinghe said. This relief aid is provided in three …

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