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PM calls for closer ties with China

The government wants to further strengthen Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with China, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said, writing to Chinese President Xi Jinping. In a felicitation message to the Chinese President, Wickremesinghe said that Sri Lanka – China relations had made tremendous progress in the recent past, encompassing various sectors …

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Cabinet paper ready to lift ban on glyphosate

Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake says immediate steps will be taken to remove the ban on glyphosate, a widely-used weedicide, to boost the dwindling tea crop.   Dissanayake said that the Cabinet paper seeking the approval for removing the ban would be presented to the cabinet today (20).   The …

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Jaguar Land Rover has revealed two ground-breaking models to the world at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show, which concluded yesterday (18/03/2018). Fresh off its global reveal, the Jaguar I-PACE that made its way to Switzerland from Austria for its public debut, with the battery electric, all-wheel-drive, premium SUV leading …

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Need to commercialize state research

Primary industries minister Daya Gamage stresses the need to commercialize the findings by state research centres. He was speaking at a workshop at his ministry today to build an inter relationship between industrialists and state universities. Ministry secretary Bandula Wickramarachchi, National Science Foundation’s director general Prof. Ananda Jayawardena, deputy chairman …

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Glyphosate ban likely to be lifted

John Keells PLC Tea market report last week predicted that the Glyphosate ban is likely to be lifted.   Quoting the National Economic Council, the report said: “In light of overwhelming scientific consensus that the chemical is not harmful to human health, the decision was put across to the Agriculture …

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Sri Lanka banks to join small business loan scheme

Ten Sri Lankan public and private sector banking institutions are to sign up for a government loan scheme to give start-up capital or funds for expansion to small and medium enterprises. The programme implemented by the government with the aim of securing funds for capital and working capital requirements of …

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