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Tea shipments to Russia to resume on Saturday

The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association has said that the export of tea to Russia will resume on Saturday, 30th of December. Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association Anslem Perera said there was no major impact from the ban on the tea industry of Sri Lanka as the temporary ban …

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Sri Lanka surprisingly scores big in food security index

Sri Lanka, dependent as it is on food imports, has been ranked the first in South Asian region on the recently published Global Food Security Index 2017 whereas its global ranking is 66th.   Bangladesh’s neighbours, Nepal and Myanmar, have been ranked at 81st and 80th positions respectively in the …

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More than 300,000 affected due to drought

Nearly 300,000 persons had been affected by the prevailing drought in five districts the Disaster Management Centre announced yesterday.   Assistant Director of the DMC Pradeep Kodippili says that 293,764 persons of 90,612 families had been affected in the districts of Puttalam, Kurungela, Anuradhapura, Mannar and Vavuniya.   The highest …

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Russia lifts ban on tea supplies from Sri Lanka

Russia has decided to lift the ban imposed on tea imports from Sri Lanka with effect from December 30 following discussions, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Moscow Dr. Saman Weerasinghe said. A delegation from Sri Lanka, comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Plantation and Ceylon Tea Board, left for Russia …

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Sri Lankan board offers to resign

SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ajith Dias and five directors have offered to resign to support the government’s restructuring plan. Contacted by the Daily News, Mr. Dias said that of the seven directors in the director board, six of them have tendered their resignation letters in support of the government’s restructuring initiative …

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Presidential Commission to probe SriLankan and Mihin Air

A Special Presidential Commission would be appointed to look into the Sri Lanka Airlines and the Mihin Air, soon after the receiving of the Bond Commission report, President Maithripala Sirisena said. The President made this comment at a meeting with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party organizers at the President’s House. …

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Sri Lanka reselected for MCC grant

The Board of Directors of the United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) reselected Sri Lanka for its grant programme at its meeting on December 19. This will enable MCC to continue developing its compact programme with the government of Sri Lanka for which Sri Lanka was selected a year ago, …

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Youth arrested for impersonating candidate at O/L exam

An individual has been arrested by police while sitting for the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination with a forged identity card and impersonating a student at a school in Piliyandala, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. He was arrested during the Geography paper of the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination which was …

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November national inflation eases to 8.4-pct

Sri Lanka’s national consumer price inflation in November fell for the first time in six months to 8.4 percent from a year earlier, down from a more than two-year high of 8.8 percent the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics said. Consumer prices rose 1.3 percent in November, …

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