Cabinet approval was granted on Tuesday for the appointing of a Committee to monitor the implementation of the fuel pricing formula, State Finance Minister Eran Wickramaratne said.The State Minister said the relevant Cabinet Paper had been presented by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday at the Cabinet meeting.
The police have deployed 117 officers of the Life Saving Unit near the major reservoirs in Anuradhapura for the safety of pilgrims who come to the sacred city for Poson festival and bathe in the reservoirs.
Tobacco farmers are considering switching to high income crops ahead of a total tobacco ban that is expected go into effect in 2020. Ahead of the ban the tobacco industry has conducted a study into alternative crop models and the report of the study has been presented to the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday (June 26).
The report titled "Farmer Perspectives on Proposed Tobacco Growing Ban and Opportunity to Diversify" was presented to the Minister by Dr. Chatura Rodrigo of Green Space Consultancies (GSC). According to Minister Bathiudeen, about 200,000 farmers are directly involved in tobacco cultivation and they will require to change to alternative crops in 2020. Importation of cigarettes, and tobacco also will be banned from 2020. Around 500,000 are employed in this sector directly and indirectly.
Minister Bathiudeen said the proposed new crop models by Dr. Chatura Rodrigo are commendable since they recommend high income export crops such as Okra for these tobacco farmers so that their high (profit) margins shall continue and shall bring positive benefits to the exports sector as well. "Therefore we believe that this 'crop switching' will have only minimal effects if these models are used by tobacco farmers," the Minister said.
The research, carried out by Green Space Consultancies proposes that the ban is implemented over a four-year period so that tobacco farmers can transition to other cash crops. Tobacco expert panel at yesterday's event has indicated that Tobacco is considered as an Industrial Crop, more than a commercial crop and since the bulk of the harvest is used for nicotine products, it immediately ends up in industrial/machine processing, unlike many other commercial crops.
President handed over a cash donation to athlete Parami Wasanthi Maristella, who won gold medal at 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championship President Maithripala Sirisena handed over a donation of Rs 15 lakhs to athlete Parami Wasanthi Maristella, who won the gold medal at the recently held 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championship.
Sri Lanka Navy troops in the Jaffna peninsula conducted another medical clinic at the Eluwativu island on Sunday (24th June). The free medical clinic was held by the Northern Naval Command at the St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church.
As a measure to empower the rural communities in Sri Lanka the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry has launched a project to develop aquaculture in inland reservoirs to produce employment opportunities and new income avenues.
The Government has taken steps to promptly introduce a new Act to Parliament to establish a separate authority for the development of the villages in the estates in the hill country. Work on the new draft Bill was finalized yesterday (25th), the Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Digambaram said.
Several spells of showers will occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Light showers may occur in North-central province and in Hambantota District.
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday instructed the relevant officials to take immediate measures to control pollution in the historic Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa. The President who went to the Parakrama Samudraya during his morning walk observed that the reservoir was becoming increasingly polluted due to harmful human activity.
We are a proud nation with an ancient history, the government is duty bound to protect and safeguard our cultural heritage and bequeath it to the future generations, President Maithripala Sirisena said.The President was addressing the gathering at a Pinkama held at the Unagala Wehera Raja Maha Viharaya in Hingurakgoda, Polonnarwua to mark the unveiling of the Pinnacle of a newly built Cetiya on June 24.