August 21, 2019
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    Maha Nayaka Thera of the Malwatta Chapter Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera today told a group of European Union Ambassadors that it was not justifiable to label the violent incidents occurred in Theldeniya as communal violence.

    Businesses in Sri Lanka have a great opportunity in the he Asia Pacific region in the field of development as the region develops its own competitive trading system, the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said addressing the executive Committee meeting of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    In a bid to find a sustainable solution to the recurring droughts, the next few months would witness the first onset of artificial rain in selected areas of the country as a pilot project, Power and Energy Ministry Secretary Suren Batagoda said. He add that the Ministry had decided to introduce ‘Artificial Rains’ for the first time in Sri Lanka with technical support from the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (BRRAA) of Thailand. “A team of experts on artificial rain-making led by the Director General of BRRAA visited Sri Lanka last month and had several rounds of talks with the Ministry and the CEB. We are confident that Sri Lanka would benefit if the pilot project is a success and artificial rain-making can be made a permanent solution to the repeated droughts that have had a negative impact on the country,” Dr. Batagoda said.

    A Cabinet sub-committee which will consist of experts has been appointed to look into the use of glyphosate in the agriculture sector. Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister, S.B. Dissanayake announced the above at a media briefing held at SLFP Headquarters in Darley Road yesterday. He explained that Agriculture Minister, Duminda Dissanayake and Plantation Industries Minister, Naveen Dissanayake had submitted two cabinet papers with regard to lifting the ban.

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