Implementation of a Loan Scheme to Support Small and Medium-Scale Rice Industry
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Implementation of a Loan Scheme to Support Small and Medium-Scale Rice Industry

President Director General (Community Affairs), Rajith Keerthi Thennakoon, announced the initiation of an “Odapana” loan scheme during a meeting held at the President’s Office the day before yesterday (14). This loan scheme, implemented in response to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s directives, aims to address the financial challenges encountered by small and medium-scale rice mill owners, rice…

Cancer cases among kids have climbed to about 1000 per year
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Cancer cases among kids have climbed to about 1000 per year

The number of children diagnosed with cancer averaged 1,000 a year, Dr. Suraj Perera, Consultant Community Physician of the National Cancer Control Programme said yesterday addressing the media at the Health Promotion Bureau.Dr. Perera said that 37,553 cancer patients had been reported in 2021. ” Of that 2 to 5 percent were children. During the…

ADB financial aid a victory for Mahaweli farming community
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ADB financial aid a victory for Mahaweli farming community

The Asian Development Bank has pledged to assist in developing Smart Agriculture in Mahaweli Zones in a positive move made over a request made by Minister of Irrigation, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Pavithra Wanniarachchi. Accordingly, ADB has pledged to provide US$ 8 million to introduce modern technology in the field of agriculture and livestock…

Plan to shut down civic space continues apace
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Plan to shut down civic space continues apace

Dr. Jehan Perera President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been indicating the government’s intention to conduct both presidential and parliamentary elections this year. He is reported to have made this same declaration during his visit to Australia last week. This would be viewed positively by those who are waiting for elections that would ensure a government with…

Dry weather till mid-April: Avoid being dehydrated
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Dry weather till mid-April: Avoid being dehydrated

Sri Lanka can expect significant rain only in mid-April, Director General of Meteorology, Athula Karunanayake, has said. The Met Chief said yesterday that the prevailing high temperatures would persist until mid-April. Karunanayake warned that children, athletes, military personnel, labourers, and others exposed to the sun must be vigilant against life-threatening dehydration. There might be slight…

Clashes over NGO Law: Sri Lankan Civil Society Group Demands Transparency and Wider Consultations
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Clashes over NGO Law: Sri Lankan Civil Society Group Demands Transparency and Wider Consultations

A key Sri Lankan civil society group, the CSO-NGO Collective, has clashed with the government over a proposed law regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs). While the government claims the legislation, aimed at “Registration and Supervision,” has been under development since 2005, the Collective argues it was blindsided by the draft and demands wider consultations before it…

Today’s weather forecast
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Today’s weather forecast

Several spells of showers will occur in Eastern and Uva provinces and in Polonnaruwa, Matale and Nuwara-Eliya districts. A few showers may occur in Northern province and in Anuradhapura district. Showers or thundershowers may occur ata few places in Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts after 2.00 p.m. Fairly strong winds…

Harin says Indian companies likely to acquire major hotel chains in Sri Lanka
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Harin says Indian companies likely to acquire major hotel chains in Sri Lanka

Tourism Minister Harin Fernando disclosed that three out of four potential parties are Indian companies that are shortlisted to buy Hotel Developers Lanka Ltd., the owning company of the popular five-star Hilton Colombo. “Most probably it will go to an Indian firm,” he said speaking at the Sri Lanka Tourism Networking Evening held recently in…

Concert in remembrance of Clarence Wijewardena and Milton Mallawarachchi
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Concert in remembrance of Clarence Wijewardena and Milton Mallawarachchi

The late Clarence Wijewardena and Milton Mallawarachchi will never ever be forgotten for their contribution to the music scene, both here and abroad. They both had the unique ability to come up with songs that captivated the music minded public, both young and old…with meaningful lyrics and melodious music. Clarence and Milton are being remembered…