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Cancer can be controlled with traditional rice varieties: Dr. Sirimal

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Cancer, diabetes and many other diseases can be controlled by using local rice varieties whose medicinal value has been scientifically proven, Director General of Industrial Technology Institute (CISIR) Dr.Sirimal Premakumara said.

Based on the results of research conducted for more than 10 years using 25 varieties of local rice, a scientific research paper has also been published on the medicinal value of Sudu Heenati, Goda Heenati, Dik Vee and Masuran rice varieties.

Dr. Premakumara has told the BBC Sinhala Service that it does not seem that Sri Lanka as a country is taking proper advantage of these research results that have scientifically proven the traditional knowledge.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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