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Chinese scientists study Chronic Kidney Disease

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Chinese scientists have conducted a study on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka in collaboration with a team of local scientists.

 The team of scientists who conducted the study called on Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the Temple Trees on Wednesday (July 10) and said the final report of the study will be submitted shortly.
Chinese government, in addition to assist the research, extended a grant for a water purification project in CKDu affected districts in Sri Lanka.

The Prime Minister thanked China for the grant extended for water purification and research on water-borne diseases in Sri Lanka, which was initiated when he was the Minister of Water Supply.

Prof. Min Yang, Head of the Research Center for Eco Environmental Sciences in China said that under the China Sri Lanka Research Grant Project a fully-fledged Research Center for water technology has been set up in Kandy under the name China Sri Lanka Joint Research and Demonstration Center (JRDC) for Water Technology.

JRDC Director Dr S K Weragoda said the Center would collaborate with Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as its insights and guidance would be invaluable in shaping the trajectory of JRDC.

The research on CKDu was undertaken as it caused a new public health challenge in selected geographic areas of the country, primarily in north central and eastern dry zones.

Prof S H P P Karunaratne said that the research have verified that kidney diseases were due to the presence of calcium and fluoride in groundwater in the dry zone.

The Prime Minister said further research must be undertaken as the presence of excessive metal contents in water could be due to the use of chemical fertilizer in upcountry plantations for centuries as the revers in the country begins from the hill country.

MP Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissanayake and Chairman of National Science Foundation Prof Ranjith Senaratne took part in the discussion.

The Chinese delegation included Deputy Ambassador of China Zhu Yanwei and Prof Yuansong Wei of Research Center for Eco Environmental Sciences and other leading scientists and engineers.

(Prime Minister’s Media)

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Ceylon tea exports offset $60M of Sri Lanka’s fuel debt to Iran

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board announced yesterday that exports of Ceylon Tea have successfully offset a substantial portion of the country’s fuel bill owed to Iran, amounting to US $ 60 million.

Since 2011, Sri Lanka has accumulated an arrears of US $ 251 million for fuel imports from Iran.

Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Niraj De Mel said that the settlement was achieved, as exports of tea to Iran tripled during this period.

Facing financial challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and domestic economic downturn, Sri Lanka struggled to meet its financial obligations to Iran, due to the foreign exchange shortages.

To resolve this issue, an agreement was reached between the two nations, focusing on settling outstanding debts through tea exports.

De Mel reported that tea exports to Iran from January to May 2024 totalled 4.98 million kilogrammes, a significant increase compared to 1.85 million kilogrammes exported during the same period in 2023.

(dailymirror.lk)
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Sri Lanka to Host ICC Annual General Meeting, July 19-22

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Mervin Backs Wijeyadasa for President

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Former Sri Lankan Minister Mervin Silva is backing Minister (Dr) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, as potential candidates for President.

“This country needs a leader who can take it forward,” Silva asserted.

As election campaigns intensify, he highlighted the tendency of politicians to make extravagant promises. 

Drawing from his experience serving under Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva recalled the distribution of various items, including material and undergarments, during campaigns. Despite these efforts, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election.

Similarly, Silva pointed out that Sajith Premadasa’s massive rallies at Galle Face Green did not secure victory. 

“We need a leader,” Silva emphasized, *”who can uphold law and order, enforce laws effectively, and collaborate with experts.”

In his opinion, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stands out as the best candidate for the presidency. Silva also mentioned ongoing discussions with President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne.

“Deceitful politicians,” Silva concluded, “must be held accountable and sent home.”

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