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Eggs ordered from India; arrival date not yet fixed

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Eggs ordered from India; arrival date not yet fixed

Sri Lanka State Trading (General) Corporation General Manager Chamila Iddamalgoda said that it is not possible to announce the exact date of arrival of the ship carrying eggs from India to Sri Lanka.

She said that the samples of the egg stock have been sent for microbiology tests, and these tests will be completed in another three days.

The STC is importing two million eggs from India, and it earlier said that the stock of eggs was to be received by Sri Lanka on February 27.

On the 23rd, the STC said that the egg stock had been shipped from India.

Another scam similar to Sugar Tax Scam?

Meanwhile, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Thushara Indunil alleged that there is a large-scale tax fraud behind the importation of eggs.

He expressed these views following a discussion held with a group of small and medium-sector poultry businessmen in the North-Western Province.

The businessmen said that an egg can be sold at Rs.25 if the price of raw materials is reduced. 

Govt. member requests Rs.75 million to import eggs!

Meanwhile, SJB MP Nalin Bandara alleged in Parliament that someone from the government has asked for Rs.75 million to import Indian eggs.

Responding to the allegations, MP Nimal Lanza said that they were completely false.

Bogus case against Egg Association Chairman!

Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) said that legal action will be taken against a large-scale egg farm and 3 medium-scale farms for selling eggs exceeding the maximum retail price.

According to the CAA, the farm of All Ceylon Egg Producers’ Association Chairman R. M. Sarath Rathnayake is among the egg production farms that have sold overpriced eggs.

However, Mr. Ratnayake denied the accusations. “Twenty eggs have been sold. There were no 20-rupee note to be given back as change. Therefore, a small egg has been given instead. However, the CAA says eggs have been sold for Rs 45. I will file a defamation case for tarnishing my reputation,” he said.

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French ambassador in SL, passes away

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The French Ambassador for Sri Lanka and Maldives Jean-François Pactet has passed away today (May 26).

According to the police, the ambassador has passed away at his official residence.

He was 53 years old.He has served as the Ambassador in Sri Lanka since October 2022.

A career diplomat, Pactet was previously Deputy Director of Culture and Education in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

From 2016 to 2019, Jean-François Pactet was in charge of the Ministry’s policy regarding global health, gender equality and education, and supervised French contributions to multilateral funds in these areas.

Prior to this, Jean-François Pactet has been posted at the French Embassy to the United States in Washington (2012-2016) and at the French Permanent Representation to NATO in Brussels. 

He was also a Deputy Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Veteran singer and musician Ananda Perera passes away

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Renowned singer and musician Ananda Perera has passed away at the age of 67.

Family sources confirmed that he died while receiving treatment at a hospital in Kandy.

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Tea represents harmony, social inclusivity, says China – SL reps. to UN (Video)

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Tea as a popular drink shared by multiple countries around the world stands for harmony, diversity and social inclusivity, said representatives both of China and Sri Lanka to the United Nations at a ceremony held in the United Nations headquarter in New York on Tuesday.

The event themed “Tea for Harmony” was held to celebrate the International Tea Day, which also fell on Tuesday with a nod to China’s centuries-old tea traditions. It is co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of China to the UN and China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

“For thousands of years, tea has traveled along the Silk Road and the maritime routes to reach people around the world. Tea cultures from various countries, while sharing the same roots, have deeply integrated with their own customs and traditions. Just like this year’s theme ‘Tea for Harmony’ suggests, tea has indeed played an important role in promoting harmony within diversity,” said Dai Bing, China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN.

In his opening speech, Mohan Peiris, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to UN, noted that tea functions as a means to bring people together for a casual chat, and thus helps to encourage social interaction and stands for inclusivity.

“Drinking tea promotes social interaction. Sharing tea provides an opportunity for individuals to come together. And that’s something we do here in the delegates lounge. It facilitates conversation. Let’s have a chat over a cup of tea. It encourages inclusivity. Community drinking can bring people together. Well, it also fosters equal footing. The very act of sharing a cup of tea is typically egalitarian. It’s big,” he said.

Products from Xinyang, a well-known tea-producing region in central China’s Henan Province, were highlighted at the event, with tea masters making drink with Xinyang Maojian, a widely welcomed local green tea at the scene.

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