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Minister to send team to explore Indian egg production

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It has been decided during a discussion held between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Trade to avoid delays in giving approval for eggs imported from India and to give approval within one and a half days.

It has also been decided to send a team including two officials of the Ministry of Agriculture to India to explore new poultry farms that can supply eggs to Sri Lanka.

Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera said that eggs are being imported from three farms in India where there is no bird flu, and that these officials will be sent to look for more such farms since the imported egg stock is insufficient.

The Minister said this at a news conference held yesterday (11) at the Government Information Department.

Minister Amaraweera said that if one million eggs per day are imported from India for a period of three months, the egg issue will be solved to some extent.

However, he said that after another five months, an egg can be sold for Rs.30 in the local market.

Although the daily consumption of eggs in the country is seven million, the daily production of eggs is about five million.

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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