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“No approval to import eggs from India or Pakistan”

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The import of eggs from India will not be allowed as bird flu is currently spreading across India, Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health, Dr. Hemali Kothalawala, said.

She said an egg can be given to consumers at a price less than Rs.50 after taking into consideration the current cost of egg production.

Although the production cost is published monthly, the Director General said steps will be taken to publish the production cost on a weekly basis due to the egg price issue.

The Director General expressed these views at a press conference held at the department’s head office in Gannoruwa, Kandy.

“Although it is decided to announce egg production costs on a weekly basis, the price of eggs in the market is determined by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).”

“The price of a kilo of maize has dropped from Rs.250 to Rs.152. I think the price of eggs will go down further along with the upcoming maize harvest”.

“In the last six months, bird flu has been spreading in India as well as in Pakistan. Therefore, the import of eggs from those countries cannot be allowed.”

“If necessary, there is no obstacle to importing eggs from countries like Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, and the US etc. where there is no bird flu,” she said.

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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