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No need to import 6 food commodities including rice  – Agri Dept.

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The Department of Agriculture says Sri Lanka will not be required to import rice and five other commodities this year since a substantial harvest has been received.

According to a communiqué from the Department, Sri Lanka has reached self-sufficiency in rice, black gram, green gram, kurakkan (finger millet), cowpea and groundnuts.

The Agriculture Department said following re-introduction of chemical fertiliser in the 2022 Yala season, the yield has improved considerably.

Accordingly, with the harvest in the last Maha season, Sri Lanka has produced 2.7 million MT of rice.

The Department said the country’s annual requirement of rice is 2.4 million MT and therefore there will be a surplus of 300,000MT.

Furthermore, Sri Lanka produced 17,866MT of black gram while the annual requirement is around 20,000MT.

The Agriculture Department said already around 13,500MT of green gram had been produced this year and the annual requirement is around 20,000MT.

It added out of the 15,000MT of cowpea needed this year, around 13,740MT have already been produced.

Based on the assessment of the Agriculture Department, Sri Lanka needs around 35,000MT of ground nuts annually and this year’s harvest is around 36,500MT.

The Department said around 6,500MT of kurakkan has already been produced this year and farmers are on course to meet the annual demand of 10,000MT.

Accordingly, the Department says there is no necessity to import these commodities this year.

(newsradio.lk)

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Presidential election candidates must declare canvassing expenditure for first time

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Election Commission (EC) Chairman R. M. A. L. Rathnayake announced that the date for the forthcoming Presidential Election will be set by the end of this month. 

For the first time, candidates must declare their election expenditure, in accordance with the Election Expenditure Act of 2023.

The regulations, which were not applied in the last postponed election, will be fully enforced this time to promote accountability and reduce unethical fundraising practices. 

The election is anticipated to be held between September 16 and October 17 this year.

EC Chairman Rathnayake confirmed the readiness of the Government Printer, the Inspector General of Police, the Postmaster General, and other relevant parties for the election. 

The Finance Ministry has allocated Rs. 10 billion for the election from the 2024 Budget, and EC officials will meet with Finance Ministry key officials this week to discuss funding arrangements.

The Supreme Court has clarified the Presidential term as five years, suggesting that this be enshrined in domestic legislation to avoid ambiguity. The EC will also address the media this week regarding election organization.

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Revised schedule for India’s tour of Sri Lanka announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Saturday that the schedule for India’s upcoming white-ball tour of Sri Lanka has been revised, with the series now starting on July 27, a day later than originally planned.

The revised schedule is as follows:

T20Is

  – July 27, 2024 – 1st T20I at Pallekele

  – July 28, 2024 – 2nd T20I at Pallekele

  – July 30, 2024 – 3rd T20I at Pallekele

ODIs

  – July 31, 2024 – 1st ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 2, 2024 – 2nd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 4, 2024 – 3rd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

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Mahela and Namal Grace attend Ambani’s Wedding

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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene and MP Namal Rajapaksa are among the invitees of Anant Ambani’s wedding

The wedding of Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani’s youngest son, Anant Ambani, to Radhika Merchant has taken social media by storm, featuring some of the biggest celebrities and sporting personalities from around the globe.

Lavish wedding celebrations for the son of Asia’s richest man resumed on Saturday with a star-studded guest list including Hollywood celebrities, global business leaders, and two former British prime ministers.

Billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son Anant and fiancée Radhika Merchant, both 29, are tying the knot this weekend in Mumbai, India, following months of pre-marriage parties.

Saturday will see a blessing ceremony during which the world’s rich and famous will greet and pay their respects to the couple at a 16,000-capacity convention center owned by the Ambani family’s conglomerate.

This will be followed by a grand party where unconfirmed reports say pop stars Drake, Lana Del Rey, and Adele are likely to perform.

(dailymirror.lk)
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