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Obstacles on production of Toddy, Kithul, Palm & Coconut related products, to be scrapped

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Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Committee Chair of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Economic and Physical Plans instructed the relevant officials to take immediate steps to remove the obstacles in the local production and export of Toddy, Kithul, Palm and Coconut related products

The Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Industries also pointed out during the previous Committee meeting held that there have been issues in the local production, distribution and export of Toddy, Kithul, Palm and Coconut related products and that the government is capable of generating significant income by solving the existing concerns.

Accordingly, relevant government institutions including the Excise Department and the Customs Department were called before the Committee to discuss and resolve the issues in this regard. After discussing with these departments, it was agreed to remove the obstacles in this regard.

This was taken up for discussion when the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Economic and Physical Plans met in the Parliament recently (June 04) under the Chairmanship of Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Member of Parliament.

It was also agreed to remove the barriers to the wholesale distribution of toddy palm produced in the Northern Province locally and abroad. Moreover, the Committee instructed the exporters to prepare a necessary system to easily and systematically export Toddy, Kithul, Palm and Coconut related products.

The Committee pointed out that there is a large market abroad for Toddy, Kithul, Palm and Coconut related products. As a result, the Committee pointed out that the government will be able to generate a significant revenue in the future through the removal of these obstacles. Furthermore, the relevant officials were instructed to submit a proposal to the Committee that includes all the proposals regarding toddy, kithul, palm and coconut related products.

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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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