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President in talks with India to raise local milk production

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A meeting took place between Indian High Commissioner – Mr. Gopal Baglay and President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat today (04).

The discussions focused on raising national milk production and providing necessary technical support to the production of liquid milk in Sri Lanka together with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) of India and Amul Milk Company.

The objective is to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in milk and dairy products in the long term with short and medium term goals to double local milk production.

The President appointed a committee consisting of representatives of the public and private sectors to work with the multidisciplinary team of the National Dairy Development Board of India to prepare a short, medium and long-term plan for the development of the dairy sector in the country. This endeavour is aimed at preventing the decline in milk production and dependence on imported milk in Sri Lanka. The discussion was held between the members of the committee and representatives of the National Dairy Board of India (NDDB).

The discussion was attended by Indian High Commissioner – Mr. Gopal Baglay, Dr. Rakesh Pandey, First Secretary, Economic and Commercial Affairs, representatives of the National Dairy Development Board of India and Amul Milk Company, Mr. Sagala Ratnayake, Senior Advisor to the President on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff, Mr. Saman Ekanayake, President’s Secretary and a group of public and private sector representatives appointed by the President.

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G.L. hints at Impeachment against President

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MP of the Freedom People’s Congress – Prof. G.L. Peiris has warned of a possible impeachment motion against President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaking at a media briefing today (Dec. 11) Prof. Peiris has said that an impeachment can be brought forth on the grounds of the constitution being violated by the President’s arbitrary interference in the affairs of the Constitutional Council.He also emphasized that the opposition will stand united against the President’s dictatorial rule.

Pointing out that 2024 is a year of elections with the Presidential election and General Election already announced, Prof. Peiris emphasised that it is of utmost importance that the Constitutional Council is allowed to function independently during elections.

He also said that there is a reasonable doubt that the vacancy at the Election Commission is not being filled with the objective of scrapping future elections.The MP also said that there is a possibility of Sri Lanka losing the GSP+ concession due to the violation of international conventions.

He further noted that the international community has already given Sri Lanka a red light due to the implementation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and has notified that democracy should be secured during the election period.

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Around 50 escape from Kandakadu Rehab. Centre

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At least 50 inmates at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre have escaped, Police said today (11).

However, around 15 have been recaptured and are currently in police custody, police spokesperson – SSP Attorney-At-Law – Nihal Thalduwa says.

The escape had taken place during a tense situation at the centree and measures are underway to recapture the remaining persons.

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Full list  of VAT exempted list, released

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The amended list of items exempted from the VAT was tabled in Parliament today (Dec. 11).

The Third Reading of the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament earlier this evening by a majority of 45 votes.


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