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Rs.30,000 mn. worth of crops destroyed!

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In the first half of 2022, 144,989 metric tons of 28 food crops including paddy and 93 million coconuts have been destroyed by wild animals.

This was revealed in a research report prepared by the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agricultural Research and Training Institute on the impact of wild animals on farmlands.

According to the report, the value of the food crops destroyed by wild animals is Rs.30,215 million.

Drawing attention to the issues pointed out in this report, the Ministry of Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation has taken steps to appoint a committee to study the measures to be taken in future to prevent the damage caused by wild animals to plantations and to prevent elephant-human conflicts by obtaining opinions and suggestions from various parties.

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Dasun Shanaka denies political involvement

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Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka insisted that he has no links to any political party in the country.

In a Twitter message, Shanaka said that he has noticed his image being circulated in a political party propaganda.

“I’ve noticed my image circulating in a political party propaganda. I have no inclination with any party or ever have participated as an ambassador. My one true love and passion is playing cricket for my country,” he tweeted.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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