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SL – Vietnam signs MoU

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Sri Lanka and Vietnam have signed a MoU over a Agriculture technical exchange programme.

The MoU was signed by visiting Vietnam Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Minh Hoan Le and his Sri Lankan counterpart – Mahinda Amaraweera on the sidelines of the 37th Session of FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific.

Meanwhile, Minister Minh Hoan Le had met with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister – Dinesh Gunawardena at Temple Trees yesterday (20) where they discussed close bilateral ties and ways and means of enhancing cooperation in many spheres, especially on rural development and social empowerment.

Vietnam Minister thanked Sri Lanka for the support extended during the Vietnamese liberation movement. He said Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to recognize Vietnam immediately after its independence and unification.

The Prime Minister congratulated Vietnam for the success of rapid economic development after gaining independence after a valiant freedom struggle. He praised the innovative methods adopted by Vietnam to successfully attract foreign investments and requested to share its experience with Sri Lanka for modernization of agriculture.

Minister Minh Hoan Le acceded to the Prime Minister’s request and added that Vietnam considers Sri Lanka as a special friend and his country cold share expertise in digital agriculture and smart agriculture.

He said both countries with rich background of Buddhism and socialism have a similar approach to people-oriented development. Hence both countries emphasize on rural upliftment trough agriculture development, he said.

The high-level Vietnam delegation included Ambassador Ho Thi Thanh Truc, Director Generals, Nguyen Do Anh Tuan, Le Trung Quan, Nguyen Nhu Cuong, Huynh Tan Dat and Le Duc Thinh.

Minister Douglas Devananda, State Minister Anupa Pasqual, MP Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Anura Dissanayake, Chairman of national Science Foundation Prof Ranjith Senarathne and Director General of Foreign Ministry, Shashikala Premawardane also took part in the discussion.

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Iran – SL sign 5 MoUs (Video)

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Iran and Sri Lanka signed five memorandums of understanding (MoUs), aimed at bolstering bilateral relations between the two countries.

The MoUs signed will cover cooperation in film, media, tourism, cooperatives, libraries, and cultural, scientific, technical, and sports fields between the two countries, the Presidential Media Division notes.

Earlier in the evening, the Iranian President – Dr. Ebrahim Raisi and his Sri Lankan counterpart President Wickremesinghe held one-on-one discussions, followed by a bilateral meeting between representatives of both nations at the Presidential Secretariat.

(Video – PMD)

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Imported milk powder prices slashed

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The price of imported milk powder will be reduced with effect from tomorrow (April 25), the Milk Powder Importers’ Association states.

Accordingly, the price of a 01 kg pack will drop by Rs. 250 – Rs. 300 while the price of 400g pack will be slashed by Rs. 100ත් – Rs. 130.

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Injunction against Wijedasa and Sarathie

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The Colombo District Court today (April 24) issued an injunction order preventing the appointment of Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as the Acting Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
The court has also issued an injunction order preventing MP Sarathie Dushmantha Mithrapala from functioning as the General Secretary of SLFP.

Colombo District Judge Sandun Withana issued these orders after considering a complaint filed against the respective appointments.

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