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Sri Lanka and Israel sign agreement for direct air services, Commencing march

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An agreement to start direct air services between Sri Lanka and Israel has been signed.

The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation said that the diplomatic agreement was signed by Israel’s Minister of Transport and Road Safety Miri Regev, and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripalada Silva.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation announced that direct flights between the two countries will be started from next March on a fixed schedule.

Minister Miri Regiv emphasized, Since last December, five charter planes of Israel’s Arkia Airlines have arrived at Katunayake Airport from Tel Aviv and several other Israeli airlines have expressed interest in starting direct flights between Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka.

Nearly twenty thousand Sri Lankan workers are employed in various jobs in Israel.

Minister Nimal Siripalada Silva pointed out that this direct air service will be convenient when flying between the two countries and it will be possible to purchase air tickets at a lower price than at present.

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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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