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Standard certification for SL spices 

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The National Spices Corporation has taken steps to sign a tripartite agreement together with SGS Institute of Singapore, which has international recognition.

Accordingly, from next December, it is mandatory for all the small and medium-sized spice producers in Sri Lanka to obtain this standard certificate, said Mrs. Kumudini Arya Gunasena, the Chairman of the National Spices Corporation.

National Spices Corporation, Hatton National Bank and SGS Institute are going to sign this tripartite agreement together

A discussion on spice standards certification programme was held yesterday (15) afternoon at the Ministry of Plantation Industry. The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries Mahinda Amaraweera, Secretary of the Ministry Janaka Dharmakeerthi, and a group of officials from the Ministry of Plantation Industries also participated in the event.

Spices such as pepper, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are the main plantation spices in this country and are used by people in many countries of the world. But the minister said that Sri Lanka Spice brand has been seriously damaged due to the export of substandard spices by some fake traders.

Therefore, this spice certification scheme will be implemented after the signing of the relevant tripartite agreement in the second week of December, and after that the certificate can be obtained by the producers at a concessional price.

Also, since this certificate is an internationally recognized certificate, small and medium scale spice manufacturers in Sri Lanka will be able to export their products to the international market without any hindrance.

(Excerpts : Dailynews.lk)

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Easter Sunday bombings : Rs. 295 mn. paid as compensation

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The annual reports of the Office of Reparations have revealed that over Rs. 295 million (295,499,069) have been paid as compensation to victims and property damage of the Sunday Easter bombings.

Under this, Rs. 273,747,000  have been paid as compensation for 719 victims while Rs. 21,752,069 have been paid as compensation for property damages.

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350 medical specialists have left SL

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A study conducted by a group of specialist doctors at the Ministry of Health has revealed that 350 specialists have left the country during recent times.

Many of them have left for countries such as UK and Australia. According to a spokesperson of the ministry, economic hardships have been cited as one of the main reasons for them to do so.
Doctors suggest that the government should provide an immediate solution to this issue.

Commenting on the issue, Secretary of the Health Ministry – Dr. Palitha Mahipala says that there is still a shortage of anesthetists and pediatricians after most of them had left the country.

However, some who have gone for training, are returning after their training is complete, he adds.

Meanwhile, sources in the Health sector also say that over 200 nurses too have gone overseas, but new recruits have enabled to prevent hospital operations from continuing without hindrance.

(Source : Lankadeepa)

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Details of SL recruits in Russian military, sought

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Sri Lanka has sought a report from Russian authorities on details of Sri Lankan military recruits and how many of them have died during the Russian-Ukraine conflict, the ‘Aruna’ newspaper reports.

According to a directive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Russia has forwarded this request to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

Previously, the Human Trafficking, Human Smuggling and Maritime Crime Investigation Division (CID) arrested a retired major and an employment agent, identified as leaders of an organized scheme that recruited retired military personnel as mercenaries for the Russian army.

The Defence Ministry in Sri Lanka has urged the Tri Force commanders to brief Tri Force personnel not to fall for such rackets.

(Source : Aruna)

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