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Thai PM arrives in Sri Lanka for official visit

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The Prime Minister of Thailand, Srettha Thavisin arrived in Sri Lanka on Saturday afternoon (Feb.03) on an official visit.

Welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake by his Sri Lankan counterpart, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, PM Thavisin is accompanied by a high-level Thai delegation.

The official visit, scheduled from February 3 to February 4, 2024, is at the invitation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Prime Minister Thavisin is set to be the Guest of Honour at the national ceremony marking the 76th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka.

During his visit, the Thai Prime Minister is expected to participate in the signing of the historic Sri Lanka-Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA). This significant agreement aims to strengthen economic ties between the two nations and enhance trade cooperation.

As part of the official discussions, a Sri Lanka-Thailand Business Forum will also be held at the Kingsbury Hotel. The forum, organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion and Department of Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, along with the Department of Commerce and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, is designed to foster collaboration between business communities from both countries.

Accompanying Prime Minister Thavisin is a 39-member delegation, including Phumtham Wechayachai (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce), Jakkapong Sangmanee (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand), and other high-level officials and business representatives.

This visit underscores the commitment of both countries to strengthening diplomatic and economic relations, opening avenues for mutual growth and cooperation in various sectors.

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Political parties urged to publish their National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes 

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A public appeal has been made to several mainstream political party leaders to  immediately publish their respective National Socio-economic Recovery Programmes for social discourse.

The request has been formally addressed to the political party leaders of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), the National People’s Power (NPP), United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

The full context of the public appeal is as follows : 

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Govt. to provide free fertilizer to all paddy farmers

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Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries – Mahinda Amaraweera has said that the government has decided to provide MOP fertilizer free of charge to all the paddy farmers in Sri Lanka during the 2024/25 Maha season and 2025/26 Maha season.

Sri Lanka will thus receive 55,000 metric tons of MOP fertilizer as requested by the government from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries, Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera, expressed his views on this in a meeting held in Tissamaharama today (June 24).

(dailynews.lk)

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8 arrested over gang rape of teen, remanded

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Eight youths who were arrested in connection with the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in the Jalthara area of Hanwella, have been remanded until June 28.

The suspects were produced before the Homagama Acting Magistrate Padmasiri Jayawardena today (June 24).

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