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UK grants USD1 mn. for food security of marginal fishing communities

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The United Kingdom has decided to grant over USD 1 million to strengthen food and nutrition security of marginal fishing communities in the country.

The funds are allocated through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to the affected fishers in Tangalle, Negombo, Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Puttalam, Chilaw, and Mannar.

Eligible fishers will receive 47 USD per month for a period of 3 months in unconditional cash transfers to help affected households meet their essential needs, including immediate food and livelihood requirements, the statement said.

British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Sarah Hulton has announced that the UK through the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will contribute GBP 880,000 to help address some of the challenges faced by those in the fisheries industry.

The UK High Commissioner added the UK recognizes the fisheries sector in Sri Lanka has been going through a very difficult period and therefore the contribution will focus on increasing access to nutritious food and other essentials for families.

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One more COVID-19 death

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One more COVID-19 death was confirmed yesterday (04) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll is at 16,805.

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Auto Diesel price slashed

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The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has announced that the price of a litre of Auto Diesel will be reduced by Rs. 10/- from midnight today (05)

Accordingly, the new price of a Liter of Auto Diesel will be Rs. 420/-.

However, CPC states that prices of other types of fuel will remain unchanged. 

Meanwhile Lanka IOC says that they too will reduce the price of Auto Diesel by Rs. 10 from midnight today.

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Bandula asks SLTB chairman to resign

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Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardena has called for the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Kingsley Ranawaka.

In a letter addressed to the SLTB chairman, the minister states that the ‘Park and Ride – City Bus Service’, which was initiated under a policy decision of the government, has been suddenly suspended without informing him, based on a decision reached by the Director Board of the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

Therefore, the Minister, under the powers vested in him by Sri Lanka Transport Board Act, No. 27 of 2005, has instructed Mr. Ranawaka to resign from the posts of SLTB chairman and Director Board member with immediate effect.

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