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The annual Pichchamal (jasmine) Pooja organised by the Shanthi Foundation of the Bauddhaloka Mawatha Seruwila Bauddha Madyasthanaya was held at the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanweliseya premises for the 20th consecutive year on Saturday, July 25. Here the Maha Sangha led by Ven. Kotapola Amarakitti Thera and Ven. Pallegama Hemarathana Nayake Thera laying the Uda Maluwa of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi with ‘pichchamal’ during the pooja. Picture by Saman Sri Wedage


Education Ministry decrees:

Mobile phone taboo in schools

In move to create a well disciplined student population in the country, the Education Ministry is to issue a special circular that prevents students from bringing mobile phones to the schools.

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IMF USD 2.6 billion Stand by Agreement:

Sri Lanka to receive first tranche today

Sri Lanka to receive USD 332 million from International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the first disbursement of the USD 2.6 billion Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) Facility today.

 

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SAARC Council of Ministers to declare:

Decade of Intra-regional connectivity in SAARC

The Second Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Transport chaired by Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma was held at the Colombo Hilton on July 25 with the participation of all Member States of SAARC.

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The Ministry of Plantation Industries held discussions with ambassadors of tea importing countries to obtain higher prices for good quality teas produced by Sri Lanka reaching the world market. Compared to the prices of tea in January this year, Sri Lanka’s teas have fetched higher prices in the world market. Teas fetched around Rs. 280 per kg in January, while it has now increased to around Rs. 320 per kg. During the past six months Sri Lanka has produced over 130 million kgs of tea. According to a report of the Sri Lanka Tea Board, tea production last month alone was 23.6 million kgs while the total production in the first six months last year was 171.8 million Kgs. Here a kangani weighs the tea leaves handed over by tea pluckers at the Kelani Valley Plantation in Nuwara Eliya. Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansa

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