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One Million MT of rice from China produced using Organic Fertilizer?

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Sri Lankan Government believes that the consignment of 1 million metric tons of rice from China is produced using organic fertilizer.Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister Dallas Alahapperuma told reporters that it is not possible to give definite answers as to whether the Chinese rice was produced using organic fertilizer or not.“I will inform you after consulting Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena over the matter,” he said during the weekly Cabinet Media Briefing where it was announced that China would deliver 1 million metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka as a grant.Joint Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister (Dr) Ramesh Pathirana told reporters that the consignment will reach Sri Lanka in March 2022.The grant is to mark the 70th anniversary of the Ceylon-China Rubber-Rice Pact, signed between Sri Lanka and the Peoples Republic of China in 1952.

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COLOMBO (News 1st); The Sri Lankan Government believes that the consignment of 1 million metric tons of rice from China is produced using organic fertilizer.Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister Dallas Alahapperuma told reporters that it is not possible to give definite answers as to whether the Chinese rice was produced using organic fertilizer or not.“I will inform you after consulting Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena over the matter,” he said during the weekly Cabinet Media Briefing where it was announced that China would deliver 1 million metric tons of rice to Sri Lanka as a grant.Joint Cabinet Spokesperson and Minister (Dr) Ramesh Pathirana told reporters that the consignment will reach Sri Lanka in March 2022.The grant is to mark the 70th anniversary of the Ceylon-China Rubber-Rice Pact, signed between Sri Lanka and the Peoples Republic of China in 1952.
COLOMBO (News 1st): Sri Lanka Police arrested a doctor over the discovery of a hand grenade at the All Saints’ Church in Borella, recently.According to Sri Lanka Police, 5 people were detained so far over the ordinance discovery on the 11th of January 2022.The Colombo South Crimes Division had arrested the doctor on the 17th of January and handed him over to the Colombo Crimes Division on Wednesday (19).The doctor who was arrested in the father of Oshala Herath, a well-known social activist and UNP Candidate for the previous general election.Speaking to reporters on Wednesday (19) Herath detailed the ordeal that he and his father had to go through during the arrest.“A large team entered the house and opened all the doors and windows while ordering my and my father to be seated. My father was a government doctor, who is now retired at the age of 75,” he said.He said that the officers who entered his residence ordered his 11-year-old son and two workers to remain in the kitchen area, and ordered his wife and sister to return to their rooms.“During their search, they took away our mobile phones and electronic devices.

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