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Collective political commitment, a must for welfare of fisheries sector - President

The keynote address by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Asian Regional Ministerial Meeting on Aquaculture for Food Security, Nutrition and Economic Development in Colombo last week We are privileged to host this ministerial meeting at a time when we examine the opportunities and challenges to food security in our region and the world, and realise the potential benefits from effective aquaculture development in our region.

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UN misled on Channel 4 video

The Channel 4 video on Sri Lanka is an elaborate hoax that was propagated two years ago with a few minutes of video. For the record Ch4 said it cannot vouch for the authenticity of the video, but somehow its message was that the whole scenario did happen and the footage was filmed using a mobile phone. When I analysed the video, I said it never came from a mobile phone and the quality of motion vectors was high. Also, the video has cinema drop frame data, indicating it was filmed with a ‘cinema film camera’ and never came from a mobile phone or a normal video camera.

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Annual National Farmers’ Week in Vavuniya:

Focus on Northern farmers

The paddy production in 2010 was 2.92 MT which exceeded the country’s annual requirement. The production of essential food items has sharply increased during the past few years due to the agriculture-friendly policies of the present government, said Agriculture Ministry Secretary K.E. Karunatileke. In an interview with Sunday Observer on the “6th National Farmers Week” to be held in Vavuniya from August 1 to 5.

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Colombo-Matara Expressway:

First phase opens in August

The much awaited first stage of the Colombo-Matara Expressway up to Galle would be opened next month, enabling a driver from Colombo to reach Galle in less than one hour. Though the condition of Sri Lanka’s roads is much better than they were earlier, a highway was a crying need since over 100,000 new vehicles join the road each year. Slow driving and traffic jams result in time and fuel waste, pollution and more accidents. It also drives away investors and with high fuel cost, product costs too increase. Studies have shown that 46,000 vehicles pass through this road at Moratuwa, 20,000 at Kalutara and 9,000 at Matara. These numbers would increase at a rate of six to 10 percent annually.

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