World Food Programme (WFP) has said that soaring food prices in Sri
Lanka had left 30 per cent of families without food for days.
In a statement issued from Yokohama, the United Nations WFP cited Sri
Lanka as one of the worst affected countries due to spiralling cost of
living where the cost of rice has doubled over the past year.
Welcoming a recent Japanese grant of USD 7.7 million to purchase rice
and canned tuna for the famished Sri Lankans, the WFP said their
budget requirement had increased by 43 per cent due to higher prices.
This has caused a shortfall of USD 40 million through the end of
The WFP said the funds would be used to provide food for malnourished
Foreign ministers of SAARC countries from left, Bangladesh Foreign
Minister Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Bhutan Foreign Minister Lyopo Ugyen
Tshering, Afghaistan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Indian
Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha
Bogollagama, Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid, Pakistani
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Mahmood Qureshi, Nepal Foreign Minister Ram
Sharan Mahat and SAARC Secretary General Sheel Kant Sharma pose for a
photograph during the SAARC Council of Foreign Ministers in Colombo,
Sri Lanka, Thursday, July 31, 2008. Foreign ministers from South Asian
region met in Colombo ahead of the SAARC Summit scheduled to commence
on Aug. 2nd.
Pic. by Srilal Gomes
NFF to recruit
one million new members
NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa launched an
ambitious programme to enroll one million new members to form a
government within the next 10 years. The NFF will create a political
organization with new doctrine acceptable to people of all walks of
life he told Gampaha district NFF district ...
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