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Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today he was opposed to the government’s decision to relax the ban imposed on the use of Asbestos.

Addressing a media briefing on the launch of the national programme ‘Seven days of rest in Sri Lanka’, he said the country faced a huge challenge due to the collapse of the local tea industry.

“It is in question whether the ban was imposed because a beetle was detected in a consignment of tea shipped to Russia or because of the decision taken by the government to ban the import of Asbestos from that country. I raised a public awareness programme to ban Asbestos and spoke to the majority of parliamentarians about the ban. We will be compelled to launch a protest campaign if the government sticks to its decision to relax the ban on Asbestos,” the Thera said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Mason Thursday, 21 December 2017 06:26 PM

    The million dollar question is do we want to export tea and import asbestos. The Tea market is slowly picking up and if we want to spoil it, go ahead and ban asbestos import. Thereafter go BEG CHINA for another LOAN !

    ceylon Thursday, 21 December 2017 06:31 PM

    asbestos very harmfull to health.anyway tea is not a main product in 10 years timeit need very cheap labour.no new employees for this cultivation. via DM Android App

    Upali Samarajeewa Thursday, 21 December 2017 07:44 PM

    It is better if Ven Ratana follow some lessons on world trade, risk management and world politics. One cannot be shouting like a frog in a well

    Leech Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:49 PM

    Oh we have been listening to those lessons from 1977. Are we a good country now?

    Lara Thursday, 21 December 2017 08:14 PM

    This is what happen when you rely too much on external trade. If we can at-least make the food, medicine and energy we need within our country we dont have to become a dumping ground of the powerful nations

    Leo Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:50 PM

    If one government tries to make the country self sufficient he will be branded a dictator and ousted from power. That is how the world order is maintained

    Rio Thursday, 21 December 2017 08:17 PM

    Well Rathana thero and JVP should understand by now that Ranil is not someone who is flexible towards their "protests". How many times did they protest and come back empty handed?

    MM Thursday, 21 December 2017 10:49 PM

    A classic case of Russian bullying.

    Dot Friday, 22 December 2017 04:41 AM

    Reading the comments I am so take aback at the arrow thinking of a few ..Tea or toxics ? Questioning the knowledge of a Buddhist monk on his humanitarian move is just beyond me ..the cold blooded nature of trying to sacrifice peoples health for some money ..

    Kadiya Friday, 22 December 2017 07:21 AM

    We've bee using asbestos for years and years but we keep suffering more from dengue and kidney ailments more than cancer caused by asbestos.

    Sam Friday, 22 December 2017 02:58 PM

    This should be discussed in an international forum and come out with an outcome to this issue. Its like we are supplying the best quality and in return we accept hazardous end product.


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