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PSPI emerge victorious in Agriculture Value Added Sector at the NCE Export Awards 2020

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Pulses Splitting and Processing Industry Pvt Ltd (PSPI), a leading grains and pulses splitter and processor in Sri Lanka, emerged winner at the recent 28th Annual NCE Export Awards 2020, taking home the Bronze award under the ‘Extra-Large Category’ for Agriculture Value Added Sector.

Conducted by the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE), the awards ceremony was held at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, recently under the theme ‘Resilient Exporters’, to recognize and celebrate some of the best exporters in the country who have successfully endured and managed their businesses during the global pandemic.

PSPI has grown to be one of the largest exporters and the only BOI-approved company in the pulses industry in Sri Lanka. It has ambitious plans to make its mark in the whole Asian region. The products are manufactured in its state-of-the-art factory, spanning over 163,000 square foot and equipped with nine production lines with a daily production capacity of over 400 MT.

Commenting on the achievement, Muddassir Mahmud, Director, Pulses Splitting and Processing Industry Private Limited, said: “We take great pride in being recognized as one of the biggest exporters in the pulses industry. This award is a tribute to all of our people for their tireless efforts and their well-commendable attitude to be resilient and optimistic”.

“We are ambitious to take PSPI to greater heights to be one of the most preferred grains and pulses splitter and processor in Asia”, he added.

The company’s Sapugaskanda-based factory is equipped with cutting-edge technology such as advanced CCD digital cameras, fully automatic color sorter machines, ‘Starlinger Technology’ packaging machinery amongst others in line with international standards.

PSPI also recently expanded to supply consumer packaging, adding three new FFS machines to supply customers with private-label packaging ranging between 500g to 5kg. Specializing in splitting and processing operations in whole red lentils, PSPI has its own brands of red split lentils. Its brands ‘Trophy’ as well as ‘Leaf’ continue to be one of the most preferred choices in the domestic market.

PSPI imports raw materials from Australia, Canada and Myanmar. Its factory has eleven in-built silos, and all its raw materials and finished products are stored and preserved under stringent hygienic conditions.

Since its inception in 2007, PSPI has earned a distinctive reputation for its world-class splitting and processing operations, with the widest range of grains and pulses variety in Sri Lanka. PSPI is no stranger to the awards, having being named a winner at the NCE Export Awards in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017.



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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