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Russian and Lankan officials to meet regarding tea ban today

A special meeting will be held between a Sri Lankan team of officials and officials from the Russian Plant Quarantine institute in Moscow today (December 25). The main focus of the meeting is to hold comprehensive discussions on the temporary ban that Russia recently imposed on Sri Lankan tea. A team of nine members consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Plantation and Ceylon Tea Board left for Russia last morning, in a bid to negotiate the relaxation of the ban. Russia imposed temporary restrictions on Sri Lankan tea on Dec. 18 after an insect was found in the packaging of one consignment of tea. A special meeting will be held between a Sri Lankan team of officials and officials from the Russian Plant Quarantine institute in Moscow today (December 25). The main focus of the meeting is to hold comprehensive discussions on the temporary ban that Russia recently imposed on Sri Lankan tea. A team of nine members consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Plantation and Ceylon Tea Board left for Russia last morning, in a bid to negotiate the relaxation of the ban. Russia imposed temporary restrictions on Sri Lankan tea on Dec. 18 after an insect was found in the packaging of one consignment of tea. A special meeting will be held between a Sri Lankan team of officials and officials from the Russian Plant Quarantine institute in Moscow today (December 25). The main focus of the meeting is to hold comprehensive discussions on the temporary ban that Russia recently imposed on Sri Lankan tea. A team of nine members consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Plantation and Ceylon Tea Board left for Russia last morning, in a bid to negotiate the relaxation of the ban. Russia imposed temporary restrictions on Sri Lankan tea on Dec. 18 after an insect was found in the packaging of one consignment of tea. The post Russian and Lankan officials to meet regarding tea ban today appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Call on HSBC to stop supporting the arms trade with Israel

The UK is complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights through our arms trade. Despite the illegality of Israel’s occupation and apartheid system, the UK is one of the main arms exporters to Israel as well as a major purchaser of Israeli weapons and weapon technology. The chain of complexity extends to various corporate stakeholders who profit from Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, including UK high street bank, HSBC. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is currently working with a range of partner organisations on a national Stop Arming Israel campaign. The campaign is twofold: first, it asks the UK government to implement a two-way arms embargo with Israel, as long as it does not abide by international law and respect Palestinian rights. Second, the campaign aims to tackle corporate complicity by calling on HSBC to cut ties with companies trading weapons with Israel. HSBC is complicit of Israel’s crimes and violations of human rights through the bank’s investments in arms companies as well as through providing a range of financial services to these companies, such as loans. In July 2017, the Stop Arming Israel coalition organised a week of action targeting HSBC, with 18 different actions taking place across the UK. Activists closed down factories and two branches of HSBC bank, held public meetings, took action online and distributed 1000’s of information flyers. To go further, please download and read our factsheet on the UK-Israel arms trade, as well as the Deadly Investments report on UK banks’ complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians. Please get in touch for more information on the Stop Arming Israel campaign: campaigns@palestinecampaign.org The post Call on HSBC to stop supporting the arms trade with Israel appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao

More than 100 people are reported to have been killed as a tropical storm swept through the southern Philippines, with dozens more missing. Storm Tembin brought flash flooding and mudslides to parts of Mindanao island. Two towns badly hit were Tubod and Piagapo, where a number of homes were buried by boulders. Tembin, with winds of up to 80km/h (50 mph), has now passed across Mindanao and is heading towards the southern tip of Palawan before moving further west. The Philippines suffers regularly from deadly tropical storms, although Mindanao is not often hit. Tembin, known as Vinta in the Philippines, started lashing Mindanao on Friday, with a state of emergency declared in some parts, including the Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur regions. Disaster management officials quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer said there were at least 62 fatalities in Lanao del Norte, another 46 in Zamboanga del Norte and at least 18 in Lanao del Sur. Tubod police officer Gerry Parami told the AFP news agency that there had been at least 19 deaths in the town, which is in Lanao del Norte. “The river rose and most of the homes were swept away. The village is no longer there,” he said. Who cleans up after hurricanes, earthquakes and war? Economic losses from natural disasters counted He said volunteers were digging through mud to try to recover bodies in the village of Dalama. Another official told AFP that at least 10 people had died in the town of Piagapo, 10km east of Tubod. “We’ve sent rescuers but they’re making little progress due to the rocks,” Saripada Pacasum said. More deaths were reported in the towns of Sibuco and Salug. The post Philippines Tropical Storm Tembin kills more than 100 on Mindanao appeared first on News Wire Now.

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