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Imported Milk Powder Prices Increased, people wait in line to try their luck to purchase Milk Powder

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COLOMBO (News 1st); The people of the island nation of Sri Lanka have been affected by a shortage of milk powder in the market.Over the last few days, queues for milk powder were a common scene outside a local milk store in Mirihana a town on the outskirts of Colombo, however, there were no queues to be seen today.The reason being, the issuance of tokens to sell milk powder.When News 1st inquired from the usual consumers from the area, we received some in-depth details.A lady told that the queues were dispersed because the people hooted at the President or otherwise everyone bought milk peacefully and left.A senior citizen said an issue arose here with the police with many police officers including a DIG arriving at the scene and telling.

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