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Sri Lanka relents on asbestos restriction amid Russian ban on tea

The Sri Lankan cabinet has decided to suspend the ban on the use of white asbestos on state run institutions which was approved earlier this year. 

The suspension of the ban comes amid Russia's ban of imports of Sri Lankan tea, which government officials believe was a retaliatory move over the asbestos prohibition. 

A full ban will continued on blue asbestos, which will come into effect on Janaury 1, 2018.