- Published on Thursday, 14 June 2012 17:39
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1. Exposition of Sacred Kapilawasthu Relics
• On a request made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa the Prime Minister of India has agreed to send the Most Sacred Kapilawasthu Relics to Sri Lanka to provide an opportunity for Sri Lankan Buddhist devotees to pay homage during the period of commemoration of the Sarnbuddhathwa Jayanthi 2600.
• Accordingly, the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs together with the Presidential Secretariat, the Ministry of External Affairs and the High Commission of India have made arrangements for the exposition of the Sacred Relics from 20th August to 5th September 2012.
• On the recommendation of the Acting Minister Minister of Buddha Sasana M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardena the Cabinet has decided to have the exposition at the following venues:
o Manelwattha Viharaya, Kelaniya - August 20-22
o Sri Sumangala Pirivena, Wariyapola 23-24
o Sri Sambuddhathwa J ayanthi Viharaya, Anuradhapura 25-26
o Agrabodhi Viharaya, Kantale 27-28
o Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Viharaya , Gampola 29-30
o Rajamaha Viharaya, Pelmadulla 31- Sep01
o Kotikagoda Rajarnaha Viharaya, Matara 02-04
The exposition of these relics were once held earlier in April 1978 for a period of two months
2. Welisara Chest Hospital to be upgraded
• The Welisera chest hospital which is the only Chest Hospital in Sri Lanka caters to the patients throughout the country.
• Due to the increase in respiratory diseases prevailing in the country and to provide better facilities to patients, the proposal made by Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health, to upgrade the Chest Hospital, Welisara, was approved by the Cabinet.
Presently the hospital is under the administration of the Director of National Programme for Tuberculosis Control and Chest Diseases, Narahenpita. This will be upgraded as a national institute for the purpose under a separate Director.
3. A MoU in the field of Labour and Training with Sultanate of Oman Lanka
• On a proposal made by Mr. Dilan Perera, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare,the Cabinet of Ministers decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Oman, in the field of labour and training.
• About 25,000 Sri Lankans are employed in the Sultanate of Oman at present, of which 55% are female workers.
• The proposed Memorandum of Understanding will be of immense benefit to Sri Lanka to protect the tights and ensure welfare of Sri Lankan migrant workers employed in Oman.
• MoUs, very similar in contents have already been signed with countries such as UAE, Qatar, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Jordan and State of Kuwait.
4. A slx storied Multipurpose Building Complex for Colombo University
• The Proposal made by Mr. S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, to construct a six storied Examination and Multipurpose building complex for the University of Colombo in two stages, was approved by the Cabinet:
It will be carried out in stages in the following manner
• Stage I - Construction of the 1~! two floors at a total cost of Rs.150 million, utilizing funds generated by the University and to complete the construction work within one year.
• Stage II - Construction of the remaining floors, at J1 total cost of Rs. 245 million, with funds obtained as a loan from the People's Bank and to complete the construction work within two years.
5. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hungary on Consultations and Co-operation
The proposal made by Mr. Neomal Perera, Acting Minister of External Affairs, to sign the MOU between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and the Ministry of External Affairs of Sri Lanka was approved by the Cabinet.
• The objective of the proposed Memorandum of Understanding is to further strengthened the close relations between Sri Lanka and Hungary, by reviewing at an annual meeting, the political, economic, trade, financial, agricultural, consular, cultural, technological and scientific co-operation and issues of mutual interests in the regional and international Arena.
6. MOU between Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations & Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) and Raul Roa Garcia Institute of International Relations (lSRI) of Cuba"
• The proposal made by Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara, as Acting Minister of External Affairs, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations & Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) of Sri Lanka and Raul Roa Garcia Institute of International Relations (lSRI) of Cuba was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers
• The objective of the MOU is to develop academic cooperation through joint research and exchange of information between the above two institutions in Sri Lanka and Cuba, respectively.
• This will be signed during the visit of the President of Sri Lanka to Cuba shortly,