The growth of Sri Lanka’s tea industry depends on changing the system of training and education of youth involved in the tea plantation, exploring new foreign markets, producing high quality value added tea and also using modern technologies.State Minister Finance Eran Wickramaratne addressing the 28th AGM of Sri Lanka Tea Factory Owners Association in Colombo said. Sri Lanka Tea Board, Chairman Lucille Wijewardena was the guest of honour.
Fairly strong gusty winds up to 50 kmph can be expected over the island, particularly in Central, North-Western, North-Central and Southern provinces and Badulla district.Showers at times will occur in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Several spells of showers will occur in Weste rn and North-Western provinces
Four (04) fishermen who distressed in the seas 26 nautical miles off Kirinda Fisheries harbour, were rescued and brought safely to the land by a Inshore Patrol Craft (ICP) attached to Southern Naval Command, yesterday (16th Sep).
The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Integrated Maritime Skills Training (IMST) 2018/01 was held at the Special Boat Squadron Headquarters auditorium, Naval Dockyard in Trincomalee on 14th September 2018. The closing ceremony was held under the patronage of the Captain Sea Training Captain NA Ubesiri, the Commanding Officer Special Boat Squadron Captain AD Weerasinghe and a delegation from US embassy.
The Government of India has extended a financial assistance of Rs 600 million for the construction of 600 housing units in 25 villages of the Northern Province and 600 housing units in 25 villages of the Southern Province under the Semata Sevana Gramashakthi Model Village Project conducted by the Government Island wide. Accordingly, the construction of the said villages is being carried out at present.
It has been proposed to expand the Middle‑Income Housing Loan Scheme enabling the middle income earners of both the public and private sectors who purchase a house for the first time from the middle income housing projects to obtain a concessionary loan from the National Savings Bank.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to take into consideration the age limits generally adopted by the Banks instead of the age limits that prevailed previously to apply for this loan scheme and also to enable to facilitate more beneficiaries to purchase houses from projects implemented by the private sector as well, was approved by the Cabinet.
Pertaining to this matter, as proposed by H.E. the President, it was also decided to lower the eligibility criteria relating to the monthly income level for this programme.
A minor earth tremor has been felt near Trincomalee bay early this morning (15), stated Geological Survey and Mines Bureau.According to the Bureau’s Director General Dr. Chandrawimal Siriwardena, the tremor measured between 3.5 and 3.8 on the Richter Scale.
A slight change in the prevailing weather condition is expected in south-western part of the island after 17th September. A slight enhancement of windy condition is expected over the island from 17th September.Several spells of light showers will occur in Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Uva province and in Batticaloa district after 02.00 pm There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity
The 98th Model Village ‘Abhayarajagama’, constructed under Semata Sevana Yali Pibidena Uda Gammana programme, was vested with the public by Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa, recently.
The Meteorology Department today issued heat weather advisory for Eastern Province and Polonnaruwa, Mullativu and Kilinochchi Districts as the caution level was expected in most parts of the Eastern Province and some parts of Polonnaruwa, Mullativu and Kilinochchi districts today and tomorrow. It said people should stay hydrated in job sites and take breaks in the shade as often as possible while check up on the elderly and the sick indoors.It warned people not to leave children unattended in vehicles. “Limit strenuous outdoor activities and find shade and stay hydrated,” the statement said.