February 24, 2020
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    The President’s Media Division issued folowing me3dia release yesterday:

    The Lotus Tower was vested with the public in the wake of saving a staggering amount of public funds which would otherwise have been gone in the drains due to the controversial nature of the project agreement.The total estimated cost of the Lotus Tower project was Rs. 19 billion and the Export Import Bank of China (Exim Bank) had agreed to finance the project through a loan. Accordingly, a tripartite agreement was signed on 03.01.2012 between China National Electronics Importers and Exporters Corporation (CEIEC) and Aerospace Long March International Trade Co. Ltd, (ALIT) of China and Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL).

    Investigations carried out in 2015 revealed that no information was found on ALIT Company. Under the instructions of His Excellency the President this was informed to the Chinese government through the Sri Lankan mission in Beijing. Investigations could not find any such company either in China or elsewhere. Even the address given in the agreement with regard to this company appears to be fake.

    The initial deposit of Rs. 2 billion paid to this company by the Sri Lanka Government is also unaccounted for and no one knows what happened to it. Thereafter, in November 2017 this company was removed from the tri-party agreement and as a result the Chinese EXIM Bank had suspended the loan facility due to be given to Sri Lanka.

    Thereafter, the Rs. 16 billion that was scheduled to be granted to Sri Lanka by the EXIM Bank was reduced to Rs. 12 billion. However, by then Sri Lanka was already been paying Rs. 2400 million loan installment annually. Sri Lanka had paid the loan installment of Rs. 2400 million for 2018 and will have to continue paying this sum annually for the next 10 years. The payment for the first half of 2019 amounting to Rs. 1200 million has already been paid.

    In this context the TRC invested Rs. 4 billion to the Lotus Tower project saving the country a huge amount funds.

    The base circumference of the tower is 45 meters with a height of 356 meters. The main feature of this tower is the transmission tower and the antenna coverage length is around 90 meters. The digital antenna covers a distance of 60 km to the North, 60 km to the South and 50 km to the East and 15 km to the West. This will provide transmission facilities to 20 television stations and 50 FM channels.

    The initial design for the Lotus Tower was done in 2008, while construction commenced in 2012. The University of Moratuwa provided the main consultancy services. More than 70 Sri Lankan experts and engineers representing engineering science, structural engineering, concrete technology, high-rise vibration and electrical engineering made their contributions for the the construction. The project provided the opportunity for hundreds of students studying engineering in public and private universities to receive field training.

     

     

    A landslide warning for several districts has been issued Disaster Management Center in the context of the continued heavy rains.According to the warning, Kiriella, Kalawana, Ratnapura, Eheliyagoda divisional secretariat divisions and surrounding areas in Ratnapura District, Ambagamuwa divisional secretariat division and surrounding areas in Nuwaraeliya District, Warakapola and Dehiowita divisional secretariat divisions and surrounding areas in Kegalle District are prone to landslides.

    Four schools would be completely closed from September 15 to October 1 for scrutiny of GCE (A/L) answer scripts, Department of Examinations said.Those schools would be reopened on October 2.The schools that are completely closed for scrutiny of GCE (A/L) answer scripts are as follows:Ananda College, Colombo, Vidyartha College, Kandy, Mahanama Maha Vidyalaya, Matara and Lakdasa De Mel College - Kurunegala.

     

    The Elections Department today requested the people to ensure that their names were in the 2019 electoral register.It said the people could also check the inclusion of their names with the respective Grama Niladhari or by visiting the Elections Department website.In case of any discrepancy, people should contact the department on or before September 19

    The National Election Commission points out that spending excessive public money on various propaganda campaigns on projects or other developments and to promote the image of politicians, will be treated as a misuse of public funds.This was highlighted in a letter signed by the Chairman of the Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya, to all Secretaries, Heads of State Institutions and the Chairmen of Statutory Boards.

    All government schools countrywide are scheduled to reopen on September 2, the Ministry of Education has stated in a circular.However, schools that are being used for the evaluation of the G.C.E. (A.L.) Examination answer scripts are to be reopened on September 16, the circular read.Accordingly, the Kurunegala St. Anne’s College, Colombo Royal College, Colombo Nalanda College, Colombo Hindu College, Kalutara Gnanodaya College, Ratnapura Mihindu College, Kandy Kingswood College, Kandy Seetha Devi College, Galle Vidyaloka College, the Vihara Maha Devi Balika Maha Vidyalaya, and the Badulla Uva Maha Vidyalaya, would be closed until September 15, the ministry stated.

     

    President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a gazette notification instructing the members of the armed forces to maintain "public order" in the country and adjacent waters.The President had issued these instructions to the Army, Navy, and the Air Force under the Public Security Ordinance.The Ministry of Defense said the Emergency Regulations that was in force in the last four-months since the bombings on April 21 will not be extended.

    The 2019 electoral register will be displayed from today at Grama Niladhari offices, District Election Offices and District Secretariats.

     

    The Disaster Management Center (DMC) today issued a landslide warning for certain areas in the Nuwara Eliya District.Residents are requested to be watchful on the possibility of landslides, slope failures, rock falls, cutting failures and ground subsidence in Ambagamuwa, Kotamale and Nuwara Eliya divisional secretariat divisions and surrounding areas if the rain continues, since the rainfall within the past 24 hours has exceeded 75mm.

    Three new Governors have been sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (5).Accordingly former Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne has been appointed as the new Governor of the Uva Province.

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