August 22, 2019
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    The government is planning to establish a Light Rail Transit System (LRT) in capital Colombo that will be operational by 2025.The Government is taking measures to implement a project on Light Rail Transit System (LRT) to establish an efficient and effective passenger transport system in the Colombo Mega polis area, a statement on recent cabinet decisions said.

    The UNDP Country Offices across Asia and the Pacific region are implementing a program funded by the supported by the Government of Japan to strengthen school preparedness for tsunamis in Asia and the Pacific and five Sri Lankan schools will take part in the program.The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed the lives of more than thirty-five thousand Sri Lankans and affected more than one million people across the island. It damaged a total of 183 schools, 18 vocational and industrial training institutes and 4 universities, affecting the studies of nearly 100,000 students across fourteen Coastal Districts.

    To reduce the loss of lives associated with tsunamis, the Government of Japan is supporting a regional project to strengthen school preparedness for tsunamis in Asia and the Pacific.Implemented by UNDP in Country Offices across Asia and the Pacific region, 90 tsunami drills in 90 schools will be conducted across 18 countries including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.

    In Sri Lanka, UNDP together with the Ministry of Disaster Management, Ministry of Education, Red Cross, Sri Lanka Navy and School development societies, will design, implement and coordinate a school simulation program in five selected schools affected by the Tsunami in 2004 - starting with Galle on 03 April 2018 at the Vidyaloka Madya Maha Vidyalaya.Deputy Country Director, UNDP Ms. Lovita Ramguttee, Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Ms. Dharshana Senanayake Management and a representative of the Embassy of Japan will take part in the event.

    The School Preparedness program is a full operational drill to test and evaluate the operational and decision-making readiness of Principals, staff, students and school committees in the event of a tsunami affecting Sri Lanka. The exercise will allow these schools to simulate on how to evacuate the students properly to identified safe locations as well as to simulate on School's Disaster Management Plan developed.

    President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday opened the inaugural SAARC Annual Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the Galle Face Hotel Colombo. The two-day summit held on yesterday and today was paid attention on activities such as steps to be taken to minimize non communicable diseases, implementing policies and exchanging experiences of SAARC countries.

    Sri Lanka's new Inland Revenue act aimed at simplifying the taxes and ease the burden on the low-income people, will come into effect from today, Inland Revenue Department says.According to Commissioner of Inland Revenue Department Ivan Dissanayake, following the new Tax Act, taxes have been amended in a number of fields and will depend on the income of the taxpayer.

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