Citra, Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab, has partnered with the Mount Lavinia Municipal Council to develop a citizen-centered open source platform for dengue prevention and control.Citra, a joint initiative between the Ministry of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) uses foresight and innovation tools to prototype and test development solutions to ensure they are agile and holistic.
The National Evaluation Policy (NEP) of Sri Lanka, would be launched at ‘EvalColombo 2018,’ the first ever global conference on evaluation organized by the Global Parlimenterians” Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) and the Sri Lanka Parlimenterians’ Forum For Evaluation (SLPFE) in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development, Parliament of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEVA) will be held at the Hilton Colombo from of September 17 to 19, 2018.
Atmospheric conditions are getting favorable for afternoon showers or thundershowers in Northern, North-central, Eastern and Uva provinces during 09th to 11th September.However, mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island tomorrow. Fairly strong gusty winds up to (40-50) kmph can be expected in Hambantota and Badulla districts.
United National Party Deputy Leader and Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa, whilst applauding the leadership given by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, said the party’s 72nd anniversary was particularly momentous since it had laid the foundation to build over 2,500 model villages.Minister Premadasa was speaking at the 72nd anniversary of the United National Party at Sirikotha yesterday.
“When we took over, we did not realize the extent of the housing problem in the country. “The Prime Minister not only allocated the funds but also supported the model village projects wholeheartedly,” the Minister said.
He said that during the last two years the government had laid the foundation for thousands of model villages whilst providing many disadvantaged families a place of their own to call home.“We will not stop here. In the second phase of the project, we wish to do 5,000 and later 10,000. There will be altogether 20,000 projects,” he said. “The positions we hold are temporary. While we are holding these positions, we must do our utmost for the people,” the Minister said.‘They could not organise a rally, how can they run a country?’
United National Party Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake said at the party’s 72nd anniversary that the commemoration was particularly important because the rally organised by the Joint Opposition which promised to oust the government, was an overnight failure.“How can you trust a party to run a country when they couldn’t even organise a protest,” he said.
He vowed to bring a bigger crowd to Colombo when the UNP’s turn comes to organise a rally. “The strength of this party cannot be quelled by paying protestors to attend rallies.“We will govern till 2020 and beyond,” he said.
The former Minister recalled victories of the UNP governments and said that the party formed a coalition government in January 2015, and still leads it.“This is the only political party that unite people from various faiths and all walks of life,” he said.“It is matter of pride for us to stand by the party and propel its policies forward,” he said.‘UNP unrivaled’
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe brought under the consideration of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) that laws pertaining to plastic waste should be further strengthened. Responding to queries raised by MP Hesha Withanage about factories that dispose plastic materials to the environment without following a proper system, the Prime Minister said the National Environmental Act does not recognize the factory that collects and stores plastic materials as a cause for environment pollution.
The cabinet has approved a proposal for the Sri Lanka Air Force to take over the Dr Neville Fernando Hospital in Malabe.The Government said that approximately 900 students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITAM) in Malabe have been absorbed to the Sir John Kothalawala Defence University.
The United National Party (UNP) states that the protest organized by the joint opposition 'Jana Balaya to Colombo' yesterday (05th) was a failure.Speaking at a press conference held late yesterday, State Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith P. Perera and Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara said only a few people participated in yesterday's joint opposition rally and the only general public and businessmen were inconvenienced.
The Northern Province has benefited from investment as a result of the efforts of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka. The BOI opened a dedicated office in Jaffna in 2010 to attract and facilitate investment into the province. Whilst it is correct to say the Northern Province does have considerable potential, many opportunities still remain untapped as a result of the effects of the past conflict affecting that region in particular.
In spite of these challenges the BOI places high priority in investment in the North as this effort is more than just development and part of the process of strengthening inclusiveness and reconciliation in the country.Among the BOI investments, currently there are 6 Apparel manufacturers which represent an investment of Rs. 8 billion and employ 7,917 workers. Another 15 projects in different sectors are also operational and represent investments of Rs. 16,293 million and provide employment to 837 workers in the Northern Province.
In addition 2 new projects are awaiting commercial operation, 5 are awaiting implementation, 2 have been approved and awaiting the signing of Agreement and another 5 projects are awaiting approval.When all these 35 BOI projects in the North become operational, the total investment will be around Rs. 46,484.08 million, which will result in a cumulative total of 10,142 jobs.
The six operating apparel manufacturing plants are Omega Line Ltd in Rasinthinankulam (Vavuniya), Hirdaramani Fashion (Pvt) Ltd (Vavuniya), Hirdaramani Clothing (Pvt) Ltd Puthukkudiyiruppu (Mullaitivu), Timex Garments (Pvt) Ltd (Mannar), and MAS Active (Pvt) Ltd and MAS Intimates (Pvt) Ltd both in Kilinochchi. The apparel manufacturing plants cumulatively employ 7,917 staff and represent an investment of US$65 million.
In addition there are 15 other BOI projects that are operational which are involved in the manufacture of ice, fishing nets, mesh products, artificial flowers and concrete products in addition to hotels, health care and power generation.
Their total value is Rs. 16,293.30 million and 837 jobs have been created in the Northern Province through these specific projects. The largest in investments terms is the Northern Power Company (Pvt) Ltd with a total value of Rs. 5,600 million. In employment generation terms the Northern Central Hospitals (Pvt) Ltd project has created 278 new job opportunities.
The Eastern Echo DMCC, subsidiary of a major oilfield services company in Schlumberger,Sunday commenced collecting petroleum data on multi-client basis, to exploit indigenous fuel resources in selected offshore areas of the island. Earlier, the Petroleum Resources Development (PRDS) Minister Arjuna Ranatunga signed an agreement-with Eastern Echo DMCC in this regard.