The government has appointed four working groups of scientists to submit recommendations on four identified thematic areas relating to development activities.The groups were appointed by Minister of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, and Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage, Dr. Sarath Amunugama.
Families of the missing and the disappeared have faced multiple forms of harassment - sexual harassment and bribery, where female relatives were asked for sexual favors in exchange for information regarding their missing relatives as well as for the provision of basic administrative services, the Interim Report of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) reveals.
The Army released another allotment of land in Jaffna to its rightful owners yesterday in keeping up with the government's policy of returning civilian lands used in past for secuirty purposes. The land in extent of 4.4 acres which was previously utilized by troops for service requirements was thus released during a ceremony held in Myliddy, a statement from the Army said.
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 today. Fairly strong gusty winds up to (40-50) kmph can be expected in Hambantota and Badulla districts
Twenty four schools including Ananda College in Colombo will be closed from September 11 to 24 for the second phase of the 2018 GCE Advanced Level paper evaluation, the Examinations Department said yesterday.
A contract agreement for around US$ 82.64 million for the supply of 160 passenger coaches from India under concessional financing was signed between RITES Limited and Government of Sri Lanka in Colombo YESTERDAY (7th, September). The contract agreement was signed by Mr. Mukesh Rathore, Director (Technical), RITES Ltd. and Mr. G.S. Withanage, Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka. The passenger coaches will be custom-made in India to suit the requirements of Sri Lanka Railways.
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’