July 24, 2019
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    Since, it has been observed that the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention is a subject which is directly related to the National security, the need has arisen to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Act No.58 of 2007, for the Minister of Defence, to function as the Minister entrusted with the duty of implementing the convention. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to publish the bill drafted to amend the above Act, in the Government Gazette and subsequently to present the same in Parliament, was approved by the Cabinet.


    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Monday inaugurated the Greater Kurunegala Water Supply and Sewerage Project that will benefit over 70,000 people in the greater Kurunegala area. The project constructed by the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) in collaboration with National Water Supply and Drainage Board is expected to solve the drinking and sanitation problem for thousands of people in the district and take forward the development of the Kurunegala district, which is one of the main districts in the country.

    Sri Lanka has obtained a record income of US$202.5 million from cinnamon exports in 2017, according to the National Cinnamon Research and Training Center under Department of Export Agriculture. It is an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year.

    The Central Bank of Sri Lanka says that the Manufacturing Sector PMI decreased to 57.2 index points in July 2018 from 57.6 index points observed in the previous month. Issuing a press release it further says that the marginal slowdown observed in manufacturing activities in July was mainly driven by slowdown in employment due to the difficulties in replacing unskilled employees to account for high labour turnover especially in the Food and Beverages, and Textiles and Apparel sectors.

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