Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, Hon. Harin Fernando, emphasised that the Government of Sri Lanka accorded priority to increasing foreign employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in semi-skilled and skilled categories, with a clear focus on diversification of labour markets. The Minister particularly highlighted the long-term productive contributions made by Sri Lankan labour migrants to the growth of Sri Lanka’s economy.
Completing a major milestone in its WTO Trade Facilitation Plan and kicking off one of the biggest projects in its international trade history, Sri Lanka has officially unveiled its Trade Information Portal (TIP) on 20 July in Colombo. Buoyed by the achievement, Sri Lanka also vowed that the country will now set about achieving
A two-day educational seminar was organized by the Sri Lanka Army troops in the East on 17 and 18 (July). According to Army media, the seminar had been organized for the students sitting for the G.C.E A/L exam in August this year.
The different religious and cultural festivals bring people from different communities together.
In a meaningful initiative to bring the people of Sri Lanka together and understand each other’s diversity and different cultures, the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) has taken steps to introduce a programme to celebrate religious and cultural festivals such as Thai Pongal, Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Poson, Ramazan, Christmas, together among school children island-wide. To underline the values of this initiative, the ONUR has printed a Handbook in all three languages to be distributed to schools on celebrating religious and cultural festivals to foster togetherness.
It is expected that celebrating these religious and cultural festivals together would help the children of different religions to celebrate and share the customs of others and appreciate their significance. They will understand that it does not impact negatively on one’s own identity in any way – which is one of the key objectives of reconciliation.
The arts and culture initiative undertaken by ONUR to target the education sector in inter- religious and cultural festival celebrations in schools will enhance awareness of different religions, traditions, customs and values, helping to create a deeper understanding of the similarities at the core of diverse faiths and cultures in the country, opening the door to reconciliation.
M.S. Jayasinghe Director General The Office of National Unity and Reconciliation
Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J), giving a further boost to its Tree Planting initiative along the beach front, planted one more stock of 200 coconut saplings along the Mailaddy beach patch on Wednesday (18) in close cooperation with officials of the Coastal Conservation Department, Jaffna District Secretariat and Department of Agriculture in the Northern Province.
A group of 52 Army personnel, including Officers came forward to donate their blood for Bandarawela hospital inmates at the request of the Uva Province Executives’ Association on Tuesday (17) at Pushparama Viharaya in Bandarawela.
A group of Sri Lankan refugees who had been residing in Tamil Nadu for over 25 years returned to the country yesterday. The group is to be resettled in their original lands. The groups consists of 34 refugees which include 20 women.
Seven Sri Lankan fishermen who were reported missing in the sea off Maldives since June 30, returned to the country yesterday. The fishing boat - Sinhdur 2, left the Galle Fisheries Harbour on June 14.They lost contact with the Galle harbour after June 30 and were unable to locate their whereabouts for nearly three days.