Over 150,000 new voters have been registered in 2018 and will be eligible to vote for the Provincial Council elections, Additional Commissioner of Elections (Legal and Investigation) M. M. Mohamed said yesterday. “Accordingly, the total number of registered voters will reach 16 million,” he added.
The 15-member special salaries commission appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, to study discrepancies of public sector wages and to formulate a national policy to rectify salary anomalies in the public service is due to commence its duty today (03).The Commission will commence its work at the Sri Lanka Administrative Service building located at Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo.
“Japan would like to achieve a free, open and prosperous Indian Ocean, and to achieve that goal we have promoted cooperation with Sri Lanka in the area of maritime security,” the Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs said addressing a vessel commissioning ceremony at the Colombo Port.
The statement comes against the backdrop of unprecedented development in the defence and security relationship between Sri Lanka and Japan. The Japanese Minister of Defence, Itsunori Onodera visited Sri Lanka (the first visit by a Japanese Defence Minister) on August 20. Onodera visited the Colombo, Hambanthota and Trincomalee ports and pledged to help Sri Lanka strengthen her maritime security. The visits come on the heels of the US State Department announcement of $39 million to strengthen the island’s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) and maritime security capabilities.
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) commissioned two Japanese-built Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) on August 29. The FPVs were custom-made for SLCG at Sumidagawa Shipyard in Japan and are equipped to perform maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, and marine pollution and oil spill control. They are 30 metres in length, have an endurance of 750 nautical miles and a displacement of 123 tons each. The vessels, SLCG Samudra Raksha (501) and SLCG Samaraksha (502) were commissioned by State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene.
The Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Nakane attended the ceremony as a special guest. The Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Kenichi Suganuma and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne PC, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Director General of the Coast Guard Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge and members of the diplomatic corps were present at the occasion. The two vessels bolster the SLCG’s ‘white hulls’ fleet which recently saw the addition of an Indian-built offshore patrol vessel (OPV).
The Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) in Malabe will be taken back to the Government cancelling its transaction in 2015, Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said.The Minister said the SLIIT would be operated as a fee-levying Government owned independent institution. Addressing a press conference at the University Grants Commission yesterday, he said a Cabinet paper to this effect was submitted last week and it would be taken up again next week.
Over 450,000 people visited the 'Enterprise Sri Lanka’ the first entrepreneurial exhibition, focusing on the development of enterprises and creating 100,000 new entrepreneurs by 2020, by noon on 31 August.
‘Enterprise Sri Lanka’ V2025 Exhibition of the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media aimed at encouraging people to elevate their entrepreneurial skills and enlighten them on opportunities available for them to receive financial benefits got underway at Moneragala .
The Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Karu Jayasuriya undertook an official visit to the Republic of Korea from 27-30 August 2018 on the invitation of the Speaker of the Korean National Assembly. The Speaker was accompanied on the visit by a cross-party group of Parliamentarians from Sri Lanka comprising the Minister of Social Welfare and Primary Industries and Secretary, Sri Lanka-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Association in the Sri Lanka Parliament Daya Gamage; Members of Parliament Bandula Gunawardhana, Vijitha Herath and Dayasiri Jayasekera, the latter holding the portfolio of President, Sri Lanka-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Association; and Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Neil Iddawala.
Two brand new Fast Patrol Vessels (FPV), gifted by Japan joined the Sri Lanka Coast Guard fleet during a Commissioning Ceremony held at the Colombo Port on Wednesday (29) with the participation of the Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane as the Chief Guest. State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene commissioned the two new FPVs "SLCG Samudra Raksha" and "SLCG Samaraksha" during the ceremony.
Sri Lanka's Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will commemorate the United Nations' International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances today with releasing the Commission's interim report.The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) said it will be releasing its Interim Report making recommendations to the Government on several issues of the missing and disappeared to commemorate the international Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on the 30th of August 2018.