The 29th International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between Sri Lanka and India was held onboard Indian Naval Ship ‘Sumithra’ at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai on 3rd May.
The Minister of Finance and Media Mr. Mangala Samaraweera who is attending the 51st Annual meeting of the ADB in Manila had discussions with Mr. In-Chang Song an Executive Director of the Board of ADB at the ADB HQ today, 4 May 2018.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) lending for Sri Lanka will see a significant increase up to USD 600-800 million this year, ADB Director General for South Asia Hun Kim said. The average annual ADB lending for Sri Lanka in the last three years had been USD 300 million. Speaking to South Asian Journalists at the 51st ADB Board of Governors’ Annual Meeting 2018 at the ADB Headquarters in Mandaluyong City in Manila yesterday, Hun Kim said Sri Lanka is one of the countries benefiting from the capital increase of the ADB.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday (May 1) that air pollution still kills seven million people each year, almost all of them in poor countries in Asia and Africa. According to the health institution, about a quarter of deaths from heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer can be attributed to air pollution the REUTERS news agency reported today.
Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera will lead the Sri Lankan delegation at the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors’ Annual Meeting 2018 at the ADB Headquarters in Mandaluyong City in Manila. Minister Samaraweera, who is also the ADB Governor for Sri Lanka, will address the Business Session on Saturday highlighting the country’s performance in the development and economic spheres.
The new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (01). Accordingly, 18 new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before the President.
Following are the Ministers and their portfolios:
01 Hon. Lakshman Kiriella – Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy Development
02 Hon. Sarath Amunugama- Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Hill Country Heritage
03 Hon. S. B. Navinna-Minister of Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development
04 Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera: Minister of Agriculture
05 Hon. Duminda Dissanayake: Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management
06 Hon. Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa: Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy
07 Hon. P. Harrison – Minister of Social Empowerment
Hon. Kabir Hashim – Minister of Highways and Road Development
09 Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara – Minister of Public Administration and Management and Law and Oder
Hon. Thalatha Athukorala – Minister of Justice and Prison Reform
11.Hon. Faiszer Musthapha – Minister of Sports, Provincial Councils and Local Government
12.Hon. D.M. Swaminathan – Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs
13 Hon. Sagala Ratnayake – Minister of Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development
Hon. Mano Ganesan – Minister of National Co-existence, Reconciliation and Official Languages
15.Hon. Daya Gamage – Minister of Social Welfare and Primary Industries
16.Field Marshal Hon. Sarath Fonseka – Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development
17.Hon. Ravindra Samaraweera- Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relation
Hon. Wijedasa Rajapakshe – Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs
Other ministerial portfolios will remain unchanged and the new State and Deputy Ministers will be sworn in at 10.30 a.m. at the Presidential Secretariat tomorrow. All the Government Ministers and MPs have been summoned for this swearing-in ceremony
The Buddhists all over the world celebrate the Vesak Festival with much religious fervour and enthusiasm to commemorate the important events that took place in the life of Gauthama Buddha on this day, namely the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, Siddharta Gautam’s supreme attainment of Buddhahood and the Mahaparinibbana. The Buddha's teaching which reflects a great vision of a superior religious sage and a humanitarian philosopher have an eternal appeal to the human civilization.