The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), on behalf of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka), successfully launched and priced a US$ 500 million 5-year International Sovereign Bond (Issue) on 07.04.2014 at a yield of 5.125 per cent per annum which was the lowest among all the US Dollar benchmark offering by Sri Lanka in the international bond markets. The issue represents the balance of the US$ 1,500 million approved International Sovereign Bond programme for 2014.
Delivering the Opening Statement at the Plenary Discussion Forum at the United Nations in Vienna on 4th April 2014, Minister of Youth Affairs & Skills Development, Dullas Alahapperuma highlighted the importance of skills development and building of entrepreneurial capacities of youth in order to effectively contribute to inclusive and sustainable development. Participation of youth and integration of their needs and priorities into programmes and policies at all levels were critical to achieving eradication of poverty, decent employment for youth, and economic advancement, the Minister stressed.
Brig, J P A Jayawardena has been awarded with the Life membership of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union at its Annual General Meeting 2014 held recently for his lifelong dedication towards the development of Rugby in Sri Lanka.
Drawings for the preliminary round of the State Children’s Art Festival -2014 are being received now. The Festival is organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Panel of Art and Sculpture of the Sri Lanka Arts Council , on the direction of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts.
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa participating as the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the "Kithulaka Varuna" exhibition at the "Sudharshi" Hall on last Friday (04) instructed Laksala Chairman Anil Koswatte to purchase "Kithul" based Crafts, Furniture and Other products to Laksala as a measure to guarantee a fair price to those engaged in "Kithul" related products industry.