The Government will inaugurate its rapid rural infrastructure investment scheme – ‘Gamperaliya’ today with the commencement of reconstruction of the Kanuketiya Mudaththawa tank in Nikaweratiya, a town in the Kurunegala district at an estimated cost of Rs. 66 billion. Gamperaliya will thereafter be expanded to cover all the Divisional Secretariats in the country with each Secretariat being provided with Rs.200 million for the year 2018.
Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation’s one time chairman Gamini Senarath and its Managing Director Piyadasa Kudabalage will be the first to be indicted before the newly set up Permanent High Court at Bar, which will begin sittings tomorrow.
Examinations Department sources said that 321,469 candidates will sit for the G.C.E Advanced Level Examination to be held from August 6 to September 1. The exam will be conducted at 2,268 examination centers island-wide. Of the total number of candidates, 244,146 are school candidates while 77,323 are private candidates.
The construction of the Special Anti-Corruption Court No 01 will enable it to commence its operations next week, Power and Renewable Energy State Minister Ajith P. Perera said yesterday. He also said that the Court that has been constructed opposite the Sri Lanka Law College was handed over to the Justice Ministry by the Sri Lanka Navy yesterday.
State Minister Perera added that the government had voiced its stance against corruption and had done a great deal to accomplish it. He also said that two other such Courts would be set up in the near future. This move is to expedite the hearing of such cases on a day to day basis. Perera was speaking during a press conference at the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry Auditorium.
In what could be termed as one more far-sighted and historic initiative that runs hand in hand with the government’s national development strategy, the Centralization of all Army-engaged ‘Nation-Building’ roles and tasks, compatible with the Commander’s visionary concept, occurred this morning (12) with the inauguration of the Plant Engineer Brigade’s new Nation-Building Task Force (NBTF) at Mattegoda Home of Sappers during a brief ceremony.
Representing its pioneering architect, Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Colonel Commandant, Corps of Sri Lanka Engineers and Commander, Security Forces – Jaffna, ceremonially commissioned the NBTF with the express intention of spearheading all island-wide Army development projects, mustering duly required vigour, manpower, speedy coordination, commitment, dedication, technical and engineering expertise, time frames, etc.
The NBTF, currently manned with Three Field Engineer Regiments and Two Volunteer Engineer Regiments is commanded by Brigadier Chandana Wijesundara, a senior officer who has earlier rendered a notable contribution to the ‘Pibidemu Polonnaruwa’ project of the Presidential Task Force.
The NBTF would accordingly undertake all development projects island-wide in future as assigned by the government and other state agencies after carrying out relevant feasibility studies on guidelines, prescribed by experts in the NBTF.
Non Communicable Disease (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases and cerebrovascular diseases have increased in the recent past in Sri Lanka due to apparent epidemiological, socio- economic and demographic transitions. According to the statistics of the World Health Organization 75% of the mortality in Sri Lanka is caused by NCDs and cardiovascular diseases in particular are the leading cause of mortality accounting for 40% of the total. To address the issue, the GOSL has decided to implement the Health and Medical Service Improvement Project to prevent NCDs by improving the facilities of tertiary care hospitals in Anuradhapuura, Kandy, Kurunegala, Badulla and Trincomalee.
The visiting Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, General Prayut Chan-o-cha and President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday discussed matters of mutual interest to deepen cooperation between Sri Lanka and Thailand. Following bilateral discussions at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday evening, the two leaders witnessed the signing of four Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries.
The National Dengue Control Unit says that there is an increase in the number of dengue patients with the active South West monsoon rains. As there are many places where rain water can accumulate, the risk of mosquito breeding has increased, according to the National Dengue Control Unit.
In order to minimize the increased risk of dengue and prevent a dengue epidemic, the National Dengue Control Unit has taken steps to implement a special two-day program today and tomorrow on dengue eradication in eight districts. Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts have been identified as the most vulnerable districts.
The National Dengue Prevention Unit and the Presidential Task Force on Dengue Prevention have taken steps to implement this program with the participation of 880 teams from 52 MOH divisions. Since houses, and public places such as schools, work sites, factories, institutions, and religious sites are at a higher risk of breeding mosquitoes, the National Dengue Prevention requests the people to inspect such places once a week for 30 minutes and remove the possible mosquito breeding sites. The schools are instructed to inspect and remove mosquito breeding sites on every Friday from 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
The National Dengue Prevention Unit urges the public to immediately go to a hospital and obtain treatment if they are suspected of having dengue fever. High fever, uncontrolled vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, reduced urinary output are symptoms of dengue fever. Pregnant mothers and infants must receive immediate medical treatment if symptoms of dengue fever present, the Unit advises. According to the Epidemiology Unit so far this year 27,478 suspected dengue cases have been reported from all over the island.
Police powers will be granted to the Tri-Forces by law for two years to help the Police in eradicating the drug menace in the country.A joint Cabinet paper submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Defence Minister and Public Administration and Law and Order Minister, Ranjith Maddumabandara has pointed out that while the Police and Police Narcotics Bureau did a commendable job in apprehending drug related crime, the worsening drug situation in the country required assistance from the Tri-Forces.
At least 262 houses and 2 buildings were damaged within in the Colombo District due to strong winds this morning (11), according to the Disaster Management Center (DMC). DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili damages to houses by strong gust of winds have been reported from 8 major cities in the Colombo District.