A contract agreement for around US$ 82.64 million for the supply of 160 passenger coaches from India under concessional financing was signed between RITES Limited and Government of Sri Lanka in Colombo YESTERDAY (7th, September). The contract agreement was signed by Mr. Mukesh Rathore, Director (Technical), RITES Ltd. and Mr. G.S. Withanage, Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka. The passenger coaches will be custom-made in India to suit the requirements of Sri Lanka Railways.
Citra, Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab, has partnered with the Mount Lavinia Municipal Council to develop a citizen-centered open source platform for dengue prevention and control.Citra, a joint initiative between the Ministry of Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development, Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) uses foresight and innovation tools to prototype and test development solutions to ensure they are agile and holistic.
The National Evaluation Policy (NEP) of Sri Lanka, would be launched at ‘EvalColombo 2018,’ the first ever global conference on evaluation organized by the Global Parlimenterians” Forum for Evaluation (GPFE) and the Sri Lanka Parlimenterians’ Forum For Evaluation (SLPFE) in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development, Parliament of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEVA) will be held at the Hilton Colombo from of September 17 to 19, 2018.
The reconstruction works of the ancient 'Gini Petti Palama' (match box bridge) in Polonnaruwa commenced today (07) under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The match box bridge, built in the beginning of the Govi Janapada agriculture settlement program, was built, facilitating water flow from the North canal which carries water to thousands of acres of paddy fields. The recent dilapidation of this bridge has caused many difficulties to the paddy farmers in the area.
Later, under the instructions of the President the officers of the Irrigation Department reconstructed the damaged areas of the bridge swiftly to restore the water supply to the farmers. The President also engaged in an observational tour of the site and promised to the people to take swift actions to rebuild the bridge. Fulfilling that pledge steps have been taken to construct the bridge at a cost of Rs. 250 million.
President Maithripala Sirisena says the laws to give stern punishments will be implemented in the future against the people who engage in ragging incidents while properly implementing the Prohibition of Ragging Act.The President further said that this could not be allowed to happen in universities destroying the future of the university students and said that the government will launch a special programme to safeguard the quality of university education.
Sri Lanka taking over the Presidency in the 9th Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) said it would do all that is possible to strive towards a world free of cluster munitions.
The US Senate confirmed the appointment of Alaina B Teplitz as the new US Ambassador “Congratulations to Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz on her confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the next U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives! We look forward to welcoming her very soon,” the US Embassy in Colombo tweeted today.
Atmospheric conditions are getting favorable for afternoon showers or thundershowers in Northern, North-central, Eastern and Uva provinces during 09th to 11th September.However, mainly fair weather will prevail over most parts of the island tomorrow. Fairly strong gusty winds up to (40-50) kmph can be expected in Hambantota and Badulla districts.
State Minister of Highways and Road Development Dr M.L.A.M.Hisbullah explains investment opportunities in the Eastern Province. The discussion was focused on the development of transport facilities in East. A Japanese delegation has explored investment opportunities in road development and railway in the Eastern Province.