Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the need for strengthening cooperation between the countries of South Asia when he met Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Amjad Hussain B Sial at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu on Sunday.
The reconstruction of the Bibile to Chenkaladi segment of the Badulla Chenkaladi Road commenced yesterday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The 87 kilometer road segment from Bibile to Chenkaladi will be reconstructed by the Road Development Authority (RDA) under the Badulla Chenkaladi Road Improvement Project at a cost of Rs, 9.6 billion.
Batticaloa and the adjoining areas which were devastated by war and the tsunami will gain a major economic transformation when internal air flights are started soon linking Colombo Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Sigiriya and Palali. “This will be a major boost to the tourist industry in particular, which will provide ample job opportunities and income avenues to the people,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
The Gauthama Buddha Airport in Lumbini, Nepal is to be developed as an International Airport with modern facilities to enable Sri Lankan Buddhist devotees to fly there directly on pilgrimage to places of workshop in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.
Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari disclosed this during official discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena when he called on her at the Presidential Palace after attending the BIMSTEC Conference on Saturday afternoon.
Petroleum exploration activities in the eastern seas, covering Trincomalee and Batticaloa, have commenced today with the arrival of a vessel of the BGP Marine seismic fleet (02).Accordingly, the research vessel BGP-Pioneer sailing under the flag of Panama to commence will acquire two-dimensional seismic data in the selected offshore areas of the island
President Maithripala Sirisena who attended the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) held in Kathmandu, Nepal, commenced his two-day state visit to Nepal with the conclusion of the Summit, yesterday(01st).President Sirisena marking his first programme worshipped several religious places including the magnificent Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama.The Chief Minister of the province and the Minister of the Culture warmly received the President when he arrived at the venue.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to summon the National Police Commission (NPC) and the Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara to the Constitutional Council meeting this week regarding the reported friction between them.
Leaders of Sri Lanka and Nepal agreed to work in mutual cooperation for the benefit of the people in both countries while building close and strong relations between the two countries.President Maithripala Sirisena, who visited Nepal to attend the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), met with the Prime Minister of Nepal K.P Oli, yesterday (01st).
The team of the Jaffna Puththur College wins the All Island School volleyball tournament cup held at the National Enterprise Sri Lanka Exabition at Monaragala on August 31st, last day of the exabition.
“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).