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.
Vietnamese Minister of Public Security Prof. Gen Tran Dai Quang called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Monday (07) evening. He was on an official visit to Sri Lanka with a view to strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the areas of public security, law and order.
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.
With a view to educating the civilians on the danger of abandoned mines and Unexploded Explosive Ordnance (UXOs), 10th Field Engineers Regiment conducted two awareness programmes at Ilavali and Arali recently.
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.
Continuing Civil Military Interdependency activities introduced by the incumbent Jaffna Commander Major General Udaya Perera, 511 Brigade of Ottahapulam and 512 Brigade of Jaffna town arranged two medical clinics for civilians in their areas recently at Urumpirai and Kolombuthurai.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested all Ministry Secretaries not to consider the requests of the peoples' representatives as political interferences. He has also informed to give prominence to such requests.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that today Sri Lankan's are able to talk about national unity and national integration as a result of freedom regained through defeat of terrorism. He reiterated that the unity concept could only be established through the inculcation of past heritage.
A ceremony to commemorate the 6th death anniversary of late Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was held at Weliveriya on 06th April 2014 under the patronage of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. A memorial oration was delivered by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.