Sri Lanka, being one of the countries which have ensured the right to information of the public, possesses the third best Right to Information Act in the world.Accordingly, the Government has focused its attention to declare the period from 21st to 28th September as the Information Week to make aware the public of using the right to information for the public welfare to coincide with the International Day of Right to Information which falls on 28th September while naming the year 2018 as 'Year of Public Awareness'.
The Sustainable Punyagrama Programme with temple as a centre point is being conducted by the Ministry of Buddhasasana, with the objective of implementing the concept of the village and the temple in a more realistic way and creating a village comprising of an economically sound community empowered with virtues.
It has been proposed to expand the Middle‑Income Housing Loan Scheme enabling the middle income earners of both the public and private sectors who purchase a house for the first time from the middle income housing projects to obtain a concessionary loan from the National Savings Bank.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to take into consideration the age limits generally adopted by the Banks instead of the age limits that prevailed previously to apply for this loan scheme and also to enable to facilitate more beneficiaries to purchase houses from projects implemented by the private sector as well, was approved by the Cabinet.
Pertaining to this matter, as proposed by H.E. the President, it was also decided to lower the eligibility criteria relating to the monthly income level for this programme.
The first fire-fighting high speed craft produced in Sri Lanka to control the fires on boats and ships in the deep was launched at the Dikowita Fisheries Harbor under the State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi on Thursday (13th).The firefighting craft was completely made domestically by Solas Marine Lanka Pvt. Ltd.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Seoul and the Nations Trust Bank jointly conducted a series of five workshops on entrepreneurial education targeting Sri Lankan employees in the Republic of Korea, in Cheonan, Gimhae, Gimpo, Ulsan and Ansan regions from 11 to 19 August 2018.
The workshops comprised a specialized programme on entrepreneurial education launched by the Embassy in conjunction with its customary Diriya Maga Awareness Raising and Counseling Programme, to enhance knowledge of financial management and entrepreneurship among returning Sri Lankan employees in order to facilitate their smooth re-integration into the productive labour force of home country.
A minor earth tremor has been felt near Trincomalee bay early this morning (15), stated Geological Survey and Mines Bureau.According to the Bureau’s Director General Dr. Chandrawimal Siriwardena, the tremor measured between 3.5 and 3.8 on the Richter Scale.
SLINEX 2018, joint exercise between the navies of India and Sri Lanka concluded on a successful note in Trincomalee Thursday (13th September). The seven day exercise which comprised two phases, namely the Harbour and Sea Phase was participated by around 1,000 naval personnel from both countries. Meanwhile, the naval drill was joined by SLNS Sayurala, SLNS Samudura, SLNS Suranimila of the Sri Lanka Navy and INS Sumitra, INS Kirch, INS Cora Divh together with 02 Dornier air craft and a helicopter of the Indian Navy.
Director General of Government Information Attorney-at-Law Sudarshana Gunawardhane while refuting media reports said that the CID has had no plans to arrest the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunatane in connection with the allegations on protecting Navy Sampath.
A slight change in the prevailing weather condition is expected in south-western part of the island after 17th September. A slight enhancement of windy condition is expected over the island from 17th September.Several spells of light showers will occur in Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts. Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Uva province and in Batticaloa district after 02.00 pm There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday revealed that he had severely admonished officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Attorney General for constantly taking military officers into custody, remanding them for a short period and then releasing them, even though there had been no prosecutions so far.
Addressing newspaper editors and heads of media institutions at President’s House yesterday, President Sirisena said that since investigations began in 2015, not a single case had been filed against military suspects arrested in connection with the Lasantha Wickrematunge assassination case, the Prageeth Ekneligoda abduction case, the Keith Noyahr abduction and assault case and the abduction of 11 Tamil youth.
“I received a copy of the IGP’s latest progress report on these investigations into the attacks on journalists and so on, and I found that not a single prosecution had been filed so far since 2015,” he told editors at the breakfast meeting. “The former second in command of the Army was arrested and remanded for five months, but no case was filed,” the President added, referring to the former Director of the Directorate of Military Intelligence, Amal Karunasekera.