The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has launched new initiatives to strengthen local SME packaging sector.This initiative will be carried out in two stages and involves 150 SMEs as beneficiaries. Under the first stage around 100 SMEs were trained and equipped in packaging at a cost of Rs 6.2 million. In the planned next stage (2019) another 50 SMEs will be strengthened in packaging at a cost of Rs 4.5 million. In addition, yet another project is also being planned by the Ministry to build skills for SMEs especially for promotions and market access.
Despite various economic difficulties and constraints, the government has been able to steer the country forward by providing extensive relief measures to the people.The next step envisaged by the government is to increase foreign exchange earnings by developing industries and enterprises and totally rid the country of its immense debt burden, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
The Prime Minister was addressing a meeting after distributing Samurdhi relief among 5,400 families at the Edward Playground, Matale on September 15.Last week, another 3,000 families received Samurdhi relief at a meeting presided by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Prime Minister said during the last three years the Unity Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena has doubled the amount of monetary relief granted to Samrudhi recipients and offered the Samurdhi entitlement to a large number of new families. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said since 1995, new families had not been included in the Samurdhi benefit scheme.“In 1995, they were able to grant Samurdhi relief because the UNP government had built a strong economy. Since 1977, the garment industry, tourism and industrial zone projects recorded a massive development. As a result, the Treasury had enough funds to pay the Samurdhi relief under the UNP government,” the Premier said.
The Prime Minister said when they took over the government in 2015, the country was englifed in an enormous debt.“The country’s income was insufficient to even to pay back interest on loans. The former President called a Presidential election two yeas before schedule because he feared the imminent economic crash facing the government,” the Prime Minister said.He said at the last election they took the responsibility of mending the country’s economy and they had kept that promise during the last three years.
“However, they could not achieve the expected targets in 2017 because they had to contend with floods in the South,the collapse of the Meetotamulla garbage mountain and several other national calamities. The price of coconuts sky-rocketed in the local market. The people blamed the government for these unexpected calamites and it faced defeat at the Local Government elections,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.
“Allthough some clamoured for a postponement of local elections, they did not do so because they valued and protected democratic rights of the people,” he said.The Prime Minister said despite the electoral setback, he was confident of saving the country through the pragmatic steps taken by the government. “In 2019, our foreign debt will stand at 4,000 million dollars. Thereafter, they would be able to resolve this situation and more forward,” the Prime Minister said.
It is the responsibility of every citizen to control pollution of the marine environment of Sri Lanka. Every citizen should recognise the seriousness of the mammoth task of protecting nature and conserving the environment, President Maitripala Sirisena said in Galle.
SriLankan Airlines has issued an urgent statement that the SriLankan Airlines’ flight UL880 from Colombo to Canton on 16th September will be delayed. This was in regard with the temporary shutdown of the Canton Airport in China due to the approaching Typhoon Mangkhut. Reportedly, the flight will be delayed by 11 hours.
With the objective of empowering youth to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Sri Lanka, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to implement a program me namely 'Project for empowering youth with leadership skills.
The country has achieved macroeconomic stability and by 2025 it will put behind the debt burden which the country has been grappling with all these years, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured at the closing ceremony of the Sri Lanka ‘Economic Summit’ organised by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in Colombo last Friday.
Sri Lanka Navy won the Defense Services Women's Hockey Championship 2018, beating its Army counterparts during the final match held at the Torrington hockey turf, Colombo yesterday (14th September). The Navy women took the full control of the game to come away with a 2-0 win.
East-based troops constructed new accommodation and office complex for monks at Batticaloa Sri Mangalaramaya, one of the central training centres for budding Buddhist monks in the province was vested in the members of the Maha Sangha on Tuesday (12) during a religious ceremony, graced by Buddhist monks, State officials and Major General Santhusitha Pananwala, Commander, Security Forces - East (SF-E).
At the invitation of the chief incumbent, Ven. Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thero, Sri Mangalaramaya, the Commander Major General Pananwala unveiled a commemoration plaque at the new 'Pirivena' building complex, sponsored by the Ministry of Education and vested it in the monks amidst chanting of ‘Seth Pirith’.
The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Integrated Maritime Skills Training (IMST) 2018/01 was held at the Special Boat Squadron Headquarters auditorium, Naval Dockyard in Trincomalee on 14th September 2018. The closing ceremony was held under the patronage of the Captain Sea Training Captain NA Ubesiri, the Commanding Officer Special Boat Squadron Captain AD Weerasinghe and a delegation from US embassy.
Although animal sacrifice which is considered an ancient religious practice, it is still carried out publicly in certain Hindu temples, it has been observed that the majority of the Hindu devotees do not accept that practice.