The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct a new Conference Hall with the State of the Art facilities which could house around 150 trainees at one given time, in place of the old Conference Hall now being used with inadequate facilities at the Joint Services Language Training Institute at Kotmale, which provides training in various languages to the officers of the Tri Forces and the Police, was approved by the Cabinet.
The final Randoli Perahera of historic Esala festival in Kandy will parade streets today.The Tusker, Nedungamuwe Raja carrying the Sacred Relics Casket of the Buddha will join the Perahera at an auspicious time of 7.58 p.m.
Pandith W.D. Amaradeva was not only an exceptional artiste but also a man of an era who was a prominent intellectual, a scholar, a visionary and a humanist, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said. President Sirisena was addressing the House participating in the second reading of Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre Bill.
Development Lotteries Board today issued a special lottery in the name of ‘Sanwardana Wasana” to mark the different efforts made at present all over the country. This special lottery has been issued by the DLB in order to mark the ‘Grama Shakthi’ programme initiated on the concept of H.E. the President Maithreepala Sirisena, with the objective of the alleviation of poverty and ‘Vision 2025’ implemented under the direction of Hon Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha and patronage of the Ministry of Finance and Media, ‘Enterprises Sri Lanka programme’ and ‘Gamperaliya Sanwardana Sangrama’.
The new Country branding for Sri Lanka Tourism will be unveiled at the World Travel Mart (WTM) in London in November 2018. “We are now in the process of selecting a global branding agency for this purpose. Our objective with this initiative is to give Sri Lanka a distinct brand identity which will help us differentiate our island in the global competitive tourism landscape,” said Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga.
Science, Technology, Research, Skills Development and Kandyan Heritage Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said it was the Mahavansa which helped us proclaim to the world about our national identity, during the colonial period.
SriLankan Airlines has introduced a series of measures to mitigate inconvenience to its valued passengers from the closure of Cochin International Airport due to flooding. On Thursday, the Cochin Airport authorities announced that they were extending the airport’s closure until August 26.
The Mahavihara Conservation Project had been launched under the supervision of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and under the guidance of the Maha Sangha, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. “This is in keeping with my pledge as Prime Minister in 2001 and the subsequent election pledge during President Maithripala Sirisena’s election campaign,” he added.
Sri Lanka will launch the long-delayed six-month digital marketing campaign in top source markets in Europe—the United Kingdom, Germany and France—from end of August, after the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday approved the Cabinet paper presented by Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga, to award the contracts to the selected marketing agencies.
The Office of National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) has launched a radio drama series to help develop people reflect on issues related to national unity, empower them to be creative, and to encourage critical thinking of day-to-day issues faced in communities.