Police powers will be granted to the Tri-Forces by law for two years to help the Police in eradicating the drug menace in the country.A joint Cabinet paper submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Defence Minister and Public Administration and Law and Order Minister, Ranjith Maddumabandara has pointed out that while the Police and Police Narcotics Bureau did a commendable job in apprehending drug related crime, the worsening drug situation in the country required assistance from the Tri-Forces.
At least 262 houses and 2 buildings were damaged within in the Colombo District due to strong winds this morning (11), according to the Disaster Management Center (DMC). DMC Deputy Director Pradeep Kodippili damages to houses by strong gust of winds have been reported from 8 major cities in the Colombo District.
We must also play a critical role as Parliamentarians to ensure that adequate resources are allocated for achievement of the SDGs. The Asian Development Bank estimates that the Asia and Pacific region would need at least $1 trillion per year to finance the SDG targets, while the Official Development Assistance of this region is below $30 billion. Hence, the importance in our countries to mobilize domestic resources; and our role as Parliamentarians to question and vote budget laws and ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya told the South Asian Speakers this morning.
Electricity would be generated from garbage from June next year, bringing a solution to the garbage menace, said Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. The minister said plans are afoot to set up two such power generation plants. Solid waste has been planned to be disposed in a site in Aruwakkalu in Puttlam. He added that the latter project would commence by October this year.
A special programme titled Gamperaliya would be launched in 2019, through which sums of Rs. 200 million would be provided to each Divisional Secretariat countrywide for development and maintenance purposes, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said last Sunday.
How can phenomenon of hyper-connectivity based on artificial intelligence and the “Internet of Things” be mobilized to maximize human safety and well-being to develop smart, secure livable and sustainable cities? Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe questioned experts attended the World Cities Summit, International Water Week and Cleanenviro Summit Singapore today.
As a part of efforts to keep Tamil Nadu fishermen from poaching in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters, the Indian government has allocated US $ 56 million to dismantle bottom trawling boats and replacing them with new deep sea liners, it is learnt.
The Cabinet approval has been granted previously to develop the Gem Street Demuwawatha, Ratnapura as an International Gem Street and to construct a Gem Tower with the objective of constructing a specific centre for providing all the required services efficiently for the gem and jewelry sector under one roof within the Ratnapura city and to attract buyers for medium scale entrepreneurs.
Sri Lanka's Department of Examinations has considered providing opportunity for the children of expatriate Sri Lankans to take the G.C.E. (O.L) Examination overseas, the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva announced.
The Government has implemented several programs to control the air pollution that existed in the atmosphere of the Colombo metropolitan area and the suburbs, for a considerable period of time. Under the guidance of the Air Resources Management Centre which was established to facilitate for the management of the quality of air, The 'Clean Air 2000 Action Plan' has been implemented uninterruptedly, subject to appropriate amendments.