Month: January 2020

Luxembourg FM in Sri Lanka to strengthen bilateral relations

The Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Dutchy of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn paid a courtesy call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat today (31). The Minister was accompanied with the Delhi based Luxembourg Ambassador Jean Claude Kugener. Luxembourg and Sri Lanka are very similar, the Minister noted. Both are small countries…

President instructs officials to explore indigenous and Western medicine remedies to fight coronavirus

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed health authorities to collect information from experts in indigenous and western medicine to find a remedy to cure those affected with coronavirus. President issued these instructions during a meeting with Ministers and officials of Health, Foreign Relations, Tourism and Higher Education held at the Presidential Secretariat today (31). The first coronavirus…

World Bank – Sri Lanka identify new areas of cooperation

The World Bank and Sri Lanka today identified several new areas of development cooperation in addition to World Bank funded existing projects.  They are renewable energy, garbage disposal, watershed management, plantation for export, easing traffic congestion and pedestrian and road safety. This understanding was reached during the discussion that followed when Hartwig Schafer, Vice President…

Govt. requests student protestors to join employment generation process instead of causing hardships to public

Collecting information on graduates and equally qualified diploma holders had now been completed in order to provide employment to all of them. Securing required funds too is underway. The objective of the government is to provide employment opportunities in accordance with the degree obtained and existing vacancies at government and semi-government bodies and departments. Recruiting…

Sri Lankan students now returning from China

–      50% discount on air tickets –      Continued medical screening of students –      National Action Committee meets today –      Separate exit terminal for passengers arriving from China Sri Lankan students studying in China are now returning from China. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing says that a group of 21 students have left for Sri Lanka this afternoon.   The…

Swift measures to evacuate Sri Lankans in China

–      First batch to arrive within next 48 hours President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed officials to bring back all Sri Lankans including students in Wuhan and Sichuan provinces where the coronavirus is fast spreading. The President’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Health, Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing and SriLankan Airlines have joined together…

The State of Qatar offers to help Sri Lanka to establish a reliable network for clean energy production. It will bring in a consortium of top notch companies in energy sector for the purpose. Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs of the State of Qatar made this pledge when he…

‘Ayati’, country’s first national centre for children with disabilities vested with public

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared open “Ayati”, the country’s first national centre for children with disabilities in Ragama today (25). The Ayati centre, an initiative of public-private collaboration was set up with a cost of Rs.550 million to address a burning issue prevailing in the country. The center will provide opportunities and hope for children with…

The main challenge for public enterprises is profit generation while maintaining economic growth – President

Non-profit state institutions should provide efficient services to the public President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the rapid economic growth must be a priority of all public enterprises. He pointed out that it is the responsibility of the heads of state institutions to eliminate inefficiency and increase the efficiency as well as to generate profits without…

Major General (Retd.) Nanda Mallawarachchi has been appointed as the Director General of the Department of Multi-Purpose Development Task Force, effective 8 January. This Multi-Purpose Development Task Force was established with the objective of creating a poverty-free Sri Lanka as envisaged in the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s policy statement of “Saubhagyaye Dekma”. The aim of this…

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