The inaugural ceremony of the national project to convert all State sector buildings into solar power generating centers within two years was held with the patronage of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake at the Ministry of Finance yesterday (9th Jan.).
A tree planting campaign to coincide with the national tree planting drive have seen troops of the Sri Lanka Army planting thousands of tree saplings in their formations around the country. According to army media sources the programme was held to coincide with the second anniversary of President Maithripala Sirisena in office. More than 13,200 tree saplings of various varieties were planted during the programme on Wednesday (04th Jan).
Two families were compensated 2 million by the government for their members who had lost lives while engaging in fishing at sea in the extreme weather condition that prevailed in April of last year. Minister of fisheries and aquatic resources Development Mahinda Amaraweerad made a request from the Cabinet of Ministers having received the necessary information from the Fisheries Office in Chilaw District and obtained the approval to compensate them.