The Indonesian Naval Ship, 'Kri Sultan IskandarMuda - 367' arrived at the Port of Colombo for refilling and a replenishment visit on Thursday (2ndFeb). Upon her arrival, the Sri Lanka Navy accorded a ceremonial welcome to the visiting Indonesian ship.
Authorities are continuing to take action against tri forces deserters who have failed to obtain legal discharge during the General Amnesty periods provided in the past and so far more than 450 personnel have been arrested till Thursday (2nd February 2017), states Military Spokesman Brigadier Rohan Seneviratne.
The Industry and Commerce Ministry has initiated a program to support local small and medium industries, whose annual turnover is less than Rs. 750 million and permanent employment is less than 300 to obtain international standard certificates.
President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka has been acknowledged as a country which has been freed from Malaria, elephantiasis and polio in its task to produce healthy people. He said the current government has plans to win future challenges in the health sector.
Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT) has reported a throughput of two million TEUs for the 12 months ending 31 December 2016, achieving impressive YoY growth of 28% in volume.
This new volume has enabled the Port of Colombo to register overall incremental growth in the three consecutive years since CICT came into operation, the company said.
Announcing the milestone achievement, CICT said ULCCs (Ultra Large Container Carriers) and VLCCs (Very large Container Carriers), many of a size that only the Colombo South Terminal is capable of handling, had contributed 70% to the volumes it achieved in 2016.
The incremental volume handled by CICT was one of the contributors to the overall throughput of the Port of Colombo growing by an estimated 11% in 2016, the company said. CICT is the first and currently the only deep water terminal in South Asia equipped with facilities to handle the largest vessels afloat.
“The overall growth achieved by the Port of Colombo bears out the rationale for CICT’s successful operation,” CICT CEO Mr. Ray Ren said. “We are delighted with the new business CICT has attracted to the Port of Colombo in 2016, and proud of our contribution to the overall growth achieved by the Port.”
CICT General Manager – Commercial and Marketing Mr. TissaWickramasinghe added: “It must be emphasised that this historic achievement of two million teus was made possible mainly by the synergies developed through our parent company China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPH).
The government is taking steps to amend the Cooperative act as the cooperative movement provides a great service to the people and the country said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen.