1. Agreement on Global Environmental Disaster and the local strategic convention (local contribution for minimizing global warmth)
The global warmth is on the increase due to excessive burning of the fossil fuel, industrialization, urbanization, denuding of forests cover, and environmental pollution. It has been forecast that the global warmth will increase by about 4 degree celcius by the end of this century. The environmental disasters that would take place due to the increase of global warmth would adversely affect the sustenance of the humans. As per the conclusions made at the 21st session of the United Nations Framework Convention held in the French capital France on Environmental disaster (UNFCCC) from 30th November 2015 till 11th December, by the year 2100 it was agreed to take all possible measures to maintain the global warmth level at least at 1.5 degree Celcius and to prevent it increasing beyond 2 degree Celcius. Sri Lanka has also in agreeing to contribute to the decisions taken at this summit has decided to sign this agreement (Paris Agreement), and in accordance with implementing the proposal to minimize the emission of greenhouse gasses to formulate policies and plans and to formulate laws to establish a Commission relating to Climate Change (Climate Change Commission of Sri Lanka), to launch 10,000 environment friendly villages (Green Smart Villages) throughout the country in collaboration with community organizations to implement the “Green Environmental Beautiful Sri Lanka programme during the period from 2016 to 2020. The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made for this purpose by Hon. President Maitripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment.
01.Ecosystems Conservation and Management Project (ESCAMP)
Though Sri Lanka has been graded as a biodiversity hot spot, the ecosystem and the biodiversity of the country has encountered a severe threat. Guiding Sri Lanka to a sustainable development that conserves and manages the environment is a major objective of the government. This projects aims at strengthening the capacity of public institutions and public for development of hotspot ecosystems by demonstrate a sample on elephant-man coexistence and sustainable use and conservation of natural resources. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, toimplement the above project from 2016-2021 with a loan of US$ 40 million granted by the World Bank and Rs. 473 million spent by the Government of Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Management headed by the Hon. Prime Minister has been established to make recommendations to the Cabinet of Ministers related to implementation of laws and related subjects directly related to economic affairs, monetary and financial policy, national investment programme, facilitating private sector investments, investments and economic development of the country. The proposal made by Hon.Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe, to introduce a suitable method to make moreefficient the implementation of recommendations made by the said committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Amendment of the article 40 (e) of the National Transport Commission Act No. 37 of 1991
According to the provisions of the above act, the National Transport Commission grants passenger service permits to buses to be operated in interprovincial roads under competitive bidding by calling for applications through publishing notices in national newspapers. However, it has been reported that many buses are being operated in interprovincial routes without a valid passenger service permit and it is an unhealthy situation for the passenger transport bus service as well as for bus commuters. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to amend the article 40 (e) of the National Transport Commission Act No. 37 of 1991, for increasing the fine enforced by a Magistrate’s Court against offenders who operates a bus without a valid route permit from Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 200,000/-, within the view of making a quality bus service to the public, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Conducting the 53rd Conference of the Directors General of Civil Aviation of the Asia Pacific Region in Sri Lanka in August 2016
An annual conference is held by Directors General of Civil Aviation of the Asia-pacific countries since 1960 with the objective of working with a common stand in international rules and standards related to civil aviation with the view of affirming safety, security, regularity and efficiency in air transportation activities across frontiers. It is the foremost event in the event calendar of the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The proposal made by Hon. NimalSiripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to conduct the above conference in Sri Lanka from 01st to 5th August 2016 under the theme ‘Fostering safe, secure and efficient aviation system in an eco-friendly environment with no country left behind’, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
The accumulation of court productions in court premises has caused many issues in the present. The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to gazette the draft bill for amending the section 431 and 432 of theCriminal Procedure Code to provide provisions to dispose these productions prior to finalization of the case, and to place the bill before the parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01.Capacity Building Project for Sri Lankan Forensic Science Agencies and officials
Digital Evidence and DNA analysis, which are considered as the main two sources in the modern Criminology, plays a major role in inspection of many crimes. Accordingly, project to develop the capacity of the Government Analyst’s Department and the Criminal Investigations Department in obtaining digital evidences and DNA analysis will be implemented with a grant of US$ 3.2 million by the Korean International Cooperation Agency. Above information presented by Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01.Programme for Management of Hazardous Wastes and Chemicals emitted to the Environment in Sri Lanka
The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to combine following 04 projects and implement as a single project under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment within the period of 2016-2020, with the view of managing hazardous chemicals and wastes to minimize their impact on the environment and to appoint a Project Steering Committee comprised of representatives from relevant institutions to operate and supervise project activities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Management and disposal of equipment that contains polychlorinated biphenyl in Sri Lanka in an environmental friendly manner.
Building of the background for ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury and take necessary action in achieving its objectives.
Project for the action plan for management and minimizing of polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
Environment friendly production and recycling of lead acid batteries in Sri Lanka.
01. Introduction of the ‘Virusara’ privilege card for war heroes
It has been decided to introduce a privilege card called ‘Virusara’ for benefitting war heroes who have died, disappeared and disabled of the Three forces, police and the Civil Security Department and their dependents, who have sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. It will enable them to enjoy special benefits in purchasing consumer goods and services such as health, education, banking, insurance, leasing etc. As its first step the card will be presented to 50,000war heroes. The ceremony to award these privilege cards to 5000 war heroes and dependents will be held on 25-01-2016 at the Temple Trees under the patronage of H.E. the President and with the participation of the Hon. Prime Minister and the Defence State Minister. This information presented by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.