Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera says that the aim of the government is to create a young generation capable of winning a modern world through defeating tribal views and the development of a country means that the younger generation go forward in education.
The Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister has asked the Elections Commission to ‘order’ rather than ‘appeal’ to political parties to appoint women through their lists to complete the quota.This was in a bid to break the deadlock over the 25 percent quota for women in many local councils.
The asset base of Sri Lankan cooperatives have increased to nearly Rs three billion (US $ 18 Mn)-and coops are no longer charitable but they too should now compete in the liberal market economy. “Cooperatives are no longer charitable organizations and they have to compete with other institutions in a liberalized market economy. Accordingly, Cooperatives may formulate proper strategic plans to sell their products and services” announced the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday (26th February).
Joining with the national environmental protection campaign, the Sri Lanka Navy has completed planting 100,000 mangrove plants in selected areas in country. The island wide project is being carried out under the Navy's Marine Eco-friendly projects.