The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted USD 9.5 million through the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We - Fi) to support the ongoing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) - Line of Credit.Country Director of the ADB's Sri Lanka Resident Mission Sri Widowati signed the grant agreement on behalf of ADB while Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance, signed for the Government of Sri Lanka.
Four (04) Indian fishermen who engaged in illegal fishing activities in the Sri Lankan territorial waters along with a trawler were apprehended by the Fast Gun Boat attached to the Northern Naval Command, in the seas off the Delft Island, yesterday (7th July).
The model village housing programme which functions under the Ministry of Housing and Constructions addresses the housing problems of beneficiary families and empowers such beneficiaries in view of making them productive partners of the national economy.
The provincial ministries and departments of the Western Provincial Council move into new location at Sri Jayawardenepura from ‘Sravasti’ Mandiraya, the earlier abode of parliamentarians in Colombo 7. The new location is at Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, Battaramulla. The office complex will be opened by President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday, July 12.
Refuting claims that the National Audit Bill, presented to Parliament last week was a watered down version of the original law, the Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe told the Sunday Observer that he was satisfied with the powers vested in his office under the new Act converting the Commission into a Supreme Audit Institution. The landmark National Audit Bill was passed with amendments in Parliament on July 5.
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) yesterday assured motorists that the filling stations countrywide have been provided with sufficient stocks of fuel. CPC Managing Director Neil Jayasekara said all fuel station owners had been instructed to release the quantity of fuel as requested by motorists.
The Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says that his ministry has devised a comprehensive program to renovate over 13,000 old small tank system in the country and a sum of Rs. 9 billion has been allocated for the project.
More than 3,000 Sri Lankan refugees, who had been staying in India, have left for their home country since 2015, the Tamil Nadu Government said. The largest number in this regard was reported last year, at 1520, said a policy note of the Public Department, a portfolio held by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, tabled in the state Assembly, the Press Trust of India reported.
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva says that the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota currently running at a great loss will be developed with a joint venture with India as a commercial airport.
"We need to rebuild the airport as a commercial airport. We will not sell paddy at the airport. We will not sell it to anyone," the Civil Aviation Minister told parliament yesterday (6th) speaking at the adjournment motion moved by the Opposition.