Construction of 50, 000 housing units for estate workers was inaugurated at a function held at the Delkin Estate in Baduraliya on Tuesday (23rd September). These houses are being constructed under a concept of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to provide shelter to the homeless. The inauguration of the estate housing development programme was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Plantation and Industries by the Urban Development Authority. Mahinda Samarasinghe Minister of Plantation and Industries graced the occasion as the Chef Guest.
Sri Lanka’s January-August exports have surged by a strong 14%, as announced on 25 September. And more than 110 exporters and Chamber reps have thronged the fifth national Exporters’ Forum in Colombo. “I am pleased to say that according to the latest provisional data by EDB, January to August 2014 exports have increased by a strong 14.03% to $ 7.34 Bn. As committed exporters, it is your valuable efforts that can help us, to move our target, of $ 20 Billion exports, by 2020, under the committed vision, of President Mahinda Rajapaksa” said Rishad Bathiudeen. Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka. on 25 September.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently launched a project to compile a Directory of Social Scientists in Sri Lanka. This Directory will be integrated into the Science and Technology Management Information System (STMIS), which is a computer-based information system maintained by the NSF.
The Israel Center for International Agricultural Cooperation (CINADCO) organized an awareness programme with Export Development Board (EDB) for farmers engaged in cultivation of fresh fruit and vegetables in central province. It is a one week awareness programme with visits to farms and research centers covering all areas in Israel. Sri Lankan group consist 8 participants from central province. Deputy Director-Central Province of EDB also participated to the programme. Israel embassy in India also assisted to this programme successful.
The Ministry of Coconut Development and lanatha Estate Development has planned to implement a Strategic Development Programme to generate an income of US Dollars 01 Billion, by 2020, through coconut based industries in Sri Lanka.
In order to improve the infrastructure facilities at nursing schools in Kandana, Hambantota & .Matara the Ministry of Health has taken steps to implement a renovation project at an approximate cost of Rs. 86 Million.