The country’s Gross official foreign reserves have greatly improved to around USD 9.2 billion by the end of June, said Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy yesterday (6th).At the end of 2017, reserves stood at USD 8 billion.
The monthly 'Security Salon' conducted by the Institute of National Security Studies of Sri Lanka (INSSSL) was held on Thursday (05 July). Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC chaired the conference held at the Ministry auditorium last evening.
Sri Lanka Navy troops were able to rescue three Somali fishermen onboard a fishing vessel stranded at sea and bring them ashore during a rescue operation on Thursday (05 July). The rescue mission was launched by the Navy after being alerted by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of a Somali fishing vessel being lost at sea.
Speaking at the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, State Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources & Disaster Management Palitha Range Bandara proposed an Asian Emergency Response Task Force for disaster management in the region.
The academic achievement of three young students in Jaffna came under recognition at a simple ceremony facilitated by Sri Lanka Army in Jaffna, recently. According to Army media, the three students who had secured top ranks at the G.C.E. A/L exam in 2017 were felicitated and awarded with valuable gifts and educational incentives during the ceremony organized by the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J).
The Ganeshapuram irrigation canal, which feeds water to a large number of paddy land in the region was cleared during a 'Sharamadana' (self-help) programme conducted during weekend (30 Saturday). A large number of troops under the Security Force Headquarters - Kilinochchi, (SFHQ-KLN) joined hands with the local farming community to make this programme a success.
The National Transport Commission (NTC) would launch a Google Map facility to facilitate day-to-day public transportation by the year end, NTC Chairman M. A. P. Hemachandra said.Speaking to the media at an awareness programme of entering transport data to the Google Maps App, he said the facility would be available on Google Maps and would be an additional facility to assist the general public during transportation.
The Finance and Media Ministry's Welfare Benefit Board will implement a new social welfare programme - Social Safety Nets Project (SSNP) - with a view to streamlining all social safety programmes. The project will be implemented next year, Welfare Benefits Board Chairman Sugath Ranugge said.
With the implementation of the SSNP, all welfare programmes including financial aid programmes such as Samurdhi (Divineguma Aid), allowance for the elderly as well as low-income citizens over the age of 70, monthly public assistance allowances, assistance for persons with chronic illnesses in low-income households and financial assistance for communities presently carried out by various ministries and state bodies, would come under the SSNP, Ranugge added.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to invest $10 million of equity in DCDC Healthcare Services Private Limited (DCDCPL), a company providing dialysis and ancillary services to end stage renal disease, to help enable the establishment of critical healthcare infrastructure in India and Sri Lanka.