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 $10 million of equity in DCDC Healthcare Services Private Limited (DCDCPL), a company providing dialysis and ancillary services to end stage renal disease, to help enable the establishment of critical healthcare infrastructure in India and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Navy apprehended 33 persons engaged in illegal acts at several locations in the island during the past few days. Accordingly, the suspects were held for engaging in illegal fishing and selling of prohibited drugs.
Construction work on the first phase of the Extension of Southern Expressway (ESEP) from Matara to Hambantota including Expressway link to Mattala has exceeded its target, the Road Development Authority (RDA) says.
The BOI’s Polgahawela Export Processing Zone (PEPZ) contributed US$ 73.3 million in export revenue in 2016 and this rose to US$ 77.4 million in 2017. PEPZ which is a very significant zone in the Kurunegala District, was established in 2000 on a land area of 65 acres of which 39.65 acres are industrial land.