The National Defence Fund (Amendment) Bill was taken up for debate in the Parliament today (8th). The Second Reading debate of the bill was commenced by Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affair, Wijayadasa Rajapaksa.
At present intellectuals in various fields including medical, engineering and technological fields, leaving the motherland has been a major problem, President Maithripala Sirisena said that adding that the Government is not ready to impose rules and regulations on the freedom of leaving the country, but as the citizens who nurtured as a result of free education, should commit themselves according to their conscience to fulfill their responsibilities towards the motherland.
JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti was re-appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and SLFP Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) yesterday.
Due to various malicious and false statements being made based on the Bond report, the reputation of not only the MPs and Parliament, but even the reputation of the whole country is in jeopardy, said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, issuing a special statement with regard to statements and reports based on the Bond report.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka’s ICT sector can attain the status of a $5 bn industry effectively with the right funding and appropriate investment and support which are now adequately available.
The government has accepted the importance in having a national evaluation policy for its development drive and will launch the National Evaluation Policy by July, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.The Prime Minister said this in response to a question posed to him by MP Buddhika Pathirana in Parliament yesterday as to whether the preparation of a national evaluation policy for the development of the country was made.
A meeting was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, regarding development of the local dairy industry and consumption to plan out a program becoming country self- sufficient in dairy products in the year 2025 .