Newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan has highlighted the need to galvanize bilateral relations with Sri Lanka in all spheres, Pakistan Today reported on Sunday. Prime Minister Khan has expressed these views to his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe when the latter called him to congratulate.
Four Faculties of the Peradeniya university that were closed recently will reopen today (August 20th).Vice-chancellor of the university Upul Dissanayake said that the management faculty, medical faculty, faculty of arts, and Veterinary faculty will reopen for the second and third academic year students.
A pilot project is to be launched today within the Northern range of the Western Province which will mobilize all law enforcement agencies in a fully-fledged crackdown on narcotics. The project aims to decrease narcotic usage by 40 percent within the next three months.
The project will be launched with the opening of three dedicated drug reporting Hotlines functioning directly under the purview of the Deputy Inspector General of Police Office in the Western Province Northern Range.
“Around 75 percent of crimes committed within the Western Province are drug related offenses. While there’s been many attempts in the past to rid the province of the drug menace, this project will galvanize public support for a comprehensive crackdown,” DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon said. “Through the intensification of crackdown, we wish to bring down narcotic usage by 40 percent and subsequently crimes by 20 percent within the next three months.”
Sri Lanka Railways will refurbish 30 dilapidated carriages at the Dematagoda and Ratmalana yards and put them in to service, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said.“Ten of the refurbished compartments will be deployed on the Kelani Velly railway line in the near future,” the Minister said.
Newly set up Bell and Light Security Systems at unprotected railway crossings between Hikkaduwa and Dodandoowa railway stations along the coastal line were opened this morning by the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva and the Deputy Minister Ashok Abeysinghe.
The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) which was incurring heavy losses for many years, had earned a profit of Rs. 1,618 million last year, for the first time in its history.Transport and Civil Aviation Minis ter Nimal Siripala de Silva addressing a media briefing held in Colombo yesterday said the government has managed to convert a loss making institution into a profitable one following prudent fiscal policies.
Exactly three year ago, the people went to the polls to reaffirm the mandate given to the two major political forces in the country to work together. President Maithripala Sirisena who won the Presidential Election in January 2015 had already appointed UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. The agreement between the two major political parties in the country following the 2015 August General Election is unparalleled in the country’s 70 years of post-independence politics.
This Government did have a 100 day programme which managed to accomplish many promises made during the election period. They thus urged the people to give them a bigger mandate on August 17, 2015.
The public did reaffirm their faith in this Government of Unity and Consensus, also known as the Yahapalana (Good Governance) Government. In essence, the new Government had pledged to reverse the dictatorial course of the former Rajapaksa Government and grant freedom to State institutions whose freedom had come under attack, save Sri Lanka from international isolation and develop the economy which had reached abysmal depths.
The Government soon after assuming office embarked on a process of accountability, restorative justice and reconciliation and repairing its damaged image internationally. As a result of these endeavours, Sri Lanka has now become a respected member of the International Community.
The Government has also largely succeeded in restoring public confidence in State institutions including the judiciary and the police. The key to this change was the 19th Amendment, which was one of the key pledges of the new Government. It set Presidential term limits, pruned certain powers of the Executive Presidency and restored the independence of Government institutions. The Government delivered on its core promises. The Independent Commissions were established, Right to Information Act came into effect, established an Office of Missing Persons etc.
The proposed new Constitution will enable Sri Lankans to project one identity under one nation. Development has not been forgotten.The Megapolis Initiative in the Western Province is a major project that will make an overall resurgence in the province. After a thorough review, the Port City project initiated by the former Government with Chinese funding has been totally transformed as a Financial City to attract more investors. The Government also announced a new economic policy that will augment the development process.
Sri Lanka has obtained a record income of US$202.5 million from cinnamon exports in 2017, according to the National Cinnamon Research and Training Center under Department of Export Agriculture. It is an increase of 30 percent compared to the previous year.