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.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is organizing a Youth Camp bringing together youth from all 25 districts to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).During the camp, participants will participate in an experiential learning process and acquire competences in the fields of intercultural learning and dialogue within a human rights framework.
Cabinet yesterday granted approval to appoint a Special Commission to increase public sector salaries and remove salary anomalies on a recommendation made by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera.The Government decided to appoint this Commission to make the necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff and to do away with the salary anomalies that were reported in certain public sector institutions, including Sri Lanka Railways, a statement issued by the Finance Ministry said yesterday
As at August 2018, the Small Enterprises Development Division (SEDD) of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs has prepared 783 business plans for Thurunu Diriya loan scheme from all corners of Sri Lanka.
The Senate of the Peradeniya University had decided to re-open the Medical, Dental and Agriculture Faculties, which had been closed for over fifteen days, sources said yesterday.The Faculties will open on Monday, August 13, for academic activities.
Trade Unions of the Railways Department called off their strike yesterday following a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena. Locomotive Engineering Operators’ Union (LEOU) Secretary Indika Dodangoda said that several trade unions had a meeting with the President yesterday morning at the President’s House in Polonnaruwa.