January 26, 2020
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    Attorney General Dappula de Livera's directive to the police on the arrest of High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya came to receive special attention of the Constitutional Council (CC) last Friday at the Parliament Complex.It was discussed at the CC meeting that the decision made by the Attorney General is likely to undermine public confidence in the judiciary.

     

    Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is working with new vigour to reach US $ 6 billion in revenue by the end of this year continuing with the growth momentum recorded last year.“The country earned a record US$ 5.3 billion with a 5.1 percent year-on-year (YoY) increase in apparel export earnings for 2019 despite a slight decline in export earnings in December, Secretary General Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) Tuli Cooray said.This is approximately $ 250 million more than last year. We have grown in all markets including USA and EU. This growth is significant as apparel is the only sector to record a positive growth last year contributing to the country’s growth trajectory, he said.However, apparel export earnings have declined by 1.71 percent (YoY) to US$ 460 million in December due to a slowdown in key EU and US markets.

     

    Sri Lanka Tourism which plans to kick-off a global promotional campaign soon hopes to rake in US $ 10 billion in foreign exchange.“A new long-term marketing plan to boost Sri Lanka Tourism has been finalised for the consideration of the industry and the Government. The new strategy will be reviewed by the Board of Directors of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), and if approved, it will be sent to the Cabinet for approval,” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando said.

     

    The Ceylon German Technical Training Institute (CGTTI) will introduce a short program aimed at training trishaw and motorcycle mechanics – much needed, given the huge two and three-wheeler numbers and also a similar program to train mechanics in boat engine repairs, CGTTI, Chairman Vinod Moonesinghe said.However, he said CGTTI will need to change emphasis from internal-combustion engines to electric motors, as electric vehicles gradually replace petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. “The government’s emphasis on solar power, particularly for use in agriculture, means we will have to expand into those areas. Mechatronics will become more important, as smart agriculture starts taking off.”

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