January 26, 2020
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    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.”


    The fresh boost given to the Information Technology/Business Process Management industry by the government with its vision to develop the industry, will enable the lucrative sector to be the leading foreign exchange earner of the country surpassing an export income of US$ 5 billion in the next five years, said an industry expert “The IT/BPM Industry is on track with the backing of policy makers to make it the leading foreign exchange earner in the next five years,” IFS Managing Director, Vice President, Sales, Shiraz Lye said.The IT and BPM industry has been generating an export income of around US$ 1.2 billion in recent years. The industry aims at an export income of US$ 3 billion supported by a workforce of around 200,000 by 2022.


    The Government has decided to set up South Asia’s largest Information Technology (IT) and Innovation University City in a 1,800 acre of land at Suriyawewa, Hambantota, with the investment of local and foreign investors.The Government would set up this University City in the 1800 acre land which had been allocated by the former Mahinda Rajapaksa Government to set up the Suriyawewa IT Park, Cabinet spokesman, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said yesterday.


    Sri Lanka secured its borders at airports and ports with thermal scanners to detect possible passengers with high temperatures as the death toll due to Chinese Coronavirus reached 40, and suspected cases were reported from elevan countries in four continents. Our staff photographer Sulochana Gamage captured this photo of a Chinese family arriving from Kunming passing through the scanners at the BIA’s arrival terminal last night.

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