The Royal Australian Navy Ship ‘HMAS Newcastle’ arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (14th Nov.). Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the visiting ship in accordance with naval traditions, upon her arrival. The vessel with a length of 138.1 m and width of 14.3 m is manned by a crew of 184. The displacement of the ‘Newcastle’ is 4,200 tons.
Sri Lanka is currently drafting legislation and preparing a mechanism to prevent illegal immigration and promote the border security, Chief of Prime Minister's Staff, Law and Order and the Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said today (14th Nov.).
Indicating a huge number of women’s participation in politics, more than 2, 000 women representatives will be elected to the LG bodies under the newly introduced mix electoral system, according to the gazette notification published recently.
The European Union launched one of the largest programs of development support in the country. The European Union will contribute Rs. 5.4 billion in to reduce poverty in the provinces by improving the income of poor people living in rural areas and helping to ensure that they have enough food to eat, even in times of hardship.
A national evaluation policy will be established through an Act of Parliament next year to ensure that there is accountability and flexibility regarding every cent invested on development projects by the government, said Enterprise Development Minister and UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim.
Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday (13th Nov.) categorically denied allegation made by a section of media, including some online publications and social media pages, which have published news items indicating that former President's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath, who is suspected to have embezzled Rs 4 billion of public money, had a secret meeting with him.