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Employment opportunities at Switzerland vessels for Sri Lankan sailors.

Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping L.P. Jayampathi says Sri Lanka and Switzerland have inked a Memorandum of Understanding to provide employment opportunities to Sri Lankan navy personnel in Switzerland.

Director General of the Merchant Shipping Secretariat Ajith Seneviratne and Switzerland's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn signed the MOU in the presence of Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga at the Merchant Shipping Secretariat Office recently. This is the first ever agreement signed regarding the subject of maritime relations between the two nations.

The Secretary says under the MoU, in the near future Sri Lankan sailors will get the opportunity to sail in Swiss flagged ships. However, Mr. Seneviratne added that when a Sri Lankan sailor is serving for a foreign ship, the Sri Lankan certification is not sufficient.

Therefore, the necessity arises to obtain the 'Certificate of Recognition', which will be recognized by that ship's specific nation. In order to obtain this Certificate of Recognition, MOU between the nations or pledge between the two nations should be constructed, he explained. Sri Lanka has already signed 29 such agreements. The arrangement with Switzerland is the latest.

All state schools and government approved private schools will close for the second school term today.

All state schools and government approved private schools will close for the second school term today. The third school term for state schools is scheduled to commence on the 31st of August.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Education says the schools that are used as examination centres for the 2016 GCE Advance Level Examination will be announced on a later date.

The President says Sri Lanka's education and health sectors have attracted many accolades at the international arena.

President Maithripala Sirisena says Sri Lanka's education and health sectors have attracted many accolades at the international arena due to their success stories.

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The government plans to increase revenue from the Customs Department and reduce the tax burden on the general public.

Minister Ravi Karunanayake says the government plans to increase revenue from the Customs Department and reduce the tax burden on the general public. He added that the new Customs Act was introduced with the view of modernizing the Customs Department.

The Minister was speaking at a special meeting which was held at the Ministry of Finance today. Minister Karunanayake also said that the set of proposals and suggestions received by the Ministry in regard to new Customs Act will be put forward to representatives of the trade unions and civil societies during next two weeks.

Another discussion will be held after the presentation of proposals to them. Minister Karunanayake noted that country's customs revenue has increased from 300 billion to 800 billion under the present administration. He also said that new legislation will help to put a full stop to the corrupt activities in the country.

Minister Mano Ganeshan says that implementing the language policy Sri Lanka will be able to find a permanent solution for the national issue.

Minister Mano Ganeshan said that implementing the language policy Sri Lanka will be able to find a permanent solution for the national issue. He added that though there are some provisions in the constitution for language rights practicalities of them are very limited. Minister Ganeshan was speaking at a function held at his Ministry today.

An MOU was signed at the function between Sri Lankan and Canadian governments in regard to promoting language equality. Secretary to the Ministry Vajira Narampanawa and Sri Lankan Ambassador of Canada signed the document. Foreign Minister of Canada Stephan Lion was also present at the event. The Canadian Government will dispatch 11.2 million US dollars for the project.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka states more support from the government is essential for providing shelter to the low income people in Colombo.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka states that the Urban Development Authority alone cannot create a better life for the people living in shanties of Colombo. He added that the government's support is essential for the project.

The Minister also noted that no fund has received for the flats that are to be constructed targeting low income people. The Minister was speaking at the opening of the education programme at "Suhuru Puravara" in Dematagoda today.

The president emphasizes the importance of strengthening disease prevention mechanism in the country with the view of creating a healthy generation.

President Maithripala Sirisena emphasizes the importance of strengthening disease prevention mechanism in the country with the view of creating a healthy generation. He added that the Public Health Inspectors have a greater responsibility as a group of public officers who taking care of the public health.

The President was speaking at the 81st annual general meeting of Public Health Inspectors Association in Kadawatha today. the government has allocated more funds to improve  the quality of the Public Health Service.

The President also pledged to ensure benefits and rights of the PHIs. The President also recalled that he was able to work with many trade unions cordially when he was the Minister of Health. He added that it was a turning point to hold the minister of health in his career. 

Foreign ministers of Sri Lanka and Canada meet.

Foreign Minister of Canada Stephane Dion called on his counterpart Mangala Samaraweera in Colombo today. The  visiting foreign minister said that the Canadian government has paid serious attention on improving livelihood of rural communities of Sri Lanka. Accordingly the Canadian government  will provide a donation of 8.8 million US dollars for the upliftment of the life of the rural masses. 

Addressing the media minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the relation ship between Sri Lanka and Canada has been strengthen under the present administration. He added it is symbolized by visiting a foreign minister from Canada after 13 years. Minister Samaraweera also said that the Canadian government is extending support for   a wide array of projects in  the country including Maduru Oya, Hardy technical institute in Ampara etc, The minister  also appreciated the support of Canada in connection with consolidating reconciliation  peace and democracy in the island nation, The visiting foreign also called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe this morning. He also met Minister Mano Ganeshan and inked an agreement regarding  Improving Language equality in Sri Lanka. 

An ambulance service operating free of charge introduced.

A fully fledged ambulance service operating free of charge has been commissioned. The ambulance service is implemented by governments of Sri Lanka and India as a joint effort. Kind of ambulance service is witnessed in the country for the 1st time. The ambulance service was inaugurated under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in front of the Galle face Hotel this morning.

Addressing the gathering Indian premier Narendra Modi through satellite technology said that the ambulance service is another historical event that strengthens the prolong ties between the two nations. Minsiter Dr.Rajitha Senarathne and deputy minister Dr.Harsha de Silva also spoke.

The general public can use toll free  1990  to obtain the service. The initial stage of the programme will be implemented in the southern province from tomorrow. 250 medial technicians who had been trained in India will be dispatched for the ambulance service. More than 550 Sri Lankan will get job opportunities under the project. the Indian government has donated 108 ambulances for the service. 

The Asian Developments provides loans and grants to Sri Lanka for electricity project.

The Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide 11.5 million dollar loan for an electricity project and another 3.8 million dollar as grants to Sri Lanka. Chief of power Unit of the Bank Mukthar  Kamudkanov said these funds could be utilized to fulfill the electricity

demand in the northern and eastern provinces. A programme has commenced to provide electricity through renewable power to the islands of Analathivu, Delft and Nainathivu.  Such power projects are to be established in the western province too.  

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