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The necessity of a Common programme in tackling disaster management emphasized.

Southern province's Chief Minister Shan Wijeyalal de Silva says, that new laws and regulations should be composed in a way that provincial councils also can contribute in disaster management. Provincial councils should not do away with disaster management at a time of calamity,. The respective provincial councils should take part in disaster management by providing monitory assistance. The Chief Minister made these comments while participating at Subarathi discussion programme of SLBC this morning.

The chief minister pointed out the necessity of a national common programme in disaster management azt a time of a calamity.

Small and Medium scale industries are to be rejuvenate under a special programme.

Minister Rishard Bathi-Uddin says that his ministry will take all relevant steps to rejuvenate hampered medium and small scale industries by recent floods and torrential rains. The minister has advised the Industrial Development Board and National Entrepreneur Development Authority to conduct a immediate comprehensive survey to ascertain the damages done to small and medium scale industries. According to Minsiter's information 264 small and medium scale industries are reported as damage.

80 million worth of industrial equipment and machinery  have been destroyed by the floods. The damage done to buildings alone  exceeds 50 million rupees.  Nearly 1000 people have lost their employments. Initial estimates say, that at least 160  million rupees  will be required to re-establish the damaged industries.

Additional 100 new medical students to be admitted to the medical faculties for the coming academic year.


The Chairman of University Grants Commission Professor Mohan Silva says that additional 100 medical students will be provided with the opportunity of entering into medical faculties for the academic year of 2016 and 2017. Under the new plan, 1440 medical students will be enrolled to the medical faculties of the Universities over the country. Last year, 1340 students got the opportunity to follow MBBS stream at medical faculties. Additional students will be admitted as each 50 to government medical colleges and the rest to the Kothalawala Defense University's medical faculty.


The government of Norway has provided humanitarian assistance valued at 180 million rupees to the floods and landslide victims.


The Norwegian Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, has announced that “Norway will contribute with 180 million rupees to the humanitarian relief effort” due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka. The support will be channelled through United Nations Children's Fund and International Federation of Red Cross .


Samurdhi aid for the affected people.


The Samurdhi Development has come forward to provide 5000 parcels including cleaning equipment and materials to clean houses for the people affected by recent floods and landslides. This aid programme will be implemented under the supervision of Director General of Samurdhi Neel Bandara Hapuhinna on the advice of Minister S B Dissanayaka. 5000 aid parcels have been dispatched to distribute in Agalawatta area of the Kalutara district. The Samurdhi Development Department says each parcel include a worth of 1250 rupee equipment.
The President and the Minister S B Dissanayaka have been appointed as the Chief of Relief Providing Committee of the area. Accordingly, the Minister visited the Agalavatta, Walallavita and Palindanuwara divisional secretariat divisions to look into the situations of these areas. The Director General said the Department will provide these parcels to all affected areas in the island.

Nursing Faculty will be established at the Sri Jaywardenapura Hospital. The foundation stone will be laid next month.


A Nursing Faculty will be commenced at the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital premises, at a cost of 200 million rupees. Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna says the foundation stone will be laid for this faculty next month.


Army troops are still conducting relief operations in flood affected areas.

The United Nations Development Programme has entered into a partnership with the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) to conduct game-based trainings on foresight and innovation for officials of the public sector . The aim is to strengthen and transform them to become champions in the sustainable development process of the country.Through this partnership, UNDP will facilitate two workshops for SLIDA, which will be tailor-made to suit the requirements of two cohorts of the public sector - Induction trainees and Class I officials.


The SLFP Dehiwela organizer stresses the need of Public involvement in disaster mitigation.

The Chief Organizer of SLFP in Dehiwela  senior lawyer Keerthi Udawatte says that it is important to develop a programme for the country to minimize environmental hazards. The reason for the current environmental problems we face, is the environmental destructions by the man.He pointed out deforestation and mining in hill slopes cause severe environmental damages. President has ordered to strengthen the laws against environmental degradation with full understanding of these situations. A special programme is implemented to improve reforestation. In managing the disasters public assistance is very much important.


Two kilo grams of heroin with two suspects are in police custody.

Colombo criminal investigation division of police has taken 2 kilo grams of heroin into custody with 2 suspects in Kesbewa and Armour street. The effort necessitated two detections. The value of heroin is estimated at 200 million rupees according to superintendent of police Nishantha de Soysa.



Prime Minister meets the General Secretary of Commonwealth.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe met the General Secretary of Commonwealth organization Patricia Scotland in New York.  The meeting was held at the Office of United Nations Permanent Residence in New York.  The discussion focused on many factors including the coordination and co-relation between Sri Lanka and Commonwealth organization.

 Mr. Wickremasinghe also extended an invitation to Ms. Patricia to visit Sri Lanka.  The Deputy General Secretary of Commonwealth Diyodat and Director General of Ocean and Acquire Culture attached to the Commonwealth Secretariat Rosemery Cadogen were also present on this occasion.

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