Browns Hospital is the latest venture of Brown & Company PLC, the first one established in a chain of secondary care general hospitals and diagnostic centres to deliver high quality care through comprehensive, integrated clinical practice and personalized care, to every patient, who walks through our doors. Armed with the strong family brand name of ‘Browns’, this hospital attempts to reach rural and urban citizens in Sri Lanka to deliver innovative and patient-centric solutions.
The fully fledged multi-specialty general hospital is equipped with the latest medical diagnostic technology, including modern CT and MRI scanning, and advanced medical and surgical therapeutic technology.
The medical team comprises of highly qualified and recognized visiting consultants in all specialties and in-house doctors as well as top-notch nursing care. Experienced and qualified nurses hailing from both the government and private sector will make up the nursing cadre at Browns Hospital.
The Department of Elections has made a new facility to check your eligibility of vote by online, Yes for the first time in Sri Lanka you can check whether your name is in voters list or not. If your name is not in list you can report a complain online and rectified your voting rights too.
it’s a great facility for you to get to know is your name correctly recorded in voters list or check out is your name has been registered in wrong location.
All passengers holding Mihin Lanka tickets both inbound and outbound with travel dates on or before the 30th October 2016, you may continue to make their bookings on www.mihinlanka.com or www.srilankan.com
After 30th October 2016 all passengers are requested to make their bookings/amendments by logging on to www.srilankan.com or by calling its 24hour global contact center on 1979 for further assistance.
All the war apparatus of the LTTE displayed in the Mullaithivu war museum had been removed from there by today. This war Museum were located in Mullaithivu and displayed fighter boats manufactured by the LTTE and also their heavy weapons other than the weapons seized from the army.
In recent times the fighter boats were gradually removed while all the war apparatus had been removed now and the area was completely demolished.
Health Minister stated to the media that a Cabinet paper proposing to increase the price of a cigarette by Rs. 5 and the VAT on cigarettes upto 15% would be presented to Cabinet sooner.
It is learn that the Cabinet sub-committee that had been appointed to implement a proposal to increase the tax levy on tobacco companies to 90 per cent had recommended that the price of a cigarette be put up by Rs 5 and to increase VAT levy on cigarettes to 15%.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy stated to the media that President Maithripala Sirisena had held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and together they had agreed to put a stop to the construction of the project in Sampur. Subsequently, the Indian government had extended willingness for a wind power plant instead of a Coal Power Plant in Sampur.
And the villagers in Sampur stated to the media that they were not against the setting up of a solar power plant or a wind operated power plant instead of the proposed coal power plant which was recently ordered to be stopped owing to environmental concerns. And they further stated that they believed that setting up a solar power plant or a wind power plant would not have a negative impact on the environment that a coal power plant would have had, just because they were opposed to the coal power plant coming up in Sampur, they were not against the development projects carried out by the government.
It’s a good movement by the government of srilanka to looking forward with renewable energy options than the coal power plant options. But the huge question ahead is how government is going to solve energy requirement of country in long run.
EPC Chief Minister Ahamed Nazeer Zainulabdeen said that there were 5,021 teacher vacancies for 1,108 schools in the Eastern Province at present. There are 1,530 teaching vacancies for Mathematics, Science and English, he said.
He further said he hope to appoint 390 teachers to teach Mathematics, Science and English. And try his level best to fill up the remaining vacancies within the educational budget of Rs. 7.5 Billions which allocated for Eastern Province education.
It is everyone’s question that how many Three-wheelers are in Sri Lanka? the answer is 1.06 Million (1,062,447) as now (Year 2016).
In Sri Lanka total automobile are 6.3 Million, of which 3.3 Millions are Motor cycles and 1.06 millions of three wheelers. The motor Traffic department stated that around 4.3 Million out of 6.3 Million vehicles are always on the move.
Due to the gradual increment of tricycles registrations in Sri Lanka; Ministry of transport launched a programme to provide special licensees for three wheeler taxis along with proper training in road discipline, accident prevention and first aid.
The laying of the foundation stones for the first stage of the technological city planned under the Western Megapolis Project and the opening of the Nano Investigation Laboratory took place under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Pitipana, Homagama.
Foundation stones were laid for five technological centres including a national science centre, a satellite centre and technological universities.
Moratuwa and Sri Jayawardenapura Universities and the Arthur C. Clarke Centre are scheduled to launch science and technology projects affiliated to the proposed National Science Centre.
The Urban Development Authority will provide 25 acres each for building the three universities and 10 acres each to the other technological institutes.
The Sri Jayewardenepura University will invest Rs. 7,500 million, Colombo University Rs. 2,096 million, Science and Technology Ministry Rs. 3,000 million and the Sir Arthur C. Clarke Centre will invest Rs. 1,700 million during the first stage.
A total of 1,000 acres have been allocated for the Technological City and the UDA is presently involved in the acquisition of land for this purpose.
The land area covered by the entire project is 1,200 acres. It is planned to build a four lane road complex to Uduwana from the Makumbura exchange of the Southern Expressway to facilitate the development of infrastructure facilities at the Technological City.
An islandwide census on Early Childhood Development Centres/ Pre-Schools is currently being conducted by the Ministry Of Women and Child Affairs, Project Management Unit, Children’s Secretariat along with the Department Of Census and Statistics.
The census is scheduled to be completed by the 30th September 2016. If an enumerator (data collector) has not visited your ECD Centre / Pre-school, please inquire from the Divisional Secretariat in your area.
For more details and provide information contact to Department of Census and Statistics on 011 2186155,011 2186163 or see below image
Payment and Settlements Department of Central Bank of Sri Lanka advises to general public to use payment card as much as possible; to avoid many problems such as shortage of coins, hassle to use cash, inconvenience to carry cash, not receiving change money, fear of cash being stolen.
The Payment cards can be issued only by institutions licensed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to issue payment cards. Currently 16 million payment cards are in use 60 million transactions take place annually using payment cards. Contact your bank for more details about the payment cards.
For more details contact to Payments and Settlements Department, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, #30, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01.
Srilankan Airlines wishes to advise its valued customers of changes to its schedule over a three-month period commencing from 06th January 2017 to 06th April 2017,due to the closure of Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport from 08:30 hours to 16:30 hours each day for maintenance work on the runway.
Sri Lanka’s economic growth potential is not unknown. Its strategic geographical location, proximity and access to growing markets in Asia, high basic development indicators, and human and environmental assets, put it on a strong footing to be a star performer in Asia. Yet, the ability to transform this clear potential into strong performance seems to be elusive. What is required now is to move from issues to solutions, from potential to performance, and from rhetoric to action. The focus of this year’s Sri Lanka Economic Summit is precisely that; transforming Sri Lanka’s potential with action.
This year’s Summit brings together a unique mix of those who know it and those who have done it. Speakers include top names from across the world who, through focussed action and high performance, have made progress and made a change. Sessions are structured to ensure that participants understand the issues, but are swiftly moved on to discussing possible solutions and feasible action. Speakers will highlight good practices from other contexts and distill lessons for Sri Lanka’s own economic transformation.
The Session on Private-Public Partnerships will discuss specific actions that need to be taken to mobilise private investment to meet public policy challenges, including good practices in devising PPPs that balance investor and government interests.
The Session on talent and human resources will attempt to overcome conventional thinking, to take a
close look at practical options for Sri Lanka to meet emerging skill needs through liberalizing inward migration for certain sectors, attracting back skilled workers in the diaspora, and improving the climate for young people to thrive.
In the session on Tourism, speakers will discuss what it will take to position Sri Lanka strongly in overseas travel markets, attracting investment and quality tourists, and navigate new challenges brought on by the digital economy and informality.
The session on international logistics and trade will explore what concrete steps need to be taken to leverage on Sri Lanka’s location, including attracting international players into the country’s logistics industry, modernizing infrastructure with private sector partnerships, and linking into global value chains.
In the session on agriculture, speakers will take an incisive look at why existing agricultural and land policies are holding back productivity in the sector, what short and long term options are available to transform plantations given the political economy sensitivities, and how to boost agribusinesses.
With the state-owned enterprise sector still playing a dominant role in the economy and the public sector expected to deliver on economic transformation, the final session will explore what reforms are needed in the public sector to enable faster growth.
Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2016 -Day 1 (Tuesday, 2nd August 2016)
08:00 hrs: Registration
0900 – 0930 hrs: Inaugural Session
0930 – 1100 hrs: Session 1
Accelerating Growth, Pushing for Performance
Keynote Speakers: Hon Ravi Karunanayake – Minister of Finance
Panelists: Mr Weerakoon Wijewardena – Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof Razeen Sally – Chairman, Institute of Policy Studies
Moderator: Mr Suresh Shah – Immdt Past Chairman, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
1100 – 1130 hrs Tea Break
1130 – 1300 hrs Session 2
Private Public Partnerships – Getting Them Done, Getting Them Right
Keynote Speakers: Mr Gajendra Haldea – Advisor, Government of Rajasthan, India,
Hon Eran Wickramarathne – Deputy Minister of State Enterprises and Entrepreneurship,
Mr Kamal Dorabawila – Principal Investment Officer, IFC
Panelists: Mr Romesh David – President, Transportation and Information Technology, John Keells Holdings,
Mr Thilan Wijesinghe – Chairman, TWCorp
Moderator: Ms Helani Galpaya – CEO, LIRNEasia
1400 – 1530 hrs Session 3
Tourism – Delivering the Potential
Keynote Speakers: Mr Michael Cottan – Executive Vice President, Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd
Mr Andrew Fairley – Director, Tourism Australia
Mr Mike Orgill – Director, Public Policy Asia Pacific, AirBnB
Mr Jörn Krausser – Vice President Intercontinental Travel, DERTOUR
Panelist: Mr Krishan Balendra – President Leisure Sector, John Keells Holdings PLC
Moderator: Ms Shiromal Cooray – Managing Director, Jetwing Travels
1530 – 1600 hrs Tea break
1600 – 1730 hrs Session 4
International Trade and Logistics – Leveraging on Location
It is a necessity to start Research and Development projects for the improvement and upgrading of the industries in Sri Lanka. To encourage the industrialists to start Research and Development projects, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has started a program to offer financial assistance for the suitable industrialists.
Applications are called for research and development projects under two sections
Project proposals on innovative product development
New innovations and innovative product improvements
Low cost high quality product development
Project proposals on existing production process development
Improvements to existing process development
Environmentally sustainable process development
Industries which are involved in product manufacturing process or promotion of industrial innovation are also eligible to apply
Fifty percent (50%) of the project cost will be born by the ministry after monitoring the process of research or promotion of industrial innovation.
Participation in skill development programs such as lectures, technical sessions and seminars.
The project must have innovative product or innovative development of production process.
Should have five year experience in product manufacturing.
Note: This condition will not be applicable to new innovators or promoters of industrial innovation.
The applicant must provide proof of concept.
The proposed project should have market potential.
Economical benefits should be gained by the proposed project.
It is noted that this grant will not be provided for business investments, business developments and to start new business.
All applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges who are qualified in manufacturing related product & process development. Short listed applicants will be invited for an interview by a selection committee appointed by the Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Technical feasibility of those applicants/projects will be evaluated and all necessary documents must be provide by the selected applicant.
Application forms can be down loaded by the ministry website www.industry.gov.lk or can be collected from the premises of Ministry of Industry & Commerce. Duly completed application should be sent by registered post to Director, Development Division III, Ministry of Industry & Commerce, 73/1, Galle Road, Colombo 03.
The Malaysian entry visa fee has been increased by Rs. 900 for Sri Lankans again. The company which handles the Malaysian visa says that this was due to VAT been imposed by the government on them. The Malaysian visa which was earlier issued by the High Commission was around Rs.600 and as soon as it was given to the private company the fee increased to Rs. 4,600.
Later they also requested Sri Lankans to obtain traveller’s cheques to the value of Rs. 75,000 and several other documentation, similar to requirements of a European Embassy, making the traveller seek alternative destinations to travel.
Meanwhile the Royal Thai Embassy in Colombo will also be increasing their visa fee from July I due to the fluctuation of currency. The Royal Thai Embassy is more flexible with issuing visas. “Embassy has to extend the period of visa issuance to 5 working days from February 15,2016 due to additional handling of applications and also certain travel agencies and individuals failing to fill all required details in the visa application forms and also forwarding bogus documents.”
Generally, there are 300 to 350 applications per day which are submitted through individuals and travel agencies. As for the peak season the number of applications will drastically increase up to 500 to 600 per day. The Embassy emphasised that the submission of fake documents is a crime against the Embassy which is a government office and the Embassy will immediately stop issuing visas to travel agencies or individuals who submit fake documents to the Embassy. Indonesia has extended a free visa on arrival policy for Sri Lankans from late April.
On a recommendation of the Sub-committee on Economic Affairs, ground handling activities of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) handed over to the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited (AASL).
Consequent to this recommendation, all ground handling activities at the BIA, currently performed by SriLankan Airlines, would be transferred to the AASL.
The Cabinet has approved the proposal by the Megapolis Project to introduce a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system for mass transit in the Western Province. While the long term plan developed by the Megapolis team includes an LRT network of approximately 75kms. The initial investment is to cover around 25kms, connecting Fort, Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya, Borella, Maradana, Rajagiriya, Battaranmlla and Malabe.
The LRT system is also expected to interconnect with the rail and bus networks to provide part of an integrated solution. The government will looking for financing from Japan for the LRT. The Megapolis transport strategy places a sharp focus on improvement of mass transit. The overall plan includes introduction of a light rail system, electrification of railways, modernisation of the bus transportation system as well as an introduction of canal transport. It also includes the implementation of some immediate measures such as introduction of CCTV monitoring to strengthen enforcement, introduction of staggered working hours, synchronisation of traffic.
Light rail, also referred to as light metro, is a proven I technology used in many countries as the preferred mode of mass transit. It forms the backbone of transport networks in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Calgary, Gold Coast, Dallas, Los Angeles and many other major cities worldwide.
Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy has been appointed as Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka by President today July 2, 2016.
Brief of Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy
Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy born April 3, 1950 hails from one of the country’s most respected Tamil families and the son of the iconic diplomat ‘ Roving Raju’, is one of Sri Lanka’s best known and most respected economists.
Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, who was also a dashing sportsman having captained the Sri Lanka and CR & FC rugby teams. In addition, he captained the Harrow School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge cricket XIs. He also played cricket for the Tamil Union C & AC and confesses that of the many hats he has donned, the sportsman’s is what lies closest to his heart. Married to Tara de Fonseka, his two sons Imran and Arjun
Dr Coomaraswamy Educated at the Royal College, Colombo and at Harrow School in England, he gained his undergraduate degree at Cambridge University and obtained his Doctorate at the University of Sussex. Joining the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 1973 he served in the Economic Research, Statistics and Bank Supervision Divisions as a staff officer till 1989. From 1981 to 1989 he was seconded to the Ministry of Finance and Planning. Thereafter he worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat from 1990–2008, holding the posts of Director, Economic Affairs Division and Deputy-Director, Secretary-General’s Office and was brought back to the Commonwealth Secretariat to head the Social Transformation Programme Division, as Interim Director.
Dr. Coomaraswamy was an independent non-executive director of JKH and Tokyo Cement. He is also associated with several think tanks.
SriLankan Airlines will suspend flights to Frankfurt and Paris. Accordingly, the last flight between Frankfurt and Colombo will be on October 30, and the last flight from Paris to Colombo on November 6.
Sri Lankan Airline publish a statement stated that the Government of Sri Lanka has made it clear that it will no longer fund continuing losses…the route network is being continuously evaluated in the context of changing market dynamics in order to maximize on sustainable routes which bring in more contribution towards the bottom line. It said that while the drop in fuel prices had contributed to improved performance, that benefit was significantly eroded with the airline’s revenue for the financial year ending 2015/16 declining when compared to the previous year.
And it stated that the particularly by Middle Eastern carriers, accompanied by a drop in airfares in European markets has seen the contribution of the European network drop in comparison to the other routes, and it has been further exacerbated by the depreciation of the Euro against the Dollar.”
however SriLankan operates daily flights to both Doha and Abu Dhabi and has a strong code share relationship with Etihad and Qatar through which it will continue to provide onward connectivity to the European destinations it has been serving via Paris and Frankfurt. And London will remain the Airline’s gateway to Europe, where the Airline has deployed its state-of-the-art A330-300 fleet for daily non-stop operations, providing a greater comfort and an enhanced flying experience to its passengers.
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated to the media that Sri Lankan nurses will be trained at the British Council and provided jobs in the UK, He further said that arrangements have also been made to provide jobs for nurses in the US, through a private nursing faculty.
Minister assure that the nursing faculty will be establish in Sri Lanka at a cost of Rs. 12,500 million for educating and provide international standard qualification to Sri Lanka Nurses.
As now Sri Lanka has recorded the highest foreign currency earning from remittance of domestic workers who works in aboard. If Sri Lanka is focusing to offer a professional services to aboard, then the foreign currency income will increase and it will support to the sri lanka economy.
But in overall the Sri Lanka Government should develop new policies to take care the workers who traveling aboard for works.
Department of Census and Statistics announces that the life expectancy of Srilankan males and females has increased since 2001. The new life expectancy of Srilankan male is 72 years and female is 78.6 years which were 68.8 and 77.2 in 2001.
it is observe srilanka is emerging towards elder generation and it is government responsibility to improve the health care and elderly support services for the new segments.
Finance Ministry stated that the state run airline Mihin Lanka has recorded a loss of Rs. 17 Billion over its 7 years operation.
Finance Ministry said it had been given a Rs. 15 Billion letter of comfort in 2015 to continue its operations and the ministry is expected to reduce losses to Rs. 938 million, from Rs. 1.48 Billion in last year.
The registration forms for the Korean Language Proficiency Examination will issue from 20th to 23rd June 2016 via 15 Foreign Employment Bureau centres islandwide such as Anuradhapura, Badulla, Kandy, Matara, Ratnapura, Galle, Kadawatha, Seeduwa,Tangalle, Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Jaffna and Polonnaruwa.
This will be the first exam to be held under the Point System. The Korean Language Proficiency examination prevailed earlier as a written examination but the Human Resources Department of Korea decided to hold it as an online examination in order to overcome shortcomings which prevailed with the written examination.
The online examination is scheduled to be held in July this year at CBT Center in Depanama, Pannipitiya.
Due to major fraud and illegal business done by thired party businesses, Foreign Employment Bureau advise the applicant to obtain information only from the Foreign Employment Bureau.
For more details visit www.slbfe.lk and the 2016 /2017 Korean Language Proficiency Online Examation result will be release on Foreign Employment Bureau website www.slbfe.lk
Parents/ Legal Guardians who expect to admit their children to Grade One in schools in year 2017 should forward their applications prepared in conformity with the specimen form and according to the instructions given in this notification addressed to the relevant Heads of Schools by registered post to reach them before 30th June 2016.
The applicant of child should have completed 05 years of age as at 31st Jan. 2017. Birth certificate of the child should be forwarded in confirmation of the same.
From the first interview, 34 children will be selected for each grade one class (for all grade one parallel classes). In addition, 05 more children selected from among children of those who were in operation areas in armed forces and the police will be admitted, totaling up to 39 per class.
Marks system for grade one admission of children to government schools
Children of residents in close proximity to the school
Children of parents who are Past Pupils of the school
Brothers /sisters of students already studying in the school
Children of persons in the staff of Institutions directly involved In school education
Children of officers in Public Sector / State Corporations/State Banks receiving transfers on service exigency
Children of persons arriving after living abroad with the child
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