The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said it would impose new rules and regulations for visitors with the purpose of regulating whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa.
The official personal stated that the new laws and regulations would implement to safeguarded the whales and dolphins from the visitors. He further said that Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) taken this rule after receiving many complains that some visitors had caused impact on animals by going too much closer to them and this rule would be impact from the nest whale watching season of August 2016.
The Ceylon Electricity Board had activated a new hotline number of 1987 from any telephone lines, this hotline would cater to all your problems of electricity power failure, blackout, electric shortage and all other electricity issues.
This Hotline Number have been announces after the several issues face by public to calling to electricity board when the country came under blackout situation in recent past.
Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said an airport was to be constructed in Haputale under a scheme to develop domestic air travel in the country very soon. As per the budge reading there are 4 new airports to be build in Srilanka for focusing more into tourism and local transport. Such as Haputale, Puttalam, Hinguragoda and Kandy.
As stated, above 4 highlight locations are main attraction of tourist itinerary, therefore the government is more focus to setting up these airport to boost the tourism segment in Sri Lanka to handle 4 Million travelers by 2020.
The airport would consist of a brand new airport terminal and a runway which would measure 1.2 km in length and 75 m in width. The cost of the project was estimated to be in the region of Rs. 700 million. The airport would be a boon to the area frequented by tourists, both local and foreign who visit Ella, Bandarawela, Nuwara-eliya, Badulla and Diyathalawa.
But in most common observation, only a small portion of the tourist are using the air travels between the domestic locations and majority of the tourist arrive is sort of budget tourist; who likes to explore srilanka at low cost and get more experience.
Therefore as my thought is about to improve the road transport such as improve the quality of roads and introduce new discipline government Buses (SLTB), increasing number of trains between the main destinations, create new railway lines to cover all over sri lanka to cater faster train service and introducing metro in main cities to avoid traffics in urban.
But in overall, all these development programme would be cost to government and increasing more financial burden to Srilanka for short term.
Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Nimal Siripala de Silva said a new terminal building will be built at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) at a cost of Rs. 65 billion. He further state that the present terminal building can accommodate only six million passengers. Where the BIA capacity is not sufficient to handle all passenger movements and air freight as last year alone there had been over 8.5 million passenger movements. That is why the government planned to construct a new terminal building for the airport.
He said accommodation facilities should be improved to attract tourists to the country and If we do not follow international standards in building airports and improving facilities according to passenger demands, airlines will not come to Sri Lanka.
And he further state the existing runaway will repair at a cost of Rs. 200 million while new runaway will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 8 billion as there is a necessity of a new runaway to accommodate more aircraft.
As expected the new government budget for 2016 introduce new valuation system for imported vehicles, this valuation lead to increase prices of imported vehicles by Rs. 200,000 up to Rs. 2.5 million.
The new valuation system was introduced recently taking full option manufacturers price as the tax base and the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said in budget proposal that this is to further strengthen this process of collecting the payable taxes said that the unit rate of excise duty for the vehicles on the basis of cubic centimeters and duties on the percentage basis on certain vehicles would be revised.
Automobile sellers has indicated the main selling automobiles like Nissan leaf, Suzuki WagonR, Suzuki Alto, Suzuki K10, Toyota Aqua, Toyota Prius and Toyota, Nissan Van prices will be increase as follow
Nissan Leaf Electric Vechile by Rs 2.5 Million
Wagon R by Rs. 400,000/-
Auto & K10 by Rs. 250,000/-
Toyota Aqua by Rs. 500,000/-
Toyota Prius by Rs. 700,000/-
Van by 2.5 Million
Meanwhile, 2016 budget has reduced excise duty to 2.5 percent for the vehicles which are run entirely on Solar, Hydrogen or Helium.
And the Vehicle Entitlement Certificate for each vehicle was also introduced and therefore motor cycle and three wheeler is unchange, Rs.15,000 for a motor car and Rs.10,000 per vehicle for all other vehicles would have to pay as fee
The MBA Alumi Association University of Colombo organized a forum of Budget 2016 with the Finance Minister, Hon. Ravi Karunanayake & key industry leaders at the Post-Budget forum. Take part of this forum and knew unseen background of Budget 2016 and thoughts of industrial leaders.
Date: 24th November 2015
Time: 9am to 12pm
Venue: Hotel Galadari
Ticket Price: Rs. 3,500/-
This would usefull for businessmen, Financial analyst and those who key concern on budget 2016.
For more details contact to The MBA Alumi Association University of Colombo on 0772 224 994 or see below image
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Justice Ministry and the Legal Aid Commission will organise the National Law Week 2015 under the theme, “Towards a Just and Law Abiding Society”. It will be held from November 23 to 29.
At a media conference held at the Bar Association Auditorium in Hulftsdorp, BASL Chairman U.R. de Silva said the National Law Week would help people to know their rights with regard to legal matters.
He said there have been several complaints by people who had been treated unlawfully by the police in this regard. “This is mainly for low-income people who face legal issues mainly because of financial constraints,” Mr. de Silva said. He invited those who need special assistance in handling their legal matters to inform BASL lawyers by calling the two hotline numbers: 011 3133864 or 011 3133862 before the Law Week begins on November 23.BASL President Geoffrey Alagaratnam said legal awareness programmes would be carried out in 55 different locations countrywide.
The newly proposed Maradana to Battaramulla railway line hoping to reduce heavy traffic from maradana, boralla, rajagiriya and battaramulla. The government is considering its options in obtaining financial support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to construct a new railway line from Maradana to Battaramulla.
Official stated that government is planning to negotiate with the Asian Development Bank in January about the project. Initially, ADB informed that they would support the project, but the it is necessity to clarify the exact nature of assistance and finalize the agreement.
The feasibility study on the construction of a 10km railway line would be based on the recommendations of a steering committee which had been appointed with the participation of the Transport Ministry, Sri Lanka Railways and Urban Development Authority officialsand the railway project would cater to over 20,000 government servants who travel to and from Battaramulla daily as most of the government institutions are now located in Battaramulla.
SriLankan Airlines will negotiate with an Asian based air service company to begin a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) centre at the Mattala airport in Hambatota.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ajith Dias states proposal for an MRO at the Mattala international airport was in the pipeline for several years but it never got off. We are now in talks with an Asian counterpart to get this project of the ground at least now and this MRO will help the bottom line of the airline to a great extent as they could harness big business due to SriLankan Engineering’s track record.
He further said Srilankan Airlines are going to re-evaluate to begin domestic operations next year by acquire two 40 seater aircraft for this operation and hope to operate regular flights to selected domestic airports out of total 12 domestic airports in Sri Lanka. and with increased tourism we see great potential in this project.
Commenting on the re fleeting of the airline by the end of this year they will have seven new aircraft increasing the total fleet to 20. In the next two years we will get eight more. Subsequently all ageing A340 aircraft will be retired and Sri Lankan will have a fleet less than 3 years of age. All these aircrafts will be for SriLankan Airlines and not for Mihin.
With the new aircraft the national carrier will add more frequencies to key destinations. The airline may not look at new routes but will increase frequencies to existing destinations that include China, London and India.
Top officials from one of the world’s leading township developers, Korea Land and Housing Corporation were in Sri Lanka looking for a township development project to the value in excess of USS 5 billion.
The team met senior officials of the Megapolis Authority last week and informed that they are here on a fact finding mission to build a mega township development project which would be one of the biggest in South Asia.
The official said We are keen to create a new city in the Western Province in an area of around 300 hectares of land. He further said that with the new political developments, Korea Sri Lanka relations have reached a new dimension and they were also very impressed with the concept of Megapolis. This is the new trend of the world and we are happy to note that this is being followed by Sri Lanka even at this late stage.
The official said that they would clear the given land and have modem infrastructure in place for a ‘Mega City’ and then invite Korean and other investors from around the World to build housing, recreation, commercial and other facilities in it.
The company, then plans to link the proposed ‘City’ with a speed train which too would be included under the project. And ministry also said that they have similar projects located 50 km off the capital and they are connected with a speed rail link. Due to this link a resident in the ‘Township’ could get to the Capital in less than 20 minutes.
He said this proposed ‘Mega City’ would be self sufficient in every need of a modem population. ‘The project would have its own sewerage and garbage clearing system. They would also generate electricity from this waste and give it back to the Mega City.”
“Security too would be a prime concern and special cameras would be installed to even track each vehicle entering and departing. This would be based on vehicle registration number plates.”
Another first for Sri Lanka would be the special bus and speed train service where the station and the bus stand would have the route, arrival and departure times of each bus/train on a digital screen. He also disclosed that Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modhi too had requested them to build six similar models in India and they are currently engaging this.
The solar power plant set up at Buruthakanda in Hambantota under the clean energy programme supplies electricity to over 800 rural houses. This is to fulfill the target is to achieve 10 percent of power generation using renewable energy.
The pilot project will try to realize the full potential of solar energy by mitigating risks associated with it, said an engineer attached to the project. According to a survey conducted recently, 11,000 families in Hambantota use kerosene oil lamps as they are not provided with electricity.
The Korean government has agreed to increase the number of jobs provided to Sri Lankans said so following a meeting with Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiser Musthapha and Korean Ambassador Wonsam Chang. He further said korean ambassador promised to offer technical needs for local government institutions and developing bilateral ties between Korea and Sri Lanka.
University Affairs State Minister Mohan Lal Grero said leadership training will be carried out after enrolling students at university base. Accordingly, the training will be given at the university premises by the particular university for selected undergraduates.
The content of the training programme will be designed by the particular university. Even though, positive attitude and leadership qualities development components such as soft skills development, leadership skills development, exercises for physical and mental health, lectures for attitudinal change, etc. will probably be included. The courses for physical health will not be compulsory and the undergraduates are free decide in accordance with their physical status.
He feather said university students must develop their soft skills, physical and mental health to become complete persons and skills gain through leadership training will be an added advantage once they enter the job market and the training will be helpful to adapt with the competitive world and its needs.
Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S. B. Dissanayake stated that all officers in the Samurdhi scheme are entitled to receive an instant Rs. one million (Rs. 10Lakh) loan from the Samurdhi Fund. The Samurdhi Fund has exceeded Rs. 100 billion and all the Samurdhi officers can obtain a Rs. 1 million soft loan.
Samurdhi officers can utilise this soft loan for house constructions, other development activities or to settle a loan, which they have already obtained.
Motor Traffic Department of Sri Lanka has made a statement stated that they received 491,628 vehicles registration for first 8 months of this year.
Last year first 8 month vehicle registrations were 429,556 and it has increase by 14.45% over the year.
The highest numbers of vehicles registered this year were motorbikes and three-wheelers, which are 243,165 Motor Cycle registrations and 84,592 Motor Cycle Registration. In the meantime, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said made a statement that the maximum loan-to-value ratio for vehicle leasing has been increased from 70 to 90 percent from4th October 2015.
Gradual increment of the vehicle registration shows, the country’s urban cities and sub-urban would face a huge traffic in near future. It is government responsible to develop a proper transportation infrastructure such as below,
Improve Public transports of Buses (SLTB and Private)
Government should taken steps to improve their SLTB bus services into Normal and comfortable ultra luxury passenger bus at an affordable cost. They could run their SLTB ordinary bus service at low price as usual and ultra luxury passenger bus at premium price.
This would help the SLTB to improve their standard and makes Profitable venture into Government Sector,
Proper Time Schedule for Buses
If the Transport ministry could taken steps to improve timely services for Buses and control the bus movement by GPS and makesure same route buses would be compete at any given time. If any bus drivers drown over speed or misbehave with passengers should be fined and taken action against to them.
Improve Train Services
Government should take actions to improve Train service between main cities and urban rail service on demand. Still many of working crowed has using train transport to reach their work place on time, if government could offer frequent train services with much comforable in peak time, many people would not considered to by a vehicle on their own.
Introduce Metro Rail Services
there were some rummer articles state that government is planning for metro services within western provinces and it stated that the Metro is from Negombo from North to Panadura to South and Kottawa from West to hub at Fort Colombo.
If that news was not rummer, this would be great help to avoid Colombo traffic and this would help to save millions of dollars as fuel and time.
In overall Sri Lanka need an ultimate transport solution to avoid traffic in city, unless we may face huge problems when Srilanka reaches 2.5 Million Tourist arrival in 2020.
Better Transport system will make Better Eco Friendly Sri Lanka to cater many industry in near future.
Ministry of Labour stated that In pursuant to the Employees Provident Fund Act No. 15 of 19S8, as amended by the Act No. 02 of 2012, for each member of the Employees Provident Fund employed at present, release of thirty per cent (30%) of the sum having credited to his personal account, for the purposes of Housing / Medical Treatments is scheduled to be commenced from 27th May 2015.
It is compulsory to fulltill the following basic requirements of qualifications to be eligible to apply for these benefits (EPF Loan)
Should be employed at present.
Should have contributed to the fund for a period not less than ten years.
Should have a sum of not low than Rs. 300,000/ “ (Three lakhs) credited to his personal account (I.e., His membership account balance, audited by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, should be not less than Rs. 300,000/ -(Three Lakhs).
For Housing Purpose Loan
Constructing a house in his own land.
Purchasing a land to build a house.
Purchasing a housing property.
Settlement of a mortgage on a housing property
Settlement of a balance amount of a housing loan obtained from approved bank.
by the member
For Medical Treatments purpose Loan
Heart surgery / operation
Bypass Surgery / operation
Treatment for cancer, including surgery
Kidney transplant or Surgeries / Operations
Caesarian Surgery / Operation Or
Hospitalization for a period not less than fourteen (14) days, due to occurrence of an accident.
Applications for The health benefits could be made on behalf of the member, spouse and children.
The maximum sum that could be obtained for one of the matters of above purpose should net I exceed rupees Two Million (Rs 2,000.000.00).
Specimen application for the perusal of basic qualification* for the payment of 30% pre-retirement benefits is annexed herewith. Duly completed applications, as per the specimen should be sent by registered post, addressed to the Commissioner of Labour. Employees’ Provident Fund, Department of labour. Colombo 05. The top left hand corner of the envelope, should be clearly marked as ‘Payment of 30% pre-retirement benefits”. Pre-retirement benefit applications and brochures of instructions will be issued only to the members who have fulfilled basic qualifications, after the perusal of Information given In the aforementioned application sent.
For more information see below image or contact to Head office at 011-2368917, 0112368252, 011-2368349, 0112368350,0112368351
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has announced It is plans to extend their services to the Maldives following the receipt of regulatory approval.
Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC is a Sri Lanka’s largest private bank have obtained an approval from both the Maldives Monetary Authority and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to set up a Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC banking subsidiary in the Maldives. This would be name as Commercial Bank of Maldives Pvt Limited and Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC will invest 55% of stake and balance will own by leading group of Maldivian companies.
The bank start focusing into a new regional expansion after successful operation in Bangladesh, which entered in 2003, and Myanmar in June 2015.
Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC is enter to Maldives with single branch at male and increase their presence and increase upto 3 branches in near future and The Bank is to offer Mobile Units and ATM service at a strategic locations and the bank is willing to offer range of services like savings and current accounts, fixed deposits, personal loans, housing loans, credit cards, overdrafts, commercial loans, trade financing services, internet banking, mobile banking, remittances and foreign exchange.
The Universal Knowledge Education Centre has taken steps to organize a national Educational Book Fair at Uva –Wellassa in this literary month; September 2015. The Book fair will be held from September 20 to 30 at the Monaragala Community Centre from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The book fair is organized in Monaragala to benefit readers in the remote areas of UvaWellassa. And ranges of books are available at an affordable price.
This new open ended fund will invest in shares that are listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange and it is brought to you by the Unit Trust Fund Management Company that delivered the best fixed income returns in 2013 and 2014.
The First Capital Equity Fund is regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and is managed by qualified professionals.
Acquire a diversified equity portfolio investment from little as Rs. 1000/-
Terms and conditions apply
The price of units may fluctuate
Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance
For more information Tel No: + 94 11 7639813 / +94 11 2639898 or see below image
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) had taken measures to install a Wi-Fi zone at the Viharamahadevi Park to provide free Wi-Fi facilities to people visiting there.
The CMC said the project would be launched toda at the Viharamahadevi childrens theme park. Colombo Mayor A J. M. Muzammd together with chairman of SLT. P.G Kumarasinghe Would be present to inaugurate the Wi-Fi zone to the use of the public thereafter.
The Wi-Fi facility and the equipment for it were provided by the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) on a request made to it by the CMC.
The government had previously established Wi-Fi zones at 26 public locations including the Fort Railway Station, Pettah Public and Private Bus Stand, the Pettah Floating Market, Colombo Law College, Colombo Public Library, Dehiwela Zoo, Colombo Racecourse, Colombo Police Headquarters, Galle Face Colombo, Foreign Employment Bureau in Battaramulla and Colombo Museum.
Official announce that 517,123 votes rejected on 17th August 2015 General Election held in Sri Lanka, this is due to lack of awareness among voters on the complicated voting process and a large number of candidates.
In overall 3.3 Million voters who doesn’t vote this election out of 15 Million registered voters. The Gampaha district recorded the highest number of rejected votes, with nearly 56,246 votes has been reject.
Sri Lanka’s three expressways — Southern, Katunayake and the Outer Circular Highway will be toll free from 6 am to 6 pm tomorrow in view of the general elections, a Highways Ministry official announced.
Ministry of Power & Energy launched of 100 MW renewable energy projects on 10th July 2015,
In line with the Energy Sector Development Plan 2015-2025 of the Ministry of Power & Energy, action has been taken to increase new Renewable Energy projects. The plan will guide the nation to develop its entire renewable potential while optimizing energy supply through exploration, facilitation, R&D and knowledge management.
To start off this initiative, the Ministry plans to start 100 MW of renewable energy comprising of mini-hydro, dendro, solar thermal, solar power and biomass.
Increase the share of electricity generation from renewable energy sources upto 20% by 2020.
Achieving the target of meeting the total energy demand from renewable energy sources and other indigenous energy sources by 2030
For more detail about the combination of power sources and see below image
Rubber Development Department of Ministry of Plantation Industries Convenient way to obtain the certified Price of Rs. 350 paid to you for a Kilogram of Raw Rubber from 1st of July 2015.
You have to fulfill the following requirement for that
Possessing rubber cultivation with latex crop of less than 50 acres registered with Rubber Development Department, But,
The person who enjoys the rights of the land though he is not the registered owner but a dependent of his or a person to whom the rights have been entrusted.
The person who harvests latex in such a manner the harvest is divided.
Can receive the relevant certified price upon obtaining the ownership certificate given by the Rubber Development Department.
Steps should be taken to obtain an ownership certificate after registering with the Rubber Development Officer of the area where your land is situated for obtaining the certified price.
Should sell the sheet rubber, raw rubber or latex directly to a licensed rubber dealer or to an institution that produces rubber finished products registered with the Rubber Development Department.
Should produce the ownership certificate issued to you to the rubber dealer when selling rubber as stated above.
You can receive the following certified prices at the time of selling rubber for a kilogram of smoked sheet rubber or latex.
Kind of Rubber
RSS 1 and 2
RSS 4 and 5
Please call the Rubber Development Officer or the relevant Regional Office of your area for further details.
This certified price can be obtained only for rubber sold after 01.07.2015 and for the rubber sold prior to that date Regional Office of the Rubber Development Department will pay as per the earlier method. Bills for payment for the rubber supplied earlier will be received by the Regional Offices of the Rubber Development Department only up to 10.07.2015 and the bills submitted thereafter will not be paid.
The Department of National Botanical Gardens recorded a revenue of Rs. 200 million from foreign and local tourists within the last six months. Nearly 935,000 local and 180,000 foreign tourists had visited the Botanical Gardens maintained by the Department at Peradeniya, Hakgala, Gampaha, Avissawella and Hambantota.